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Vallow, convicted of multiple murders, made what Brueski referred to as a "bizarre rant" during her trial. As Dreeke noted, her speech showed that Vallow has "massively rationalized her behavior to a huge extent and degree." This seemingly deluded self-perception, paired with her shocking crimes, painted a troubling picture of the woman at the center of this widely publicized trial.
However, it was not only Vallow's speech that raised eyebrows during the hearing but also the comments made by her attorney. Brueski was initially perplexed by the lawyer's portrayal of Vallow as someone who was all about "love, smart, witty, and insightful." The incongruity between the defense's description and Vallow's public perception was stark.
Dreeke offered his perspective on the lawyer's remarks, suggesting that the attorney was not attempting to absolve Vallow of her crimes but rather trying to give the court a deeper understanding of her character from her perspective. He stated, "He wasn't saying that she's good... He was given a context of who she is from her perspective...He gave an accurate assessment in an articulate way of what Lori thinks of herself."
As Dreeke points out, the attorney's job is to "know his client so well that he can defend that client from that client's point of view," which, in this case, included combining Vallow's perspective with the factual events of the case.
Brueski, initially interpreting the attorney's comments as unreasonably flattering, began to see things through Dreeke's lens, seeing the attorney's attempt to humanize Vallow in the eyes of the court, presenting her as a "broken individual beneath everything."
While the public's perception of Vallow is understandably negative due to the severity and nature of her crimes, the attorney's representation of her in court aimed to provide a fuller, more nuanced image of her. His statements attempted to reconcile Vallow's horrific acts with the person he came to understand through his professional interactions with her.
Ultimately, Brueski and Dreeke concluded that the lawyer’s portrayal was not an attempt to whitewash Vallow’s crimes but rather a bid to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the tragic figure she had become. The discourse around this case continues to evoke strong emotions and raise important questions about the legal defense, mental health, and the pursuit of justice.
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