The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 6/24/06:
This Week's Overall Newsiness Rating: Oh, My!

The Story Becky Simpson is sentenced to 25 years in prison in a murder for hire trial. Simpson  hired (no longer "allegedly") an undercover officer to murder the wife of Danny Watts.
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The Spin This may not rival the Sharon Green case, but it sure feels like it right now.

The Story The jurors in the Simpson trial also imposed the maximum fine, $10,000.
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The Spin You hardly ever see fines in prison sentence cases. That was an exclamation point.

The Story Prosecutors, according to the Messenger, said she will be eligible for parole in "a little less than six years."
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The Spin True, but it's murky. The law is that she becomes eligible once her real time plus good conduct time equals one fourth of her sentence. Two factors: Being eligible for parole doesn't mean you will be granted parole. And that good conduct time  has to be earned.

The Story During the punishment phase, she accused her husband of having a bad temper.
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The Spin It is not a good idea to throw your  husband, who gave you everything you wanted, under the bus for absolutely no reason - especially while you are asking a jury for mercy.

The Story "David Tooley of Arlington, Simpson's fiancé, also became emotional when he asked the jury to give her probation."
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The Spin Fiancé? Where the heck did he come from?

The Story "The reason I'm not here asking for the death penalty is because of good police work," the prosecutor told the jury.  (Meaning that if the murder had taken place, Simpson could have been on trial for capital murder that carries with it the death penalty.)
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The Spin That was pretty good line.

The Story Her defense lawyer, Ray Bass of Austin (who I have never heard of), said that the prosecutors had offered him a plea bargain offer of 15 years.
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The Spin You don't see admissions like that very often in criminal cases. There's an unwritten rule of professional courtesy that neither the prosecution or the defense will volunteer to the media what the plea bargain was. And I've never seen the losing side admit that a better plea bargain offer was passed upon. (But don't necessarily think the lawyer told Becky Simpson to reject the 15 year offer - it is her, and not him, that makes that call. I suspect she would have turned down the 15 year offer).

The Story 'My view is this jury held it against her that her husband has a great deal of wealth," Bass said.
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The Spin It probably didn't help with the sympathy factor, but, in the end, the only money that mattered was the $2,000 that was placed in an envelope and passed to an undercover officer.

The Story And now it is over.
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The Spin And I kinda feel sick about the whole thing.  (Messenger photos here). 

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