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 Two Sides to Every Story

josi and travis babiesEvery Story has Two Sides. and Arizona v. Jodi Ann Arias is one of the most one- sided stories in history.

Due to highly questionable practices and occurences both inside the court room and outside in Arizona generally and in the media,  facts have been ignored and fictions are as many as the fallen Autumn leaves.

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Arizona was the home of the famous death row inmate called the “Battery Acid Killer”. Did you know it’s a proven fact that battery acid was never used? 

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A Maricopa Arizona Prosecutor told a commutation board in 2012 that this man injected his victim with battery acid. He told the board that Robert Towery’s mitigating claim of “childhood abuse” was a desperate sham and a phony plea for leniency.

In fact, the inmate as a child suffered some of the most horrific abuse imaginable. He had two very credible eyewitnesses. In fact, he took the beatings as well as those that were meant for his two sisters. The inmate was put to death 6 days later.

The prosecutor’s name was Juan Martinez.

Arizona was also the home of the famous death row inmate called “the Snaggle Tooth Killer”. This was because the bite marks on the victim matched his very  unique tooth pattern.

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The problem was the defendant was one of few people who couldn’t possibly make that bite mark. Maricopa County prosecutors simply went through a series of experts until they found one willing to testify that the defendant’s teeth matched the bite mark. That’s all the evidence they had. He’s a free man today and he is a spokesman for wrongful convictions.

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Ray Krone **** Wrongfully Convicted  **** 10 years in prison

 

Did you know that in Arizona, a man named Scott Lehr was convicted of three murders  and sentenced to death? He was also sentenced in 1997 to 17 consecutive life sentences on 32 counts of attempted murder, sexual assault and kidnapping”. 

Lehr is known as the “Baby Seat killer” for supposedly using a baby seat in his car to appear harmless as he lured women between the ages of 10 and 48 into his car, then drove them out to secluded places in the desert.

 

Scott Lehr was charged with many if not all crimes probably committed by several felons.
Scott Lehr was charged with many if not all crimes probably committed by several felons.

 

Problem:

– Lehr was arrested and tried when a man named Andrew Thomas was the D.A. He has since been disbarred and removed for corruption and political attacks on officials and even judges, costing Maricopa County millions in lawsuits.

– Many of the victims reported build, face, age, and hair color much different than the defendants’. These reports were later amended to instead report that the suspect matched Lehr’s description.

– Several witnesses completely changed their descriptions of the make, model, and color vehicle Lehr was driving after they spoke with prosecutors working on the case.

– A baby seat was not a part of most eyewitness descriptions, until after talking with prosecutors. One reported she saw a maroon baby seat, while Scott’s baby seat was blue.

 

Maricopa Logic: Palm fronds were found near a victim. Scott Lehr trims palm trees. Therefore, Scott Lehr murdered the victim.
Maricopa Logic: Palm fronds were found near a victim. Scott Lehr trims palm trees. Therefore, Scott Lehr murdered the victim.

-Scott Lehr was sitting at the defendant’s tables at the front of the courtroom when an eyewitness / victim was asked to identify her attacker. The victim pointed at a man standing in the back of the courtroom.

She repeatedly stated that the man in the defendant’s chair (Scott Lehr) was not the man who attacked her.

-The prosecution expert DNA witness admitted that some of the DNA evidence could have matched millions of other people. Even animals and insects “could not be excluded”.

So, most likely, if Scott Lehr is guilty, he is innocent of many of these charges, leaving several dangerous kidnapper / rapists free to attack women again. Was it more important for Maricopa prosecutors to clear these unsolved cases than to catch the actual perpetrators?

Scott Lehr’s appeal: http://www.supreme.state.az.us/opin/pdf2002/cr-97-0317-ap.pdf

 

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Did you know that in Arizona, a man with his accomplice killed two young girls?

 He lured a 13 year-old girl and her 13 year-old companion out into the desert with his accomplice. He savagely beat, choked and raped one girl on the hood of his car. The two men then strangled the girls to death and stomped on their bodies with all their weight,  then threw their naked and lifeless bodies down a mine shaft and burned their clothes.

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It was his plan, his DNA, his car, his foot impressions on the victim, and the victim’s impressions in the hood of his car.

This man was charged with 2nd degree murder in Arizona and is free today. He made a deal with the prosecutor, because they needed his cooperation to get the death penalty for his accomplice.

