Statement of Major Gardner (former Investigator)
(ZDFzoom, July 6, 2011)
Gail: "[...] I have absolutely no trouble finding reputable people who'd been in finger and foot analysis with the FBI for 20 years who would destroy this (the sockprint proof) in a minute. Unfortunately Jens' lawyer did not hire an expert to toss this out."
Speaker: "Now the case is closed in the justice system. We face Ricky Gardner – the investigator at that time – with the doubts: that the footprint offers no real evidence but was a neatly crafted police trick and that the jurors were taken in by it!? Are the reproaches of Gail Marshall right?"
Gardner : "She is absolutely right. But nobody ever said that it was Jens Soering’s footprint. Did you hear me said that? I didn't say that. I kept saying it was similar. Another piece of the puzzle. Bob Hallet never said that the footprint was... We knew that. We didn't need him to say that was Jens Soerings'. All we had to do is produce that... (he lays the copy of Jens' foot over the print)."
(Please have a look at the affidavit by one of the 12 jurors)
Speaker: "It's a smart move, but is this fair?"
Gardner: "Sure, it's fair. Because it's a work product. It would've been unfair if somebody distorted it."