Coverage of trial close to electronic lynching
Re: "Jodi Arias convicted of first-degree murder," May 8
The staff and guests of HLN TV that carried the Jodi Arias trial came down on the defendant during the entire trial in such an elaborate and damaging manner that I'm sure they can be credited with swaying their entire viewing audience to despising her.
They referred to Arias as a liar and murderer from the time the trial began. They said everything imaginable to convince their audience that the defendant was more than guilty, and often stated there was no other option but to find her guilty of premeditated murder. They came close to encouraging a lynching.
From the very beginning of the trial, they not only did everything to encourage a guilty verdict, they demanded it -- and the death penalty.
I'm sure that the relatives and friends of the jurors talked about whatwas being said on HLN TVat the dinner table, and that the juryhad becometainted because of the attitude and actions of the staff of HLN TV and their guests.
The lawyers for the defendant certainly have a leg to stand on in requesting a new trial.
Robert E. Catalano
Love of violence is our real problem
Re: "Congress must act to halt gun violence," From Readers, May 10
I hope everybody will join me and Regina Perez in our plea for sensible gun laws.The government has a duty to pass responsible gun legislation that enhances the protection of the public while protecting the Constitutional rights of non-violent, law-abiding citizens.
I hope people will also join me in pleading with our fellow citizens to be partners in the safety of all by raising law-abiding children who respect the law and authority, and place a high value on all human life from the womb to the tomb.
What we really have in this country is a love for violence problem. Until we understand and respond effectively to that, we will never again experience security in our country even if a million new laws are passed.
Adults, please renounce your own love of gratuitous violence, which is worshiped and perpetuated via the entertainment industry. It infects the souls of impressionable children.
Christians should condemn Planned Parenthood invocation
Re: "Obama's speech to Planned Parenthood puts abortion back in spotlight," April 23
"Thou shalt not kill," God says in the Old Testament (Exodus 20:13). In the New Testament, Jesus Christ says, "No man can serve two masters...ye cannot serve both God and mammon" (Matthew 6:24). May all Christians remember this exhortation.
Recently, President Barack Obama said, "God bless Planned Parenthood" at its public convention. When he invokes the name of God, abortion ceases to be just a "political" affair.
"The eyes of the Lord are in every place, seeing both the evil and the good" (Proverbs 15:3).
True Christians everywhere should leave their churches in protest if their church leaders are too cowardly, or too politically enamored with President Obama, to condemn him for this highly blasphemous invocation.
In the eyes of God, partial obedience is disobedience. He promised to eject such lukewarm churches from His mouth (Revelations 3:15-16).
Lawrence K. Marsh