Michael Ascher, Partner in the firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, appeared as Guest Legal Commentator earlier this month, on TruTV's premier show, Best Defense, hosted by Jami Floyd, former lawyer and prominent news anchor and analyst. The CNN IN SESSION segment airs live every weekday and is currently following the progress of the "anti-freeze" murder trial: Mark Jensen vs. the State of Wisconsin. At key points during the analysis of the proceedings, the show's host turned to Mr. Ascher, who made several critical points regarding testimony potentially harmful to the defense and explained how he would handle the defense strategy. In one instance, prosecutors introduced evidence the defense classified as "hearsay." Ascher pointed out that was particularly troublesome and should not be admissible. "Hearsay" is the legal term that describes statements made outside of court but sought to be admitted at the trial without the defendant testifying. As Mr. Ascher pointed out, "This type of testimony denies a defendant the right to confrontation." This right to confrontation is a constitutional requirement that the government prove its case through live testimony that is subject to cross-examination.
Jensen's trial is in its final stages as defense lawyers contend that 40 year-old Julie Jensen committed suicide and tried to frame her husband for murder. Prosecutors allege that Julie died of ethylene glycol poisoning, or anti-freeze, and that Mark Jensen poisoned, then suffocated her in their Pleasant Prairie home on December 3, 1998.
Ascher's sharp insights on criminal law and lucid answers to criminal defense questions in TV and Radio interviews and commentary are the reason top media representatives contact him to appear on the air to discuss legal matters. To contact Michael Ascher, call 973-586-4903 or send him email firstname.lastname@example.org.