The District Attorney also made a deal with Robert Towery’s accomplice, who served just 10 years for felony murder.

matzkeThe District Attorney also made a deal with John Matzke, who with his accomplice tied up, assaulted, and tortured a man and a 16 year-old boy before crushing the windpipe of one with a metal bar and strangling the other with a bedsheet. 

These violent criminals are free today and could even be your neighbors, largely due to the D.A.’s non-reliance on modern forensic science, a failure doing thorough investigations, and success at making deals to secure the death penalty. Matzke is now living in Tuscon. The State even took steps to protect his identity.

Now Arizona is the home of “The Most Hated Woman In America”. Most people believe she belongs on Death Row. They might benefit from a little research on the Internet.

We encourage everyone who is interested in fairness and Justice to take a closer look at the other side of the Story, and then decide for yourself.

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Rob Roman – White Plains N.Y.

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“Rubin Carter was falsely tried
The crime was murder ‘one’ guess who testified?
Bello and Bradley and they both baldly lied
The newspapers –  they all went along for the ride
How can the life of such a man
Be in the palm of some fool’s hand ?
To see him obviously framed
Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land
Where justice is a game.”

From The Hurricane by Bob Dylan (Nov. 1975)

 

Debra Milke, now out on bail on charges of conspiracy to murder her 6 year-old son, pending a new trial after 23 years on Arizona's Death Row. Öther than a supposed "verbal" confession by a corrupt detective that has now been ruled false, the evidence against her is zero. Yet prosecutors still think they can retry her anyways.
Debra Milke, now out on bail on charges of conspiracy to murder her 4 year-old son, after 23 years on Arizona’s Death Row. Öther than a supposed “verbal” confession by a corrupt detective that has now been ruled false, the evidence against her is ZERO. Yet prosecutors refuse to drop the charges and they plan to retry the case.

 

 

 

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************** Recommended Sites ****************

The Trouble with Justice – Lise LaSalle 

http://www.thetroublewithjustice.com/author/lise-lasalle/

Canadian crime blogger and fair-minded commentator on The Arias trial

Pitchforks 

http://babelbooth.com/category/jodi-arias-capital-murder-trial-pitchforks-articles/

A great, professionally run site about the Jodi Arias trial and important issues of the day

Richard Speights

http://www.herrspeightsventures.com/Innocence_Essay_Report.php

A highly trained and experienced knife fighter explains how this could be self-defense

Inconvenient Truths TV

http://inconvenienttruthstv.blogspot.com/

Commentary on the Arias Case and possible Alternative Scenarios

Justice 4 JodiArias

https://www.justice4jodiarias.com/

Trial by Media

https://geebee2.wordpress.com/

George Barwood’s highly detailed analysis

Jodi Arias is Innocent

http://jodiariasisinnocent.com/

The #1 Jodi Arias Support Website

Jodi Arias is a Butcher

http://jodiariasisabutcher.com/

Popular mirror website for Prosecution Supporters

Occupy HLN (HeadLine News)

http://www.occupyhln.org/

Due Process Issues and Lively Debate.

Victims of Crime.Org

http://www.victimsofcrime.org/help-for-crime-victims/get-help-bulletins-for-crime-victims/victims’-rights

Victim’s Rights    Resources for Families and Victims of Crime

 

The World Justice Project

http://worldjusticeproject.org/

Accused, Defendan’t and Prisoner’s Rights    Resources, Volunteers and Advocates for fair and equal Justice

State of Arizona v, Jodi Ann Arias (Justice 4 Travis)

https://www.facebook.com/Justice4Travis

Family and friends of Travis Alexander Support Site

Gallery of Death Row Women

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/15/us/gallery/female-death-row-inmates/index.html

Brief histories of all Women currently on Death Row in America

Jodi Arias Support Page

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jodi-Arias-Support-Page/218082115004964?ref=br_tf

Opinions and information for Jodi Arias Supporters

Juan Martinez vs the Fog The voice for Travis Alexander

https://www.facebook.com/AlyceLavioletteVsTheJusticeForTravisAlexander

Opinion of Prosecution Supporters

Arizona Death Row Convicts

http://www.azcorrections.gov/inmate_datasearch/newDeathRow.aspx

Photos and summary of prisoners currently on Death Row in Arizona

Murderpedia

http://murderpedia.org/

A complete history of famous murder cases

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Good Luck Everyone on the Upcoming Penalty Phase Mini-Trial

23 thoughts on “Home”

    1. You’re welcome, Heather. We have tried to rely on facts and keep away from speculation. Wait until you read about how the Maricopa County D.A. tried to use “resisting arrest” as a death penalty aggravator for Samuel Lopez executed in June, 2012 (see the Executives and the Executed).

