On Wednesday, while the Senate was debating about which way to destroy the country, another tragedy due to Washington irresponsibility was being played out in a New York state courtroom, as one more murder by an illegal alien was tried.
The crime was brutally clear. It took jurors only 2 1/2 hours to find illegal alien Douglas Herrera guilty  on all 15 counts of raping and murdering suburban mom Mary Nagle in her home. (See earlier Vdare account with photo here  and local obituary .) Herrera had been hired to power-wash the deck of the Nagle home, but instead took the opportunity to attack and kill his employer.
There were tears in the eyes of some jurors, too, when medical examiner Lone Thanning provided them with a clinical but grisly account of the victim's injuries. Nagle _ the mother of a 9-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy _ fought with her killer for at least 15 minutes, Thanning testified, and perhaps for as long as 30 minutes.
The killer inflicted "among the most horrific injuries I've ever seen," Thanning said. The jurors passed a tissue box, while some members of the panel simply turned away from the crime scene photos. [Accused killer: I don't remember anything about that day , Newsday, 4/4/06]
After the rape and murder, Herrera used Mary Nagle's cell phone to call her friends and family , including her sister, making lewd comments as he bragged about the crime.
In another demonstration of disdain for the safety of American citizens, on Tuesday Senate Democrats blocked an amendment that would bar illegal aliens convicted of felonies  from obtaining U.S. citizenship.
Don't legislators have enough blood on their hands  already?