For the past 24 years I have asked each Grand Juror, at the end of their term, to complete a questionnaire (approx. 3,500 questionnaires) about their impressions of the Grand Jury process, the prosecutors, the police and the cases and how they were presented to them.
Filling out the questionnaire is voluntary and the results are used by our office to determine if we are doing our best to serve our community, and justice in as fair and professional way as possible.
Some of their comments are:
“I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. It has been a real education. The prosecutors were friendly, professional and sharp. I have great respect for our police department.”
“Very impressed with the professionalism of the police department.I have renewed respect for all of you and will pray for your safety.”
“It was an honor to participate in the process. Prosecutors are doing an excellent job and benefit our community.”
“Being on the grand jury for the past weeks has been an eye-opening experience; and an education! Thank you to all the law enforcement our city. May they keep safe.”
“Very efficient and thoroughly prepared prosecutors and law enforcement. I am grateful for their service.”
I have recently become aware that the Parole Board audio records parole hearings, but as a matter of policy erases or destroys the recordings after 18 months.
I am also aware of a Commonwealth’s Attorney who is dealing with a post-conviction matter in an “Innocence Project” case in which the defendant is being represented by a Public Defender from the Department of Public Advocacy. The prisoner now claims to be innocent of the murder for multiple reasons apart from the DNA tests.
However, during a Parole Board hearing held a few years ago, the prisoner confessed to committing the murder.
Fortunately, the victim’s mother obtained a copy of the recording of the hearing from the Parole Board before it was erased and was able to provide the recording to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for use as evidence. But for the diligence of the victim’s mother this confession would have been lost.
It goes without saying that in the interest of justice:
The Parole Board and the Justice Cabinet (which provides administrative support to the Parole Board) should immediately change the erasure/destruction policy and retain the recordings of the parole hearings until the prisoner serves out his sentence at least in cases of homicide (all degrees) and other crimes that are class A and B felonies.
The Parole Board should supply a copy of the recording of the parole hearing to office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney which prosecuted the case so the prosecutor could store the recording in the prosecutor’s files should it have potential value for use as evidence.
The Defendant Chico Rucker was found guilty on the charges of Manslaughter 2nd Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Fraudulent use of a Credit Card after killing his girlfriend and hiding her body by a dumpster behind her apartment complex. He then used her Credit card and ordered pizzas and called phone sex hotlines while her body was left wrapped up for 11 days! The defendant went to trial and the Jury listened to the testimony, they deliberated and found him guilty and sentenced him to 20 years in Prison!
A routine test drive turned into a terrifying ride for a California car salesman who was allegedly kidnapped by a customer.
Lehmer’s Concord Buick GMC car salesman Christopher Reeves said the horrifying ordeal all began when a customer came into the Concord, Calif. dealership on Monday. First, the man test drove a Cadillac without incident. Then, he said he was interested in taking a $75,000 conversion van for a ride.
Reeves and the customer went out for a drive in the van, even stopping at the man’s house and showing the vehicle to his family. But Reeves said that once they hopped back on the freeway, the customer turned to him and told him, “This is a robbery.”
Reeves said that he initially thought the man was joking, prompting the suspect to grab Reeves’ shirt and slam him against the window.
The suspect drove 90 mph on the freeway, even sideswiping another car, Reeves recalled. He got off the freeway but didn’t stop the car, repeatedly running red lights instead.
“I was just holding on for my life, basically,” Reeves said.
The suspect eventually came to a stop, which allowed Reeves to flee the vehicle and call his boss.
The dealership had the suspect’s driver’s license, and the car contained a tracking a device, which allowed police to track down the suspect and the stolen vehicle.
The Defendant Chico Rucker was found guilty on the charges of Manslaughter 2nd Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Fraudulent use of a Credit Card after killing his girlfriend and hiding her body by a dumpster behind her apartment complex. He then used her Credit card and ordered pizzas and called phone sex hotlines while her body was left wrapped up for 11 days! The defendant went to trial and the Jury listened to the testimony, they deliberated and found him guilty and sentenced him to 20 years in Prison! Tune in tomorrow morning with Ray the D.A. and Jack Pattie from 9:00 – 10:00 AM on News Talk 590 WVLK to hear more about this case. We will have guests Assistant Commonwealth Attorneys Kathy Phillips and Katie Webster along with victims advocate Briana Persley.
Heroin deaths are spiking in the U.S.
Between 2012-13, the number of U.S. drug overdose deaths resulting from heroin spiked from 5,900 to 8,200, said Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Policy Center.
CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter.