Q1: Do you think the defendant was innocent? Why or Why not?
Q2: How was the behavior and the answers of the mother affecting the case?
10/16/2017 08:17:55 am
1. I do believe the defendant was innocent because when he was asked different questions he did not really know what he was saying because at first he said he stole is skateboard back which is technically not a crime if you steal something that was already yours.
10/16/2017 08:29:33 am
Q1 :I believe that the defendant was innocent because the one key piece of evidence was never seen by anyone. Also the reason for which they believed it was him was based upon hair and a backpack, which he had a great argument for, many people have the same style of both hair and backpack.
10/17/2017 08:14:34 pm
1) I believe that the defendant was guilty because the person who identified him would not just say it was him with the risk of losing their job.
10/17/2017 08:17:25 pm
1. I believe the defendant was innocent because he seemed confused when the jury asked questions and there was no actual prooof to prove otherwise.
10/18/2017 12:24:57 pm
1) Although there was lack of evidence, some of the defandant’s answers, like explaing how there are lots of people at his school who have similiar haircuts and backpacks, led me to believe he is not innocent.
10/18/2017 01:51:53 pm
Question 1: I think the defendant was innocent, but either way, there wasn't enough proof that he was or wasnt guilty.
10/18/2017 02:35:21 pm
Q1: I initially believed that the defendant was guilty, but after hearing his mother's and his side of the story, I felt that he was inncocent. Although he sounded underprepared, His story added up and made logical sense along with his mother's. Not to mention that there is no physical evidence to prove he was the one who committed the crime he was accused of.
10/18/2017 05:31:27 pm
It is hard to determine wether the defendant could have been innocent or not due to the lack of evidence. However, it can be safer to say he was not guilty since he did not even know certain details of the incident that was in the verdict. This makes me lean more towards the defendant being innocent if he was in fact telling the truth. The mother was not a great contributor to the case. She was overly defensive and would at times, answer when the question was not directed towards her.
10/18/2017 06:08:25 pm
A1: In this case there was not enough evidence and information that the defendant stole his old skateboard back, there were only assumptions therefore we could not plead the defendant guilty.
10/18/2017 06:40:19 pm
The defendant did seem guilty in the begging but by the middle of the session it changed. Well because he wasn't really doling much of the talking; it was more his mother. Not until his mother stated on how she witnessed her son put tape on his new skateboard. Concluding the defendant more voulnerable that it wasn't him. The case was affected by the mother because it portrayed as if she was trying to take take over the talking instead of letting her son fight for his innocent. If the mother wouldn't stated about the witnessed she encountered the case would probably of ended ok a different note.
10/18/2017 06:43:51 pm
I believe the defendant was innocent because he was seemingly oblivious to the charges he was faced with as well as a good alibi to how he had a similar board to the one that was stolen. The behavior of the mother was suspicious as she was not sworn in and could have lied the entire trial. The mother was very active and seemed to prevent the defendant from answering questions and was giving too much information to the extent that she was making her son seem guilty. The mother's answer to how she was not able to recall her sons transfer but could clearly remember him applying grip tape to a board seemed like a lie. If there was evidence to prove the defendant guilty, the mothers comments would definitely help influence to jury into making the decision.
10/18/2017 08:08:38 pm
Q1: I believe the defendant was innocent because he didn't know a lot about the charges against him and he already had a new skateboard. It wouldn't make sense for the defendant to break in and steal his own skateboard after he already got a new one.
10/18/2017 08:56:03 pm
1.) I think the defendant was innocent because the answers he provided seem reasonable with the evidence and information that was provided. His response to the questions asked tied together with other information and made sense.
10/18/2017 09:31:25 pm
1. Yes, I believe the defendent was innocent because there wasn't evidence that said otherwise. Nothing he said ever changed my mind to believe he had any involvement in the crime.
10/18/2017 09:36:52 pm
Q1: I believe the defendant was innocent because he did not seem very aware of the situation. If he had been involved with the crime, the defendant would have acted much more guilty. Also, his mother claimed that he was innocent, and she used her memory as evidence to support her statement. The only evidence presented was in favor of the minor, therefore, there was no way we could have found him guilty.
10/18/2017 09:37:48 pm
Q1: I believe the defendant was not guilty. He did not show the usual traits people show when they are guilty. He was completely unaware of the situation and had no problem answering the questions he was asked. The lack of evidence and no real way of connecting him to the crime is what really made him seem innocent.
10/18/2017 09:41:33 pm
1. I believe the defendant was innocent because we lacked evidence to prove he was the one that broke in and stole the items. Also, when he was asked if he knew what he was being charged for, he didn't really know what were his charges which made it seem like he had no clue there had been an incident at California High School. Finally, the explanation he gave about him buying a new skateboard and putting the same grip tape as the one that had been taken away from him, and stolen the day of the incident, was very convincing to prove he was not the person that broke into Cal High and stole the skateboards.
