What does it say about the justice system that in a case where almost everyone agrees about the profoundly cruel and disturbing nature of the crimes committed, the least satisfying or constructive thing most of us can imagine is the case actually going through the normal process of criminal prosecution?
The prosecutor in the Cleveland kidnappings case has revealed that he may seek aggravated murder charges against the alleged captor, Ariel Castro, because Castro is accused of repeatedly beating and starving one of the women in order to force several miscarriages. This particular detail has caused quite the stir because it casts a fetus in the role of a murder victim, which makes many pro-choice advocates profoundly uncomfortable. I think it's for the same reasons that expressing opposition to sex-selective abortion raises such anxiety here in Canada: It forces people to focus on the fetus rather than the mother.
Louwana Miller searched for daughter Amanda Berry for three years, never giving up hope, even buying her Christmas presents, but died seven years before Berry was found alive. Miller had been hospit...