by Eric Sandy
"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."
That's the nonsense heard 'round Cleveland - nay, the world - today now that one of Ariel Castro's attorneys, Craig Weintraub, has offered a few public thoughts on his client. We like to think he chose his wording carefully after perusing last week's Scene (see below).
Overwhelming media attention locally and internationally surely has produced the judge, jury, executioner-type attitudes that preclude due process and all that. Could a venue change for any impending trial be in the future? We'll see.
Questions like that are being mulled over this week, now that coverage of last week's news has broadened considerably.
And such questions continue to roll in, now that attorneys have announced that Castro plans to plead not guilty. He is presently charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said last week that additional charges are likely.