Of his past we learn only that he is an orphan, and that he studied philosophy and joined the Communist Party.
So his argument here is the equivalent of a person who killed his parents begging for clemency on the grounds of being an orphan.
And in 2007, Focus on the Family estimates it reached 19 million people through its “Cry of the orphan” campaign.
c.1300, from Late Latin orphanus "parentless child" (source of Old French orfeno, Italian orfano), from Greek orphanos "orphaned, without parents, fatherless," literally "deprived," from orphos "bereft," from PIE *orbho- "bereft of father," also "deprived of free status," from root *orbh- "to change allegiance, to pass from one status to another" (cf. Hittite harb- "change allegiance," Latin orbus "bereft," Sanskrit arbhah "weak, child," Armenian orb "orphan," Old Irish orbe "heir," Old Church Slavonic rabu "slave," rabota "servitude" (cf. robot), Gothic arbja, German erbe, Old English ierfa "heir," Old High German arabeit, German Arbeit "work," Old Frisian arbed, Old English earfoð "hardship, suffering, trouble"). As an adjective from late 15c.
1814, from orphan (n.). Related: Orphaned; orphaning.
A model of a car, boat, computer, etc, which is no longer being manufactured, and for which spare parts are hard to find (1940s+)