Cox family still hasn't had time to mourn grandsons' deaths
Can't we let this story die? If they find Susan's body then that will
be newsworthy. The fact some guy in Oregon is going to trial for voyourism is
hardly newsworthy, except maybe for the voyours.
Judge: Jurors won't hear 'disturbing' descriptions of Steven
Powell's obsession with Susan============ That's because it's completely Irrelavent to this case and trial.Steve Powell is not on trial here for the disappearance of Susan
Powell.Get over it!
"Constitutionally protected behavior cannot be the basis of criminal
punishment."I'm glad several others have already addressed
what I was thinking to add, and said it well, especially Voice. Since when
should known voyeurism and written statements about it be inadmissible because
pornography is "constitutionally protected behavior"? Distancing
invasive behavior (voyeurism) from legally protected porn to prevent a hard look
at a possible accomplice shows how sick our justice system has become. Serving
it this way as a judge shows who needs to be defeated in the next election.
I'm not liking this judge. I think that he's splitting hairs. Bad
move for his next judicial retention election, if Washington has such a thing.
Judges sometimes need to let all the evidence be heard and let the chips fall
where they may. They are too concerned with getting overturned on appeal. Let
the jury decide after getting the information.
I have to agree with Atikokan from Oregon, the law is very clear on this and you
have to understand some guilty have to go free to (hopefully) prevent the
atrocities we see in other countries where guilt has little to do with
evidence.So, my suggestion is to follow Mr. Powell's example
and publish HIS diaries on the internet for all to see!
So, generalities are allowed, but specifics are denied because they are not
relevant to this case. Actually, in my mind, specifics back up the
generalities. One wonders if the specifics would be allowed if the specifics
were not about Susan Powell.
So much for the phrase in the oath that one takes before testifying: "The
Truth, the WHOLE truth, and nothing BUT the truth." Lawyers have so twisted
this common sense meaning that you can only answer what they ask you and what is
in their mind. They can fabricate, create doubt and innuendo and all sorts of
theories and the truth be darned (use a stronger word here) all because they are
"trained in the law." Well, what about justice? I thought that was
what courts were all about, but then I reflect on something as sinister as
answering for a minor traffic violation in traffic court and see the games
played out in that forum and it's a wonder anyone is punished for their
crimes. To add insult to injury, the judges are all lawyers themselves and
uphold their own profession to the maximum, lack of justice notwithstanding.
After reading the entire document prepared by the prosecution, I thought the
journals should be allowed. The prosecution gave supporting precedent cases that
backed their position and their reational for using them as evidence. This
shocks me that they were not allowed.Is it against the law to take
voyeristic pictures of adults? What if the adult is partially clothed but
doesn't know a picture is being taken? Could he be prosecuted in Utah for
pictures of Susan? Does any reader know the law on this? Thanks if you do and
could answer.Also, why are there only 14 charges if there are
hundreds of photos? Can there only be charges if there is a person who can be
identified in the photo? Does age matter? Does how much clothing the person has
As disturbing as this case is, I'm afraid the judge made the right decision
based on current law. Not justice mind you, but law. I was in law enforcement
for 15 years and to see stuff like this galls me. Current law requires evidence
to be relevent to the case and Powell's obsession with Susan, while sick,
is not a crime. Now, if he were to be implicated in her death, these diaries
would be on point as evidence. Personally, I think he's
involved in her death, but then I'm a suspicious person by nature.
Sometimes I think about Susan and think, at least the boys are ok, then remember
they are gone. It has not even sunk in with me. I will never forget this
horrific case. Peace and healing to the Cox family.
I can't imagine the grief, the incredible sorrow which would come from the
death of two grandsons and a daughter whose body has not yet been found. I am
not sure of what is "properly grieving" means because the saddness that
must come from such tremendous loss will never end. The emptiness which gnaws
at you after the death of a loved one does not cease for a long time. I know
you keep searching for the person in your mind, never to find them because they
have passed on. Then when the realization comes that they are truly gone, it
hits you like a punch in the stomach. But this case is something so
much more devestating. Two little boys were murdered by their father. He
murdered his wife, their daughter, and hid her body somewhere in this world.
Her body, the body of their daughter, was never recovered. This is
a situation where I would not be looking to get over grieving but to stay sane.
I wish the Coxes all the comfort and peace that the good Lord can give them.
I don't think that you can ever put a time limit on the grieving process.
Sure things get better with time, but all it takes is a familair fragrance,
photo, piece of clothing and you are back to square one.