Dennis Roeder is guilty in the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the noted late term abortion provider. The minimum sentence life, with parole possible after 25 years. The County Attorney, Nola Foulston is asking for a hard 50. That means no possibility of parole until after 50 years. It woulde ensure that Roeder never has a day as a free man again.
Had Foulston pursued the death penalty it would have possibly turned Roeder into a martyr. She called it smart in that respect.
I am against abortion in it's use as a means of birth control. Always have been. As for medical reasons, I am not qualified in that respect, I am not a doctor but an ordinary guy.
But regardless of beliefs on the issue of abortion, the murder of Dr. Tiller was a premeditated assassination. And to do it in a house of worship is abominable in and of itself.
I myself would have preferred that Roeder receive the death penalty. But in the current atmosphere, the process could have taken a generation to carry out with the endless appeals involved. And that process could have become a media and cause celebre' feeding frenzy all it's own.
And it only took the jury those 37 minutes to decide. But with the witnesses that were available from that Sunday morning, I don't think the outcome was that much in doubt.