I’m beginning my preparations for a new class in which we will be studying the “worst of the worst” offenders. It will focus on the people who have committed the most heinous crimes. One of the first contenders is Robert William “Willie” Pickton.
There are several interesting stories in the news and I wanted to do a “roundup.”
Texas Father Who Killed His Daughter’s Molester Won’t Be Charged
A Texas father walked in on his five-year-old daughter being molested by Jesus Flores. The father took action quickly and killed the man. The father was never arrested and a grand jury declined to indict him. 911 recordings indicate that the father called for help after the incident.
Jodi Arias’s defense team has been quite busy lately. In the span of just the last few weeks, they have filed multiple motions regarding the next phase of the trial including: attempting to ban cameras in the courtroom, requesting that they be allowed to read the Twitter and related social media accounts of jurors, allowing for the personal involvement of Jodi Arias in the questioning of potential jurors, and asking the judge for a change of venue.
Alyce Laviolette is back in the news. Recently she was interviewed by CNN’s Ted Rowlands. She once again took to the public airwaves to have her words presented to the millions of people. She was not forced to give this interview, just as she was not forced to testify on behalf of Jodi Arias.
In case you missed today’s interview with Alyce LaViolette, I am posting it below. I am working on an article about the interview that should be posted in the near future.
Jodi’s attorney’s filed a new motion for “individualized voir dire in sequestered proceedings” (i.e. have extended time to personally question jurors) and to prohibit cameras in her retrial.
Social media, now more than ever, is impacting our criminal justice system in unique and unexpected ways. The most recent example of this can be found in the motion filed by Jodi Arias’ attorney’s, who are asking that jurors in her retrial be mandated to reveal whether or not they have a Twitter account.
Andrea Sneiderman appeared before the Honorable Judge Gregory Adams, pleading with him to let her go home to see her children. The judge listened intently as Andrea listed the reasons for why she should be shown mercy.
In case you missed the verdict, Andrea Sneiderman has been found guilty of 9 of 13 counts.
A news organization obtained search warrant documents that reveal a number of items found at the burned-out property of James Lee DiMaggio. They include the following:
So now Jodi Arias has an online book club. I guess we should not be surprised. She tweets from jail. One of the Bee Gees is writing music about her case and she continues to sell art through a website run by a friend.
New information has been released in the case of the Hannah Anderson kidnapping. Court records show that firefighters found the body of Christina Marie Anderson, in James Lee DiMaggio’s garage. Nearby was a crowbar and blood next to her head.
Judge Sherry Stevens ruled against Jodi Arias’ defense motion to “vacate the jury’s finding the aggravating factor that the murder of Mr. Alexander was especially cruel…”
Former nurse Genene Anne Jones, now 63, was convicted of murdering 15-month old Chelsea McClellan in 1982 by repeatedly injecting her with succinylcholine chloride, a lethal substance. For that murder, Jones was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
The Andrea Sneiderman case continues as the defense has recently begun presenting its case. The following are highlights of what we have learned in recent testimony.
Joshua Young has been acquitted of tampering with evidence and participating in the murder of his stepbother, Trey Zwicker. During his interrogation, Joshua Young told investigators that even though living in foster care was good, he would prefer to be with his father. “I mean I love my dad more than anybody in this world. And, I’d rather be with him than anybody in this world. My life is much better with my dad.”