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    Posted April 17, 2010 by
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    Mother of Murdered Eight Year Old Child Hires Fourth Lawyer

     

    In a quite expected move, Ana Cacho, the mother of the eight year old  boy who was brutally murdered on March 9 in his own home, in  circumstances that have not been clarified yet, hired a fourth attorney.

    This lawyer is Antonio Sagardía, a famed criminal defense lawyer who was  Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Justice in 2009. He resigned last December.  His short career with the government was controversial. First, he gave a  contract to a former business partner as an adviser. Then he engaged in  an argument with a legislator who questioned that contract during a  session. During the disagreement, Sagardía used epithets such as  "intellectual midget", "idiot" and "pigeon lawyer" referring to the  legislator. In addition, Sagardía was criticized because he did not  inhibit from the beginning during the accusation and investigation of an  offender he had represented in the past. This person is Alexis  Candelario, who allegedly planned a massacre in a night club that  resulted in several deaths of innocent people. The media informed that  this investigation is still active and advanced, according to the  prosecutors.

    Ever since Sagardía was hired by Ana Cacho, he has tried to vindicate  this mother’s image. She is being criticized for remaining silent during  the investigation of her own son’s death, for allegedly not being aware  that her son was killed in her own home and for delaying medical  attention. At first,however, Ana Cacho was questioned as a suspect.

    Sagardía had previously represented one of Ana Cacho’s relatives in a  2004 case. Mr. Roberto Cacho Cambó was accused of infringement of Puerto  Rico’s weapon laws. According to the Puerto Rico newspaper “Primera  Hora”,the "Cacho Cambó surname also surfaced in 2005, during the murder  investigation of the Canadian citizen Adam Anhang, who was Cacho’s  friend and business partner”. Now that Sagardía is representing Ana  Cacho.

    More than forty days have passed since the killing of Lorenzo Gonzalez  Cacho. The people of Puerto Rico are demanding justice, once and for  all, through various cyber forums. Marches and vigils have been  organized, as the Justice Department claims that the investigation is  progressing. But people want to see more progress. One person wrote: What  are you all waiting for [to arrest the suspects]? What else do you need  to know? I think you have enough information… I think the mother has  information… and her attitude is not normal…

    The main question people are asking is why, after so long, no one has  been arrested. According to the cyber forums, they wonder about the  possibility that the implicated in this case are being protected because  they allegedly know and socialize with important political leaders. One  forum user reacts: “there is so much uncertainty surrounding this  case ... many people remaining silent...there's something fishy here . In  fact, Ana’s cousin named José Cacho is the president of the Cacho  Group, a developer currently working with the Puerto Rico Department of  Economic Development and Commerce in the proposed development projects  for the islands of Vieques and Culebra. There is evidence of a $35,000  donation by the Cachos during the 2008 political campaign in favor of  Pedro Pierluisi, the current Resident Commissioner in Washington, whom  José Cacho has been photographed with while attending  what seems to be a  celebration.

    People spontaneously created several internet groups and pages demanding  justice for Lorenzo in the Facebook social network. These keep people  informed on the latest developments and post tv and radio interviews  about the case.  One of these groups underwent hacker attacks. The  hackers eliminated the boy’s pictures and instead placed satanic, bloody  and tacky pictures showing the number 666. In addition, El Vocero  newspaper reported that these groups will be investigated by the Cyber  Crimes Division, because the users vent their opinions there, including  the perception that Ana may have committed the crime. ”Apparently,  the Cachos believe they are untouchable”, say the contributors to  the forums.

    "El Vocero" newspaper reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation  (FBI) will join the local investigation, because of the relationship and  communication existing between Ana Cacho and federal immigration agent  William Marrero Rivera, who had been visiting the Cacho residence the  night of the murder.

    This unresolved crime has affected Puerto Rican families in several  ways: first, because an innocent child was brutally murdered and,  second, because of a generalized perception that something irregular is  going on and they are not afraid to give opinions. The truth is that the  silence of Ana Cacho, the “public relations campaign” by her new  lawyer, the delays in the investigation, the Cacho family relationships  with influential politicians, the interference of one or more hackers in  the Internet groups, plus the involvement of the FBI in the  investigation may indicate that people’s perceptions are not that  mistaken.


    Justice for Lorenzo, an angel that didn’t hurt anyone, but was hurt  by others. Post by Alexander .

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