Judge Recksiedler thinks if she shows drugs which testimony said were unmetabolized from recent use in Mulrenin's blood, unbagged, loose, and cut up with a plastic card and rolled-up $20 bill in the room where he was supposedly murdered, and in the defense's narrative,
she also has to show clear drugs next to a blurry partial image of a credit card that fell on the floor of the defendant's car in another county five days later.
They showed numerous other credit-card pictures and videos. The judge would only allow just one photo, of many many photos of drugs at Mulrenin's house.
Alison Smolarek who took the photo, had just referred to bullets as "cartridges."
A juror who saw the drug picture from the car asked what the "cartridges" on the floor were. The court did not allow the question to be answered.
So in fact, they misled at least one juror that there were bullets on the floor of the car,
to save the case from being reversed for showing irrelevant illegal activity by the defendant.