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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“what ever floats your goat”

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#9778 Jul 18, 2012
[DHS] children services was running the show, and the mother did everything they told her to, it is sad that things worked out like they did, so tragic that she could not even trust her new husband 'who was so helpful to her'

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#9779 Jul 18, 2012
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.

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.

“what ever floats your goat”

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#9782 Jul 18, 2012
yes, judge Key as a witness of kelsey may not ever be able to tell what he saw...

many people would like to and did suppress evidence of the conspiring emails too,

and also the testimony of the only other witness besides Kelsey and the other two year old boy in the house hold, his 8 year old daughter who told a school counselor that her daddy was real nice to kelsey in front of others...
she told the school counselor of two times she walked in on him severely beating kelsey, spanking kelsey til she puked, and banging her head against a brick wall, all in the week before she died.
so what evidence was raye dawn allowed for the defense?

I think if the state of oklahoma wants to start putting women in prison for enabling then they should get a mother who watched her child get beat and did not leave. we have plenty of those around to make this law work.
ruthy truthy

Crescent City, CA

#9783 Jul 18, 2012
Ray S. Smith, 60, died Thursday, April 15, 2004,
Survivors include his wife, Gayla;
daughters, Rachelle Smith and Raye Dawn Smith; and granddaughter, Kelsey, all of the home

1;27 A religion that is pure and stainless according to God the Father is this: TO TAKE CARE OF ORPHANS AND WIDOWS WHO ARE SUFFERING, TO take care of orphans and widows who are suffering, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Isaiah 1:23 Your rulers are rebels, companions of thieves; THEY ALL LOVE BRIBES and chase after gifts. They do NOT DEFEND THE CAUSE OF THE FATHERLESS; THE WIDOW'S CASE DOES NOT COME BEFORE THEM,
ELH

Portland, OR

#9784 Jul 18, 2012
ruthy truthy wrote:
Ray S. Smith, 60, died Thursday, April 15, 2004,
Survivors include his wife, Gayla;
daughters, Rachelle Smith and Raye Dawn Smith; and granddaughter, Kelsey, all of the home
1;27 A religion that is pure and stainless according to God the Father is this: TO TAKE CARE OF ORPHANS AND WIDOWS WHO ARE SUFFERING, TO take care of orphans and widows who are suffering, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Isaiah 1:23 Your rulers are rebels, companions of thieves; THEY ALL LOVE BRIBES and chase after gifts. They do NOT DEFEND THE CAUSE OF THE FATHERLESS; THE WIDOW'S CASE DOES NOT COME BEFORE THEM,
Sue, You wouldn't know the truth if it punched you in the face, so save your religious tracks for handing out on street corners with the other religious cult nutters.

PS: You forgot to include the part where "the poor suffering widow" Gayla wouldn't pay for a nurse to care for Ray or that she was stealing his pain medication or that she kicked Raye and Kelsey out of the house so she could hunt down a new husband to support her ass.
ELH

Portland, OR

#9785 Jul 19, 2012
I dink so wrote:
she 'could have known' if she had cameras.
Apparently Raye never bathed Kelsey or changed her diapers or maybe she's legally blind?

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#9786 Jul 19, 2012
She knew. She allowed it. She didn't want to lose her man. Kelsey told her that Mike was hurting her. She stayed.

Yes, some may hate her more because she KNEW. She is the one who had an excuse for EVERY injury Kelsey had.

Had she defended her child and protected her child, Kelsey would still be here. This was not a one time beating. This poor baby suffered daily. Where is the compassion for KELSEY?????? Raye does not deserve it.
truthy ruthy

Eureka, CA

#9787 Jul 23, 2012
lies, the child was inspected by the finest of Oklahoma's services for children,
she was inspected by Doctors, nurses

the lies about the abuse of kelsey, they used autopsy photos from after her autopsy.
when kelsey died she only had three small bruises,
she died from a single blow to the stomach, which can be had from falling down stairs,
this investigation was so blotched that i would not be surprised if she was not even abused,
but i remember the important words of a witness that they had walked in on mike porter grossly and secretly spanking kelsey til she puked and another time secretly banging her head against a brick wall the week that she died.

