Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Trial Continues

Michael Addison's murder trial - the guy who (allegedly) shot and killed Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs - is going at full speed. Lots of testimony from officers that were there as well as others including Addison's partner-in-crime Antoine Bell-Rogers, his ex-girlfriends, and most recently from the negotiator from the Boston PD that talked him out of his grandmother's apartment in Dorchester.

I had forgotten to talk about this sooner because of my own interruptions and difficulties, but it has been a long time coming. There were all kinds of delays and pre-trial motions made by the defense trying to change the venue. Their main concern is that he won't get a fair trial in Manchester. I don't know the answer to that question, but it is possible. That said, regardless of the venue the prosecution's case is overwhelming.

I've written about this in the past. Actually, I wrote about it here and here. And my view has not changed. I still believe Addison is guilty, and I still believe he should be held accountable for what he did.

I have to end this by saying that I am generally not in favor of the death penalty. That said, there are times when as a means of punishment it is appropriate, and I can think of two of them: one is for the murder of a child. The other is for the murder of a public safety official in the line of duty.

Based on that, I believe you can draw your own conclusions about where I stand.

1 comment:

Ellie said...

I saw the look on the cops' faces at his funeral, and I will not forget them. I'm with you, Walt.