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Criminal Practice — Involuntary Manslaughter – Judges – Mention of Public Defender – Trailer Fire – Proximate Cause (access required)

In the presence of the jury venire, the trial judge inadvertently mentioned that defendant’s counsel was from the public defender’s office. The jury could not reasonably infer the trial court’s introduction of the parties to be an opinion on a factual issue in the case. Although defendant speculates that the status of a public defender ...

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