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No Third Re-trial for Ray Tensing. Feds To Decide Whether Civil Rights Investigation Is Warranted

The New York Times Reports:

After two mistrials, Prosecutor, Joseph T. Deters, said his decision to drop the charges against Ray Tensing is because he spoke to the jurors. Those jurors told him that a unanimous conviction was not possible.  Federal prosecutors will now review the evidence to consider whether a civil rights investigation is warranted.

For other posts on this case, please see;

Tensing’s first trial;

Tensing’s Re-trial

 

Prosecutors To Dismiss Charges Against UVA Student Martese Johnson

The Chicago Defender

Martese Johnson Source: (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) / Getty
Prosecutors will drop charges against the University of Virginia student who was arrested and bloodied by ABC agents in March, NBC12 reports.

The Charlottesville Commonwealth Attorney will ask a judge to dismiss the charges against Martese Johnson, the third-year honor student who was arrested outside a popular bar while celebrating St. Patrick?s Day. The arrest stemmed from a discrepancy with Johnson?s valid state identification card.

According to NBC12:

Court documents obtained by NBC12 showed a review of the facts in the March 18 arrest of Martese Johnson found ?the interest of justice is not served by further prosecution of the defendant.? Prosecutors will ask for an order of Nolle Prosequi, which means they will not go forward with charges at this time.

?In the Commonwealth?s view, the interest of justice and the long term interest of the community are best served by taking…

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