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Mr. Don Valeska

Head of the Violent Crimes Division In Attorney General's Office

the Alabama

the Alabama

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Employment History

Lead Prosecutor
the Alabama

Chief
the Alabama

Assistant Attorney General

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Prosecutor Don Valeska told ...

www.usnews.com [cached]

Prosecutor Don Valeska told The Associated Press that four key decisions by the judge during trial crippled the state's case.

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Nail also refused to let prosecutors show jurors videotape of a police re-enactment of the dive and barred them from seeing a surveillance video of Watson removing flowers from his wife's grave, Valeska told the AP.
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"With four rulings like that it's hard to win any case," Valeska said.
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Once Valeska finished presenting his case, Nail agreed with defense claims that prosecutors failed to show Watson intentionally killed the woman.
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Valeska, head of the violent crimes division in the Alabama attorney general's office, said he'd never before had a case like this one.


Prosecutor Don Valeska told ...

www.katu.com [cached]

Prosecutor Don Valeska told The Associated Press that four key decisions by the judge during trial crippled the state's case.

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Nail also refused to let prosecutors show jurors videotape of a police re-enactment of the dive and barred them from seeing a surveillance video of Watson removing flowers from his wife's grave, Valeska told the AP.
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"With four rulings like that it's hard to win any case," Valeska said.
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Once Valeska finished presenting his case, Nail agreed with defense claims that prosecutors failed to show Watson intentionally killed the woman.
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Valeska, head of the violent crimes division in the Alabama attorney general's office, said he'd never before had a case like this one.
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While outside court Watson's father blamed the failed prosecution on former Alabama Attorney General Troy King, who lost a bid for re-election after pushing the case publicly, Valeska denied that politics played any role in the case.
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"There's evidence," said Valeska.


"He can't be tried again in ...

au.news.yahoo.com [cached]

"He can't be tried again in America for this crime," Don Valeska, the lead prosecutor for the Alabama Attorney-General's violent crime unit, who said he felt "sick" by the outcome, told AAP.

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Mr Thomas protested to the Alabama Attorney-General and Mr Valeska pursued murder counts against Watson, accusing the bubble-wrap salesman of murdering Ms Thomas underwater to pocket life and travel insurance of at least $US210,000 ($A196,905).
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Mr Valeska said Judge Nail hobbled the prosecution by refusing to allow the jury to see video of an underwater re-enactment Queensland police did at the shipwreck and surveillance footage of Watson using bolt-cutters to remove flowers from Ms Thomas's grave.
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"It was pretty evident by then he (Judge Nail) was going to bounce it," Mr Valeska said.


Don Valeska, the chief of ...

www.illawarramercury.com.au [cached]

Don Valeska, the chief of the Alabama attorney-general's violent crime office, said US authorities were awaiting court documents from Watson's arraignment in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday, when he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his wife of 11 days.

Mr Valeska said Alabama police and prosecutors had watched the case from afar and had discussed with Queensland Crown lawyers an alternative plan to charge Watson with murder in the US if the Australian case against him failed.
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Mr Valeska said Alabama authorities knew nothing of the plea deal before Watson fronted court on Friday.
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Mr Valeska said Alabama police had monitored the case from across the Pacific because Tina Watson's family "was so frustrated with the Australians' slow progress."
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"I told (local police Lieutenant Brad Flynn) we wouldn't attempt to take the case over because the Australians had worked so hard and were moving forward, but if that changed, we would begin our own investigation," Mr Valeska said.
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Meanwhile, Alabama Attorney-General Troy King has written to the Queensland Supreme Court in Brisbane, asking it resentence Watson to "the maximum punishment allowable under Australian law, which we believe is from 10 to 20 years," Mr Valeska said.


Prosecutor Don Valeska, head ...

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Prosecutor Don Valeska, head of the violent crimes division for the state attorney general's office, said he never before had a trial end in a judge's acquittal in 41 years of trying cases, though that does sometimes happen, legal experts say.

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Valeska, the prosecutor, walked with his arm around Tommy Thomas, who appeared to be in shock and stunned by the judge's decision.

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