The victim was a bad man. Some people would say, in private and out of court, that "he deserved it," or "he needed killing." But no one says such things in a courtroom, because the law does not permit murder, even of very bad people.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
From United States v. James, 169 F.3d 1210 (9th Cir. 1999) (Kleinfeld, dissenting):