talk about jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
how cruel,how unusual

to convict a grieving family
for 'should have known' that someone was secretly being mean to Kelsey

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#9788 Jul 24, 2012
truthy ruthy wrote:
lies, the child was inspected by the finest of Oklahoma's services for children,
she was inspected by Doctors, nurses
the lies about the abuse of kelsey, they used autopsy photos from after her autopsy.
when kelsey died she only had three small bruises,
she died from a single blow to the stomach, which can be had from falling down stairs,
this investigation was so blotched that i would not be surprised if she was not even abused,
but i remember the important words of a witness that they had walked in on mike porter grossly and secretly spanking kelsey til she puked and another time secretly banging her head against a brick wall the week that she died.
talk about jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
how cruel,how unusual
to convict a grieving family
for 'should have known' that someone was secretly being mean to Kelsey
Lies???? She was removed from her "loving" mother's home because of the abuse. If Raye did not know before, she knew then and she should have left. She stayed and now Kelsey is dead. THAT is why Raye is in prison.

“what ever floats your goat”

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#9789 Jul 24, 2012
Hall v. State, 1982 OK CR 141, 650 P.2d 893, 896-99.“The knowing use of false or misleading evidence important to the prosecution’s case in chief violates the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

See Omalza v. State, OK CR 80, 911 P.2d 286, 307.
The DA told the court that he knew mike porter was lying and that he did in fact kill the child while Dawn was not around,

evidence shows that the injury that killed her would not allow her to lay flat on her back like both Dawn and Mike said she was before Dawn left
ruthy truthy

Crescent City, CA

#9790 Jul 24, 2012
“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin away.”

~ Elvis Presley

Hallelujah, there is a God after all.

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#9791 Jul 25, 2012
I don't care who marks my posts as mean or whatever. When child services stepped in and took Kelsey, Raye should have asked questions if she was so clueless not to see the injuries (even though she is the one who had an explanation for ALL of them) she should have known something was going on. You don't wait until your child is dead and then say "looking back I can see the signs".
Raye, you should have stood up for your child! Instead you stood up for your husband. Kelsey was a beautiful child and you allowed Mike Porter to destroy that. Now you are in prison where you belong. You and Mike deserve everything you get.
ELH

Portland, OR

#9792 Jul 26, 2012
truthy ruthy wrote:
she died from a single blow to the stomach, which can be had from falling down stairs,this investigation was so blotched that i would not be surprised if she was not even abused,
Fortunately, twelve jurors AND two appeals courts looked at the actual evidence and they all disagreed with your ill founded 'conclusions'.

But I would love to see a single case of a child who DIED of blunt force trauma to the abdomen after falling down stairs or for that matter one who fracture her clavicle by falling out of a crib or broke BOTH legs due to wearing unsuitable footwear.


We do look forward to your getting back to us with all your proof!
ELH

Portland, OR

#9793 Jul 26, 2012
I dink so wrote:
for if she knew she would have left him far behind,
In youir dreams.

In REAL LIFE Raye left the hospital and went SHOPPING with Mike.

“what ever floats your goat”

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#9794 Jul 26, 2012
No one, but the step-father knew what the autopsy would show. the Step-father panicked when he found out that they were going to do an autopsy.
Dawn did not know what he did while she was gone,
RKS

AOL

#9795 Jul 26, 2012
Ericka(ELH) is lost in a world of her own. Just ask her about the birthing center she and her biker man operates out of Vancouver, Washington and just how much does she make off the adoptions.
ruthy truthy

Crescent City, CA

#9796 Jul 26, 2012
1941: Sherwood Anderson, writer, died of peritonitis after swallowing a toothpick at a party.[80]

1955: Margo Jones, theater director, was killed by exposure to carbon tetrachloride fumes from her newly cleaned carpet.

