Saturday, September 11, 2010

Yet another reversal because of prosecutor's comments

Last week a New Jersey appeals court overturned a conviction for attempted murder in part due to the prosecutor's persistent denigration of defense counsel. This is the fourth reversal due to prosecutors' comments I have heard of in about a month. The other three were in Illinois (see here).

In the New Jersey case the prosecutor reportedly disparaged defense counsel and the defendant. The prosecutor also called the defendant a liar, suggested that the defense wasted the jury's valuable time, and closed with a call for the jury to discharge its duty to society. The court concluded that "these cumulative errors by the prosecutor raise grave doubts that defendant received a fair trial." Go here for the full story.

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