WA - Anyone else think this should not be grounds for a mistrial?

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  1. Details

    Details Former Member

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    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003018247_webmistrial25.html
    So, because the jurors saw the real defendant, not the image a defense attorney would want to present, you have to find some new jurors who can be properly mislead, without any exposure to the truth?
     
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    Jeana (DP) Former Member

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    I do. I'd rather have the process stopped and begun again and not have the case overturned on appeal and remanded back. If its going to have to be done over, better for it to be done while its still in state court.
     
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    Details Former Member

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    That's why I think it shouldn't even be grounds for a mistrial - why should this be an appealable issue? It just shouldn't be. The defendant acted like himself, under no pressure to misbehave, no illusions there, no selective showing of one moment outside of context - the jurors were there for the whole thing.
     
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    Paladin Former Member

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    I think the point is the judge wants the jury to base their decision on the facts presented in court, not in something they just happened to see happen in the court room. He is to be tried for the crime he committed, not smacking a guy in the throat.
     
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    Jeana (DP) Former Member

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    There are long lists of things that appeals courts use every day to overturn convictions. There is a 17-year old in Texas who just won his appeal after murdering four teenagers and then trying to burn the yogurt shop they were in. The reason for this? Because he wasn't allowed to cross-examine the other scum bag murderer who decided to take the deal and testify against him. This guy was originally sentenced to die, but that was overturned when they decided that he was too young when he committed these murders. So, instead of this ******* being locked away with no more hoopla, he's wasting hundreds of thousands of taxpayers dollars and valuable court time because of errors during the trial. We've seen too many of these cases. If the judge can see this may happen to a case before her, I think she should try and prevent it, even if it means taking a few weeks and picking a new jury.
     
  7. sharpar

    sharpar If dogs dont go to heaven I want to go where they

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    Would be considered prejudical particularily since its an assault case .....

    Agree with J - scratch and start over . If I were the attorney would consider filing charges against him.
     
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    Amraann Former Member

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    Its a mistrial because it is presumed that after the defendant hits you .. You will no longer be able to defend him to the best of your abilities.

    SO there would be barring any other mistakes grounds for overturning the conviction twice.

    Just start fresh and throw his butt firmly in jail :)
     

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