Que digan y hablen lo que quieran al fin que les importa asi como soy yo, ahora me voy de TeQuiLerA, me voy de malandrina y que toquen mi cancion
Thanx alote for the info y ke Dios le de toda la fuersa del mundo a Jenni para salir adelante como ella solo sabe. She's a very strong women!!
"I LOVE JENNI...NO NOT THE 1 FROM THE BLOCK...THE 1 FROM THE WEST SIDE OF LONG BEACH CA!!!"
Marin, the 43-year-old ex-husband of Latina singer Jenni Rivera, claims that the girls made up the abuse in 1997 and then reported it to Long Beach police as part of a "publicity stunt" for his ex-wife.
"What can be worse than being a child molester?" Marin's attorney, Richard Poland, asked the jury in his closing argument. "Maybe it's being falsely accused as a child molester."
Marin was charged in 1997 with nine felonies - including counts of a lewd act with a child under the age of 14, aggravated sexual assault and continuous sexual abuse of a child. He disappeared from Long Beach before he could be arrested, however, and was considered a fugitive from justice until his capture last year.
The case has ignited a flurry of media coverage among Spanish-language TV and radio stations, and has been responsible for at least two emotional clashes in the hallways of Long Beach Superior Court. The most recent occurred Tuesday, after jurors had begun their delibrations, when family members of Marin and Rivera exchanged verbal barbs as they exited the courtroom. More than a dozen bailiffs were called to the third floor to disperse the angry crowd.
In his own closing argument, Deputy District Attorney Mark Burnley assured jurors that Marin was a predator and highly deserving of the stigma attached to child molestation.
"This case is such a textbook example of what a sexual molestation case is all about," Burnley said.
Not only did Marin make sure to abuse his daughter and sister-in-law in private places - bedrooms, bathrooms and a car, for example - but he took advantage of his "repeated access" to them as a family member and preyed on their sexual inexperience and embarrassment, Burnley said.
The victims "were easy targets," he said, and it took them years to summon the courage necessary to report the crimes.
Free on $1 million bail, Marin is accused of abusing the girls in the late 1980s and early 1990s, both before and after his split from Rivera. His sister-in-law was 7 when the alleged abuse began. His daughter was 8. If convicted, he could face a sentence of life in prison.
Poland focused many of his remarks Tuesday on inconsistencies in the victims' testimony. Some of the stories they told to police in 1997, he said, were not the same stories they told during the trial 10 years later - even when the stories involved traumatic events.
"The details are what makes the truth," he argued.
Also, he questioned the daughter's accusation that she was abused while sleeping in between her two siblings on several occasions. He said he didn't believe that the other two children could sleep through such a thing.
"If you put this in a movie," he said, "people would walk out. It's not reasonable."
But Burnley said the victims were telling the truth about their experiences, and that any inconsistencies were minor and understandable given their age at the time and the passage of more than a decade.
"The girls grew up," Burnley said. "Their memories evolved over time. So, of course, there's going to be differences in their story.
"We are human beings," he added. "We are not androids. I cannot stress that enough."
While the case primarily comes down to the word of the two victims, there were other witnesses who testified for the prosecution during the weeklong trial.
A childhood friend of the sister-in-law said she had been told of the abuse but promised not to tell anyone else, and didn't. And a doctor testified that she had examined Marin's daughter when she was 12 years old and found that her vagina appeared to have been penetrated on multiple occasions.
Still, Poland suggested that it was Rivera's influence on the victims that brought the case to the police and, ultimately, to trial.
Back in 1997, he said, Rivera was just starting out in the music business - following in the footsteps of her father, Pedro Rivera, a producer of Mexican banda-style music. Perhaps, Poland suggested, she hoped to jump-start her career with a salacious criminal case against her ex-husband.
Since then Rivera, a Long Beach native, has released a number of albums and was named Female Mexican Regional Artist of the Year at a Latin awards show in Miami three months ago.
"Jenni Rivera was selling cassettes on Atlantic (Avenue) and Market (Street) when this whole thing started," Poland said. Now, "she's a very successful recording artist."
Jurors will continue their deliberations today in the courtroom of Judge Joan Comparet-Cassani.
Trinidad Marin was found guilty of abusing the prepubescent girls while living in Long Beach with his then-wife, popular Latina singer Jenni Rivera. He was charged in 1997 with multiple felony counts, including continuous sexual abuse of a child, but was a fugitive until his capture last year.
"I feel like justice has been served," an emotional Rivera said after the verdict Wednesday. "I can't say I'm happy ... but this is what's fair."
The case has drawn particularly heavy security because the two families - the Riveras and the Marins - have clashed in the courthouse hallways on at least two occasions, requiring dozens of bailiffs to intervene.
On Wednesday, after Long Beach Superior Court Judge Joan Comparet-Cassani ordered that Marin be placed in handcuffs and taken into custody, a number of the victims' family members erupted into applause, yelling "Yes!" and stomping the floor with their feet. Meanwhile, on the other side of the courtroom, several of Marin's family members sobbed loudly, tears streaming down their faces.
Separated by a team of bailiffs, the families then were peacefully escorted out of the building one at a time. In the courthouse hallway, members of the Rivera family - several of whom are in the music industry - broke down in tears of joy.
"Thank you, thank you!" victim Rosa Rivera exclaimed, as she hugged her brothers and sobbed. "God is good! God is so, so good!"
Marin was found guilty of eight felony counts and acquitted of one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child - a count that involved an incident of alleged rape. He was convicted of three counts of lewd act upon a child, three counts of oral copulation of a child, one count of aggravated sexual assault and one count of continuous sexual assault. Evidence showed the abuse began when the girls were 7 and 8 years old, respectively, and continued for several years until they built up the courage to tell their stories. Both women are now in their 20s.
Marin faces a minimum sentence of 15 years to life in prison when he returns to court June 15.
Since his arrest last year, Marin has maintained his innocence, arguing that his ex-wife had manufactured the accusations against him and then got the girls to cooperate as a "publicity stunt" to advance her own career.
Rivera released her newest album, "Mi Vida Loca," in April and recently was named Female Mexican Regional Artist of the Year at a Latin awards in Miami.
When asked about the defense Wednesday, Rivera smiled wearily, her eyes still wet with tears.
"They've got to blame someone," she said, shaking her head. "They've got to blame someone." www.presstelegram.com