Murder conviction in Chandra Levy case in jeopardy?
Legal experts weigh in on closed hearings
- Duration 8:01
- Date Jan 25, 2013
Legal experts weigh in on closed hearings
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A story that rocked Washington and the country more than a decade ago back in the spotlight today a judge has.
Been holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the murder -- -- -- Levy the intern who went missing in May of 2001.
Her skeletal remains found in the DC park one year later.
The -- captured the nation's attention because of Levy's affair with then -- -- Gary Condit.
Though he was grilled by investigators police ruled out Condit as a suspect -- years later.
Convicted sex offender in -- one DK.
Was found guilty inlet Levy's murder he was convicted largely -- it.
His testimony or the testimony of witnesses.
And it's that testimony that could be at issue in the secret hearings prosecutors and defense lawyers aren't saying much.
But when asked for comment Levy's parents say.
While they have concerns about one DK going -- they don't want an innocent man behind bars bringing in our legal panel now.
Esther -- she's criminal defense attorney and for -- TC is a former federal prosecutor.
And fresh start with you on this what is it that prosecutors could be looking for in these closed hearings in and what might they find that could turn this case around.
Well so we're we're not really sure we're kind of trying to look into the sealed box and figure out what's going on but there's a couple of of things to tell us give us some idea first the ball.
The judges indicated that there are safety concerns and they've also been told that there's questions that the government has now gotten and given to the judge and the the defense lawyer.
About the credibility of the witnesses and maybe you have to remember that one of the key witnesses against this defendant.
Was a jailhouse -- name -- -- you testified that the guide admitted damn minute and and confession to crime.
Now of another person in the jail has evidence that Morales is other told him what the Morales was lying and that person's life could be in -- in danger.
And although the public has a right to know what's going on these cases.
You know oftentimes for safety shake that sometimes the court asked -- -- -- -- that's what you're -- so that safety sake is for the family of whose family now.
No I actually think the safety -- -- because I think what happened is that someone Nelson president.
Is now on the government that there's questions about this -- -- she's also still in prison.
And that person's life may be in danger.
Now Esther managed would it was my understanding I thought that when -- was in prison for other charges on other charges as well also.
What is this idea that he could possibly go free if exonerated in this case.
-- I'm not sure what the other charges are what's holding him I know he was sentenced to sixteen years for the murder of Chandra -- show at bike and it it -- other -- Israel expire and this case is resolved.
We have an acquittal or or -- -- of his sentence which.
This is all speculation we don't exactly know what's going on an -- as frank sent settle at eight could result.
Yes everything is if the government finds that there on witness list not credible and for what ever reason sentence is located.
Then if he has served out the remaining sentences.
And he could be free you we have gets a lot of X bit where we get -- Teddy and we don't even know that.
That this is -- That meetings are -- -- me thinking it is because that's what seems to make the most sense from the outside.
But again we don't really know which is a little bit of the problem obviously if there's a -- -- issue for eight potential.
At -- and a snitch then you have the marshals are very good and they can put an incentive for the Bureau of Prisons are very can make him put him in some -- sort of protective custody.
But it -- Question we don't know Chandra -- Stanley doesn't know it I think they have the right now since they are that they.
In this case and it's Indies -- meetings these hearings are very super super super secret highly sensitive of course -- -- -- if you on this went.
What information could.
Be found to impeach the credibility of the witness.
While this witness already suffered from a lack of credibility he -- snatched and he's in jail for other crimes so.
-- his his veracity is already being impeached I'm sure in the trial but.
I don't know what else he -- he -- that the -- could have said well I'll I'll get someone else up for time off my sentence.
We don't know -- you you know when when prosecutors make deals with snitching is.
You -- -- dogs -- get fleas -- you're not dealing with it made the cream of society so.
You know what's gonna come out of a -- yes and you.
You know and and they're making deals to get.
Timeout stern sentence people sell their mothers in order to get time off there and -- very -- when -- got to be careful what you what you trust.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Aren't in prison to snitch on their cell mates so you know one.
Those are the people you're stuck with.
All right moving on announce yet another legal case in the spotlight in New York Rangers fans seen in a viral video showing his brutal beating me.
-- he is suing his attacker in the Philadelphia bar really disturbing video by the way.
The Philadelphia -- suing them as well he says kept serving his drug assailant drink after drink after drink.
And -- a police officer director decorated.
Iraq War vet.
In a routine is his last name -- -- GOP's.
Saying that he has suffered and still suffering headaches and -- digit.
Vision this is a year after the attack and his lawsuit claims the flyers fan in this case is David Terry Dennis the -- Here he is he ran up a 226.
Bar tab at a neighborhood joint air before the violent confrontation.
Again I want to warn you that you may find itself on video of the attack.
So as this playing here's what's going on -- -- -- says he filed a suit because.
He believes he has become the poster child for fan on fan violence is happening too often.
Incidents like this he's hoping won't happen again in the future.
So I'll start review on this when Fred what sort of charges might be attacker face.
What wall forcible on me was there's there's a criminal cited -- case but now what you're seeing is the civil side and what happened as his police officer who was badly beaten.
Brings a lost -- I beat you live to -- them any money and against the -- who said who served in the strength they -- -- understand -- this is self build up its 25 blocks from where I'm sitting here.
Any 225 dollar bar -- This -- the upper east side of Manhattan 225 bucks buys a lot of -- and why that's important is because.
Under the -- and checked that to these laws in Pennsylvania if you're bar owner and you sure someone who's visibly intoxicated.
Then you can be held liable and the other thing yet understand is -- -- he's a very tough -- very tough.
Lot of fan on fan violence here and if you're borrowing -- you you reasonably can proceeded to view over -- some guy donut on game day there's going to be a fight.
Those who answered your if your this bar owner how do you defend yourself in this case.
I I think today that this prosecution against the bar is just going a little too far -- agree to the prosecution against it.
They attacker if they can prove that I believe he's already conceded that it was hand.
But the bar a bar and turned out that what someone is gonna do when he -- the bar.
Drunk or not.
How did how do you know -- -- the dram shop act is really intended to prevent drunk drivers from hitting innocent victims on their way home.
But this so much and dragging and how -- they know that.
He's missed any it's gonna get in his head to -- attack -- Rangers again -- -- it it seems like quite a little.
Connecticut's front serving an intoxicated and making it reasonable -- -- reasonably foreseeable that he's going to attack.
Another person from the other team because it's game day I think that's just too much of a strategy that when you look at it and I don't know that they.
226 dollars if that was just -- hand.
-- that was for an entire party I was thinking that think.