Illinois State Police settle wrongful conviction suit

Nov 30, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Times

The Illinois State Police agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a former death row inmate who spent almost two decades in prison for the 1986 murders of a newlywed couple before a judge released him because of flawed evidence.

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iknow

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these 2 guys are innocent. i know them both very well.
iknow

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another thing. if you dont know them you need to keep your big mouth zipped tightly shut. people that do know them will thank you.
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iknow wrote:
another thing. if you dont know them you need to keep your big mouth zipped tightly shut. people that do know them will thank you.
what does that mean? I would like to hear what they got to say about this. The more truth about this case thats put out into the public,the better for them..and to solving this crime. Right?
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I think they were all in on it. The defendants,law enforcement, prosecutors, lawyers,the media, private investigators, witnesses...and of course the real killer(s) and organized crime. It was a organized hit(double murder)..to induce fear into the public to mind there own business. Otherwise they(victims)would of just disappeared..if they were a threat to business. Duh.

... in a hole in a cornfield or fish food, never to be found. No evidence or winesses.It would of been a missing persons report. Nothing would of ever been found of them. Professionals never leave evidence behind unless they want it found and plan on framing someone for the crime. It was all done for a reason. It worked. The intended effect took place. Fear. The boss said it so..so it was so. Simple. Business.
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This is my reality of this case. Most dont care anymore..some think they know the truth, others dont have a clue. We will never know the truth anytime soon. But someday, it will all be known I predict.

Watch. Listen. Report.

Get involved in ending crime and corruption that involves innocent people. Business(organized crime) is one thing, but if that was my daughter or son...murdered like that. There would of been quick retaliation to those responsible and no show n tell( prosecution ) for the public to watch. Street justice not fake justice.

The family was not able to send a clear message back to those responsible. That was the problem, and they(organized crime) knew that.

What would happen after the crime?..they knew exacly what would happen. And planned it all.

Fear..and questions,but no true answers. Thats what they wanted. It worked. So far,right?

This is my reality of it. Whats urs?
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Corruption wrote:
This is my reality of this case. Most dont care anymore..some think they know the truth, others dont have a clue. We will never know the truth anytime soon. But someday, it will all be known I predict.
Watch. Listen. Report.
Get involved in ending crime and corruption that involves innocent people. Business(organized crime) is one thing, but if that was my daughter or son...murdered like that. There would of been quick retaliation to those responsible and no show n tell( prosecution ) for the public to watch. Street justice not fake justice.
The family was not able to send a clear message back to those responsible. That was the problem, and they(organized crime) knew that.
What would happen after the crime?..they knew exacly what would happen. And planned it all.
Fear..and questions,but no true answers. Thats what they wanted. It worked. So far,right?
This is my reality of it. Whats urs?
Enquiring minds want to know, right buddy? It's easy to say "if this happened to me I'd get them." When in fact it's not that easy. There, that's my take.
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This story has been sold well to the public..so far.

I think its time the other story is just told...not sold. Can u prove its wrong?

Do u care that innocent people were killed like this? Will it happen again?

Who dies next in this story?
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Any person(s)can be targeted for a organized hit(murder). Or likewise any person(s) can be targeted and killed in retaliation of that hit. Anyone.

It dont matter who they are or protects them. A independant professional(s) skilled in his trade can find and kill anyone,if laws or time dont restrict them.

Like I said..the family of the victims didnt have the ability to retaliate against this hit. The law was their only way to expect justice. In this case the law was used to help the killers. Justice can never be obtained though the courthouse or prison. Only by the use of trained professional killers..to kill the ones responsible for this hit. It takes a wolf to catch a wolf...and kill that wolf.
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My cousin was dating that man convicted of killing Dyke and Karen and he came straight out and admitted that he went to Dyke and Karen's home to collect a debt over cocaine and said he cornered them both in their home and that they pleaded with him and he was drunk and Karen tried to get away and he "instinctively" stabbed her to keep her from getting away and then her husband tried to get away and he repeatedly stabbed them both and once they were dead he set the house on fire to try and cover up the crime. He admitted this to my cousin several times and she wanted to end their relationship and then she was afraid to for obvious reasons. He also related that to a man named Donny Comstock. I cannot imagine whats to review. He committed this crime in 1987 right? My cousin used to have me hang around on weekends when I was in Paris to visit who at the time was my girlfriend and later became my wife, Vickie Ogden Griffith, 909 W. Elizabeth Street in Paris. I believe his name was Randy something or other but I only met him on or twice so I honestly don't remember his name. There is certainly no doubt that he is the guilty party so let him sit there and rot. My ex-wife was one of the sweetest people in the world and she knew the victims personally and said that it affected her for years afterwards and I just felt I had to weigh in on this subject. I don't know why they are reviewing the records but if it's to look at letting the guilty party out I personally believe it would certainly be a travesty of justice. Like I said, I met him a couple of times and he was nothing but a drunk and drug abuser and preyed on the weak and I'm sure the Illinois prison system has done nothing but honed those traits and skills that he naturally possessed back in '86 or '87 when he committed that crime among others and I have an 18 year old son and an ex-wife whom I love dearly and I would hate to think he was being allowed to breath the same air that my family is breathing.

Sincerely,

BARRY WAYNE GRIFFITH, SR.
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Whats ur cousins name?

Im curious to see if others buy this story ur sellin?
Chris M Gaines

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komada wrote:
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This is factual...
Komada was forced out by his fellow judges for his lack of ethics. His actions caused an intervention by his fellow judges. He was told to retire or ethics charges would be filed by his fellow judges. The houseboat bribe was just the tip of the iceberg. He was lucky he was given option. He should be in prison for corruption.
Why isn't former Coles County Judge Komada in prison for corruption? Why was it never investigated further at that time?
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Show me any actual proof of these allegations. This is merely more mike callahan made up bullshit. The book is comprised of mostly made up bullshit.
Chris M Gaines

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Jan 24, 2013
 
Komada story is truth. Obviously.
Chris M Gaines

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Jan 24, 2013
 
I need no proof. This ain't a court of law..obviously...duh.
Chris M Gaines

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Jan 24, 2013
 
Prove Komada never was corrupt..can you? Prove he didn't take a houseboat for a bribe..can you? Were you there? Is he a honorable former Judge? Prove me wrong? This story is public opinion on the street. Why would the public have this opinion about this Judge concerning this case?

Broken lamp? Ya right..don't add up. Duh.
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Jan 24, 2013
 
Go 49'ers.
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Gaines...u got got burger for brains. getit...gainesburger..u r just another idiot. send callahan a few bucks, i heard he can use it.
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Feb 18, 2013
 
Per Paris Beacon article last week, Edgar County through their insurance company, settled with Herb Whitlock for $3 million. Did any money come from county funds or was it all insurance money? Wonder what the county's new insurance rate will be?

County law enforcement officials have always felt that Steidl and whitlock DID commit the murders. Wonder why they settled if this was the case?
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Feb 18, 2013
 
The Beacon screwed up! The settlement was for 300K, not 3 million.
Curious

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Feb 18, 2013
 
OMG----Does the Beacon ever get a story right? Their front page lead story a few weeks ago spelled the woman's name wrong throughout. And, they never wrote, a correction.

When I read the settlement, I actually wondered if it could have been $300,000. Wonder if there will be a correction on this one. That's a pretty big difference.

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