Country Blood Thirst for John Allen Muhammed to be Quenched!
By Sinclere Lee
Richmond (BNW) Not since the murder and mutilation of the great freedom fighter Nat Turner has there been such a blood thirst and lust to end the life of a Black man. John Allen Muhammed is the Black man and the blood thirst will be quenched.
Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request to block his Tuesday's execution, Muhammed aka the Washington, D.C. sniper who was the mastermind behind the terror that griped D.C. is now schedule to die for his crimes.
The court did not explain why it would not hear the case. But three justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor said they were concerned about the rapid pace of the Muhammad case. Rules in Virginia allow for capital cases to move through the state system faster than the time frame set out under federal law.
Justice Stevens said he would favor granting an automatic stay of execution in every death-penalty case before the high court to allow careful consideration of the issues. But Stevens wrote that having reviewed Muhammad's claims, he would not dissent from the court's decision to not hear the appeal.
Muhammad's lawyer released a response to the Court's decision shortly after the ruling. "In its effort to race John Allen Muhammad to his death before his appeals could be pursued, the state of Virginia will execute a severely mentally ill man who also suffered from Gulf War Syndrome the day before Veterans day," Jonathan Sheldon said.
No one can deny that Muhammad did a bad thing in 2002, but he is in prison now, and his execution is just as wrong as the crimes he committed as the Washington, D.C. sniper. The compassionate thing to do is let him spend the rest of his life in prison to show the world America as a society is better than John Allen Muhammad.
Unlike Nat Turner who was an American slave and led a slave rebellion that resulted in 55 deaths in Southampton County, Virginia, Muhammad killed innocent people in the same state. Turner carried out the largest rebellion to occur in one uprising in the antebellum southern United States. Some may consider Nat Turner a terrorist, but one person's terrorist could be another person's freedom fighter.
Muhammad is scheduled to die by injection at a Virginia prison for the slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station during a three-week spree in 2002 across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Meyers, 53, was fatally shot at a Prince William County service station and was one of 10 people killed and three wounded in Virginia, Maryland and Washington by the sniper team of Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo in October 2002.
The two also are suspected of slayings in other states. Malvo, 24, was a juvenile at the time of the shootings. He is serving four life terms at Red Onion State Prison in Wise County.
If the execution is carried out, an undisclosed number of family members of the victims will witness it. One who said he will attend is Robert Meyers of Pennsylvania, a brother of Dean Meyers.
Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, were also suspected of fatal shootings in other states, including Louisiana, Alabama and Arizona. Malvo is serving life in prison.
Muhammad still has a clemency petition before Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.