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Hot Seat: The Case of Justin Ross Harris

Jul 09, 2022
since 1998, 705 children have died in the united states after being left alone in a hot car with an average of 39 such incidents a year it is a horrific scenario as well as counterintuitively common the typical reaction of the average member of the public when one of these

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s inevitably appearing once again in the news it can be an unusual combination of deep disgust and sympathy on the one hand it is extremely difficult for almost any parent to comprehend the level of neglect it would take to make this kind of mistake in relation to the only human being that they should value and protect above anyone else, and on the other, the level of agonizing pain someone must experience after realizing that their own carelessness was the sole cause of their child's torturous death is impossible to imagine. and, as it happens, there seems to be no sense in the kind of person who is subjected to this nightmare parents from all walks of life life educational and socioeconomic background have inadvertently left their child to die after being left in a hot car the cause of this blatant inconceivable neglect usually boils down to a memory lapse brought on by stress distraction a break from routine or a combination of both in light of this it is the sympathetic instinct that is more reflected in the way in which the courts treat these

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hot seat the case of justin ross harris
Parents responsible for a hot car death are often not charged at all when charges are filed. They will almost always be of the criminal negligence or manslaughter type. Very rarely will a parent be accused. with intentionally murdering his son by leaving them in his vehicle today we are looking at the case of a man who was on the morning of june 18, 2014

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leaves his suburban home in marietta georgia with his 22 month old son cooper his typical la The routine was to take Cooper to his Little Apron Academy daycare, then eat breakfast via a nearby Chick-fil-A drive-through, and then head to the Home Depot Treeh warehouse at his Cumberland Parkway home office where he worked as a developer. website from time to time, however,

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would reverse the order of the first two steps and go to chick-fil-a first for a father and son breakfast inside the restaurant before dropping cooper off at daycare for some reason harris decided that this was the morning for the special treat and the two arrived at chick-fil-a at approximately 8:57 am after breakfast cheek returns to the driver's

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and pulls out of the chick-fil-a parking lot makes a change of s I get on cumberland parkway and it heads to the intersection of cumberland and paces fury road this is where on a normal day you would take harris turn left at the light onto pace's fury which would then take you to harris daycare however continue straight ahead through the lights up cumberland toward the home depot office like i had already left cooper.
hot seat the case of justin ross harris

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He pulls up in the treehouse parking lot. at approximately 9:27 a.m. m. he parks and after about 30 seconds he gets out of his car and heads to work at 4:16 p.m. m. the movie 22 jump street with a couple of friends, he never gets there, however, as his car came to an abrupt stop in the acres mill mall parking lot, just a block from the theater, the police arrive on the scene shortly after, everyone has their backs. harris is pulled over by responding officer jacqueline piper and put in the back of his patrol car while first responders assist on the scene oh my god oh after about 30 minutes he is transported to the county police department Cobb, where he is placed in his interrogation room to await questioning. many details of this case and harris's activities during the day have so far been omitted and we will use the interrogation footage to begin unpacking it a note on t The footage itself, a common complaint from interrogation viewers, is poor audio and visual quality.
hot seat the case of justin ross harris
Harris's interrogation is in the company of the worst and that's because what you'll see is a video of a video, the only reason it's in the public domain. This is because it was reproduced at the Fort Harris Trial, which itself was filmed and broadcast in its entirety. being subtitled and above all

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harris's interrogation stands out primarily for behavior compared to anything being said so much in fact that the most fascinating part is arguably the first 15 minutes harris is alone in the room Before the detectives begin to question him. Assessing the authenticity of someone's pain isn't a hard science, to put it mildly, but the detectives who observed Harris discovered his behavior. r appeared as a performative which became the perception shared by much of the general public and it is also an affirmation of this video, as just mentioned, it is an important caveat to affirm that human beings exhibit pain in all kinds of ways .
