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”

Since: Jul 12

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#9901 Nov 18, 2012
(1) the State failed to prove
beyond a reasonable doubt
that she knew that her boyfriend
was beating her daughter;

(2) the State deprived
her of a fair trial when, during closing arguments, it vouched for the credibility of
one of its witnesses and misstated the law on accountability;

(3) the trial court erred in giving
nonpattern jury instructions on accountability;

(4) the trial court erred in admitting evidence of
the defendant's prior bad acts; and

(5) the truth-in-sentencing law is unconstitutional. We modify
the defendant's sentence to allow her to receive day-for-day good time credit and in all other
respects affirm the judgment of the circuit court.

__________
http://www.law.northwestern.edu/wrongfulconvi ...
raye dawn was convicted because of her lying inLaws were already in the middle of a custody battle that just carried over to the murder trial with all the lies that come with custody suits, from men who refuse to pay child support to the women he recklessly get pregnant,...
kelsey loved her mommy because she was wonderful,
she did not feel the same way about Kathy Briggs, or her bio dad, deservedly so. and if she found out how they lied and put her wonderful mommy in prison she would have a heart attack
Rational Tulsans

Tulsa, OK

#9902 Nov 23, 2012
I wish that you fools would shut down this thread. I am sick and tired of reading this mumbo jumbo about wrongful convictions. Let's talk about something positive. You people make me puke.
know justice know peace

Crescent City, CA

#9904 Nov 27, 2012
I can think of one hundred reason why this thread should NOT shut down:
100th Death Row wrongfully inmate Exonerated

After ten years and four months behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, Ray Krone has a powerful story to tell.
Ray shared his compelling story of serving time on death row for the murder of Kim Ancona in Phoenix, Arizona.
Despite the prosecution fighting his attorney every step of the way,
[[[ DNA tests finally identified the real killer, who was already serving time in prison and was only three months from parole.]]][I LOVE DNA!]

Tennessee has released three men from death row when evidence of their innocence emerged and has released another on an Alford plea, allowing him to plead to a lesser charge while maintaining his innocence and avoiding more jail time waiting for a new trial.

Another deadly mistake has been uncovered and corrected. Michael Keenan was released from Ohio’s death row this fall, after serving 24 years for a crime he didn't commit. The prosecution, it turns out, had hidden exculpatory evidence. Keenan was the nation's 141st death penalty exoneration.

How many innocent people were killed before they could be exonerated?

We here in Oregon should take note and abolish our own death penalty law before innocent blood taints our hands. Oregon has already had its share of dropped charges and overturned murder convictions.

Christopher Boots and Eric Proctor were convicted of murder in Lane County in 1985 and sentenced to 20 years each. The evidence was thin and later debunked. The real murderer was identified. Released in 1994, after eight years in prison, Boots and Proctor settled with the city of Springfield for $2 million.

Laverne Pavlinek implicated her partner John Sosnovske in the murder of a young woman whose body was found in the Columbia Gorge in 1992. It appears she made the accusation in a desperate attempt to escape an abusive relationship. A stunned Sosnovske pled no contest in order to avoid a death sentence and received a sentence of life without parole. The case fell apart when another man confessed and recited watertight facts about the murder.

Santiago Ventura Morales was sentenced for the murder of another Mexican man in 1986. The county had no interpreters who spoke Ventura’s Mixtec dialect and he could not understand the investigation and trial. Another person then confessed to the crime. Jurors who had convicted Morales called for a new investigation that released him by 1991.

Phillip Scott Cannon was convicted of aggravated murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in 1999 for the murder of three people in Polk County. Evidence was later proven inadequate and he was released in 2009.

Of the 37 people on Oregon’s death row now, four have had their convictions overturned and are awaiting re-trial. The main reasons have been mistakes made by judges in their instructions to juries, lack of adequate legal defense and competency of the defendant to assist his defense team. While many feel that DNA evidence has played a major part in the 141 exonerations, DNA was the major factor in only 17 of the 141 cases.

