- Janet Smith, San Joaquin County deputy district attorney
It gives them a sense of empowerment. They finally get a voice, because oftentimes the whole judicial process is about the defendant.”
- Jill Sanguinetti, Stockton psychotherapist
(Victim statements) put victims in control of the environment and that could be the one and only place they get control over the crime that occurred.”
Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013 12:00 am
Janet Smith has sat through countless sentencings and watched victims’ loved ones confront the people who committed violent crimes. She’s listened to some berate shackled men and women, and heard others forgive. She’s seen some loved ones not shed a tear and had to hold others who became so emotional they could no longer speak or stand.
But in most cases, no matter how victims and their families feel, they believe it’s important to remember the person, not the crime.
Saturday, August 31, 2013 12:00 am.