Wednesday, February 07, 2007

"Texas Man Gets Death for Killing Fetus"

From the AP:
A former youth pastor was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing a teenager and her fetus in what is believed to be the first such order in Texas, the nation's busiest death penalty state.

Adrian Estrada, 23, was convicted Friday of one count of capital murder for the death of Stephanie Sanchez and the fetus, of which he was the father.

"This is a significant case," said Bexar County prosecutor Susan Reed. "This is significant for the state."

A 2003 Texas law amended the definition of the word "individual" to include an "unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth."
Interesting, no? I mean, if the Texas law defines an "individual" to include a fetus, then can a woman be criminally prosecuted for having an abortion? That seems like a future showdown with the Supreme Court.

Anywho, here's an odd observation:
Estrada's attorney, Suzanne Kramer, had argued that her client made bad decisions.

"It that enough to execute him? Is that enough to kill him?" she asked the jury.
WTF? "Her client made bad decisions"? Well, no shizit, Sherlock! That's like saying that Hannibal Lecter had "poor culinary habits" or Ted Bundy had "improper stress relief techniques" or OJ Simpson had "ineffective anger suppression", isn't it?

Yeah, it's pretty safe to say that killing a pregnant teen isn't exactly a brilliant decision. And in my view, to answer Ms. Kramer's question: Yes, that "poor decision" thingy is enough to execute him!