Judge approves change of venue for Li...

Judge approves change of venue for Light trial

There are 35 comments on the Carlsbad Current-Argus story from Jul 22, 2010, titled Judge approves change of venue for Light trial. In it, Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that:

In an unprecedented move, a district judge Thursday granted a change of venue for the trial of local businessman Brad Light, based primarily on prejudice created by newspaper coverage of the trial and postings on local Internet forums.

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Texan by choice

Baytown, TX

#1 Jul 23, 2010
"It's clear to me that there is a lot more discussion going on in the community and none of them express what would seem to be a presumption of innocence toward Mr. Light."

Money will set you free!!!
The Last Patriot

United States

#2 Jul 23, 2010
Texan by choice wrote:
"It's clear to me that there is a lot more discussion going on in the community and none of them express what would seem to be a presumption of innocence toward Mr. Light."
Money will set you free!!!
Hmmmm, I think the discussion that Light had with the police when he himself ADMITTED to dealing drugs out is plenty of evidence to find him guilty. If it would have been anyone else,his lawyer would have advised him to plea out because of the overwhelming evidence against him. But then again, why should he? Especially when "Daddy" has Judge"Brown Nose"in his hip pocket. The citizens of this town are getting the S**t end of the stick because a jury made up of individuals that don't even have to live in the same zip code as the P.O.S. just might set him free.
here we go again

Hobbs, NM

#3 Jul 23, 2010
Firstly, he is not accused of SELLING anything. Secondly, there was testimony allowed that refered to activities with which he's not charged. Thirdly, if you think he has the judge in his pocket, then why is it bad to set the trial in a different court with a different judge and jury pool? There should have been a change of venue in the beginning.
wow

Hobbs, NM

#4 Jul 23, 2010
What's wrong is wrong PERIOD there is plenty of of evidence to lock him up, just like Last Patriot said.
Sadly

El Paso, TX

#5 Jul 23, 2010
Generally, in a change of venue, the judge assigned to the case still presides in the trial, even though it is in a different town.
Haha

Rockville, MD

#6 Jul 23, 2010
Texan by choice wrote:
"It's clear to me that there is a lot more discussion going on in the community and none of them express what would seem to be a presumption of innocence toward Mr. Light."
Money will set you free!!!
Money has nothing to do with it, nor has it set him free. As many of us pointed out several times over several months, it is small-minded hateful posts like this that contributed greatly to the change of venue. Which, by the way, is a huge step away from being "set free" - he still has to stand trial and, as so many others have pointed out, the evidence against him is strong. If anything, this change of venue will ensure a fair trial, which - no matter how badly you hate Brad and his money and want to forget this step - is his constitutional right. The change of venue is a direct consequence of the actions of many of you (30 or so, anyway) spewing your hatred for Brad but I doubt you're open-minded enough to see or accept this bothersome detail even as you demand Brad face the consequences of his alleged actions.
suspicous minds

Carlsbad, NM

#7 Jul 23, 2010
well if you think about it, several yars ago almost the same thing happened, but it was a former sheriff charged with theft of a gun, he also had a change of venue and it was moved to las cruces, where it was deadlocked with a hung jury, which means not all 12 members of the jury voted either guilt or dismissal on the charges, and all was forgotten, which will probably be the same in this case eventually at the end.
a torn knee

Carlsbad, NM

#8 Jul 23, 2010
Haha wrote:
<quoted text>
Money has nothing to do with it, nor has it set him free. As many of us pointed out several times over several months, it is small-minded hateful posts like this that contributed greatly to the change of venue. Which, by the way, is a huge step away from being "set free" - he still has to stand trial and, as so many others have pointed out, the evidence against him is strong. If anything, this change of venue will ensure a fair trial, which - no matter how badly you hate Brad and his money and want to forget this step - is his constitutional right. The change of venue is a direct consequence of the actions of many of you (30 or so, anyway) spewing your hatred for Brad but I doubt you're open-minded enough to see or accept this bothersome detail even as you demand Brad face the consequences of his alleged actions.
its not hate, i dont even know him, its called fairness,and money does talk, you take the average person that is accused of a crime, and lets say for instance he has a $750,000.00 cash only bond, you can rest assure hes not going anywhere, maybe except to the shitterr and back to his bunk, then comes the lawyer, a public defender fresh out of school, maybe never has defended more then half a dozen cases,about the only thing he can say is to throw himself at the mercy of the court, but if you got the money, you can easily bail out, easily hire a good attorney, and easily appeal the conviction to a hire court, and the change of venue, which means to have it in another county or city, so money does have alot of weight even in the judicial system...
carlsbad at its best

Carlsbad, NM

#9 Jul 23, 2010
Save the cost of the trial. Just let him go and just accept the facts of Carlsbad. There is an elite privledged ruling class. Life goes on. You can worry about it or move. Have a great day.
HAL

Las Cruces, NM

#10 Jul 23, 2010
Corruption is at the heart of this trial... the local good old boys network/scum bag posse is set to keep their friends boy out of jail.

