The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Wednesday, 07 January 2004]

Confession from Anna Lindh’s murderer

With a confession from prime suspect Mijailo Mijailovic, it looks like the grotesque murder of Anna Lindh is cleared up.

The confession, together with DNA evidence and witness statements, should provide an airtight case against the apparently mentally troubled Mijailovic. It remains to be seen whether a psychiatric examination will be ordered performed on Mijailovic, and the results of said examination.

As Sweden doesn’t have the death penalty, the harshest sentence Mijailovic would face is life in prison–which, according to the article, usually translates to no more than 14 years served.

I guess I’m becoming increasingly Americanized, but I almost spat out my coffee when I read that last factoid in the article. Jeez. Fourteen years? In Arizona I think you can get that for looking sideways at a police officer.

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