Pleading "Muslim" Now Legitimate Defense Against the Death Penalty?
Lawyer for Gitmo detainees drops trou. No, really
The decision not to seek the death penalty comes after Almaleki’s attorney, Billy Little, a public defender, asked a judge to take special precautions to ensure the County Attorney’s Office wouldn’t wrongly seek the death penalty because Almaleki is a Muslim.... “An open process provides some level of assurance that there is no appearance that a Christian is seeking to execute a Muslim for racial, political, religious or cultural beliefs,” Little wrote, referring to County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ Christian faith.So, instead of wrongly seeking the death penalty because he's Muslim, as Misha puts it:
Instead, the court is going to wrongly take the death penalty off the tableSo, since a great number of Muslims around the world think there is a vast conspiracy against them, any time a Muslim is accused of something in US courts we can't prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law because .... this might feed into Muslim paranoia? For their part, the prosecutors claimed that they didn't take the defendants religion into consideration when they decided not to seek capital punishment. But the fact that the lawyer thought of the Muslim defense in the first place? One can only wonder what Khalid Shiekh Mohammad's lawyers are going to do with this one. I'd read the rest of Misha's post. It's classic AIR.