*Significant discrepancies in police reports
*Unfiled police reports
Although it does not garner the same public concern, defense attorneys all over the nation deal with these type of scenarios on a daily basis. However alarming it may be, this type of scenario is commonplace within our justice system. This report demonstrates the importance of objective and thorough investigation.
Imagine the opposite situation-- what if after only two hours of investigation, mounting evidence supporting the contrary, the coroner concluded foul play was present and someone was charged with a capital offense? What if because of a conclusory investigation, a Coroner overlooked a suicide note, or a bottle of prescription medicine, or anything else that indicated that a wound was self-inflicted? Investigation designed to confirm the suspicions of an individual investigator/officer, rather than to seek the truth objectively is always going to be problematic.
It is my hope that this report serves to enlighten the public regarding some of the problems inherent in the system-- particularly the damage that "jumping to conclusions" can have on the lives of both victims and those charged with a crime.
Fresno County Grand Jury Report, dated March 2nd, 2010
"Report Assails Conclusions in Fresno Woman's Death"