Jodi Arias has been found guilty of murdering her ex-boyfriend. Guilty of murder in the first degree. She could get life in prison or the death penalty if the jury believes the murder was cruel and premeditated. She shot Travis Alexander back in 2008. Then stabbed him 20 times. Then slit his throat. Then claimed self-defense. The jury didn’t buy it.
Jodi has spoken up since yesterday’s verdict. “I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I’d rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it.” She doesn’t want a life sentence in prison. She wants to die. That decision could be as much as a month or more away, and I guess what the jury has to decide is WHAT should that punishment be. Is giving her the death penalty not “punishing” enough because its what she wants?
On far lesser degrees we all have made mistakes and committed sins that we are forced to “live” with; transgressions that have hurt others and decisions that have dramatically changed lives. They may not have been criminal or warranted life in prison or death, but you (or someone you know) probably still suffers as a result of what they’ve done or said.
So, if Jodi Arias WANTS to die, does THAT punishment fit the crime?