Since the Salvador Cruz trial wrapped up, seven of the 12 jurors on the case have sent letters and emails to State Representative Roger Goodman in support of his efforts to better protect victims in cases where the accuser is representing themselves in court.
In November, one of the victims in the Cruz case nearly jumped off the skybridge of the King County Courthouse, becoming distraught as an upcoming witness after Cruz spent the morning cross-examining her mother.
Q13 FOX News sat in on the trial and showed Rep. Goodman video as Cruz painstakingly grilled the woman's sister, another victim, for two and a half hours, asking her to recall details of repeat sexual assaults from her childhood.
"I can tell you from personal experience it was heartbreaking to witness. Words cannot express how we felt watching and how it deeply affected us," said one juror.
"After seven and a half weeks of listening to a sociopath trying to control his victims one last time, I'm totally in favor of legislation that would prevent this from happening again," said another juror.
Goodman says what happened on November 4, 2010 really woke up the legislature and judiciary. On Wednesday, January 12th, Goodman, along with several jurors from the Cruz trial, will speak at a hearing in Olympia. Goodman will present a draft of House Bill 1001.
It asks the State Judiciary to better protect victims of sexual assault in court. The rule could require defendants who represent themselves to submit questions to a judge and have stand-by counsel ask those questions. It would also prohibit the defendant from approaching the witness stand. Goodman tried to pass a similar bill last year, but it was voted down.
"I saw it in the Senate and decided to not have hearings on it before Senate Judiciary Committee not out of any opposition to the policy, but there is a separation of powers," says Rep. Adam Kline.
Rep. Goodman tweaked the bill, and hopes with the changes it will pass.
"One of the benefits of this whole effort is to get this rule in place and get in in black and white so any defendant who wants to abuse the process will know what the limits are," says Goodman.
HB 1001 would not only protect victims of sexual assault cases, but all violent crimes where the accused is representing themselves in court. Once the bill is presented Wednesday, it moves to the House Rules Committee and then to the House floor for a vote.
Friday on Q13 FOX News at 9 & 10 hear as Goodman reads some of the jurors letters.