I recently tried a case in felony court where 3 police officers had testified that the defendant made an admission to the charges. They defendant was charged with 2 counts of burglary and one count of felony tampering with evidence.
Despite the fact that the defendant did not testify at trial the jury still returned a verdict of not guilty after presentation of all evidence. The key to the acquittal was effective cross examination of the police officers.
Review of the police officers investigation revealed that they failed to obtain recording, video or written confession from the defendant. Discovery, discussion and independent investigation also revealed that the police officers did a very ineffective job of actually investigating anything.
The police officers did not check the story of the alleged victim, did not check the validity of the defendants ultimate claims, did not finger print any of the alleged crime scene nor did they photograph any part of the alleged crime scene which could have either exonerated completely the defendant or provided additional evidence for the prosecution.
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