We’re back, folks.
Ready for today’s next case. We’ll introduce it with a quote
by American singer, one of my favorites,
Elvis Presley. It goes, “Image is one thing and the human being is another.” That’s very relevant today. Send the litigants in. All I wanted was
to defend his name and preserve his good image. That’s true love. Our story was real
and full of love. I came here to defend my rights. Good afternoon, welcome. Izora, please, tell me
who Maria Alejandra is, why you’re suing her and what
you dend to solve the case. Good afternoon, Maria Alejandra
was my husband’s lover and I came to please ask you
for a restraining order, because I want her
far away from me and my family because
she’s damaged my dignity, my honor and my family’s. And my family’s
and husband’s reputation. Your case is complicated. Generally, restraining orders
are requested out of fear, to prevent stalking. But you’re trying
to defend your dignity and some people think
that under the first amendment, freedom of speech, they have the right to express
themselves however they want. So we’re going to analyze
your specific case. Let me explain. I got married 20 years ago. I married a Methodist pastor. We lived happily for 20 years. We had a beautiful marriage,
two children. My husband was
a wonderful person. He was very altruistic and always liked to help others. He’d even meet
with the authorities of Tampa, the city we lived in, with the mayor and the CEOs
of several financial entities in order to help the migrants, the people in need, the poor. He was a wonderful,
upright man… But he had a lover. It was a slip-up. I know she seduced him, you know that men… Men can be weak sometimes. But he was a church pastor. We all sin, ma’am. Why do we accept and settle down
for this hypocritical world we live in? But that doesn’t outweigh
his good actions. Okay, good.
Go ahead. He was good at his job. Unfortunately,
he died three months ago. From what? He had a heart attack.
We were at home… How old?
He was young. He was 63 years old.
He was relatively young, yes. Where did he die?
At home? At home, in my bed. When I woke up that morning, I went to kiss him as usual, but, when I touched him,
he didn’t move. I noticed he was cold. I got scared and called 911. When they arrived,
they told me he was dead. Do you have
his death certificate? Yes, here it is. Okay, bring it forward. Please, ma’am,
read it carefully. And here’s a newspaper
article about him. Here’s the death certificate. -There are pictures…
-A picture of him. Okay, good.
You can go back. The death certificate says
he died from a heart attack. EVIDENCE Okay. This woman contacted me
through Carlos, my husband’s best friend, and told me she had been
my husband’s lover for ten years. I didn’t believe her, of course. Were you able to verify that? She showed me
pictures and videos, told me some things, and then the penny dropped. Yes, unfortunately… -So you’ve talked with her.
-Yes. I offered her 100,000 dollars in exchange for her silence. She accepted, because what she actually wanted
was my husband’s money. But she didn’t keep her word. Did you pay her? Of course not.
The following day… She didn’t accept. Yes, she did. But I guess she wanted
more money or something, because she posted
the whole thing on social media. w my 15-year-old daughter’s
friends laugh at her. She’s just a teenager. My neighbors laugh at me. Yes, the community… She humiliated me, ma’am. My 15-year-old daughter’s
and my 20-year-old son’s mental health are at stake here. She doesn’t deserve a cent. -Yes, I do.
-No, you don’t. Okay, I get it. So that’s why you want her
to stay away from you, stop harassing you, and stop posting stuff
on social media. Yes, I’d like to pretend
I’ve never met her. Okay, how do you answer,
Alejandra? Hello, ma’am. I’ll tell you why I won’t stay
away from her and her family. I’ll enforce my rights
because I have rights, even if I was just his lover. Rights to do what? Rights over what? Let me tell you
about my affair with him. I dated him for ten years. And I’d like to countersue her
for one million dollars for violating my rights. -Okay.
-Listen, ma’am… What are you going to say?
Shut up. -He didn’t die in her bed.
-Okay. We were in the outskirts
of Tampa, in a cabin with private garage,
away from the city, because we didn’t want
his reputation to be harmed. You hid away
so that people wouldn’t notice. -Wait.
