Should Jodi Arias Get the Death Penalty?

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A jury found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder yesterday for killing Travis Alexander at his Mesa home in 2008.

Arias' conviction means she could be sentenced to death for her crime.

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Now, the trial goes into the "aggravation" phase, in which the jury decides if Arias' killing of Alexander -- complete with cutting his throat, shooting him in the head, and stabbing him a couple dozen times -- was heinous, cruel, and depraved.

If they say the "aggravating factor" exists, the case will move on to the death-penalty phase.

Do you think Arias should get the death penalty?

Cast your vote below:



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16 comments
rotorhead1871
rotorhead1871

I prefer the more religious phrasing:  she is cashing in her one way ticket....to the resurrection.....EARLY!!!

keenan67
keenan67

So the state kills people to show that killing people is wrong? What kind of hypocritical, uncivilized, medieval, bull crap is this? The US is one of the only small handful of countries that still murders their own citizens for criminal punishment, along with other uncivilized countries like Iran, China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Indonesia, etc. Is that really the level that Americans want to aspire to? No nation in Europe has the death penalty.

Murdering Jodi Arias will not bring back Travis Alexander, or take away the pain of loss experienced by Travis' family and friends. The only thing it accomplishes is that it lets some people feel some sort of gratification for violent retribution or revenge - definately not a very positive or healthy aspect of human emotion or consciousness.

Our Constitution forbits "cruel and unusual punishment." How can people believe that murdering someone (as punishment) does not fit the definition of cruel and unusual punishment? What is the purpose of our criminal justice system? It seems to be mainly punitive, rather than for public safety, protection or rehibilitation. Just look at how Sherif Joe Arpaio treats the inmamtes in the Maricopa County Jail. The humiliation, the abuse, the substandard disease-causing crap food that the inmates are fed (Arpaio brags that he has cut the cost of jail meals down to 20 cents a serving). Giving people disease and malnutrition because they have a jail sentence is definately cruel and unusual punishment. But apparently the red neck people of Maricopa County, who keep reelecting Aarpaio think that kind of stuff is just dandy. What is wrong with Americans that they are willing to drown in their own hypocricy?

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

THIS WOMAN WILL BURN IN THE LAKE OF FIRE.  SHE BETTER MAKE HER PEACE WITH THE GOOD LORD.

dmcrane1
dmcrane1

I'm not necessarily opposed to the death penalty per se, but since we don't seem to be able to have the death penalty in this country without wrongly convicting and putting to death some people who are probably innocent, I think it should be done away with totally in all states.  I would prefer to see Life with no possibility of parole and then let God or Life decide on her time of death.  

phxtheproblem
phxtheproblem

I noticed that there are a ton of similarities between the jodia arias situation and the winnie ruth judd situation in phoenix back in 1931....alot of the moral police were crying for blood then, there was ahuge media circus and an obviously mentally unbalance woman became a cult of personality.....come to find out it wasnt phoenix at its best then, i suspect it isnt now either. and joe arpaio fan you are  not merely obnaxious, you seem to be a real creepy sick kind of guy...propable serial killer type living at a motel with his mom...just saying...

jjmjmn
jjmjmn

She should be sentenced to a life of porn. Starting with a bdsm clip starring me.

jjmjmn
jjmjmn

I think she should be sentenced to a life of doing porn. Starting with me.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

The sentence should specify that in any movie or TV dramatization of her life, her character must be played by Rosie O'Donnell.


robert_graham
robert_graham

Absolutely she should and make it as painful as possible.  It would be fun to watch her moan and groan in pain on that guerney. She should not be put to death humanely.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Didn't I tell you she would be convicted of first degree murder? Good!

squash
squash

I for one voted no - I don't believe in the death penalty.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

one reason they keep some of these people alive is to better understand what makes them tick so they can better recognize, address and treat psychosis and other mental health issues. I dont really know if I want to know what makes her tick. 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

 Dude, I thought that the law was the law and everyone should have to comply with the law.  Isn't that what you preach on this blog.  The 8th Amendment to the Constitution - the supreme law of this land - states "Excessive baill shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted."  But hey, just because inflicting cruel punishment on a prisoner violates the Constitution, don't let that stop you - never mind that "what part of illegal don't you understand."  But who the hell cares if it violates the Constitution, right, that "illegal is illegal" thing only applies to immigrants, right.

Oh, and by the way, I do not object to imposing the death sentence in cases like this so don't think that my comment has anything to do with objecting to the death penalty.

sarum
sarum

@danzigsdaddy  I think there are a wholehelluvalot of people like her that just don't go quite that far.  Her brain should be studied for sure.

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