1969; Jan Palach, a Czech student, committed s Leslie Harvey, guitarist of Stone the Crows, was electrocuted on stage by a live microphone.[105]

1978: Kurt Gödel, the Austrian/American logician and mathematician, died of starvation when his wife was hospitalized. Gödel suffered from extreme paranoia and refused to eat food prepared by anyone else.[117]
1982: Navy Lieutenant George M. Prior, 30, died in Arlington, Virginia from a severe allergic reaction to Daconil, a fungicide used on a golf course he attended. He had unwittingly ingested the substance through his habit of carrying the tee in his mouth when playing.[130]
1983: American author Tennessee Williams died when he choked on an eyedrop bottle-cap in his room at the Hotel Elysee in New York. He would routinely place the cap in his mouth, lean back, and place his eyedrops in each eye.[133]
1993: Garry Hoy, a 38-year-old lawyer in Toronto, Ontario, fell to his death on July 9, 1993, after he threw himself against a window on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in an attempt to prove to a group of visitors that the glass was "unbreakable." The glass did not break, but popped out of the window frame.[150][151]
1994: Gloria Ramirez was admitted to Riverside General Hospital, in Riverside, California, for complications of advanced cervical cancer. Before she died, her caregivers claimed that Ramirez's body mysteriously emitted toxic fumes that made several emergency room workers very ill.[153]

1994: Jeremy Brenno, a 16-year-old golfer from Gloversville, New York, was killed when he threw his club against a bench in a fit of rage, breaking the shaft. Part of the shaft bounced back and pierced his heart.[154]
1997: Karen Wetterhahn, a professor of chemistry at Dartmouth College, died of mercury poisoning ten months after a few drops of dimethylmercury landed on her protective gloves. Although Wetterhahn had been following the required procedures for handling the chemical, it still permeated her gloves and skin within seconds. As a result of her death, regulations were altered.[157][158]

2004: Phillip Quinn, a 24-year-old from Kent, Washington, was killed while heating up a lava lamp on his kitchen stove. The lamp exploded and a shard pierced his heart.[180]

2006: Erika Tomanu, a seven-year-old girl in Saitama, Japan, died when she was sucked 10 metres down the intake pipe of a current pool at a water park.[188]

2006: Mariesa Weber, a petite 38-year-old woman, asphyxiated when she became wedged upside-down behind a bookcase in her bedroom while trying to adjust a plug on her television set. Her family, believing she had been abducted, searched for eleven days before finally finding the body.[190]

2008: Abigail Taylor, a 6-year-old from Edina, Minnesota, died nine months after several of her internal organs were partially sucked out of her lower body while she sat on an excessively powerful swimming pool drain. Surgeons had replaced her intestines and pancreas with donor organs, but she later succumbed to a rare transplant-related cancer.[200]

Amy Rose Coxall, a 15-year-old British schoolgirl studying in Hong Kong, died of strangulation shortly after her scarf got caught in the wheel of a go-kart she was driving on a karting course.[214]

Jenny Mitchell, a 19-year-old English hairdresser, was killed when her car exploded after fumes, caused by chemicals mixing with hydrogen peroxide leaking from a bottle of hair bleach, ignited as she lit a cigarette.[21

Erica Marshall, a 28-year-old veterinarian in Florida, died when the horse she was treating in a nearby high-oxygen chamber kicked the wall, releasing a spark from its horseshoes and triggering an explosion.
ruthy truthy

Crescent City, CA

#9797 Jul 26, 2012
accidents do happen, it is not murder
1941: Sherwood Anderson, writer, died of peritonitis after swallowing a toothpick at a party.[80]

1955: Margo Jones, theater director, was killed by exposure to carbon tetrachloride fumes from her newly cleaned carpet.

1969; Jan Palach, a Czech student, committed s Leslie Harvey, guitarist of Stone the Crows, was electrocuted on stage by a live microphone.[105]

1978: Kurt Gödel, the Austrian/American logician and mathematician, died of starvation when his wife was hospitalized. Gödel suffered from extreme paranoia and refused to eat food prepared by anyone else.[117]
1982: Navy Lieutenant George M. Prior, 30, died in Arlington, Virginia from a severe allergic reaction to Daconil, a fungicide used on a golf course he attended. He had unwittingly ingested the substance through his habit of carrying the tee in his mouth when playing.[130]
1983: American author Tennessee Williams died when he choked on an eyedrop bottle-cap in his room at the Hotel Elysee in New York. He would routinely place the cap in his mouth, lean back, and place his eyedrops in each eye.[133]
1993: Garry Hoy, a 38-year-old lawyer in Toronto, Ontario, fell to his death on July 9, 1993, after he threw himself against a window on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in an attempt to prove to a group of visitors that the glass was "unbreakable." The glass did not break, but popped out of the window frame.[150][151]
1994: Gloria Ramirez was admitted to Riverside General Hospital, in Riverside, California, for complications of advanced cervical cancer. Before she died, her caregivers claimed that Ramirez's body mysteriously emitted toxic fumes that made several emergency room workers very ill.[153]

1994: Jeremy Brenno, a 16-year-old golfer from Gloversville, New York, was killed when he threw his club against a bench in a fit of rage, breaking the shaft. Part of the shaft bounced back and pierced his heart.[154]
1997: Karen Wetterhahn, a professor of chemistry at Dartmouth College, died of mercury poisoning ten months after a few drops of dimethylmercury landed on her protective gloves. Although Wetterhahn had been following the required procedures for handling the chemical, it still permeated her gloves and skin within seconds. As a result of her death, regulations were altered.[157][158]

2004: Phillip Quinn, a 24-year-old from Kent, Washington, was killed while heating up a lava lamp on his kitchen stove. The lamp exploded and a shard pierced his heart.[180]

2006: Erika Tomanu, a seven-year-old girl in Saitama, Japan, died when she was sucked 10 metres down the intake pipe of a current pool at a water park.[188]

2006: Mariesa Weber, a petite 38-year-old woman, asphyxiated when she became wedged upside-down behind a bookcase in her bedroom while trying to adjust a plug on her television set. Her family, believing she had been abducted, searched for eleven days before finally finding the body.[190]

2008: Abigail Taylor, a 6-year-old from Edina, Minnesota, died nine months after several of her internal organs were partially sucked out of her lower body while she sat on an excessively powerful swimming pool drain. Surgeons had replaced her intestines and pancreas with donor organs, but she later succumbed to a rare transplant-related cancer.[200]

Amy Rose Coxall, a 15-year-old British schoolgirl studying in Hong Kong, died of strangulation shortly after her scarf got caught in the wheel of a go-kart she was driving on a karting course.[214]

Jenny Mitchell, a 19-year-old English hairdresser, was killed when her car exploded after fumes, caused by chemicals mixing with hydrogen peroxide leaking from a bottle of hair bleach, ignited as she lit a cigarette.[21

Erica Marshall, a 28-year-old veterinarian in Florida, died when the horse she was treating in a nearby high-oxygen chamber kicked the wall, releasing a spark from its horseshoes and triggering an explosion.
ruthy truthy

Crescent City, CA

#9798 Jul 26, 2012
Broken collarbones are one of the most common sports injuries among kids and teens.

The collarbone runs between the top of the breastbone (sternum) and the shoulder blade (scapula) and helps connect the arm to the rest of the body. You can feel your collarbone by touching the area between your neck and your shoulder. Most people can see their collarbones sticking out beneath the skin when they look in the mirror.

A broken collarbone typically occurs as a result of a direct blow to the shoulder or a fall onto an outstretched arm. Collarbone breaks (fractures) are common in contact sports (like football, lacrosse, and hockey) and in sports where there is a chance of a hard fall (such as biking, skiing, snowboarding, and skateboarding). They also can occur from direct trauma to the collarbone during a car collision or other accident.

clavical_fracture_illustration

Most collarbone fractures will heal on their own if the arm is properly immobilized in a sling and the injury is treated with ice and physical therapy. Sometimes, however, if the collarbone is significantly displaced or the break is particularly severe, surgery may be needed to realign the bone, with screws and plates inserted to hold the collarbone in place as it heals.
Symptoms

If your child has a broken collarbone, the most obvious symptoms will be pain in the affected area and difficulty moving the affected arm. Other symptoms include:

swelling, tenderness, and bruising along the collarbone
increased pain when your child tries to move the shoulder or arm
feeling a grinding or crackling sensation if trying to raise the arm
a bulge or deformity above the break (in rare cases, the broken end of the bone may even penetrate the skin and be exposed)
slumping or sagging of your child's shoulder down and forward

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ruthy truthy

Crescent City, CA

#9799 Jul 26, 2012
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