Wrongful Convictions -- Stealing Lives One Person at a Time

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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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#9923 Dec 25, 2012
It is storming This Christmas day,,,,,,,Not a time to be on the road visiting family....Chicago Tribune News wrote;
wrongfully convicted can be more daunting for women for a number of reasons, she said. For one, compared with male defendants, crimes for which women are accused more often lack DNA evidence — meaning DNA cannot be used to exonerate them.

"I think the whole DNA revolution leaves women behind because their cases tend to not be those type of cases," Daniel said. "If you don't have it in your case, it can be harder to defend."

In more than 60 percent of cases where women were exonerated, no crime actually occurred, according to statistics provided by the center. Research has shown that women are often convicted in cases where accidental or natural deaths and even deaths resulting from medical disorders were mistaken for murders, organizers said. In many cases, they said, women accused of harming their children or other loved ones are often convicted on largely circumstantial evidence.

For example, Patricia Stallings was convicted in 1991 of murdering her son, who was taken to a Missouri hospital with high levels of ethylene glycol — a key ingredient of antifreeze — in his blood. She was set free when tests confirmed he died of a genetic disorder that produces false positives for ethylene glycol.

In another case involving a woman accused of killing her child, Chicago mother Nicole Harris was convicted in Cook County in the 2005 death of her son, which had been deemed an accident by the medical examiner. A federal appeals court last month vacated her conviction; prosecutors are appealing.

Experts agree that cases involving the death of a child are among the most difficult to defend. Women in particular have to combat what Daniel calls "the mother myth," the notion that mothers should be able to walk through a wall of fire to save their children.

It's a perception Daniel said played out in the case of Tabitha Pollock, who was convicted of first-degree murder on the theory that she should have known that her boyfriend, who had confessed to killing her daughter, was dangerous. The Illinois Supreme Court reversed Pollock's conviction in 2002.

“what ever floats your goat”

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#9924 Dec 25, 2012
Experts agree that cases involving the death of a child are among the most difficult to defend. Women in particular have to combat what Daniel calls "the mother myth," the notion that mothers should be able to walk through a wall of fire to save their children....Chicago Tribune News

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The United States experienced economic disruptions in 2001 and in the recession of 1990. However, they did not produce huge waves of violence, either in child abuse or domestic violence, Gelles said. Anomic suicide "is not suicide because you've lost all your money but suicide because the rules of the game have changed — because what you thought would be true about your life and your family and your 401(k) and the loyalty of your company has suddenly been disrupted," he said. Gelles suggested that this difficult disruption mixed with an "overenmeshment" in one's family could underlie these familicides.

Overenmeshment is a condition in which perpetrators either view "their family members as possessions that they control or [they] don't see any boundaries between their identity, their wife and their children. And so these are suicides of the entire family, where the anomic, overly enmeshed individual can't bear to leave the pain behind and so takes his wife and children with him," he said.

If the familicide cases signal a more general increase in domestic violence, one result could be a dramatic increase in child abuse and a subsequent burden on the foster care system, Gelles said.

The discussion also touched on new concerns, such as how abusers use threats to intimidate. The panelists focused on the point of separation as a vulnerable period.

NIJ Journal No. 266, June 2010
NCJ 230412

“what ever floats your goat”

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#9925 Dec 26, 2012
Like her trial, so many of the posts are inflammatory, libelous,
& are certainly of the same person making awful remarks regarding this person named Raye Dawn Smith, kelsey beloved mommy.

I can only have pity for this woman of which someone has deep-seated psychological hatred for.

DO NOT for one second think I would have any desire to be used for your own gain, against this poor woman of which you have a personal vendetta against.

In simple English, Y'ALL ARE NUTS !! & you have no business posting on ANY website.

may God forgive you and let you live in his peaceful paradise where people let God decide who is really loving their neighbor as themselves. sweet dreams in this time of the end, with it's violence, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tidal waves, floods, food shortages, corruption, lies, stealing, random murders,
may God help us all. and with a quickness
Dcommentor2

Eureka, CA

#9926 Jan 14, 2013
I love forensics, when the truth comes out, too bad there were no DNA tests done on Kelsey when she died, but when she came to the hospital a nurse checked her out and she only had three small dime size bruises, she was found to have died from damage to one of her internal organs, pancreas maybe?

photos of kelsey were taken after livor moris set in and shown to the court as proof of injuries, but when she arrived at the hospital she only had three dime size bruises,...
Livor mortis (Latin: livor—"bluish color," mortis—"of death"),

postmortem lividity (Latin: postmortem—"after death", lividity—"black and blue"), hypostasis

(Greek: hupo, meaning "under, beneath"; stasis, meaning "a standing"[1][2])

or suggillation, is one of the signs of death. Livor mortis is a settling of the blood in the lower (dependent) portion of the body,

causing a purplish red discoloration of the skin:

when the heart is no longer agitating the blood, heavy red blood cells sink through the serum by action of gravity.

Intensity of color depends upon the amount of reduced hemoglobin in the blood.

This discoloration does not occur in the areas of the body that are in contact with the ground or another object, as the capillaries are compressed.

As the vessel wall become permeable due to decomposition, blood leaks through them and stains the tissue.

This is the reason for fixation of hypostasis.
Livor mortis in a corpse.

Coroners can use the presence or absence of livor mortis as a means of determining an Approximate Time of Death.

The presence of livor mortis is an indication of when it would be futile to begin CPR, or when it is ineffective to continue if it is in progress.

