Criminal Defense Attorney Deborah Caldwell Bono explains what it means to enter an Alford Plea. Regardless of blood-sampling evidence being insecure, the case against him was sufficient to meet the guilty threshold. there are doubts. Having an opinion does not mean you are lying. The role of the prosecution is to portray MP as having committed a murder and I believed that did the best they could. I’m thankful that criminal outcomes aren’t determined by documentaries – in particular those watching them thinking they know better than judge and jury…. For the sake of people who were/are close to her/him I hope the truth will come out one day. They may think him guilty but that enough damage has been done to the family without public division over this, etc. Forensic Files produced “A Novel Idea” back in 2006, but any murder story that includes well-educated mansion owners plus a cheerful male escort on the witness stand is sure to be revisited many times. In such a case, the defendant is admitting that, whatever evidence the prosecution has is likely to convince the court he is guilty. I BELIEVE CP’S DEATH OCCURED BETWEEN 11:30 AND 12:30 am on 12-19-2001. And Margaret sure looks like him, enough to suspect that there are plenty more secrets in his life. I certainly don’t think he is. 2. the police manufactured evidence against peterson and used the blow pipe throughout the trial as the murder weapon, when in fact the police had removed that pipe from the scene on the night of the “accident/murder” and replaced it some time later as if they had been trying to find it all along. you cannot send someone to prison for life unless one is certain he was guilty. If the defendant accepts that, perhaps we should…. For a writer he certainly knows how to manipulate…. Rene Carter, a former teacher at Capital High School in Montana, US, had been facing a trio of statutory rape charges from 2015 after a sex tape of her with the teenage boy emerged, Our free email newsletter sends you the biggest headlines from news, sport and showbiz. MP’s murder 16 years earlier is clear evidence that he had the capacity to kill. Wouldn’t you stay on the telephone? The system is corrupt not just on this side of the house of legal but also on the family law section. He adopted them. the police were guilty of conspiracy and perjury, for no other reason than to get peterson found guilty. What else COULD he say after a spontaneous attack? It is no surprise to me that most of the kids, who were totally under his control their whole life, couldn’t believe one second he did it. She may not have screamed and been so stunned with an owl landing on her head. It only serves those in the position to make quota or benefit from deceiving or manipulating the evidence, law, and situation to better their outcome. Peterson’s first wife Patty is still alive! Nonetheless, all five of Michael’s children believed in his innocence at first. All standard conditions will be placed on Carter and she will be ordered to pay $80 (£65) in fees, the paper reports. Australia. TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The man accused of killing Tavion Belcher in November 2019 has entered an Alford plea to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter in the case. I am so done with all you that think you know all the answers just because you feel in your pinky toe it’s correct. This form of guilty plea has been frequently used in local and state courts in the United States, though it constitutes a small percentage of all plea bargains in the U.S. Are his kids so confident in his innocence that they let gram pa babysit? “The truth is I like Michael Peterson’s personality and history of being a good man raising the family all of his children loved him.” What’s that got to do with the price of fish? Because of the availability of changing a plea to guilty later on, most criminal defendants plead not guilty at the arraignment because they know they can later change the plea if they do reach a favorable agreement. A plea bargain or no contest plea could turn out to be a worse deal than it appears if it makes you deportable or removable from the U.S. Murdering for money does not make sense as Kathleen made good money and had excellent credentials to work anywhere. Other online correspondence allegedly proved he was trying to hook up with men on the side, including a chipper prostitute called Brad. It’s subtle, he holds it back. A Forensic Files Murder That Went on a Binge(“A Novel Idea,” Forensic Files). He has however managed to hide what actually happened that night (weapon etc…), but it didn’t matter. Attend to the original comment: if one might or could be regarded as a suspect, legal counsel is highly wise – the innocent are sometimes convicted. This shows the length of deception he went to for an excuse to put the blame on something else, and when that didn’t “fly” the police were next. DNA TEST WILL SOLVE THIS CASE, MICHAEL AND ADOPTED DAUGHTER MARGARET ARE FATHER AND DAUGHTER?? Shouldn’t we stick to the US – the country you were referring to? I know what a Blow Pipe is and it’s a light weight hollow metal tube that it hurts to be hit by one and stings! Ah, don’t bring up facts, you’ll just confuse them. They were young at the time of the interview. (400 U.S. 25 (1970).) His family may support him publically, but what they think privately we don’t know… At the very least, on pressing they’d have to admit that they’re ‘troubled’ by the owl, the rogue intruder, and the gay prostitute… My guess is that they’re content to believe there’s a doubt and to give the benefit of it (publically, anyway). By the time Michael and Kathleen became a couple, his two daughters and Kathleen’s daughter from her first marriage, Caitlin Atwater, were already good friends. The average person doesn’t stand a chance. He won the right to a new trial after authorities discovered that “expert” prosecution witness Saami Shaibani had misrepresented his own professional credentials. Like you, I think Peterson’s a liar. This is like a mad house haha! Shelley, you watch too much tv. I am addressing the previous poster’s remark: ‘why was his FIRST THOUGHT’… At first blush an accident would, to me, naturally be assumed, only refuted on perusal. If merely providing information voluntarily (not mirandized), that is a different matter. By entering an Alford plea, Moss pleaded guilty but did not admit to committing the criminal act. —, If your point is that wrongful conviction is ‘common’ and/or that prosecutorial misconduct is, since you mention UK, these figures don’t support your contention. Why is he appearing in court when it’s all over? In the apparent absence of an intruder/weapon people would indeed think the person had fallen badly and hit their head. I’ll take his opinion like the words of a book, it’s black and white. I know I anticipated confession from either his son or him. An arrest is the act of apprehending a person and taking them into custody, usually because they have been suspected of committing a crime. Why isn’t he in jail? His 2003 trial ended in a first-degree murder conviction and a sentence of life without parole. The defense, led by David Rudolf — the same lawyer who represented NFL player Rae Carruth in his murder trial — had some impressive courtroom drama to offer, too. The one thing I still can’t figure out-who and why was everything being filmed from the time he found Kathleen and the 9-1-1 call. watching the staircase series i thought he could of been guilty. I know Miss Use! What guilty person would tell the cops she fell down the steps and that bloodbath was the result of just a fall?! 30% were sexual crimes; Seriously? I mean there are enough cases with more proofs where the relatives have the exact same speech “never, the person I know would have never done that” etc etc… Guess what, this is the whole point! Homicide detectives were called to the Peterson residence. Where were the experts regarding bleeding to death from head wounds? But first, here’s a recap of “A Novel Idea” along with extra information drawn from internet research: Full house. Why him pre-occupied with deleting emails on his PC while the police were around is baffling if he had just found his wife dead. Alford was sentenced to 30 years in prison, after the trial judge in the case accepted the plea bargain and ruled that the defendant had been adequately apprised by his lawyer. He did find himself a post-lockup girlfriend, however, in one of the editors of The Staircase. the law says if there is doubt you should not convict. The couple lived together for a time after his release, he said. Gavin Maloney, now 19, took an unusual Alford plea to third-degree rape. He is innocent of how much of the case was tainted. The judge, interviewed at the end of the series, says he thought that the jury could have found reasonable doubt. Although testing would later confirm that Kathleen had some alcohol in her system, it was nowhere near the stagger and face-plant level. very sad. The prosecution did a DNA test during the trial and they are not related. To the crazy person who keeps demanding a totally unwarranted DNA test on Margaret Peterson – just stop. I believe in his innocence due to no physical murder weapon, no times of death, no due diligence for crime scene etiquette, and just for the state fishing off of opinions…how do you beat someone to death in the same spot and not crack the skull??? Well what about the defence team taking the time to do the same, if it meant in any way to profit MP. MOTIVE. So, if a loved one is murdered, you’re an idiot to speak with a police without an attorney? Only on closer inspection might it seem like they were struck. The couple combined their families into one household in the 5-bedroom 5½-bath abode in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Durham. I think I read in “Written in blood” that he didn’t adopt them because then he wouldn’t have been paid for looking after them. Are you