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Old 04-03-2007, 10:02 PM  
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God I hate the justice system

Amazing how a racist or two can get on a jury with the intention of forcing a mistrial.

The few of you who live in/around STL probably know the story of Sgt. Bill McEntee, shot and murdered in July of 2005. The trial ended today in a mistrial. Now the families have to wait another 6-8 months to get some closure.

McEntee's killer, Kevin "Rockhead" Johnson, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Then, on Saturday, after the prosecution rested, he surprisingly took the stand, and admitted he did it, but was in a "trance" when he did it. The defense would like to claim that this saved his live, showing the possibility that he did not "deliberate" or "premeditate" the murder, meaning he should be convicted of Murder 2 as opposed to Murder 1, which was how he was charged. (the prosecuting attorney was seeking the death penalty, and will again in the retrial) My opinion is that there was a juror or two that had thier minds set on mistrial from the get-go.

You can go to stltoday.com to learn more about the case, but in a nutshell: (sorry, kinda long)

Rockhead's little brother, Bam-Bam, dies from a heart condition. Rockhead feels the 1st responders didn't do enough to save Bam-bam's life. Several hours later, (plenty of time to "deliberate") Rockhead goes out to his truck, grabs a 9mm, makes sure a round is in the chamber, and tells a group of friends that he's "gonna kill the next cop he sees."

Sgt. McEntee enters the neigborhood just after that on a fireworks call. Rockhead walks up the street where McEntee is speaking to some kids, reaches into the passenger window, and shoots McEntee 6 times. Amazingly, McEntee manages to put the cruiser in drive, and makes it about a block before he wrecks into a tree. After taking a shot in the face, and several in the shoulder/chest, McEntee struggles to get out of the cruiser, and is on all fours in the street. Rockhead runs up the street, steps behind McEntee, and fires three more rounds into the back of the officer's head.

If that isn't a textbook case of Murder in the first degree, I don't know what is. It baffles me that you or I could manage to get onto a high profile jury and purposely force a mistrial. (I have no proof this happened, but I'm fully expecting to hear/see a juror come forward to the media to vent their frustrations. I do know, however that the jury deliberated the case for 12 hours, and that they didn't even speak about the case for the last 3. Two jurors had their minds made up and weren't budging.)

There's a lot more to this, but I can get to that later. Just needed some time to vent. If you've made it this far, thanks for reading, and I'd really like to hear your thoughts.
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:05 PM   #2
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if you want a disgusting view of the justice system, read the book The Innocent Man by John Grisham, where he chrinicles the true story of several men convicted of multiple dubious murders in Oklahoma in the 1980s. 2 of the 4 were found innocent after over 12 years in prison. One came within 48 hours of being executed before being granted a stay. 2 others will never be exhonerated as no DNA evidence was kept, but many question their guilt.
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:06 PM   #3
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if you want a disgusting view of the justice system, read the book The Innocent Man by John Grisham, where he chrinicles the true story of several men convicted of multiple dubious murders in Oklahoma in the 1980s. 2 of the 4 were found innocent after over 12 years in prison. One came within 48 hours of being executed before being granted a stay. 2 others will never be exhonerated as no DNA evidence was kept, but many question their guilt.
I have read that book, and it is sickening.
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:12 PM   #4
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I have read that book, and it is sickening.
I knew that that kind of stuff happened over the years, but as recently as the 80s, and to SEVERAL men, white men at that, was just downright UNBELIEVABLE.
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:40 PM   #5
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Wow. I'm shocked. I figured this would get a lot more attention than this.

Sorry to have bored the four of you who viewed this thread.
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:44 PM   #6
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Living in STL I've followed this story to an extent. It also reminds me of an article about 'rogue jurors' that I read in the ABA Journal recently. I was able to find the link to it: http://www.abanet.org/journal/redesign/10fjury.html
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:53 PM   #7
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Living in STL I've followed this story to an extent. It also reminds me of an article about 'rogue jurors' that I read in the ABA Journal recently. I was able to find the link to it: http://www.abanet.org/journal/redesign/10fjury.html
Thanks for the link...great read.

Keep an eye on this story, I expect to see some things come out in the next few days/weeks.......
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:59 PM   #8
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Do you follow high profile trials in the area or just this one? Have you been tracking any of the Gary Peel trial in S. IL?
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Old 04-03-2007, 11:01 PM   #9
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You only needed to stop at your thread title Warpath. Pretty much covers society's outlook of the legal system.
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Do you follow high profile trials in the area or just this one? Have you been tracking any of the Gary Peel trial in S. IL?
No, just this one.
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Old 04-03-2007, 11:08 PM   #11
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You only needed to stop at your thread title Warpath. Pretty much covers society's outlook of the legal system.
I know. Loophole after loophole. A juror can lie his/her ass off during voir dire, and hang a jury with little to no consequence. One of many loopholes.

I had always wanted to get a law degree and be a prosecuting attorney, but BS like this has worn me down over the years. You can lay out a prefect case, and some jagoff on the jury can just choose to ignore simple instructions, so he/she can be a hero back in the hood.

Sorry, I'm just really pissed about this.
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That's where that article comes in: go after the juror for contempt, obstruction of justice, etc.
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That's where that article comes in: go after the juror for contempt, obstruction of justice, etc.
I'd love for that to happen, but it's gonna take a fellow juror or two to provide some evidence. I was told that thought the jury deliberated for 12 hours, for the last 3 hours, one juror in particular refused to talk about the case anymore. She just quit. So much for civic duty.....
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Living in STL I've followed this story to an extent. It also reminds me of an article about 'rogue jurors' that I read in the ABA Journal recently. I was able to find the link to it: http://www.abanet.org/journal/redesign/10fjury.html
Wow, that is a very interesting article. That part about Judge Mize's study was eye opening. I especially find this part kind of scary:

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In 27 of 30 trials, individual voir dire resulted in additional strikes of between one and four potential jurors per case.
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