After a full day of deliberations in the Masterson re-trial yesterday, still no verdict. I thought we’d have something for sure, but no still fat lady singing and no prevailing justice.
I wasn’t aware that there’d be court today (Friday) before Memorial Day Weekend. They’re resuming deliberations today starting at 9:00 am. No one should make a “hasty” decision because of a four-day weekend in the balance, but if they can’t come to an agreement today, then when? They’ve been at this for a long time now.
I’m pretty scared of another hung jury. Fuck that, I’m terrified of a full acquittal. And also, if they find him guilty of one of the three charges, he gets to walk. This is because of the way they charged this case. It has something to do with the One Strike Law, I believe, not any statute of limitations, which is what I previously thought it was. Because he’d be considered a repeated offender under aggravating circumstances, this law imposes stricter sentencing, and that was what the DA was after I guess.
Each charge in this case carries a fifteen-year minimum sentence by itself. But, apparently, the jury must convict him on two out of three for him to serve any jail time at all (30 to life). If he is convicted on all three, he would then serve 45 years to life.
While no one knows what’s going on behind those doors, it seems the jury may be deliberating on the last of the three Jane Does. They’ve been asking for a lot of read-backs on testimony from her and the audio from her police interviews. This would be Jane Doe 3, who had a long relationship with this putz, and testified first. Maybe his slimy lawyer did a pretty good job of pushing doubt onto the jury’s minds about inconsistencies between her police interviews and what she said on the stand or the fact she still slept with him after the rapes. But both of these things are completely normal.
There will always be more that comes to light as a victim tells their story over and over, and people in abusive relationships are known to stay well after they are abused before they finally leave. But not everyone can understand that, I guess.
It’s been frustrating, to say the least, not to mention the extra layer of all the Scientology shenanigans and corruption that silenced these women for decades. But how they all handled themselves on the stand inspired me to no end. They are my heroes.
As I stated before, I previously thought the case was being charged as it was because of the Statute of Limitations. But not so. I recently discovered that there isn’t a statute of limitations for rape in California. Interesting how I found this out. I still am confused about that, but that’s what a cop told me…
In light of this trial, I decided to report a rape that happened to me some thirty years ago. I’ve mentioned reporting my childhood sexual abuse about a year ago, and that was one thing. But I was raped once when I was in my 20s. So I drove to LA about a week ago and reported it. I just assumed nothing would be done about it. I was doing it to take some control back over my life. But when the officer asked me if I wanted to prosecute, I was taken aback. I thought there was a statute…
“Nope. No statute for this,” he said. And now, that’s the last I can talk about that.