Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Jeffrey MacDonald: Judge weighing next steps.. Excellent summary of proceedings to date from Raleigh News and Observer; Reporter Anne Blythe;

James C. Fox, a senior judge for the U.S. Eastern District of North Carolina, voiced his discomfort to prosecutors and defense attorneys at the close of a hearing where MacDonald's lawyers are seeking to vacate his 1979 conviction for killing his wife and two young daughters. The late Franklin Dupree was the judge during the 1979 trial and for many of MacDonald's post-trial proceedings. But Dupree died in 1995, and Fox now must decide what path the case takes next on its tortuous legal journey. The 4th U.S. Circuit of Appeals sent the MacDonald case back to Fox's courtroom, telling him he needed to consider claims about new DNA evidence in the context of all the evidence. The appeals court did not elaborate on the meaning of "all the evidence." "I want to get it settled in my mind what we're doing and where we're going," Fox told lawyers late Tuesday after they offered closing arguments for why he should or shouldn't grant MacDonald's request to vacate the verdict. "That issue is not exactly in focus for me.".........Judge Fox said he would give the defense team up to 60 days after receiving a transcript of the proceedings to write briefs about anything else they needed to say. The prosecution, Fox said, could have up to 60 days after that to respond."


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