Quite a few people have become caught up in the Jodi Arias trial. Arias is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her lover, Travis Alexander, in his Arizona home.
Though the trial is far from New England, the issues it raises should be of interest to everyone. Could it really be true that a woman who shot a man in the face, stabbed him 29 times, nine of them in the back, and slit his throat was a battered woman acting in self-defense?
Arias first said she wasn't present at the killing. When it was proven that she was, she said masked men killed him and let her go. Eventually, she admitted the murder but claimed self-defense.
While we are certainly not experts in the field of battered women, it seems doubtful that her claim is true given the complete lack of evidence to support it. Our concern is not only that justice be done, whatever it is, but that the plight of truly battered women not suffer the same damage caused those who suffer a rape. Too many women have falsely made that claim for any number of reasons. Their shameful behavior has made reporting that revolting act even more difficult for the victims whose reports are now often looked upon with suspicion.
We have a constitutional right protecting us against self-incrimination, but we do not have the right to lie.
The eventual outcome of the Arias trial is likely weeks away. But we hope that if her story is not true, if the tales she tells blaming her lover for his own death are false, the jury will figure it out.
In the wake of Casey Anthony and "O.J.," we've had enough of justice denied.