I think she blew the deal when she sauntered into the courtroom dressed like she was doing her laundry.
Or perhaps it was the sullen, put-upon sneer she had on her face as she walked into the courtroom believing she was getting away with murder with barely a slap on the wrist. Not a hint of remorse that I could see, no shocked look of surprise that she was expecting to ‘get away’ with the death of her child so easy. I didn’t even see the sneer change when the judge, rather incredulously, said he couldn’t grant the requested arrangement because loss of life was involved.
As to the ‘laundry day’ attire - you’d think a parent would try to wear sack cloth and ash because of their inward emotional state or, if the parent doesn’t care how their actions cost the life of their child, that her attorney would have made her wear something reflecting mourning tragedy.
I can’t believe how incredibly stupid this woman is. I don’t care what the deal was beforehand. She shoulda dyed her hair one color, took that crap out of her face and bought a nice black dress. I don’t know what the judge was thinking, but he might have been undecided about the deal before he went into the courtroom. Seeing her attitude and the way she was dressed might have pushed him over the edge. A couple of months ago, I had to serve jury duty in criminal court in a bad neighborhood. They brought us into the courtroom and, before they began the voire dire, the judge introduced all the attorneys and the defendant. The attorneys each stood, nodded towards the prospective jurors and said, “Good morning.” The defendant, a black man in his early 20’s dressed very conservatively in a blue shirt and tie with short, well groomed hair, stood up, nodded politely and greeted us, “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.” I watched him throughout the entire voire dire process and he sat ramrod straight, listening intently to the judge ask each prospective juror the same questions over and over again. Now, I’m not stupid. I knew the guy could be a vicious psychopath but, despite myself, I was very impressed with him- and I bet the other jurors were, as well. I gotta believe it doesn’t hurt to have the jurors more or less on your side when the trial begins.