Oral 'Nick' Hillary: New York. On-going trial: (case has potential DNA issues. HL); Bulletin: TWC News reports that the trial was briefly put on hold today (Wednesday September 14, 2016) to give the defense a chance to meet with with a new potential witness in the case, testimony then continued, but not before another request for a mistrial from the defense.
"Testimony got back underway Wednesday afternoon in
the Nick Hillary murder trial, but not before another request for a
mistrial from the defense. Hillary's attorneys continue to press the issue surrounding
potential witness Gregory Brown. His name was never provided to the defense, but Wednesday they were
allowed to meet with him before court began. They spoke for 90 minutes, but came away from the conversation
requesting a mistrial for the second time. Lawyers say Brown forgot critical memories that he told to police
about the Garrett Phillips murder. The judge said he would think about the request, while testimony continues." http://www.twcnews.com/nys/watertown/news/2016/09/14/oral-nick-hillary-murder-trial-garrett-phillips.html
My interest in forensic pathology began with my Toronto Star investigative reporting into once famed since disgraced former doctor Charles Smith. I began this Blog after retiring from the Star in 2006 in order to follow the aftermath into the independent Goudge inquiry into many of Smith's cases. I have now begun to focus on cases involving flawed forensic science no matter where they occur (the recent Amanda Knox prosecution in Italy, for example) and am fascinated by the interest in the Blog from people in countries throughout the world. In another development, my interest in "junk science" "pseudo-experts" and the miscarriages of justice they all too often cause has drawn me deeply into the on-going U.S. death penalty debate where so many troubling cases involve issues relating to DNA and other developments in the world of forensic science. For all of this I rely on my experience as a reporter at the Toronto Star, my work as a lawyer in Ontario's criminal courts, and my abhorrence of injustice. Please send cases and developments which may be of interest to this Blog to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read on! Harold Levy.