After an emotional nine-day trial, a jury found State Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula not guilty of misdemeanor child abuse charges.
The jury made their decision in about four hours and announced the verdict Thursday afternoon.
In a press conference following the verdict, Arambula said, “First to my family, I want to say thank you to you all. You have been my rock and my foundation through these difficult times. I want to apologize to each of you that we had to go through this, but now we are here and on the other side. To my wife and my daughters, you know how much I love you, but I just want to to say it publicly so that everyone can hear it.”
The trial raised questions about political motivation, the prosecution maintains that was not the case. The defense says there are ”political overtones” and they are concerned with the way the case was investigated.
“His reputation is in the toilet, right?” Arambula’s attorney Michael Aed said. “It doesn’t matter what the verdict was in this case, he has to live with this for the rest of his life.”
Arambula has been on leave from the State Assembly since March, he says he will return to Sacramento on Monday.