Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Riley Fox – Update

As I wrote on February 25th, it was reported that the defense and the prosecution in the Riley Fox murder case agreed to send the DNA evidence for an independent lab for analysis. That was over 6 weeks ago. Today it was reported that this hasn’t happened yet and the defense team is now asking that the prosecution be held in contempt for their failure to do so. The prosecution team has responded that some sort of mistake had been made but now rectified.

Not exactly the type of thing to engender confidence in prosecutorial competence. One hopes that it’s just a screw-up and not an effort by the prosecution to delay or hide evidence that they know or suspect is not favorable to their case.

Yes, I know, that’s pretty cynical. But this is Illinois…

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