-In our love nest. Okay, hold on. We’ll take a break now. When we come back,
you’ll tell me how the reverend died
in your love nest. We’ll be right back.
Stay tuned. CASE CLOSED -Where’s Daddy?
-In Heaven. Really?
Is he in Heaven? Yes. He deprived his daughter
of her rights and everything she deserved. Why are you standing up
for that monster? “Case Closed” We’re back
with today’s second case. Izora is suing Maria Alejandra and asks
for a restraining order. First, I’ll tell you the reasons
why she’s doing that. And Alejandra
is countersuing her for one million dollars. This woman was married
to a Methodist pastor. They were married for 20 years. He had a heart attack and died. The wife claims
that he died in her bed. Afterwards, she was contacted
by this woman, Maria Alejandra, who told her she’d been
her husband’s lover for ten years and that she also
had rights over… the pastor’s wealth, I guess. So she offered her a deal. She said, “I’ll give you
100,000 dollars, and you won’t tell anyone
about the affair that you guys had. Why harm his reputation
if he’s dead?” Apparently, she accepted, but some time later
she started posting stuff on social media, and the scandal came out. The lover claims the pastor
didn’t die in his wife’s bed. They had a love nest
in the outskirts of the city where they lived… And what happened? We were making love
that night. When he was on top of me,
something went wrong, and he fell on me. You can tell how I felt.
I felt awful. He was the love of my life and he just died on me. He fell on me, I got out of bed. I called his best friend Carlos
because he knew of our affair. He didn’t believe me.
I took a picture. Here’s the picture
I took that day in the cabin. -I’d like you to see it.
-Okay. How come you…?
Oh, God. Hold on a sec.
Don’t show it, Mr. Director. Let me see it first. Okay… This woman committed a crime. -You can show it.
-We had a deal. When Carlos got
to the cabin at 2:30 AM, he cleaned the body, dressed it,
and wrapped it in bed sheets. He asked me to help him,
but I couldn’t. He took him to her house
and laid him in her bed. She has to know.
She must’ve woken up. Yes, they made a deal. They were trying to protect
the pastor’s reputation. Yes, she didn’t want
people to know. Okay, good.
What happened? The following day,
I asked Carlos to give me her number because I wanted to see him
one last time. I wanted to say goodbye to him. She offered me 100,000 dollars.
I didn’t accept. -Yes, you did.
-I told her I’d respect her situation
and her reputation. I didn’t want to hurt her. She told me to go
to the funeral home, and, when I did,
she didn’t let me in. She didn’t let me in,
and I broke the deal. So you took revenge on her… and you posted everything
on social media. -She never loved him.
-Wait a second. Please, be quiet. She’s a criminal. I’m his wife, ma’am.
We’ve been married for 20 years. You had an affair
with him for ten years. But he loved me. If he did, why didn’t he leave you
some money on the side? Why didn’t he open
a bank account for you? -I never asked for anything.
-You didn’t have to. -He should’ve done it.
-I never asked for anything. He put no properties
in your name. Wow, he really loved you.
He just wanted sex. -I never asked him tleave her.
-You look like a sane woman. So make yourself clear.
I don’t know what to say. I’d like you to meet
my first witness. Well, you have that right. In this case, you do.
Send the first witness in. What witness?
Who’s that? That’s a right
you always have in trials. Come, sweetie. Everybody be quiet. -Hello.
-Hello. -How are you?
-Fine. Oh, God.
What’s your name? My name’s Andrea. Come with me, Andrea. -How old are you?
-Five. What do you want to be
when you grow up? -A doctor.
-Good, I love it. -Where’s Daddy?
-In Heaven. Really?
Is he in Heaven? -Yes.
-Do you miss him? Yes. -Did you play with Daddy?
-Yes. -What games?
-Hide-and-seek. -Really? Was it fun?
