I've been keeping tabs on the Lisa Montgomery trial. Appalling. Just seeing a picture of this woman's ugly mugshot makes me want to reach through the screen (computer or television) and cut off this woman's air supply, until she passes away. I'd like to think I'd be doing humanity a favor in doing so.
For those of you who are not familiar with the case, you can Google her name and become familiar with it pretty quickly. If the story doesn't make your blood curdle and boil at the same time, you need a mental check. I'll be more than happy to give it to you.
Prosecution rested, and the defense has begun. They want you to think that she is insane. I mean, what sane person could do this horrific thing? Lawyers are going to drag out the circus in an effort to spare their client from the needle. Today, they brought out the family, and from the sounds of it, they come from America's finest trailer park.
The angle? Lisa was abused as a child and that has made her mentally unstable, and that's why she did what she did. Family members testified to the abuse, subjected to a shitty childhood, blah, blah, blah.
I'm not going to argue that Lisa was or wasn't abused (Predictably, the stepfather denied the allegations. Actually, the entire family all but claimed to be angels.), but I am going to argue that being sexually abused ultimately leads a person to a life of crime and entitles them to no accountability whatsoever. I know a lot of people who were abused as children (sexually or otherwise), and have grown up to be perfectly normal, rational, productive law-abiding citizens. To say that being abused leads to heinous acts, does a grave disservice to those who have survived it and have not let it dictate what kind of person they should have become.
No, I'm going to call bullshit on this one. Yes, maybe she was abused as a child, but that didn't give her the green light to do what she did. In fact, that applies to anyone who was abused. People who use their childhood as justification for horrific acts need to have their asses kicked. I think Jeff Foxworthy said it best when he said, "You know, my mom was great. My dad was great. I'm just a shit head."
I don't buy the "insane" defense anymore than I desire to have a sex change (and that would be a HUGE NO). Lisa Montgomery deserves the death penalty for what she did.
Hell, I'd even volunteer to put in the IV.