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Archive: July 2013

The Latest Ruling In the Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal

July 28th, 2013

Here is an update of the Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal:

• In June, 2011, allegations of misconduct at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain (Hinton drug lab) surfaced regarding work performed by Annie Dookhan, a chemist who had been employed in the forensic drug laboratory since November 2003.

• Following an internal review, the Department …

Zimmerman Verdict: A Behind The Scenes Fact

July 20th, 2013

I have seen jury consultant Robert Hirschhorn lecture several times (and stolen lots of his material for my own cases.) When It was revealed he worked on the Zimmerman case, I immediately understood how the defense overcame the “knock knock” joke in opening statements. Here is an article from USA Today explaining some of the jury selection strategies Hirschhorn …

The Milke Case Moves Forward

July 9th, 2013

Yesterday I included the Milke case as one of my favorite Brady decisions. For the non-lawyers, Brady refers to the U.S. Supreme Court case of Brady v. Maryland which held that when the government withholds exculpatory evidence it is a violation of due process “where the evidence is material either to guilt or to punishment.”

Think of it this …

Seven Brady Cases You Should Know

July 8th, 2013

Here are my seven favorite Brady decisions:

1. BRADY V. MARYLAND, 373 U.S.83 (1963)

Both Brady and his co-defendant were found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. After trial, the prosecutor disclosed to Brady that the co-defendant admitted to the homicide. The court held that the prosecutor’s suppression of the confession violated the Due Process Clause …

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