“I Will Change Your Verdict”

Lyle Menendez wrote an essay at age 14 titled “I Will Change Your Verdict.” The three-page essay is a story about a man soon to be executed for killing a child molester. The defense in the retrial sought (unsuccessfully) to introduce the essay into evidence: Testimony of Erik Menendez; and Hearing on admissibility of Lyle Menendez’s essay – December 11, 1995.

The essay was the subject of a Los Angeles Times article dated January 22, 1996: Significance of Menendez Writings Is Ongoing Court Battle