I think I may have found an issue that conservatives, liberals, libertarians, socialists and centrists can all agree on.
No, really, in a politically divided and polarizing nation, there may be one unifying cause that brings us all together...
...The Parkland shooter, the miserable little psychopath who confessed to murdering 17 people on Valentines Day 2018, is a blood-sucking government parasite. I'm serious. He's not just guilty of murdering people, he's also mooching the system.
The man responsible for the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, whose name I won't say out loud because he doesn't deserve the fame, will be receiving a share of a Metlife insurance policy valued at over $864,929.
He's supposedly going to be splitting this payout with his step-brother so let's just say conservatively that he's receiving about $400,000.
$400,000 can buy a lot of time with a top-tier attorney. His newfound wealth should legally disqualify him from receiving the help of a public defender.
Now the Broward Public Defender’s Office is requesting the judge take them off the little nut job's case.
The Broward Public Defender's Office wrote in a plea to the court, “The Law Office of the Public Defender is statutorily prohibited from representing a non-indigent client.”
They also told the court that until recently they were unaware of the payout.
It's unclear how the Parkland shooter got the life insurance payout, but his mother died in November 2017, so that's a pretty likely explanation.
For whatever it's worth, I don't have a problem with court-appointed attorneys. The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is pretty clear: you have the right to legal representation if if you've been charged with a criminal offense. If you lack the resources to hire legal representation, you may be entitled to a court-appointed attorney.
But the Parkland shooter doesn't lack the resources. He has $400,000. He can hire two attorneys if he wants.
It's safe to assume the judge will agree with the shooter's government-funded attorneys. Tax payers in Broward County, Florida shouldn't be required to foot the bill for this sick monster.
May his efforts to find a new attorney be long and grueling.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - APRIL 27: Florida school shooting suspect quickly glances up at the prosecutors during a hearing on April 27, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The parasite, 19, is charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the February 14, 2018 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Parasite's attorney has said he would plead guilty if guaranteed life without parole, but prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. (Photo by Taimy Alvarez-Pool/Getty Images)