Jury defied 'gut,' 'instinct' and focused on law, forewoman says
Reasonable doubt seems to really have been stretched here. Conveniently blaming
the victim's dead brother does not strike me as reasonable.
"But according to the stipulations we were under and what we were required
to do by law, even though we felt that Roberto Roman could have definitely
killed her, we didn't have the evidence beyond a reasonable doubt."Police tests on the shooting showed her brothers DNA in Romans car, but
no fingerprints on the gun. They also found the shooting position was not like
Roman said.Her brothers statement was not allowed as hearsay. The jury may of decided guilty, but the judge led them to that point in
Romans Cadillac did 138 miles per hour on back country roads? Prove it.
Suspect was in the car. He admitted he did it. His fingerprints are on the
weapon. He bragged about shooting a cop to a friend. The other suspect is
conveniently dead. It sounds like this jury has watched "12 Angry Men"
one to many times.
The jurors did their job. That is our system of justice. They heard the
evidence and returned a verdict. Don't like it, to bad. It is still the
best system in the world. God bless America. To the jurors thank you for your
service. I don't believe in criticizing juries. They took time away from
family, friends, and work to serve. Kudos for that.
What didn't they understand about a confession? He only changed it after
getting a lawyer and a dead witness. Have to agree with Wasatch Al, only I
would conclude it was too much TV and all the CSI programs.
I am disappointed if a murderer was let go. I am disappointed that there was
too little evidence for a clear-cut case. But I am glad the jurors let him go
if there were reasonable doubt.
It sounds like Roberto Roman's story had enough things that did not add up
in his story to be considered credible. His background of multiple deportations
and drug pushing make me question it more.I question the judge
refusing so much evidence, and the jury's wish to not spend the night. It
felt like a set-up.Definitely an injustice. One that will not easily