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Update: Hans Reiser Guilty of First Degree Murder

Apr 29, 2008, 12:00 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Kravets)

"Jurors found Linux programmer Hans Reiser guilty of first degree murder on Monday, concluding he killed his estranged wife in 2006. The verdict followed a nearly six-month trial and nearly three days of deliberation

"The 44-year-old developer of the ReiserFS filesystem, sat quietly as a clerk for Alameda County Superior Court Judge Larry Goodman read the verdict. Reiser faces a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Wearing the same dark coat he's worn for months, the defendant was immediately removed from the courtroom by one of four bailiffs watching over the courtroom. He asked out loud if he could speak with his attorney..."

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Wired: Defense Lawyer Says Reiser Didn't Help Himself

"in a media briefing following today's murder verdict, prosecutor Paul Hora said the jury was persuaded to convict Hans Reiser of murder by the latticework of circumstantial evidence presented at the six-month trial.

"'The strongest piece of evidence is every piece in light of every other piece,' Hora said. 'It's like a puzzle...'"

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