Mistrial in rape case of man who killed TV anchor

There are 20 comments on the The Oregonian story from Feb 2, 2011, titled Mistrial in rape case of man who killed TV anchor. In it, The Oregonian reports that:

An Arkansas judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the rape case of a man who was separately convicted of murdering a television anchorwoman.

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“Keepin' you posted!”

Since: Jul 10

Topix HQ

#1 Feb 3, 2011
Adding to the forum.
Personal Thought

Jonesboro, AR

#2 Feb 3, 2011
Well, I wonder how many blacks were on the jury?

“Just thinking WTF ?”

Since: Aug 10

Forrest City Ar

#3 Feb 3, 2011
Seven, just like the vote. Seven to five.

“NSA”

Since: Jul 10

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#4 Feb 3, 2011
they must couldnt prove 100% he was guilty
Personal Thought

Jonesboro, AR

#5 Feb 3, 2011
Well I tell all the women I know that when a thug acts the least bit aggressive, to produce a handgun and kill the basturd. If either victim had a handgun when this oxygen thief was on his crime spree, the results would be one less check thug wasting good oxygen.

“I don't need no stinkin job.”

Since: May 09

Topix Bar and Grill

#6 Feb 3, 2011
b_rad_ wrote:
they must couldnt prove 100% he was guilty
Reasonable doubt. The measure stick is "reasonable doubt".
Guest

Wynne, AR

#7 Feb 4, 2011
OMG! Now you know why this town is in the throes of ruin.
guest

Searcy, AR

#8 Feb 4, 2011
They had his semen! They had a DNA match that they got from the Presly trial where he had to give a swab! They had DNA evidence and found not enough to convict him! now that is F***ED UP!
JusticeForAll

Dallas, TX

#9 Feb 4, 2011
The prosecution proved the case beyond all reasonable doubt. Irrefutable DNA evidence (perfect match beyond all scientific certainty). Flawless chain of command (evidence collection and transport). Verified results of validity of testing protocol.
The defense didn't even question any of the DNA experts. Not a SINGLE question. His client perjured himself - he has admitted to this crime, including details of his victim's home that the police were not aware of.
He is guilty. As Prosecutor Long stated on the news yesterday, the only possible reasons to not convict him of this crime are ignorance or people on the jury having an agenda. Look at the votes. Look at the jury composition. Look at the history of this type of case in Lee County. It doesn't take a genius to see why justice was not served.
May God treat Curtis Vance, Bill James (his lawyer), and those 7 jurors with the final justice they have so richly earned. And may the victim and her family find solace in knowing God's punishment will be far harsher - and more enduring - than any justice that could be handed down here on earth.
I am not surprised

Barnesville, OH

#10 Feb 4, 2011
No one should be surprised after the OJ trial, years and years ago. My GOD, can't they find people that have more between their ears than just dead matter. I bet they can't even spell DNA, much less understand the meaning of it. What a load of useless, pathetic, scum, that some consider to be peers...
I am not surprised

Barnesville, OH

#11 Feb 4, 2011
JusticeForAll wrote:
The prosecution proved the case beyond all reasonable doubt. Irrefutable DNA evidence (perfect match beyond all scientific certainty). Flawless chain of command (evidence collection and transport). Verified results of validity of testing protocol.
The defense didn't even question any of the DNA experts. Not a SINGLE question. His client perjured himself - he has admitted to this crime, including details of his victim's home that the police were not aware of.
He is guilty. As Prosecutor Long stated on the news yesterday, the only possible reasons to not convict him of this crime are ignorance or people on the jury having an agenda. Look at the votes. Look at the jury composition. Look at the history of this type of case in Lee County. It doesn't take a genius to see why justice was not served.
May God treat Curtis Vance, Bill James (his lawyer), and those 7 jurors with the final justice they have so richly earned. And may the victim and her family find solace in knowing God's punishment will be far harsher - and more enduring - than any justice that could be handed down here on earth.
Marianna is quite possibly the slowest, most unintelligent, most backwoods place I have ever been to, or heard of. How could a normal person come to these conclusions? They couldn't have, they are not normal....
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Alexander, AR

#12 Feb 4, 2011
I am not surprised wrote:
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Marianna is quite possibly the slowest, most unintelligent, most backwoods place I have ever been to, or heard of. How could a normal person come to these conclusions? They couldn't have, they are not normal....
Didn't a jury there or in St. Francis County find the Amos fellow not guilty of murder when he clearly killed that guy? Seems justice is often hard to find in the delta.