hot seat the case of justin ross harris
And it's impossible to predict exactly how any given individual will react to something as devastating as accidentally killing their only child, but whether the sentiment is misplaced or not, it's very difficult to watch Harris's behavior in the ensuing minutes and not feel that something is wrong. hmm uh foreign friend uh uh ok um because crying is a physical reflex a person who is sobbing in response to an unbearable loss will usually appear to have little or no control over what their body is doing harris intermittent crying outbursts and other behaviors such since his regular water breaks come across as someone who is forcing the emotions he is displaying and needs to take a break every time he runs out of gas oh oh god oh god huh uh um always because I'm going to take this note again the apparent inconsistencies with a man who has apparently spent much of the last 15 minutes crying in anguish not only has harris fully and instantly recovered his physical composure there is also no residue of pain in his voice he speaks clearly and his vocal intonations never fluctuate abnormally in the way someone normally looks right after they've been crying is totally entity willing to make a statement and answer and answer questions that are I am not a lawyer at this time I understand and know what I am doing no promises or threats have been made to me and no pressure or corrosion has been used against me than ever before there is nothing to be gained for a guilty or innocent person by giving up their right to a lawyer it is something that has already been explained on this channel and it would be free to point it out every time someone does it in an interrogation video it is worth stopping to review Ponder a Again in this case, though remember you're literally looking at this because the prosecution is playing it up in the Harris trial, just going over what happened starting with um oh um about 7 15.
I left the house for wood around eight. thirty yeah around eight thirty and the plan was I'd take him to Chick-Fil-A and the discoveries I made and um like we eat breakfast and he and I do those check line links about two or three times a month we have together our dad is having breakfast again and after he draws the meat breakfast I usually take him across the street to do it here which is at Home Depot and then I go to work which It's in the place of recognition, which is where I don't work. big ssc i am working actually i will work office nx 2600 according to all the regulations we know telling you every time last time excuse me and only today was the carelessness i got into my car instead of going from here to here i went straight to work, which is I started the Cumberland and drove to the mover.
I went to work like he wasn't even in the back and I probably didn't even hear him because he falls asleep, it really sounds like Harris. hesitate to detail your day's activities so i just spend my whole work day ok wait help me through your work day what happens at lunch oh lunch well i mean some days alone i pass lunch you know why i am so busy and all very well pretty sure i did it once if its a deliberate evasion there is a very good reason for that because harris movements during the day dont help support the idea of That you're leaving Cooper in the car was a genuine mistake that you never realized.
Throughout the duration of your shift, a particularly big red flag is your lunchtime activities. Harris went to a restaurant called a publix with two colleagues, Winston Milling and Alex Hall. After lunch, the group stopped at the Home Depot, where Harris picked up a package of light bulbs, dropped off in his car by coworkers around 12:40 p.m. still inside the car at this point because his line of sight remains over the car door frame the whole time of the security video which seems plausible but this is actually weird in and of itself. How often do people put an item in their car without even looking at it?
At one point and considering which items someone would be more inclined to toss rather than gently place something fragile like light bulbs would seem to especially justify the letter, could it be that Harris, who would have been aware of the security cameras in the parking lot , I was doing? a deliberate effort not to look inside the car so yeah every day is good lunchtime goes around i got some guys i work with across the street they came and p bugged me um i went to a lunch public sure they took me back and dropped me off um um and then we were done for the work day and then we had plans to go move on the two down release video go to a movie which is where i was going to try to get there around 4 20 4 30 just to beat if there's a crowd after work trying to watch a movie um for just a few seconds sometimes i'm thinking or i couldn't i composed myself to do it so there was a group there i'm pretty sure you know um , the training I've been through, you know, he told me to change my breathing, which probably didn't check my pulse, he didn't hate her, he knew that. what this news and i knew i had done what every parent fears they have done and that's the way they keep coming that day and i'm just frantically trying to calm myself down but they care tell them because my wife was on her way to look for him at the nursery where he was supposed to be I was going to the movies and I was frankly trying on vacation I care and I tell them when my wife arrives don't let her leave there will be people who are going to show up because I didn't want her to go I don't want Where is he?
I don't want to. I want to freak out thinking that he's missing someone on the phone. There are many reasons why Harris isn't as eager for detectives to search his phone. There are many aspects of his web and phone history that will cast a cloud of suspicion over him, the most important being that it is especially pertinent to his phone, it is something that does not inherently implicate him for intentionally murdering his son, but it will completely decimate any hope. that he has to present himself as a responsible man who goes to church and who provides for his family.
