Posted on | May 8, 2013 | 21 Comments
Legal expert Ace of Spades* has consulted his esteemed colleague Allahpundit, as well as a guy on Twitter and it looks like, if Ariel Castro and/or his brothers did what they are reported to have done — inducing abortions in their pregnant victims through beatings — they could be eligible for the death penalty. Alternatively, cops could just announce that they’re turning these guys loose on bail at noon tomorrow, and let the citizens take care of the problem, IYKWIMAITYD.
Cleveland kidnap suspects Ariel Castro, 52, Onil Castro, 50, and Pedro Castro, 54
Leaving aside fantasy scenarios of rough justice against these perps — the jailhouse guards could look the other way, let ’em get shivved by their cellmates, and save Ohio taxpayers the expense of a trial — there is the question of, who are these guys? The Cleveland Plain Dealer has an extensive account of the Castro brothers’ background: Their father was a modestly successful used-car dealer, who left an estate valued at more than $250,000 when he died in 2004, but divided up between his nine kids, that was barely $25,000 each.
The Castro family is mainly respectable, even if these three aren’t: Onil and Pedro are both alcoholics, and Ariel was brutally violent toward his ex-wife. Pedro drank himself out of a job and was collecting S.S.I. payments (“disability,” nudge, nudge) while Onil had been collecting workman’s comp for the past five years. Ariel was the only one of them working, that is until he got fired from his $19-an-hour school bus driver job in November. You can go read the whole thing at the Plain Dealer, but long story short is, these guys were sliding down a slope of downward mobility, coming from a family of enterpreneurs, but descending into a low-rent drunken deadbeat lifestyle. And then there was also this interesting bit of Castro family news:
The daughter of the prime suspect in the kidnapping case of three Cleveland women was jailed for 25 years in 2008 for the attempted murder of her 11-month-old baby, it was revealed today.
Emily Castro, 24, tried to slash her daughter Janyla’s throat in April 2007 after she broke up with the child’s father.
Court documents state that police were called to Emily’s home in Fort Wayne, Indiana — where she moved after she became pregnant — when a passerby saw a woman running out to the street with a bleeding baby in her arms.
The woman was Emily’s mother, Grimilda Figeroa, who told police that her daughter stabbed her own child.
So, yeah, a typical Christian conservative Tea Party family.
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) May 7, 2013
* Ace actually does have a law degree — J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of the Forest Moon of Endor.
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