We are going to prosecute the Aurora Colorado theater mass murderer to fullest extent of the law. That means the prosecution is seeking the death. At first blush you conclude that is what should be done, for a mental defective who killed more than 20 people in a planned 15 minutes of fame.
The prosecution had a deal that James Holmes would have pled guilty to murder and incarcerated for the rest of his life. Now I am just as outraged as you are, but our emotion is expensive.
In the case of Jody Arias, she has admitted to killing her boyfriend in a trial that has put her on the stand for 21 straight days with no conclusion in sight.
In the case of Arias, as in the case of Holmes their is no doubt about killings. Holmes was caught red-handed and arrested, Arisas has admitted her guilt in the killing of her boyfriend.
Both these cases could have been solved with plea bargaining. Life imprisonment, could have been decided quickly at little cost. The Jody Arias trial is heading toward 2 million in cost for Maricopa county Arizona.
Once again we hear the simple word pragmatism. I undersand, it's the right thing to ask for the death penalty in both these case, but it's totally impractical.
Keeping Holmes and Arias for the next 30 years would be a bargain compared to the money an extensive trial will cost. Even though it's distasteful for society not to be able to get our pound of flesh, in this case the flesh could cost Maricopa County and Aurora Colorado 2 million.
Write me DanRivers@ClearChannel.com