Here is a brief follow-up on the last post concerning murder conviction rates.
Did you know that Japan exceeds 99% in its successful murder convictions for case brought to trial? The reason given for this is low prosecutorial budgets. There is not enough funding for staffing so prosecutors are compelled to present only those defendants who are obviously guilty. This fact, of course, set me to wondering (yet again) about murders in New Hampshire. Could budget and resources be an issue in the pursuance of murderers? According to Jeff Strelzin, resources for the Stacey Burns are not an issue in the investigation. (See reports of his meeting with Wolfeboro Police Commissioners a while back) What about the Bobbie Miller case?
From 2009 through 2012, there were fifty-five murders committed in New Hampshire. Since these cases range from two to five years old, one could legitimately ask the two-fold question. How many of these murderers have been brought to trial and how many have been convicted? The answer would give us a conviction rate as well as a number of convictions. We know two of the killers haven’t been brought to trial. (Stacey Burns and Bobbie Miller) What about the rest?