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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 2:07 pm | Updated: 11:22 pm, Tue Jun 11, 2013.

Well now, Judge Stephens and County Attorney Bill Montgomery have themselves in political conundrum over the outcome of the Arias sentencing decision,: ”darned if they do and darned if they don’t”.

Does Montgomery spend the monies needed for a new ‘sentencing’ trial or just hand the decision to be made over to Stephens who only has to award Arias ‘life’, with or with out parole, possibly suffering defeat when her bench-term is up?

Or, Montgomery on the other hand weakening his political career by not going for the death penalty. This is a prime example of how our system is broken.

Several years ago the Court in it’s infinite wisdom ruled, a jury must decide the penalty in cases where ‘death’ is an option. Now you have untrained individuals who are, in many cases, deciding with their ‘hearts’ instead of the ‘facts’. Give the penalty decision making back to the judges.

The Arias disposition clearly demands the decision be made with the ‘black cloth’ adorning the crown of Judge Stephen’s golden locks.

Barry Jones

Queen Creek

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