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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, April 11, 2005

Buttons Lead to New Trial

From  "A murder conviction has been overturned by a California appeals court because the victim's family wore buttons with an image of the victim throughout the trial.  The jury may have been swayed by the display.  This is an extraneous influence calculated to sway the emotions of the jury. It's justly prohibited by law. Blame this one on the trial judge and the prosecutors. The defense objected to the buttons during trial and the judge refused to tell the family to remove them. The prosecutors should have told the family this is inappropriate. They gambled that they'd get away with this display in this age of victims' rights and they lost."  [Mark Godsey]

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