One of my coworkers just informed me that Andrea Yates’ conviction got overturned. I am baffled.

For those of you outside of the Houston area or with short attention spans, Andrea Yates is the woman who used her kids as drain stoppers then called the cops on herself. There was never any doubt about the fact that she drowned all five of her children in the bathtub. The case was entirely about what was going to happen to her: does the state of Texas lock her up or kill her? She was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. The only defense presented was insanity. Great. She’s nuts. She still killed five kids. She doesn’t get to play with other people anymore. The only question here in Texas is whether or not we revoke your existence rights at that point.

Some testimony about a TV show “affected the substantial rights of appellant”? In what universe? The one where the sky is a pale shade of puce and she didn’t drown her freaking kids, maybe? The wisdom of the Harris County DA’s office in not trying her for all five murders is now evident. If the case loses on appeal to TX Supreme Court or gets denied a hearing, they’ll try her again for the remaining two. So instead of just debating whether or not she’s a crazy murdering bitch that deserves to die or just get locked up, we’ll get to do it all over again!

There’s more than one nutcase involved in this decision, that’s for damned sure.


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