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Ariel Castro Pleads Not Guilty

The problem with the grotesque tale out of Cleveland in which Ariel Castro kidnapped, raped, starved, chained, beat and abused three young women for ten years is not Mr. Castro.  It's with those who have prejudged him.

That's the story from his snarling defense lawyers.  In today's story, they have this to say (emphasis added):

"The initial portrayal by the media has been one of a 'monster' and that's not the impression that I got when I talked to him for three hours," [defense counsel Craig Weintraub] said to Cleveland's WKYC-TV. "I know that family members who have been interviewed by the media have expressed that as well."

Craig argues that Ariel is a loving father who is committed to his daughter.

He is "extremely committed to the well being and positive future for his daughter, who he loves dearly. And if people find that to be a disconnect from what he's alleged to have done, then the people will just have to deal with it. We just know how he feels about his little girl."

There's the old story of the fellow who murders his parents and then pleads for mercy because he's an orphan, but Castro's defense team has topped that.  He deserves mercy, you see, because he (allegedly) loves the girl who came into this world by means of his raping her terrified, chained, teenage mother.

OK, fine.  I trust the comments section will be filled by those explaining how this unbelievably vile rendition is really just, ya know, defending the Constitution, etcetera.  Have at it, gentlemen.


"...and that's not the impression that I got when I talked to him for three hours..."

The surviving victims in this case got to know him over a considerably longer period. Their impressions are more solidly based and probably quite different.

If Kennedy hadn't screwed up Kennedy, this worthless s!@#$%^ could of had his esteemed counsel present this dreck at his penalty phase.

Bill nails it.

The reality is that these worthless slime are going to try to leverage him giving up parental rights (i.e., jail/prison visitation) to get a better plea deal.

And yes, there are lots of family court judges who will order a woman to bring her children to prison to visit with the incarcerated father.

Would it be too much to ask that lawyers withhold public comment on cases until they get to the courtroom, and without making outlandish out-of-court pronouncements that just serve to worsen the public's already dim view of the legal profession?

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