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Jon Hatami's voice shook and he stared down at the courthouse floor as reporters packed around him.

Minutes before, the prosecutor had won a conviction in one of the most infamous and chilling child abuse cases in California history.

When paramedics arrived at Gabriel's Palmdale home in the spring of 2013, the 8-year-old had shattered ribs, a cracked skull and cigarette burns dotting his unconscious body, signs of the torture inflicted by his mother and her boyfriend.  https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-gabriel-fernandez-torture-case-20160407-story.html 

After Hatami was assigned the case, he long guarded the gruesome details inside his mind, unable to speak publicly about the prosecution that had both infused him with deep purpose, but also strained his marriage and eroded his trust in law enforcement.  https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-prosecutor-child-abuse-20190712-story.html 

In the fall of 2017, moments after jurors convicted the boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, of murdering Gabriel, Hatami thought it was finally safe to unburden his heart. During that emotional news conference, he stunned the crowd.

Hatami describes his public revelation as spontaneous — a split-second decision to highlight his own past. He said that, as a child, he was physically and verbally abused by his father and kidnapped and shuttled across the country by his mother.

He believes his experiences and years of self-reflection make him uniquely equipped to prosecute child abuse cases.

“It’s my truth,” says Hatami, who refers to himself as an abuse survivor. “I know what it feels like to be powerless.”

From @marisagerber

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