Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bulletin: Oscar Pistorius: South Africa; "Good Morning America" reports that his lawyers have accused police of mishandling evidence.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE:  I am dipping into this very well publicized trial from time to time when it touches on issues of interest to our readers such as defence allegations of evidence tampering and contamination of the crime scene.

Harold Levy; Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.

STORY: "Oscar Pistorius' defence accuses police of mishandling evidence," by Liezl Thom and  Alyssa Newcombe,  published by Good Morning America, on March  12, 2014.

GIST: "Oscar Pistorius' defense questioned the police handling and storage of his bathroom door, a key piece of evidence in his murder trial that was brought into court today for a demonstration.........Pistorius' defense attorney Barry Roux suggested the South African Police Service improperly stored the door and said they neglected to test a third mark on the door that he said was caused by Pistorius kicking it with his prosthetic leg. Media reports last year claimed that the door was not properly secured but was kept in the Boschkop Police Station Commander's office for quite some time. Vermuelen said "something" happened to the door after it was photographed on March 8 last year but he was unable to say what exactly occurred. The colonel was also shown a photo of what appeared to be a police boot print on the door, suggesting the key piece of evidence had been tainted by sloppy police storage."
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