My turn: No justice in the courtroom; there should have been a verdict

Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2006

The victim, Lauri Waterman, was brutally murdered in cold blood. After hearing the hung-jury verdict, it made me vomit in disgust.

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The victim's daughter, Rachelle Waterman was charged with conspiring to murder. When someone is charged with such a crime, everyone who wants to attend the trial has the right to attend. Like it or not, it is public information regardless of the verdict.

It is everyone's business because those types of behavior problems have adversely affected not only the individuals involved in the murder but also the Alaska communities and society at large. Obviously, Ms. Waterman did not know the consequences of her behavior, although she knew right from wrong.

Additionally, people around the world are patiently waiting to know what the American legal system is going to do with that rebellious teen, because they have been reading her blog, which she willingly posted for the whole world to read about her abusive mom and her life in Hell, Alaska.

The people who attended the trial included men, women and high school and university students. I must admit that I was one of those who went. We were not there to be entertained and we weren't either. Some of us were there because we, too, have children and we were concerned that a teen was being tried for conspiracy to murder.

I admire the fact that we live in a country in which we are innocent until we are proven guilty and where everyone has the right to a fair trial in a court of law. I want to point out that even if someone was not proven guilty, it does not mean it did not really happen. It only means that the Alaska legal system was not able to prove the accused was guilty.

At the same time, I am not able to appreciate some people's sweeping under the rug and pretending like it did not happen. They are hoping it will go away. The victim deserves a whole lot more respect than those types of attitudes.

The media should be commended for their professional attitude, for their excellent performance, their respect for Lauri Waterman and their courteous service to Southeast Alaska communities.

Age is just a number. As we clearly know girls mature earlier than boys. Ms. Waterman is not 15 or 17 years of age. Ms. Waterman appeared to be an intelligent, manipulative, controlling, beautiful and matured young woman. She made no secret about the fact how much she hated her mom, as she had falsified, exaggerated and dramatized about her mom abusing her.

Ms. Waterman had those two men, who were immature high school dropouts with emotional problems, wrapped around her little finger like a couple of puppets while she was pulling her strings and expecting them to do her dirty work.

It was Ms. Waterman who had asked those men out on dates. Those young men were madly in love with her as she was their first love. They trusted her and believed her falsifications that she had told them about her mom. They were worried that her life was threatened and were willing to anything, even murder to protect her from her mom.

A sweet, caring, loving and worried mom was murdered after she had disciplined her daughter and had asked her to stay away from older men. After Lauri Waterman was brutally murdered, her only daughter's main concern was about her not inheriting her mom's van. She was also worried about taking over the responsibility of doing the laundry, which her mom had done until she was murdered.

The jury's verdict is not fair. It is not right, and it is certainly not just!

I want Ms. Waterman tried again. Innocent or guilty, the accused has the right to a fair trial and her fate should be determined by a mature and responsible jury who are able to respect children's, parents', grandparents' and elders' rights more than "jelly fish" jury.

Although Southeast Alaska is spread apart, it is small and the people are very much knitted together. I also would like to suggest that Ms. Waterman trial should be moved to Anchorage where she would be able to receive a fair trial in a court of law.

• Theresa Davis is a Juneau resident.

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