Arias was found guilty, but she still won

I sat down to watch Troy Hayden's interview on Fox 10. Honestly, I'm still not sure why. I must have been caught up in the moment in wanting to hear what Jodi Arias had to say. Now, I regret it.

I regret it because as I sat there watching Arias explain how she favors the death penalty over life in prison, I found myself feeling sympathy for her. Until I remembered what she was on trial for in the first place; killing Travis Alexander. She shot him in the head, stabbed him 27 times and slit his throat. Gruesome.

I have no connection to this case. I have no recollection of Travis Alexander's death in 2008, nor do I remember when Jodi Arias was arrested a month later. I'm happy justice is in the process of being served here. But, this trial should be no different from any other murder trial, you know, the hundreds of other ones we don't watch.

Let's be honest: people didn't watch this case for justice, despite those "justice for Travis" chants. People watched for their own reasons. The hundreds who showed up to the courthouse did so for their own reasons too. Maybe it was curiosity. Maybe it was the sexy details. Maybe it was something else. Fine. Those are valid reasons to care. I'd just prefer some honesty about it instead of pretending this is about ‘justice.'

I'll admit I got caught up in all the hype, even as I despised the coverage of the trial. I watched the verdict being read. But, by no means do I pretend I care about justice in this case. I watched simply because I wanted to see Arias' reaction to the verdict.

See, if this trial was truly about justice we would care about every other murder case. We'd want cameras present during those trials. We'd watch the verdicts being read. But, we don't care. This is why Arias won. She got us emotionally invested in this murder case while just about every other one gets ignored. We know her name. Like it or not, she's famous.

I'll leave you with these facts to add a little perspective. In 2010 the CDC says there were 16,259 homicides in the United States. Around 6,000 of them will go unsolved. We are not in the streets demanding justice for those cases. They haven't touched us. There are no cameras present and no sexy details. Our sense of ‘justice' gets skewed when TV cameras show up.

The cameras may have caught every detail of this salacious trial but they've missed fact that there are 185,000 murders that remain unsolved that occurred between 1980 and 2008. Why don't we care about ‘justice' for their friends and families? The answer seems pretty obvious.

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    skittle wrote...
    Tired of this case
    Sex and murder. I bet if this girl was ugly and 300 lbs nobody would have been interested in this case. Sex and murder, an afrodisiac in america. We've become a society of sick pervs. I hope all this coverage will cease now.
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    tuscanyi wrote...
    The fall of the American,er, Roman Empire
    This reminds me of the people coming to the Colosseum in Rome to watch people fight to the death! It wasn't long after those staged fights until the fall of Rome.
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    AmyLee wrote...
    You COULDN'T BE More Wrong Rob
    I can't believe this article. You sir are the one with the problem. We are not watching selfishly, we are watching emphatically. Hundreds of people gathered to seek justice for an innocent, if you can't see that--you need to look introspectively at who you are. Travis could have been my son, my brother, my nephew, my friend...as could all these high profile victims--that's something that us spectators understand.
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    AmyLee wrote...
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    If you only watched to see Jodi's face, the you are the one with the problem. Those of us who extend sympathy and empathy are only interested in the verdict. And it was guilty in the First degree! Jodi LOST! She may pine for the limelight even still, and people like you will watch, but those of us who empathize with the pain of losing a loved one in this fashion only care that the family can finally move forward and Travis' name will finally rest.
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    AmyLee wrote...
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    You're biggest misconception is that we are involved because of Her! We are involved because of Travis. Because his family and friends have come to battle for his dignity and life! Travis was just a nice kid living his life and she viciously took it....how many times have we seen this? Too many. Speaking up for Travis is like speaking up for all the murdered who can no longer speak for themselves! This is our one opportunity as people to show that we indeed do care! And we did!
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    AmyLee wrote...
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    I feel your article was more of a projection of your own inability to sympathize and selfish fascination with the trial. I suggest you look into that. "But by no means do I pretend I care about justice in this case," is not only disturbing, but even worse...it seems deliberate to elicit emotions of outrage from your audience. What's worse it that you didn't care about her verdict, but you felt sorry for her. That is worthy of elicited emotion.
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    AmyLee wrote...
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    " But, we don't care. This is why Arias won. She got us emotionally invested in this murder case ," according to you we don't care but we're emotionally invested? That makes no sense. We do care, about Justice, because it is such a rarity, and that's going by your statistical information. So that just proves we care. More than you--which "seems pretty obvious." Good luck in your life sir, I hope nothing like this ever happens to you or someone you love. God forbid you have to learn empathy through something like this. such a pity.
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    ZingerRinger wrote...
    To the people in the crowd...
    GET A LIFE! And KTAR is nothing more than a tabloid. Not sure how Rob and Bruce can stand to work there...
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    OneWonders wrote...
    Please stop talking
    about her. Stop mentioning her name. She deserves no attention from anyone and deserves to die alone. Oh but wait the left wing media loves her so they don't have to talk about real issues.
    Equal Justice, Not Social Justice.
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    Juan the Pilgrim wrote...
    "Travis was just a nice kid"
    ...excuse me, please define nice kid? Sounds to me like this nice kid made the wrong choice when he decided to mess with this psychopath. When the sex was good and being Mormon was fulfilling...is it safe to say that He wasn't complaining. No one deserves to die for making a wrong choice in life, including Travis--nice kid though? I find that to be a stretch.
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