I believe the words that sealed the ultimate fate of this man, accused of rape and murder, were “We close at 5.”
And so convicted rapist and murderer, Michael Richard, was put to death by lethal injection. It was the manner of death that was on issue, not the guilt or innocence of Richard.
Well while Republicans up and down the state “praised the judge for treating Richard like the killer he was” someone filed a complaint. Actually a whole bunch of death penalty activists did.
And so now “Killer” Keller will face the state’s judicial ethics commission in a public trial that could result in her removal from the bench, a reprimand, a slap on the wrist, or complete exoneration.
In my humble opinion, someone who is condemned to death – that is the public ending of his days - deserves to be heard and does not deserve the peckish and decidedly icy response “we close at 5.” It reflects on the entire state, and deservedly so, as it was the voters that put this cold-hearted woman on the bench.