Legal folks...could this be grounds for a mistrial?!

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  1. 2step

    2step New Member

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    :eek: What kind of judge does this?!!!! :confused:
     
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  3. Salem

    Salem Former Member

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    Maybe one that is researching the need for a change of venue?

    Interesting.

    Salem
     
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    I don't think this could be grounds for mistrial. Judge is stating the facts upfront, giving both the defense and prosecuter a chance to ask her to recuse herself. No trial has started yet. After supplying the defense/prosecution with the information, if they do not ask for a different judge and the trial goes forth, defense cannot ask for a mistrial based on something that was openly disclosed before trial.

    Now if the defense asks judge to recuse herself and she does not, could be possible grounds. If she is asked to recuse, she definitely should. This case needs to be handled very carefully to ensure a guilty with special circumstances verdict. And it sounds like they are handling it that way. I would be very surprised if any plea bargains are offered in the case, at least early on, unless we find out other information down the line. I believe the prosecution wants a Murder 1 verdict.
     

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