Thursday, March 09, 2006

Good week for the Third!

Two big wins from the Shawnee County Public Defender Office last week. First, Cindy Sewell got an acquittal in State v. Quiralte, on the charge of battery against a LEO. Then Stacey Donovan and Wendell Betts got an acquittal on State v. Hernandez, on the charge of involuntary manslaughter. This Topeka Capital-Journal article starts off:

A Shawnee County District Court jury took less than 90 minutes Wednesday to acquit Harold Ernest Hernandez of killing his best friend when he punched him on Oct. 14 as the two argued in a North Topeka neighborhood. The jury of 10 women and two men delivered the not guilty verdict at 4 p.m. A teary-eyed Hernandez hugged Stacey Donovan and shook hands with Wendell Betts, who were his public defenders.

Be sure to let me know about good stories like this from district court--I like to know and I like to pass them on!

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