Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

School Nurse Day

Ironically, three weeks from today is designated as School Nurse Day. One week later will be the eighth anniversary of Stacey Burns’ last day on the planet.
Here are portions of another email I received in response to my “Admissable/Inadmissable” blog post. It explains some aspects of the dilemma regarding evidence required for a case to go to court.
I’d only call attention to line 1, which mentions an open case. So, does this place the murder of Stacey Burns in the open-unsolved category and not the cold case category? The mention of a team in the sixth line would seem to indicate this.
I think we all understand the examples of inadmissible evidence mentioned below. However, this does not rule out the possibility that some evidence in the Burns case may not be admissible because of issues with collection. As stated in line one, some questions can not be addressed/answered in and open case. So, we will not know what evidence there is until this case is brought to court.
For now, we can only remember Stacey Burns on School Nurse Day, and then, one week later, on the anniversary of her death, and pray that her killer is caught sooner rather than later.
Here are a few sections of the email.
Some questions can not be answered/addressed in an open case.
In every criminal case, there is admissible and inadmissible evidence.  
The fact that every case has inadmissible evidence does not mean that it was illegally obtained or there is a problem with it.    
Evidence is inadmissible for many reasons that have nothing to do with how it was collected typically based on the rules of evidence.  
Example: (Hearsay, Privileged, Confidential Documents, and Certain Communications).
 
The Stacey Ann Keane Burns case will continue to be staffed with a Team from…
1. The NH Attorney General’s Office
2. The State Police Major Crime Unit
3. The NH Cold Case Unit
 
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