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Pen pal back on stand at Levy trial

The woman who was Ingmar Guandique's pen pal for a time while he was in prison was back on the witness stand late Wednesday morning as prosecutors sought to counter any advantages defense attorney Santha Sonenberg had made in cross-examining the woman on Tuesday.

In a letter to the woman, explaining why he was in prison, Guandique mentioned a "dead girl," the woman, Maria Mendez, has testified.

And in a subsequent phone call with Guandique, Mendez told him that the "murder" of a girl scared her, according to a transcript of the call that were played in court on Tuesday.

When she cross examined Mendez, Soneneberg sought to portray Guandique's reference to the girl as something other than an admission, noting that in the April 2003 phone call, Guandique never admitted killing anyone.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez asked Mendez Wednesday if Guandique had ever denied killing someone.

"Did he ever tell you he was innocent?"

"No," Mendez said.

"Did he ever tell you that he didn't do it?"

"No."

Sonenberg objected and the judge sustained the objection, striking Mendez's answers from the record.

-- Henri Cauvin

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By Washington Post editors  | November 3, 2010; 12:36 PM ET
Categories:  Chandra Levy, From the Courthouse, Homicide  
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The guy's been in prison for nine years over two unsuccessful attacks... yes, he has been in prison because of Chandra. And he has been in prison because of the police and prosecutor's inability to make their case.

Seems a cynical ploy to imprison a man for a decade, build him up in the prison culture as the murderer of a missing woman, and then use his false statements against him.

But there is no denying that he is now the most famous member of MS-13.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 3, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Typical defense scum lawyer - trying to twist the truth. Defense lawyers have a special place in h@#$ for them.

Posted by: password11 | November 3, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Assistant U.S. Attorney Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez asked Mendez Wednesday if Guandique had ever denied killing someone.
"Did he ever tell you he was innocent?"
"No," Mendez said.

>> Did she asked him if he did it? Why would he say he is innocent of anything that isn't asked of him?


"Did he ever tell you that he didn't do it?"
"No."

>> Did she ask him if he did it? If she never asked him if he did it then of course he never said he didn't do it.

What kind of prosecution is this? Asking questions not based on facts but giving the jury the impression that the person actually responded to asked questions.

I have no pity for this scum, after all he is a member of MS13 and I'm sure he has done some things that deserve prison but let's not railroad him on a crime he might not have committed. Justice is suppose to be fair, even for scum like this.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | November 4, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

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