Prof. Barbara Barron Comments in Newsday on Evidence Ruling’s Impact in Arson Case

Professor Barbara S. Barron was quoted in the following Newsday article.

Experts: Lacey evidence ruling may hamper prosecution
By Kathleen Kerr
November 24, 2009


Barbara Barron, a former Manhattan prosecutor who is co-director of the trial techniques program at the Hofstra University School of Law, said the loss of the confession and the detective’s testimony does not necessarily spell disaster for the prosecution’s case.

Barron said in the absence of the confession, prosecutors can use circumstantial evidence to help jurors connect the dots.

“You have his car, you have the gas,” Barron said. “If you connect everything, you have a credible case. A lot of times, circumstantial evidence is far stronger than an eyewitness account.”