CJUS141-1301A-09 Introduction to Criminal Justice
February 12, 2013
Professor Lisa G. RatliffVillarreal
Around 2:30 p.m. on the afternoon of September 18, the victim, a prominent citizen in the community, was assaulted and robbed of his wallet by the defendant while walking home from work. He was assaulted, pushed up against a car, and threatened with a knife. Because of the victim's prominence in the community, this crime generated a great deal of media attention, calling for a quick arrest and conviction of the person or persons who committed the crime, which resulted in heavy pressure being placed on the police to make an arrest. The defendant was apprehended several days later while carrying the victim’s wallet and a knife. The victim subsequently identified the defendant in a lineup.
During the preliminary hearing, the defendant was declared indigent and provided with a public defender. Because of the nature of the offense, bail was denied. The defendant, who chose not to take the stand in his own defense during the trial, was convicted on multiple charges connected with the assault and is awaiting sentencing.
New information has been provided to the court, by the defense, that there was the possibility of misconduct on the part of the prosecution as it relates to the evidence that was presented in court used to convict the defendant. Specifically, the prosecution had in its possession certain exculpatory documents that would cast doubt on the reliability of certain witness statements used against the defendant. In addition, there is a strong possibility that some law enforcement witnesses may have embellished their testimony.
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