University of Pittsburgh

Professor Burkoff Comments on 21-year-old Homicide Cold Case

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January 6, 2014

Professor John Burkoff commented on a  21-year old homicide cold case where the defendant received a 3 to 6 year sentence after suddenly -- during jury selection -- pleading no contest to the killing of his wife who drowned in a swimming pool.  As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported: "By accepting the plea, which does not acknowledge guilt, Lang avoided trial and a possible life sentence. Given that risk, he may have perceived the offer to be a good deal, said John Burkoff, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh who hadn't reviewed the case but spoke generally. 'The prosecution and the defense reached an agreement where both sides got something and both sides gave something up,' he said."


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