The death penalty is expensive and, as the last two popes have said, unnecessary. But one of the most pressing reasons to ban it is the very real risk of taking innocent life.

However, while each exoneration is a success for the Innocence Project, it is also a failure according to Lennox – a failure of the criminal justice system in the US.

“What’s terrifying about the American legal system is that your whole life can change forever just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” she says.
know justice know peace

Crescent City, CA

#9905 Nov 27, 2012
Only about 8 percent of sentenced prisoners in federal prison were incarcerated for violent crimes, and about 52 percent of sentenced prisoners for state prisons. Within three years of their release, roughly two-thirds of former prisoners are re-arrested, while 52 percent are re-incarcerated.

Those statistics only show a small part of the lingering problems with our criminal justice system. What about the reported 1-2 percent of our prison population that shouldn’t be there in the first place?

You’d think with the advent of more sophisticated forensic technology, the criminal justice system would adapt enough so as not to be so unjust. You’d think as more crime scene and police lab tools become available to more highly trained experts, the criminal justice system would not to be so corrupt.

But a stunning seven-month investigation by the Better Government Association and the Center on Wrongful Convictions shows that “wrongful convictions of men and women for violent crimes in Illinois have cost taxpayers $214 million and have imprisoned innocent people for 926 years.”

Yup, nearly a millennium of hard time for innocent people.
Read more at http://hypervocal.com/news/2011/the-high-cost...

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#9906 Nov 29, 2012
People need to stop making Raye the victim. KELSEY IS THE VICTIM. KELSEY IS DEAD. Raye is alive getting her 3 meals a day.
worm

Brookings, OR

#9907 Nov 29, 2012
People need to stop making Raye the victim, all she was doing was trying to provide a perfect home for Kelsey, with a LOVING father amid the continuous abuse and threats from her ex and unfortunately the sperm donor of Kelsey,
worm

Brookings, OR

#9908 Nov 29, 2012
although Lance did lay off but his mother picked up to take his place while he was away getting money for a lawyer to take the baby away from this poor abused mother,
worm

Brookings, OR

#9909 Nov 29, 2012
raye dawn was convicted because of her lying inLaws were already in the middle of a 'custody battle' that just carried over to the murder trial with all the 'lies that come with custody suits', from men who refuse to pay child support to the women he recklessly get pregnant,...
State deprived
her of a fair trial when, during closing arguments, it vouched for the credibility of
one of its witnesses and misstated the law on accountability.

the trial court erred in admitting evidence of
the defendant's prior bad acts; and

(5) the truth-in-sentencing law is unconstitutional. We modify
the defendant's sentence to allow her to receive day-for-day good time credit and in all other
respects affirm the judgment of the circuit court.
worm

Brookings, OR

#9910 Nov 29, 2012
all she was doing was trying to provide a perfect home for Kelsey,

with a LOVING father.

Who has worked as hard as raye dawn at doing what society wants. not many.

people are going to have to own up to their own abusive ways,,,abusive husbands and sMother out laws.

men are just going to have to put condoms on when they illicit sex with [so called] unfit mothers,

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#9912 Dec 5, 2012
She provided a loving home??? Kelsey herself told Raye that Mike hurt her. RAYE DID NOTHING! Loving mother my ass!
worm

Crescent City, CA

#9913 Dec 5, 2012
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!!!!
worm

Crescent City, CA

#9914 Dec 5, 2012
Kelsey's mommy did not enable lance Briggs to beat her while pregnant with Kelsey,

she also did not enable Lance Briggs to get custody of Kesley and thus enable him to abuse Kelsey,

she did this by working and going to school so as not to depend on her abuser,

This all does not have anything to do with what Mike Porter did while no one was around,
go warriors

