New York, New York (PRWEB) November 02, 2013 -- Thomas Kenniff, legal analyst, and founding partner of Raiser & Kenniff, weighed in on the recent alleged murder committed by Utah Doctor, Martin Macneill. On 10/31/2013, Thomas Kenniff appeared on FOX News, analyzing the alleged murder, and discussing the potential pitfalls the prosecution may face in convicting Dr. Macneil. The interview can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o5rUpHe0Rc&sns=em.
Dr. Martin Macneil is on trial for the April 11, 2007, alleged murder of his wife, Michele Macneil. Prosecutors allege that Dr. Macneil persuaded his wife to have plastic surgery, and then later gave her excessive medication, in order to drown her, and be with his mistress(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/30/ana-osborne-walthall-mistress_n_4179178.html). Dr. Macneil’s defense lawyers allege that the victims heart problems were a contributing factor in her death, rather than malice on the part of Dr. Martin Macneil. According to the New York Times(http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/us/utah-ex-lover-testifies-against-doctor-in-wifes-killing.html?_r=0), and other media, no cause of death has been determined for Dr. Macneil's wife.
When analyzing the alleged murder, Thomas Kenniff had this to say, “I think they cannot prove this. The prosecution in this case has a herculean burden. In your typical murder case there usually isn’t a question that someone was murdered, or died under suspicious circumstances. Here, the states own medical examiners can’t even agree on that simple point. So in other words, the prosecution doesn’t have to prove simply the defendant committed the murder, but first they have to prove this was a murder. None of the medical examiners, I believe there are three different medical examiners who have conducted autopsies, can agree there was a murder, they can’t agree that it was a lethal dose of medication, they can’t agree it was poisoning. So, first what is the cause of death? Was it accidental or intentional? Even if it was intentional, then you have to prove the defendant was responsible for it.”
About Thomas Kenniff
Thomas Kenniff is a founding partner at Raiser and Kenniff, PC, and a popular television legal analyst. When the media needs an expert on criminal cases, they call Thomas Kenniff. Prior to founding Raiser & Kenniff, PC, Thomas served as Assistant D.A., prosecuting hundreds of criminal cases. In addition to his service as an Assistant D.A., Thomas is also a commissioned officer in the Army National Guard’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, and a veteran of the current war in Iraq. Currently, he holds the title of Chief of Military Justice, supervising all criminal prosecutions involving New York Army National Guard soldiers. Some of Tom’s high profile criminal cases have drawn international media attention, and Tom has been featured in the NY Post, Newsday, USA Today, and many other major publications. He has recently been highlighted in Arrive Magazine as one of the top three DUI lawyers in the Northeast.
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