A few weeks later, De-Bug completed the nine minute video. It opens with Mr. Quijada in Gavilan, describing, on a light piano soundtrack, his college lessons. (Until recently, De-Bug made sentencing videos available for free. As demand increased, the group began charging lawyers around $ 1,000 to $ 3,000 per video.)
Videography isn’t perfect – there are blurry shots and incorrect lighting. But it does give an idea of ââMr. Quijada’s life outside of the courtroom.
Upon Mr. Quijada’s conviction, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Edward F. Lee said he did not watch the video. He moved away to watch it but made no mention of it after he returned to the bench.
Rather, Judge Lee asked what made this case different from Mr. Quijada’s previous arrests.
âBecause I wasn’t paralyzed, hadn’t lost my father yet, and didn’t realize I didn’t have anyone to rely on anymore,â Quijada said.
Judge Lee rejected the petition to reduce the crime to a misdemeanor and sentenced Mr. Quijada to 90 days in prison. “I don’t know if it made a difference for the judge or not,” Ms McCamey said of the video. “It made a difference for everyone.”
LaDoris H. Cordell, a former judge of a Santa Clara County State Court who is now the independent police auditor in San JosÃ© and who has seen some of Mr Jayadev’s videos, said she would like them to be used more widely.
âI am very suspicious, and I was as a judge, of the double standard,â where rich defendants can afford resources that poorer defendants cannot, she said. “It’s a problem, and what Raj is doing, these videos, is something that should be accessible to anyone who needs it.”
A lawsuit, she said, “is usually a one-sided process, and now it’s like the scales are balanced.”