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Friday, November 19, 2004

Roundup


Attorney Noah Geary and David Munchinski Posted by Hello

A hearing on David Munchinski's request for bail gets play in several papers. The Uniontown Herald-Standard, Associated Press and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review all run pretty similar stories on the hearing. The Trib goes further with a sidebar on Attorney Noah Geary's request for attorney fees, which could total as much as $500,000.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Still waiting


David Munchinski Posted by Hello

A visiting judge heard arguments today in Pittsburgh on whether David Munchinski should be freed on bail after 20 years in prison.

Last month, Judge Barry Feudale reversed Munchinski's conviction for a double murder in Fayette County in 1977, citing evidence of rampant prosecutorial misconduct. But the state appealed the decision and at Thursday's hearing, Feudale indicated he might not be able to free Munchinski until that appeal is resolved.

Bill Moushey's investigation of the Munchinski case uncovered evidence showing the key eyewitness against Munchinski was't even in Pennsylvania on the night of the killings, blood found at the scene doesn't match Munchinski and police ignored other likely suspects.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

He said/she said


Kevin Baruxes Posted by Hello

The San Diego Union-Tribune runs a two-day series on Kevin Baruxes, who was sentenced to life for a sexual assault he didn't commit. It's a familiar story: a sympathetic accuser gives dramatic testimony against an less-than-sympathetic defendant (Baruxes, by all accounts, was a racist punk) who doesn't testify on his behalf. After seven years in prison, the woman recanted her story to her husband and Baruxes was freed.