Every few months in California we get a Charles Manson story – it’s part of the culture out here. Charles Manson was caught with a cellphone (like, imagine who’s in his speed dial?), Manson denied parole, etc.
So I see TMZ with yet another Manson blurb, almost passed it over but the word “Obama” caught my eye. Now that’s new, seeing the names Charles Manson and Barack Obama in the same sentence.
So I read;
Charles Manson’s Attorney Asks Obama For Help
Charles Manson’s lawyer has just sent a fax to President Obama, asking for mercy.
Giovanni Di Stefano — known as “The Devil’s Advocate” — tells TMZ, he wants the Prez to set Manson free.
Di Stefano — who has also repped the likes of Saddam Hussein — says Manson was nothing more than a cult leader, not a murderer — Manson didn’t do the killing. Di Stefano says at worst, Manson is guilty of telling his followers to “do something witchy” — never specifying murder.
Di Stefano complains, “Manson has been made out in America to be the Satan of the criminal justice system. He does not deserve the title.”
The reason this didn’t get dismissed by me out of hand? I actually had to ask myself, as upside-down as things are today, how shocked would I be if Obama said “Yes”? Would you be shocked?
I honestly think I’d be pleasantly surprised if President Obama didn’t pardon Charles Manson these days, and that is what bugs me.