The Case for Life for Nikolas Cruz
The Case for Life for Nikolas Cruz
Why this petition matters
Nikolas Cruz has pleaded guilty on all counts of murder and attempted murder. At this point, the decision has come down to whether or not to spare his life. I know many people consider him a ruthless monster, but if you take a moment to learn about his life, you will find many things that point to mental illness. Not only has Cruz been diagnosed with Autism, it is very clear and evident in his behavior that he does not comprehend at the age of an adult. These are the factors that the defense will consider during this case, as to whether or not he should be sentenced to death. He witnessed the death of his adoptive father from a heart attack when the future killer was five years old in 2004 and was subsequently raised by a single mother who abused alcohol and who died suddenly 15 weeks before the massacre.
Their brain damaged client was exposed by his natural mother to illegal drugs, alcohol and nicotine in utero and had to be resuscitated at birth, with the alcohol causing a neurodevelopmental disorder.
Immature for his age with impaired social skills, he was bullied and ostracized by his younger brother and peers and sexually abused by a trusted peer, his lawyers state.
Medicated throughout his childhood, he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, with deficits or delays in memory, motor function, cognition and well as adaptive, executive and independent functioning.
During the attack, he was under the influence of extreme mental or emotional disturbance and had a substantially impaired capacity to appreciate the criminality of his conduct or to conform it to the requirements of the law.
He was diagnosed with acute psychosis immediately after killings. (Hallucinations and delusions).
He does not pose a threat to society, he will never be released. The death penalty is an immoral and outdated process that should never have existed in the first place. I understand why many people have bitterness, toward him, but many people have played a part in this horrific tragedy. The government itself was incompetent and did not do anything despite 39 calls to the police. The government is trying to cover up it's actions. The argument is posed, that Cruz will have issues while in prison if not sentenced to death due to the confrontation that Cruz and security guard Raymond Beltran had. This is the only instance of an issue he had. This guard had been reported by Cruz's attorney, Melissa Mcneill for mistreatment, two weeks prior to the incident, which would have been presented in court, if the case had gone to trial. This case is not a question of whether or not Nikolas Cruz is guilty. He has acknowledged and apologized for his actions, this is a plea to spare him from the death penalty, by the people of Florida, to do the right thing and not invoke this merciless punishment. If there was ever a question about his mental stability, an unbiased juror, would recommend life in prison. If you do not believe that the death penalty should be made illegal, read my argument on https://www.change.org/EndtheDeathPenaltyinFlorida . If you still do not agree on that, this case has an extra factor to it. If you visit https://www.trbas.com/media/media/acrobat/2019-04/47074454111040-08104433.pdf Just in this, there is evidence that Nikolas Cruz does not have the mental process of a 23 year old man. If you believe that Cruz should be spared of death, please sign this petition and share it on social media platforms. This could have all been prevented, if countless people wouldn't have failed. After the fact, this painful process could have been prevented by prosecutors accepting a plea deal, but no, tragedy was added on to tragedy. Judge Elizabeth Scherer still has the ability to automatically impose a life sentence. If you are in agreeance that this should be done, please sign, and share. This petition could be applicable even after sentencing if he is indeed sentenced to death. If you continue signing, you could get this to appear on our local news channel, which could make a difference in people's perspectives. All we need is one juror! Please sign and share!!!