10/19/2017 08:29:55 am
Q1: I think that based on the evidence provided to us he was innocent. There was no way to prove that he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. with the evidence provided there were a lot of inconsistencies between the different witnesses statements. For example the information on the paper said that there was a receipt from when he bought the skateboard, but in reality there was NO receipt.
10/19/2017 10:54:00 am
1) I don't think the defendant was innocent because when we talked about the whole situation with him, he would forget things and mix certain parts of his story up.
10/19/2017 11:06:07 am
10/19/2017 11:17:50 am
1. I think that the defendant was innocent. The only proof that there was to hold against him was all circumstantial including the supposed video of him committing the crime that we weren’t even allowed to see. There’s nothing specifically that could be used to convict him as guilty.
10/19/2017 12:44:40 pm
1. I belive that the defendant was innocent although he did seem a bit slow. I believe he is innocent because there is no evidence that suggests that he is guilty. The tape should have been released so that we can see if he was one of the three boys who broke into the school.
10/19/2017 12:52:03 pm
A1: I believe that the defendant was innocent because there was not enough evidence to prove that he stole the skateboards or any other object. The video that was what made the defendant the first suspect wasn’t even shown. I also felt that he was innocent because he seemed like he didn’t know what was really going on.
10/19/2017 01:14:44 pm
Q1: I believe that the defendant was neither guilty or innocent because there was no evidence that would show he was the one in the video. If we were to get the video and saw him we could then decide from there.
10/19/2017 06:52:47 pm
10/19/2017 09:28:04 pm
1. I believe that the defendant was guilty because there was a tape that most likely is the student due to the same haircut and backpack. Nevertheless, without the face showing, there is no definite proof of it being him.
10/20/2017 07:18:40 am
1. I believe the defendant was innocent because he seemed to genuinely not believe he had done it. Moreover, the constant defense of his mother made it seem as if she truly believed it was unfair to convict his innocent son of a crime.
10/20/2017 07:51:14 am
1. I think the defendant was innocent because there was no evidence to use against him to prove that he wasn’t.
10/20/2017 08:28:40 am
1. From the limited evidence that was given the defendant was technically innocent. If there would have been more evidence to prove that he was guilty, the verdict would have been different, but as a jury we can't assume whether or not he's guilty.
10/20/2017 10:41:49 am
1. I believe the defendant was not guilty because his story added up with his moms. And he also seemed confused with what had happened at the school that’s date.
10/20/2017 12:32:55 pm
I do think the defendant was innocent because they had no concrete evidence that he was the one who broke into the school. The school also didn’t want to show the surveillance video footage to the mother or anyone else which shows that they most likely weren’t sure that it was him or not. The mother’s answers affected the case because she stated that she witnessed her son placing new tape on his new board that he just bought.
10/20/2017 12:39:12 pm
Q1: No I believe the defendant was not guilty because they had no good strong evidence that proved he stole the skateboard
10/25/2017 02:20:43 pm
A1: in my opinion the defendant was innocent because there was insufficient evidence to prove him guilty without a reasonable doubt when in fact there was doubt within the evidence due to the factor that the jury nor judge was able to see the surveillance video in which he was identified. There was also the factor of the manner in which the defendant was identified due to his hair style and backpack being common within adolescents.
10/31/2017 01:49:42 pm
1) I believe that the defendant was innocent especially after the school who supposedly had evidence on him didn’t show the video.
Michael Espinosa period 5
10/31/2017 01:49:43 pm
1.I believe he was innocent because,there wasn’t enough evidence proving he was guilty.
Marissa C. Mestas per.5
10/31/2017 01:50:05 pm
1.) I believe he was innocent,there is no real harsh evidence of it being him breaking in the school.
10/31/2017 01:50:15 pm
1) I thought the defendant was innocent because you can't steal back your own property.
Dyana Garcia Per 5
10/31/2017 01:50:16 pm
1. I dont think that the defendant was innocent at all because the jury was just focusing on the skateboard and on what he did . Another thing would be that they didnt mention anything about the incident or where was he that day the incident happened.
Steven Reyes Period 3
10/31/2017 01:50:47 pm
I believe that the defendant was not guilty because i think that people judged him by the way he dresses which is also a main point to why some may think he is guilty.Although he may be not guilty i believe he wasn't because of the evidence,there wasn't enough evidence for a good verdict,so not guilty was the only right choice to make.The behavior of the mother was very odd because most of the time she was answering for her son which made sense because maybe her son was nervous and he would say the wrong things or add more to the story than needed so i'm thinking that she stepped in to avoid that.The mother responses were confident and firm except only about her evidence where she didn't have a piece of evidence,but overall the responses of the mom were very convincing.
