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A Court of Appeals in Washington State has found that deputy prosecutor John Neeb from the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office committed misconduct that was “so flagrant and ill-intentioned that no instruction could have erased their combined prejudicial effect.” The Belligham Herald reports that the three-judge panel overturned Larry Tarrer’s convictions for first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter after finding “multiple episodes of prosecutorial misconduct” during closing arguments in his 2010 trial.

The Court found Neeb improperly shifted the burden of proof from the prosecution to the defendant, trivialized the reasonable doubt standard and improperly infused nationalism and religion into the case by invoking the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The Court reversed the convictions on April 2nd, 2013. The state has indicated that it will retry the Tarrer.
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