Smith was the prosecutor on Detective Kristie Taylor’s first case seven years ago. A man had raped and photographed his girlfriend’s teenage daughter.
“When you’re sitting on the stand and you look out and you see her, you at least know she’s there, you know she’s in your corner and you know she’s fighting to get the same victory you want,” Taylor said.
The man showed no remorse, blaming the girl and her mother in court, Taylor said. He was sent to prison for decades.
Smith takes satisfaction in long and deserved prison terms. But another measure of success does not come in numbers.
“The best feeling for me always is to turn around and look at a victim at sentencing and see what ultimately is a look of relief on their face,” she said. “The victim knows that somebody listened to me, and somebody believed me, and what happened to me was wrong.”
MoCo gets its first black female district court judge
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