A Fulton County, Ga., jury on Monday convicted Scott W. Davis of a 1996 murder less than two hours after a judge rejected defense lawyers’ complaints that prosecutors had an unfair advantage — a live television feed from the courtroom that could be seen and heard on a television in the office of Fulton District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr.
The DA’s ability to see and hear what was going on in the courtroom, possibly during recesses when members of the defense team were the only ones there, will be an issue on appeal, defense attorneys Brian Steel and Bruce H. Morris vowed. Their client was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of millionaire David L. Coffin Jr.
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