In July of this year, the Emerald Princess made headlines as a murder site, when Utah man Kenneth Manzanares attacked his wife Kristy in their stateroom while the ship was off the coast of Alaska. Since then, very little has been released about the case, despite reports of attorneys citing “voluminous” amounts of discovery that have included eyewitness statements as well as medical examiner and toxicology reports.
In the latest update on the case, the U.S. attorney’s office has decided that it will not seek the death penalty in this case. Mr. Manzanares has pled not guilty. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on April 23rd, 2018.
In light of this new update, we are led to wonder why the decision was made as it was. Although Alaska does not have capital punishment, since the crime occurred in U.S. waters, and not in State territorial waters, pursuing that option was possible. Nonetheless, are main desire of course is that justice be served for the sake of Mrs. Manzanares’ grieving family.
It is our firm belief that regardless of whether a crime is committed on land or at sea, its investigation and the ultimate punishment of the perpetrator should not differ based solely on where the crime is committed needs be treated with as much seriousness as one committed on land. No family should have to deal with the emotional strife of a loved one’s death, especially while on what should have been a fun and relaxing cruise vacation.
Your Case Deserves Expert Legal Advice
What’s more, when an event such as this occurs at sea, the legal ramifications can be confusing for even the most astute of individuals. Determining jurisdiction is just one of many elements that can confound less experienced legal professionals. It is for this reason that picking a trusted maritime lawyer who will help you understand your legal options is of the utmost importance.
When you put your faith in a firm with a history of success, you can count on us to protect to the extent allowed by the law, your rights, or those of your loved one.
A death or serious injury on a cruise is no small matter and you deserve the highest quality representation to ensure that your case affords you the closure you deserve.
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At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we have years of experience assisting clients with some of the most complex situations imaginable. In the past, we have charted a steady course through legal battles involving overboard incidents, rape and sexual assault, and much more. No matter the size or scope of the case, you can rest assured that our team will be able to help.
When tragedy strikes aboard your cruise, there is no worse feeling than wondering if you will ever get the justice, you deserve. If you find yourself in this position, we urge you to get the guidance that will help ease your legal burdens. Therefore, if you are ready to move forward or have questions about your unique situation, we are here to help. Do not hesitate to contact us today to get started.