Saturday, September 27, 2014

Brad Cooper; North Carolina; Columnist says whether you believe he is actually innocent or not, no deal would have been necessary if prosecutors had allowed defence expert witnesses to address "the so-called planted computer evidence." News and Observer. (Must Read. HL);

GIST: "Anyone with an intimate or even passing knowledge of how court operates knows that prosecutors can at times seem more like Monty Hall - "Let's Make a Deal" - than high-minded justice-seekers representing society. When that happens, defendants can be arm-twisted into accepting a deal and admitting guilt in exchange for a lighter sentence. I frequently hear from inmates who said they copped a plea to avoid facing an even longer incarceration. Believers in Cooper's innocence assert that that's precisely what happened this time - that he took a deal to admit guilt and skate rather than face another trial and possibly get life. Again. Judging by the scores of Cooper supporters from whom I've heard since the first trial, nothing will convince them that Nancy Cooper's killer is not still out there while good ole Brad who - one writer actually said "wouldn't hurt a fly" - languishes in prison for a few more years. Many pro-Brads contend that Cary police planted incriminating evidence on his computer, although no one has  Others believe the dude got a sweet deal he didn't deserve. Regardless of which side you take,  the fact is that no deal would have been necessary had the prosecutors allowed defense witnesses to address the so-called planted computer evidence."
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