The Gazette is reporting on a murder trial in which the public defender representing the defendant has requested a mistrial after testimony by a witness for the prosecution that the defense attorney believes may prejudice the jury. Bertha Melo had formerly been named as a co-defendant in the trial of Ricardo Chalchi-Sevilla, who is accused of first degree murder. In exchange for testimony, she accepted a plea of second degree murder. The judge has ruled that an instruction to the jury to disregard a comment in Ms. Melo’s testimony will be sufficient to maintain the fairness of the trial but the defense attorney believes that the jury may not be able to disregard the comment in question. An argument has arisen between prosecution and defense regarding the reliability of Ms. Melo’s testimony.
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