The Jodi Arias trial had a lot of the ingredients that media corporations look for.  When the friends of Travis Alexander discovered his body, I’m sure that they thought that the police would find out who killed him and they would get back to life.  They were wrong.  Well, when it came to the media anyway.  The media-at-large saw this as just another ratings booster.  The names could have been anyone.  This circus, as it is sometimes referred to, or trial by media, as it is more aptly named, was made all the worse by Jodi Arias‘ willingness to talk and everyone else’s willingness to seek fame.  The judge had made a ruling and ordered that the Sheriff’s Office not arrange interviews for Arias anymore and that Arias not give any more interviews until further notice.  But, the judge erroneously lifted the order.  Unsurprisingly, she did not supply a reason.  The order of no interviews only stood for the aggravation phase and the proceedings for the 2nd part of the sentencing phase (exactly one week).  When jurors began deliberations, Jodi Arias was allowed to give interviews again.  Why even make the ruling?

The spirit of the order seemed to me, to be in step with protecting the defendant’s right to a fair trial.  I’ve said this from the beginning; Jodi Arias is her own worst enemy.  The judge and lawyers are not stupid, they do not believe that the jury can keep away from all this media coverage.  Especially since they are at the epicenter.  The judge seems to want to trust that the jury will when they inevitably come upon something, run and hide their head like an ostrich in the sand.  It isn’t like the old days with the honor system.  Jurors can’t stay away from misinformation.  It is literally everywhere.  Why is it everywhere?  Because it makes people money.  Money isn’t the same motivation as justice.  The truth can get lost when the color green is involved.  And that is why sequestration is so important, but the judge didn’t do it.  One bad decision in a line of horrible decisions.  The judge, lawyers, and jail and I suspect the media; know that something is clearly wrong with this woman.  Do they care?  Absolutely not.

Sheriff Arpaio has taken opportunities in life to seek fame that make Jodi Arias look like she has never done an interview.  Nancy Grace said on her show, predictably, that Arias was “cushy” in jail.  Arpaio wanted to “set the record straight”, so he took to the airwaves holding up a loaf of crusty, rock bread.  He proudly stated that he threatens prisoners with bread and water diets.  If inmates “misbehave” in jail they’re served bread and water for a week.  As you can see from the picture, “journalists” flocked to hear him speak and tour his rundown jail, but they didn’t ask him about his record of mistreatment, they asked him how much mail Jodi Arias gets?
Sheriff Arpaio is no stranger to the camera or arranging interviews for people in his jail.  In 2006, he arranged an interview for a janitor charged with killing six people.  The interview ended after the defendant’s attorney found out.  Similar to the Arias case, only her attorneys didn’t find out fast enough the first time.  Though at some point Arias and her agent, Arpaio, must have patched things up.  They hit a rough patch when the Sheriff’s Office got angry that they couldn’t stop Arias‘ friend from tweeting for her.  Arpaio rejected that he needs publicity from Arias, he was quoted as saying:

I don’t need this for publicity. I go to the toilet, I can get publicity.”  Arpaio claims that he did all of this to defend his own, self dubbed, “get-tough jail policies”.

What exactly are those supposed get-tough policies?  The media missed a huge story inside the Jodi Arias story.  Probably because they were already raking in the millions, so I guess, you don’t fix what isn’t broken.  (Well, it isn’t broken to them, anyway.)  More appropriately, they purposefully overlooked the story because they needed the aggrandizer.  The 1st Amendment’s Freedom of the Press clause was created, so that the government couldn’t imprison journalists for exposing the government’s corruption and cover ups and bad deeds.  Well, the government had nothing to worry about in this case.  No, the media just went along with the press conferences and overlooked everything.  I think the media needs to start putting their microphones where their mouths are.  How about some investigative journalism?  Oh, right CNN said that isn’t profitable anymore.

