Saturday, December 12, 2015

Stubblefield conviction upheld

On Wednesday, the trial judge rejected Anna Stubblefield's motion to have her conviction overturned.
Superior Court Judge Siobhan Teare on Wednesday denied Stubblefield's motion to set aside the jury's guilty verdict and either grant her a judgment of acquittal or a new trial. Stubblefield, 46, of West Orange, was convicted on Oct. 2 of two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault.
In issuing her decision, Teare said that, given the evidence in the case, she would not overturn the jury's verdict. According to Teare, Stubblefield has failed to show the conviction was an injustice.
"Based upon the evidence that was presented during the trial, a reasonable jury could have found and did indeed find that the defendant was guilty of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt," said Teare, according to an audio recording of Wednesday's hearing.
The judge also said jurors were able to judge the credibility of all of the witnesses, including Stubblefield, and "accord their testimony its due weight."
Given the evidence, including Stubblefield's own testimony, it is difficult to see how the jury could have come to a different verdict.
 Stubblefield is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 15. As a first-degree offender, Stubblefield is facing a potential state prison term of between 10 and 20 years on each count for a maximum possible sentence of 40 years.
That she was rightfully found guilty does not justify such a sentence, not just in her case but for tens hundreds of thousands of people rightfully convicted* but wrongfully sentenced to pointlessly cruel prison terms.

*think as well of all the hundreds of thousands languishing in our gulag archipelago who were wrongfully convicted

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