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12-4-2019 - Opinions
In the prosecutor's closing argument to the jury in Oscar Fortune's murder trial, the prosecutor claimed, "My job is to present the truth." "On the other hand," the prosecutor told the jury, "the defense attorneys' jobs are to manipulate the truth. Their job is to shroud the truth. Their job is [to] confuse jurors." The prosecutor explained that if he, the prosecutor, believes "somebody else did the crime," then he must "dismiss it." We find the prosecutor's improper remarks violated Fortune's rights under the Due Process Clause. We reverse the denial of post-conviction relief, and remand to the court of general sessions for a new trial.