Thursday, October 23, 2014

'Rusty's Rangers' busted

Zastava Model PAP M92PV, 7.62 x 39mm AK-47 clone "pistol"
import model by Century International Arms (CIA)

Brownsville – Southmost, Texas – They call it “no man’s land,” and it’s walled off from the rest of America by an 18-foot picket fence made of square rusted iron tubing  with spiked tops sunk into deep-seated concrete footers.
A middle-class residential neighborhood and an international airport backs up to the isolated farm land, much of which has been converted to “wildlife sanctuaries” along this narrow strip of river bottom where citrus, cotton, grain and produce fields once thrived.
When on August 29 the young man in camouflage fatigues stepped out of the brush that lines the litter-strewn trafficking corridor, a well-worn groove along this meandering stretch of the Rio Grande, the Border Patrol Agent thought he pointed the foreshortened assault rifle with the pistol grip at him.
He didn’t have to think about it. Reflexes got the better of him, and he slapped the trigger five times...
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Graf's defense backfired

Admitted arson murderer Ed Graf's defense team succeeded in creating a reasonable doubt in the minds of two jurors who refused to convict him for capital murder for setting the 1986 gasoline blaze that killed his two step sons Jason, 8, and Joby, 9, in a storage shed in order to receive a $100,000 life insurance benefit.

The panel deadlocked on the question 10 to 2 on the first vote, according to published reportsd, and remained so throughout their deliberations.

Graf's fortunes changed dramatically when the boys' mother testified on cross examination as to the family's financial affairs when he bought the double indemnity life insurance policy on the children.

State 54th District Court Judge Matt Johnson reversed his pre-trial ruling and allowed damning testimony about Graf's $75,000 embezzlement of Community State Bank on the record.  

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

To "Instruct" the witness...

Innocence Project associate Walter Reaves won Ed Graf a new trial for capital murder
by challenging and suppressing "junk science" used in testimony to obtain a 1986 conviction 
WACO - District Judge Matt Johnson sent jurors to lunch when a lawyer for accused capital murderer Ed Graf  made vigorous and incessant objections to hearsay testimony about the defendant's state of mind.

Graf is standing trial for the second time for the alleged murder for renumeration by arson of his two stepsons, Jason, 8, and Joby, 9, in a fire that engulfed a back yard tool shed in the flames of a gasoline explosion. Convicted of capital murder, he served 25 years in the penitentiary before Walter Reaves, a lawyer for the Innocence Project, won a new trial for him in an appeal that objected to testimony based on "junk science," since discredited. All such former testimony about the fire and its cause has been suppressed. No previous testimony may be allowed, and expert witnesses have no physical evidence to investigate because the debris of the fire was buried in a landfill within days after the fire, which occurred on August 26, 1986.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fire: 'A tragic accident'

Waco – Prosecutors opened their arguments against Ed Graf in a re-trial of a capital murder for a 1986 renumeration-by-arson case on a weaker note than was presented 25 years ago.
The expert testimony offered by arson investigators in that trial is to be suppressed in this trial. Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarret told jurors, “What you will hear is evidence surrounding the circumstances surrounding this fire.”
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Choked by the old school tie...

Jennifer Jarvis, executive secretary to Baylor President Ken Starr

Waco – McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna is a Baylor man hanged by his old school tie following a gossipy, contentious hearing over the prosecution of a couple employed in positions of high responsibility at the nation’s largest religious university. 

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

'In a world of steel-eyed death where men are fighting to be warm'

Oklahoma City - When members of the Oklahoma III%er militia heard that law enforcement and media characterized the beheading murder of a woman at her place of work by a Muslim man who had just been fired after attempting to convert other workers to Islam, they responded by staging an event at the area's largest, most opulent shopping mall. It is the same place where the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) had demonstrated the previous Friday to insist that Islam as practiced by the mainstream is a far cry from the radical approach taken by ISIS (Islamic State in Syria) and other terrorist groups.

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