In June 2017, public defender James Johnston argued before a Maryland judge that Malvo, one of the D.C. snipers who terrorized the Washington area for a month in 2002, deserved a new sentence.
"Maryland inmates serving life sentences are forced to resort to the court system instead of the parole system, because the parole system offers no real chance of release," Johnston said. "The focus has shifted from ... taking advantage of whatever is offered to you behind bars. That no longer results in release, or even gets you closer to the door. Instead, you've got to find a reason to get back in front of a judge."