I am somewhat glad that the trial is far from Tanya's home, too far for people to come. Much wiser to stay home with loved ones than to see this sadness. It is not a pleasant thing to watch this trial. The trial is really about Luis Aguirre and his behaviors, his choices. The theft, the horrible theft he committed will leave a mark of sadness and pain on many people.
After speaking with Tanya's Aunt, who was here at the trial, it is clear to me that Tanya had many hopes and plans to achieve in life and continued to try, try again even when hit with setbacks. Tanya named Juan after Luis' Godfather. Many of those who follow this case, probably the entire population of Manhattan who follow this story on KMAN and Tom Reust, or read Katherine Wartell in the Mercury or watch Lindsey Rogers with Channel 13 coverage, are praying for those of you who cared about this young woman and her darling little boy.
is in regard to the Riley County Attorney's Office and our Courthouse here in Manhattan. Have you ever wondered how "good" our attorneys are? Do we have good judges? How might we stack up against a Big City Court? Are we adequate? are we competent? would we be embarrassed by snazzy Big Apple types? The women and men who make up our legal system here in Manhattan:
Top-notch. I have been an observer for several years now.
I have watched Judge Wilson, Judge Stutzman, the Magistrate Hochhauser -- absolutely what you want in our courthouse. I am not surprised that no one runs against Barry Wilkerson as County Attorney. Exactly the type of Prosecutor one wants. The women and men who fill out the system, supporting those in more public roles are as intelligent, nice, competent as one could ever want.
Just thought you'd like to know.
On to testimony.
Before i get waylaid, i'll just say The State Rested today. And they rested on a bombshell piece of testimony.
His story changes each time he is confronted with evidence that disproves his previous statements. Let us assume no truth to his statements, rather than that some might be false.
But for the single hand
of Tanya Maldonado,