Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Trending Topics: Ariel Castro - [a case of the summer]

So the big news of today (other than John McCain playing poker) is that Ariel Castro -- the man who kidnapped and raped three women for over a decade -- committed suicide while imprisoned in a correctional facility in Ohio.  What I want to discuss, though, is a troubling interview I heard this morning with Castro's lawyer.

The lawyer stated -- and I'm paraphrasing here -- that Castro's family received the news of his death not from the correctional facility or any medical examiner, but rather from the media.  And Castro's lawyer called that "disturbing."  Yes, THAT'S the disturbing thing about this whole situation.

Listen, I get it.  You're the guy's lawyer and you have a legal and moral obligation to look out for his interests, even in death.  But certainly there's something to be said about common sense and general decorum.  This is a man who kidnapped three women and kept them imprisoned for over a decade.  During those ten plus years, he raped them and even murdered numerous unborn children.  He physically abused these women, to the extent that they sustained permanent damage.  How immensely distasteful for this lawyer to judgmentally voice his opinion on the actions of media and the correctional facility considering everything that his client had done.

I'm not saying two wrongs make a right.  But I do think that lawyer should have shown a bit more discretion when deciding how to respond to this circumstance.

Oh, and my thoughts on the media are aimed squarely at the fact that most of them don't seem to realize that it's "hanged," not "hung."

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