Former Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson, who was the initial prosecutor assigned to the case, had this to say about the verdict:
"As a former deputy DA who prosecuted Kelly Soo Park from the beginning, I am intimately familiar with the facts and evidence in this case. I am appalled by yesterday's verdict. My first priority was always to seek justice for Juliana's memory and for her family. With yesterday's tragic verdict, it feels like the Redding family lost their daughter all over again. I am heartsick at the grief they must be enduring, and I grieve along with them. After 18 years as deputy DA, I can tell you this: good prosecutors and cops toil every day to see to it that the justice system works. But it's a human system, and sometimes it falters. Yesterday, when Kelly Soo Park walked out of that courtroom, the system failed Juliana, failed her family, and failed us. The Redding family, God willing, will heal. But Park will forever have to live with the knowledge of what she did, and with her conscience--if she has one."I know there are many T&T readers that do not understand how the jury came to their verdict. In the next few days, I will give a detailed synopsis of the testimony and arguments presented at trial, as well as the evidence that was ruled inadmissible by Judge Kennedy for both sides. So look for that upcoming entry on T&T. Please understand that I will not be giving an opinion on the evidence or arguments, just presenting them in an understandable manner so that T&T readers can come to their own conclusions.
Today, I have lots of emails to return as well as finish my thank you notes to every single reader who donated to my trial coverage costs. In the mean time, I've put up two polls for T&T readers to vote on.
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Below are two polls for T&T readers to consider.
Who Proved Their Case?
How Would You Have Voted?
Note: All this time I had an incorrect spelling for the first name of DDA Stacy Okun-Wiese. All entries have been corrected where her first name was mentioned. I apologize for the error. Sprocket
Second Note: I corrected the wording on the poll to accurately reflect the law. A defendant is never required to "prove" their case. I apologize.