When the story first broke that Jodi Arias wasn’t getting a lunch, I was completely appalled.  Why isn’t this defendant getting a lunch?  How is that humane or constitutional?  I wondered how she was supposed to function without eating, since she also suffers from migraines?  Then, because her attorneys complained about something that they should never have had to complain about, she got a lunch.  Or more appropriately referred to as a piece of food.  Her breakfast was actually split apart.  The jail stated they didn’t want to give her “preferential treatment”; all inmates only get breakfast and dinner.  Of course, this mistreatment wasn’t met with a lot of outrage by the media.  Jodi Arias taking pills in court quickly overshadowed this important point.  Oh, I don’t know, genius, how about migraine medication?!  After that mini-human rights violation.  I did some digging.  I remembered hearing about Sheriff Arpaio during the immigration controversy in Arizona, but I wondered, if he doesn’t feed the inmates lunch, what else might be going on?  It didn’t take long for me to find out.  Sheriff Arpaio oversees law enforcement and the jails in Maricopa County, Arizona.  His office has been plagued by disturbing and unconstitutional mistreatment of citizens.  He has dubbed himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff”.  He has institutionalized a pattern of targeting and harassing Latino citizens, denying female prisoners access to health care, perpetuating violence in jails, and promoting unsafe conditions that threaten prisoners’ lives.

Two years ago, while the news was busy with “covering” the Casey Anthony case and preparing their Jodi Arias viewpoint, there was a man named Ernest Atencio.  His nickname was Marty.  He was 44 years old when he was taken from his family.  He had three sons who loved him, but their lives were torn when he was attacked and killed, but it wasn’t on the street.  His life was taken by the employees of MCJ in Pheonix, Arizona.  His assailants wore badges and uniforms.  His death was one in a string of fatalities at the Maricopa County Jail.

To date, Maricopa County has paid out more than $40 million to settle wrongful death lawsuits and injury lawsuits brought on the behalf of those injured or killed by government employees of the jails.  And some people complain about the $1.7 million spent on Jodi Arias‘ Constitutionally-guaranteed defense?!

In 2008, a federal judge had to order sweeping reforms to the medical system.  Sheriff Arpaio apparently determined to continue to treat people badly, appealed.  He thinks it makes him tough.

INHUMANE LIVING CONDITIONS

Federal Judge Neil V. Wake ruled in 2008, and again in 2010, that the Maricopa County jails violated the constitutional rights of inmates in medical and other care related issues.

Arpaio routinely abused pre-trial detainees at Maricopa County Jail by feeding them moldy bread, rotten fruit and other contaminated food, housing them in cells so hot as to endanger their health, denying them care for serious medical and mental health needs and keeping them packed as tightly as sardines in holding cells for days at a time during intake.”

In a ruling issued in October 2010, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Arpaio to follow Judge Wake’s 2008 ruling, which required Arpaio to end severe overcrowding and ensure all detainees receive necessary medical and mental health care, be given uninterrupted access to all medications prescribed by correctional medical staff, be given access to exercise and to sinks, toilets, toilet paper and soap and be served food that meets or exceeds the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s dietary guidelines.  In the case of Braillard v. Maricopa County, the plaintiff’s attorney cited numerous reports commissioned and paid for by Maricopa county, dating back as far as 1996, detailing a “culture of cruelty” where inmates are routinely denied humane healthcare at Maricopa County Jails run by Arpaio.

Testifying in this case, Arpaio stated that he could not deny making the statement that even if he had a billion dollars he wouldn’t change the way he runs his jails.

Marty was a third-generation veteran of the United States of America.  His grandfather, great uncles, and father all fought in wars.  From World War II to Korea to Vietnam.  Marty’s return to civilian life wasn’t easy.  Just like other veterans, he had a rough time dealing with the changes.  He was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.  A severe mental illness that causes a person to suffer from horrible delusions.  He was getting treatment for this, but on December 15, 2011, his symptoms reemerged.  Phoenix police observed him acting erratically toward a stranger.  The arresting officer even wrote that his behavior was “consistent with someone experiencing mental health issues.”  Marty cooperated with police and was taken to the jail.  Shortly after 1:00 a.m., he arrived at the 4th Ave. Jail, intake and booking facility.  Officers at the jail also noticed that he was in a state of acute crisis.  They described him as erratic, one even, insensitively described him as “off his rocker”.  Marty told staff that he was having suicidal thoughts, so they placed him in an isolation cell.  He stayed there for 30 minutes before the officers returned to fingerprint him and finish booking him in to the jail.  Security video showed that Marty was up against the wall surrounded by 9 officers.  He refused to remove his shoe, so officers decided to jump on him and beat him.  They also Tasered him directly in the chest.  50,000 volts followed by 100 micro-pulses of 1,200 volts each shocked his heart and system.  He was then placed face down in a “safe cell”, stripped naked, and left brutalized there on the cold ground.  He lays motionless for 9 minutes before anyone starts emergency procedures.  Staff was able to restart his heart, but he never wakes up again.  The last thing he ever experienced was the pain of mental illness and the heartless attack by those who are supposed to protect and serve us.  His family was forced to terminate his life support 4 days later.

You may hope that what happened to Marty will never happen again, but hope doesn’t keep it from happening.  In fact, it has happened before.  Only the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and their government can make sure that their jails are not a death sentence to anyone who steps in the door.  Only the American people can make sure the government follows the rights of individuals.

In 1996, there was Scott Norberg and Richard Post.  Scott Norberg was a Brigham Young University football wide receiver that died in custody.  He was accused of assaulting a police officer in Mesa, Arizona.  His neighbors had reported a delirious man wandering around.  Arpaio’s office repeatedly smeared his name with lies about him being high on methamphetamines, but his toxicology report did not show that.  According to the coroner, Norberg had meth in his urine, but it would not have affected his behavior at the time.  Evidence suggests that Norberg was shocked several times by stun guns.  Norberg was handcuffed and placed facedown on the floor and then drug by detainment officers to his cell.  He was placed in a restraint chair and then a towel was put over his face.  Norberg was later discovered dead.  Detention officers tried to claim that he attacked them.  The cause of death was positional asphyxia (not rare in deaths caused by restraints in prisons).  Norberg’s parents received more than $8 million dollars.

Richard Post was arrested for marijuana and trespassing.  Post was placed in a restraint chair.  The officers broke his neck while restraining him.  The event was caught on video.  The officers smiled and laughed when they broke his neck.  He survived, but is now a paraplegic.  He received $800,000 from the Sheriff’s Office.

Charles Agster was a mentally handicapped man.  He was 33 years old when he was killed in a restraint chair.  Agster had refused to leave a convenience store, so his parents called the police for help.  When officers arrested him and took him to the jail, they placed a spit hood on his face and strapped him to the chair.  He had a seizure and lost consciousness.  He was declared brain dead 3 days later.

In 2003, Brian Crenshaw was legally blind and mentally disabled.  He suffered fatal injuries after an arrest for shoplifting.  The injuries that led to his death were blamed on him falling off his bunk.  It was later discovered that the jail lied and that Crenshaw had been beaten to death by guards.  Originally, the officers had told the M.E. what happened and he did not perform an autopsy.  He just recorded what they said as fact.  Later, an independent autopsy revealed the truth.  He died from peritonitis and sepsis.  A fall from 4 feet could not have caused his broken neck, broken toes, and duodenal perforation.  His family received $2 million.  It is possible that the Sheriff’s Office destroyed evidence in the case.

The media enjoys calling Jodi Arias a narcissist for her want to voice her viewpoint through the media, but they don’t say a word about Sheriff Arpaio who claims to have 200 television appearances a month!  Sheriff Arpaio even had a reality show called Smile…You’re Under Arrest! where he tricked people into turning themselves in for warrants.  He instituted pink underwear for his inmates.  The Maricopa County Sheriff’s website dubs them “world famous”.  Arpaio even has sold pink boxers with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s logo and the words “Go Joe” on them as a fundraiser for Sheriff’s Posse.  There has been criticism about where the money actually went, but Sheriff Arpaio has refused to provide accounting records to prove the money is for charity.  I guess he is as much a fan of transparent government as he is human rights or the Constitution. Even if the money is going where it is supposed to go, it is paying for things, like investigating President Obama’s birth certificate.  Maricopa County has had citizen posses for 50 years, but Sheriff Arpaio has expanded it, ten fold.  These citizens are supposed to help with anything from prisoner transport to search and rescue to being backup deputies.  Hopefully they’re getting some type of training.  Arpaio created his own off-shoot group of armed citizens to enforce immigration law.  He also has written a book, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, America’s Toughest Sheriff.  To kick it off, he introduced pink handcuffs to the jail.

He has been quoted as saying,

“I can get elected on pink underwear…I’ve done it five times.”

Apparently, the color of underwear is more important to Sheriff Arpaio and the people who keep reelecting him, than implementing better policies for a better, more civilized democracy.

