This was a difficult and heart wrenching case. Mr. Sutton's father, who is a well known attorney in Coral Gables, survived the attack-although he was blinded and suffered facial disfigurement- and was called to testify by the prosecution in the case against his son. After his testimony, Mr. Sutton was allowed to remain in the courtroom for the remainder of the case. With the verdict of the jury Mr. Sutton has lost both his wife and his son.
Congratulations go out to prosecutors Kathleen Hoague and Carin Kahgan.
Mr. Bruce Fleisher now spends that first sleepless night that afflicts most trial lawyers after a negative verdict. There will be little consolation for him in the knowledge of having done his best; such thoughts are overwhelmed with the inconsolable pain of having lost a difficult case.
This case reminded us in many ways of State v. Joyce Cohen. Many long time habituates of the REGJB remember one of the most famous, sensational, and hard fought murder cases of our time. Ms. Cohen was accused of arranging the murder of her husband Stanley Cohen, who was the owner of a successful construction company.
In a case that spanned from Miami to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the pretty Miami Socialite was convicted after a six week trial.
Rumpole Trivia quiz: Who was Ms. Cohen's attorney? Who were the prosecutors who represented the State? Who was the Judge? And what colour dress did Ms. Cohen wear in court on the day she was convicted?