Yes, it turns out that Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane is still as big an ass today as he was the day of his sentencing when he gave victims’ families the finger in court and said, “The hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates to the memory… F— all of you.” More recently, it seems that Lane hasn’t changed much, but just isn’t fitting in with prison life, so his lawyer is arguing that his sentence be reduced.
Lane, now 19, is currently serving a life-without-the-possibility-of-parole sentence for killing three of his classmates in a school cafeteria in February 2012. His performance at his sentencing quoted above was roundly interpreted as showing a distinct lack of regret or remorse at his crimes.
Since then, prison officials have confirmed that Lane tried to tattoo himself, and act which the prison considers self-mutilation. Lane was punished by 10 days in solitary. He also reportedly refused to do assigned work on one occasion, and was again punished, this time with a verbal reprimand and 10 days without recreation.
Though Lane’s lawyer, Michael Partlow, acknowledges his client’s discontent, wisely, he chose another argument for the appeal filed October 21, 2013. Partlow argues that since the Supreme Court ruled that a juvenile can’t be sentenced to death, it follows that a life sentence should not be handed down either. Partlow states that as a juvenile his client should never have been bound over for trial as an adult and charged with murder; he argues that this was a violation of Lane’s right to due process. Partlow further argues that the sentence is cruel and unusual for a child, who could change a great deal over the years, and should be vacated so that Lane may be tried for delinquency in juvenile court.
It may be noted that there is no mention of remorse or apology on the part of the juvenile Mr. Lane.
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