---Ted Hamm in “The Indypendent”
A senior reporter and now a college
don at a small but esteemed Brooklyn institution of higher learning >>> bells the cat <<< about the “[re]trial by ambush” of Chanel Lewis
“Mid-trial disclosure of significant scientific evidence is trial-by-ambush and makes a mockery of a defendant’s right to a fair trial.... What is the defense supposed to do when sandbagged in this manner?”
--- Former Prosecutor, and now a top tier advocate for the improperly convicted
Hamm also gives some detailed dirt about the OCME’s Margaret Prial, who testified at both the trial and retrial of Chanel Lewis, but had some very new material in her presentation for the prosecution at the second trial of the diminutive young black man from Brooklyn
This is what the journalism professor in the County of Kings chose to make his lead in a recent article about a terrible miscarriage of justice in the County of Queens: “At the outset of day four (Thursday, March 21) of the retrial of Chanel Lewis for the murder of Karina Vetrano, Queens prosecutor Brad Leventhal walked over to the defense table with paperwork in his hand…. concerned…. Leventhal then told Judge Michael Aloise that they had just received the new findings. Aloise advised the defense that since there was no motion to include the evidence, there was nothing for him to rule on at that point. But on day six (Tuesday, March 26), Aloise, a https://indypendent.org/2019/04/queens-da-makes-a-mockery-of-due-process-in-chanel-lewis-trial-2/]).
Professor Hamm's article included statements from several top defendants' advocates indicating that the late disclosure of the additional material from a new report by OCME Medical Examiner Margaret Prial was very prejudicial to the rights of the accused and was a direct violation of the Criminal Procedure law of the State of New York. And that Dr. Prial's new [changed] testimony might well have led to the conviction of Chanel Lewis.
Ted Hamm's piece also contained some key pieces of negative history involving Dr. Prial's shifting testimony in other cases.