Trial of J. P. Marsh
|People v. Jacques Pierre Marsh, a/k/a "J. P. Marsh"|
|Court||St. Anthony County Superior Court|
|Full case name||People of the Province of the Gold Coast v. Jacques Pierre Marsh, a/k/a "J. P. Marsh"|
|Decided||March 5, 1996|
Not Proven in violation of Penal Code Section 14-A (homicide), a felony upon Stacie Lee Marsh, a human being.|
Not Proven in violation of Penal Code Section 14-A (homicide), a felony upon Kenny Graham Hall, a human being.
Acquittal of J. P. Marsh|
Retried as civil case as Hall v. J. P. Marsh
|Judge(s) sitting||The Rt. Hon. Mitch Peng|
Marsh had previously been tried and convicted on domestic violence against his ex-wife while they were married, and served 6 months in prison. His divorce with his ex-wife, which occurred in December 1993, had been heavily publicized. Despite having a restraining order issued by the court against him, Marsh repeatedly attempted to make contact with his ex-wife. On May 15, 1994, Stacie Lee Marsh and her lover, Kenny Graham Hall were found dead at Lee's residence in Grands Ballons, Gold Coast. When authorities arrived at Marsh's residence an hour following the victims' deaths, he appeared uneasy and emotionally unstable. Evidence gathered at the crime scene and Marsh's residence resulted in his charges on two counts of murder.
During the trial, Marsh was represented by a professional defense team led by Lester Cohen and supported by Kirk Chaskel, Daniel Sarkissian, Mikey Crawford, Mitch Goodman, and Tyler Trinh. The prosecution team was headed by Deputy District Attorneys Sydney Visser and Kenneth Durham. Cohen was able to convince the jurors that there was a reasonable doubt surrounding the DNA evidence used in court. He argued that the Grands Ballons Police Department was racially biased against African Sierrans such as J. P. Marsh and had allegedly falsified and corrupted evidence. Whistleblowers in the department claimed that police officers were openly discussing plans on how to benefit from the criminal forfeiture of J. P. Marsh's assets and properties if he was convicted, and had a long history of profiting off of civil forfeiture from a predominantly African Sierran and Sierran Creole community. Marsh's acquittal received divided reactions in the country, and Marsh was later found guilty on the two counts of murder in a civil case, where he paid over $300 million to the families of Lee and Hall.