The thing that murdered 17 innocent children and staff in the Parkland school massacre is upset that he is being called the killer. He should be treated the exact same way he brutally murdered my Alex. #NOMERCY https://t.co/W6LnewkxCE
— Max Schachter (@maxschachter) July 13, 2021
Don’t call the Parkland shooter a killer, his lawyers say. Don’t call him a murderer. Don’t call him “the thing,” as some have.
And don’t call the murders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a “massacre,” a “shooting spree” or the “schoolhouse slaughter.”
Nikolas Cruz, who shot and killed 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School three years ago, is still entitled to a fair trial, and his lawyers say he won’t get one if prosecutors and witnesses use the colorful language to describe him or the incident.
“References to Mr. Cruz with the use of inflammatory labels will violate his constitutional right to due process and his right to a fair trial,” his lawyers wrote in a motion filed June 30.