[conspire] (forw) Reiser trial: DNA tests partially flubbed, defence motion for mistrial

Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com
Tue Feb 5 20:47:07 PST 2008


On Feb 5, 2008 8:28 PM, Deirdre Saoirse Moen <deirdre at deirdre.net> wrote:

> There are certainly cases where people have been convicted of murder
> without a body. In fact, I just watched a rerun of Forensic Files
> where that was the case, however there was significant blood evidence
> in the floorboards of the house even a decade later.

Again, it would be really interesting to read the jury instructions in those
cases, and to read or watch final argument in those cases.

> In the Reiser case, there's no evidence of the kind of violence (that
> I've heard of anyway) that would kill someone, only circumstantial
> evidence of death.

Right.  That is a big hole.

> I agree with Christian's response to my post, but there's also
> another kind of horrible: letting the killer go free because the case
> was brought too early to ensure a conviction.

Criminal law practice is such a bleak area of human experience.  It is such
a sausage factory.  Without good evidence, so much of it is just guesswork.
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