More on Ending the Death Penalty

Ann Coulter’s 2002 idiotic rambling aside*, here’s yet another example of a flawed justice system that should not be allowed to kill :

FORT COLLINS – At just after 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, Tim Masters left his imprisoned past and embraced his free future.

With a packed courtroom looking on, Judge Joseph Weatherby set aside Masters’ conviction and vacated his life sentence…

Masters spent the last nine-and-a-half years in prison for the 1987 murder of Peggy Hettrick in Fort Collins. He was convicted in 1999…

The special prosecutors from Adams County, who were assigned to Masters’ appeals process, recommended Masters’ release last week after a new DNA analysis linked DNA found on Hettrick’s body to one of her ex-boyfriends.

The finding followed hearings throughout 2007 in which Masters’ attorneys showed that the prosecution in the 1999 murder trial withheld significant information from the defense.

In this case, the system eventually worked and an innocent man walked free after losing over nine years of his life. He received a sentence of life in prison; had it been a harsher penalty, who knows, perhaps an innocent man would be dead.

But, yeah, I know, some folks really don’t much care about that so long as their own blood lust is sated.

Note: Here is more from CNN on the case.

* This should not be construed to mean that Ann has actually said anything sensible since 2002.

11 Responses to “More on Ending the Death Penalty”

  1. Walter Says:

    The older I get the more disturbed I am at how often law enforcement and prosecutors turn out to be the bad guys in modern America.

  2. Tom Says:

    Aint that the truth Walter!

    I suppose most are noble men and women but it’s alarming how many are simply bad people. I understand not every whacko can be detected at first, but geez, you’d think people who can solve murder mystries could figure out that a fellow officer might not be up to the task.

  3. Jeff Says:

    I doubt very seriously that any “RED” voting State will ever do away with capital punishment… The reason is because the Neocons are doing everything they can to turn the U.S. into a fascist country (and doing a pretty good job at it). They are therefore interested in doing “Whatever” to control the population with whom they consider to be the “UNDESIREABLES”… You see, Neoconservatives of the past and present have always secretly admired efforts like what Adolph Hitler did… Furthermore- IF you do your own research, you will find most NEOCONS to be antisemitic (especially if their “Targets” are left leaning)…

  4. Gail Carpenter Says:

    *REMEMBER THE “GOOD~OLD~DAY’S’?*
    when one was ‘INOCENT’, “untill”, the court proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that “YOU~WERE~GUILTY~AS~CHARGED”??
    so much for them day’s now long gone.
    today you are “GUILTY” the minute you are arrested ‘untill’ YOU AND YOUR HIGH DOLLAR LAWYERS CAN PROVE THAT YOU ARE NOT!
    * STAY ‘SOBER’ TIMOTHY MASTERS!
    * “DO-NOT”, FORGET OR STOP HATING FOR 1 SECOND!
    * JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL ‘if-given-the-chance’!
    * COLORADO OWE’S YOU YOUR LIFE, ‘go-get-it-plus-interest’!
    * RIGHT NOW ‘G O D’, IS 1 OF YOUR BEST OPTIONS OPEN TO YOU!
    HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP YOU THRU THIS MENTALLY.

    AS FOR THE PEOPLE RESPONSABLE FOR ‘GOING-OUT-TO-GET-YOU’?
    MAY THEY REST IN “P I E C E S”! THEY HAVE GOT TO LIVE WITH THIS THE REST OF THEIR NATURAL LIVES R O T F L M F A O O O O O O O O.

  5. Javier Says:

    Im a college student and one day I was called by campus safety and told to go to their place without being told any reason. Once there, they made me sign a paper stating that I had the right to an attorney, etc…
    Of course I never thought campus safety could get anything on me. Turns out they distorted my whole declaration (which I willingly made) in a way that they could use against me. Next thing I know the real cops are in my house and they are giving me a paper where it says that I could go to jail for three months if I had any “illegal bussiness” (party) going on in my house and banned from the city.
    Now I understand. Their job is to put people in jail. The more they put, the more successfull they become. Its a career booster for them. So dont think that they’re there to help you/society. Theyre there to help the rich and the institutionalized, not the average joe.
    Wake up! Rebel!
    Revolution is approaching… the economy will soon collapse and then a new government will be born. A new government, one that doesnt govern at all.
    Anarchy is the answer. Dont vote, revolution will come by itself.
    PS: now lets see how many nerds at the NSA try to spy on me, good taxmoney at work

  6. Jay Says:

    I am a 55 yr old man, Successful in my work. I beieve in the death penalty, abortion, and punishing the guilty. This is an outrage and justice needs to be done. I would file lawsuits against the investigating officer, the poilce department, the judge, and any and all persons involved since the crime was committed.. But I would really go after Jim Broderick.
    There have been entirely too many cases as of lately of wrongfully convicted persons due to poor quality witnesses and over zealous police. I am not a radical at any point but have lost all respect for poilice officers.

  7. Aristotle Says:

    The prosecutors and police in this case are just as guilty as they say Masters was – even worse! Our system is NOT the best system in the world and everyone running around free in the USA is a potential target of overzealous cops and officials who would rather “solve” a case quickly by putting away a free person than spending the time to find the guilty one. Albeit they took years to arrest Masters, he was harassed and feared he would end up in prison because of the unbending, unyielding thinking of these people that he was guilty. Those years and the years he spend in prison were hell and now he has to rebuild his life. Will the people who put him away, another innocent man exonerated by DNA, ever repent? Will they ever say they are sorry to Masters? When hell freezes over – if ever! We MUST realize that evil lies everywhere in this world and prosecutors and cops are just as evil as they say the “guilty” person is. Never trust the police or the prosecutors – they just want to “win” at all costs and don’t care about anything but their track records and egos! They stomp all over people to get to the top, to be recognized as good cops and officials who hunt down the bad guys. Looks like we’ve been looking for the bad guys in all the wrong places. Mike Nifong ring a bell?

  8. Sonia Says:

    Jeff Says:

    January 23rd, 2008 at 9:51 pm
    I doubt very seriously that any “RED” voting State will ever do away with capital punishment

    As someone who lives in a Red state a so called “Bible” state your 100% correct. These Neocons are as far removed from God as the Taliban is from real Islam
    Their twisted thinking is police can do no wrong ,nothing wrong with “our” system and same rules applied to rich as poor thats how twisted they are.
    Dont confuse REAL christians with the neocon “christian” conservative Taliban

  9. Sonia Says:

    The scales of Justice are an insult and should NOT be displayed in court houses nor anywhere else.

    If your rich but GUILTY you have a better chance than innocent but POOR . America goes around trying to clean the world but our own country is filthy .

  10. JC Says:

    What are you afraid of Jeff? When you put all your hate for conservatives into words You come across as a complete Idiot with an IQ of 32. What does a Bleeding heart commie like yourself think about abortion? (Read Baby murderer). Your theme of the day would be “save a tree, Kill an inocent unborn human being.”

  11. the instigator Says:

    death sentence should be brought back in england…..
    but it needs to be 100% that the person convicted did it…..

    a man recently killed his wife infront of his 10 year old daughter…..stabbed her well over 140 times with kitchen knives – the force of the blows was such that the blades of two were bent and another was broken entirely.

    and your telling me this man doesn’t deserve to die?? he’s got 16 year…….and he’ll do half that on good behaviour and all the rest of it…..justice……is it fuck

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