'Justice' may define success, but win-loss records still interesting to some

2012-04-22T00:15:00Z 'Justice' may define success, but win-loss records still interesting to someBy Kim Smith Arizona Daily Star
April 22, 2012 12:15 am  • 

If you read my story today about murder cases and how they are resolved in Pima County you will recall that the National District Attorney's Association says it doesn't look at cases in terms of wins or losses.

The NDAA prefers to define success as whether or not "justice" was done.

Interestingly enough, whenever I chatted with attorneys about my database, they wanted to know how individual prosecutors shaped up on paper.

Everyone has their own opinion on who is lazy, who plays by the rule book and who is over-zealous, but they wanted to know about wins and losses.

Keeping in mind that I looked at cases filed between 2007 and 2011, here are some numbers:

Kellie Johnson tried nine first-degree murder trials. In seven of those cases she got a first-degree murder conviction. She got a second-degree murder conviction in the other two cases.

Johnson, who is now the chief criminal deputy county attorney, partnered with someone in six of the cases, four times with Rick Unklesbay and once each with Lindsay St. John and Victoria Otto. 

Unklesbay, who partially retired in May 2010, tried one other first-degree murder case in that five-year time frame. He and co-counsel J.C. Patrascioiu obtained a first-degree conviction.

Patrascioiu tried two first-degree cases by himself and obtained second-degree murder and manslaughter convictions. 

Mark Diebolt also tried nine first-degree murder cases. He obtained six first-degree murder, one second-degree murder and two manslaughter convictions.

Nicol Green tried five first-degree cases. She obtained three first-degree murder convictions, one second-degree and one manslaughter.

Michael Kelly, who is no longer with the office, was three for three. (He teamed with Shawn Jensvold on one of the cases. Jensvold's no longer with the office either.)

Lewis Brandes tried five first-degree murder cases in that five-year time frame. He obtained one first-degree conviction, three second-degree murder convictions and one manslaughter conviction.

Other attorneys who obtained first-degree murder convictions during the five-year time frame were: Casey McGinley, Bruce Chalk, Susan Eazer, Bunkye Chi, Michael Linton, Chris Ward, Jennifer Dent, Jonathan Mosher and Richard Wintory.

Linton, Mosher and Wintory have left the office, too. 



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