Apr 2, 2018
The public pressure was intense surrounding Ronald and Wanda Maddux’s guilt of murdering their 4-year-old daughter, Melisha Gibson. Petitions and protests called for the Madduxes to be put to death. Country music star Hank Snow even wrote TN Govenor Ray Blanton demanding the death penalty for anyone convicted of child abuse.
I tend to think of the road to a trial being an ordered and logical progression from arrest to arraignment to trial. The road to a trial should be well-marked and driven upon with caution. But it seems to me as if the typical slow and steady drive on the road to a trial didn’t happen. It was more like this case was hijacked by a bunch of teens delivering bootleg moonshine, careening through the Appalachian mountains with the acceleration pedal firmly stomped to the floor.