The defendant, Jose Bermejo, represented by Tamara Harris, a Lawyer, was indicted in August of 2008 for raping his wife, Blanca Mizhquiri. This offense took place in the presence of his children. During the assault, Mr. Bermejo demanded sex from his wife and she refused. Mr. Bermejo then proceeded to punch, slap, bite, pull her hair, threaten her, and forcibly have sexual contact with her. Mr. Bermejo was found guilty of the offenses.
Before Mr. Bermejo was sentenced, he filed a motion with the Courts through his lawyer, Ms. Tamara Harris to set aside the guilty verdict. The Court denied the motion on July 20, 2009. On July 27, 2009 Mr. Bermejo was sentenced to 90 days in jail for Forcible Touching and one year each term on Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a child. These sentences were to be served concurrently. Mr. Bermejo asked the Court to vacate his conviction.