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Hubby got stabbed for makin' whoopee

Appeals court says wife properly waived her right to a jury trial

On Friday (January 23) the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District said a vengeful spouse was properly denied a jury trial.

On June 7, 2012, Tammie Terrell Aldridge (a.k.a. Tammie Terrell Wicker) learned that her husband, Jonathan Aldridge, was having an affair with his girlfriend, Pashion Ferrara.

On May 4, 2013, Aldridge stabbed her husband in his left forearm with a knife, threw a bleach-like substance in his face, burning his eyes, and stabbed her husband's tires. She claimed her husband was choking her, but she was convicted of four crimes and sentenced to four years and eight months in state prison.

She appealed, claiming the court violated her rights to a jury trial by improperly inducing her to waive those rights. The judge, in asking her if she wanted to waive a jury trial, had said her offenses were based on "fairly egregious facts" that could not be dropped. The judge asked her, "[D]o you want a jury to hear all that, which is going to sound terrible to hear all that stuff, or do you want a judge to hear it?"

Subsequently, Aldridge said she wanted a bench trial with no jury. But the judge had carefully explained her constitutional rights and what it meant to have no jury, said the appellate court Friday.

The trial court had also imposed a $3360 fine on her. The appellate court said the fine should be eliminated.

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On Friday (January 23) the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District said a vengeful spouse was properly denied a jury trial.

On June 7, 2012, Tammie Terrell Aldridge (a.k.a. Tammie Terrell Wicker) learned that her husband, Jonathan Aldridge, was having an affair with his girlfriend, Pashion Ferrara.

On May 4, 2013, Aldridge stabbed her husband in his left forearm with a knife, threw a bleach-like substance in his face, burning his eyes, and stabbed her husband's tires. She claimed her husband was choking her, but she was convicted of four crimes and sentenced to four years and eight months in state prison.

She appealed, claiming the court violated her rights to a jury trial by improperly inducing her to waive those rights. The judge, in asking her if she wanted to waive a jury trial, had said her offenses were based on "fairly egregious facts" that could not be dropped. The judge asked her, "[D]o you want a jury to hear all that, which is going to sound terrible to hear all that stuff, or do you want a judge to hear it?"

Subsequently, Aldridge said she wanted a bench trial with no jury. But the judge had carefully explained her constitutional rights and what it meant to have no jury, said the appellate court Friday.

The trial court had also imposed a $3360 fine on her. The appellate court said the fine should be eliminated.

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I think I see the problem here, Don. This poor woman has lived a severely disadvantaged life. According to her arrest record ( http://jail.com/arrest-records/tammie-aldridge-2828223 ), she is Black, and unusually built at 0' 5" tall and weighing 256 lbs. She is in her 40s now.

Anyone living under these conditions, regardless of the faithfulness of her spouse, is deserving of special consideration. If there is any honor and charity in our courts, every effort should be made to rehabilitate this poor woman and let her live her remaining years in peace.

Jan. 25, 2015

swell: How tall is she? This doesn't seem possible. I agree she deserves compassion. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 25, 2015

I think swell meant 5'0" tall. If she is 256 lbs then she is as wide as she is tall. As for compassion I agree that some compassion should be shown but it should be a cautionary tale for the hubby's out there than can't control their willies.

Jan. 26, 2015

No, swell simply quoted what the link said. And it WAS 0' 5" on that page.

Jan. 26, 2015

dwbat: If it said 0' 5", and she is listed at 256 pounds, we would have a potential display for P.T. Barnum. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 26, 2015

Obviously it's a typo.

Jan. 26, 2015

dwbat: Obviously. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 26, 2015

AlexClarke: It is definitely a cautionary tale for the philandering husband. I just wonder if the husband had been cuckolded, and took a cleaver to his wife, would he have been given that stern a penalty? Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 26, 2015

Article should read HUBBY GOT STABBED FOR CHEATING

Jan. 25, 2015

anniej: I think that message is implicit in this blog item. The appeals court said he had a "relationship" with his "girlfriend." That appears to convey your judgment. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 25, 2015

could have been worse, just ask John Wayne Bobbitt.

Jan. 26, 2015

Murphyjunk: There has been an opera written about Bobbitt. It was written by that great Russian composer, Kutschikokov. Bobbitt is sung by a basso profundo. But he hits a high C when he sees what his spouse has done. Up to that point, no basso profundo in history had ever hit a high C.Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 26, 2015

Bill Whiteley: You are observant. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 26, 2015

David Phillipson: In one of my responses to AlexClarke above, I asked the same question: would the cuckolded husband who took a cleaver to his roving wife, and threw a bleachlike substance in her face, get as stiff a penalty? I would certainly hope so. In fact, I would hope the cuckolded husband would get a stiffer penalty than his wife would get. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 27, 2015

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