Friday, February 05, 2010

Wow, Chutzpah Redefined

The definition for Chutzpah has often been given as the man who kills his parents and throws himself on the mery of the court, asking for leniency because he is an orphan.

Yeah, that one got beat today it looks like. Phillip Craig Garrido is the man who is accused of kidnapping Jaycee Dugard, when she was 11 years old. He is alleged (and this one of those times I hate to use the word "alleged") to have held her captive for more than 18 years. While he and his wife held her, he managed to father two children with Ms. Dugard. (Although to be more precise, he allegedly raped her, as the older of the two is 15, which would make Ms. Dugard a minor at the time and unable to consent to sex, and another who is 11.)

So after, allegedly, kidnapping and raping her over 18 years, he was finally brought to justice when the police finally caught on to the fact he was keeping her and her children in a tent in the backyard that the neighbors had been reporting for years (yes oversimplification, but here is the wiki article), he is now jail awaiting trial.

It was reported today that his attorney filed a brief to allow Mr. Garrido more access to his wife (that would be the woman he legally married and, allegedly, participated in his kidnapping of Ms. Dugard and her captivity). The reason? There are family decisions which need to be made regarding their children.

This includes those children he fathered by raping his captive. That takes chutzpah to make that argument.

1 comment:

Colby said...

If he wins that argument, then the justice system is as effed up as our SSA.