I’m afraid I do not have any new crime or literature posts, although there has been so much to write about. Missing children. The Navy Yard shooting. The terrorist attack of a mall in Nairobi, Kenya. So sorry I am not on top of all of this. I am in school, currently taking Family Law, and sometimes it interferes with blogging.
I am reading a great book: A Tale for the Time Being – by Ruth Ozeki. It is a great read. It makes me think. It is thoughtful. I am still at the beginning of the book, but I am inspired by the writing. One of the author’s strengths is her use of vocabulary (warning – lots of endnotes). But, overall, it is her insight into emotions and how they are expressed culturally that make the book so compelling. I still have a long way to go, but so far, I love this book.
On Monday, August 26, 2013, there will be a hearing to decide when the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial will be held. The Prosecutor’s office wants to go to trial in September, while the Defense has been trying to delay the case until January of 2014.
After a five month trial, the original jury in Arias’s case was unable to decide between a death sentence or life in prison. Having been hung, a new jury must be selected to decide the penalty. This will mean that a lot of the case must be rehashed before the new jury. Hopefully, they will see their way clear to giving Arias the sentence she deserves for the brutal killing of Travis Alexander. (For information about the case, you can look type Arias in the search bar for prior posts. Also, HLN TV has extensive coverage of the trial. I am sure there is plenty to be found on YouTube, as well.)
I am going to miss the hearing
Our move is almost here – 6 more days. Busy, busy, busy packing! So, I have been very short on time for blogging and reading blogs.
Andrea Sneiderman ( (AP Photo/DeKalb County Sheriff))
Andrea Sneiderman has been under house arrest for the past year awaiting trial for the murder of her husband, Rusty, who was gunned down by Hemy Neuman, Andrea’s boss at GE, in front of the Sneiderman’s son’s preschool. Neuman is now serving life in prison without parole, having been found guilty, but mentally ill. If you are confused about the relationships:
Married: Rusty (now deceased) and Andrea; children – Sophie and Ian
General Electric: Neuman, boss to Andrea. Neuman was married with three children.
There were allegations that Neuman and Sneiderman were having an affair, and she manipulated Neuman into killing Rusty, which Sneiderman denies. She stands to inherit millions of dollars in life insurance, plus the family home and a lake house.
There was a change in the Prosecutor’s office and murder charges were dropped against Sneiderman. However, she was charged with thirteen counts of interfering with an investigation and perjury, all felonies. She was found guilty on nine of the charges.
The judge sentenced Andrea Sneiderman to five years on each count, but they are to run concurrently. She receives credit for time served, so her actual sentence will be four years. Her family and attorneys indicated that they will appeal.
I saw, on the news this morning, that Ariel Castro’s house was being demolished. The companies that tore down the home and are cleaning up the lot have donated their time and effort to this cause. By the end of the day, grass will be planted on the lot.
Hopefully, this will help in the healing process for the victims who were held captive in that house for ten years.
Ariel Castro received “Life plus 1000 years” for the crimes he committed against Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus. Only Michelle Knight spoke in court, offering forgiveness. Castro, a true psychopath, never said he was sorry or showed remorse. He claimed his only crime was that he did not let his victims leave. He claimed that sex was consensual, and he has an addiction. Most definitely, he seemed to deny raping and torturing his victims; not to mention killing three of his unborn children. Thankfully, Castro will never see the outside of a prison again.
Sorry; I realize this post is old news. Once I move, I am going to decide what to do about this blog. I might continue to write and see how it goes. I might look for other writers, who would like to contribute to the blog. Lastly, I might have to give up the blog.
If you are seriously interested in crime, what’s going on in the courts, and writing book reviews, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. A little bio and a sample of your writing would be helpful. Remember, I am only considering this idea. I have never co-authored a blog, and I will need to know I am working with someone who is trustworthy, capable, and reliable. The writing must be your own, and anything you quote should be given proper citation or attribution.
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There is so much going on in crime – Boston Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez murder charges, the three new murder victims found in Cleveland, Ohio – allegedly victims of Michael Madison, updates on the Ariel Castro case getting ready for trial (kidnapped and tortured three women in Cleveland, Ohio for ten years), and the Andrea Sneiderman case (murder charges have been dropped).
August is going to be a busy month for me, because our daughter is having a baby, I am babysitting our grandson ten days, and we are moving; so, I am not sure how much I will be able to follow and keep up with in the world of crime and law. Usually, I follow trials live, so I can comment on what I watch, and not just repeat other news outlets – although they can be valuable resources – especially for video.
I have given up book reviews for an indefinite period of time, but not forever. It is just too much to keep up with right now.
Please keep checking in. I will keep up with as much crime news as I can!
Protests arose across many American cities this weekend in response to last week’s “not guilty” verdict in the case of: Florida v George Zimmerman. Many of the protest rallies took place at federal court houses, and protesters are looking to the federal government to prosecute George Zimmerman under Civil Rights charges.
Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sabrina Fulton, spoke to supporters in New York, and his father, Tracy Martin spoke in Miami, making a promise:
“I vowed to Trayvon, when he was lying in his casket, that I would use every ounce of energy in my body to seek justice for him. I will fight for Trayvon until the day I die. Not only will I fight for Trayvon, I will fight for your child as well,” Martin said.” [i]
“At the White House on Friday, President Barack Obama cautioned against violence, as he urged all Americans to try to understand the Martin case from the perspective of African-Americans.
There is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws,” Obama said. “A lot of African-American boys are painted with a broad brush. If a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario … both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.” [ii]
I saw the Governor of Florida speaking about the Stand Your Ground Law in Florida, and he stands behind it. He sees no reason for change. Florida passed its version of the law in 2005. It allows people who feel threatened to use deadly force in self-defense. And it says they have no duty to retreat. Similar provisions have since been adopted by some 30 other states. [iii]
A verdict was reached by the jury in Florida v Zimmerman, but I don’t think we have heard the last of this case.
[i] NBC News.com
©Rob Tjernagel 2013
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Escorted into the courtroom by three armed guards (one with a shotgun) wearing protective vests, Jodi Arias showed up wearing her prison stripes and shackles.
The Judge had a meeting in chambers with Arias and her attorneys. When they came out into the courtroom. Judge Stevens decided that all parties would reconvene in court on August 26 for a pretrial conference.
Judge Stevens wants to start the trial at the end of September. This will be the penalty or sentencing phase. For a new jury to make such a decision, they will need to hear a lot of this difficult and graphic trial.
The last trial took five months. I doubt the judge will allow that, but I don’t think this is going to be an especially short trial. Hopefully, the Defense will not put Arias on the stand for eighteen days.