Case Detail
CitationState v. Speer, 212 P.3d 787 (Ariz. 2009)
CrimeMurder
StateAZ
Pros. First NameJeannette
Pros. Last NameGallagher
FederalNo
Trial Year2007
BodySupreme court
OpinionThe Arizona Supreme Court found prosecutor misconduct in a murder trial but ruled harmless error. "Outside the presence of the judge and jury but in earshot of Speer, the prosecutor told a female defense attorney to be careful about contracting gonorrhea from Speer. . . .Whatever her motivations, the prosecutor's statement was entirely unprofessional." The Court concluded the misconduct was insufficient to vacate the conviction: "The prosecutor made at least one unprofessional comment outside the presence of the jury. . . . [T]his statement alone does not warrant a new trial, nor does the record demonstrate other persistent and pervasive misconduct."
Determination Year2009
Misconduct TypeT
C/S EffectNo effect
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
Web linkhttps://www.courtlistener.com/ariz/5rPt/state-v-speer/