Curb Your Accusations

I saw something about this story on the news this morning.

This man was identified by a witness and arrested for murder. He was facing capital charges but insisted that he was at an L.A. Dodgers game at the time of the murder.

Luckily for him, the HBO show "Curb Your Enthusiasm" had been taping at the stadium, and he's caught on tape, proving he could not have committed the murder. This evidence came after he had been in prison for 5 months.

Listen up, all you potential jurors out there: Witnesses are sometimes wrong. Not every criminal defendant is lucky enough to have an HBO film crew to back-up their alibi. Hundreds of people have served years in prison before being exonerated by DNA evidence. Not every criminal defendant is lucky enough to have DNA or other scientific evidence involved in their case. Keep that in mind next time you get called in for jury duty. Thanks.


  1. I blog about that story and eyewitness ID's here:

  2. Hello Blonde Justice,

    Hear, hear!

    At least in our society we have way too many people willing to jump to conclusions and assume that an accused is guilty. Never mind that that's the opposite of how it's supposed to work.

    Also, just over five months ago, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in State v. Christopher Romero (A-109-05) that New Jersey trial judges must, in any jury trial involving eyewitness testimony, include in their jury instructions the warning that eyewitnesses may be testifying in good faith and confident of the truth but still be wrong.

    Keep fighting the good fight,

    Jeff Deutsch