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Lawyers' group text raises suspicion in second Florida murder

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Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (AP) — Murder prosecutor accused of murdering girlfriend's child as a result of complaining about judge's ruling in group text message involving judge A second trial of the indicted man has been stopped. son. The defense now wants to dismiss the lawsuit outright.

Broward County Judge Peter Holden has been charged with murdering his 3-year-old in 2015 and returning him to his mother in the car seat as if nothing had happened. refused to authorize a 911 call as evidence against Corey Gorden happened.

Assistant State Attorney Katia Palmiot then sent a text to a group of current and former homicide prosecutors complaining about the verdict, South Florida's Sun Sentinel reports.

"Holden only supported their objections and did not allow 911 calls to come in as hearsay," she wrote.

As a former homicide prosecutor appointed to the bench in 2018, the judge remained in his chat with the group. Also, in criminal cases, lawyers are prohibited from speaking to the judge if the defendant's lawyer is not present.

Defense attorney Michael Gottlieb filed a miscarriage of justice on Wednesday, saying in a summary that the 15-year veteran prosecutor had heard she had screwed up "really bad." rice field.

"The judge appeared visibly upset and angry in his eyes," Gottlieb wrote.

Holden questioned prosecutors about his message over the text before declaring him miscarriage of justice.

In May another judge declared a trial error when prosecutors questioned witnesses about Gorden's refusal to testify. Criminal trial jurors are not permitted to consider the defendant's silence as evidence of guilt.

Holden has not set a hearing on Gottlieb's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.