Friday, October 26, 2007

Judge Herlong blasts government for seeking death penalty in the Comfort Inn Fire Case

From the Greenville News:

A federal judge Thursday criticized the U.S. Attorney's Office for wasting as much as $2 million in seeking the death penalty against convicted arsonist Eric Preston Hans, saying prosecutors sought a death sentence they should have known they'd have difficulty winning.

U.S. District Judge Henry Herlong also asked why federal prosecutors didn't seek charges against one of their star witnesses, who in testimony admitted to dealing drugs and being high on methamphetamine on the night his girlfriend and his 15-month-old son died in a Greenville hotel fire that Hans set.

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