Originally Posted by jettio
I think the best argument regards mitigating circumstances that his lawyers could make would be that he is only a year or two older than the minimum age for the death penalty and he has been smoking weed regularly since before he was death penalty eligible until a short time ago.
If the argument for a minimum age for the death penalty is that the mind is not fully developed for full culpability, then the fact that
affected his developing mind and made him more likely to become overly religious and unduly influenced by his brother. The paranoia that comes with dope smoking can make a susceptible person think that he or his religion has all of the answers.
Yeesh. If this Twinkie defense is the best anyone can come up with, then he's pretty well ****ed. And yes, in fact, that may well be the best anyone can come up with and he probably is ****ed. I certainly hope he is at any rate...
(I do note that you basically say so yourself in your subsequent paragraphs).