Wednesday, 26 November 2008

When this is harmless error in Florida, what is not .... Florida prosecutor`s use of SNITCHES.

Kenneth Turco testified Tompkins confided details of the murder while they were cellmates including that he buried the victim under his girlfriend’s house with some clothing and her pocketbook to make it appear she had run away.

Turco said in sworn statement last week that prosecutor Michael Benito told him before he testified “don’t forget the purse.” Turco said his testimony was truthful except for his statement about the purse.

The high court majority wrote in an unsigned opinion that even if the state knowingly presented false testimony it was harmless error because “there is no reasonable possibility that it could have affected the jury’s verdict.”

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