Wrongful Convictions -- Stealing Lives One Person at a Time

Jul 9, 2008 | Posted by: Meeker | Full story: www.prweb.com

Together, www.FreeKelseysMom.com and www.Raye-of-Hope.org are hoping to educate the public about wrongful convictions by holding a rally on June 21, 2008 in Harrah, Oklahoma at Heritage Park. Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) May 23, 2008 -- The recent release of wrongfully convicted Cynthia Sommer has brought awareness to the imprisonment of the innocent. The trend of crime lab mistakes, judicial errors, and incorrect eyewitness accounts is spreading nationwide. These contribute to years being stripped away from those who are mistakenly confined in a system that promises "Justice for all." Together, www.FreeKelseysMom.com and www.Raye-of-Hope.org are hoping to educate the public about wrongful convictions by holding a rally on June 21, 2008 in Harrah, Oklahoma at Heritage Park. Oklahoma's own "Innocent Man" Dennis Fritz and Tabitha Pollock who was exonerated in an Illinois Supreme Court after six years in prison are among scheduled guest speakers. Ultimately, we want to educate the public of this very real epidemic of wrongful convictions.

To quote Sommer's website, "Putting an innocent person in jail is the legal equivalent of a plane crash." Unfortunately, these "plane crashes" are part of a trend that is being seen across the country. With high profile cases such as Sommer's making the nightly news, the public is now opening its eyes to the reality that wrongful imprisonment can happen to anyone. In Oklahoma, awareness of our "injustice" system has gone virtual with the websites www.FreeKelseysMom.com and www.TheTruthAboutKelsey.com. These sites are in support of a woman named Raye Dawn Smith. Free Kelsey's Mom members believe Smith has been wrongfully convicted by a one-sided media blitz that altered public opinion and led to an unfair trial. During the trial, Richard Smothermon, District Attorney for Lincoln County, Oklahoma, stated that he believed Smith's daughter, Kelsey Smith-Briggs, was sexually assaulted and murdered by Mike Porter, Smith's ex-husband and Kelsey's step-father. According to Smothermon, Smith "should have known" Porter abused Kelsey. (Oklahoma Case(s) CF-06-00033 & CF-07-00134)Smith now sits in an Oklahoma prison waiting for her appeal to the 27-year sentence she received for "should have known." Evidence in support of allegations of perjury, jury tainting, juror misconduct, timelines, the conspiratorial emails, and other documentation can be found on Smith's sites at www.TheTruthAboutKelsey.com.

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Raye deserves a FAIR trial and her story does need to be told. I am so glad the rally was a success!!!!
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26 more years to go
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Raye does deserve a fair trial!
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EVERYONE deserves a fair trial!!
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Amen, everyone deserves a fair trial. I just wish she had spoken at her trial.
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Why didn't she??
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A right to a fair trial is a principal right guaranteed by the 6th amendment to the US Constitution. These rights are so fundamental and important that they are also protected in state proceedings by the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause.
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Nobody going to take a stab at that one? I really want to feel bad for this woman in my heart, but my brain tells me to think different. If there really is this huge "conspiracy" against her, why on earth wouldn't Raye take the stand to defend herself? What did she have to lose? I know I may get the response," She had the right not to" but if it were me and I was facing years in prison for something I was CERTAIN I didn't do I am sure going to do everything in my power to clear myself. If she really is innocent I hope it works out for her so she can reunite with her son. This is such a crazy and tragic case, my heart breaks for all that are involved.
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She got a fair trial, there is no statewide conspiracy against this deceitful, negligent, abusive woman. The law does not state she had to know it was Mike Porter just that she knew or should have known Kelsey was being abused. I am wondering why when her supporters are throwing their garbage around that they only use the part of the wording "should have known", instead of the whole thing? That she knew or should have known. It can be proven she knew Kelsey was being abused, she admits so in her own OSBI interview. What else is there to discuss? I heard through the grapevine that if she gets a new trial, there will be a murder charge added to the charges against her, and yes, they can add that charge, she has not been charged with it before and there is no statue of limitations to murder. She should quit while she is ahead, the next time she will get life most certainly.
Her own OSBI interview is very telling. This mother is guilty, there is no conspiracy, she got a fair trial, and she will remain in prison for many, many years where she belongs for failing her own child. God Bless Kelsey
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No she will not be charged with murder. This is a blatant rumor. What I would like to know is why didn't Michael Porter get a fair trial? Why did he get a sugar coated plea deal? Is Smotherman so weak a prosecutor that he couldn't manz up on this? He hired some panties to convict RD; he couldn't even do that himself.

The way I look at it, Kelsey is the one who did not recieve the fair trial, and that goes for both sides of the families and all the way around.
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By the way "God Bless Kelsey", grapevines are not a very good source of information.
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I agree with you on Kelsey being the one that didn't get a fair trial, and she is the only victim in this case. And yes, she can be charged with murder and yes that has been discussed. Give Porter a trial and he will walk. One juror is all it takes. Too many people think Raye killed her own child. I don't think it would have been worth the risk to see him walk. Then RD would be the only one sitting in prison and that wouldn't be quite fair.
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No she will not be charged with murder. This is a blatant rumor. What I would like to know is why didn't Michael Porter get a fair trial? Why did he get a sugar coated plea deal? Is Smotherman so weak a prosecutor that he couldn't manz up on this? He hired some panties to convict RD; he couldn't even do that himself.
The way I look at it, Kelsey is the one who did not recieve the fair trial, and that goes for both sides of the families and all the way around.
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GodBlessKelsey wrote:
I agree with you on Kelsey being the one that didn't get a fair trial, and she is the only victim in this case. And yes, she can be charged with murder and yes that has been discussed. Give Porter a trial and he will walk. One juror is all it takes. Too many people think Raye killed her own child. I don't think it would have been worth the risk to see him walk. Then RD would be the only one sitting in prison and that wouldn't be quite fair.<quoted text>
This is why the trial should be moved far away where there are normal people...aka not Michelle Reeves. Who know nothing of this case, can not befriend the family and act a fool in front of the cameras and those are the people who think Raye killed Kelsey. Lets take out the false testimony and put in all facts and all witnesses and that includes Judge Key. Lets get a new DA whos next election result will be "based on the outcome of this case"-KB Direct Quote. Lets try to keep the media out of it, which means no more Brittens in the court room, who run out squealing like a pig! And lets not have people holding Kelseys picture above everyones head the entire time. Then I do think Raye can recive a fair trial that she desveres!
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She got a fair trial. And no matter where you might move the trial, the outcome will be the same or she will receive more time, but she will be found guilty again. Moving the trial does not change the facts of a case. The facts are very clear in this case. You are also incorrect in your statement of that is the only one's that think Raye killed Kelsey. There are members of her own family that think she killed Kelsey. There are people here on Topix even, who have never been on either family's website that have posted they think Raye Dawn is the guilty one. and the majority of unbiased people believe she is guilty of her charges. That will not change. It is she knew or she should have known. It can be proven by her own OSBI interview that she knew. It is also fact that she could have been given a life sentence on that charge and the jury was kind in their 27 yr sentence, considering the possible outcome. The former Judge's testimony is not relevant in the courtroom as he has proven himself to be less than honorable, and he will face the consequences of that (by being disbarred)before this entire case is set to rest.
Everyone so concerned about whether Raye got a fair trial or not, sad that not that many were concerned whether Kelsey was treated fairly enough to save her little life. Bless her littl heart.

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tierdofbeingtierd wrote:
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This is why the trial should be moved far away where there are normal people...aka not Michelle Reeves. Who know nothing of this case, can not befriend the family and act a fool in front of the cameras and those are the people who think Raye killed Kelsey. Lets take out the false testimony and put in all facts and all witnesses and that includes Judge Key. Lets get a new DA whos next election result will be "based on the outcome of this case"-KB Direct Quote. Lets try to keep the media out of it, which means no more Brittens in the court room, who run out squealing like a pig! And lets not have people holding Kelseys picture above everyones head the entire time. Then I do think Raye can recive a fair trial that she desveres!
Why pick on Michelle Reeves?
Because she is Vocal and Passionate about this case?
Maybe because more importantly she cares about the little girl Kelsey who is the most important factor in this entire case and not her
self-absorbed (IMO) mother.

Oh I forgot,anybody that believes the evidence that proves Raye Dawn's culpability gets her family and supporters wrath.
Another thing Kathie was right about when she said,"if you get in their way they are going to blame you."

What about the other two members of the Jury that wanted to give her life in prison?

What?
You don't know about them enough to bash them,huh?
I am sure if you did you would.

What about the rest of the jurors who wanted to give her more time than they decided?
They wanted to give her 30-35 years in prison.
More than they ultimately decided.
Only 1 or 2 jurors wanted to give her a year in prison because according to them,
"A year in prison would feel like an eternity."

They all were unanimous in their verdict of
Raye Dawn's Guilt the only thing that they had to decide on was the amount of years to give her.

12 Jurors found her guilty.
12 jurors were picked by the prosecution AND the defense.
Raye Dawn Smith willingly waived her right to have the jury sequestered.

3 jurors = Life
7 jurors = 30-35 years
2 jurors = 1 year

The longer sentences preferred,far outweighed the number of shorter sentences preferred,yet they had to meet in the middle and compromise.
27 years was actually more favorable to
Raye Dawn considering what she could have gotten.

