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Thursday, December 1, 2005

High Drama in Texas Courtroom as Prosecutor Reenacts Stabbing

Texas' 14th Court of Appeals ruled that a prosecutor's dramatic courtroom reenactment of the stabbing death of a defendant's husband, on the couple's actual bloodstained bed, did not unfairly prejudice the defendant.  The most controversial part of the appellate court's decision was its refusal to consider a DVD recording of the reenactment; instead the court relied only on the trial testimony that detailed the reenactment.  Counsel for the Defendant, Wright, explained that because Wright's new trial motion was denied without a hearing, she never had the opportunity to present the DVD as evidence. The case is Susan Lucille Wright v. State. Full Story from Law.com. . . [Mark Godsey]

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