…for now anyway. The jury hung, and because that’s the second time the death penalty is off the table.
The judge has the option of sentencing to LWOP or Life, eligible for parole after 25 years, and of course she’ll do the former. The lynch mob is already angry. Twitter is entering tilt mode from all the traffic from people who wanted a death sentence.
The whole thing doesn’t speak well of us, or our collective ability to reason. That there was even one juror that would have voted for death in such an obviously inappropriate case is yet another testament to the power of official accusation. If a defendant ever offered a defense so obviously unwarranted he would be laughed out of court.
In any case, it’s an appropriate result for two reasons: 1) you basically can’t sentence someone to death for the only crime they have ever committed in their life; and 2) the determination of guilt is about as doubtful as any could be. The trial was a circus; the prosecutor was a blowhard and an idiot; and the investigation was directed by a moron who ignored everything but the easiest target, as if he simply didn’t have the brainpower for a modicum of curiosity, imagination or objectivity.
The bad part of the sentencing outcome is that the case will get far less scrutiny on appeal and in “post-conviction review”. This case should get a lot of attention, because there’s a reasonable prospect that the whole thing turned out wrong.
Update: Sheriff Joe seems to identify with Jodi Arias’ …
“…thirst for adoration and attention, Arias is willing to corrupt these younggirls, all to satisfy her own narcissism. That needs to stop,” Arpaio says.