Thursday, January 31, 2013
THE BELL TOLLS FOR THEE
UPDATE: An emotional Judge Thomas sentenced the defendant to death this morning.
This is Ana Maria Angel.
Shortly after this picture was taken her life was ended by pure evil.
Today (Thursday) Joel Lebron- the killer who raped her and shot and killed her on the side of I95 while her hands were clasped in prayer for her life will be sentenced by Judge Will Thomas to either life in prison or death by lethal injection.
Today will mark for Ana Maria Angel's family the last of a decade of court appearances while the five men who tortured and killed her had court hearings and trials.
Today, regardless of the sentence, justice finally and hopefully is concluded in this horrible crime.
There really is no justice to ease the terror this poor girl went through in the final minutes of her life and there is nothing that can ever be done to ease the pain of her mother who knows all too well how her daughter was murdered.
But today the world can stop thinking about her killer - because he is meaningless- and remember this young woman- because she is not.
Perhaps this is a surprising post for this blog, ostensibly run by a defense attorney. But this blog is not a defense attorney blog. It is a blog about the Richard E Gerstein Justice Building and those who work here. Our thoughts about this heinous crime should neither be surprising nor misconstrued. There is a difference between a lawyer who represents a client and a person, who had no involvement in a case. We had no involvement in this case (so you can strike the defense attorneys off your "who is Rumpole?" list) and express our sadness at this tragedy and our shock and horror of the details of the crime as a citizen of Miami, and not as a defense attorney.
The praise in this case is due to Prosecutors Abe Laeser, Reid Ruben, Laura Adams, and Christine Zahralban, who spoke up for justice for Ana Maria Angel.
Don't forget about the Bench and Bar mixer tonight at Tobacco Road. Details on the prior post.