After one of the longest trials in recent history, and surely the longest testimony by the defendant (18 days) and after her conviction for killing her some-time lover, Jodi Arias’ jury could not come to a decision on whether she should spend life in prison or get the death penalty.
One of the jury told FoxNews
Zervakos said he believed Alexander (the victim) mentally and verbally abused Arias.
“Is that an excuse? Of course not. Does it factor in the decision that we make? It has to,” he said.
The mistrial set the stage for a whole new proceeding to determine whether the 32-year-old former waitress should get a life sentence or the death penalty for murdering Alexander five years ago. Arias stabbed and slashed him nearly 30 times, slit his throat slit from ear to ear and shot him in the forehead in what prosecutors described as a jealous rage after the victim wanted to end their affair and planned to head off on a trip to Mexico with another woman.
I have no doubt that Jodi Arias is guilty of killing her boyfriend, and while I have in the past been a huge advocate of the death penalty, I have in recent years changed my mind about the death penalty. Not because I think it is wrong per se to legally execute someone for taking the life of another person, but I do not have the confidence in our “justice system” to be 100% right in convictions.
In recent years since DNA science has improved, Texas alone has released dozens of prisoners, some off death row, when the retested DNA evidence proved that they were innocent. Not “not guilty” but actually innocent of the crime they were convicted of. Not on a “technical” flaw in the prosecution’s case, but actually proving that there was no chance this person who had been convicted on the testimony of eye witnesses was actually innocent.
If we are to execute any, even for the worst crimes, then we must execute all that are convicted. It shouldn’t matter what the evidence is, though, because there is not a 100% chance that all who are convicted are actually guilty, and eye witness testimony is the most unreliable kind.
I have come to believe that life, natural life, in prison is a much “worse” punishment than being executed. Plus, in the event that evidence later proves the person is actually innocent, the State will not be issuing that information after execution of the unjustly convicted. There is at least a chance that the innocent can go free and have some sort of life after prison.
One case I am aware of that the young man convicted for murder was 10 years later proven innocent by DNA and in addition, it was shown that the detective involved withheld evidence that would have proven it before he was convicted.
Humans make mistakes, and humans do things for various reasons, and cops and Das are human, and therefore subject to mistakes and/or sometimes have unjust motives and the “law” is not always “justice” because of these things.
While I completely believe that there is a Just Judge who will judge every human on earth, who is totally just and knows men’s hearts, and that every one of these people will face that Judge for a final trial. Those dark souls who have wantonly snuffed out the life of another will have to face that Judge, and I would not like to face that Judge with murder on my soul.
Jodi’s victim may have been emotionally or physically abusive to her in the past, but he was not stalking her, she was stalking him. She did not have to kill him in order to protect her own life or safety, she killed him with malice, most likely because he was dumping her and going to Mexico with another woman. That prior abuse (if it was true) did not justify her killing him. It was not self defense.
Jodi has many of the hallmarks of a psychopath (sociopath) and is a prolific liar, not skipping a beat between telling two different and conflicting “versions” of what happened.
This week’s news has included a woman who held a robber at gunpoint in a parking lot until the police got there. It also included a man who shot and killed an armed man who was attempting a “home invasion robbery.” I have no problem at all with someone defending themselves or some one else, even if it requires deadly force. I do have a problem with the State executing someone because the State makes mistakes because the State is US—and we are human.
So let Jodi take a “plea” and spent the rest of her natural life in prison, and save the tax payers the money for a new trial. I believe there will come a day when Jodi will face another Judge, and His sentence will be entirely JUST.