The U.S. Supreme Court has formally dismissed the case of Lee Boyd Malvo, who caused panic in the Beltway when he participated in the 2002 “DC Sniper” incident.
Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the shooting spree, had been challenging his life without parole sentence.
The challenge came after Virginia passed a new law that allows minors sentenced to life without parole to seek release after two decades behind bars.
Malvo’s accomplice in the shootings, John Allen Muhammad, was executed in 2009. He was 41 at the time of the shooting and robbery spree, which left seventeen people dead over a ten-month span.
Then a minor, Malvo claimed he was on “Jihad” against the USA, and committed the acts in hopes of disrupting the nation. Upon capture,he received four life sentences in Virginia, where he was convicted of two murders. He would later enter a separate guilty plea to avoid the death penalty.
Following a series of appeals moves from within the Virginia court system, the US Supreme Court became involved in October and eventually dismissed the case.
According to MSN.com, Malvo also has a life without parole sentence in Maryland.
Malvo has become something of a folk legend in urban culture, and is frequently mentioned in lyrics ranging from artists such as Xzibit to Tech N9ne.
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This is some of the shoddiest journalism I’ve ever seen.
The case against Malvo was not dismissed. Fake News.
The Supreme Court did not get involved in the prosecution of Malvo. That is false.
SCOTUS did not cite Virginia’s law in it’s decision to dismiss the case. Both The Commonwealth of Virginia and the defense asked SCOTUS to dismiss the case, citing the new VA law.
Is this deliberate bullshit? Or is this the level of journalism that informs the LEP community at large?
Of course it’s deliberate .. and popped up on my facebook page.