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My version of the events is consistent w/ the police description and the evidence. The fact of the matter is that someone is dead for committing a crime that was NOT A CAPITAL OFFENSE. What is it about that you crackers do not understand? I grew up in Spokane, but this verdict and the local responses to it make me feel ashamed. What if someone steals an iPhone? Citizen administered death penalty. What if there are extenuating circumstances? Anyone who is happy with this verdict should be willing to live with its real-world application, yet I suspect that there are very few that are.
Six degrees of separation aside, Mr. Kaluza-Graham was shot in the BACK OF THE HEAD while driving away from the scene. I'm certain that in the cold realization that what he had done might have real legal consequences, it was not difficult for Gerlach to conjure the fear of an unseen weapon from the depths of his Christian imagination. Believing that version of events is an insult to intelligence.
Speculation on what Brendon Kaluza-Graham would have done had he gotten away are just that; speculation. Last I looked, everyone deserves a fair trial before a jury of one's peers, no matter what the crime. And I think it reasonable to state that car-theft is not a capital offense. Gail Gerlach said “As Christians, we believe in redemption. The greatest tragedy is that Mr. Brendon Kaluza-Graham will not have a chance to turn his life around.” Mr. Gerlach, it was you that robbed Mr. Kaluza-Graham of that opportunity, just as you robbed him of a chance for a fair trial before an impartial jury. Whose was the greater theft? I think it was yours, Gail Gerlach, and I hope that your Christian conscience, such as it is, becomes the burning hell that you deserve.
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