smith walks free

23 April 2009

anc breaking news around 5 p.m.: u.s. marine in subic rape case acquitted.

The Court of Appeals (CA) on Thursday acquitted US Marines Lance Corporal Daniel Smith of raping a Filipina in Subic back in 2005, and ordered released immediately.

The ruling was part of the 71-page decision penned by Justice Monina Zenarosa of the CA’s Special 11th Division.

wasn’t it just a couple of days ago when the supreme court was ordering the court of appeals to investigate in 90 days the leak of a draft decision acquitting smith, sabay order smith’s lawyer to explain in 10 days why nicole’s “recantation” was notarized at his lawfirm?

The Supreme Court has ordered the Court of Appeals to investigate the leak of a supposed draft decision reversing US Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith’s conviction for the rape of a Filipino woman in 2005.

In a resolution, the Supreme Court First Division also ordered Smith’s lawyer, Jose Justiniano, to explain why the victim “Nicole’s” supposed recantation was notarized at the Sycip Salazar Hernandez and Gatmaitan law office, to which Justiniano belongs.

so the court of appeals no longer recognizes the authority of the supreme court?    so the court of appeals is now (as ever?) heeding a higher power?   a higher power na masyadong nagmamadali.   i wonder what the chief justice has to say to that.

and i wonder what the trade-off is for gloria.   gloria forever?   ngek.

7 Responses to smith walks free

  1. April 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    A circus act.

    Pure comedy!

  2. April 24, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Thank you na hindi mo binato ng bato si Nicole. Salamat na meron pa palang mabubuting tao sa daigdig. Tama lang ang pagpapasya ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman. God bless!!!

  3. April 24, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Subic Rape Case:Don’t Just Blame the Victim; Prosecute Her!

  4. April 24, 2009 at 8:34 am

    “as ever”? what do you mean? are you saying that CA has a history of corruption?

  5. April 25, 2009 at 3:15 am

    Someone should tell those manangs at the CA that some girls just wanna have fun without being raped.

  6. April 26, 2009 at 3:43 am

    What a backward system! Court of Talibans…

  7. April 28, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    ok na. benefit of the doubt, i give na nga. but pls don’t say naman that nicole’s sudden change of mind did not influence your decision…besides, sige, there was indeed no rape, but what about the way the poor victim was dumped nearly naked like a piece of garbage? kahit kurot sa tenga, wala?

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