Ex-Youth Center Intern Says She Was Told to Destroy Notes

A former intern at New Hampshire’s youth detention center says a supervisor suggested she destroy her notes and lie about a teen’s sexual assault allegation. And though she reported the boy’s claim to state investigators and police, it wasn’t included in an annual report that state officials submitted to the federal government.

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Cellphone Evidence

A New Jersey state appeals court overturned a man’s assault conviction as unjust after the trial court refused to allow the jury to see a cellphone video of the defendant’s family’s interaction with police at the scene of the crime. The video directly rebutted the prosecutor’s claim that family members lied about their attempt to speak to the police, and contradicted police claims that they thoroughly canvassed the area for witnesses.

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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.

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Surveillance Videos

A federal court in Florida ordered the destruction of “unlawfully obtained” surveillance footage of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, recorded between Jan. 18 and Jan. 22, 2019. The order, requested on behalf of a John Doe, pertains to video that allegedly shows New England Patriots owner Rovert Kraft of engaging in paid sex acts. Prosecutors last year dropped charges against Kraft relating to the prostitution sting.

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