so blind by your own “greatness” that fact escapes you? I feel the same way about the son Mr. Walker. So what’s happened to Michael Peterson since the 2018 Netflix series turned his story into an international entertainment sensation? But she had microscopic feathers entangled in her hair. Owls do not attack, unless provoked. That may provide motive for the killing of one or both women, but having a motive isn’t the same as proof you did it. It was a crazy injustice!!!! If one is to believe in our criminal justice system the truth will either condemn them or set them free. The Alford plea gets its name from a 1970 U.S. Supreme Court case, North Carolina v. Alford. Unless there is new, excuplatory, evidence he’d be mad not to accept that the outcome he got was the best he could’ve hoped for (as a murderer). Nonsense. Similarities in the deaths of Peterson’s two wives certainly constitute circumstantial evidence of murder that should be explored – as they were – albeit that they fail to reach the criminal standard. They noted that Michael was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. An Alford plea allows a defendant to maintain innocence while acknowledging prosecutors have enough evidence to make a case. HMS BUFFALO The names of passengers and emigrants appear in a list prepared by Governor Hindmarsh for the Colonial Office, and the presence of many is confirmed by mention in the ship’s logbook, the diaries of George Stevenson and Y.B. As long as the kids don’t have life insurance policies with him as the beneficiary…. Furthermore, Peterson took an Alford plea – which at face value means that he accepts that there was sufficient evidence to convict notwithstanding his denial. The police found blood splatter between the legs of Michael’s shorts and his bloody footprint on Kathleen’s clothes, which suggested he was standing over her and beating her. Lying “expert witness” fired for holding and misleading evidence in many many cases also lied about his experience and background …. This is not the case here. 4. Margaret is just something else altogether. It is also referred to as a plea of no contest.. West Memphis Three-Wikipedia. Reasonable doubt is tied into circumstantial evidence as circumstantial evidence is evidence that relies on an inference, and reasonable doubt was put in place so that the circumstantial evidence against someone in a criminal or civil case must be enough to convict someone fairly. The 1st woman was not his wife. Flawed justice however. Because to be objective we have to look at all perspectives to arrive at the truth. Nonetheless, Michael Peterson’s lawyers never brought up the owl theory in the courtroom — it was too bizarre and potentially fodder for, well, hoots of laughter. If the top at the FBI and CIA are corrupt, who isn’t? The paper said she had been initially charged with three counts of felony sexual intercourse without consent but Carter could enter an Alford plea to the felony charge of criminal endangerment. It’s that underlying anger that just sneaks through. The bloody footprint on Kathleen’s body, the blood spatter on the inside of his shorts and the clean-up attempt are enough to show without a reasonable doubt that he was there when the murder occurred. That SHOULD be QED…. Errr…she was his neighbour, NOT his first wife. WILL SHOW HE IS HER BIOLOGICAL FATHER ! Reasonable doubt in legal terms doesn’t apply to innocence, it applies to claims of guilt. Alford plea, the defendant admits that the evidence presented by the prosecution would be likely to persuade a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Got through one episode of The Staircase with my father, a former crime reporter. She graduated first in her class. Deep lacerations made her bleed to death in an hour. Nobody can be 100 % sure, neither can you know what his family thinks. To explore this concept, consider the following Alford plea definition. Reading these comments I find it more believable, as a lot of people are determined that they know more than what the facts show beyond doubt. That’s why the notion that she fell down the stairs doesn’t make any sense. In court he took to an Alford plea, which allowed him to say he's innocent while agreeing the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him. This is something I keep thinking about too with this case. Are you for real? If Michael received any money for the literary effort, it would have to go toward a $25 million award Caitlin Atwater won against him, he said. Conviction for alleged sexual offences (involving adults) is particularly susceptible to wrongful outcome as such trials are typically relatively highly predicated on whom to believe and circumstantial evidence. Therefore, the circumstantial evidence against someone may not be enough, but it can contribute to other decisions made concerning the case. it looks like mr peterson is guilty but someone wins the lottery each week at odds of 14,000,000 to one. The accident scene was a