Kimberly Atkins, a reporter for the Boston Herald, called me yesterday regarding Deval Patrick, the Democratic candidate for governor in Massachusetts. Patrick played a notorious role in the Ruby Ridge scandal, overruling a Justice Department panel regarding FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi. Horiuchi was the guy who gunned down Vicki Weaver as she held her baby in the cabin door on an Idaho mountaintop in 1992. Patrick decreed that applying the death sentence was not “excessive force.”
Atkins quoted & tagged me: “It was obscene,” said author James Bovard, an outspoken critic of federal officials’ handling of the case. “There was no need for the excessive force the FBI used in gunning down a mother holding her baby.”
It is refreshing to see this issue being raised again. Let’s see if Massachusetts liberals give a damn about excessive force.