In this week’s Justice is Served, we discuss the latest legal news, starting with Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to deny parole for former Mexican Mafia member Rene Enriquez. Enriquez has been in prison since 1989 for committing two separate murders. In 2002 he began working with law enforcement as a source on the Mexican mafia prison gang. He has served as an expert witness in multiple trials and often speaks at law enforcement seminars. Gov. Brown denied his release, in part because his release would pose a security threat to himself, his family and his parole officers.
We also discuss the latest in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, including the judge’s decision to allow the victim’s sister to testify that her brother, Odin Lloyd, texted her shortly before his death. However, the judge barred her from testifying to the content of the text (“I’m with NFL.”) or her reaction to the text. In other legal news, Eddie Ray Routh, the who killed “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, has been found guilty of murder. The jury rejected the defense’s claim that he was not guilty by reason of insanity. Finally, the Department of Justice has concluded there is not enough evidence to bring a civil rights claim against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.