What are the odds without collusion

Asked over 1 year ago - Sayreville, NJ

two opposing attorneys who have almost 50 years of experience litigating the facts in a court of law between them . Accidentally or even negligently missed seeing and hearing 25 of the exact same inconsistent statements By way of two different police officers . In two different police reports . From two different police departments . How could this happen without collusion ?

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  1. Lawrence Michael Centanni


    Contributor Level 12


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    Answered . I agree with the previous attorney. In addition, and more importantly, the attorneys could have allowed in statements and exhibits because it may be because of their legal strategy. For there to be collusion or insinuate the same, you must have more evidence.

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  2. Rixon Charles Rafter III

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . FYI--not all facts matter. Not all inconsistencies matter.

    Could be the 25 inconsistent statements were immaterial to the case in terms of impacting the final outcome. With 50 years of expertise, one would imagine the attorneys can distinguish between that which matters and that which does not.

    Could be they missed the details. Two different officers, two different police reports, two different police departments compounds the liklihood of missing something.

    Could be they colluded and conspired to decive the court and the defendant--but you'd need a LOT more than what you posted here even to begin making that assertion.

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  3. Joshua Sachs

    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . Inconsistencies of some sort are to be expected when different people describe a situation and jurors know and invariably understand and recognize this. Emphasising every little inconsistency is likely to convince a jury that you have no real ammunition and are desperately trying to make something out of nothing. I am not familiar with the details of the case that you describe, but my initial impression is that the lawyers probably handled the matter in the best way possible, and that course you suggest might have been very unwise. I do not see any indication of impropriety based on your recitation.

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