The teenager who murdered four students and injured seven other people at Oxford High School in Michigan on November 30 hoped that the massacre would lead to President Joe Biden’s impeachment.
“Hopefully my shooting will cause Biden to get impeached,” Ethan Crumbley, 15, wrote in his journal.
He also predicted that the massacre would be so devastating that “sleepy fucking Joe Biden will have to make an apolg(y) to people.”
Attorneys for Ethan’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, made the disclosure in a court filing on Wednesday. The parents are worried that politics may hurt their chances of getting a fair trial and is trying to block their son’s journal, text messages to a friend and Internet searches on school shootings from being admitted as evidence when their case goes to trial, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Defense attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman said in their filing that the “sleepy Joe” phrase is “directly associated with Trump” and argued that their clients “should not be found guilty or not guilty depending on the attitudes of the jurors about Presidents Biden and Trump. Political beliefs have no legitimate role in this trial.”
“The materials risk the danger of turning jury deliberations into a political debate,” the defense lawyers argued, adding: “It would also be likely to lead to longer deliberations and possibly an endless string of hung juries, as the likelihood that all jurors would have the same attitude about the anti-Biden diatribe of (Ethan) is surely close to zero.”
The Crumbleys are also trying to prevent the jury from hearing about their alleged affairs, pot smoking, drinking habits, horse hobby or messy house.
Ethan Crumbley murdered four students and injured six other students and a teacher during the school shooting in November. He was charged as an adult with terrorism, murder and other counts in connection with the shooting.
The Crumbleys are each facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter for their roles in their son’s actions. They bought their son the weapon he used in the massacre as a Christmas gift and ignored warning signs as late as the day of the shooting.