The bad guy, he who chose to shoot up his school in Parkland, FL

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  1. abwilliams profile image35
    abwilliamsposted 14 months ago

    The deranged young man, he who had the wherewithal, ability and desire to enter into his former school building and target his former schoolmates, is in custody. In fact, he has been in custody and has been on a suicide watch. Now...he has worked out a plea deal that will take the Death Penalty off the table. Is this not the craziest thing? He wants to die/he doesn't want to we pay 'extra' to keep an eye on him, so he doesn't kill himself, while 'his team of attorneys' make deals to keep him off Death Row. Cuckoo!

    1. GA Anderson profile image92
      GA Andersonposted 14 months agoin reply to this

      Hi there abwilliams, while can see the point you are making, I think Aime has it right. For our judicial system to have any validity at all, Cruz must get every opportunity and consideration we would hope an innocent man gets. No matter how "cuckoo" it seems for what appears to be a slam-dunk case.

      But there might be a silver lining. Think of the money we will save by not having to pay for ten years worth of death penalty appeals.


      1. abwilliams profile image35
        abwilliamsposted 14 months agoin reply to this

        So true, I can agree with that!

    2. Readmikenow profile image95
      Readmikenowposted 14 months agoin reply to this

      Unfortunately, this is quite common.  Many, and I mean many cases without such press coverage go very much the same way.  The plea bargain is used hundreds of times a day.  Gang members who have killed multiple people are given reduced sentence if they testify against others and more.  If Cruz and the prosecutor agree to a plea deal, the tax payer will be saved a significant amount of money, time and anguish with a public court case that would likely provide the same verdict..

      1. abwilliams profile image35
        abwilliamsposted 14 months agoin reply to this

        I know it is common and that his Attorneys' job is to fight for his best interest.
        I also believe that the death penalty exists for people exactly like this monster. Would prefer a less expensive, fast track to lethal injection for him. But, like Greg said, if he comes to terms with what he did and it haunts him every day of his life in prison, so be it.

  2. Aime F profile image84
    Aime Fposted 14 months ago

    Not really crazy at all. I don’t think there’s any room in any judicial system to say “okay, go ahead and kill yourself instead of going through sentencing,” and it’s the job of his attorneys to get him the best sentencing they can. Keep in mind that he’s 19 years old and just because he wants to die now doesn’t mean he’ll want to die when his hypothetical death penalty rolls around.

    1. abwilliams profile image35
      abwilliamsposted 14 months agoin reply to this

      Just pointing out the irony of it all.
      Most of these guys want to die, when they have gotten to the point, where they are capable of such horrible acts, they no longer want to live.
      He didn't die (he is the exception to the rule) and now he has a team working to keep him alive.

      1. gregas profile image81
        gregasposted 14 months agoin reply to this

        For me, I feel he should have life without the possibility of parole. There will be a point that it will hit him, if it hasn't already, that he did something so stupid. He more than likely went into this with the idea he would be killed, but wasn't. Now he is going to have to live with that for the rest of his like, whatever that might be. And DON'T give him the opportunity to take the easy way out. MAKE him live with it.

        1. abwilliams profile image35
          abwilliamsposted 14 months agoin reply to this

          If only Greg!

    2. GA Anderson profile image92
      GA Andersonposted 14 months agoin reply to this

      Hi Aime, I agree with your comment, except for one little thing. If Cruz is guilty, then I think his actions forfeit any consideration of his wants - either now or ten years from now.


  3. Live to Learn profile image83
    Live to Learnposted 14 months ago

    I say definitely keep him from committing suicide. Definitely don't kill him. Use him as a lab rat study to better understand the mass shooter mentality. We don't have many who survive their rampage.

    1. abwilliams profile image35
      abwilliamsposted 14 months agoin reply to this

      That would be great, if they could learn something about his mind. See what is missing (or there and not supposed to be there) via a brain scan, etc.
      Obviously, his being used as a lab rat will never fly, but maybe something beneficial will be gained in studying him.


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