Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Oh Brothers!

I’ve been anxiously waiting for the Vincent Brothers case to start. It’s been two years since that family was slaughtered and a year since he was first arrested. Brother’s spent the first year on paid administrative leave, which basically means he got a year long paid vacation for killing his family. They wanted to make sure he was well rested before sending him to prison.

The most important witness in the Brothers case is his brother, kinda like how the most important witness in the Sons case was his son. Melvin Brothers testified that Vincent showed up at his home in Ohio, gave him his credit card and told him to use it and sign his name. This testimony blows the cover off Vincent’s alibi. The defense claims prosecutors coerced Melvin’s testimony, which he later recounted, and want the case to be dismissed based on their misconduct. (See any more similarities to the Sons case?)

According to the paper Brothers’ brother, “broke into tears during a break in the 2003 federal grand jury investigation” and that, “Melvin Brothers said he was afraid of his brother because if Vincent could kill his own children, what would he do to him and his family, the witnesses testified.”

That does seem like it would be a difficult situation to be in. On the one hand you want to protect your brother, but on the other hand, if you do he could kill your whole family.