"Disconnection in the Courtroom"
After a year, "friends" finally came forward with information and testimony to the abuse that Whitney endured during her relationship with Juan. How good can circumstantial evidence be after a year? And why did they wait so long? According to the friends, they were afraid of Juan.
As I watched Juan Mendez all decked out in a crisp white shirt, suit, and tie his body language told the story of many abusers in a court of law sitting pretty and smug hoping to get away with murder.
Smug seems to be the demeanor of a lot of abusers these days. They all, for some reason, think they have committed the perfect crime. They think that all their years of manipulation, abuse and lies will be all that is needed to gain their freedom. But to kill a woman and her mother!!
So we must look also at the prosecutors and the investigators. What are they bringing to the trial? Did any of them have extensive training on domestic violence related homicides? It looks like the jury won't have all the information they need to come to a decision about Juan Mendez. He has been able to shift the blame before, why not again? Now that his life is on the line, I'm sure he is pulling out all the stops to save his own neck.
Too bad for Whitney Mendez and her mother, Lorena Stone. If this trial does not end favorably for the prosecution, they will be two more names to set in stone on a memorial and be forgotten. Two more women who died at the hands of somone who was court ordered to keep away.
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