Likely at the behest of his attorney, Sowell made an attempt at an appology. Give me a break. I don't believe that Sowell has ever felt so much as a twinge of remorse or guilt in his entire twisted life. Those in law enforcement know this as fact, and that includes the lawyers and the judge. Still the trial drags on, and on, and on...
Anthony Sowell offers apology to victims' families
Sowell, 51, was convicted in July of killing 11 women and leaving them in and around his Imperial Avenue home. He was arrested on Oct. 31, 2009.Anthony Sowell trial: Day 15 morning update
Testimony began on June 27. On Tuesday, after more than $600,000 of taxpayer money had been spent on Anthony Sowell's defense team, the accused serial killer's lawyers rested their case without presenting a single witness.The taxpayers, that would be the Great Unwashed, spent over six hundred grand and the defense failed to present a case. Where did the money go?
Here's a timeline for the Sowell case which is pretty good. I listed a few of the events below. My comments are in italics.
Anthony Sowell timeline
Aug. 19, 1959: Sowell is born. He is a poster child for State funded abortion and mandatory testing of parents for fitness to raise a child.
May 27, 1988: Rosalind Garner is found strangled in her home... The killing begins.
Feb. 27, 1989: Carmella Prater is found dead
March, 28, 1989: Mary Thomas is found strangled
July 28, 1989: A woman tells police that Sowell took her into his home on Page Avenue, bound and gagged her and raped her.
The whole thing could have been stopped right here, but it wasn't.
June 24, 1990: A Cleveland woman tells police that Sowell choked and raped her inside her home
Another opportunity to stop a serial killer passes by.
June 20, 2005: Sowell... is released from prison. He registers with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office as a sex offender and is required to check in with them once a year.
So now we can see just how effective the registered sex offender law really is. People in the area supposedly know there is a sex offender in their neighborhood, but do any of these sheep alter their behavior? Do you think Bishop Law alters the ceremony for Mass just because Father Gerald Robinson is in the congregation?
June 29, 2007: A woman who lives across the street from Sowell calls City Hall to complain about a foul odor in the neighborhood, which she said smells like a dead person or animal.
And there we have it. I'm a member in good standing of the Great Unwashed and know very little of police work, but don't the police have cadaver dogs that track foul odors like this? Why isn't officialdom nosing around a little? You know what I really think? I think that
Dec. 8, 2008: A bleeding woman runs up to a police car at East 116th Street and Kinsman. She tells police that Anthony Sowell asked her if she wanted to drink beer with him. When she said no, he punched her, choked her and tried to rip off her clothes. Police went to Sowell's home, went to the third floor and arrested him. Police later said no charges were filed because the woman did not want to talk to detectives.
Didn't police notice a stench in the house? Why wasn't the house searched?
Oct. 31, 2009: Sowell is arrested walking down Mount Auburn Avenue, about one mile from his home.
Okay, now police have Sowell safely tucked away in jail.
August 9, 2011: The State has spent about $600,000 on Sowell's trial.
This money is used to prosecute Sowell as well as defend him. There is no end to the spending in sight. What I cannot understand is why, with all the resources at the State's disposal, the State can't ascertain that Sowell is:
1. Legally sane, meaning that even though Sowell is mentally screwed up Sowell knew the difference between right and wrong at the time of the crime.
2. Able to assist in his own defense, meaning Sowell is not mentally retarded.
Because if the State in its infinite wisdom can assertain these two facts are absolutely true beyond the shadow of a reasonable doubt (or whatever legal jargon should go in here) then take the son of a bitch out back and shoot him. A firing squad is quick, easy and cheap. In this case I don't think the State will have trouble finding volunteers.
Then down in Fort Lauderdale we have a 79 year old man shooting a 12 year old boy. Sounds kind of open and shut, until you read about it.
