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Justice delayed: Wheels of Stanislaus County legal system turn slowly

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Julie Sandoval-Preciado’s son was gunned down between Modesto and Ceres when George W. Bush was president. The San Francisco Giants had not won a World Series in 53 years and the iPhone was on the verge of making its debut.

Over the next few weeks in mid-2007, investigators obtained mounds of evidence and confessions from four men, and all were charged with murder.

More than eight years later, Sandoval-Preciado still waits for justice.

“This is a disgrace,” she said, crying, in a recent interview. “I think I’ve been more than patient in waiting.”

The men also bide their time, confined in Stanislaus County Jail, where only 28 percent of inmates are serving sentences and 72 percent are waiting for their trials. Not all are accused of murder, but those who are find themselves in one of the most bogged-down local court systems in California.

Read the whole story at Mod Bee

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