      What he did was horrible, but this doesn’t excuse the State’s actions. We researched this stuff because we were curious, but you may be as surprised as we are by what we have discovered / uncovered. Thank-You, for the likes.

  1. Your hard on for Juan had me ? what you do for a living. Did you lose your license to practice law in California over due to your jealousy of Juan? 8/8/2013 Discipline w/actual suspension 12-O-10256 Not Eligible To Practice Law

    1. Dear Websleuth,
      If you were smart enough to realize how foolish you are, then you would be smart enough to see that you’ve been had by Juan Martinez.

      “Go away from my window,
      Leave at your own chosen speed.
      I’m not the one you want, babe,
      I’m not the one you need.

      You say you’re lookin’ for someone
      Never weak but always strong,
      To protect you and defend you
      Whether you are right or wrong,
      Someone to open each and every door,

      But it ain’t me, babe,
      No, no, no, it ain’t me, babe,
      It ain’t me you’re lookin’ for, babe.”

  2. I pray every day that Jodi will get a new trial. I watched every second of the trial, and saw things that totally blew me away. Talk about an injustice. Jodi was railroaded right from the very beginning. Juan Martinez is a liar, a manipulator, and he uses people such as Dr. Horn to do his dirty work…he manipulated him as well, but Dr. Horn is too ignorant to realize it, or is on the payroll. The millions of people that believed the trumped up story that Juan fabricated to make it fit his case, well, let’s just say, they were conned by a professional “Executor”…it’s all about WINNING at all cost for Juan, even Jodi’s life. He’s an artist at twisting the truth around so much, that no one remembers the truth. He can convince a healthy person they have the plague, and convince anyone that’s listening to his lie. I saw through his acting technique on day 1. He’s quite the story teller indeed. His relatives probably still believe Santa Claus is real because he convinced them of this fact, and no matter what anyone else’s opinion is, he twists their truth too. For instance, Alyce LaViolette’s testimony…He had to discredit her, and he did just that, in a very cruel, evil way. Her opinion that Santa is not real, was discredited…and the jury bought it. I’m very thankful that 4 of the jury members saw at least some of the manipulation…I only wish they had seen it sooner. Bringing things to life about Jodi’s corrupt trial, the lies of Dr. Horn, the tall tale fabricated by Juan that even he knew couldn’t possibly have happened, made me sick. It wasn’t justice, it wasn’t true, and it wasn’t a fair trial. Thank you for your hard work, to correct this travesty. I’m behind you and Jodi 100%!!!

    1. Thank You, Vicki. We have already had some positive results, as people are forced to admit that Jodi does not have viokent tendencies, that she is not a ”stalker”, that Travis had serious problems and was capable of both instant and prolonged boughts of rage due to his guilt about what he involved himself in, and his need to blame Jodi for the whole enchilada. People are beginning to realize that this was not a fair trial by any standards known to Americans, and it must be re-tried. People are beginning to see the prosecution’s theory was wrong, premeditation has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The gunshot was first, and this is a fact. The prosecution refused to admit to this simply because it backs what Jodi Arias claims. Juan’s record of cobbling together speculation, exaggeration, and even lies to obtain a death sentence should be apparent. We stand for a search for the truth, no matter how long it takes. We are very happy you are with us in this continuing search.

      1. It’s a pleasure to be on your team Rob…I won’t stop this fight until the truth is found. I’m 100% sure it didn’t happen the way Juan Martinez “fantasizes” it as happening. Just on that fact alone makes this case questionable at best. One thing to remember is that IF it was Jodi’s plan to go to Mesa, AZ without being noticed (the gas cans, turning off her cell phone, etc) to kill Travis, why did she stay nearly 2 days prior to the murder? That totally contradicts Juan’s theory of her premeditation plan.
        Thank you for helping me get to the truth Rob…this is very important to me. Have a great day!

  3. Not telling the full story behind why a defendant gets charged a certain way and yet another in another way does not help yr argument. The reason why some defendants are charged with M1 or M2 or manslaughter has everything to do with the evidence they hv against the defendant. The reason Arias’ case ws a M1 DP case (I am against the DP regardless) had everything to do with the circumstances and evidence they had against her. Prosecutors offices every day hv to make charge decisions based in WHAT they hv to work with. But I know U know that already. So why don’t u explain that?

