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The Blame Game

Susan Estrich has this commentary on the rapidity and looseness with which people started slinging blame in the Tucson shooting.  Who is really to blame?

Obviously, the person to blame is the one who pulled the trigger.  If, as all evidence suggests, that man was Jared Lee Loughner, then it is perfectly clear that the man to blame is a deeply disturbed, mentally ill, deranged individual who -- in my book at least -- knew what he was doing and knew that it was wrong. And that is all that is required to defeat an insanity plea and establish his responsibility.

He deserves a vigorous defense.

And if, as the evidence suggests, he is guilty, he deserves the ultimate penalty.

Sarah Palin also made a statement, including this: "Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state...."


I have roughly as much desire to know what former Gov. Palin believes on any topic, let alone "blood libel", as I do Flea Bailey.

Ditto for me, Cal. Prosecutor.

The Palin comment was added because I thought the congruence between her and Susan Estrich was interesting. This is not a pair that agrees often.


While they certainly come from vastly different ends of the spectrun, one must at least must consider the qualifications of Ms. Estrich when she speaks on a legal topic before dismissing her blather.

Ms. Palin is, to quote Debra Saunders, just not a serious thinker.

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