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Monday, July 23, 2012
Mississippi trial -- back to square-1? (flawed case against Curtis Flowers goes on and on and on...)
A crumbling cover-up: Mississippi prosecutor hides the truth about his star witness
Troubled prosecutor Doug Evans
By Alan Bean, Friends of Justice
If you want to understand just how flawed the case against Curtis Flowers is, consider the state’s failed conspiracy to conceal the sad truth about its star witness.
The defense attorneys representing Curtis Flowers have filed a supplemental motion for a new trial. As previously reported on this blog, Patricia Sullivan, the state’s key witness against Mr. Flowers was convicted on eight counts of income tax fraud in early 2011 and sentenced to 36 months in federal prison. But Ms. Sullivan was indicted on February 17, a full four months before Curtis Flowers was convicted in Winona, and therein lies the problem.
At a pre-trial hearing in the Flowers case, defense counsel filed a standard request for updated criminal histories on all state witnesses. District Attorney Doug Evans gave assurances that he had turned over all the information in his possession.