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27 June 2005 @ 12:33 pm
BTK Killer confesses in startling detail

Dennis Rader not only confessed and described each murder, he even corrected the judge on several dates that were incorrect. He waived his right to a jury trial. Now, what kills me (no pun intended) is that, in a case like this, they're still working on the case for the trial, and feel they have "a strong case for the state" to convict him. Well DUH, he's openly admitted it, they've linked him to the killings, he isn't even trying to fight it it any way.

Why bother with a trial? It'll just drag on for who-knows-how-long, and in the end, he'll be guilty...which he's admitted to being. Toss him in the slammer, throw away the key, and be done with it.

This place is fucked up.
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Jedi Freemanjedifreeman on June 27th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
heh. I know its not the "right thing to do", but I say why bother with locking him up? put a plastic bag over his head, strangle him, then tie him up and take photos of him in various bondage poses, then throw his body in a ditch.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Hitmanarchmage on June 27th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah...personally, i say just take him in the courroom, have the judge give the signal, drag his ass out in the parking lot and cap him. Clean, cheap, justice is served. Well, clean-ish.
egonix on June 27th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
Tax Dollars well spent.
Chrisclipdude on June 27th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
Are you sure you are reading that right?

The article says he will have a trial, but only the sentencing phase. The judge already found him guilty today (which is just a formality after he plead guilty.)
After hearing descriptions of each of the 10 killings, Waller found Rader guilty of all charges. Rader also waived his right to a jury trial on the sentencing.
So, the trial will consist of the judge hearing from the victim's families, and then the judge deciding how long this guy will be in prison.

The article does discuss possible defenses, but it is all in the this-is-what-we-could-have-done sense:
Rader's attorney, Steve Osborne, said all defenses were considered, including insanity, but after experts were called in it became apparent "there was no viable insanity defense."

Osborne said that based on evidence the prosecution had, including a confession and DNA evidence, it was apparent there was "a very solid case for the state."
The defense attorney was just talking about how, if the guy hadn't plead guilty, he would have basically had nothing to work with.
Reinvention: rar!sempereadem on June 27th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
The article I read said he waived his right to a jury trial. I think that just means he gets a sentencing hearing, so he'll most likely get life, since that pansy state didn't have the death penalty when he committed the murders.