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on: May 15, 2013, 11:11:42 AM 16 General Crime / Specific Cases / Re: Abortion Doctor Guilty of 1st Degree Murder - LWOP

I don't think the general population like baby killers so he may get something far worse than Lethal injection. He's going to wish he was on death row  ;)

on: May 10, 2013, 12:11:35 AM 18 General Death Penalty / Upcoming/In Progress Death Penalty Trials / Re: Woman charged in boyfriend's death goes to trial

Oh boy, here we go  ::)

Admitted to psych ward: Is Jodi just acting?

A day after an Arizona jury found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder, the 32 year old was admitted to Lower Buckeye Jail's psychiatric ward in Phoenix, AZ.

Although authorities say she under constant supervision, debate has sparked over why Arias is really there.

“If somebody's in a psychiatric ward -- if a clinician takes that responsibility -- she has to meet the criteria to be there,” HLN’s Dr. Drew said Thursday night. “It’s not just manipulation.”

He continued, "[If she is] somebody who started to collapse -- started to cave -- it can get pretty wild.  I wonder if this is a complete collapse and she's falling

However, attorney Mark Eiglarsh strongly disagreed with Dr. Drew over the issue.

"I think this is not about someone with a psychiatric problem," Eiglarsh said. "I think this is someone with a defect in character. She's acting like she has some psychiatric problem. It is just somebody who is p**sed that the jury has condemned her to two options, [life or death].”

Watch the heated debate in the video player above.

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on: May 08, 2013, 09:45:36 PM 19 General Death Penalty / Upcoming/In Progress Death Penalty Trials / Re: Woman charged in boyfriend's death goes to trial

If she wants to die, who are we to not give her what she wants  ;D

I think we can rule out any chance of the Governor granting her clemency, eh?  ;D

on: May 08, 2013, 08:15:20 PM 20 General Death Penalty / Upcoming/In Progress Death Penalty Trials / Re: Woman charged in boyfriend's death goes to trial

Jodi Arias verdict: Travis Alexander's family to file wrongful death lawsuit

PHOENIX - The family of Travis Alexander says they will be filing a wrongful death suit against his convicted killer, Jodi Arias.

Attorneys for the family released a statement  saying they agree with the first-degree murder verdict against Arias.

Attorney Jay Beckstead read the statement Wednesday afternoon on ABC15.

The surviving brothers and sisters of Alexander, who was murdered in his Mesa home in 2008, thanked prosecutor Juan Martinez and Detective Steve Flores for their “hard work and professionalism” in the case.

The siblings requested that their privacy be respected and said they will not be making any further statements or comments until sentencing is complete.

Jodi Arias was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Travis Alexander on Wednesday after a lengthy trial. Sentencing will begin on Thursday at 1 p.m., and Arias could face the death penalty.


on: May 07, 2013, 10:08:17 PM 22 General Death Penalty / Upcoming/In Progress Death Penalty Trials / Re: Woman charged in boyfriend's death goes to trial

Jodi Arias trial: Another day, no decision on verdict

PHOENIX - After two days of deliberations, there's no verdict yet, squashing predictions that this case would be a slam dunk.

A second full day of deliberations proved fruitless Tuesday. The jury of eight men and four women left for the day about 4:40 p.m. without deciding on a verdict.

The speculation was that if the jury came back with a decision quickly, it might work in Jodi's favor. But the longer they deliberate could indicate that the jury is having a hard time coming to an agreement. Still, our legal experts believe the verdict will come out by this Friday.

As they left Tuesday, some of them were smiling and seemed to be in a good mood, but others seemed very serious and subdued.

Due to the crowds outside the courthouse, deputies had to put up crime scene tape so people could get in and out easily.

Jurors first got the case late Friday afternoon. Jury deliberations resume Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.

32-year-old Jodi Arias is charged with first-degree murder in the June 2008 death of her one-time boyfriend Travis Alexander at his Mesa home. He was shot in the head and stabbed and slashed 27 times. Jurors could also convict her of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

Testimony in the case began in early January, and Arias spent 18 days on the witness stand beginning in early February.

