On one hand, I can see where he's coming from - he'll be under fire no matter what he says. If he asks for lenience, he'll be accused of undermining the judicial system and "destroying America" - not that these fucking traitors aren't doing that already. If he does the opposite, he'll be called cruel and ruthless.
On the other hand, this makes him look just as bad, if not worse, when he just remains silent. Just saying "it's incredibly important we prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that a man is guilty before we execute him" is neutral enough to have little to no leaning, but implies enough to have an effect. Even President Clinton made comments about the Lee Wen Ho case, not that it made a difference.
That being said, this case makes me want to vomit. Fucking bureaucrats are ruining the country.