Gang Member Who Refused To Testify Could Get 10 Years For Code Of Silence
The trial was suspended last June once Meza refused to speak. Last week, Aguilar was acquitted. Judge Bakalis made an example of Meza's refusal to testify in ruining the prosecution's case. "The court cannot decide this case on a gut feeling," the judge said, according to the Daily Herald newspaper. "It is no help to speculate the defendant may have killed the victim."
After pleading guilty on Thursday to "serious direct criminal contempt," it appears that Meza may end up paying for his adherence to the code of silence after all. According to the Chicago Tribune, the judge in the contempt case, Kathryn Creswell, said that she will abide by a plea agreement Meza made with prosecutors that he receives no more than ten years in prison for pleading guilty to the contempt charge. The additional years will be added on to his 45-year sentence.