Kudos to Superior Court Judge Susan Brnovich for getting tougher on DV. http://tiny.cc/hve1r . In this case, the accused killer of Jamie Laiaddee, Rick Valentini gets 42 years plus an additional 12 for other fraud charges. Bronovich was the prosecutor in 2002 for Tracy’s case which led to dismal and disappointing sentence http://tiny.cc/wbapi
In October of 2010, Tracy and I had the opportunity to speak to a room full of City of Phoenix Prosecutors and they were stunned as well when they learned how lax the sentence was for Tracy’s ex-husband.
Tracy and I were not passing judgment of our own, nor pointing fingers. What we expressed to the crowd was a combination problem. A lack of strong [prosecution mired with restrictions from a judge who appeared to sympathize with Tracy’s ex-husband. How else would you attempt to explain the judge barring so much impactful and clearly relevant information from being brought to the jury’s attention? For example, information like her ex-husband’s nearly identical attack with a knife on a former girlfriend? The very girlfriend who wanted to testify on Tracy’s behalf in support of the prosecution and was not allowed to by the then judge. The “excited utterance” was also not allowed. This was the statement Tracy made to the very first person who came in contact with her, the EMT, to whom she said “my husband did this”. And yet the judge wouldn’t allow the statement since it was uttered beyond two minutes of the attack. (So by his own rules he’d reinforced the truth that the attack lasted for nearly two hours!)
Serrated is a mind boggling, anger inducing book. It’s a must read that will propel you to speak out, as we have, to serve justice the way it should be served.