It can also be used by forensic investigators to determine whether or not a body has been moved (for instance,

if the body is found lying face down but the pooling is present on the deceased's back, investigators can determine that the body was originally positioned face up).

Livor mortis starts twenty minutes to three hours after death and is congealed in the capillaries in four to five hours.

Maximum lividity occurs within 6–12 hours.

The blood pools into the interstitial tissues of the body.
Notes and references

^ http://www.thefreedictionary.com/hypostasis
^ http://www.thefreedictionary.com/hypo -

Calixto Machado, "Brain death: a reappraisal", Springer, 2007, ISBN 0-387-38975-X, p. 74
Robert G. Mayer, "Embalming: history, theory, and practice", McGraw-Hill Professional, 2005, ISBN 0-07-143950-1, pp. 106–109
Anthony J. Bertino "Forensic Science: Fundamentals and Investigations" South-Western Cengage Learning, 2008, ISBN 978-0-538-44586-3
sue cyr

Brookings, OR

#9927 Jan 28, 2013
I took my 51/50 meds today!
carl

Brookings, OR

#9928 Jan 31, 2013
sue cyr wrote:
I took my 51/50 meds today!
Smith has been wrongfully convicted by a one-sided media blitz that altered public opinion and led to an unfair trial," was the media on mind altering 51/50 drugs, or just high on the heat of the lynch mob,
JTB TACTICAL RESPONSE

Oklahoma City, OK

#9930 Feb 1, 2013
Criminal, Civil and Criminal Defense Investigations. www.jtbtacticalresponse.com
WarForOil

Grapevine, TX

#9931 Feb 1, 2013
sue cyr wrote:
I took my 51/50 meds today!
That is so good. May they help you.
Remember that doctors love you too.
Stay away from children and puppies
and you'll not get in trouble again.

Someday they will invent a pill for stupid.
You should long for the day

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#9932 Feb 2, 2013
WarForOil wrote:
<quoted text>
That is so good. May they help you.
Remember that doctors love you too.
Stay away from children and puppies
and you'll not get in trouble again.
Someday they will invent a pill for stupid.
You should long for the day
That phrase alone tends to undermine whatever credibility you were trying to convince us you still had.
And, yes, when I ask about global statistics, that does tend to suggest that I mean places other than the U.S.

Also, I'd prefer it if you'd try and offer real numbers
as opposed to fabrication
cooked up to support your agenda..[Michael Allred]

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#9933 Feb 2, 2013
WarForOil wrote:
<quoted text>
That is so good. May they help you.
Remember that doctors love you too.
Stay away from children and puppies
and you'll not get in trouble again.
Someday they will invent a pill for stupid.
You should long for the day
who Loves to prescribe people 5150 meds to character assassinate them, or give them a free gas light shower

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#9934 Feb 2, 2013
In another case involving a woman accused of killing her child, Chicago mother Nicole Harris was convicted in Cook County in the 2005 death of her son,

which had been deemed an accident by the medical examiner.

A federal appeals court last month vacated her conviction; prosecutors are appealing.

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#9935 Feb 10, 2013
Raye is NOT innocent! She is the one that had the excuses for Kelsey's injuries.
You want to blame the Briggs. Where are they wrong? They said Kelsey was being abused. Did they lie? NO! Raye did.
tiredofbs

Oklahoma City, OK

#9936 Feb 18, 2013
I am me-deal with it wrote:
Raye is NOT innocent! She is the one that had the excuses for Kelsey's injuries.
You want to blame the Briggs. Where are they wrong? They said Kelsey was being abused. Did they lie? NO! Raye did.
Talk about one track mind - WOW
ccc

Crescent City, CA

#9937 Apr 28, 2013
Those who Willfully, wantonly, and maliciously put a grieving mother in a bad light has some anger issues that need to be resolved to save the common public.
There is too much abuse of women and children, Wild geese get more protection from the law.

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#9938 Apr 29, 2013
Im sure she is greiving. I never said she didnt love her. I said she didnt PROTECT her.
Happy hh

Terrell, TX

#9940 Jul 22, 2013
Everyone deserves a chance they will not get. Lets face it our Oklahoma highway patrol along with pott county are incompetent to get rid of meth. You could land a meth lab in the middle of the county and the sheriffs off would look at it, turn around and proceed to talk about the good ol days. We the citizens are in a assembly line good for the picking. Good job to the d.a on the arrests last summer I'm sure it helps your campaign. In the end your on your own in pott county you cannot depend on law enforcement. Their to busy guarding casinos other times it's pig central at the bars.
ELH

Portland, OR

#9942 Aug 15, 2013
ccc wrote:
Those who Willfully, wantonly, and maliciously put a grieving mother in a bad light has some anger issues that need to be resolved to save the common public.
There is too much abuse of women and children, Wild geese get more protection from the law.
UPDATE: Kelsey Briggs is STILL dead and Raye is still GUILTY and still locked up until 2034.

The only one here with "anger issues" is YOU.

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#9943 Aug 17, 2013
ccc wrote:
Those who Willfully, wantonly, and maliciously put a grieving mother in a bad light has some anger issues that need to be resolved to save the common public.
There is too much abuse of women and children, Wild geese get more protection from the law.
A mother put in bad light? Prove that one please. Anger issues? You dang right people have anger issues, who wouldn't when it comes to a child dying because there wasn't anyone there to protect him/her?! I agree there are too many children being abused, these children have no way of defending themselves.

How was Raye Dawn abused? She wasn't so the other comment you made is redundant. Raye Dawn has gotten out of this easy. She is alive and well, also she is getting Three Hots and a cot. What did Kelsey get?!

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