Thursday, January 7, 2010

More discovery, more prejudicial delay for Francisco Torres' case

In the last remaining San Francisco 8 case, that of Francisco (Cisco) Torres, the defense team revealed that the prosecution produced an additional 400 pages of discovery on New Year's Eve 2009. That discovery includes internal police memoranda which point to the existence of documents that have not yet been produced, identified, or noted to be lost or destroyed.

The additional delay provides an opportunity to discover more facts, documents, and evidence of the mishandling of evidence by the San Francisco police and the FBI, according to Cisco's attorney, Chuck Bourdon. This additional evidence will strengthen the defense argument that the case must be dismissed for unjustified prosecutorial delay which has prejudiced Cisco's right to a fair trial.

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