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Ariel Castro Will Plead ‘Not Guilty.’ Yikes.

Ariel Castro’s lawyers are saying that he will plead not guilty to the charges of kidnapping and raping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. Craig Weintraub and Jay Schlachet are saying that Castro has been unfairly demonized by the media and his victims, so they’re clearly hoping to sway the world’s sympathies to their side. None of this seems like a great legal strategy but, well, nobody asked us. The idea, his lawyers say, is that Castro is an alright guy. Jaye Schlachet, Castro’s co-counsel, said that “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.” Well, yes, when you’re making a list of the parts of this story that are unfair and not equitable, the first one that comes to mind is how quick the lamestream media was to paint Castro as a monster …

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