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Friday, November 19, 2010

An appeal is OK, it's still murder, mom

Yes, there will be an appeal in the Jonathan Belton case. He was convicted today of murdering an Oak Park Public Safety Officer.

Some thought the mother's statement, "It's not over," as he was led out of court and to a lifetime in prison, means that there's a chance of the case being appealed.

Well, it will be appealed. It's automatic and because the teenager has a life to look ahead to, he'll be given an appellate lawyer.

Of course, it doesn't mean he'll win. Geoffrey Fieger complained about the judge's ruling, but he didn't put on a case. He hoped for an argument to win the case and considering the evidence prosecutors had (stolen cell phone used by defendant, lost gun, presumably taken by defendant), well, Fieger didn't have much a chance.

So there'll be an appeal, and he'll get another day in court. But I'm guessing he's not finding much sympathy.

Of course, I can't believe Nancy Seaman is getting a new trial, so who knows?


Blogger The Law Blogger said...

Steve: Seaman's conviction has ground through the state appellate system and finally hit "paydirt" in the form of her petition for Habeas Corpus. That's where a federal judge takes a look at the federal constitutional issues raised in the appeal to determine whether the person is being wrongfully incarcerated due to constitutional deficiencies in her trial.

As I understand it, the issue the federal judge found so troubling was trial counsel's failure to object to a limitation on the scope of Seaman's expert witness who was testifying on the issue of "battered wife syndrome".

She may not necessarily get a new trial, however, as the AG has appealed the case to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The federal district court judge could get reversed and it will end there.

November 26, 2010 at 4:53 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course Seamens will get a new hearing. The crime syndicate known as the Michigan Education Association is behind/supporting the deranged killer/teacher. This is what the MEA does.

On the other hand, the crime bosses of the MEA will turn on members that report the criminal activity of deranged teachers and other employees.

How many times have we seen the MEA defend sex offenders and drug abusers that endanger kids? All the time.

Seamens is not the first murderer the MEA has backed.

Steve Frye has first hand knowledge of the criminal activity of the MEA and the school district scum it back's up.

November 28, 2010 at 7:32 PM 

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