The case of the State of New Mexico vs. Steve Mackey needs to be appealed.

The case of the State of New Mexico vs. Steve Mackey needs to be appealed.

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Taliah Gipson started this petition to Senator Tom Udall and

There was a case of the State of New Mexico vs. Steve Mackey, who was just acquitted of two charges of Manufacturing Visual Medium of Sexual Exploitation of Children.  It began in June of 2019 when his wife, whom had recently filed for separation, discovered video footage and SD cards of files that included naked footage of her daughter. It included videos of her going back to about the age of 16. He had secretly recorded her for almost 2 years. The videos and SD cards belonged to my sister's estranged husband, Steven Mackey, whom she had already separated from a few weeks prior.  He was living outside of the home when these videos and SD cards were discovered.  He admitted in a news report that was published by Hobbs News Sun, stating that he did purchase the cameras but that he did not use them to record the teen. The detectives took the videos and analyzed them. They stated in a hearing that the videos were of the teen as she showered in their home bathroom and as she changed in the privacy of her room. They also stated that Steven Mackey was visible setting up the camera in two of the videos.  The detective stated in a court hearing that this was indeed, Steven Mackey's recordings.   The  case was moved to district court where the District Attorney took over the case against him. The case became the State of New Mexico vs. Steve Mackey. He had his own lawyer.  To avoid trial, Steven and his lawyer wanted a plea deal that would state that he would receive 18 months probation as long as they would not put his name on the registration for sex offenders.   The teen did not want to take the plea because she wanted him to face a jury and hopefully be placed on that sex offenders list. The pretrial was supposed to be February 4, 2020, but was pushed out further to May 12, 2020.  Then it was pushed out further to August 4th and they finally preceded to do jury selections on August 31st.  They stated that they were concerned that the jury may not be able to attend.  On the morning of September 1st, they had to select a random jury...The same day as the trial.  The trial was supposed to last 3 days, but the verdict was given later on September 2, 2020.   The detectives and the district attorney were upset over this verdict.  If the officers and district attorney believe the evidence shows guilty, how could a jury acquit him?

We need a jury that is selected properly and this case appealed!

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