Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Killen found guilty

Sooo, Mr Edgar Ray Killen has rightly been found guilty, though not of murder.

Sentencing is on Thursday, let's hope he gets plenty of years in jail. And that's not me being heartless to an old man, Mr Killen needs to pay his debt to society, regardless of his age and health.


Killen drew 60 years, thats 3 x 20 for the killings he arranged. There's appeal stuff to go through before this is settled. I didn't take any pleasure in the sentences, but I admired Judge Gordon for exacting the maximum penalty, it fitted absolutely the narrative arc of this entire historical sequence. A just ending, not a happy one.


Blogger Jim said...

It would be interesting to debate whether racially motivated crimes should exact a higher punishment. I might argue that they should, because crimes such as this send a very bad signal to society.

I'm glad he's going to pay.

11:01 AM  
Blogger kingfelix said...

in Britain, we have a category of hate crimes that would cover actions such as mr killen's. The formal label 'hate crime' also asserts the social dimension of such actions.

in that way, i think both bases are covered, the guilty pay the same price, but the crime is acknowledged as belonging in a special category. this shows that the judiciary and law enforcement recognise such crimes as a particular menace. there are also hate crime units, teams of police and detectives who deal just with the intelligence handling and investigations of this type of crime.

i don't know how it works in the US.

11:22 AM  
Blogger kingfelix said...

i understand the US has hate crime laws too, but because those laws cannot be applied retroactively, mr killen has to be charged in accordance with the law as it stood when the crimes were committed.

6:42 PM  
Blogger L said...

I agree-- better late than never (I guess)

10:27 PM  

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