Anyone seeking evidence that DAs sometimes do not play by the rules
needs to go no further than the DA who prosecuted (persecuted?) the
Duke University lacrosse players who were accused of rape. He withheld
exculpatory evidence, just as did the DA who prosecuted Ira. In my own
neighborhood, an innocent man spent FOUR YEARS behind bars before he
was able to get a competent, diligent attorney who revealed that the
evidence the DA had presented was largely bogus. In most such
instances, the DA is under considerable pressure, and they would
certainly prefer nailing someone who is innocent to nailing no one.
The problem usually is that once they have someone in custody, they
stop following other leads. In Ira's case, there were a gazillion
people with motive, means, and opportunity. I don't know that the
Philly DA investigated any of them.
Jim Sorrells, Guerneville, CA