Ariel Castro to plead not guilty to rape and kidnapping charges

Ariel Castro’s lawyers, Craig Weintraub and Jay Schlachet have announced that he will be pleading not guilty to the kidnap and rape of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. Which is, to say the least, a bit surprising.

The lawyers appeared on WKYC in Cleveland to discuss the case. Apparently, we all have Ariel Castro totally wrong, and he is a totally fine human being who loves his daughter very much, and is very committed to her “well being and positive future.”

“The initial portrayal by the media has been one of a ‘monster’ and that’s not the impression that I got when I talked to him for three hours,” Weintraub said. “I know that family members who have been interviewed by the media have expressed that as well.” (P.S. in an interview his brothers called him a “monster” and said they hope he “rots in hell.”)

Added Castro’s co-counsel, attorney 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.”

Yes. That is certainly the most offensive part of this whole thing. The fact that a man who held three women in captivity and repeatedly raped them for years and years is being unfairly demonized by them?

It may just be that I have not had enough coffee this morning, but I have racked my brain and cannot figure out how one would put any kind of non-horrible spin on this situation. What could this “whole story” even be? Are they going to say that three teenage girls voluntarily decided to live in a crazy old dude’s dungeon for 9-11 years? Seriously, what could that even be? Where are they going with this one?

On the other hand, the odds of him being found not guilty are slim to none, and I don’t think anyone wants to see him getting to plead down to a lesser charge anyway. It certainly sucks, however, that these women are going to have to be put through the trauma of a trial.