Facebook photo leads to mistrial in murder case

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM

MIAMI -- A lawyer posted a photo of her client’s leopard-print underwear on her Facebook page, prompting a South Florida judge to declare a mistrial in a murder case.

 

The Miami Herald reports that public defender Anya Cintron Stern was fired Wednesday.

According to the newspaper, Stern snapped a photo of the underwear with her cell phone as corrections officers inspected a bag of clothing Fermin Recaide’s family had brought for him to wear to the trial. Officials say the caption suggested the family believed it was “proper attire for trial.”

But someone saw the photo and reported it to the judge, who declared a mistrial. Recaide is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend in 2010.

The judge must now assign a new lawyer and set a new trial date.

 

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