Above all else, Harris is a serial womanizer with a chronic sexting habit. Six women he met online will testify about explicit messages and images they exchanged with Harris through the apps. of those women will also testify that they had sexual relations with harris this is in addition to a prostitute whose services harris solicited in some of his messages harris admitted he was married and expressed an arrogant attitude his infidelity stating that it did not affect his conscience in one The exchange with a Eighteen year old Jenny Meadows Harris stated that he would leave his wife for her if it weren't for their son. inside the chick-fil-a with cooper when can i talk to my wife?
We were trying to get in touch with her right now. I have detectives out there to meet with her. or something I just don't know what's wrong with them in that forward facing looking down car

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some rear facing cars ok the type of car seat Harris used and the way it was set up is possibly the critical piece of this case is in terms of why authorities were so slow from the start to believe that this was just one of the dozens of hot car deaths that occur as a result of a tragic accident every year until now, when it has been imagining cooper being left in the back seat maybe you have painted a setup in your mind that looks like this or maybe this cooper's seat however it was set up like this and from the front of the car it looks like the head of this cooper would have positioned himself just inches to the right of harris as he drove from the chick-fil-a to work on a route that included a relatively small u-turn tricky as well as a right turn to work the intersection harris needed to turn left at was only two or three minutes from the chick-fil-a where he had strapped copper wide awake and kissed him on the cheek at one point in the parking lot at the treehouse, his car needed to back up, which he presumably didfor Harris to turn his head or use the rear end. -see mirror and as stated above he rem He stayed in the car for 30 seconds after parking no doubt the mind can do funny things but this was all a bridge too far for the cruise investigators this is a good place to look a little closer at some of justin ross harris's activities throughout the day and how they play a role in the discussion he suffered a genuine memory glitch the memory glitch theory works like this almost every morning harris dropped cooper at daycare followed this pattern dropping cooper at chick-fil drive-thru job only once or twice a month that would change too much eating breakfast at chick-fil-a dropping cooper at work because the pattern above accounted for about 90 percent of harris's morning routines he essentially built a false memory of leaving cooper the moment he got to the lights and went right on working this type of memory failure is quite a real phenomenon similar scenarios have occurred with other hot car deaths where there has been no suspicion that the father was using forgetfulness as a pretext for deliberate murder, in fact in about 46 of the cases where A child was forgotten by the caregiver intended to drop them off at a daycare or preschool, some of the reasons authorities doubt this have already been explained, such as Harris's physical proximity to Cooper in the two to three minute window for forget his presence, another one that will appear as they dig deeper into harris's communications and there are potential clues that one might think would make harris think of cooper and realize that something was wrong during the day. messages during the day and in the afternoon he sent this text to his wife lyanna who is particularly notable for not having set off any alarms you think it happened i'll leave you alone you know explain to me how this happened honey how do you think this happened?
There are times when in the morning, after I drop them off, I go to Chick-Fil-A. I turn on the camera because it's the worst. ar of roma for me is dropping off my son in hong kong and then recently there was a vet on the internet who and i said hey i just rolled down and regardless of what you know i'll show you how to hanukkah in the car. he is thinking like his pets this could be written as harris trying to get something very unfavorable that he knows is in his web history here is a shortened version of the video you are referring to watched it just five days earlier on june 13th hi i am Dr.
