Sometimes I can’t help but wonder what the news would look like if the world was void of any cruelty. Would there even be any need for journalists if no one was committing adultery, murder, fraud, or simply being hypocritical? Would people find the same level of interest in hearing about the successes of humanity as opposed to its flaws? There would definitely be fewer celebrity tabloids on the shelves.
One of the big headliners this year is definitely of the latter variety. You can’t change a channel today without hearing the name ‘Jodi Arias‘ uttered at least once, usually followed by the words ‘murder trial’ or ‘ongoing investigation’.
Ms. Arias was accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, age 30, by shooting him in the head and then stabbing him repeatedly. That is what the evidence reveals, at any rate. It was a highly gruesome affair, and it has caught the attention of more than just the American public; internet news feeds and TV broadcasts have made this seemingly simple case of domestic violence into an international attraction.
It would seem that all leads point to one obvious scenario; Arias and Alexander hit a bump in their relationship, causing something to the surface which forced Arias’ hand. Seeing as the trial is still going, it’s a little more complicated than that, and it doesn’t help that Arias’ account of the events and the facts of the case don’t exactly coincide at every juncture. There were several times during her testimony that she claimed to have little to no recollection of what she had done, as well as claiming through a face full of tears that she had nothing to do with his death. Now the trial is coming to an end, and we will soon be presented with the verdict of her fate. From what I could gather from a recent news coverage on ABC News, the outlook for Ms. Arias is not looking too good. In other words, the death penalty is not entirely out of the equation:
Murder cases like this always seem to cut and dry on television, where all you need is that one piece of crucial evidence to sway the jury to the correct verdict. Four months of cross examinations and deliberations, 18 days of which featured Jodi herself sitting at the stand. At this point, it’s not so much a matter of whether she’s guilty or not, but whether her actions were per-meditated or done in self-defense, or to what degree of murder she is guilty of. Either way, her punishment will not be light.
Murder is wrong. It goes against our very nature. There is a reason why we can feel our gut twisting whenever we do something which hurts someone else as a result; because we subconsciously recognize how wrong it is. This is why the majority of the soldiers who come back from the war suffer from some sort of PTSD, or people who commit a crime deny having done it initially. No one wants to think they are capable of performing terrible acts that you would normally read about in a fiction, or watch on CSI. My final thoughts for today is this; the news shows the human potential to do monstrous things, but that should not be our only insight into human nature. Humans are capable of achieving great things, even if they don’t always show our good side in the news.
That’s all for today. If you have any thoughts on the trial – which way you think it’s going to go, whether you believe she deserves the death penalty, or whether you find her to be innocent or not – I encourage you to leave your thoughts in the comments. I’ll keep you posted on the results of the trial, so until next time, happy reading!