When someone is growing "pot", should he expect his friends and
neighbors to donate to a defense fund when the police come knocking at his door?
Should he be surprised if the police get a warrant to search his property?
Should he be able to claim that he thought that someone was breaking in when he
shoots five police officers who try to enforce that warrant?Somewhere, we have crossed a line that should be clearly marked.If
you break the law, there are consequences.If you break the law, you
should expect the police to enter your home without your permission.If you break the law, you should not expect your friends and neighbors to pay
your way out of your problem.
Re: " A fair trial will cost him more than anyone has."Interesting comment. In the mind of at least one poster, trials are
apparently only "fair" if they result in the acquittal of the clearly
If I were part of Officer Francom's family I would insist that the link to the
officer's information be removed from this man's website.And how can
he claim he didn't know what was going on? The gunfight lasted for nearly a half
"Matthew is a kind and compassionate man who embraces natural healing
methods." Well, that didn't work out so well for him, did
it?He claims to have been "self-medicating". If pot
worked to "heal" mental illness, he wouldn't have been paranoid.He was a RADIO OPERATOR stateside and in Europe, with the minimal basic
training given to those who will engage in that work. He was NOT a Gulf War
veteran (as his family claimed upfront). He was obviously mentally-ill, and
without healthcare coverage.How DID he lose his only good job (the
armed IRS security guard position)?Mr Stewart, your BEST defense is
an apology to the community AND a plea bargain for "life without
I've heard of people taking out second mortgages on their homes when defense
funds are needed. Just sayin'...
The fact that he was growing pot should have been clue as to who was breaking
into his home. Let the public defenders do their job. By the time it is all said
and done thirty years will pass anyway..
I can't believe that his family want people to donate money for his defense,
after he requested laywers through the courts. I also would give money to the
fallen Officer's family then to a denfense fund. The man was growing drugs and
took an officer's life and injured 5 other officer in the calling out of their
duties. Why doesn't the family take loans out to pay for their son defense. I
believe he has the right to a fair trial, but not at the exspence of asking for
help, when the state is providing legal help, what doesn't his family understand
he broke the law and now they want everybody to feel sorry for him.
Not.......... It's a slap in the face to law enforcement everywhere.
What defense? I hope he spends the rest of his natural born life NOT
SELF-MEDICATING and on his own tab. Leave the good, law abinding citizens of
Utah and their pocketbooks alone.
I would prefer to donate to the dead officer's family. They are the victims who
need our full support.
I would probably be more likely to pay for Josh Powell's grave site than help
defend a guy who killed a cop, while growing illegal drugs. Okay, well, not
quite, but this is ridiculous.
I for one feel the same as anyone here that this man deserves the death penalty.
However, the family of this guy are not the bad people. Honoring the police
officer is a gesture. I am sure that most anyone who has a son or daughter who
did something horrilby wrong is going to stand by that child no matter the
circumstances. Of course their judgement is clouded and confusing but I am sure
they have a defense attorney who is responsible for a lot of that. I don't fault
this family and for "Voice at 6:01pm", the family didn't kill the
officer so don't judge them.
He deserves a fair, but speedy, trial. And, when the verdict is rendered, the
sentence needs to be carried out promptly.However, this will drag on
for years, or even decades with all sorts of frivolous claims nd appeals by his
lawyers (who will probably be paid by us taxpayers!). He will be a mini
celebrity and all sorts of ill-informed people will lament "unfair
persecution." He will be the white counterpart to cop-killer Abu Jamail in
Philadelphia,As for the website, what a crock!It does
not take a rocket scientist to put together the facts: One dead and five wounded
cops and he is the one who shot them.Disgusting what some people
will do, and then shirk responsibility for their actions.
A kind man? Well, probably. Stoned people generally are "kind." Or
paranoid. Or schizophrenic. Drugs'll do that to you, Whitney.
Yep, I might donate to the Josh Powell "find me a gravesite" fund
also. A fair trial is unfortunately his constitutional right, but this guy is
already wasting my taxes.
If he was a law abiding citizen and not grow pot in his basement, none of these
would had happened. Lock him up and throw away the keys
I am upset that Officer Francom is dead. I am upset the Matthew Stewart is
likely going to end up dead. I am upset with the police tactics used. Had the
police used smarter tactics, instead of military like tactics, Officer Francom
would still be alive, the other officers would not be wounded, and Matthew
Stewart's life would not be in jeopardy. I believe swat tactics should be a
last resort, like for hostage situations. Why couldn't the police officers
waited till he entered his car, then blocked his doors and escape route? I wish
our police officers would use tried and true police tactics, not military
tactics. A country should never use its military against its own citizens.
Hopefully dressing and training our nation's Police is not a step toward this.
Haven't been to the site and don't plan to go. Strangefor the site to
"honor" the man whose life Stewart ended. Not just strange,
disgusting. Break laws, kill an officer, wound several others, and then ask the
public to help you fix it? Something is way off here.
What "Defense" is there in this case?It's not like he can
say he didn't do it... or that it was justified! What exactly is the
defense?The Constitution says you have a right to a trial. It
doesn't say you have the right to get away with it.I would really
like to know what the defense is going to be.
Classy. I suggest they contact the Powells.
I gave a 20 spot, he will need all the help he can get. A fair trial will cost
him more than anyone has.