Law and [dis]Order
I’ve been silent the last day or so because I had to spend all day yesterday in court. I was subpoenaed to testify against my youngest daughter’s ex-boyfriend (not the preggy one, the other one) in a criminal assault case. The incident happened June 18, 2006 and it’s been postponed over and over. He wanted a jury trial, so he got one.
Backing up to the date of the incident. Not a lot of detail, but the gist of it is that I got a call in the middle of the night from my DD that he had attacked her and tried to strangle her. There was abuse prior to this, but I was unaware of most of it. He had verbally abused her over and over and taunted her about very sensitive things, and he’d cheated on her. They’d not been together long, and she’d been the sole source of income. If it weren’t for her, me, and her grandmother, they would have been evicted – twice – and had their utilities turned off. Ugh. Drama. Ugh.
Anyway, she called the cops that night at my urging, and he was arrested. He spilled his guts to the officer that he’d “gone off” and choked her. She had bruises on her neck and arms and a nasty scratch on her arm. He had sat on her hip to hold her down when he attacked her. She has lingering issues with that hip still.
His attorney was a crazy lady. She was the aunt of his ex girlfriend. (Gee, does this sound like something out of a soap opera?) She had absolutely no clue what she was doing and asked the stupidest questions of the court.
When he testified he just plain LIED. Bold faced lies to the jury, and they bought it. Hook, line, and sinker. He was found not-guilty. Didn’t matter that there were three police officers, a paramedic, and me who testified. Didn’t matter that my daughter told the truth. He got away with it. And he’s 6’1″, she’s 5’2″, and he said it was self defense. Give me a freaking break.
What gives? I thought when you were sworn in you were bound to tell the truth? Do people just not care anymore? Are there no morals? Are we resigned to consoling ourselves and our loved ones by saying “Well, that’s just bad karma for him” or “He’ll get what he deserves someday.” I really don’t believe it completely. I believe in karma, and I believe in justice, but it is completely beyond me that someone can get on the stand and straight out lie.
Anyway, now my DD has come down with acute bronchitis, which, I’m sure, is a direct result of the stress.
I’ll be glad when she is back to normal health.