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From Wikipedia

Temple of Justice, Washington State. From Wikipedia.

Washington Supreme Court rejects Yates petition

See also https://wildninja.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/perry-not-yates/.

The Washington State Supreme Court has rejected serial killer Robert Yates’ 25-point post-appeal petition asking for relief from alleged trial errors. I knew that this was going to be filed but didn’t know when it would reach the Supreme Court.

Yates, also known as the Spokane Serial Killer, challenged a number of procedural issues and alleged that he didn’t get a fair trial, a fair jury, or in general, a fair shake. He’s been on death row at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary for years and that is unlikely to change. (more…)

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It is irresponsible journalism when the media seemingly presents a profile of a suspect to the public but leaves out key details. Public Secrets, http://pubsecrets.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/media-scrubs-left-wing-manifesto-of-fugitive-cop-killer/, is the blog that made me aware that Christopher Dorner is not a stereotypical right wing “nut” as some would assume from his murderous rampage.

A manhunt is underway to find Dorner, who has murdered three people and fired at the police. The police have now shot at least two women in or near a vehicle that resembles his (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/us/former-los-angeles-police-officer-sought-in-shootings.html)– dozens of shots were fired. His actual vehicle was found on fire this afternoon on Bear Mountain in the Los Angeles area. (more…)

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Revolutionary War Rifles

In 1780 a Kentuckian named Samuel was serving in the Continental Army under General George Rogers Clark. He had twelve children.

On June 24th of that year, at a small settlement called Ruddle’s Station, the British and their Native American allies attacked at dawn. Twenty people were killed, including Samuel’s wife Hannah, who was scalped.

Samuel and his 12 year-old son were captured and held at Fort Detroit for the next four and a half years.

It is their sacrifices and their willingness to take up arms against a corrupt government that brought a nation founded on liberty and justice for all into being. (more…)

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From KOMO News (http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Barefoot-Bandit-emails-ridicule-law-enforcement–137990673.html):

SEATTLE (AP) — “Barefoot Bandit” Colton Harris-Moore ridiculed police and prosecutors in emails and phone calls from prison recently, undercutting his claims that he’s sorry for his two-year crime spree, the U.S. attorney’s office said in court documents filed Tuesday.

In these emails, KOMO says, Harris-Moore allegedly called police, prosecutors, and reporters swine, vermin, and fools in direct contradiction to his previous “apology.” He bragged about his crime spree and obviously believes, in true narcissistic form, that he is above other people:

“The things I have done as far as flying and airplanes goes, is amazing,” he wrote in one email last August. “Nobody on this planet have done what I have, except for the Wright brothers.” (more…)

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In The Still of the Night

Last Saturday I read what may have been my first Ann Rule book. Perhaps I’ve been buried in academia for so long that I haven’t paused to read this talented local author despite the fact that she’s written about many cases I’ve studied. I found her style to be intuitive, compassionate, and probing.

In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother’s Unceasing Quest for the Truth was published in 2010. It documents the players and circumstances involved in the alleged “suicide” of a former Washington State trooper in December of 1998. Reynolds was found shot in the head in her bathroom closet hours before she was scheduled to leave town. She was also getting divorced. (more…)

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Barry Goldwater once said that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. As I sat down to type out my thoughts on Colton Harris-Moore’s sentencing today, that is the quote that comes to mind.

I am not disappointed that a miscreant of this magnitude has been sentenced to seven years in prison and has yet to be sentenced for federal charges. What I am disappointed in is how easily the public and our legal system can be manipulated into believing that a serial criminal is a victim. (more…)

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This week HistoryLink.org featured the story of what might be one of the nation’s most prolific serial killers and his last victims, Bertha and Beverly Kludt, http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7971.

The Kludts’ murderer, Jake Bird, did not fit neatly within the typical profile of a serial killer due to his age and race. But his lack of concern for any life but his own is obvious. He claimed to have murdered 44 people in twelve states, although just 11 of those murders were substantiated. His victims were typically white women, and his transient lifestyle gave him convenient access to victims and a means to avoid being caught. (more…)

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Serial burglar.

Serial rapist.

Serial killer.

Has used knives, guns, and his body parts to violate the living and the dead.

Has said that he has an uncontrollable urge to kill.

Escaped from prison, broke into a home, tied up the male resident, and raped the man’s wife.

Was involved in the Attica prison riot.

Described by a DA as a “callous, vicious, violent man who is a serial rapist, burglar and multiple murderer” who has no “compassion or sorrow for his victims and is not capable of living a law-abiding life.”

With a resume like this, it is inconceivable that this psychopath could ever get out of prison, right? (more…)

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Today KING 5 reported that Pam Kohler, Colton Harris-Moore’s mother, has asked for production on a movie about his exploits to be stopped until she gets $300,000: http://www.king5.com/news/local/Colton-Harris-Moores-mom-reacts-to-plea-deal-Report-124439864.html.

Kohler says that she was promised $300,000 and is taking legal action to make sure she gets it. If there is a legally binding agreement that ensures she gets the money, she obviously has a right to do this. But it makes me sick, just sick, that she is still behaving so casually about her son’s crimes and can profit from them. She encouraged some of them, remember. (more…)

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Federal defense attorney Erich Ferrari has posted a good explanation of criminal forfeiture law on his blog. I hadn’t seen a technical explanation in the local media  of how Colton Harris-Moore can “give up” money he doesn’t yet have, and this explains it clearly.

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