Ernie Ward, you know how vets always tell you to never leave your pet in a parked car. It comes on and now I'm in the car I have all four windows broken about an inch so let's start a timer and see exactly how hot it gets in here the thermometer is reading right around 94 degrees 95 degrees so It's pretty hot here but we're just getting started so let's ki and sit down and see how you feel here okay I'm five minutes it's unbelievably hot in here we're already approaching 100 degrees and I can tell you it's sweltering even with the four broken windows. there's no breeze at all it's completely still in here it's oppressive I mean that's the best word for it yeah and 10 minutes later I'll tell you it's almost unbearable at this point the temperature is about 106 degrees so I mean is it's getting to the point where I can barely stand it 25 minutes is now oh god what are they? 113 degrees is um it's horrible uh the only thought going through my head right now is I just want to get out of the car you know it's just that everything in my body is saying get out go go go i mean this it kills and it's a lousy way to die okay i did it 30 minutes 30 minutes in a parked car with broken windows the temperature right now is about 1 15 116 very hot what i really wanted to do is see what it felt like to be left alone in a parked car if i were a dog and i know what is happening i am in control of the situation what i cant imagine is how helpless and scary it would be for a dog to stay in a car not knowing when you are coming and little by little you're going to have your energy and life burnt out by this heat um it's next okay um six is ​​okay no you're not free to go okay um after all I'm watching you they're going to charge you ok let's go right now to the kid ok ok so that's what temptation is b so that you're fine ok any other questions anything you want to have ok you understand our concerns absolutely absolutely i know i'm a great dad and i have multiple people who would break that and also care about my wife or else we're not here to judge you i know what i have to look at um there are certain criminal statutes you have to look at and if you think in qualifications the argument that harris is making that the difference between an action that is cruel and one that is simply negligent comes down to whether it was committed intentionally or not is, of course completely correct the fact that he is the one doing it and is looking at the situation in such an analytical way to assuage his culpability Just hours after he claims he found out he essentially burned his son to death it is likely that appears obscene to jurors. problems never come out of that and it doesn't have to be good the actions you took today you know you were absolutely fine until the death of your son but at the same time it's not like I took left that checkpoint and said the actions you took by not taking him to day care, but leaving him in a car closer to death.
I, amazing. Okay, I mean this disagreement. and that conversation will also be filmed in the interrogation room. Arguably, his behavior will be even stranger than his, and as strange as it sounds, you might want to consider noting that as a point in the defense column for the behavior you're about to see from Leanna Harris. Investigators' suspicions that she may have been somehow complicit in planning Cooper's death were initially raised after close examination, though it became clear that was a completely unfeasible scenario. there is no direct or circumstantial evidence that she would ever have any reason to want Cooper dead and no one involved in the investigation argues that it is a real possibility that, given the case, what she is about to see demonstrates that sometimes the strange behavior really is evidence. of nothing more than strange behavior. red flag lyanna harris would later clarify its meaning.
Ross Harris was known to embellish and talk too much and Leanna Harris was so incredulous of the idea that anyone could see her husband as Cooper's deliberate murderer that she wondered if he might have made certain exaggerations that had gotten him into trouble given that Responding officers took his wailing for show, his theory actually has some merit, I'm going to jail like we ain't gonna think about that right? I don't care, oh, oh, the images of this day. it really is relentlessly abnormal immediately after losing a hole it is very common for people to refrain from getting another one for a period of time because doing so immediately will instill in them a sense of guilt for acting as if their previous partner is so easily replaceable as an accessory broken on the same day they lost their first and only child, the stalkers are already discussing making another one since there really is no reason to believe leanna harris is guilty it would be cruel to push that point too hard you are really witnessing a mother in a state of severe shock but it's easy to see why the detectives didn't pass her on immediately and what of justin ross harris certainly doesn't.
It doesn't look good and all the unfavorable details we've covered served to drastically turn the tide of public opinion against him after an initial outburst of sympathy when the nature of Cooper's death was only known in light of all he had you've seen so far You may be thinking that there were absolutely no indicators to back up his innocence, but it just so happens that there were plenty - here are just a few - though he certainly expressed resentment of their marriage, all the more sickening given that he turned to his constantly spurned wife for help. of consolation.
She never broadcast anything. but a deep affection for his son in his real life or online attempts were made to betray him otherwise but they were all weak in context he visited the child subreddit for free for example but this was af When a friend sent him a link He expressed his disapproval. He hated being married but loved being a father, which will be illustrated even more dramatically by the testimony of his future ex-wife. Lyanna Harris comforting attitude that you saw in the interrogation room didn't last long in this world once the extent of her husband's sex addiction came to light she divorced harris while he was in jail waiting for trial and went back to her maiden name but anyway lyanna taylor took the stand as the star witness for the defense, her position was clear, harris had ruined her life, she wanted nothing to do with him again and She couldn't believe at all that he would do something on purpose to harm Cooper, given that his internet and sexting history seemed so damning that she'd expect him to. to have made any attempt to wipe all data from your phone and computers and as an IT professional you would have been more capable than most as much as your activities throughout the day may seem like signs that should have set off alarm bells in your mind of harris also present problems for the prosecution why would harris pursue the costs of the child's passport if he had no intention of paying for one? it could be that he was deliberately behaving like everything is normal, so he could make that exact argument if he were investigated, but that again raises the issue of his phone and web history, whether he was anticipating scrutiny or not, no there was no benefit to Harris going back to his car during the day if he wanted to help reinforce the idea that he had forgotten about Cooper all this time, it would have been much more advantageous to simply carry the bulbs to his desk and then bring them to the car at the end from his shift when he was preparing for the big reveal similarly, why leave the treehouse parking lot? the presence of his son, the prosecution argued that he drove to the acre mill parking lot to do more than one scene that didn't make any sense there was a lot of foot traffic coming and going from the tree house office doing a frenzy performance right there and then it has not been a disadvantage to sell his story.
Harris' attorney, Meddox Kilgore, pushed for all of this and much more in the trial, which is available in its entirety online. in this case we know what was on the defendant's mind that morning legally they are going to hear that motive does not have to be proven in a criminal case now we know that people commit horrible acts against children for no good reason unfortunately it is just a fact of life world we live in, but in this case, you saw this post that morning. I hate being married and having children. The novelty has worn off and I have nothing to show for it.
Now they will say oh he saw a lot of posts but think about it when you know the moment in this case within 45 minutes of all the whispered posts all over the world what did he search for not only for you but reply to commiserate while he is? on the way to chick-fil-a and while he's sitting there with this son who to everyone else he portrays i love him i'm a great dad stuff like that which side of them he probably did but guess what cost him his back seat because he replied and he showed us exactly what his intention was and what was on his mind he told this person that he couldn't live his other life the way he wanted his wife complained that he was dating he wanted to date all the time he went out with others people and most importantly 10 minutes before he killed Cooper he actually said he needed an escape implied mouths now what is that when no considerable provocation appears and when all the circumstances of the murder show an abandoned and malignant heart that of this murderer heart abandoned this child long before he died this defendant heart abandoned this child when he left him to die a terrible death in that car when he came back to review this co sa reviewed the scene at lunch maybe even making a discovery in front of his friends there until they took off too fast and quite possibly found out, as we've heard from the evidence, that Cooper could have been alive in that car and abandoned it once again. and sitting there evilly while that kid cooked in that car what ladies and gentlemen gentlemen and this case is the epitome of forsaken evil hearted premeditation i know a lot of people talk about premeditation as their premeditation remember this at all times there is no premeditation in We absolutely don't have to prove that he woke up that morning and at 7:55 decided he knows what I'm going to murder my son unfortunately most cases like this are a crime of opportunity whenHe presents when his mind reaches that point many people do it.
He gives examples of how quickly malice can form and they break because rapid malice can form in an instant and the judge will tell you as soon as the guy as soon as the defendant decided to inform him that in his mind he said you know what I'm closing the door on this child that's malice no premeditation required even though the evidence screams that he had been thinking about this for quite some time the time is finally that how do you was looking at the crime scene on June 18, 2014 is that exact car seat in the photo the defendant put him in at chick-fil-a kissed him drove changing lanes on the way to that parking lot is that car seat and how he looked when he passed the parking place to the right is this the same park in the sea the same car seat is when he backed back like this and pulled straight is the same car seat that was there and what it looked like when he was there for 30 seconds on June 18, 2014.