Sheriff Arpaio is such a control freak, in 2007, he created an in-house jail radio station he dubbed KJOE, which plays all the stuff he likes, classical music, opera, Frank Sinatra, patriotic music, and it also touts his personal beliefs.  So, he can spend money to create a radio station that is run out of the basement of the county jail (5 days a week, 4 hours a day), but he can’t feed people three times a day?

Sheriff Arpaio also created “Tent City” as an extension of the jail.  He himself has described it as a “concentration camp”.  Like that’s a good thing!  Phoenix has extremely high temperatures, contemplate that for a second.   When Pheonix is 118 degrees Fahrenheit, Arpaio actually measured the temperature in Tent City in 2011 as 145 degrees Fahrenheit.  I guess he’s proud of it.  Inmates complained that the fans didn’t work and their shoes were melting.  When inmates complain he tells them,

“It’s 120 degrees in Iraq and the soldiers are living in tents, have to wear full body armor, and they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your mouths.”

There are a few problems with this, one being that most of the people in county jails have not been convicted.  Arpaio has publicly stated that his jails are meant as places for punishment, and that their inhabitants are all criminals.  Most jail inmates are pre-trial detainees, who are considered innocent until proven guilty.  I guess Sheriff Arpaio hasn’t read the Constitution.  The second problem is that crime or no crime, there is a way to treat people and there is a way not to treat people.

WRONGLY CONVICTED MAN SUFFERS THROUGH “TENT CITY”

(From a Mother Jones Investigation)

Just listen to the story of a man who was wrongly convicted.  Ray Krone, who was wrongfully imprisoned (and later sentenced to death) for a murder he did not commit, was housed at Maricopa County Jail until he was convicted and moved to prison. “It’s Arizona, and you’re living outside. The coolest it gets is in the 90’s, maybe, at night. There’s one fan in this giant tent for about 40 guys… the tough guys got to be near the fan, so there was a lot of violence and fights over that cool area.” In 2011, the Arizona Republic reported that the internal temperature at Tent City surged to 145 degrees Fahrenheit.  I asked him about the food. “It was the stuff that wasn’t fit to be sold in stores, so the inmates got it,” he said. “The sheriff would brag about spending 50 cents a day on his inmates and a dollar a day on his dogs.”  Like Gibbs, Krone was also prescribed anti-psychotic medication. “If you’re facing the death penalty, like I was, you didn’t have to get real forceful to be put on psych meds. In fact, during most of my trial, I was on Thorazine. On the weekends, when I wasn’t in court, they would come around with a cart to give you your pills. But it’s so violent in there; you don’t want to walk around all blocked out from the drugs. I needed my mind about me. So I’d hide the pills under my tongue.”  Krone was finally exonerated through DNA testing in 2002 after 10 years in prison. He says,

“You’re treated like a criminal from day one. There is no innocent until proven guilty. It’s guilty until proven innocent.”

FRAMING A CITIZEN FOR PUBLICITY

In 1999, undercover deputies arrested James Saville, then 18 years old, and charged him with plotting to kill Arpaio with a pipe bomb. A local television station had been tipped off to the arrest by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and broadcast footage of the arrest. The Sheriff’s Office held a news conference shortly after the arrest, and Sheriff Arpaio appeared in interviews on local television stations, saying

“If they think they are going to scare me away with bombs and everything else, it’s not going to bother me.”

After spending four years in jail awaiting trial, Saville was acquitted by a Maricopa County Superior Court jury, which found that Sheriff Arpaio’s detectives had helped buy the bomb parts themselves and had entrapped Saville as part of a publicity stunt.

“They knew what they did to that boy was wrong,” said Ulisses Ferragut, Saville’s lawyer.

STEALING DEFENSE ATTORNEY FILES

In October 2009, a courtroom video was posted on YouTube, showing an Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer removing documents from a defense attorney’s files.  Deputy Adam Stoddard was subsequently found in contempt-of-court for violating attorney–client privilege, and ordered to hold a press conference, to publicly apologize for his actions.  Sheriff Arpaio told Deputy Stoddard not to apologize.  Arpaio argued that only he could order his deputies actions and the court had no authority to enforce any action against a deputy, a position that the Appeals Court rejected in Stoddard’s appeal. The Appeals Court did order that Judge Donahoe’s order to make an apology be stricken and replaced with a fine.  In support of stealing defense attorney documents, more than 150 police officers protested outside the courthouse.  Arpaio also maintains a facility called The Maricopa County Southeast Jail Facility.  According to a news report from the Phoenix New Times, this facility was started in 2004 as an alternative to the “Tent City”. It has been alleged by the Phoenix New Times to be used for celebrities and friends of Arpaio only. This facility is full of amenities and dubbed the “Mesa Hilton” as it is in stark contrast to “Tent City” set up for common people. The “Mesa Hilton” is where Adam Stoddard, who stole confidential documents from an attorney’s file spent his time for contempt of court.