    1. Cate: I don’t recall disputing the charge of 1st degree murder. If you want to try to explain the charge of 1st degree felony murder when the prosecution insisted that the gun was last, you are welcome to try.

      Do you want to deny that if the DP was off the table, that this case would be over and done long ago? There is only one person on AZ death row under remotely similar facts. That murder was commited in public with witnesses and the murderer said that’s what he gets for marrying a whore.

    2. I just saw a show where a man smashed his wife’s skull in with multiple blows of a baseball bat. He drove her body 5 miles away and dumped her by a river. Then he cleaned up the scene, lied about it all, and then claimed self defense. That man got 6 years for heat of passion homicide.

      Over 120 domestic homicides per year in AZ, many are premeditated, most are men killing women, many involve mental and/or phsysical pain and suffering. The Arias case was chosen, no doubt, because in biblical law, a man may destroy a woman but a woman dare not destroy a man. Marissa Devault should not be a DP case either.

      Please check out the article on Nurmi’s motion and the domestic violence article. It’s an eye-opener.

  4. With havin so much content and articles do you ever
    run into any problems of plagorism or copyright
    infringement? My blog has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it
    appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my
    agreement. Do you know any techniques to help protect
    against content from being ripped off? I’d truly appreciate it.

    1. If you take a unique quote from your article, and pop it into Google or Bing or another search engine, you can find who has plagiarized your article and where it has been re-produced. From there you can confront the author by e-mail or by commenting on their own site. You can publicly draw attention to the plagiarist. That’s all I have figured out to do. Good luck!

  5. The gun shot being first or last is irrelevant regarding the felony charge. According to Jodi’s story, she used Travis’s gun to shoot him, and she took that gun with her, therefore stealing it, which is a felony. That was her story right? Or is she lying about that as well?

    1. Thanks Susie I was just going to write the very same thing. There were two storys with the gun, JA and JM. Jodi took the stand and testified on her behalf, then JM put forth his theory. Therefor BY LAW there was able to be both felony and premedited as an option. The jury split on some and some didnt. It was all legal to do, or it would have never been an option. And I’m sure you know murder 1 is because of the premeditation. The jury made their decision they didn’t believe Jodis abuse excuse, plain and simpel.

      1. Stealing the gun was not part of the felony charge. Felony murder means that in the course of another felony, someone was killed. The gun, if it was Travis’, being stolen as an after-thought, cannot be a felony predicate. Travis wasn’t killed as a result of Jodi trying to steal his gun. Besides, the prosecution theory is that Jodi stole the gun from her grandfather. The prosecution’s case was based entirely on premeditation. Premeditated murder cannot be a felony predicate. Either the killing was premeditated or it wasn’t. Only in a few rare cases can one be found guilty of BOTH.

        The actual felony predicate is trespassing with the intent to commit any other felony. This means that as soon as Jodi started stabbing Travis (gunshot last), she was no longer welcome in the home and was trespassing with the intent to commit another felony = “burglary”. However, you cannot break down the stabbings into individual assaults, and assault is not a felony predicate for felony murder.

        “Arizona abolished all common law criminal concepts and replaced them with criminal statutes.[1] The felony murder rule survives in Arizona by current statutory law. The felony murder rule holds that a killing of a person occurring in the course of, or in the immediate flight from, the commission of the following crimes is considered murder in the first degree:[2]

        Sexual Conduct with a minor
        Sexual Assault
        Molestation of a child
        Terrorism
        Marijuana offenses
        Dangerous drug offenses
        Narcotics offenses
        The use of minors in drug offenses
        Drive by shooting
        Kidnapping
        Burglary
        Arson
        Robbery
        Escape
        Child abuse
        Unlawful flight from a pursuing law enforcement vehicle”
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felony_murder_rule_(Arizona)

        “That, for the moment, leaves the felony murder charge, which is count two in the indictment. At common law, felony murder meant that someone could be charged for murder even if they never intended to kill a person, so long as the a death was the foreseeable result while the defendant was committing a dangerous felony. The classic example of a felony murder is when a kidnap victim dies from a heart attack while stuffed in the trunk of a kidnapper’s car. Thus, even though the kidnapper never intended to kill his victim, he is still guilty of felony murder because the death of his victim was a foreseeable consequence of the underlying predicate felony, kidnapping.”

