Decrying the modern U.S. justice system as a “joke,” National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent advocated for a return to America’s old method of public hangings so that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could have “his neck stretched” on the Fourth of July.
In a column published on the right-wing site WorldNetDaily on Sunday, the conservative rocker (who has a long history of doing and saying outrageous things) complained that the justice process takes too long. “Imagine if this jihadist punk had basically committed the same crimes 150 years ago,” Nugent wrote. “He would have been swinging from an oak tree in Boston Common no longer than 60 days from the date of his arrest. That would be justice.”
He added: “But that won’t happen to this guilty voodoo vermin. If he’s ever executed, it will be many years from now after our so-called justice system goes through its strange eternal, time-wasting, court-and-lawyer maneuvers from hell.”
Nugent concluded with what his own “dream” justice for the 19-year-old suspect would be: “a July 4 celebration of stringing this son-of-a-b-tch up in the Boston Common and letting the crows pick on his rotting flesh.”
The Huffington Post:
Nugent’s comments may not be surprising, given his past propensity for over-the-top commentary, but he is only the latest politician to advocate for unconventional strategies for dealing with Tsarnaev.
On Friday night, after the teenager was arrested in Watertown, Mass., New York state Sen. Greg Ball (R) took to Twitter to suggest law enforcement use torture to extract a confession from the suspect.
...Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), meanwhile, called on the Obama administration to deny Tsarnaev his Miranda Rights.
In fact, Tsarnaev was not read his Miranda Rights, the Associated Press notes. A Justice Department official told the outlet they would be invoking a public safety exception meant to protect the police or the public from immediate danger.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.