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In Re: Tony Mejia - Recap

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The scene opens with Garza working out. Garza learns from Sherri Lenko that Tony Meija’s daughter has been murdered, and the murderer has escaped to Mexico. The Mexican government will not extradite the alleged murderer of Lenko’s daughter, but Garza gets the news that the President wants him to convince the Mexican government on this one. Garza agrees, but reluctantly. He starts to get cracking on the case with his team, but Eddie points out that hundreds of extraditions are pending. Moreover, the US and Mexico have a treaty regarding such issues. Lucinda and Mereta have an argument about a call she refuses to pick up, but Mereta says it was only her brother. Lucinda refuses to believe. Later Meija comes in with a photo of his daughter’s corpse. He tells Garza about the murderer, who is in Mexican custody – thanks to pressure from the US government. Trujillo had escaped from the US when the LAPD got hold of DNA based evidence against him.

Information arrives that Trujillo’s uncle is a drug lord in Mexico. Eddie and Lucinda are worried, and describe how brutal the murderer and how dangerous his surroundings might be. Lucinda describes the horrible way in which Lisa (Meija’s daughter) was raped and murdered. The Mexican government will not extradite Trujillo unless the US Attorney General stops considering death penalty as an option. Al mentions that the Mexican justice system is archaic and backdated. However, Garza is optimistic. Just as he explains why, Tim Reed hurries in towards Mereta complaining about his summon. Tim is Mereta’s husband, which he blurts it out in front of the team. Mereta’s colleagues are taken aback. Mereta takes him out of the room. Tim had got married to Mereta when he was diagnosed with a type of brain tumor at 22. Tim had only six months according to optimistic estimates if he did not undergo surgery, and found a well-meaning partner in Mereta. However, her insurance company was now suing them over the little manipulation they seemed to have gotten through. Al learns about this from Tim, who did not have medical insurance at the ripe age of 22. Al and convinces Mereta to take his help in fighting the case, although she was looking to fight it alone. Garza hurries Lucinda and Eddie towards the airport for going to Monterrey, Mexico, but Al prefers to stay back and help Mereta.

Garza meets a Monterrey judge named Del Rio, with whom he tries to negotiate about extraditing Trujillo, but fails. Garza gets the assistance of Eddie and Lucinda in placing their point and message from the US State Department, but the judge insists that they are already too late, and besides, he finds the no-death-penalty offer from the State Department incredulous. He tells them that Trujillo has already been through a paper trial. Eddie tries to establish how futile and backdated that is. Del Rio tells them that the procedures are already over, and the judgment is due by the end of day. Garza reports to Tony Meija about what happened, and also tells him that the Mexican judiciary does not consider lawyer invoked testimonials, as lawyers can easily hide facts and evidence. Garza translates Del Rio’s judgment in Spanish to Meija at the court. Trujillo gets 25 years. Garza tells Meija it is a good end. When Garza gets to the airport later that day, he calls Lemko, thinking if she is upset about her replacement. In the meanwhile, Meija finds out that Trujillo is having a gala time instead of being in jail. He has seen cops escorting Trujillo to a bar. Garza is worried and calls out for Meija when the phone gets silent. Suddenly he hears four gunshots, as Meija pulls out a gun from one of the police officers. Garza rushes his team to the spot, but finds that Meija has fled.

Soon after that, Lemko reprimands Garza, blaming him for his failure in securing a rational solution. It turns out that Meija has fled to LAX, and the Mexican government has insisted on his extradition for killing Trujillo. Garza, Eddie and Lucinda fly to LA and finds Meija handcuffed. He tells Garza how he went out of control when Trujillo laughed at him and called his daughter a whore. Meija also wants to fight the extradition, but Garza explains that the US government has to agree to the Mexican government, especially if they want the Mexican government to hand over their criminals to US requests. Garza promises to fight in order to get Meija back to the US. Al tries to get the case against Tim and Mereta dismissed at D.C. Superior Court. However, Culver, the prosecuting attorney will not budge. The insurance company has filed for damages worth $500,000. The judge asks the jury to decide, and warns Culver about his attempt to establish the definition of what he calls a genuine loving marriage. Garza, his team and Meija are surrounded by emergency police forces as soon as they arrive at Monterrey Airport. Garza tries to explain that they are about to surrender at the DA’s office, but the police forces grab away Meija into ‘protective custody’.

Garza calls Lemko to report on the Mexican police’s unruly behavior, but gets a sarcastic reply and no moral support. When Garza discusses his team’s readiness with the case, Lucinda complains about the lack of testimonials and how scared the canteen folks were when asked to testify on the Trujillo incident. However, Eddie has already arranged for testimony from witnesses. Now Garza can only hope for an insanity plea for Meija. As the insurance case gets ready to proceed in D.C., Mereta loses confidence, and admits her pessimistic outlook to Al. He helps her realize that she win by keeping her answers concise. Mereta says she will give her best efforts. Culver starts his questionnaire against Mereta, and Al tries to fight hard for her. However, Mereta buckles under pressure, and gives in to Culver, admitting that the insurance Tim never had, was the only reason for their marriage.

Meija is taken to the psychiatrist, Dr. Fernandez, who has been appointed by the court. In the meanwhile, Lucinda tells Garza that she has been able to find a witness, who will testify that Trujillo provoked Meija into an outburst. After Meija’s session with the Fernandez gets over, he tells Garza that Meija’s insanity is impossible to establish, especially because he knew about the consequences of his deeds. Garza makes his case in front of three judges. They ask him why he filed for insanity plea, especially as the psychiatrist has rejected this idea. However, Garza wins the right to question Fernandez. Moreover, the judges also allow Meija to be examined by a different psychiatrist Dr. Lyon. He is able to establish momentary loss of sanity in Meija because he went into an “irresistible impulse”, losing control upon Trujillo’s provocation. Back at the D.C. case, when Al tries to find a way out with Culver, he insists that he has four years of documented proof about Mereta and Tim’s deception. However, Al gets optimistic, as he knows that the statute concerning fraud limitation is only three years.

Lucinda gets the witness. Her name is Rosa. Meanwhile, Garza calls Lucinda on the phone, and says that they should find police protection as soon as they arrive out of the elevator. However, they find nobody. Suddenly a few men grab Rosa and take her away. Eddie thinks telling the judges about it will be a good idea, but Garza stops him, as they cannot prove it was really a kidnapping by Trujillo’s men. Now, Garza is left with the option of putting up Meija on the stand.

Meija is traumatized, but bravely manages to tell his account. He explains the discovery of his murdered daughter, what happened then, and the fact that he went into a fit of rage before pulling the trigger to kill Trujillo. The prosecutor points out that Meija’s words alone cannot be enough to establish his innocence. Garza argues in Meija’s favor, insisting that he may not be guilty as his actions were the result of an uncontrollable impulse. The DC case ends in a joyous moment for Mereta and Tim, as Al has managed to lower the settlement to $60,000. Meija gets 15 years, although one of the judges state that the court shares Meija’s grief. Vigilante justice is not possible in Mexican courts, and Meija is found guilty of manslaughter. However, Meija is lucky enough to get his sentence put on hold until he gets deported. Garza’s team meets in a bar in D.C. sometime later. Lucinda jokes about Garza’s replacement with Crane, but Garza ends up having the last word with his unfailing wit.