“NSA”

Since: Jul 10

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#14 Feb 4, 2011
the Prosecutor shouldnt talk down on the jury he help pick..mabe he should be called the ignorant one for picking people that cant understand law and justice.
JusticeForAll

Dallas, TX

#15 Feb 4, 2011
@b_rad: Each side gets a limited number of "passes". Both sides utilized passes; the State doesn't get enough passes to seat an unbiased jury in the Delta. End of story.

“NSA”

Since: Jul 10

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#16 Feb 4, 2011
u say that as in the way just because it's the delta its automaticly going to be an injustice..if thats the case then why even waste tax payers money with a trial if you see the jury's race is in favor of the person on trial...and whites,blacks, and any other color are more than capable at making decisions not just based on race because they come from the delta... and u sound really biased to post a comment about people from the delta being biased...and isnt it still better to let a guilty man go free than lock an innocent man up?...or is that saying of justice been long gone?
greenbough

United States

#17 Feb 5, 2011
b_rad_ wrote:
the Prosecutor shouldnt talk down on the jury he help pick..mabe he should be called the ignorant one for picking people that cant understand law and justice.
Never has there been a more dedicated prosecutor anywhere than Fletcher Long. He takes these cases personally and goes above and beyond, working behind the scenes with the investigators and police in order to ensure convictions. As long as you have black jurors on the jury, they are not going to send a "brother" to the pen. But if it were a white individual that had raped a "sister," the white jurors would see he was punished. History bears this out. Fletcher or his deputies cannot make the ideal juror appear. They have to work with what they're given, and in Lee County...well...'nuf said.
JusticeForAll

Dallas, TX

#18 Feb 5, 2011
@b_rad: I am in no way implying that all people in Lee County are biased. On the contrary, there are many people there - both black and white - who are outraged that Mr Vance was not convicted. I am merely stating what history clearly shows - and what you yourself could verify if you looked into court records: there is a pattern of this sort of verdict, and clearly obvious numerical proof of how the juries voted.
Somebody That Knows

Forrest City, AR

#19 Feb 7, 2011
greenbough wrote:
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Never has there been a more dedicated prosecutor anywhere than Fletcher Long. He takes these cases personally and goes above and beyond, working behind the scenes with the investigators and police in order to ensure convictions. As long as you have black jurors on the jury, they are not going to send a "brother" to the pen. But if it were a white individual that had raped a "sister," the white jurors would see he was punished. History bears this out. Fletcher or his deputies cannot make the ideal juror appear. They have to work with what they're given, and in Lee County...well...'nuf said.
The continued failures of the prosecutors office is ridiculous. It would be interesting to see the conviction rate of the cases that went to trial.

“NSA”

Since: Jul 10

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#20 Feb 7, 2011
greenbough wrote:
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Never has there been a more dedicated prosecutor anywhere than Fletcher Long. He takes these cases personally and goes above and beyond, working behind the scenes with the investigators and police in order to ensure convictions. As long as you have black jurors on the jury, they are not going to send a "brother" to the pen. But if it were a white individual that had raped a "sister," the white jurors would see he was punished. History bears this out. Fletcher or his deputies cannot make the ideal juror appear. They have to work with what they're given, and in Lee County...well...'nuf said.
so you're saying he is just not capable of getting a conviction?..well if you're not saying it then i will....if it is so hard to get a conviction on a black person as you suggest...then why won't he be man enough to step down from service for the best interest of the community and justice system and let a black prosecuter give it a try..mabe the black community will make a fairer judgement seeing another black person telling them he is guilty.....remember the saying if you cant beat them join them....just saying!

“NSA”

Since: Jul 10

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#21 Feb 7, 2011
that is assuming fletch long is white ofcoasre!!

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