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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Law and order?

Michael LaSane should be thankful for lawyers. LaSane, who admitted killing a Middletown school teacher in a tape-recorded carjacking gone bad in 1996, has been given more than a year to decide whether to retract his plea after an appeals court ruled that his defense was tainted because his lawyer had a one-night stand with his mother. Now, after running through a string of defense attorneys, LaSane has decided to stand trial again, which may have surprised his latest lawyer, who said he hadn't made up his mind when they met the day before.

Why can't some lawyer somewhere convince LaSane that he's far better off with his sentence of life without parole for 30 years for felony murder than facing trial on that charge plus carjacking, kidnapping and robbery? Sure, everyone is entitled to a fair trial and fair representation, but isn't this case ridiculous and a terrible reflection on the legal profession?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Carolyn said...

I agree with you. I worked with the victim. I am especially concerned that LaSane now seeks to deny use in court of the tape recoding that she made!

3:03 PM, February 21, 2006  
Anonymous Nick said...

The rules of evidence, and other legal prescriptions, sometimes result in undesirable outcomes, such as the delays which LaSane (who is obviously guilty) is taking advantage of. However, these same rules can save an innocent man from a wrongful conviction. Painful as it can be in cases like this one, we can't throw the baby out with the bath water.

4:22 PM, February 21, 2006  
Anonymous William Hobday said...

This case is a prime example of how the courts, in an effort to be more than fair, squander our tax money. If there was any real doubt about guilt or innocence, there would be a reason for retrial. However, in this case, the facts appear to be quite clear. He murdered that woman. He had no human compassion for her. Through it all, she had the presence of mind to gather evidence, to identify the person who murdered her.

There is no remorse from him. He is still trying to get away with his dasterly deed.

The judge errored in overturning the verdic. It should stand and this low life should pay for his crime.

12:04 PM, February 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's Perry Mason when you need him?

2:18 PM, February 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FAIR TRIAL IN MONMOUTH COUNTY???U GOT TO B FREAKIN' KIDING!!!! YES THIS CRIME WAS A BAD ONE BUT LET'S LOOK AT MCCI AND SEE HOW JACKED UPP THE PODS ARE WITH CRIMINAL CASES WAITING FOR 2, YES 2 OR MORE YEARS FOR TRIAL WITH THESE BOZO PROSECUTORS STALLING AND OTHER TACTICS TO GET THE INNOCENT OT PLEAD GUILTY ON TRUMPED UP CHARGES....WAIT TIL I START MY BLOG ON THIS STUPID LYING COUNTY, YOU WILL SEE THE TRUTH!

6:13 PM, February 23, 2006  

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