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"...But for One Three-Day Weekend of Terror"

David Westerfield was sentenced to death yesterday for the kidnapping and murder of seven-year-old Danielle van Dam. His attorney expressed his dissatisfaction with the sentence:

"He's a good man but for one three-day weekend of terror," [defense attorney Steven] Feldman said.
As it happens, I'm personally opposed to the death penalty, but spare me. Does this attorney have any idea how ridiculous this makes him sound? Does he have any idea how absurd his statement is on a variety of levels? Does he have any idea how remorseless it makes his client seem?

I have a slightly reworked version of Feldman's statement that I find more accurate: "Danielle van Dam was an innocent child who would be alive today but for one three-day weekend of terror."

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