What does Arizona Governor Jan Brewer think of the case? Brewer said Tuesday at a separate press event that she thinks Arias is guilty, but didn't elaborate on what charge.

"I don't have all the information but I think she's guilty," Brewer said

The jury options:

-- FIRST-DEGREE MURDER: If jurors believe that Travis Alexander's killing was a premeditated act, they can convict Arias of first-degree murder. This charge carries a possible death sentence or life in prison. Jurors also can consider a more complicated first-degree murder count that says she committed an act of burglary in the course of killing him.

The arguments: Prosecutors say Arias began plotting a murder several days in advance and made a road trip to Alexander's house intending to kill him. They say she stole a gun from her grandparents' home, removed her license plate to avoid detection and turned off her cell phone while she was in Arizona so law enforcement couldn't track her. The defense said the killing was self-defense and noted there's no direct proof she ever brought a gun to Alexander's home.

If the jury convicts her of first-degree murder, the trial will continue as the same panel decides whether Arias should get the death penalty.

-- SECOND-DEGREE MURDER: If jurors think Arias didn't premeditate the killing but still intentionally caused the death of Alexander, they can find her guilty of second-degree murder. The sentencing range for this charge is 10 to 22 years in prison. Arias already has spent nearly five years in jail.

The arguments: A conviction on this count would be a victory for the defense, since it would spare Arias' life and get her out of prison before she's 50 years old in a worst-case scenario. Prosecutors say there's no doubt she committed second-degree murder, but they are pushing for first-degree.

If the jury finds Arias is guilty of either first-degree murder or second-degree murder, but has reasonable doubt as to which one it is, they are directed to convict her of second-degree murder.

-- MANSLAUGHTER: If jurors think Arias didn't plan the killing in advance, but instead believe the attack occurred upon a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion after "adequate" provocation from Alexander, they can convict Arias of manslaughter. A conviction on this charge carries a sentence of seven to 21 years in prison.

-- ACQUITTAL: If the jury believes Arias killed Alexander in self-defense, it could find her not guilty of all charges, in which case Arias would be released.

on: May 06, 2013, 10:18:16 AM 23 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Re: Casey Anthony Defense Strategy: Blame Her Dad

Casey Anthony Trial Judge Belvin Perry Discusses Not Guilty Verdict On ‘Today’ [VIDEO]

The judge presiding over the Casey Anthony trial discussed the not-guilty verdict handed in by jurors for the first time on Monday’s “Today” show.

Judge Belvin Perry said in an interview with Savannah Guthrie he was surprised about the jury’s verdict. Perry described Anthony as a woman who was in control and was aware of what she wanted in the trial.

“There was the side that was before the jury, where she portrayed the role of a mother who had lost a child, someone who was wrongfully accused, and then you could notice the change and transformation in her when the jury went out,” Perry said.


Perry called Anthony “commanding” and noted, from where he sat as a judge, he could “see her sometimes scolding her attorneys.”

Perry’s “Today” interview provides an inside glimpse into what happened between Anthony and her attorneys while also discussing the course of the trial. When Anthony’s attorneys were contemplating a deal that would have Anthony plead guilty to aggravated manslaughter, Perry said he could hear Anthony yelling and cursing at her lawyers and becoming so distraught that one of her lawyers thought she may be unable to proceed with the trial.

In regard to the not-guilty verdict rendered by the jury, Perry was as shocked as the nation that followed the trial. Anthony was charged with first-degree murder for the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony. On July 15, 2008, Anthony’s grandmother, Cindy Anthony, reported her granddaughter was missing for 31 days and noted a suspicious smell coming from her daughter’s car.

Anthony’s attitude and disregard for her daughter’s disappearance led many to believe she had killed her daughter. Cindy reported to police that her daughter told her several stories about where Caylee was before saying she had not seen the 2-year-old for weeks. Anthony also told police several different stories about Caylee’s disappearance. Caylee’s remains were found in the woods near the family’s home, and Casey Anthony was later charged with first-degree murder.