Police: Man, 79, Opens Fire On Boy, 12
Police: Man, 79, Who Shot Boy Was Trying To Scare Him
From the article: Jasmine Louis, Neal's [TJ Neal, the boy who was shot] cousin, said she wished McIvery had tried talking to the children's families before resorting to violence.
"If he had a problem he should have came to somebody's residence and said, 'Your children is knocking on my door,'" she said.
Oh yeah, that's really going to work out well. Take a look at the family on one of the film clips and just imagine what their reaction would be to a polite request to control their
79-year-old suspect in boy's shooting wants to go home
The kids were pestering and harassing the old man all day and he finally snapped. Here's a quote from his neighbor:
"That man has never bothered anyone," said Sara Dees, who lives next door. "I am not saying what he did was right, but those kids were bothering him all day."His public defender asked for his release but the judge refused saying that he, the judge, has no choice but to keep the old guy incarcerated. This is bull fucking shit. The judge can do what ever he wants. Who will gainsay the judge? Besides, by the time the Reverend Al Sharpton and Jessee Jackson get wind of this and head into Fort Lauderdale to offer support for the victim's family, James McIvery will already be home. Oh, but wait! It seems that since McIvery is Black, that may present a problem for Sharpton and Company. After all, if Whitey isn't involved, how can we successfully persecute anyone? Of course McIvery did work all his life and continues to work as the primary care giver for his disabled daughter, so he's clearly a member of the capitalist pigs who are oppressing the underprivileged minority. Any bets on Sharpton?
Moving right along, here's a nice road rage shooting.
Two teens shot in apparent act of road rage
Two teens shot and lightly wounded in a road rage incident. The story doesn't mention much about the events that lead up to the shooting, which is not unusual. Want to bet the kids in the Mitsubishi started a fracas they couldn't finish? I could see this happening after a chorus of fuck you's, one finger salutes and threats with one car against the other. And then, in a complete and final 'fuck you with a bucket of sand' one shot is fired at the car. I hope the shooter gets away with it.
Here's one in my State, Ohio. Seems some screwball got off his meds and went on a rampage, killing seven before he was stopped by an armed civilian.
Ex-cop says acting to stop Ohio gunman was natural From the article:
A former police officer credited with helping stop a gunman who police say killed seven people described feeling terrified but said he reacted the way he was trained.Pardon me. This does not involve an armed civilian - he's actually a former police officer. Note that the paper emphasizes the training, while Lavery says it's in his DNA. Read the story and tell me if you think the description of the events may have been altered a little to protect Michael Lavery. I agree with this, by the way, and I'd cheerfully buy Michael Lavery a drink and a dinner to go along with it. What gets under my skin is the reference to his being a former police officer and not just an armed civilian who takes his civic duty seriously.
"It just comes down to part of my DNA," Michael Lavery said in an interview Monday with WKYC-TV of Cleveland. He lives in the suburban Akron neighborhood where police said Michael Hance stalked people — including an 11-year-old boy — and gunned them down late Sunday morning. The rampage ended in a shootout with Lavery and police in which Hance, who had no previous criminal record before the outburst, was killed.
I hate commercial media.
If I haven't mentioned it, in my estimation:
Sowell should be taken out and ceremoniously executed, providing that he is adjudged legally sane and competent to stand trial (not retarded).
James McIvery should have his pistol returned to him and be sent home with a can of pepper spray - the large economy size can, good for crowd control and bar room brawls. He should have to attend a CCW class that covers Florida law concerning when you can shoot and when you cannot. At the same time, the Judge should tell Neal's family he was lucky this time, and to stay away from McIvery's house in the future or they can all go to jail for child neglect and the kids can get picked up by animal control.
Lean on the kids in the Mitsubishi until they come clean, then tell them they were lucky and to stop screwing around with people. The next guy might have a shorter fuse and a better aim. If the other driver can be found, tell him not to shoot at people without good reason.
Give Michael Lavery blanket immunity from persecution along with a gift certificate to a good restaurant for him and his family.
And that's my own opinion.