Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I knew they would, but I still hoped they wouldn't

The Maricopa County Attorney does intend to pursue a second death penalty trial against Jodi Arias. What a great, thoughtful, well-reasoned decision. They should definitely spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to try to empanel a second jury for a second penalty trial. They should definitely pay for the time of prospective jurors and the unlucky schmucks they find who claim they can put their pre-formed opinions aside. They should definitely pay witness fees. They should use up another several weeks of court time, keeping the judge and her court staff from attending to the hundreds of other matters they have pending. And, of course, they should condemn the state to paying millions of dollars in extra appeal costs that will only exist if Arias is sentenced to death.

I mean, they could have made the decision to save millions of dollars. They could have decided that a murder conviction and life sentence actually will do. They could have been grown-ups about it, just said, "We tried to get a death sentence. We didn't win. We can live with that."

But no. They can't live with it. They have to win. They have to do everything they possibly can to get a death sentence. To kill this woman. Why I bet that right now, they're working, thinking what they can do differently to be sure they get to kill this woman this time.

They do remember that premeditated, intentional killing is wrong, right?

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nidefatt said...

huh. There must be a really well-reasoned Supreme Court opinion out there that explains how being forced to sit through multiple death-penalty phase trials is not a violation of the bar against double jeopardy. Really, really well-reasoned.

S said...

I know the Arizona Supreme Court has approved this statute, which as far as I can tell is unique in the nation. I haven't read that decision, though, so I don't know what the justification is. The US Supreme Court hasn't addressed the Arizona statute, I don't think.

Goodness knows I'm not a big fan of the explanation for why a prosecution failing to prove its case to a unanimous jury means the prosecution gets to try again.

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