Condensing the news: a "sloppy" week
I've been away for several days, so I'm behind on my articles. To make life easier, I'm going to condense the remaining events from last week.
1. Neil Boyd, criminology professor from Simon Fraser U. reviewed Milgaard's case, along with a doctoral student of his back in 1991. They concluded that David's hippie lifestyle and pot smoking worked against him and his friends in the eyes of the police and the media.
2. Criminologist Kim Rossmo, Boyd's former student, testified on Wednesday that the initial forensic analysis in the Miller case was "sloppy." According to Betty Ann Adam, Rossmo said: There was "a huge amount of semen" found on Miller's uniform that was not found by the RCMP in their lab in 1969; he called this a "tremendous oversight."
3. David Asper, Milgaard's former defense lawyer, stated that Milgaard supporters were "sloppy", the Canadian Press stated. Apparently, Milgaard's lawyer Hersh Wolch received information from Michael Breckenridge who had been an employee in the attorney general's office. Breckenridge claimed to have delivered files about Milgaard and Fisher to prosecutor Serge Kujawa in 1971. However, an RCMP investigation later revealed that Breckenridge didn't work for the department during that period of time and determined that his allegations were not substantiated.
Meanwhile, David Milgaard, Joyce Milgaard and Hersh Wolch accused the attorney general's office of being involved in a coverup at a news conference in August 1992; they then requested a public inquiry.
Asper, who worked with Wolch, said he wasn't part of the decision to make those allegations public.