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Judge Declares Mistrial After Prosecutor Claims Defendant Tried To Run Her Down

• Jonathan Turley
.... Ahlstrom informed the court that the defendant, William Payne, 48, had tried to kill her by running her over in the street. Johnson denounced the attack as an effort to intimidate the prosecutors who were in the jury selection process for the rape trial. A mistrial was declared. [Payne's bail was revoked and he was immediately tossed into jail.] The problem is that Payne was not in the car and a video tape of the street contradicts the account of Ahlstrom. Yet, the trial was halted, Payne was held in jail for seven days pending investigation, and there is no indication of any discipline for the prosecutor....

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