CAAF affirmed the Air Force Court in a 3-2 opinion in Lloyd, available here.  Judge Erdmann wrote the majority opinion.  Chief Judge Effron, joined by Judge Baker, dissented.

More later.

3 Responses to “CAAF affirms Air Force Court in Lloyd”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Anyone think, that if the defense attorney had provided more evidence as the Court suggests vis-a-vis the need for a blood splatter expert, that the Court would have just said, well, clearly counsel understood this very well, so they don’t need an expert?

    We aren’t talking asking for a false confession’s expert or a something similarly specious here. It’s a blood splatter expert in a case with…blood splatter.

    Just like in US v. Huntzinger, where the Court was hunky dory with the trial judge telling the defense, you don’t need a computer forensic expert (even though government has one) and if you do, just use government’s expert.

    I understand it costs money, but we’ve gone too far the other way in denying experts to defense.

  2. Cloudesley Shovell says:

    It’s pretty apparent from Chief Judge Effron’s recitation of the facts that he thinks that Lloyd got railroaded by James. Even the majority’s recounting of the facts seems designed to cast doubt on the outcome of the case.

    But then a guilty verdict does not mean that the accused is, in fact, the person who committed the charged offense. It only means that the jury believed beyond a reasonable doubt that he was guilty based upon the evidence at trial, which is all that’s required.

    Still, I’m curious why the jury believed James when his own stepfather testified and called him a liar.

  3. Clint Eubanks says:

    I was at this trial. I never talked to any of the jurors, but my best guess is that they relied on the video from the bar. The fight itself wasn’t clear, but you could see the two gentlemen leaving the fight. Only one of them looked like he was running away because he just stabbed someone. Also, Soto’s testimony made it fairly clear that only Lloyd could have been the one that stabbed him. Additionally, he felt Lloyd “punch” him a handful of times on one side of his abdomen, and guess what, he had a handful of stab wounds on that same side. And despite the spillover instruction, it had to be pretty easy for the jury to believe that if Lloyd stabbed Soto, he probably stabbed the other two.