The appeal of a murder conviction is focusing on a nearly 20-minute courtroom demonstration in which one Texas prosecutor tied another to a bloody mattress to depict the state's theory that Susan Wright restrained and stabbed her husband. "As soon as that demonstration was completed, [prosecutors] sacrificed her right to a fair trial on the altar of high drama," says one attorney. The lead prosecutor defends the re-enactment, saying, "The bed is a murder weapon just as much as the knife is."
Appeal Hangs on Grisly Murder Re-Enactment
November 19, 2004