Texas Appeals Court Refused to Reconsider Yates Ruling
by: Rod Rice, November 9, 2005 12:11:00 am
South Texas College of Law professor Susan Crump says there will be a limited sentencing option if Andrea Yates is convicted again. Professor Crump says when the death penalty is off the table there is no jury examination.
Crump says a retrial generally favors the defense because since the burden of proof is on the prosecution its witnesses are already on record and any inconsistencies make it easier to establish reasonable doubt.