Anthony was found not guilty of first degree murder but was found guilty for four different misdemeanors, including providing false information to police, and was released from prison in July 2011 for time served during the trial.

Perry said he was “shocked” by the verdict handed in by the jurors, saying, “There was sufficient evidence to sustain a verdict of murder in the first degree in this case.” Perry believed the prosecutors had effectively presented their case for convicting Anthony of first-degree murder but noted the circumstantial nature of the evidence against her as the main reason why she was found not guilty.

on: May 04, 2013, 11:31:45 PM 24 General Death Penalty / Upcoming/In Progress Death Penalty Trials / Re: Woman charged in boyfriend's death goes to trial

‘HLN is an acronym for Haters Love Negativity’: Jodi Arias uses Twitter to taunt prosecutors, pundits

The 32-year-old accused of killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008, has been tweeting through a friend about the case. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, however, says there isn’t anything they can do to stop her.

She certainly has the time to tweet.

Jodi Arias — stuck behind bars in Phoenix while she stands trial in the death of her ex-lover — has been communicating with the outside world through a Twitter account maintained by a friend.

And she’s using social media to comment on her high-profile case, even tweeting messages that sound as if she isn’t a 32-year-old woman fighting for her li

Friend Donavan Bering said she communicates with Arias almost every night, and they go over what she wants tweeted, according to Fox affiliate KSAZ.

“She’ll call and say, ‘Hey, you know, I have a quote,’ and we’ll talk about it,” Bering told the station. “And she’ll say, ‘Let’s tweet.”

Arias isn’t shy about using Twitter to criticize prosecutors and pundits about her case.

She’s accused of killing former flame Travis Alexander in 2008, stabbing him 29 times, slitting his throat and then shooting him in the head in his Mesa, Ariz., home, police said.

While Arias is claiming self-defense, prosecutors have painted her as a scorned lover.

She appears especially annoyed with prosecutor Juan Martinez, who grilled her on the stand last month.

“Those afflicted with Little Man’s Syndrome taint society’s perception of genuinely good men who happen to be vertically challenged,” Arias tweeted to her more than 1,400 followers. (She’s only following 16 people, including Donald Trump, Anderson Cooper and Dr. Phil.)

For HLN host Nancy Grace, Arias had even more pointed words.

The controversial court pundit had tweeted a picture of Arias suggesting she was flipping the bird during her trial. Arias responded:

Actually, Nancy, that finger was for you.Have a nice day.
— Jodi Arias (@Jodiannarias) March 22, 2013
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said there isn’t anything they can do about her unfettered commentary because she’s not tweeting it from jail.

“We do talk about the fact that Jodi seems to be able to reach out into the community in various ways and profit from her notoriety. We don’t like it ... but there is nothing we can do about it,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Lisa Allen told KSAZ.

Arias had also been trying to sell the artwork she’s created from jail on eBay, but said the auction site shuttered her account.

Here's some background on her "friend" Donavon Bering..

Arson suspects named in Sun City West blaze

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office arrested three people on suspicion of arson in connection with a late May blaze at a Sun City West dental office.

One of the suspects named was Sara Byron, a co-owner of Dental Impressions Family Dentistry, according to arson investigators. Byron, 46, was arrested and booked on one count of arson of an occupied structure and attempted fraud schemes.

The other two suspects have been identified as Donavan Bering, 45, and Zachary Proctor, 20. They each were booked on one count of arson of an occupied structure, according to Sheriff's deputies.

Investigators concluded that someone doused the dental office with gasoline and set a fire using matches.

During interviews, Byron told investigators she set up the arson with friends Bering and Proctor because of financial difficulties, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

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on: May 04, 2013, 10:55:48 PM 25 General Death Penalty / Upcoming/In Progress Death Penalty Trials / Re: Woman charged in boyfriend's death goes to trial

Jury deliberating the fate of woman who is accused of murdering ex-boyfriend

PHOENIX –  Jurors began deliberations in Jodi Arias' murder trial on Friday after four months of testimony and closing arguments from both sides that presented far different scenarios of the killing and motivation, leaving the panel to come to grips with the dearth of evidence and Arias' ever-changing version of events.

The panel deliberated for just about an hour Friday before concluding for the day. Deliberations resume Monday.

Closing arguments wrapped up with Arias' lawyer imploring jurors to take an impartial view of his client, even if they don't like her, and prosecutors describing the defendant as a manipulative liar who meticulously planned the attack and is still lying.

"It's not about whether or not you like Jodi Arias. Nine days out of 10, I don't like Jodi Arias. ... But that doesn't matter," defense attorney Kirk Nurmi told jurors. Arias smiled as he made the remark, then returned to an unemotional gaze.

Arias says she killed her one-time boyfriend Travis Alexander in self-defense, but prosecutors say it was an act of premeditated first-degree murder that could carry a death sentence or life in prison.

The eight men and four women on the jury have the option of finding Arias guilty of second-degree murder, too, if they don't believe she planned the attack but think it occurred in the heat of the moment. If convicted on that charge, she could face up to 25 years in prison. A manslaughter conviction carries a sentence of seven to 21 years.

Nurmi told jurors the entire case was about "fear, love, sex, lies and dirty little secrets" and repeated over and over that the prosecution's theory of a planned attack "doesn't make any sense."

The trial has become a tabloid and cable TV sensation and has attracted spectators from around the country who line up as early as 2 a.m. for a chance to score a few open seats in the courtroom.

Authorities say Arias, 32, planned the attack on Alexander in June 2008 at his suburban Phoenix home. They say she was enraged because he wanted to end their affair and was preparing for a trip to Mexico with another woman.

Arias initially denied any involvement and later blamed it on masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she said she killed Alexander in self-defense when he attacked her after a day of sex.

"Fear, love, sex, lies and dirty little secrets," Nurmi repeated several times Friday. "Each one of these aspects of the human condition plays a prominent role in the relationship that Jodi Arias shared with Travis Alexander."

On Thursday, prosecutor Juan Martinez delivered the state's closing arguments, displaying autopsy photos of Alexander's body covered in stab wounds and bruises, a bullet wound to his forehead.

He described Arias as a liar who planned the savage attack. Martinez said Arias lied from the start and is still lying.

The images displayed Thursday, one after another, of Alexander's decomposed body and the bloody scene of the killing were too much for Alexander's friends and family members. They sobbed and buried their faces in their hands.

Alexander suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, was shot in the head, and had his throat slit. Arias' palm print was found in blood at the scene.

Arias said Alexander grew physically abusive in the months before she killed him, but there was no evidence or testimony during the trial to corroborate her allegations.

The defense has portrayed Alexander as a womanizer who used Arias for sex and abused her physically and emotionally. Prosecutors depicted Arias as an obsessed ex-girlfriend.

Arias' grandparents had reported a .25 caliber handgun stolen from their Northern California home about a week before Alexander's death -- the same caliber used to shoot him. Arias was staying with them at the time, and the burglary occurred two days after the two exchanged text messages that indicated Alexander no longer wanted anything to do with her. Arias denies taking the gun, but prosecutors say she staged the burglary to get the murder weapon.

Martinez told jurors that Arias had been stalking Alexander and arrived armed and unannounced on the day she killed him, sneaking into his home at about 4 a.m. The two went to sleep together, then awoke and had sex.

At some point, Martinez said, Arias decided it was time to carry out her plan.

Nurmi told jurors on Friday that the state's theory is "nonsensical."

He pondered out loud: If Arias had planned the attack in advance, why not kill him right when she arrived at Alexander's home? Why leave a paper trail, starting with the police report from the burglary? Why rent a car instead of borrowing one from friends or family? Why use her debit card for gas and other purchases instead of cash?

"It doesn't make sense if you're on a covert mission," Nurmi said, adding Arias had numerous other opportunities to kill Alexander.

"But she didn't," he said.

Nurmi acknowledged his client is a liar. But he explained she isn't on trial for lying.

"Nowhere, nowhere in your jury instructions are you asked to convict Jodi Arias of lying," he said.

Arizona criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Taylor, who sat in on closing arguments, said the defense did a good job at raising reasonable doubt about premeditation.

"Nurmi showed she had plenty of time if she really wanted to kill him," Taylor said. "After today, it's going to be hard to get 12 jurors to agree unanimously on premeditation."

The judge previously instructed jurors that if they couldn't unanimously agree on premeditation but believed the killing was carried out with malice and not in self-defense, they could settle on a second-degree murder conviction.

Arias said she recalls Alexander attacking her in a fury on the day he died. She said she ran into his closet to retrieve a gun he kept on a shelf and fired in self-defense but has no memory of stabbing him.

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on: May 04, 2013, 10:38:44 PM 26 General Death Penalty / Maryland Death Penalty News / Re: Maryland repeals death penalty

How many prisoners do they have on death row?  Not that economics should be everything and be placed above justice, but it does have SOME bearing.  For instance, I don't think that it is worth NH to have a death penalty since they only have one prisoner on DR and no working execution chamber.  If PA didn't have such a large DR, I wouldn't be heartbroken if our death penalty was repealed since we don't execute anyone that doesn't give up their appeals and both 1st AND 2nd murder are AUTOMATIC LWOP.  It's why PTO is up in arms with us even though juvenile LWOP is unconstitutional. 

Anyway since I am a worst-of-the-worst pro, I don't get all excited when a state repeals its death penalty unless a state has a super-large population or doesn't have LWOP as an option.  While the death penalty guarantees that murderers won't murder again, it actually bothers me more when a state has the death penalty for 1st degree murder, but when the dp is off table, there is a chance for parole.  While I whole-heartedly believe in the dp for brutal crimes, it was not the repeal of the death penalty that caused Kenneth McDuff to murder again, it was the opportunity for parole.  Obviously, LWOP is not a cure all, people do kill in jail, hell Pee Wee Gaskins killed someone on DR!  We can't be expected to execute everyone for 1st degree murder, so as long as a state has the threat of the DP or even LWOP it is enough.  To me the problem with Europe wasn't so much getting rid of dp per se (though I think that should be an individual country decision, and not up to the EU) but not enforcing whole-life sentences.  Hell, at least Canada makes people spend 25 years before a chance at parole, unless you are a juvie.  Perhaps naviator can clarify for me.

If I sound a little bit like a bleeding-heart, I am really not.  I do believe in restorative and preventative justice, just not when it comes to VIOLENT crime.  I do believe that drug addicts, burglers, thieves, and white-collar criminals should pay society more through community service, rehab and paying victims back vs extended jail time.  I also would rather have mandatory LWOP for 1st degree murder than death penalty based on whether the DA can win or not for any case that can qualify for capital murder.  I want DP reserved for the most brutal murders, circumstantial or slam dunk.

What about the murderer that murdered that prison guard? is it right he gets away with a free murder?

on: May 01, 2013, 09:27:00 PM 27 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Richard Aaron Cobb - TX - April 25, 2013

'Life is death, death is life. I hope that someday this absurdity that humanity has come to will come to an end,' Cobb said when asked if he had any last words.


Thankfully you've been put an end to, for good!

on: April 16, 2013, 04:50:28 AM 28 Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / Re: Thoughts and prayers

An illegal? What a surprise! Thank you Obama.

on: April 15, 2013, 01:09:00 PM 29 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Steven Smith - OH - 5/1/13

Ugh, at least thegreatdoubter didn't call it "this tragedy."  Now the sane anti response would be something like, "While I vehemently oppose the execution of Steven Smith as I would the execution of any death row prisoner, let us not lose sight of the crime he committed that landed him in prison."

That's incredibly unrealistic. I have a better chance of finding $1,000 on the ground than that happening  ;D

on: April 15, 2013, 01:02:54 PM 30 Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / Thoughts and prayers

Thoughts and prayers to all those who are affected by the Boston finish line explosions  :'(
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