Wis. Court Mulls Usage of Victim's Letter

Published on April 17 2006

Wis. Court Mulls Usage of Victim's Letter - Yahoo! News
MILWAUKEE - About two weeks before her death, Julie C. Jensen went to a neighbor, shaking and crying, and handed over a sealed envelope. If anything happened to her, she said, he should give it to police. She wrote that she felt her husband never forgave her for a brief affair she had seven years earlier, and that she had seen him visit Internet sites about poisoning. "I pray I'm wrong + nothing happens ... but I am suspicious of Mark's suspicious behaviors + fear for my demise," the 40-year-old woman allegedly wrote in the letter dated Nov. 21, 1998. More than seven years after the southern Wisconsin woman died from poisoning, the state Supreme Court is considering whether to allow her statements as evidence in her husband's murder trial. In addition to the letter she gave to the neighbor, Julie Jensen allegedly told her son's teacher that she had found a suspicious list of drugs and syringes her husband wanted to buy and feared her husband planned to poison her. She also left voice mails for police and told them in person of the lists, and warned them if she died, her husband was responsible, court records said. After her death, the neighbor gave the envelope to police. Julie Jensen had included photographs of some of the suspicious lists and wrote she would never take her own life because of her love for her children. Mark Jensen was later ordered to stand trial. But in March 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled a 1980 case that laid out complex rules for when statements can be used without the opportunity for cross-examination. The court said the case complicated a fairly straightforward part of the Constitution, which guarantees a criminal defendant the right to confront his accusers.
Let's see, the woman left a sealed envelope to be opened in case of her death. The article doesn't say, but I imagine handwriting tests were done to make sure it was hers. This woman also told her child's teacher that she feared her husband would poison her. She told the POLICE about it, for cryin' out loud! How loudly did she have to scream before somebody paid attention?

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