Left: Mary Winkler and defense attorney Steve Farese in Selmer court (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)
(Selmer, TN) The arraignment of Mary Winkler was an affair of short duration, lasting a mere six minutes. The media frenzy in this small Tennessee town may last for many, many months.
If nothing else, the local economy of this 4,600-person town should receive quite an infusion of cash.
Even at this early juncture it is clear that this case will likely be the trial of the decade. On my own blog the taffic has increased more than tenfold since I began to devote most of my posts to the Winkler case, and I am recording hits from across the globe.
Given the intense coverage of the crime and its aftermath, the question that begs to be asked is this: can Mary Winkler get a fair trial anywhere on this planet?
News of the alleged confession of Mary Winkler rapidly spread across the blogosphere and the mainstream media Friday afternoon. The few words uttered by police officials at press conferences have been picked apart, and countless theories have emerged as a public with an insatiable thirst for news tries to understand this bizarre saga.
In my day-to-day interactions I have found the Winkler case to be the most-discussed conversation subject, and people I know who normally go through life blissfully unaware of the news (oh, how I envy them) feel the need to weigh in on possible motives for the killing.
Perhaps, though, the best place for this trial to be held is right where it currently stands - in Selmer, Tennessee. Church members and townsfolk have avoided jumping to conclusions about the case, unlike the rest of the world. Furthermore, many people who belong to the Fourth Street Church of Christ have publicly forgiven Mary Winkler.
We might all take our cues from the good people of Selmer.