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February 19, 2010

A Disgusting Capitulation To Sharia

Not only that, this decision spits in the face of any notion of Equal Protection of the Laws.

A Glendale man accused of killing his daughter in an "honor killing" will not face the death penalty.

After sparring with the suspect's defense attorney over its death-penalty-review process, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office has said it will not seek death for Faleh Almaleki, 49.

The Iraqi immigrant is accused of killing his daughter, 20-year-old Noor Almaleki, for being "too Westernized."

Police say he used his Jeep Cherokee to run down his daughter and another woman in a Peoria parking lot Oct. 20. Noor later died of her injuries.

Almaleki is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and two counts of leaving the scene of a serious accident. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Why the decision? Because despite the various aggravating factors that exist related to this murder, Almaleki's attorney sought to undermine the prosecution with assertions that any effort to seek the death penalty would be based upon Amaleki's religion rather than his crime. The prosecutors therefore caved.

But let's look at this one for a minute. I spot at least three of the fourteen aggravating factors that allow for the death penalty under Arizona law.

2. The defendant has been or was previously convicted of a serious offense, whether preparatory or completed. Convictions for serious offenses committed on the same occasion as the homicide, or not committed on the same occasion but consolidated for trial with the homicide, shall be treated as a serious offense under this paragraph.

3. In the commission of the offense the defendant knowingly created a grave risk of death to another person or persons in addition to the person murdered during the commission of the offense.

* * *

6. The defendant committed the offense in an especially heinous, cruel or depraved manner.

Consider the facts

2) Aggravated assault is a serious offense.

3) Almaleki hit a second woman, her daughter's companion, when he ran her down in that parking lot, and he knew full well that he was putting that companion at risk of death when he did so.

6) Running one's victim down with a vehicle and then leaving her to die is heinous, cruel and depraved.

There is also an argument to be made that there s an additional aggravating factor at work here.

13. The offense was committed in a cold, calculated manner without pretense of moral or legal justification.

While Almaleki's lawyer might argue that this does not apply, I would hope that no judge, jury, or prosecutor would accept the argument that a father can in any way argue that he should be shown mercy by a court because he claimed the moral right to murder his daughter for exercising her First Amendment right to reject the moral code of her family's religion? What next? A member of the Aryan Nations receiving leniency because he claimed a moral justification for murdering a black man who kissed a white woman?

What we have here, then is the dhimmification of the legal system in the United States, and the implicit acceptance of the notion that Islam-inspired honor killings do not merit the death penalty because of the murderer's faith. Shameful. Utterly shameful.

H/T Atlas Shrugs





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