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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:33 PM

Meanwhile, Orange County, Florida, next door gets a chance for a new ST. Attorney.

Notice that their one concern is bringing cases before the court that can't be won. Gee, maybe they should hire a forensics expert and beef up their detective department?

State attorney hopefuls meet for Orlando roundtable


Candidates seeking to replace Lawson Lamar as State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit met in downtown Orlando for a roundtable discussion Wednesday, but the incumbent didn't attend.

In a forum organized by the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association, Ryan Williams, Jeff Ashton and Joerg Jaeger laid out differing views of the role of the state attorney, the importance of conviction rates and Lamar's job performance.

Ashton, who gained national attention as a prosecutor in the Casey Anthony murder trial, stressed the importance of being more selective in determining which cases merit going to before a jury.

"A lot of these cases are being tried and lost that never should have been tried at all," Ashton. He and Williams, also a former assistant state attorney, both said they'd take on a more hands-on role in individual cases if elected

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-21/news/os-state-attorney-candidate-forum-20120321_1_jeff-ashton-state-attorney-law-enforcement

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Reply Meanwhile, Orange County, Florida, next door gets a chance for a new ST. Attorney. (Original post)
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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:40 PM

1. I don't believe the prosecutors office

is responsible for hiring the State Forensics or Police officials. The prosecutors job is to prosecute cases that have merit.

The problem with some prosecutors like Jeff Ashton is that they start to like the attention they receive from the morons and ghouls that hang on these cases 24/7 and the TV time that it generates.

Casey Anthony was at it's heart a case of over charging, there was never any evidence of pre-meditation or any other death penalty criteria and the idiots went forward with it anyway because it generated a lot of cheering from the idiot brigade.

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:46 PM

2. But you're assuming that another legal agency wouldn't have done a better job of collecting evidence

Look at the Trayvon Martin case. If there is a weakness in the way they gather evidence, then police departments can control which cases will make it to court, and which ones won't before it even gets to the State Attorney's Office.

We have, yet, another example of how police departments are responsible for the inequalities in our jail system.

And by the way, our State ATtorney's offices are lax. For example, they have the power to enforce the Public Records law against public agencies, but they don't. So they don't get any sympathy from me.

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