I have no opinion on the legal issues in Summerlin v. Stewart [*]. I would, however, like to know who owns the movie rights.
It’s the strangest tale you will encounter this month. Note, in particular, the view of the defense lawyer in the case that her drunken sexual encounter with the prosecutor constituted a conflict of interest for herself but not for him.
Having read the opinions, I find it hard to escape two reflections:
(1) The Arizona court system is seriously fouled up. Executing someone after such a farcical process doesn’t pass the smell test.
(2) Putting Mr. Summerlin out of his misery doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all, from his perspective or ours. It really isn’t his fault that he’s incapable of controlling his homicidal rage, but as long as he has the use of his hands he will pose a mortal threat to the people around him.