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Farmers' Market Murderer Goes On Trial

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I'm glad to see that the trial of 89-year-old George Russell Weller is finally getting underway. Like a lot of people you might be asking, who's George Weller? Though he hasn't gained the notoriety he so richly deserves, he's the genius who plowed his Buick LeSabre through the Santa Monica Farmers' Market killing 10 people and injuring 60 others in July 2003.

I'm not normally a hang-'em high kind of gal, but there's something about this case that infuriates me and makes me long for the days when scumbags like Weller were dragged through the streets and hung in the public square.

Maybe it's that I find it impossible to believe this was an accident. Maybe it’s because it has taken three long years to bring George Weller to trial. Maybe it's because for so long it seemed as though Weller wasn't going to be charged with any crime at all. But mostly it's because Weller has been treated like a sweet, doddering old man instead of the murdering bastard that he is. Imagine if a 30-year-old had caused this "accident." The perpetrator would have been vilified in the local media, and the D.A. would have already thrown the book at him.