Everybody needs to take a deep cleansing breath right about now.
As your Queen/Dean of Fuckery/Law Professor/resident sarcasm expert, sometimes it is up to me to make the hard decisions and I’m making one now. Unfortunately, the things I am about to say are no doubt going to upset some of you, but I speak from experience and from a place that has come to accept that life is not all sunshine and rainbows and unicorns.
I have watched twitter today, for the first time in months. I’m very sorry that I did. There has been fighting, there has been name calling, there has been freaked out posts every 2 seconds. Every time Juan, or Flores or one of the Alexanders moves there are 50 bajillion tweets about what it all means. I’m about to tell you. IT MEANS NOTHING.
The Jury has been out for a long time. They have already come back and had to have a dynamite charge given. This means that as of this minute they are deadlocked. There is no conspiracy, there is no stealth juror. If anything, the weight of knowing you are the person responsible for the death of a living person, even one as vile and undeserving of that life is maybe to much to have to carry for some of them for the rest of their natural lives. The Jury did not give an oath to give death because if they had there would have been no need for a penalty phase. They said they would be able to impose death if they felt it was merited. There is a huge difference there. A grand canyon sized one.
I believe strongly that we may have a hung jury. AGAIN. I’m not saying that is a hundred percent, but I would say that odds are good. Now I’m going to say the thing that is going to bother some of you. If we have a hung Jury, so fucking what. So what if the jury hangs again. Stabby is still convicted, Stabby is still going to Perryville and Stabby is still going to be sentenced. And if anyone thinks that Not a Judge would give her anything less than natural life is out of their minds because her career as a jurist would be over. In theory she could, but odds are slim to none. And in reality this solves oh so many problems. With a death penalty Stabby can appeal for the next 20 years. 20 more years of the spotlight every time she files an appeal. What if during one of those appeals she is granted a new trial and the Alexanders have to go through this all over again. What about them? I know they want her to die right now. And I totally get that, I really truly do. I’d want her to die. But being sentenced to death and the sentence being carried out are two entirely different animals. What if Arizona abolishes the death penalty before her number is up after all of those appeals? The way things are going with lethal injection I wouldn’t be even remotely surprised.
Imagine for a moment what natural life in Perryville would be like for the special little snowflake that is Stabby fucking Einstein. All of my sources tell me that she will be a target from the moment she sets foot in the place. Imagine the cred that someone who managed to shank her. People do get killed in prison sometimes, but it is not a rampant thing like they would have you believe on TV, and besides, the inmates would probably have more fun air holing her a couple of times then flat out killing her. Imagine what it will be like for her when the spotlight is turned off for the last time and she has to assimilate into a prison where she is basically hated. Where everyone has heard all the versions of her trumped up bullshit. No more trips to the courthouse, no more being the center of attention, no more anything. Just spending time in her 4 x 6 cell with nothing to do but read and think about how it was her that got her where she is now.
A lifetime of prison food. A lifetime of prison entertainment and prison noise and prison showers. A lifetime of absolute misery. I like the idea of watching her slowly rot in prison. Don’t get me wrong, I will be doing the happy dance along with the rest of you if it is death, but I may do an even bigger one if it is LWOP. Life for this particular person is a much worse punishment than death as far as I am concerned. Does she deserve to die? In my opinion yes she does for the horrific acts perpetrated on Travis Alexander. Will she die? I think not.
Another thought. Do you think that Travis would want revenge or repentance? Think about that, and the man he was. Do you really think that a man the caliber of Travis Alexander would be screaming for her death or do you think he would try and find it in his heart to forgive her for what she has done? I think Travis was that kind of man. I think (although of course I can not know) but I think he would think that her having to live with what she has done for the rest of her natural life would be the ultimate punishment.
And that is my two cents on deliberations as they stand.
Justice in whatever form it comes for Travis Alexander and please god let his family have some peace.
RBMD peacing the fuck out.