Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ed Graf Jr: Arson "science" case: As jury selection draws near (October 6), one of his lawyers says, "I think that if he's fairly tried according to real science I think we're going to see a result that might astonish people." KXXV-TV News;

COUNTDOWN: 22 days to Wrongful Conviction Day: (Thursday October 2, 2014);

STORY: "Second trial for Ed Graf Jr. brings difficulties 25 years after the alleged crime," by reporter Adam Hammons, published by KXXV-TV News  on September 5, 2014.

SUB-HEADING: "What information potential jurors receive could be an issue leading up to a retrial of a capital murder case."

GIST: "The defense argued Friday morning that potential jurors might be prejudice if they don't understand why Graf is being tried 25 years after the alleged crime. Jeff Blackburn works for Innocence Project of Texas and worked to get the retrial. He says that issue will be very difficult. "You know that's a real 800 pound gorilla that's just sitting in the room, you can't get around that. And the idea that you could even find a juror some where who never heard of it or just thinks that oh 25 years later I guess they're just bringing the charges up for the first time, that kind of stretches the imagination a little bit," Blackburn said. Blackburn also says this case is one of the very first to be retried after previous arson science was debunked. One of Graf's attorney's called this case an anomaly. "Mr. Graf's case is extremely significant because it's really and truly a great example of how justice is supposed to unfold in this state," Blackburn said. "I think that if he's fairly tried according to real science I think we're going to see a result that might astonish people." Jury selection is set to begin October 6."

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