SAN JOSE — The man recently convicted along with his wife in the dog-mauling death of their neighbor last year said that he was not surprised by his conviction, but accused the prosecutors and judge of political maneuvering
Robert Noel also told the San Jose Mercury News in an interview from San Francisco Jail on Friday that expressing remorse would not have made a difference in his or his wife's convictions. Noel and his wife, Marjorie Knoller, have been criticized for appearing insensitive to the death of Diane Whipple, 33.
"I saw where the jurors said, 'They didn't show any remorse,' but by definition remorse is an admission of guilt," Noel said. "Besides, what could I possibly say to this woman's family? That their daughter had just died in a horrible fashion? What relevance would there be to any words I could say?"
Noel also said he and his wife fear prison officials may try to have them killed. The couple, who are lawyers, have filed many lawsuits on behalf of inmates and have criticized California prison officials.