Henry Lee Is Back In The Swann Street Saddle
Henry Lee wants to get his eyes on the white towel
When we last heard about Dr. Henry Lee, famed forensic expert for notorious defendants, now convicts, such as Scott Peterson and Phil Specter, he would be unable to test physical evidence in the Robert Wone case because trial deadlines were interfering with his packed travel schedule.
In a recent letter to U.S. Attorney Patrick Martin, Joe Price counsel, Bernie Grimm reveals that Henry Lee is back on the case, and this time it looks like he has quite a bit of time on his hands. The defense notes that Lee wants to test item 16, which is the towel that the defendants claim Joe Price used to apply pressure to Robert’s wounds.
What could Dr. Lee be fishing for when testing the towel?
Is he getting ready to deliver one of his creative takes on the how the lack of blood found on the towel would be the exact amount of blood one would expect to find after pressing it to a knife wound to the heart?
Inquiring minds are anxious to hear.
For crime scene fans, Dr. Henry Lee’s name is synonymous with some of the most outrageous claims hoisted on American juries. Take, for example , his analysis of crime scene of Kathy Peterson, whose husband was on trial for her murder. Her husband claims that she fell down the stairs. Dr. Lee opined the blood spatter was too bloody for a beating, and that it was result of a simple fall.
When paid thousands for his expert opinions, and the rest of the world sees white, Dr. Lee often says it’s black. Our private eye friend worked a case with Dr. Lee a while back and will chime in soon on his fee structure, the heavy buy-in, up front costs, and his way of doing business.
The defense is also going out of their way to allow the prosecution to have oversight into Dr. Lee’s examination of the towel. This must explain why the defense is willing to put Dr. Lee on a tight leash as he has been known to walk out with crucial pieces of evidence. In the Phil Specter case, the judge ruled that Lee took vital items from the scene and hid that from the prosecution.
Even with all the baggage that Dr. Henry Lee brings with him to a trial, the defense is happy to pay for his services, even if for one sole reason: Having an Asian-American testify on behalf of the defendants could be good optics.
The defense may be thrilled of the visual Dr. Lee provides the jury that not all of the Asian-Americans in Judge Leibovitz’s courtroom will think the defendants are guilty of these crimes.
– Posted by David