I wrote last week about John Couey, the man who raped and then killed a nine-​​year-​​old girl, from the con­text in favor of his receiv­ing the death penalty — not an easy view for me to take, but in this case I felt that was the most sen­si­ble approach.

He’s been rec­om­mended for death as of today.

The jury, on a 10–2 vote, brushed aside pleas for mercy and a life sen­tence from defense lawyers based on claims that John Evander Couey, 48, is men­tally retarded and suf­fers from chronic men­tal ill­ness. Jurors, the same ones who con­victed him last week, delib­er­ated for about one hour.

The judge doesn’t have to go with the jury’s deci­sion, but ide­ally he will.

There’s no cause to cel­e­brate this. But there’s no rea­son to stop it from hap­pen­ing either. There is no hope that this man can redeem his crime and there is no rea­son to keep him on the planet.

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