IMPROPERLY CLOSING INVESTIGATIONS

Sheriff Arpaio has improperly cleared cases, mostly serious crimes, such as rape without proper investigation.  It may be as high as 75% of cases without arrest.  One was because the suspect wouldn’t come in for questioning.  In an interview on the ABC Nightline news program, when asked to explain why 82 percent of cases were declared cleared by exception, Arpaio said,

“We do clear a higher percentage of that. I know that. We clear many, many cases…”

During a three-year period ending in 2007, more than 400 sex-crimes reported to Arpaio’s office were inadequately investigated, or not investigated at all. While providing police services for El Mirage, Arizona, the Sheriff’s Office under Arpaio failed to follow-through on at least 32 reported child molestations.  Most victims were children of illegal immigrants.

Among the victims that were ignored was Sabrina Morrison, a teenage girl suffering from a mental disability. On March 7, 2007, when she was 13 years old, she was raped by her uncle, Patrick Morrison. She told her teacher the next day, and her teacher called the Sheriff’s Office.  A detective assigned to the case told Sabrina and her family that there were no obvious signs of sexual assault, no semen, or signs of trauma.  As a result of the detective’s statements, Sabrina was branded by her family as a liar. Her uncle continued to repeatedly rape her, saying he would kill her if she told anyone. She became pregnant from him, and had an abortion. The family did not know that the rape kit had been tested at the state lab, and showed the presence of semen. The lab requested that the detective obtain a blood sample from the suspect, Patrick Morrison.  Instead, the detective placed the request in the file and closed the case.  It was not until September 2011 that the Sheriff’s Office finally obtained a blood sample from Patrick Morrison, which was a DNA match with the semen taken over 4 years earlier. It wasn’t until February 29, 2012, that Patrick Morrison was arrested and charged with one count of sexual conduct with a minor, at which point the Sheriff’s Office closed the case. Only later was Sabrina’s uncle charged with additional indictments based on information obtained from Sabrina by a victim’s advocate, after the Sheriff’s Office had closed the case. Patrick Morrison ultimately pled guilty, and was sentenced to 24 years in prison.  In Sheriff Arpaio’s response to the controversy he said at one of his famous press conferences,

“If there were any victims, I apologize to those victims.”

An internal memo written by one of the detectives assigned to the Morrison case blamed a high case load, saying the special victims unit had gone from five detectives to just three, and the detectives left were often called off their cases to investigate special assignments.  When county supervisors provided more than $600,000 to fund six additional detective positions to investigate child abuse in fiscal 2007, none was added to the sex-crimes squad. Sheriff’s administrators now say they have no idea where those positions were added or what became of the money.

VINDICTIVE PROSECUTION ATTEMPT

In 2010, Sheriff Arpaio in an apparent vindictive move attempted to have civil-racketeering lawsuits filed against supervisors, judges, and attorneys who worked for the county.  Arpaio was in a fight with the Board of Supervisors.  This whole affair cost more than $5 million to taxpayers.  Arpaio lost every single case.  Arpaio then sought to have a grand jury criminally indict a number of judges, supervisors, and employees of the county.  The grand jury in a very unusual move did not indict.  Legal experts agree that the grand jury returning a “no bill” is rare and it means that the case is so bad that nothing can substantiate it.  An attorney, Andrew Thomas, who helped Sheriff Arpaio was later disbarred due to unethical actions during this debacle.

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has even called Sheriff Arpaio’s long list of questionable prosecutions “a reign of terror”.

