I can't believe this, you think it's lame when wrestlng does the big swerve and reverse the decision. Well this judge just pulled it in the court.
After a long trail and a jury decision to convict a woman ( Marjorie Knoller) of second degree murder(which could give her 15 years). By allowing her 120 pound dog to kill a 33year old lacross coach cutie (Diane Whipple) on Jan.2001. The judge changed his mind and give her just involuntary manslaughter instead (which gives the max 4 years). Which is what her husband Robert Noel because he wasn't in town when the dog's attacked
They went through the entire trail (march 2002) with second-degree murder as an option and the jurors took it, to my satisfaction and most of the public. Then when it's supposidly all said and done, months later for sentencing the judge all of a sudden throw's it out. Why didn't they do it before the trail?
Sharon Smith the victim's "life partner" said it best when I watched this on TV (but it wasn't on the aritle). They asked if she had something to say and she stood up and said something to the effect "seeing the jurors box there, I question why is it there for? Justice was done and now it's undone"... Well she's absolutly right, what is the point, next time you get bothered for jury duty just bring this article and say "what does my opinion count" You get 12 men and women agreeing on a verdict and a judge 3 months later throws it out because all of a sudden he feels it's not justified.
I followed this case pretty hard, and thought justice was done on March but this week it was all for not. If you see that old man and woman with the dogs, they showed zero remorse, and tried to blame the victims perfume.
The article is pretty good when the judge said to the dog owners "You are the most despised couple in this city -- I don't think anybody likes you," ... And Smith comment to those same owners, she said they murdered -- murdered," she repeated for emphasis, "my life partner and best friend." Noel, as he did through much of the trial, scribbled on a notepad, prompting a sharp rebuke from Smith. "If the despicable Robert Noel can take a second to pay attention, and even though you are pretending to be writing, I know you are listening,"
(edited by Net Hack Slasher on 18.6.02 1630) I don't get it, everyone loves rats, but they don't want to drink the rats milk?
they do this in Maryland all the time AND the judges can do it IN CHAMBERS and have OVERTURNED THEIR OWN DECISIONS giving LITTLE OR NO REASION...
this all came out because here in the DC suburb of Silver Spring [in Montgomery County which i think has a bigger pop. then the whole state of Montana and Idaho combined] Hit and runs are up like 300% from last year. One person driver was caught when he came back to the scene to retrieve his fallen bumper, if i remember correctly. He was tried and conviced of vehicular manslaughter with i think is 5-10 in state prison. 3 months later the judge suspended the rest of his sentence and put him under a house arrest where he has to wear an ankle moniter and is under 3 years probabation.
the judge tried to pass it off as him being in jail "He IS in jail, he is confined to a space, it just HAPPENS to be his own house"
when the local TV stations found out they gave the State hell, but Judges love to use this loophole to "convict" high-profile defendants and give the familes "closure" and over-turn it or change it later to "spare the families the experience of SEEING them go free"
they get the joy of READING about it later
so, long story short, it's the norm around here...
"If it weren't for my horse, I wouldn't have spent that year in college." -Lewis Black "Yeah, fuck you E.T. you ungrateful dick." -BigDaddyLoco 5/20/2 "MAY PRE HOUSE THE SEAMY SIDE VOLITATION!!!" Warning from a "Flying Goku" Dragon Ball Z toy "I'm her sugar momma, which is ok, because I'm her sister." Connie French, and the funniest thing one of my customers has ever said to me "Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes." Pennsylvania State law
One question I did have was this: wasn't the women convicted of both manslaughter AND second-degree murder? How could it be both? Shouldn't it have been one or the other? Maybe that factored into the judge's decision.
Here (mumia2000.org) is a link to a Mumia site which has the AP story. It's dated Dec. 2001, though, so I'm not sure why it's breaking news now. (Unless they've honored him again, or something, but I'm not finding any evidence of that.) --K