Fact of the matter is no matter where the trial was moved,what type of jury panel was selected,no matter what reporters reported about the trial,no matter which D.A. prosecuted the case,no matter which attorney represented her,no matter what judge presided,and no matter what witnesses took the stand,I believe the outcome would be the same based on all the evidence.
I also believe you all would have a problem with that outcome regardless,and no amount of evidence pertaining to Raye Dawn Smith's guilt will ever waiver you.

Enjoy your life and the amount of time your life will be wasted on helping one woman who put herself where she is.

I for one choose to listen to Kelsey because she is the "Voice of Truth" in this case.
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tierdofbeingtierd wrote:
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This is why the trial should be moved far away where there are normal people...aka not Michelle Reeves. Who know nothing of this case, can not befriend the family and act a fool in front of the cameras and those are the people who think Raye killed Kelsey. Lets take out the false testimony and put in all facts and all witnesses and that includes Judge Key. Lets get a new DA whos next election result will be "based on the outcome of this case"-KB Direct Quote. Lets try to keep the media out of it, which means no more Brittens in the court room, who run out squealing like a pig! And lets not have people holding Kelseys picture above everyones head the entire time. Then I do think Raye can recive a fair trial that she desveres!
Raye got a fair trial. There was not ONE person in that court room or outside of it, with a picture of Kelsey, except for stickers on vehicles which included BOTH sides of Kelsey's family. If there had not been reporters in the court room then NO ONE would no what went on in there without waiting for the court transcripts to be released. It is nothing new for media to be allowed in a court room, just because you don't like Britten doesn't mean she shouldnt be allowed in a court room. I'd be willing to bet even if Raye got a new trial in another state, which by the way will NEVER happen because Oklahoma won't pay for that, then Britten will still be there, reporting the TRUTH. Even if you don't like Britten, she tells it like it is. She may not like Raye Dawn but neither do most people in Oklahoma who KNOW the truth and not some sugar-coated BS.

How do expect to know what's going on, good or bad, if the media is not there to report it. By the way, Scott Peterson, Timothy McVay and countless other criminals had trials surrounded by NATIONAL media and you don't hear Peterson complaining about the media. That is crappy excuse. I haven't read nor saw one news report that was not true. Their job is to report the facts and that's what they do. It's possible to get a small detail wrong here or there but they have not been unfair to Raye Dawn.

Also, I don't believe Key will ever be allowed to testify on Raye's behalf. Judge Vassar was very careful to be fair to Raye Dawn and her attorney during the tial, he more often sided with them instead of the DA. He had to have a good reason backed up by precident or state law to disallow Key's testimony.
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They just wanted to make sure he didn't walk, because if he went to trial he could've got off scott free.That's what happened in the ryan luke case.At least this way he has to serve no less than 30 years.Remember though,they still don't know exactly who the murderer is,both raye and mike was there that day.There was evidence all along to prove child abuse but by whom? Was it mike,or raye,or both? Know one knows for sure,but i do know that if raye didn't do it,she still was guilty of enabling because she let the abuse continue until it was to late and her child died because of it.
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There was too much of a chance that Mike Porter would walk away a free man. He didn't walk away free and didn't get such a good deal. He got 30 years. That's not a drop in the bucket.
Raye Dawn asked for the trial to be moved, she got it moved. She did not testify and I think that really hurt her. If I weren't guilty, you wouldn't be able to keep me from testifying. Problem is, if she had testified, there was a whole lot more that they could bring up (and would have) against her. It would have sunk her. She could have gotten more time and in my opinion, IF she gets another shot at having another trial, she will end up worse off. There are so many people around the Meeker area that are just itching to tell what they know about Raye Dawn Smith that hasn't came out yet. Give them a chance and she'll be in jail for a life time. She knows that. I believe that her mother did not testify favorably for her either. Infact, it made Raye Dawn Smith look worse. I don't believe that I would want Mrs. Smith to testify if I had her as my mother. I also don't believe that they should give her another trial. I'm tired of my hard earned tax money going for people like her to have extra trials when they didn't even try to defend themselves (by testifying on the stand)at their first trial.
27 years from now (26 at this time) I may have more feelings towards Ms. Smith than now. After all, just working in the pastor's office at prison for a year doesn't take away the bad things that she has done and seen and did nothing about. And YES, she could be tried for murder. She hasn't been as of yet!
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No,but it is coming!
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InTheKnow wrote:
No,but it is coming!
WRONG!!! It's called double jeopardy. Do you really think Smotherman wouldn't have charged her w/ murder if he could prove it? She can't be tried for murder, she's already been tried.

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