Thursday, December 2, 2004
Hawaii prosecutor Russell Uehara was prosecuting a homicide suspect who claimed the shooting was accidental--the gun unexpectedly went off. Uehara hired a firearms expert with his own money whose analysis supported the conclusion that the shooting was an accident. Accordingly, the defendant was allowed to plead guilty with an 8 year sentence instead of 20. The case is back in the news because the victim's family was not informed about the plea bargain, in violation of the victims' rights law.
Meanwhile, in New Orleans, a prosecutor was charged with rape and fired after allegedly luring a defendant to his private office on the presense that he could get her cleared of pending traffic charges. [Jack Chin].