From Newsday.com (well, it's an AP article, but close enough), Who Will Punish Them?
Jurisdictions jockey for right to prosecute sniper suspects
Officials continued to debate which jurisdiction would get first crack at sniper suspects John Allen Muhammad, 41, and John Lee Malvo, 17. They were to be charged today in Virginia, where three of the killings took place. The suspects already face multiple murder charges in Maryland and murder charges in Alabama unrelated to the sniper shootings. They also could be charged with federal extortion and murder counts that could bring the death penalty.
"Wherever the case is strongest, with the stiffest penalties, that's where they need to go," said Douglas Duncan, the top elected official in Montgomery County, where the rampage began Oct. 2 and where six people were slain.
[. . .] Maryland "comes in dead last" in terms of the strength of its law on the death penalty, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Virginia and Alabama may be more likely than Maryland to carry out executions. Maryland has put just three people to death, and all executions have been suspended under a moratorium imposed by Gov. Parris Glendening.
Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, speaking on "Fox News Sunday," said his state would be best positioned to prosecute because it can more easily apply the death penalty.
"You know, we have the death penalty for both parties," he said. "We can try this juvenile as an adult and subject him to the death penalty, and we can move quickly."
Emphasis added here and there.
You have to appreciate the undisguised bloodthirst.
Well, maybe appreciate isn't the right word.
No mention of why Maryland has a moratorium.
The state of Maryland declared a temporary death penalty moratorium on Thursday, citing "reasonable questions" about the integrity of capital punishment in the state and across the United States.
[. . .] Glendening, who supports the death penalty for especially heinous crimes, had been under pressure to halt executions until he receives a study that is due to be completed in September by a researcher at the University of Maryland.
[Gov. Parris] Glendening said he would not lift the moratorium until the study is completed and reviewed by the state legislature, which he estimated would be in about a year.
"I continue to believe that there are certain crimes that are so brutal and so vile that they call for society to impose the ultimate punishment," Glendening, a Democrat, said in issuing a stay of execution for convicted killer Wesley Eugene Baker, who was due to die by lethal injection next week.
"However, reasonable questions have been raised in Maryland and across the country about the application of the death penalty," the governor added.
Probably because it would merely confuse the issue.
Showing enthusiasm for executing a juvenile probably ain't winning us points in the U.N., either. At least, not with the folks we're supposed to be building a coalition with. Luckily, we don't give a fuck what the rest of the world thinks of our internal affairs.
We can meddle in theirs all we want, though. Convenient, no?
Well, at least the states are close enough together that surviving family members can just drive to the execution(s), instead of having to just watch it on closed-circuit, like the Oklahoma City people did with McVeigh. Something else that helped win friends and influence people worldwide. . .