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Weak evidence leads to murder case dismissal

In every case involving criminal charges, a defendant has certain inalienable rights throughout the process of investigation, arrest, and trial that no prosecution may take away. A proper and, most importantly, legally sound case must be made by attorneys and witnesses on both sides, and the evidence brought to bear must prove both relevant and compelling to judge and jury.

Earlier this week a very contentious murder case, not unlike the multitude of homicide and other violent crime cases that are decided each year in New York courtrooms, was thrown out by its presiding judge after the prosecution failed to provide adequate evidence of the defendant's guilt. When defense counsel pressed a motion to dismiss the case following closing arguments, the judge agreed.

The man on trial, a resident of Hart, Michigan, had been charged with the murder of his estranged wife dating back to the summer of 2000. Although the state Attorney General's office, who had assumed the role of prosecution, had put forward considerable argument for motive on the part of the defendant, no eyewitness accounts were forewarded, and a medical examiner was unable to fully determine if foul play was even involved in the woman's death.

Although prosecuting attorney's pressed the case's jury to consider circumstantial evidence that pointed to the defendant's involvement in the woman's death, the judge ruled that none of that evidence, either singularly or in combination, ruled out all reasonable doubts of the man's guilt.

Despite expressions of disbelief and frustration from those in the courtroom, the judge took twenty minutes to both explain his decision and dismiss the jury from its duties, letting the defendant walk free of all allegations.

The presumption of innocence and necessity of compelling evidence are two founding principles of the American justice system. With the aid of a criminal defense attorney, these inalienable rights can be better assured and asserted.

Source: M Live, "Judge dismisses Mark Anthony Coulier murder trial halfway through, noting lack of concrete evidence in attorney general's case," Jonathan Stoner, Jan. 28, 2013

•· Charges of a violent nature, from assault to homicide, must be met with as strong a defense case as possible. For more information, please refer to our Bronx criminal defense page.

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