Relevant quote by the amazingly scrupulous strategic mastermind of a defense attorney, John Scarpa:
“A sentence of 25 years to life is an incredibly long period of time, Judge. Shouldn’t that be reserved for people who are guilty of killing certain classes of individuals? Who is the victim in this case? Is the victim a person in the higher end of the community?”
Yo, I understand the whole notion that defense attorneys are supposed to actually try their damnedest to get their client off, but this is…well, quite frankly, friggin’ idiotic is a massive understatement. Hey, she’s trans and engaged in prostitution/drugs, so she’s obviously near worthless/who gives a shit, right?
Evidently, the judge, Richard Buchter, didn’t buy that crap and instead slammed Mr. Rasheen Everett with 29 years. Of course, the judge hopefully didn’t decide upon his sentence solely on the actions of his lawyer (punishing the defendant due to the actions of the lawyer is problematic even though Rasheen is clearly in the wrong here).
And while I’m very pro-rehabilitation, Mr. Rasheen Everett was noted to (at least in the instances mentioned in the article) not really give a shit about his actions it seems. Perhaps a stint in jail might change that, but this ain’t Scandinavia, so that’s unlikely as hell. Damn shame (of course, bigger issue at hand is the death of Amanda, and that’s a damn shame regardless of everything else).
On another note, wonder what our dear legal friend Mr. Scarpa was thinking when he attempted that ploy. Maybe we’ll find out?