Then I got the to the end of the article and I read the following:
"In addition to Lindsey Harris, Bridges testified during the trial. David Harris's mother, father and brother testified on Clara Harris's behalf, telling jurors she loved her husband and did everything possible to save their marriage. "
"Yeah, she did everything except hitting the brakes."
I have zero sympathy for people who hurt others in an "act of passion." An act of passion is when you rip your lovers clothes off and proceed to have wild monkey sex with them. Killing someone, beating them, etc.. is an act of anger, power, violence, but not passion. Passion does not mean loss of control. Only 5 year olds should be allowed to use the excuse that they "lost control." Adults who have so little self-control that they can seriously hurt another person (or any living creature for that matter) by "accident" need to be punished.
I bet you that if a man was on trial and he was accused of beating his wife and putting her in the hospital because he caught her cheating, there'd be a lot less question about what was going to happen to him. I thought we had thrown out the "s/he was asking for it" arguement a long time ago but that's actually what the defense attorney's tried to use ("I'm not up here to vilify the memory of David Harris ... but there were some bad choices, folks"). If he was a sleazy cheating husband then he fully deserved to be taken to court and thoroughly reemed in the divorce proceedings. He did not deserve to get killed and he doesn't deserve any blame for his own death. What next? Are we going to start considering what a person was wearing and where they were during a rape trial?
I guess personal responsability is just a novel and antiquated concept in the modern court system.
[*] - I may not aboslutely love all the people I come across out here in West Texas, but we do tend to have lower than expected rates of violent crimes. Amusingly enough, it really is the water that seems to cause it. The local underground water sources have traces of natuarlly occuring lithium.