From “pro-lifer” to lifer

Bye-bye, dickhead:

In a trial that never became the referendum on abortion that some abortion foes wanted, Scott Roeder, a 51-year-old airport shuttle driver, was convicted today of murdering George Tiller, one the nation’s few physicians who performed late-term abortions.

The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for only 37 minutes. Roeder faces life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder.

37 minutes?  What took ya??

13 Responses to “From “pro-lifer” to lifer”

  1. 1 joe agnost Friday, January 29, 2010 at 10:57 am

    JJ wrote: “37 minutes? What took ya??”

    heeheehee… on a more serious note though – that’s pretty quick eh? How nice is ~that~? Knowing that the entire jury realized this fucker is a terrorist – plain and simple – has brought my faith in humanity back just a little.

  2. 2 The Anti-Social Socialist Friday, January 29, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Now to wait for the shrieking and pants-wetting of his closest friends and co-conspirators…

    They should make for some good entertainment.

  3. 3 JJ Friday, January 29, 2010 at 11:54 am

    joe agnost – 37 minutes is pretty quick, but there really wasn’t much to deliberate over. I saw a video of part of his testimony where they asked if he did the killing: answer – “Yes”, and if he felt remorse over it: answer – “No”.

    Pretty cut & dry. Nothing left to discuss but procedural details.

  4. 4 JJ Friday, January 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Antisocial – Yes, I’m looking for the reactions right now from the extremists who actually support this douchebag.

    To be fair, mainstream anti-choicers are probably happy about this decision — they don’t want creeps like Roeder compromising their movement, which is already compromised enough by the other clinic bombers and shooters. They don’t need this. I know SUZANNE was hoping for a life sentence, and they don’t come much more anti-choice than her.

    Now if they’ll just cease and desist with all the inflammatory “babykiller” rhetoric, I’ll believe they really mean it and want to keep it from happening again.

  5. 5 joe agnost Friday, January 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    You’re right of course JJ… but I still (half) expected some anti-choice zealot to waste everyone’s time on the jury pressing the ‘he deserved to die’ BS that Roeder used in the trial.

    Happily that wasn’t the case! 🙂

  6. 6 Reality.Bites Friday, January 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Zealots get excluded from juries. Of course prospective jurors can lie about their beliefs, but it’s not that easy to hide beliefs so far out of sync with sanity.

    Mind you, someone like SUZANNE would still keep the jury sequestered for days while she lectured them on other aspects of the issue.

  7. 7 JJ Friday, January 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    joe agnost – Apart from the “justifiable homocide” argument they were considering (with its 5 year sentence), I was only worried that it would turn into a platform for Roeder to proselytize about abortion. Happily, that didn’t happen.

  8. 8 JJ Friday, January 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    RB – The judge in this trial is good and fair-minded indeed. He’s a practicing Catholic who has openly supported prolifers, just not the Army of God kind. There is a difference, thankfully.

    Mind you, someone like SUZANNE would still keep the jury sequestered for days while she lectured them on other aspects of the issue.

    😆 I can picture that. But in the end, I’m pretty sure she’d be as harsh on Roeder as this judge was. (After she got her 2 cents worth in 😉 )

  9. 9 Luna Friday, January 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    It probably took them 27 minutes to get coffee, get settled and introduce themselves to each other. 7 more to read through the charges again, and then 4 to vote. 🙂

    Either that or, “Okay, so we all know he’s guilty, right?” “RIGHT” “Okay then, let’s sit here for a few minutes, drink some of this gawdawful coffee and then go back in, because if we go immediately, the defense will cry foul, and we’ll just get sent back in here. OK?” “OK!”

  10. 10 Bruce Friday, January 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    It really was kind of a no-brainer. No matter how you look at it, this was not a case of justifiable homicide, if there ever could be one.

    Good stuff, the system still sometimes works.

  11. 11 JJ Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Bruce – Kansas did well, especially this judge who was obviously completely impartial, given his personal anti-abortion beliefs. Good on him.

    Although it was kind of a slam-dunk — witnesses saw him do it, Roeder admits it, feels not the least bit of remorse about it… even Johnny Cochrane couldn’t have done much to defend this guy.

  12. 12 JJ Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Luna – And then there’s the time for bathroom breaks.

    Seriously though, just over 1/2 an hour is a very short period of deliberation. There was obviously not much to do but a cursory review of the facts before them and confirm that they were all on the same page.

  13. 13 Bina Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    The only “justifiable homicide” I can think of regarding this case would be if Dr. Tiller had been armed and fired off the first shot when he saw Roeder coming at him, loaded for bear.

    Other than that, though, this was an open-and-shut case of terrorism, pure and simple.

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