Tuesday, January 25, 2005

"Mexican Mafia" -- prosecutorial misconduct?

In closing argument the prosecutor emphasized that defendants Ramirez-Garcia and Gonzalez "could be" members of the Mexican mafia. The only evidence was a speculative remark by one witness. Division 2 found this to be prosecutorial misconduct and ordered a new trial. State v. Ramirez-Garcia, 2005 WL 45541 (Wash. App. Jan. 11, 2005) (unpublished).

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