Everyone in this town not only knows it but is sick of it...
Darren

Washington, DC

#11 Jul 23, 2010
Isn't it better that a change of venue does take place? That way if he is convicted he can't say a biased jury convicted him which would be a reason for an appeal. If the evidence is there he will be convicted no matter where the trial is held. The judge is not going to convict him a jury will. Why are there people thinking the judge is in someone's back pocket? That is claimed so often just because someone has money. I know Brad Light, I worked with him 20 plus years ago. I didn't like him. I am also not in support of him so please don't misconstrue that I am in support of the idiot from what my post says.
here we go again

Hobbs, NM

#12 Jul 23, 2010
In Chunky's case, the prosecution decided that they had presented the best possible case they could and that there wouldn't be any new evidence to present at a new trial. Don't kid yourself about connections. The local yokels would have been glad to put Chunky in jail.

Years ago, Johhny Volpato was convicted, on very shaky evidence, of murdering his wife. He finally got a new trial, which took place in Santa Rosa, and was exonerated. If the venue had been changed in the first place, he probably would never have gone to jail.

In a criminal trial, money and station actually work against people in this community. But no matter how much we resent the rich people, we can't deprive them of justice just because we feel they don't deserve what they have.
and again we go

Carlsbad, NM

#13 Jul 23, 2010
here we go again wrote:
In Chunky's case, the prosecution decided that they had presented the best possible case they could and that there wouldn't be any new evidence to present at a new trial. Don't kid yourself about connections. The local yokels would have been glad to put Chunky in jail.
Years ago, Johhny Volpato was convicted, on very shaky evidence, of murdering his wife. He finally got a new trial, which took place in Santa Rosa, and was exonerated. If the venue had been changed in the first place, he probably would never have gone to jail.
In a criminal trial, money and station actually work against people in this community. But no matter how much we resent the rich people, we can't deprive them of justice just because we feel they don't deserve what they have.
chunky lucked out that he didnt get convicted on the gun theft, but the other deputy involved did take a plea bargain and got convicted as a felon, which meant he couldnt no longer posses or own a firearm among other things that go on a felony conviction.
T-TOWN FATBOY

Las Cruces, NM

#14 Jul 23, 2010
Suspicous, there was no change of venue on the stolen gun charges brought against Dep. Rodriquez , how can I be so sure? I was on the jury panel, and half of us saw it one way the other totally opposite. As for Mr. Light,having money isnt a crime, but using it in a manner that corrupts young people is wrong.What really went on is subject to debate, Im thinking he is a step above a pervert, more of a PROvert, LOL. Anybody else feel that way?
younuts

Roswell, NM

#15 Jul 23, 2010
T-TOWN FATBOY wrote:
Suspicous, there was no change of venue on the stolen gun charges brought against Dep. Rodriquez , how can I be so sure? I was on the jury panel, and half of us saw it one way the other totally opposite. As for Mr. Light,having money isnt a crime, but using it in a manner that corrupts young people is wrong.What really went on is subject to debate, Im thinking he is a step above a pervert, more of a PROvert, LOL. Anybody else feel that way?
younuts
JWH

Carlsbad, NM

#16 Jul 23, 2010
here we go again wrote:
Firstly, he is not accused of SELLING anything. Secondly, there was testimony allowed that refered to activities with which he's not charged. Thirdly, if you think he has the judge in his pocket, then why is it bad to set the trial in a different court with a different judge and jury pool? There should have been a change of venue in the beginning.
Weather you give drugs away or sell them you are distributing drugs, which is what he what he said he did. He will be found guilty.
Concerned in Carlsbad

Mayhill, NM

#17 Jul 23, 2010
the old saying money talks and bull walks well his money talked and he is gonna walk... selling or giving away drugs still has hurt so many of the children in carlsbad but hey if it was Joe from the apartments over there he would still be in jail convicted already and doing 20 to 30. its the way carlsbad works people deal with it or as they said move
CHIEFF big KNIFE

Carlsbad, NM

#18 Jul 23, 2010
and again we go wrote:
<quoted text>chunky lucked out that he didnt get convicted on the gun theft, but the other deputy involved did take a plea bargain and got convicted as a felon, which meant he couldnt no longer posses or own a firearm among other things that go on a felony conviction.
WHO OSCAR RADRIDES THE DEPUTY? HIM BIG CHIFF NOW SELL UM TOMATOS!
CHIEFF big KNIFE

Carlsbad, NM

#19 Jul 23, 2010
Concerned in Carlsbad wrote:
the old saying money talks and bull walks well his money talked and he is gonna walk... selling or giving away drugs still has hurt so many of the children in carlsbad but hey if it was Joe from the apartments over there he would still be in jail convicted already and doing 20 to 30. its the way carlsbad works people deal with it or as they said move
THAT HAS BEEN GOING IN CB FOR AS LONG AS ANY ONE CAN REMEMBER! NOTHING NEW THERE!.
CHIEFF big KNIFE

Carlsbad, NM

#20 Jul 23, 2010
here we go again wrote:
In Chunky's case, the prosecution decided that they had presented the best possible case they could and that there wouldn't be any new evidence to present at a new trial. Don't kid yourself about connections. The local yokels would have been glad to put Chunky in jail.
Years ago, Johhny Volpato was convicted, on very shaky evidence, of murdering his wife. He finally got a new trial, which took place in Santa Rosa, and was exonerated. If the venue had been changed in the first place, he probably would never have gone to jail.
In a criminal trial, money and station actually work against people in this community. But no matter how much we resent the rich people, we can't deprive them of justice just because we feel they don't deserve what they have.
ITS ALWAYS SHAKY EVIDENCE WHEN YOU GOT $$$$$$ MONEY$$$$$$!.

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