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Criminal Justice

Even if ex-NFL player Hernandez didn’t fire gun, prosecutors will deal with others, lawyer predicts

Jul 3, 2013, 05:52 pm CDT


If "orchestrated" is the "interesting choice of words" Rudolf thinks is important, "orchestrated" is not inconsistent with "shot." Often, the two go hand in hand. Prosecutors also go after the weakest link more commonly than they go after the biggest name, although the person with the biggest name often is the weakest link because he has the most to lose. The Ray Lewis case is a good example. They will flip the person who is easiest to flip, in other words, and if everyone is willing to deal they will choose the best witness (i.e., the one with the shortest rap sheet). After all, they still have to try the case and that's never a slam dunk. The Ray Lewis case is an example of that as well. Everything else equal, prosecutors also want the shooter more than the accomplices, but everything else may not be equal. I'm sure the prosecutors in this case know what happened, and how they plan to proceed, but I've been impressed with the way they've been able to keep a lid on that information. This story stopped being front page material pretty quickly, and that's unusual.

By Pushkin on 2013 07 03, 8:11 pm CDT

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