Is this what the car seat looked like when that kid walked out of Chick-fil-a wide awake and excited about school? It is the same car seat that the defendant had to reach to pick up his car back to go to work that morning that s What he got in that he admitted he took from his passenger seat is that the same car seat that he came back in that afternoon and in three seconds he accelerated and drove for some time with that kid who had been baking all day in that car. those turns up there on a route i shouldn't have taken ladies and gentlemen it all comes back to this this is what that car seat looked like on june 18th the defendant is guilty of all charges thank you the state has not contested that this was a accident it's their responsibility to do it and there's a reason they can't disprove beyond a reasonable doubt that it was an accident and that's because it was ross is charged with murder three different ways okay and what you really need to understand is this they're all the same they're all the same we don't have murder gradations in georgia first or second degree murder it's murder it's murder if convicted on count one two or three if convicted on any charge they r anyway in georgia the state you want to suggest that ross wanted to escape from cooper so badly that he would destroy his life's treasure i present this to you to do what you are suggesting he did knowingly and intentionally to do that he has to And there has to be a pretty serious hatred, I don't mean just disgust, I mean there has to be a very serious ill will or hatred for that little boy the time that would permeate your life and come out of your pores that everyone around you would see, hear and know and notice and grasp but no witness has indicated any of that i love my son and all but we both need escapes he sounds exactly like ross but what he doesn't say is what the state suggests he's saying . i love my son and all but i'm about to murder him in the next 15 minutes that's essentially what the state tells them that says yes not wrong with the answer i love my son but i'm about to murder him in the next 15 minutes of course it doesn't say t hat and it doesn't suggest you go ahead play the video do it on behalf of ross and brian and carlos we trust you from 9 to 9 20 am approximately the defendant is at chick-fil -a eating with cooper during that moment in which he responds to a message from magnolia blonde, a woman with whom he had been having a previous conversation of a sexual nature and 9:15 a.m. says i love my son and all but we both need escapes thats the inarguable time sometimes 9 20 30 a.m. defendant and cooper leave chick-fil-a and these are all times confirmed confirmed they were accurate confirmed by greg sanders at home depot confirmed by rv smith with cobb county police checking phone hours checking phone hours the receipts checking the times of the videos on chick-fil-a and taking into account any differences in time he continues the conversation agreed hug we both need you at 9 24 28 while still in the car with cooper 9 24 42 A.M. he first appears in one of the treehouse parking lot camcorder videos coming in the side area 9 25 38 car pulls up and at 9 26 15 defendant closes door on cooper and you saw everything that time there, he was sitting for over 30 seconds in the car with that kid and remember the defense showed them that video where he parked nearby and was in the car for a while.
Do you remember seeing how he was there moving to get this? There's no way he missed it. work we have heard many excuses for this defendant that have been rejected at every stop but who is going to speak for Cooper who is going to speak for Cooper the witnesses and the officers on that scene who carried that charge about what they saw that day who cared more for that child on June 18 in this dependent defendant who was worried and crying finally when he was worried about the metal toilet in which he will have to use the bathroom and the uncomfortable car what was I the child was dead the evidence speaks for Cooper and you can't bring it back but what can be done as justice and you as a jury have a chance to do justice now there's a sentence in latin looming over the supreme court and i'm not going to say i know latin i can speak latin or damn but I know what it says and it translates to this let justice be done even though the heavens may fall in this case justice is justice to cooperate in that so called justice in this case it is a guilty verdict l to justice in this case is holiness defendant responsible thank you the verdict the clark is for them thank you mr phillips state of georgia the state of georgia versus case number fourteen nine three one two four vertical leave the jury find this next california now it is murder as charge one you can find we find the defendant guilty this working day one thing that is always frustrating about televised trials is that you can see almost everything except the jury deliberating the question of whether cooper harris was murdered or killed by accident is one that comes down to decide what was inside justin ross harris's head that day we will never know exactly why the jurors felt they could make a call on it beyond a reasonable doubt perhaps the extent of harris's personal failings cast his character in such a negative way of course that they did not dare to view his actions with charity, his extremely The stranger in the interrogation room may have been too strange for them to reconcile with genuine pain being expressed in an atypical way, it could have been a matter of taking into account every single thing presented to them more or less equally and ultimately they felt there was too much of an imbalance in favor of factors pointing towards blame or maybe it was one of those cases where there were a lot of arguments on both sides to go back and forth and barring one specific detail, it's They may have come back with not guilty verdicts, but every time they started to drift in that direction, that one specific detail was just something they could never get over.

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