bloodbath — inconsistent with a tumble down the stairs. Did you people watch the same documentary that I did? Thank you Christine! Indeed, he didn’t get a fair trial for the reasons you’ve mentioned, which proved how incapable and corrupt the prosecutors were. The events in Germany are further evidence of precedent and his sexual proclivities are evidence of his marriage not being the idyllic one that he claimed in his defence. His own verdict, if you like, was that there was sufficient evidence to convict, notwithstanding his denial (Alford plea). Kathleen was dead by the time first responders got there. A friend of mine entered an alford plea to a domestic charge at the hearing the judge stated she was not going to list a conviction and was not going to accept a guilty plea and that he would have to pay a $300 fine and 1 year probation. Even though you might have valuable information that could help them find the killer? How does one prove it didn’t happen? Guilty plea in criminal court, whereby a defendant in a criminal case does not admit to the criminal act and asserts innocence. Feathers clutched in her hands and hair? Until next time, cheers. Although skeptical, the TV psychologist gave Michael a chance to defend himself. Rene Carter has avoided a jail sentence after coming to a plea agreement, When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Our. Missing murder weapon. "This is a type of plea not recognised in Australia, whereby a defendant is able to acknowledge that the available evidence is sufficient to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt without admitting commission of the offences charged. In an Alford plea, the accused does not admit to the act for which he is charged, but admits that the prosecution could likely prove it. An adult human? In ” Behind the Staircase,” MP MAKES An interesting and insightful remark. The Alford plea. Off he went to North Carolina’s Correctional Facility in Nash. DNA TEST MICHAEL & ADOPTED DAUGHTER MARGARET!! I am anxious to do more research…. Team Michael also furnished a fireplace blow poke they said they found in the house. His emergency call on Dec 19 do not persuade, nor are they genuine. He had blood splatter on his shorts, both inside and outside. Rene Carter, who worked as a teacher in Missoula, Montana, entered an Alford plea to the felony charge of criminal endargement after she was arrested for allegedly having sex with one of her male students who was 17 at the time. The state not only committed perjury but falsified evidence, hid other evidence? Nolo contendere is a legal term that comes from the Latin phrase for "I do not wish to contend". If, however, he finds mutual, if faux, solidarity with those genuinely more likely to have been ‘railroaded,’ so be it. Deaver did it me when first seeing his episode. I agree. I believe she would have said Michael has flaws but murdering her was definitely not one of them. Of course police’s perspective could be (and was) different. We know that he hated Peterson for the negative articles Peterson wrote about him. There’s a big difference! Getting off on a technically, being found not guilty by a jury or judge, does not mean or mitigate the fact that one committed the crime. The reasonable inference from the plea is that P lacked confidence that he’d be found not guilty… because he was guilty. And he says “ego and selfishness goes away with age.” Not his. I would also think they would have found blood trails and in trees where the owl flew. Sadly we will never hear her voice again as she was characterized by all as a beautiful human being (except for some Nortel employees). A BLOW PIPE. Investigators later brought in a forensic meteorologist who determined it was 51 to 55 degrees outside that night, a little too cold for beach clothes, which made investigators question whether he was really at the pool when Kathleen fell. Maybe try and check for a pulse..definitely guilty. And if there was one, they would have known. Too many bad jokes and making light of your coming court case. In fact, that was the first thing I thought of and would have conducted and that type of situation. The fact that in so many tens of thousands of cases of death by beating in that area (I forget the parameters), there was not one recorded case where skull fracture had not occured was the cementing factor for me. the police allowed the accuser to change her fabrications in the knowledge that she was telling lies. we shall wait and see what happens to the police who spent over £2,500.000 trying to get evidence against lord britain, harvey proctor, lord bramall and others. Someone is filming everything. They were unimpressed with this claim. David Hicks-Wikipedia. Occam’s razor indeed: posit no further than you need to explain the evidence… Both the quantity of blood and her injuries almost certainly exclude accident – and Peterson must be laughing about those who buy the owl malarkey. 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