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Harrisburg, PA

#43 Sep 4, 2008
First the jailbird happens to be the father of my children and if something effects my children I get very involved. I spent a lot of time trying to help him and in the process it caused feelings of confusion. Through it all I was very open and honest with both him and my husband. I made a choice and not once have I ever regretted that choice. I happen to be very stable in my relationship with my husband and have many reasons as to finding out who this person is. Curiosity is one of them and if you say you wouldn't try to find out who it was that stuck a note on your car or sent you an anonymous email you would be lying. It was a bold compliment but a compliment just the same. He could have simply stated I was pretty and I would still be curious. Honestly I don't know why I let your comment bother me because the only person I need to explain myself to is my husband.

Have a good day!:)

Since: Jan 12

Gettysburg, PA

#44 Jan 5, 2012
Ron was my cell-mate for years at Albion. I have no doubt he's innocent having read his entire court transcript (trial through appeals)and discussed the matter with him at great length. But they got their conviction and against all sense, it stuck. That's all they care about.

“Why all the negativity?”

Since: Aug 07

Lewistown, PA

#45 Jan 5, 2012
Most people you talk to in a prison are innocent.

Gettysburg, PA

#46 Jan 8, 2012
I'm not talking about opinions. I'm talking about objective facts that just ARE. Based solely on the evidence presented at trial and at the appellate level, I cannot imagine how he was convicted in the first place or how that conviction was upheld under judicial scrutiny.
Also, I did 10 years and while I did meet a few people who I thought got screwed, he is the only person who I ever believed to be totally innocent.
Justice for all

United States

#47 Jan 8, 2012
And what you have posted is nothing more than an opinion as well. It was upheld for a reason......

Gettysburg, PA

#48 Jan 9, 2012
I'm led to the conclusion that you also have read the court transcript from this case in it's entirety. If not, don't go assuming that I offer only opinion.
And the conviction was upheld for a reason, of course. That reason is that appellate courts are loathe to set aside jury verdicts except in cases of reversible error by the trial judge or judicial or prosecutorial misconduct. As long as the appellate counsel for the defense cannot squeeze any behavior by the trial judge or the prosecuting attorney, no matter how egregious, into the narrowly-construed needle's-eye definition of reversible error or misconduct, the appellate court will not reverse the decision of the lower court.
Unless you are familiar with or have been through in great detail the criminal justice process (especially here in Pennsylvania), don't think that a jury verdict or an upheld conviction is the defining instance of truth in any situation.
Are you aware that "evidence of ACTUAL INNOCENCE" is not enough to reverse a conviction? Don't be fooled into thinking that just because the American criminal justice system is the best working model the world has ever seen that it is infallible. I thought that until I became intimately familiar with it. It's like finding out that your favorite restaurant has a rat-infested kitchen but as long as the rats are gone when the inspector shows up, it's still considered clean, approved and open for business.
You may still view the results favorably but you have to question the process.
"Justice for all" indeed. You may want to consider changing that to "Convictions for all" - what most people typically mean when they say "Justice". Does a victim really get justice just because a conviction was obtained, regardless of truth and sometimes directly in spite of the truth? Most prosecutors, judges and sadly, American citizens think so.

“Why all the negativity?”

Since: Aug 07

Lewistown, PA

#49 Jan 9, 2012
PossumLiquor wrote:
Based solely on the evidence presented at trial and at the appellate level, I cannot imagine how he was convicted in the first place or how that conviction was upheld under judicial scrutiny.
Maybe you can't, but the people who are educated, trained and paid to make that decision obviously did.

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