Judge Will Thomas had to declare a mistrial Thursday in the Lebron trial. This case occurred in 2002. It has been to the 3rd DCA and back once and Lebron- accused of being the shooter- has waited while other co-defendants who were severed went to trial before him.
The facts of the case- a kidnapping, sexual assault and murder are particularly disturbing. It could not have been easy for the mother of Ana Maria Angel, the young woman murdered, to learn of the mis-trial. She has endured more than almost any of us ever will, and has waited a decade for this person to go to trial. Judge Thomas by all accounts handled the mistrial in a professional yet sensitive matter. The mistrial occurred when a detective volunteered information that a co-defendant had gone to trial and been convicted. Mr. Lebron is entitled to a fair trial and the testimony of the detective- not solicited by the prosecutor- would have jeopardized that. Nobody wants this case to take another decade by being over turned on appeal. Here's hoping that when the trial re-starts next Wednesday it proceeds quickly and cleanly.
We avoided posting on the PD/Facebook fiasco the other day because we didn't want to fan the flames of publicity. The young woman involved made a mistake. People do that. Even lawyers. Sometimes even the best of us make a bad judgment and do something that on retrospect we know to be wrong. That is what occurred here. The PD paid for her mistake with her job. We think that is wrong. By all accounts she was a very good advocate for the clients she represented. Hard working and not afraid to go to trial. The Herald wrote the story, news outlets picked it up- the "Legal Briefs" headline was irresistible to the news media writing about a case where a lawyer posted a picture of her client's silly looking underwear. The news even made it to the London Daily Mail. Enough is enough. There isn't a lawyer who has ever tried a case who hasn't in a moment of pressure, frustration, or tiredness, done or said a stupid thing they immediately wished they hadn't. But in 2012 the rise of instantaneous social media connectivity means those mistakes get publicized around the world at the speed of light. We wish the PD well. Based on her excellent reputation before this matter, we would have no qualms about having her sit with us the next time we go to trial. This will pass and she will bounce back.
FOOTBALL POOL WEEK TWO UPDATED AS OF 2PM-The overwhelmingly popular pick is the NE Cheaters. We hope they get crushed at home by the mighty Arizona Cardinals.
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Enjoy your weekend. COURTS CLOSED MONDAY for the celebration of the Jewish New Year.
See you in court on Tuesday.