California native Chandra Levy, an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, DC, went missing in May 2001 and her remains were found a year later in local Rock Creek Park. Soon after her disappearance, her case gained national attention when Levy’s family claimed she’d had a relationship with married California congressman Gary Condit. He was cleared of involvement in her murder back then, and Guandique, an immigrant who had pleaded guilty to assaulting two other women in the same park where Levy’s remains were found, became the focus of the investigation.
He was charged in 2009, and the case relied heavily on the testimony of a fellow inmate, Armando Morales, who said Guandique had admitted to killing Levy. He was convicted. The public defender’s office said Guandique had always maintained his innocence and passed a lie detector test. Last year his attorneys petitioned for a new trial, claiming that Morales’ testimony was a lie. A new trial was granted, but then the attorney general announced that he will not be retried due to insufficient evidence. This has brought suspicious eyes back to Condit.
Condit’s attorney released a statement on July 28th this year, saying, “The failure of authorities to bring formal closure to this tragedy after 15 years is very disappointing but in no way alters the fact that Mr. Condit was long ago completely exonerated by authorities in connection with Ms. Levy’s death.”
Jill and Dick will go back to the beginning and share the latest news as well. Come on down to the quiet end and listen. The beer is The Corruption by DC Brau Brewing.