- Posted April 17, 2010 by
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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 .