So last week, people were wondering what we in the media were going to do without the Anthony trial to talk about. Well, there’s actually plenty of non-Anthony Lawpsyc news this week, and here are some highlights — maybe “lowlights” is a better word:
A California woman got upset with her husband about having friends over to their home. So what did she do? She drugged him (allegedly), waited until he fell asleep, tied his arms and legs to the four posts of the bed in which he was sleeping, and proceeded to cut off his… . Yes, that’s right, a Lorena Bobbit copycat. She then took the organ, ground it up in their kitchen garbage disposal, and called 911 for someone to come and safe her profusely-bleeding husband’s life. You may recall that Lorena Bobbit spent just 45 days in a mental hospital after pleading insanity when she did basically the same thing in 1993, and this California woman sounds just nutty enough that it could happen again. But it shouldn’t. The Bobbit case was a travesty, and if you look at all of the evidence of pre-meditation and consciousness of guilt in this new case, the entire California justice system will need to plead insanity if this woman gets anything less than the max — life in prison with the possibility of parole. I’d love to be an expert for the prosecution in this case.
A New York boy who disappeared while walking from day camp to his parents’ home on Monday was found on Wednesday to have been murdered and dismembered by a local man whom the boy apparently had asked for directions. The suspect reportedly has confessed that he lured the boy into his car, took the boy to his (the suspect’s) home (for the purpose, I’m sure, of committing a sex crime), and when a massive search of the neighborhood began, decided to kill the boy, dismember him, and hide body parts in multiple locations to avoid detection. I’ll bet we hear a bogus insanity defense out of this one, too, but think about that — an admission that this creep thought about it and consciously decided that it was better to murder the boy and try to hide the body than to be caught with the boy alive and punished for the abduction, i.e. the defendant calculated that his continued freedom was worth the boy’s life. Is that sick thinking? Sure. But was he able to know what he was doing? Yes, by his own admission. And was he able to know that it was wrong? Yes again, by his own admission, the whole reason he did it was because he knew he’d be arrested if the cops found the boy with him. That’s it, folks. No reasonable doubt on this one. I’d love to be an expert for the prosecution in this case, too.
The federal judge presiding over the perjury trial of baseball star Roger Clemens has declared a mistrial. Clemens is accused of lying to Congress about steroid use (if you’re wondering why he would’ve been testifying about that before Congress in the first place, that was because major-league baseball is a federally-regulated entity), and as you may recall, fellow baseball star Barry Bonds was convicted of a similar charge (obstruction of justice) back in April. Clemens’ trial was derailed when the prosecution inadvertently showed the jury some inadmissible evidence (a U.S. Congressman’s assessment that a prosecution witness was, in his personal opinion, credible). So, it looks like this trial will be a double-header, with the second half taking place this fall at the earliest. In the meantime, if you want to know more about what I think of steroid-popping baseball players and the pathetic examples they’ve set for America’s kids, check out my piece entitled “Major League Liars” dated 2/13/08. You can find it by clicking on “December 2010” in the “Archives” column to the right (that’s when all pre-2011 posts were transferred to WordPress) and then simply scrolling back through time.
And finally, yes, one amusing (in a sad way) bit of Anthony news: She’s already received one public marriage proposal (that we know of), and now there are reports that “fans” are sending well-wishes and even money to the jail where she’ll be until this weekend (her defense team has said that she’ll be secreted away upon her release, both for her safety from vigilantes and so she can receive “counseling” for all of the trauma that she has been through). Wonder how the lamentation that Casey has been traumatized by the trial sets with the jurors who ultimately acquitted her — those who’ve spoken about their service on the jury have implied that they suspected her of having caused Caylee’s death, but that they just didn’t think they had seen or heard proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyway, as bizarre as it sounds to you and me, people like Casey Anthony having “fans,” and even getting marriage proposals while behind bars, is not new. Believe it or not, some of America’s most notorious murderers, including John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, both Menendez brothers, both “Hillside Stranglers,” and the “Night Stalker,” formed committed relationships and/or got married while in prison. When that sort of thing happens, though, it actually says less about the criminals and more about the dependent, histrionic, borderline nuttiness of the “fans.”