The defense said that the numerous letters of support and an unsolicited petition with over 600 signatures representing cross-sections of the CNMI is enough to attest to the high respect and esteem the defendants hold in the community.
Because it sounds as if an attorney actually tried to convince the Court that the CNMI community supported Tim Villagomez getting a lenient sentence.
Which was reported by the Tribune like this:
The defense counsel said there were about 600 signatures in support of a motion and petition for the court to hand down a probation sentence or a sentence outside of the guidelines.
Other petitions also were submitted to the court on Tuesday.
Judge Munson asked the defense counsel point blank if the signatures represent a cross section of the community. She said she believes it is but is not sure.
And so we see, there is some hedge there. Not a bald-face lie, just a willing belief in total fiction as truth.
The attitude seems to be: Will this fly? What will you believe? What do you want to hear?
Do those signatures really represent a cross-section of the community?
Just look at the comments made by non-family members at the sentencing. Look at the comments posted at the Variety about the sentencing. Read the blogs and see the comments. Go out and talk with people.
The statement that the 600 signatures believably represent a cross-section of the community appears to have been made by Leilani Lujan.
If you had any credibility, Ms. Lujan, you've just lost lost the last little shred of it.