-Yes. She looks just like him. This is the daughter
I had with the pastor… Okay, she has to leave the room. Roberto, show her out. You’ll play hide-and-seek… Well, he’ll show you
who you can play with. Okay, what’s that? It’s a DNA test. -What do you want?
-It’s a lie, ma’am. You want to see it?
Look. No, it’s a lie. Does she look like your husband?
Does she? It’s a lie.
No, ma’am. Let’s see it on the screen. You can’t avoid reality. No, ma’am, that woman
doesn’t deserve anything. Please, help me.
No, ma’am. Did he make himself responsible?
How? -Did he establish paternity?
-Yes, while he was alive. He asked for a DNA test. Go back, girls. Okay, good. Now I see what you mean.
You have no rights, though. She has no rights, ma’am. She doesn’t. Her daughter Andrea does. And now you see he wasn’t the perfect man
you thought he was. -Who else has witnesses?
-I’m sure she… You do?
Send the second witness in. Okay, good. He was definitely no angel. He deprived his daughter
of her rights and everything she deserved. Why are you standing up
for that monster? -What’s your name?
-Hello, ma’am. -I’m Cecilia.
-We’ll take a break now. When we come back,
you’ll tell me who you are and what you want to say.
We’ll be right back. CASE CLOSED She got a DNA test
because she didn’t know whether the girl was
the pastor’s or my husband’s. The pastor has shown
his true colors. You girls are a pair of idiots. “Case Closed” We’re back with this case
that reveals the hypocrisy we choose to live in. Izora is suing Maria Alejandra, who’s been her husband’s lover
for ten years, and asks for a restraining order
so that she stops harming her husband’s
and her family’s reputation. And she’s countersuing her
for a million dollars for violating the rights
she claims to have, and actually has, in a way. The man was a Methodist pastor. He was regarded by the community as an altruistic, generous man
of high morals who helped the migrants and had the perfect family. Well, he died
in his lover’s bed. He had a heart attack
and literally died on her. She called his best friend,
who knew about their affair. He took him out
of his lover’s house, or their love nest,
like she calls it, dressed him, and took him
to his wife’s house. He laid him on her bed
to make it look as if he had died there,
in his wife’s house. After that… -You knew she had a daughter?
-No, I didn’t. Why didn’t you tell her
you had a daughter? I didn’t want
anything from him. Oh, God.
She wants to become a saint. Saint Maria Alejandra. What’s wrong with you? Saint Maria Alejandra. She talks as if she was a nun
or something, and she slept
with a church pastor who had a wife and children. “I never asked him
for anything.” You didn’t love him.
You just wanted his money. You didn’t suspect
he had a lover. No, I didn’t.
He treated me so well. Looks like these women
are lost in space. Where do they live? They think life is a soap-opera. It’s been 20 years, ma’am.
He was my husband. -We had two children.
-Enough, enough. You need to be
more alert in life. -What’s your name?
-Cecilia. You’re here to support
the defendant. Love can’t blind you
to such an extent, especially after 20 years, okay? If you’re 15, it’s okay. But in your forties
or thirties… you must open your eyes. Okay, who are you? -I’m the pastor’s sister.
-The late pastor’s sister. May he rest in peace. Sure, we can’t take that
away from him. May he rest in peace… After all he’s done. Ma’am, their marriage
was a facade. -Okay.
-It was a loveless marriage. They lived off appearances. She’d put on airs and say,
“I’m the pastor’s wife.” It was a loveless marriage. It had gone cold. So you knew of his affair. Yes, I did. And why didn’t he have
the guts to divorce his wife and pursue real love? He loved to keep up
appearances, right? -Well, ma’am…
-And he loved money. Ma’am, he was a man… Why do you keep saying
men are like that? Not all men cheat or lie. There are really upright,
great men out there. Men, you should create
a “Me Too” movement because you’re being undermined. All of you. He was a good man. How can you be so stupid?
What world do you live in? Is that all? Well, ma’am, I seriously doubt
she didn’t know about… Yes, me too.
Good. Next witness.
