Two wrongs never make a right; Update: Forde sentenced to death

Posted on February 15, 2011


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Recently convicted anti-illegal immigrant activist/vigilante Shawna Forde  has been deemed eligible for the death penalty.

From KGUN:

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – An Arizona jury says the leader of an anti-illegal-immigrant group convicted in a deadly 2009 home invasion robbery is eligible for the death penalty.

Pima County Superior Court jurors reached their decision Tuesday after 45 minutes of deliberations. They now will hear several days of mitigating evidence from defense attorneys on why Shawna Forde’s life should be spared.

The 42-year-old Forde was convicted Monday on two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in the May 2009 home invasion in Arivaca, a desert community about 10 miles north of Mexico. Killed in the robbery were 29-year-old Raul Flores and his 9-year-old daughter Brisenia.

Forde is the leader of the Minutemen American Defense, a small border watch group. Prosecutors say she planned the attack to help fund its anti-immigrant operations.

It was reported previously that sheriff’s deputies said Flores was a known drug dealer and they suspected a plan was crafted by Forde to rob Flores and use the gains to finance her own group’s activities.  Perhaps she justified the crime to herself because Flores was a known drug criminal.

Let me just put my own thoughts on record and say that resorting to criminal activity against anyone, including another criminal is never the right thing to do regardless of the reason.   You do not fight criminal activity by committing a crime as well.  The ends do not justify the means.   

In this case, the fact that a 9 yr old child was also killed in the attack makes the crime even more heinous.  Now that Ms. Forde has been found guilty and is eligible for the death penalty, let’s hope maximum justice is served.

More information and background on Forde and her breakaway group (which had 12 members) here.

UPDATE:

Forde got what she deserved and became the third woman on Arizona’s death row.

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