Brookings, OR

#9915 Dec 7, 2012
I am glad that Kelsey is DEAD! HA HA HA
worm

Crescent City, CA

#9916 Dec 7, 2012
Lets take out the false testimony
and put in ALL The Facts

“what ever floats your goat”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#9917 Dec 17, 2012
the State deprived
her of a fair trial and will soon shun the mob and handle their business of giving her the fair trial that a loving mommy deserves,
sue cyer

Brookings, OR

#9918 Dec 18, 2012
I am off my rocker again!
jake

Crescent City, CA

#9919 Dec 21, 2012
The state will take care of the matter, it just takes time to get the truth out with all the lies. It's a money issue, certainly when even DNA evidence comes and they find DNA to match someone else they still don't let people go, she just needs some plain and simple '''''''''''DUE PROCESS'''''
jake

Crescent City, CA

#9920 Dec 21, 2012
cannibalistic anger when it comes to money,

“what ever floats your goat”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#9921 Dec 25, 2012
People need to stop feeling sorry for Lance Briggs and his mother Kathy Briggs, They did not work day and night for Kelsey Smith, except working to tear apart Kelsey's home,,,,,,and instigate a mob to destroy justice for Kelsey by not bringing her killer to trial, but ENABLING her killer to plea bargain out of his molest and murder charges,

also.
(1) the State failed to prove
beyond a reasonable doubt
that she knew that her boyfriend
was beating her daughter!

(2) the State deprived
her of a fair trial when, during closing arguments, it vouched for the credibility of
one of its witnesses and misstated the law on accountability?

(3) the trial court erred in giving
nonpattern jury instructions on accountability!

(4) the trial court erred in admitting evidence of
the defendant's prior bad acts; and

(5) the truth-in-sentencing law is unconstitutional. We modify
the defendant's sentence to allow her to receive day-for-day good time credit and in all other
respects affirm the judgment of the circuit court.

__________
http://www.law.northwestern.edu/wrongfulconvi ...
raye dawn was convicted because of her lying inLaws were already in the middle of a custody battle that just carried over to the murder trial with all the lies that come with custody suits, from men who refuse to pay child support to the women he recklessly get pregnant,...
kelsey loved her mommy because she was wonderful,
she did not feel the same way about Kathy Briggs, or her bio dad, deservedly so. and if she found out how they lied and put her wonderful mommy in prison she would have a heart attack

“what ever floats your goat”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#9922 Dec 25, 2012
this seems to be the new rave, to send women to the lions den,,,I've seen premeditated murderers get only a fraction of this woman's sentence,
Oklahoma judge sentences woman to 35 years in prison for role in child abuse
The judge considered sentencing Solis to probation, but changed her mind after considering court transcripts and an interview in which her 6-year-old son told detectives his mother watched as Gabriel Solis punched the 1-year-old repeatedly.
Elsa Solis testified Friday that she didn't recall ever seeing her then-husband abuse the boy.

“You called your son a liar,” Truong said.“You don't deserve to be a mother.”

Man's court date set

Gabriel Solis, 31, of Del City, also appeared before Truong on Friday and attempted to withdraw the Alford plea he entered in September for a child abuse charge.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant accepts a sentence for a crime while still asserting innocence. The former Tinker Air Force Base airman admitted in court papers that sufficient evidence exists for a jury to convict him.

When Truong asked Gabriel Solis whether he was attempting to withdraw his plea because he was told the length of his ex-wife's sentence, he said “no.”

The judge then asked defense attorney Jason Lowe whether he told Gabriel Solis about the woman's sentence. The attorney said “yes.”

Lowe withdrew as his attorney, citing a conflict of interest. The judge will appoint a public defender to represent Gabriel Solis and set a Dec. 7 court date to consider the motion to withdraw his plea.

Gabriel Solis, who was fired in September by the Air Force, faces up to life in prison if Truong rejects the motion and decides to sentence him.

The couple were arrested in October 2010 after doctors found significant injuries to the child, whose mother was deployed in Saudi Arabia.

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