I’m disgusted and outraged by our so-called justice system.
Matt Garcia, youngest councilman in Fairfield history and the most amazing person I ever knew, was senselessly murdered by meth addicts over $50 he had nothing to do with and now his killer is being referred to as a “victim” (of alleged jury misconduct), granted a hearing for a possible retrial and allowed to represent himself, giving him the right to possibly question Matt’s family as witnesses.
Representing himself, he is given special rights and privileges in jail, like having his own little workspace and confidential mail.
I attended this trial and watched Matt’s family suffer through this harrowing experience of having to relive the night Matt was killed. Once was horrible enough, but the possibility of it happening again because of a ridiculous, unfounded claim (made years later) is unthinkable.
What system gives credence to a convicted killer’s obvious ploy to get out of prison, causing an innocent family this kind of suffering? What system could possibly force a murder victim’s parents to be called as a witnesses for their son’s convicted killer and be questioned by him? This injustice has caused the family undue strife and added to their daily, life-long turmoil of losing Matt.
I was there in that hallway where jurors were allowed to mingle with the public (another travesty) and there’s no way anything more than a few words were exchanged. Now, years later, we are in court hearing about this convicted killer’s rights.
What about Matt’s rights? He was robbed of the rest of his amazing life. At least the conviction of his killers brought some small sense of justice, although the driver was let off scot-free, another injustice. I’m ashamed of a system that would allow this to happen, where perpetrators are often treated like victims and victims seem to have no rights.
Henry Don Williams sits warm and fed in his cell complaining about being mistreated, while our precious Matt is gone forever. Ridiculous.