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Monday, April 28, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Warrick Co. Prosecutor under fire from defense community for repeatedly failing to disclose evidence"

That is the headline to this story in the City-County Observer ("Evansville's True Watchdog!"). The story begins:

Warrick County Prosecutor JoAnne Krantz has come under fire from the defense community in Boonimages-36ville, IN. for repeatedly withholding exculpatory evidence in criminal cases.

In February, the Tri-State Times wrote a piece titled, “Attorneys Speak Out About Warrick County Prosecutor” in which defense attorney Rick Martin said Krantz’s office has failed to turn over evidence in a number of cases, causing dismissals in some. This was followed by a run of articles about specific cases in late February and March where other attorneys argued that Krantz wasn’t providing basic – in some instances, court ordered – information to the defense.

In the initial article Martin, who is also the 8th District Republican Head, cites a specific case related to child pornography that was dismissed after Krantz failed to disclose exculpatory evidence. He used the case to illuminate some of the broader problems in Krantz’s office: During a number of cases over the last few years, Martin says, the Warrick County Prosecutor’s office has failed to provide evidence to the defense even after being specifically asked by the court to do so. “A person who is charged with a crime, has the right to see the evidence that is going to be used against them,” says Martin. He says some cases are handled by other deputies, but it’s ultimately County Prosecutor, Joanne Krantz’s responsibility.

Here is the Feb. 18, 2014 Tristate.com story, headed "Attorneys Speak Out About Warrick County Prosecutor."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 28, 2014 09:24 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts