Cop-killer deserves death penalty
By Howie Carr | Sunday, December 14, 2008 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
How much do you want to bet that convicted cop-killer Michael Stix Addison starts crying buckets in court tomorrow? The bailiffs in Manchester, N.H., better have plenty of tissues ready when his limousine-liberal defense lawyers start playing the violins again for the stone-cold killer from Dorchester.
Its all part of a now-familiar script for monsters such as Stix, as he struggles to dodge what he so richly deserves: a lethal injection for murdering Manchester police officer Michael Briggs in cold blood in October 2006.
Tomorrow the jury will hear closing arguments about what sentence Stix should receive. Stix, who has been a burden on taxpayers since his alcoholic 15-year-old mother gave birth to him, has a battery of public defenders who have spent the last few weeks begging the Hillsborough County jury for compassion, mercy and understanding - you know, just what he didnt show officer Briggs, or anyone else he ever ran into.
For the benefit of the jury, Stix has been on at least one crying jag since this appalling presentencing charade began. So far the jurors have been informed that:
Stix was an aspiring rapper. (Stop me if youve heard this one before.)
He was trying to turn his life around. (Although whenever hed be offered a job, usually hed never return to the job site.)
He told a public agency that he had ADD - attention deficit disorder - which might have set him up to collect Social Security. When the agency offered to test him for this alleged disability, he . . . never returned.
He dearly loved his mother, who died of cocaine abuse in February 2007, even though he was once convicted of assaulting her after screaming, You cant beat me, dog bitch!
He was a mischievous youth, according to his cousin, a youth advocate who got the future cop-killer a job as a peer leader.
Stixs parents, neither of whom was named Addison, had three children together though they never married, as the Union Leader delicately put it. Gee, I wonder why they never got hitched.
One of his cousins committed suicide, one died of AIDS and two friends were shot and killed. And this makes him different from anybody else . . . how?
He had difficulty with impulse control. Whoever would have imagined that?
Of course the prosecution has been presenting its witnesses too, the other victims of this poor misguided youth who fell through the cracks of the Reagan-Bush years etc. , etc.
One witness testified how one day in 1996, at Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester, Stix came up and said, A Cape Verdeans gonna get shot today, then put a loaded gun in his face and pulled the trigger. (The gun didnt go off). Then there was the guy at the Mexican restaurant who talked about the bullet flying over his head. Another witness testified about finding a bullet in a futon in his apartment in Manchester after Stix, in the apartment next door, had difficulty with impulse control and opened fire.
My prediction is the jury gives him the death penalty, but that his sleazy lawyers find some bleeding-heart judge to stop the execution. Now thatll be something to cry about.