Ariel Castro, the man arrested for keeping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight captive in his home for a decade, raping them repeatedly and beating them to cause miscarriages, Ariel Castro, the man who everyone knows did all of that, will plead not guilty to those charges.
Ariel Castro will plead not guilty to crimes that everyone knows he committed. PHOTO: Cleveland Police Department
Ariel Castro, the man arrested for keeping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight captive in his home for a decade, raping them repeatedly and beating them to cause miscarriages, Ariel Castro, the man who everyone knows did all of that, will plead not guilty to those charges. This is a quirk of the legal system: everyone knows that Ariel Castro did all of that, and he is not denying the allegations. It's also a given that Castro is going to prison, probably for the rest of his life.
There are unknown variables here, however, and that is why Castro's attorneys may have seen some relatively favorable possibilities in pleading not guilty. Their biggest task right now is to avoid the death penalty. It has been speculated that by going to trial, Castro's lawyers could raise the possibility of putting Berry, DeJesus and Knight on the witness stand, and a deal could be struck to avoid the death penalty for Ariel Castro before that happens.
There is also the matter of the possibility of an aggravated murder charge for causing miscarriages by beating the girls when he impregnated them (Ariel Castro is kind of the worst guy ever, huh?). His lawyers might have a shot of contesting those charges, even though they are true. There is some debate over when a fetus becomes a person with its own rights in America, as you may have heard somewhere, and so Castro's lawyers may be able to downgrade that charge on philosophical grounds.
The boldest claim in all of this has to be this one from one of Castro's two lawyers, Jaye Schlachet:
“He is a human being, but what is offensive is that the women and the media want to demonize this man before they know the whole story, and I think it's unfair and not equitable.”
Schlachet is doing his job as an attorney, but if he can convince anyone that Ariel Castro is not a monster, then, well, that would be extremely impressive, because despite the "not guilty" plea, everyone knows this man perpetrated a horrible crime to three innocent girls for more than ten years.