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Legal Notes on Georgia and The South

Mistrial in DeKalb

Posted by Maggie on August 21, 2007

I spent quite a while this morning trying to get the whole story on the mistrial in a case involving the murder of a liquor store owner in an Atlanta suburb.  The AJC and other news outlets had only a paragraph or two, and none of their previous articles have really ever examined the case or its testimony.  Except, of course, when the victim’s wife “collapsed” in the courtroom.  Then they were all over it.

Happily, I finally found a local news outlet who actually covers the story in decent detail. To the jury’s credit, they didn’t just accept a witness ID at face value and seem to have considered the facts at length. From the story, it looks like nice work by defense counsel. Wish local news would cover these things better.

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