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Judge Ghiz speaks about the Tensing retrial

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Judge Leslie Ghiz spoke out Wednesday about her experience presiding over the Ray Tensing retrial.

“It's horrible to have to be on either side of it.  And I hurt for both of the families," Ghiz said in an interview with WLW’s Bill Cunningham.

She explained why kept certain evidence from being shown to the jury, including the Great Smokey Mountains t-shirt bearing the Confederate flag Tensing wore the day he fatally shot Sam DuBose at a 2015 traffic stop.

“My objective in keeping it out... this was already a racially charged case," Ghiz said. "We didn't need to make it worse for the defendant, and I say that in the sense that the defendant deserves a fair trial."

Ghiz also brought up her choice to leave out DuBose’s previous criminal record.

“His previous record is not relevant," she said. "When they pulled him over, it wasn't his car, so it's not as though they got something up on the screen... outstanding warrants, or suspended license for this particular driver. He was driving his girlfriend's car."

When asked how she felt about the jury not being able to make a decision, Ghiz said she thought justice was still achieved.

“Justice was done because the jury made a decision and that decision was 'we can't make a decision,' so that's how I look at it," she said. 

Ghiz also said she has a lot of respect for the DuBose family. She said they were nothing but respectful in her courtroom, in spite of what they may have said when it was all over.  

After two mistrials, DuBose’s family called for a third murder trial against Tensing, but the prosecutor announced his office will not.

The Department of Justice is now reviewing all evidence, including some not permitted in court, to see if they will pursue a civil rights violation case against Tensing.

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