Not since the Casey Anthony trial in Florida a couple of years ago has a murder trial seized the country’s attention like the Jodi Arias case. Unless you’ve been in outer space or stuck on a desert island somewhere, you probably already know that Arias killed her sometimes lover Travis Alexander in June, 2008 by shooting him and then stabbing him over 30 times. Then she took pictures of his mutilated body. The next day she drove to Utah and went to bed with another man.
At first Arias denied any involvement in the crime. Then she claimed that two masked intruders killed Alexander and attacked her. After she was arrested and prosecutors said they would be seeking the death penalty, she changed her story and said she killed Alexander in self-defense after years of abuse at his hands. She also claimed amnesia at one point.
The battered woman defense might have won her some sympathy, except that Arias couldn’t keep her mouth shut. Not only is she stupid, she’s arrogant beyond belief. During her murder trial she laughed and snickered with her defense attorney, sneered at prosecutors and witnesses, and made disparaging comments about them. In an interview with television’s Inside Edition, she boasted that "No jury is going to convict me…you can mark my words on that." Another time she reportedly said, “They can’t find me guilty, I’m too pretty.”
Yeah, Jodi, but beauty is only skin deep, and under that pretty surface of yours is an evil, deceitful killer. That’s what the jury saw and that’s who they convicted.
I am a strong advocate for the death penalty. That feeling is based in part on the fact that my older brother was murdered years ago and the punk who killed him was later paroled and killed again, including his own mother among his list of victims. And I don’t believe that we should allow convicted murderers to spend decades on death row. Once a reasonable series of appeals have been exhausted, in a timely manner, I believe that the sentence should be carried out.
But not for Jodi Arias. She deserves to live.
After her guilty verdict, she said she wants to be put to death as soon as possible because she believes that is the only way she will find freedom. Which is just another attempt to get her face in front of the cameras one more time.
You see, Jodi Arias is an addict. She’s addicted to publicity. She loves being the darling of the news media. It’s like a narcotic to her. She gets off on it just like a junkie does on smack. It feeds her ego.
So in this case, I don’t want a convicted killer put to death, even one as cold and callous as Jodi Arias. I want her to be put away in a small, cramped cell someplace never to see the light of day. I want the camera and reporters to go away and forget all about her, which they will surely do as soon as the next big case comes along. And then I want her to live a very long, very lonely life, completely forgotten by the rest of society. That’s justice.