- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 12, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I do not believe in celebrating the death of any human being, but the execution of the “Beltway sniper” was the right and just thing to do (“D.C. sniper put to death in Virginia,” Local, Tuesday). I am thankful that justice has prevailed, albeit seven years after the crime spree that destroyed the lives of so many innocent people and placed the D.C. area into a months-long state of fear and terror.

With sadistic glee, the mass murderer gunned down individuals going about their daily routines. Like most heinous criminals, he and his wicked young accomplice believed they were ingenious in the means with which they carried out their plot and that they would never be caught. Thankfully, and to the credit of D.C.-area law enforcement authorities, they were wrong.

It is troubling to me that three liberals on the U.S. Supreme Court and many others who sympathize with the criminal would have had the appeals in his case drag out for a sufficient number of decades as to nullify the death penalty. The Commonwealth of Virginia, where the killer was tried, believes in executing the worst of the worst within a reasonable period of time after the crime spree has been committed. Seven years is more than long enough for a reasonable stream of appeals to flow through the court system.

There are no winners in the execution of a brutal murderer, but the will of the people has been carried out. We will not have to worry that the killer will be pardoned and released at some point after memories of what occurred have faded. May his death bring some measure of peace to all who were impacted by the wickedness that he brought to this world.

OREN M. SPIEGLER

Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

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