Facebook Photo Leads to Mistrial in Miami Murder Case

Lawyer who posted pic of client's underwear fired, judge declares mistrial

Thursday, Sep 13, 2012  |  Updated 9:39 AM EDT
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A lawyer posted a photo of her client's leopard-print underwear on her Facebook page, prompting a South Florida judge to declare a mistrial in a murder case.
 
The Miami Herald reports 31-year-old public defender Anya Cintron Stern was fired Wednesday.
 
According to the newspaper Stern snapped a photo of the underwear with her cell phone as corrections officers inspected a bag of clothing Fermin Recaide's family had brought for him to wear to the trial. Officials say the caption suggested the family believed it was "proper attire for trial.''

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But someone saw the photo and reported it to Miami-Dade Judge Leon Firtel, who declared a mistrial.
 
Recaide is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend in 2010.
 
The judge must assign a new lawyer and set a new trial date.

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