In his 11 days of testimony, Reiser offered lengthy and verbose explanations for every piece of circumstantial evidence. But Reiser's version of events often drew disbelieving head shakes from jurors — and occasional smirks from the trial judge.
In a characteristic exchange under cross-examination, Reiser tried to explain why he'd removed and discarded the passenger seat from his two-seater Honda CRX after Nina vanished. His explanation: He'd been sleeping in the vehicle, and wanted the extra room. Asked why he hosed down the inside of the car, leaving an inch of water on the floorboard, he explained that the interior was dirty, and he mistakenly believed the water would drain out.
No, Snyder, they rail-roaded him because they could. They could because he's an unsympathetic computer nerd who might have Asperger's syndrome, and acts like it.
It is a common misconception that you cannot prove murder without a body. This error is the result of a misinterpretion of the legal term corpus delicti. Many people think this term means the body of a murdered person, when in fact, it means the body of evidence that proves a crime occured. Although it is difficult to convict someone of murder without the body of the victim, it happens, and it is happening more and more often due to advances in forensic science.
McGowan asked, "So what's the verdict going to be?"
Cardoza sighed. "It's going to be guilty. But what is (he) guilty of? My guess, if you put me on the spot, second-degree murder -- and they won't come back soon. They're not working Fridays, so my guess will be next Thursday."
McGowan asked what any sentence for second-degree murder would be, and Cardoza said, "15 to life." First-degree murder is 25 years to life and voluntary manslaughter is a term of up to 12 years, Cardoza said. (The state penal code, however, says "voluntary manslaughter is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or eleven years." If Reiser is convicted of voluntary manslaughter, Goodman would have to choose between the three possible terms after weighing any aggravating or mitigating circumstances).
Cardoza said, "If they get voluntary manslaughter, I think the defense has really won in this case, because he'll serve 12 years, a portion of that 12 years."
"That's not where reasonable doubt comes into play. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt."
I know that and you know that. The quoted poster doesn't seem to know that.
verb, you weren't the quoted poster, and innocent until proven guilty wasn't the topic of discussion.
Is washing the interior of a car out with a hoise really that unusual? I do the interior of my truck all the time at the U-Do car wash. Mind you at 30C and 10%RH it dries out fast but still this doesn't seem all that weird to me.
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