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June 27 2016

mrjamesmartin

Watching my brother die, more than and more than again


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This is an really challenging 7 days as my family and that i sit in Third Judicial District Court docket in Las Cruces, New Mexico viewing and listening for the testimony and evidence presented against the man accused of killing my tiny brother. That is the initial of a number of months to come and i question it's going to get less complicated.

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As you might currently know, my brother Deputy Jeremy Martin (#SFSO40) using the Santa Fe Sheriff's Office, was shot within the back again right after an argument using a fellow deputy (allegedly) right after a night around the city.
Incorporating towards the complexity of the deep discomfort is my sincere adore of my country and my love of justice. I think with all my getting in the civil liberties this excellent country affords its citizens. Fantastic males and girls have fought and sacrificed to defend and guarantee these liberties. We're so privileged.
Civil liberty and justice. You really can�t have one particular without the other.
I appreciate that a man is innocent until proven guilty and wholeheartedly concur together with the authorized burden being on the point out to prove guilt. I regard the need to have to get a sterile courtroom within the view in the jury, comprised of our friends. I deeply regard an impartial judge ensuring all testimony is provided firsthand and a complete file developed and taken care of.
Despite the fact that a bit much more tough, I also respect the legal protection and the men and women who choose to believe (or at least represent anyway) the accused party and battle for their legal rights.
I most undoubtedly do not often concur together with the courtroom and i desperately want to get up and speak out concerning the madness of what I hear presented as some model of �truth�.
But I don�t. I can not. I am certainly biased and i didn't witness firsthand the occasions of that fateful night.
The 29 many years I understood my brother, the text messages and Snapchat exchanges of that night, numerous discussions and time collectively we shared and also the totality of my experiences of and with him more than our life span collectively will not count. They may be hearsay at ideal and therefore not admissible. And frankly, at the very least inside the eyes on the court, my view on the matter before it doesn't subject. And sadly (and with a lot regret), I had been not there.
So I sit. Minding my manners and behaving, trying desperately to not be disruptive for the court by keeping my discomfort in check. My tears are well concealed guiding my box of tissue. And i permit my mom to squeeze what little feeling I've left out of my hand.
I pay attention. As witnesses are reduced to indeed and no answers often with no being permitted to elaborate as attorneys do their ideal to request non-leading concerns in drawing out the details on the tale. Several telling me later on they wished they could have stated a lot more.
And that i observe. As pictures of my brother�s bullet-riddled physique are proven. And photos on the bloody scene exhibited and defined. Audio and online video like the last moments of his daily life along with the heroic initiatives of the first responders in the futile try to conserve his daily life.
Witness following witness describing as very best they are able to what they saw and heard. Most otherwise all getting by no means been in such a traumatic and demanding circumstance. Their nerves and emotions shot. Their memory and comprehension not in a position to keep up. A truth the defense will continue to draw to the attention in the jury. With every single small discrepancy picked apart.
Numerous lives brought collectively at a single time as one particular really younger life was coming to an end. It truly is apparent they also are hurting. A lot of cry.
The outcome is often a choppy narrative and confusion (at the least at first) as I along with the jury do our ideal to piece collectively what in fact happened.
Painfully, the man accused sits there, just several feet away. No discernable emotion or expression in my view. Perhaps he's pursuing instruction. Perhaps he cares, or maybe he does not. I question he will testify. Consequently, we could in no way know.
And whilst I desperately desire to protect my brother�s honor, I will not interact with the defendant and I will trust the method. The Martin males are males of integrity, courage, and public support. We fight justly.
That's unquestionably the distinction my brother would want defended.
It truly is painfully clear to me my kid brother wasn't afforded the identical sterile and neutral environment when he fought for his lifestyle. He did not have a opportunity after the gunfire started. And that hurts. He deserved greater.
At the finish in the demo, it truly is as much as a group of strangers to make a decision. To determine which tale they think. And in what's just within their minds.
I pray I can live with the things they choose. I realize I will have as well.
That's after all, why we're here.

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