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Pat McMahon

Jodi Justice

Jodi Arias, come on down!

The actual cost of your murder trial, along with the penalty phase, as of this week is $2,150,536 and 42 cents, and since Arizona taxpayers will be footing that bill, can we all agree that the "price is wrong"?

Oh, the numbers are correct, but for a trial to cost that much and for the expenses to continue with no end in sight -- that's wrong!

The trial was held and a verdict was handed down by the jury: Guilty of first degree murder, which seemed right at the time, considering the fact that the victim's throat was slit and he was shot in the head, in addition to some 30 knife wounds.

That's about as "first degree" as you can get.

That jury, however, was not able to agree on her sentence: Death, life or incarceration for some other period of time, so in order to get a death penalty verdict, a new jury will convene March 17th.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

That's right, folks! We all begin paying for a new trial -- an issue that could have been resolved if everyone had simply agreed not to seek the death penalty.

I don't know where you stand on capital punishment, but as costs head toward $3 million, this whole trial is killing me.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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