This is incredibly messed up.
I really cannot fathom what this man was thinking, but maybe one of you can shed some light on the matter.
Luis Munuzuri-Harris is currently on trial for sexual battery, aggravated assault and forced kidnapping. The prosecution claims that he posed as an undercover narcotics officer, pulled a woman over while she was driving, and proceeded to rape her. If convicted, he faces life in prison.
You’d think he’d want the best legal representation possible. But, in an odd move, Harris turned down legal representation and chose …
… to represent himself.
What he did next is absolutely beyond me. After deciding to represent himself, he proceeded to cross examine his alleged victim and ask her detailed questions about the night she was raped.
He apparently asked detailed questions of the woman, such as whether or not she was wearing underwear when she was attacked by “a person.” The woman is said to have endured his questioning and corrected him every time he referred to her rapist as “this person,” saying immediately that it was he who raped her.
It is being said that Harris’ plan was to make it appear as if it was someone else’s fault that the woman was raped, and when he realized that it was failing, he gave in and asked for legal counsel.
But I’m not so sure that this was his plan. Why? Well, the judge reprimanded him for “reading the deposition page by page until you can figure out what your next question is.” He paused for painful periods of time between questions, drawing out the cross examination far past the time – 2 full hours!- it would have gone on if a lawyer had been doing it for him. It appears to me that he was going out of his way to make his victim relive this undoubtable traumatizing experience.
Either way, this man’s decision to put a survivor of a sexual assault that he committed through a detailed recounting of the attack is disgusting and inappropriate. He is being retried due to what they’re calling a ‘alleged witness tampering,’ and one can only hope that he’s convicted of something that will put him behind bars.