Sometimes, a crime story in the media is so sensational, that the first instinct for many readers is that authorities should automatically lock up the suspect and throw away the key. Certain crimes appear to be so terrible, at least on the surface, that it may seem unfair for the defendant to be accorded due process rights.
But New York’s criminal justice system could not make any claims of fairness if it treated those accused of particularly disturbing behavior differently than others. Either justice works the same way for everybody who is arrested, or it doesn’t work at all. Every defendant is entitled to a fair trial.