The lead sentence from Tricia Bishop's (a Baltimore Sun reporter) January 9th article reads --
Seven months after Baltimore prosecutors dropped gun and drug charges against teenage twins accused of setting fire to a pit bull puppy, one of the young men was arrested again — this time on attempted murder charges.
In her article in today's Sun, reporter Bishop explains that the animal cruelty trial, including jury selection, begins today. The accused, now 18-years-old, are not going to find many sympathizers. When the heinous crime was committed, and then publicized, people across the country were outraged; they responded with reward offers and verbal lashings. The criminals need to be punished to the fullest degree of the law. The pain that they inflicted on the dog was unimaginable. They committed a crime, and from the looks of the January 9th article, they are still involved in criminal activity. It may be hard to find an impartial jury, but one must be seated and allowed to hear and see the evidence so the maximum penalty can be imposed.
See right hand side of the blog, about 1/2 way down, for more information on the case of Phoenix, the dog who was burned alive.