According to the New York Post, the 12 members of the jury struggled to reach a verdict. But, they did finally agree to find the defendant guilty. Sentencing will be Mary 14th.
The criminal case focused on immigrant Yoselyn Ortega.
With a knife she ended the lives of two young children in her care. The family lived on the upscale West Side in Manhattan. Those who have been following this tragedy might have had as difficult a time as the jurors coming to a verdict.
On the one hand, Ortega seemed to have been delusional at the time. Her lawyer had tried for a legal insanity plea but that was a no-go.
Those in her life noted that she had been behaving oddly before she slaughtered the children. As the children was dying, she cut her own throat. If the mother hadn't entered the apartment then and wrapped Ortega's wound, she too would have died.
On the other hand, her actions could have been the bursting out of rage. She had been emotionally ripped that her employer, that is the mother of the children, wanted her to add on cleaning to her job description.
Simultaneously, she had been experiencing financial problems and had to give up her apartment. Could this have been a classic situation of resentment which festered and grew into a mental monster?
Many of us from working class backgrounds couldn't have served on the jury. We would have confessed beforehand that we were prejudiced in favor of the defendant. As a freshman in high school I took care of four children of an upper middle class family for about three hours a day. The treatment of me was not kind.
I was lucky. I quit before I had done something that would have ruined my life.
F. Scott Fitzgerald observed that the rich are different than we are. I would agree. And those differences often tilt toward cruelty.
May Ortega and her own family find peace of mind.
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