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Check Out this Rare, Behind-the-Scenes Look at Trial Preparation

I’m a trial nerd… probably moreso than even the average lawyer. I watched the “The People v. O.J. Simpson” like I’d have to write a book report on it. My ultimate wish would be to be able to watch jury deliberations take place, that’s ultimately the room where it happens. But I like other trial experiences, from sitting in on live trials whenever I can, to all kinds of lawyer books and TV shows. That’s why I was pleased to be introduced to this article from the prosecutors of one of the Baylor rape cases (link).

sam ukwaucu

Convicted Rapist Sam Ukwauchu

These prosecutors go into great detail their preparation and handling of the case, from the pre-filing investigation, to how their work paid off when the case went to trial. I recommend it for all criminal trial attorneys, and it should be required reading for those who prosecute SVU cases. I found the story via Deadspin, who has had lots of coverage or the Baylor sex scandal that brought down not only the football coach, but also the AD and the President, Ken Starr (yes, THAT Ken Starr).  Congrats to these attorneys on a hard-fought win on a challenging, high-profile case.

TDCAA via Deadspin.

Did they find the O.J. Simpson Murder Weapon?

O.J. Simpson Prison Photo

O.J. Simpson Prison Photo

In a bizarre twist, LAPD announced today that they have a knife in place that was possibly recovered from O.J. Simpson’s estate. Apparently, a retired officer says that a construction worker gave it to him when we was off-duty, but working a detail across the street. It’s unclear, but it may have been when the home was being destroyed in 1998. The officer says that he kept the knife at home, and was getting it framed when he asked a colleague for some details of the case, at which point the colleague informed the higher ups, who ordered the retired cop to turn it over.

The L.A. police department indicate they are going to forensically test the knife, checking for blood, hairs, or anything that might determine if the knife was involved in the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. It’s doubtful there will be definitive evidence after so many years, and the knife apparently being buried for some time. Not that it matters, as double jeopardy prohibits O.J. from being tried again for the murders.

OJ Simpson headed back to court.

O.J. Simpson mug shot

OJ Simpson is asking for a new trial in his Las Vegas robbery case.  Simpson has filed an ineffective assistance of counsel motion, which is a standard motion after the appeals have run their course.  The primary grounds are that his attorney, Yale Galanter, had financial interests in the case that gave him a conflict of interest, and that he was not advised of the State’s plea offer.  For the first claim to succeed, Simpson’s attorneys will have to convince a judge that a different attorney would have done something differently if not for the conflict; otherwise there was no harm to Simpson.  The State may call Galanter to the stand to testify whether he presented the plea offer to Simpson, as Simpson claims he would have accepted the offer.  These motions are commonly filed, and are a long shot.  The judge has allowed a hearing, which means that sufficient allegations have been raised, but the burden will be on Simpson to prove the truth fo the allegations, and that a different result would have been likely.