Come on. Now she’ll show
her true colors, ma’am. I don’t care. The pastor has shown
his true colors. You girls are a pair of idiots. -What’s your name?
-Hi, ma’am, I’m Constanza. I used to be friends
with that bitch. She got a DNA test
because she didn’t know whether the girl was
the pastor’s or my husband’s. She also had an affair
with my husband. That’s not true. She’s a dirty woman. She always asked
the pastor for money. Well, I already knew
she was no angel. Her husband sleeps
with all the women he meets. Do you have clear,
overwhelming evidence proving that she
slept with your husband? Yes, ma’am.
My husband told me. Is he here to say it? -No.
-Okay, thanks. Now, let’s have Lizette Sierra and Officer Frank Peñate,
please. She’s a slut, a homewrecker. She broke up her friend’s
marriage, not only mine. Who does that? Guys, all I’m saying is this, don’t let appearances fool you. These days we’re all experts
in keeping up appearances. Appearances must be backed by honest, legitimate,
genuine actions that can be proved. Please, do some research
before considering a fact true, because often it is not. Ma’am, this girl has rights… Over some of her biological
father’s assets. I have no evidence proving
that he established paternity. I have no acknowledgement
of paternity issued by a circuit court. But she has a DNA test and says
he established paternity. Let’s assume he did. What are her rights? In that case,
since there are no children… Yes, he had children with her. Two children who are
20 and 15 years old. Okay. They won’t inherit anything
until their mother dies, which I hope doesn’t happen
any time soon, but the girl born
out of wedlock has rights too. So 50 per cent
goes to the children, and the other 50 per cent,
to the wife. You mean all of his children? -Yes, all of them.
-Okay. That means that 50 per cent
of this man’s fortune belongs to her and 50 per cent belongs
to his biological children, regardless of who the mother is. And what if…?
Did he write a will? No, ma’am. Reminds me of Aretha Franklin. Aretha Franklin
didn’t write a will either, and that brought about
several problems. Okay, apart from that, the girl’s entitled
to child support, which should be deducted from the father’s
social security. -Yes.
-Until she becomes an adult. -Until she turns 18.
-Right, good. -And that’s all.
-Yes, ma’am. But she has no rights. Here’s a second question. -Did you listen to her?
-Yes. Okay, you got informed.
Now you know what to do. Could they be charged
for moving the body right after he died? How do you investigate that?
How do you proceed? Ma’am, we know it’s a crime. Yes, in the State of Florida,
when a person dies, you must call the police
from the death scene so that a proper investigation
can be conducted. Since the body was moved, it wasn’t possible to determine
if there was drug abuse, fighting, whatever.
That’s a crime. Moving the body is also a crime. I haven’t read
the death certificate, but I suppose they didn’t write
the actual address where… No, they didn’t. And that’s an official
certificate. Okay, they could be charged
with several crimes. The person who moved
the body isn’t here, but we know who he is
and he can be identified. We can also assume
that both the wife and the lover colluded with the perpetrator, so they could be charged
for allowing the body to be moved.
-Right. Apart from all this, I think the beautiful lesson, the morals of this case is don’t judge a book by its cover. All human beings
hide conflicts, problems. Some problems are
more distorted than others, some people
lie more than others. But no one’s perfect, guys. There isn’t such a person. Some people are better,
some are worse. Don’t let hypocrisy mislead you. I deny your petition.
The problem’s solved. She won’t harass you anymore because she’ll enforce
her rights, okay? Plus, everybody
knows everything. Everybody knows
about the affair, it’s on social media. You don’t need
a restraining order. You don’t need one. Her daughter will have access
to what she’s entitled to after her father’s death and she’ll get child support
from the government, so she won’t harass you anymore. Her daughter will have access to everything
her lover left her. I have spoken.
Case closed. Be kind, be careful,
learn as much as you can, be respectful to be respected,
and may God keep us. See you next time.
Thank you. TESTIMONIES DON’T REFLECT
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