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Common Law No. 16: Walking a thin line

Reggie Stafford was on trial for raping and sodomizing a 5-year-old girl, then paying the mother for the child’s services. Marc Bennett explains a key moment in the trial, when the defense opened the door to Stafford’s interview with police. It’s evidence Bennett said he couldn’t have brought up otherwise, and even after he could, he had to walk a thin line to avoid a mistrial: