Last week, a man standing trial for a double homicide in Utah wrote an e-mail to the Ogden newspaper, the Standard Examiner. In it, he commented on some of the evidence in the case and the credibility of one of the witnesses against him.
As a former lawyer, I can tell you that this is an attorney’s worst nightmare. An attorney doesn’t want his client talking to anyone, much less the press. That is especially true in a serious case such as this, in which the defendant is facing the death penalty.
Even worse, this is Utah, where one of the methods of execution is by firing squad, a particularly grisly practice permitted almost nowhere else.
Why do I bring all this up?
Because at the end of his e-mail, this accused murderer made one additional little comment to the newspaper:“While I have you here, my friends and I would like to request that you bring back the comics, Pearls Before Swines and Garfield. Thank you.”
Sure, he spelled “Swine” wrong, and fine, he mentioned Garfield. But the point is that this accused double-murderer knows a good comic when he sees it.
My only complaint is that he opened the letter with the trivial matter of trying to avoid the firing squad, thus burying the important stuff at the end.
But hey, a fan’s a fan.
So let that be a warning to any newspaper that dares to drop Pearls.
I know people.