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Police Sirens

An appeals court in Texas ruled against a man convicted of evading arrest, finding that a siren the jury heard while deliberating is not “other evidence” that would require a new trial. In his defense, the man said he hadn’t heard the cop’s sirens until he was right behind him. A juror told his lawyers after the trial they figured if they could hear a siren from the 15th floor of a building, the defendant could have heard the siren of the police car chasing him.

AUSTIN — An appeals court in Texas ruled against a man convicted of evading arrest, finding that a siren the jury heard while deliberating is not “other evidence” that would require a new trial. In his defense, the man said he hadn’t heard the cop’s sirens until he was right behind him. A juror told his lawyers after the trial they figured if they could hear a siren from the 15th floor of a building, the defendant could have heard the siren of the police car chasing him.

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