In all of the talk about Molly Bowers Midyette case no one has been able to explain (because it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever) why she was tried first. She was essentially convicted of doing nothing to prevent her then husband from abusing their child. So what would have happened had he been found not guilty in his trial? Would she still have been guilty?
The Boulder District Attorney’s office was wrong to try her first and as a result the verdict in her case should be thrown out. That doesn’t mean that she can’t–or shouldn’t–be tried again for her alleged role in this affair but the initial process was fatally flawed. For that reason alone, I would have voted not guilty in her first trial. That is not to say that she might not be guilty of something–probably poor judgment in choosing a husband–but to find her guilty of a more serious charge than her husband is absurd.
The district attorney blew it. Her attorneys blew it. And jury members should have had the guts, as well as the intelligence, to tell the judge that this trial was a mockery.