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Testimony makes for dramatic courtroom drama

posted by Latina Lista at Friday, October 8, 2010

On Wednesday of this week, the jury was seated for the federal hate crime trial and multimedia reporter Gustavo Martinez Contreras has been tweeting, blogging and podcasting each day’s proceedings.

Testimony has been graphic in terms of the defendants’ deep-seated hatred for Latinos. According to today’s testimony by an eyewitness:

“He was yelling at him, ‘fucking Mexican’,” he said. “Later I heard him yell ‘Tell your fucking Mexican friends to leave Shenandoah or you’ll be fucking lying next to them’ as we were leaving.”


About Gustavo Martínez Contreras

was born in Texas, brewed in Mexico City, seasoned in the Mexico-United States border, aged walking the streets of Philadelphia. He had a short-lived stint eating grits, fried chicken, and peaches in Atlanta. He later became a béisbol writer for El Diario de Nueva York. He has written about immigrant communities in English, Spanish, and some Spanglish. Although he does not have a shelf full of awards, Gustavo has received thank you notes and hugs from people who have trusted him with their stories. His work has appeared in Voices of New York, El Diario/La Prensa, Dallas’ Al Día, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Philadelphia Weekly, Radio Bilingüe, Latina Lista,, among others. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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