        “Another example is when during a bank robbery the police shoot and kill a bank robber’s accomplice. Even though the bank robbers certainly never intended the police to kill one of them, that result was foreseeable, and thus felony murder. Other common law predicate felonies included rape and burglary. Assault is not a predicate felony in Arizona for the felony murder rule.”

        “The important point with the felony murder rule is that the predicate felony is different from intent to murder, depraved indifference murder, manslaughter, or any other homicide charge because the goal of the felony murder rule is to deter the predicate felony itself, while non-felony murder homicide and murder laws deal with homicide charges directly.”

        “As most of you are aware, the government has charged Ms. Arias with felony murder, with the predicate felony being burglary. The important point here is that while even though common law burglary required breaking and entering with the intent to commit a theft therein, in Arizona, which follows the model penal code, defines burglary more broadly as (see “Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-1506 and 13-1507):

        Entering or remaining unlawfully in or on a nonresidential structure or in a fenced commercial or residential yard with the intent to commit any theft or any felony therein; and A person commits burglary in the second degree by entering or remaining unlawfully in or on a residential structure with the intent to commit any theft or any felony therein.”

        “The prosecutor does not allege Ms. Arias entered into Travis Alexander’s home with the intent to kill him or commit any felony, for that matter, at the moment of entry. How could he when all the evidence shows Mr. Alexander invited Ms. Arias into his house? The evidence is clear she spent at least 8 hours in his house, and during that time together they had sex multiple times.”

        “Instead, the prosecutor’s argument is that felony murder applies because at some point Mr. Alexander revoked permission from Ms. Arias to be in his house, and at that point, she was “remaining unlawfully in… a residential structure”. This is where things get quite silly for the government’s felony murder allegation: if in fact at some point Jodi Arias was still in Mr. Alexander’s house without his permission (we can call that point T1), what felony was Ms. Arias’ intending to commit at T1? If she was intending to kill him at T1, then that would be the exact same thing as count one, murder in the first degree intent to kill, premeditated murder.”

        “The defense filed a motion to dismiss the felony murder charge, stating quite correctly the allegation makes no sense. In response, Judge Stephens ruled Ms. Arias’ intent at T1 could have been assault, not intent to kill Mr. Alexander. I believe that ruling is in error because of something called the merger rule. To count any death that occurred during the course of an assault as felony murder would obliterate the distinction between assault and murder. And even more importantly, there would be no distinction between second degree depraved indifference murder and first degree intent to kill murder.”

        “P.S. What I mean by merger rule is that the predicate underlying dangerous felony, the dangerous felony of felony murder, must be different from the actual murder charge itself; that is why assault is not a predicate in felony murder. If it was a predicate, then every murder would automatically be felony murder because every murder involves an assault. In other words, proving the murder would automatically prove the assault as the evidence is circular. And thus, there would be no degrees of murder charges (first degree, second degree) as there are now.”
        http://www.azcriminallawsexcrimes.com/violent-crimes/why-the-felony-murder-allegation-against-jodi-arias-is-nonsense/

        However, if the gunshot was first and this was murder, Travis is wounded but still alive. Jodi Arias does not leave the premises and does not call the police or ambulance. Instead she grabs a knife and “finishes him off”. Under this scenario, felony murder and premeditated murder both apply. Yet, the prosecution, through the testimony of Dr. Horn, stated that gunshot first was impossible, that Travis Alexander would be immediately incapacitated and unable to move after being shot. So the prosecution does not offer gunshot first as a possibility. Therefore, felony murder should not even be considered, because it doesn’t apply under the prosecution’s theory. The prosecution argued premeditation all the way, whereas felony murder USUALLY implies that the killing was NOT planned.

  6. This is very disturbing because 8 out of twelve jurors voted for both 1st degree premeditated murder and 1st degree felony murder. Most likely, these were the same 7 out of 12 jurors who voted forthe Death Penalty.
    This proves that these jurors did not follow the facts of the case or the law, but merely followed whatever Juan Martinez told them.

  7. The other problem here is that since Felony Murder and Premeditated Murder can only BOTH be true IF the gun was first, this further proves that the prosecution’s original theory was that the gunshot was first, and that the felony murder charge was added or kept because of the gunshot first theory. Whern the prosecution switched to gunshot last, they forgot to drop the felony murder charge, which makes absolutely no legal sense under a gunshot last theory.

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