Self-proclaimed “minuteman” Shawna Forde has been found guilty for the murder of Raul Flores and his daughter in 2009, and will now be facing the death penalty.
Arizona jurors found an anti-illegal immigration activist — portrayed as the ringleader of a hit squad — should receive the death penalty for the killings of a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter, a court spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The Pima County jury’s decision, which was unanimous, is binding.
If the jury had not voted for the death penalty, the judge would have decided whether Shawna Forde should have received life with a chance of parole after 35 years or life with no possibility of parole.
Forde was convicted February 14 on eight counts, including two counts of murder for the shooting deaths of Raul Flores and his daughter, Brisenia, and the attempted murder of the child’s mother, Gina Gonzales.
The vigilante attacks were in May 2009. The child and her father were American-born U.S. citizens but were targeted by Forde and her hit squad.
JusticeForShawna, a pro-Forde website that insists she is a political prisoner being attacked for being white and conservative, railed against the jury’s findings when the verdict came down last week.
There is a saying among jurists to the effect that we would rather see a hundred guilty men go free than allow a single innocent man to be falsely convicted. The Tucson jury that convicted Forde is sending America a message: when it comes to white conservatives, we would rather convict a hundred innocent people than let one guilty person go free.
In America, accused murderers like Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers and Black Panther Huey Newton, as well as O. J. Simpson, have been acquitted in cases where there was far more evidence of guilt than there was in the Shawna Forde case. Newton and Simpson are black. Ayers is white but hates America. Forde is white and loves America. That makes her a viable scapegoat in today’s politically correct atmosphere.