An analysis by the Maricopa County Office of Management and Budget, completed in April 2011, found Arpaio had misspent almost $100 million.  The analysis showed that money from a restricted detention fund which could only legally be used to pay for jail items, such as food, detention officers’ salaries and equipment, was used to pay employees to patrol Maricopa County.  Arpaio used the detention fund to pay for investigations of political rivals.  Separate investigations by The Arizona Republic uncovered widespread abuse of public funds and county policies by Arpaio’s office, including high-ranking employees routinely charging expensive meals and stays at luxury hotels on their county credit cards.  They also found that the restricted jail enhancement fund was used for an amusement park party.

VIDEOTAPING PRE-TRIAL DETAINEES IN VIOLATION OF DUE PROCESS

The good ol‘ sheriff would have fit in well in the 1900s when we had no rules in our prisons.  There was even a webcast controversy.  Sheriff Arpaio in 2000, hosted a Jail Cam on his Sheriff’s Office website.  It was a 24-hour Internet webcast of images from cameras at a facility that house only people accused and not convicted.  The goal of the broadcast was to deter crime and improve public scrutiny of jail procedures.  The cameras showed arrestees being handcuffed, fingerprinted, booked, and taken to cells.  U.S. District Court Judge Earl Caroll issued an injunction ending the webcasts.  This ruling was upheld on appeal.  The ruling stated:

“…We have given prison officials wide latitude in administering pretrial detention facilities, in guaranteeing detainees’ attendance at trial, and in promoting prison safety. But we fail to see how turning pretrial detainees into the unwilling objects of the latest reality show serves any of these legitimate goals. As the Supreme Court has recognized, “[i]nmates . . . are not like animals in a zoo to be filmed and photographed at will by the public or by media reporters…”

Sheriff Arpaio, I’m guessing, has never read any studies done on recidivism or deterrence.  Especially not the results of a study he, himself, commissioned that showed that his inhumane tactics have not changed the recidivism rate.

SWAT TEAM KILLS PUPPY

On July 23, 2004, a SWAT team served a search warrant for “a stockpile of illegal automatic weapons and armor-piercing…ammunition” that they believed was hidden at an upscale home. In the course of serving the warrant, multiple tear gas cartridges were launched into the home, which caught the home on fire.  During the fire, SWAT forced the homeowner’s 10-month-old pit bull puppy back into the home with a fire extinguisher, resulting in the dog’s death. It was reported that the officers laughed over the incident. The armored personnel carrier used during the assault also ran over and damaged a neighbor’s vehicle.  Police recovered two weapons: one antique shotgun; and one 9mm pistol. Both weapons are legal to own in Arizona. After failing to find illicit weapons the police served an arrest warrant for the owner who was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant for failing to appear for traffic citations.

The media might not have criticized Sheriff Arpaio while he was giving them a tour of his jail, but the US DOJ, US District Courts, Amnesty International, ACLU, Anti-Defamation League, and The New York Times have criticized him.  This man lives by his own rules and definitely fits in with the HLN crowd and those on social media and “court sporters” who want to humiliate, dehumanize, and destroy others as their object of hate and bullying.

To me, it is clear in the Jodi Arias case, what happened was not unusual.  Police and prosecutors want defendants to make statements (as does the media, but that is a different motivation).  When defendants are arranged to make statements by jail facilities, police, etc. pre-trial, it affects the jury pool and the media coverage.  When it happens during trial, the jury can’t avoid hearing about it in a case this high profile.  I don’t find it a coincidence that the judge lifted the ban on interviews then the Sheriffs Office immediately arranged an interview with Jodi by the AP while the jury is deliberating Jodi’s life or death.   The jury isn’t supposed to watch the media, but you don’t have to watch the media to hear about this case.  That’s the problem.  I hope that when the jury went home yesterday, they didn’t hear about this interview. The integrity of a trial is pivotal to making sure that the jury comes to a fair verdict and sentence, but this Sheriffs Office and Court seem to enjoy adding to the circus like atmosphere and how much face time they can get.

These media decisions made by the government are inappropriate.  The Sheriff’s Office isn’t supposed to be Jodi Arias‘ publicist.  This type of government self-promotion is grossly unprofessional.  Jodi may have been willing, but she doesn’t seem to understand the magnitude of this decision.  Perhaps she believed that the jury wouldn’t be privy to her remarks.

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Comments
  1. Mary says:

    I am amazed that this man is still there. What does it say about the citizens who keep him in office?

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  2. Joe says:

    Wow! Thank you for this article, horrifying as it is.

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