Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Commutation for Charley Manson?

The ABA Journal reports 76-year-old Charles Manson (aka, "Jesus Christ," "Sexy Sadie," "Honey Pie," "Undecided") is making his play for a commutation of sentence from one of history's least merciful presidents, Barack Obama. Actually, Manson's lawyer has simply "faxed" a request for clemency to the president - which will, of course, simply be forwarded to the Department of Justice, then the Office of the Pardon Attorney, and then followed by one of those precious form letters, stating that the materials have been received.

Manson's lawyer - there's a job to have! - recognizes, and readily admits, that his client did some pretty "witchy" things back in the day. But, hey, what are we? Puritans? Living in Salem? Back in the Dark Ages? Come on! Manson himself says:
“I have killed no one and I have ordered no one to be killed. I may have implied on several different occasions to several different people that I may have been Jesus Christ, but I haven't decided yet what I am or who I am. So be it. Guilty. Not guilty. They are only words. You can do anything you want with me, but you cannot touch me because I am only my love.”
The faxed document bemoans a Los Angeles Times article which appeared at the time of Manson's trial. It was famously headlined, “Manson Guilty, Nixon Declares.” Manson's lawyer also "questions" a chief witness at the trial. Manson has now served 43 years in prison, but his lawyers says he does not deserve to be treated like "the Satan of the criminal justice system." See story here.

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