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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ind. Courts - "Judge hears arguments on how much former prosecutor can help in David Camm murder case"

Harold Adams reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal:

The special judge presiding over the third murder trial of David Camm said Wednesday he will decide “as quickly as I can” on how much involvement Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson may have in the proceedings.

Judge Jonathan Dartt heard arguments from Camm attorney Stacy Uliana and Special Prosecutor Stanley Levco on the defense team’s motion to prohibit Henderson from helping Levco with the case. * * *

Henderson was removed from the case last November by the Indiana Court of Appeals, which agreed with a defense claim that his efforts to write a book about the case while a conviction of Camm was still on appeal amounted to a conflict of interest.

After Levco was appointed to take over the case, Dartt instructed Henderson to hand the case file over to the new prosecutor and to “fully cooperate in his review and investigation of the file and this case.”

Camm’s attorneys have objected, saying that allowing Henderson to do anything more than hand over the files to Levco would inject his conflicted interest into the proceeding.

Doing more than handing over the case file would go against the purpose of the appeals court ruling, Uliana said. “The more Mr. Levco feels he has to rely on Mr. Henderson, the more the conflict,” she said.

Levco countered that “it almost doesn’t make logical sense … that I couldn’t review witnesses” with Henderson and discuss insights with him. “I don’t believe I should be prohibited from talking to him,” Levco said. He also said any consultation with Henderson would be minimal.

WAVE's story is headed "Camm’s defense argues Henderson could 'infect' new prosecutor."

And, in an April 6th story by Maureen Hayden in the News & Tribune on the "computer error at the state revenue department," this information:

Floyd County will receive $2,739,253 due to the state’s error. Floyd County Council President Ted Heavrin was pleasantly surprised by the announcement. Floyd County has been bracing for a third David Camm murder trial which officials said will cost about $1 million.
Here is a very long list of earlier ILB entries on David Camm.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 19, 2012 09:19 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts