verdict concludes years of work by many dedicated professionals in many
separate and intersecting investigations. Today’s verdict is the
product of an honorable process, in which every accused individual is presumed
innocent until proven otherwise. And today’s verdict, while disappointing
to some, is proof that our judicial system works.
was a complex, difficult case. In some cases, jurors are asked to make
simple assessments akin to black versus white. In other cases, however,
jurors are asked to consider matters involving various shades of gray, where
the right answer may be difficult to find but where prosecutors must
nonetheless find their probable cause and follow the facts to wherever they
lead. This case fell squarely into the latter category.
presented our evidence and made our arguments in a court of law, despite the
many impediments placed in our path. As a result, this important matter
was heard in the public forum of our State Court system, a verdict was rendered
by eight citizens of this State, and the defendant was found not guilty.
That is how our system works, and here it worked just as it should. No
matter the outcome, then, we succeeded in doing our job.
want to thank the prosecution team of Chou Chou Collins, Fred Burmester, and
Sam Sutton, as well as our fantastic support staff and the investigative teams
from the FBI. Throughout it all, they maintained their professionalism
and focus, and in that respect aided and allowed the judicial process to play
out fairly and publicly as it must.