Brandon Hall motion to reverse judgment denied

A motion by Brandon Hall, a former Grand Haven Area Public Schools trustee, to have a judgment reversed was denied by Ottawa County District Judge Richard Kloote during a hearing Wednesday afternoon. Kloote complimented Hall on his thorough research and writing of the brief, but said the law was clear that a judgment cannot be set aside because of misdirection of a jury unless there is miscarriage of justice. Kloote said he found no miscarriage of justice and denied Hall's request.
Becky Vargo
Apr 21, 2011

Hall, who was convicted in 2010 for embezzling money from an American Cancer Society fundraiser, was sentenced to 24 months probation and 60 hours of community service. He later served some jail time due to probation violations, Kloote noted.

Hall’s argument to the judge was that a tape of his statement to police was provided to him only three days before his trial on Feb. 18, 2010 — and was a miscarriage of justice because he did not have enough time to revise his trial plans to include the use of information on the tape. Hall also suggested the tape should not have been included into evidence.

Kloote said information from the statement would have been included in the trial anyway, so the tape would not have made any difference.

Hall thanked the judge for hearing his case, but said he still felt like he was “ambushed.”

“I think it would have made a difference if I was provided with the tape,” he said.

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