Complete miscarriage of justice, the judge made terrible mistakes in not
allowing critical evidence. The father is absolutely right to bring this up. The
jury may have been influenced by the law student which is a very good point.
They should appeal this case. The jury apparently followed the law but the case
was not properly presented.
@I M LDS 2As RShackleford said. A lot of the problems is how cases
stretch on for years. Just like the killings at Ft. Hood. It has been 3 years
and no trial yet. In fact their still arguing if the defendant can be forced to
shave his beard for the trial. This could be fixed. Capital Punishment is a joke
when it takes 15 years plus to be carried out after someone has been convicted.
This should be changed.We may have the best justice system in the world
but it sure isn't the best it could be. Thanks for giving me the
chance to whine on. Maybe you can tell the parents of the next person he kills
how good the justice system works.
I think that so few Utahans get a chance to serve on jury duty that they
don't understand about the law and just because someone tells a story to
make himself look good and the other guy look bad, it doesn't make it so. I
have served on several juries over the past 5 years and you have to reason. I
would like to know how he can plead guilty and then turn around and plead not
guilty. I so support the father as well as all of the family in how they feel.
That is why I'm glad I don't live in Utah. They don't get to
serve on jury duty as much in other states.
The anger will do no one any good and will only complicate the tragedies already
experienced.Somehow, we need to approach life with a level head and
even a forgiving heart. That much said, this doesn't imply that we convert
ourselves into door mats to be trodden upon, it just means that what ever we do
in response to our current situation, we do it with an open mind and in control
of our emotions.The constitution promises speedy trials, but often
times, court dockets are packed with trivial litigation that is sometimes levied
to gain wealth and/or vengeance, as opposed to justice. Too often we are our
own worst enemy. I wish the family my best in resolving their pain.
Feel sorry for her husband and her family. It is sad the way it all.played out.
Losing a daughter and a son in such a short period of time. Don't know if
perhaps a change of venue might have made a difference. God bless the families.
Despite its flaws, our legal and "justice" system is arguably the best
in the world.I don't see the grieving, angry Dad, nor any of
the cynical commenters here, proposing anything superior.But if it
makes you all feel better, whine on. Will that give the slain daughter justice?
If the judge's decision to exclude the written testimony of the brother
was, as is asserted here, indefensible, then I would assume an appeal would
occur and it would be overturned? Otherwise, I have to assume it _was_
defensible, even perhaps required (the judge knows a lot more about law than _I_
do, that's for sure), and it was just unfortunate that the witness died.
There is no perfect justice system, other than God's. We just do the best
we can. I feel this family's pain, and I don't fault them
for being critical, but if the legalities are over and there is no more
recourse, it is time to try to move forward. I wish them the best. One thing I also know, there is no getting off "scott-free," even in
just this life. If this man committed murder, in defense of an illegal and
debilitating drug habit, and then perjured himself to hide like a rat from a
cat, you can know he is near soulless -- and he is, has, and will live a life of
personal misery. This is also sad, but he has brought it on himself.
I agree with the Dad. There was no justice for his daughter.
"Just 4 ½ months after the shooting, Ryan Greathouse, 40, died in Las
Vegas of an accidental drug overdose."In this lies the problem,
these cases stretch on for years: Witnesses forget, remember things differently
after a long period of time, Or in this case die. This is the reason for a
speedy, fair trial. The Jury made a decision based on evidence that was tainted
by time. In this the death of the Star Witness. This is a problem not attributed
to just this judge or in just this case.The evidence and facts were
all there shortly after this crime happened, yet it fell apart with the passing
of time. This assures those in the Justice System (judges and lawyers on both
sides) a long career with job security but denies the victims and even the
accused a fair trial and justice. Don’t blame the jury.
Please don't forget that "Not Guilty" does NOT mean
"innocent." It means that the evidence presented to the jury, in the
jury's opinion, does not prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. I am sorry
for your loss; if you don't receive justice in this life, you will
certainly receive justice in the next.
You've made the mistake of believing our legal system is the justice
@ victimSurely you aren't of the opinion that a judge
can't make a mistake, are you? I wonder why no reporter has
put any heat on that judge in Washington State that let Josh Powell have
visitation rights restord, only to have him murder his two young boys. Plenty
has been said about the WVCPD, the Washington State Child Protective Services
and even Steven Powell, but why has no one asked for a statement from the judge
about the matter? I've seen squirrley things in courtrooms
when just watching people work through having a speeding ticket, like one guy
getting relief from going to jail "because he had a family" (who
doesn't have a family of some sort) after he had a DUI, suspended license,
expired plates and no insurance. At the same rime, anyone with a simple
speeding ticket paid full price, the difference being the first guy had an
attorney who smiled at the judge, who smiled back and said "welcome to my
court."Some judges sre full of themselves, no doubt. Justice
if he wants to blame he should blame the incompetent prosecutors.