Galveston: Robbery acquittal leads to policy changes

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by Chris Paschenko / The Daily News

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Posted on July 18, 2011 at 1:04 PM

GALVESTON, Texas — The district attorney’s office has implemented policy changes after a judge ordered the acquittal of a robbery defendant and accused the state of secreting a 911 tape from the defense.

The policy changes followed accusations from attorney Jyll Rekoff in her defense of Joshua Dwayne Bledsoe. Rekoff claimed the state withheld an audiotape of a store clerk’s emergency 911 call to Texas City police.

The clerk claimed at trial she could identify the defendant, but in her 911 tape, she told police the man wore a ski mask and she couldn’t even determine his race during a Jan. 16, 2010, armed robbery at a Dollar General store in Texas City.

During the June trial, 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss told the jury that the state "secreted" evidence, including the 911 tape, from the defense. Criss then granted Rekoff’s motion for a directed verdict and ordered the jury to find Bledsoe not guilty, saying there wasn’t enough evidence of his guilt.
 

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