10/31/2017 01:50:54 pm
1. I think he was Guilty because he seemed nervous whenever they would ask him questions but since there was not enough evidence, he was innocent. There were points when the answers that were connected to the last answer wouldn’t make sense.
Brian Cobian P.2
10/31/2017 01:50:56 pm
1. I believe the defendent was guilty due to the fact that the grip tape was cut identically. He did not just lay the grip tape on the skateboard. He rearranged the griptape to his personal preference. The skateboards in the photo were identical which is 1 in a million.
Samantha Munilla period 5
10/31/2017 01:51:01 pm
A1: I believe that the defendant was innocent because there was a lack of evidence. There was also no evidence that the defendant vandalized the school, since the video wasn’t released.
Janice Chavez Period 5
10/31/2017 01:51:22 pm
Q1. I believe the defendent was innocent because there was not enough evidence. I also believe that he was innocent because him and his mom both had the same response.
10/31/2017 01:52:24 pm
A1. He was not innocent due to the fact he broke into the school to steal his own stuff
Sean Herrera period 5
10/31/2017 01:52:30 pm
I believe that the defendant was innocent because of the lack of evidence there was during the case. He was detained by the school without being shown any evidence that he was the one they were accusing of breaking in and stealing what he stole. The person who identified him was by his hair that’s not even probable cause to detained when they are susupected of stealing something and the video wasn’t shown to the jury of the defendant so how can they school can accuse a student without showing the proper evidence to convict someone of a misdemeanor.
10/31/2017 01:52:56 pm
1. I think the defendant was not innocent because he didn’t really know what was going on and the way the mom had tried to speak for him seem kinda suspicious.
Alex Salas period 5
10/31/2017 01:53:01 pm
I believe the defendant was guilty at the beginning when he first walked in ,but then later there wasn't strong evidence to prove he was guilty to show the defendant taking the skateboard.
Ariana Lopez P.5
10/31/2017 01:53:05 pm
I believe that the defendant was not guilty because there was really no proof of him actually stealing the skateboard along with the other stuff, also because the school officer refused to show the mother the video and because the school officer thought it was the defendant just because the hair style but he couldn't see his because the person who stole the stuff was wearing a bandana over their face.
Victoria Pinedo period 5
10/31/2017 01:53:05 pm
1. I think he was guilty because the way his mother would defend him and answer the questions for him and he wouldn’t remember the answers also he said his job is by the school and he gets out @ 7:00 and the crime was committed @ 7:30 so it was enough time
Adrian Reyes Period 5
10/31/2017 01:53:44 pm
1. I believe that the defendant was innocent because there was no strong evidence that we got to see if he did it or not because we didn’t get to see the video of the people who did break into the school
Maribel Rodriguez period 5
10/31/2017 01:53:51 pm
1. I believe the defendant was innocent because there was no hard evidence to prove his was guilty. They try to accuse him based on his hair style and backpack , mostly every high school stundent has the similar backpack as one another. There was no evidence to prove he was guilty.
10/31/2017 01:54:17 pm
Q1: I think the defendant was innocent because he didn’t really seem to have or verbalize his awareness of what the case was. He answered honestly and didn’t seem to have hidden any details about his own story. Plus he seemed to have never really been in a situation where he’s in a court room and defends himself in front of a lot of people. Do for a rookie it would be hard to lie.
Brianna Gutierrez-Period 5
10/31/2017 01:54:41 pm
1. Yes, I do believe the defendant was innocent because the evidence they provided was not strong enough or given to the court to make him eligible to be guilty.
10/31/2017 01:54:51 pm
Q1: I believe that the defendant was neither guilty or innocent because there was no evidence that would show he was the one in the video and his mother was quick to respond the questions for the minor . If we were to get the video and saw him we could then decide from there. But with no evidence then he really can’t be proven guilty
10/31/2017 01:57:03 pm
1. I believe the defendant was innocent because he seemed confused when asked the questions , and there was hardly any evidence to prove that he had committed the crime. Therefore without there being enough evidence one can not say he was guilty.
Denisse Fermin per.5
10/31/2017 04:02:15 pm
Q.1: I believe that the defendant was innocent because there was no real evidence to convict him of being guilt and also noticed that his answers seemed unprepared so it did not seem like he was prepared to lie to the court or already had a plan in deceiving the court.
2/23/2018 03:49:49 pm
Q1:When I first started listening to the story I thought the defendant was guilty, but then he told us the story which made sense and it added up so then it seemed as if he was innocent. There was no real evidence of him being guilty.
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