Escaping the past

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Justice Blinded

United States

#1 Jul 8, 2008
The unjust act of withdrawing the guilty plea in the first place was a disgrace that has brought sham and dishonor on the courts and the county attorney. The sealing of the record is just one more big money move by the rich, shame on the judge, and the county attorney. The Wedes have been poorly treated, my prays are with them.
As for the rich Nasseff's, your power and money does not have pull in heaven were you will be held accountable for killing John, even if you were able to buy your way out of being held accountable here in St Paul.
Inquiring Mind

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jul 9, 2008
Under what circumstances can ones' expunged record be unsealed? Does anyone know?

Roseau, MN

#4 Jul 9, 2008
Why did he wait so long to have it expunged if he already had the guilty plea reversed. Something doesnt smell good here.

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jul 9, 2008
I would be interested in reading what, if any, the reaction in 1965 was to a 'sentence of 5 years probation' for the death of a child'
Grizzly Adams

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jul 9, 2008
The "lost tunnel" is interesting, but what does it have to do with the story?

United States

#7 Jul 9, 2008
Another story of buying justice. The two justice systems in our country is a moral crime. If you have power and money this is the type justice you can buy. Judge Gearin showed no regard for the victims family and helped out a well healed child killer escape his responsibility of owning up to his actions. Shame on the Judge for allowing this to happen. No justice for John or his family.
annoyed reader


#8 Jul 9, 2008
So when is Judge Gearin up for re-election?
Half Fast

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Jul 9, 2008
I don't understand why this guy was allowed to withdraw a guilty plea for negligent homicide, when a guy with happy feet in an airport bathroom wasn't allowed to withdraw his. I'm not a relativist, but both cases smack of bad politics all the way around.

Madison, WI

#10 Jul 9, 2008
I don't know why the guilty plea was originally allowed to be withdrawn, but 35+ years is a long
time to carry guilt around. I do feel the family of the boy should have been notified and even after all this time, he could have told them how sorry he still was for what happened. Maybe some solace could have come from that. Everyone deserves a second chance and from what I read this was a one time mistake of a young adult that did not lead to a life of crime because he spent 10 or 20 years in prison for an accident.

Cottage Grove, MN

#12 Jul 9, 2008
Nasseff's slap on the wrist at the time of his offense is questionable. But the callousness expressed today about his crime is reprehensible. I perceive no sense of remorse or of accountability on his part. I totally understand about giving people a chance to prove and to improve themselves after a mistake. But along with accepting that gift of a second chance, John Nasseff jr should made amends and should have shown remorse about his carelessness in killing a child. It seems like relinquishing his chance to be careless again, this time with a gun, is the smallest price he could pay. My sympathies to little John's family.

Since: Jun 08

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Jul 9, 2008
Grizzly Adams wrote:
The "lost tunnel" is interesting, but what does it have to do with the story?
Call it a juxtaposed metaphor-
It's the media showing you how witty and clever they are, even while reporting on a bizarre tragedy. The photo is a display of Mr. Nasseff exploring/ digging into someone else's past, while the article describes his efforts at trying to hide/ bury his own.

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Jul 9, 2008
In his youth, he made a fatal mistake which took the life of an innocent boy. We behave stupidly and irresponsibly when young and understandably should not be persecuted our entire lives for such behavior. But should we not at least be held accountable? It is deplorable that Mr. Nasseff could not even remember the name of this boy. If I killed someone, even though unintentional, that name would be burned in my memory forever, as well as the date. He's "not even going to think about it anymore". After reading this article, I think there are many of us who won't forget.

United States

#15 Jul 9, 2008
In response to firestorm. It does not appear in this story that by the current or past actions of NASSEFF that he has shown any remorse or guilt. Just another rich guy that killed a child and refuses to take responsibility. What if it was your child, I bet you would be somewhat less forgiving. As for the Judge, don't expect justice from her, unless you have money or power.
Roseville Mom

Eden Prairie, MN

#16 Jul 9, 2008
How nice that Mr. Nasseff can forget about what happened. It is absolutely disgusting that he doesn't remember the child's name. I know what's it's like to lose someone close to the way this family lost their little boy and believe me you never forget. This is very sad. My heart goes out to John's family.
Saint Paul Mom

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Jul 9, 2008
This makes me ill. It's like this boy never existed; so he can't purchase a shotgun - this is the excuse he is using??
Another case of big name, no crime.
Who Cares

United States

#18 Jul 9, 2008
Who the heck cares? This happened 43 years ago. The newspaper should never have published this story.

United States

#19 Jul 9, 2008
Why didn't the County Attorney contact the parents? Did they even try? Not surprising considering all the poor choices made by Susan Gaertner and her staff in recent years. Amazing she is still allowed to run the office!

If the County Attorney doesn't think the victim's family should be aware of the hearing, how about the judge. It's obvious from her comment about "no opposition" that it was a factor in her poor decision. Why didn't the judge question the County Attorney's office about if the victim's family was present and wanted to make a statement prior to her decision? I've seen Gearin in action on other issues and she has treated people rudely and seemed very full of herself and her status. She needs to go!

This guy's only purpose for this is so he can buy a firearm, he obviously could care less that his poor decision cost a little boy his life and a family a lifetime of anguish. If you kill a little boy due to recklessness, you can forfeit your right to own a shotgun. What a poor example of a human being.
St Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Jul 9, 2008
How could someone forget the name of a child he killed? Nasseff was trying--lamely--to trivialize his crime and his victim.

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Jul 9, 2008
He never wants to think about it again...


If only John Wedes' parents could just forget all the pain they've had to deal with since 1965. But they never will. They lost their baby boy due to the careless act of another.

It may have been a mistake. But that does not mean that Mr. Nasseff should just forget it. I hope he thinks about this every day for the rest of his life.

This guy makes me sick.

Saint Paul, MN

#22 Jul 9, 2008
Who Cares wrote:
Who the heck cares? This happened 43 years ago. The newspaper should never have published this story.
Obviously you have never lost a child, you insensitive a-hole.

Shame on you!

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