What have you been doing for the past 30 years?

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30 years ago I was 24 years old and married to my first wife. We had two sons and we lived in Sonoma County, California. I was the branch manager for a pest control company that was based in San Jose. Ronald Reagan was president, the Olympics were in Los Angeles and the economy was booming.

These two guys were in prison:

Judge overturns murder-rape convictions for 2 who served 30 years

A North Carolina judge overturned the convictions Tuesday of two men who have served 30 years in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl after another man’s DNA was recently discovered on evidence in the case.

Superior Court Judge Douglass Sasser ordered the immediate release of Henry McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46. The half brothers were convicted in the 1983 slaying of Sabrina Buie in Robeson County.

Lawyers for the men petitioned for their release after DNA evidence from a cigarette butt recovered at the crime scene pointed to another man. That man, who lived close to the soybean field where the dead girl’s body was found, is already serving a life sentence for a similar rape and murder that happened less than a month later.

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Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt acknowledged the DNA discovery in court papers. He said evidence from the original trial is being tested again and he hasn’t decided whether he retry McCollum and Brown.

Buie was found in a rural soybean field, naked except for a bra pushed up against her neck. A short distance away, police found two bloody sticks and a cigarette butt.

Authorities said McCollum, who was 19 at the time, and Brown, who was 15, confessed to killing Buie.

Attorneys said both men have low IQs and their confessions were coerced after hours of questioning. There is no physical evidence connecting them to the crime.

Both were initially given death sentences, which were overturned. At a second trial, McCollum was again sent to death row, where he remains, while Brown was convicted of rape and sentenced to life.

The DNA from the cigarette butts doesn’t match either of them, and fingerprints taken from a beer can at the scene aren’t theirs either. The other man now suspected in Buie’s killing was convicted of assaulting three other women over 30 years before his last conviction.


Cases like this are the reason I oppose the death penalty.

Not because I feel any pity or sympathy for murderers and rapists. Whoever raped and murdered 11 year old Sabrina Buie back in 1983 does not deserve to live. But these two men spent 30 years in prison for a crime they did not commit. Both of them could have been executed!

I’m sure the cops thought they caught the right guys. I don’t doubt the detectives believed the men’s confessions were genuine. I’m sure the jury thought they were guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I don’t doubt they had good attorneys who tried their best to defend them. I’m sure the trial judge made all the right rulings. All the i’s were dotted and every t was crossed.

But the system still failed.

When we come up with a perfect system, then I’ll support the death penalty. Of course by then we won’t need one.


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93 Responses to What have you been doing for the past 30 years?

  1. The Klown says:

    Apparently Obama is in Estonia embarrassing us today.

    • Lulu says:

      Now the WH is arranging fundraisers in Estonia? Then on to an Estonian golf course. Isn’t that in Sweden or something? Then he can be chillaxin and tell boring stories about Jay-Z to some Estonian billionaires. It beats sitting through some asinine daily CIA or Pentagon terrorism briefing. I can now say that I am finally proud of my country. Thanks DNC for making this dream possible. /S/

      • leslie says:

        You mean the briefings that he has them send electronically so that he can peruse them between golf shots?
        What an assh@le. There are no words anymore for how I feel and what I think about this . . . uh . . . man.

      • votermom says:

        Aide: Mr. President, we have arrived at Estonia.
        Obama: Estonia? I said lets go get stoned, yah!
        Vaaaaal!!!

  2. The Klown says:

    Krauthammer’s Take: President ‘A Man in Denial, On the Verge of Delusion’:

    • Lulu says:

      Denial? Delusion? Nah. All that terrorism stuff is too much work. He didn’t sign up for THAT shit. The next guy can sort it out. He is only two year from retirement.

      • leslie says:

        I just woke up to the report that obama said we would “bring to justice those who were . . . responsible for the deaths of those two . . uh . . . fine … young… men

        He said it with all the emotion he could muster for men who did not look ‘just like him’. He sounded as if they had just pulled him out of an alcohol induced coma. He sounded bored. He sounded like a little boy who was told he had to say “sorry”,.

        I’m only sort of paraphrasing here. I got so mad that I didn’t turn the radio off so I could try to sleep a few more minutes. I got up and turned on my computer and come here. THAT is how mad I got.

    • Lulu says:

      I have been thinking “bacon” and hog fat bombs might work. Maybe air dropping thousands of pounds of fried pork skins everywhere they hole up would flush them out.

    • Ann says:

      From the comments…
      Show some pictures of PKK women castrating and beheading ISIL men and burying them with dead pigs. That will turn the tide real quickly.

  3. HELENK3 says:

    http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/20.pdf

    skip down to the pages written in english.
    long term planning this was written in 1991

  4. votermom says:

    Yeah, ok, no death penalty, but can we chop off the hands of hackers?
    We almost never buy anything at Home Depot, but this weekend Hubby bought some paint there. Guess what, this morning the news says Home Depot may have had a data breach.

  5. HELENK3 says:

    http://americanthinker.com/blog/2014/09/obama_contradicts_himself_on_isis_strategy_in_estonia_presser.html

    backtrack can not even get through a press conference without contradicting himself.

  6. HELENK3 says:

    Iowa Hawk

    Out: cowboy diplomacy. In: upper middle class suburban over-promoted ass-kissing teacher’s pet diplomacy.

  7. votermom says:

  8. Kathy says:

    Obama looks awful–almost jaundiced –spelling wrong but you get my point. I wonder if he is on something or has some disease (other than stupidity).

    • votermom says:

      His skin look sallow but the whites of his eyes appear clear, so I don’t think it is jaundice or hepatitis.
      I do think he is on drugs or sick. I hope karma has put him in a lot of pain, whatever it is.

    • cynic says:

      I just said the same thing to my hubby this a.m. They were playing a clip of him giving an over-seas speech, and his suit looked to be hanging on him. My husband said, “He’s getting old.” I said, “Don’t people usually put on weight as they get older?”

    • Somebody says:

      I think he’s had some kind of medical condition, but I’m not sure what. His medical records have never been released. As a candidate he had a letter stating he was in good health, whereas every other candidate’s full medical records were poured through and analyzed.

      Since he’s become POTUS, all we get every year is “He’s fine, or he had a physical and he’s in good health”. We never hear anything else, whereas with every other POTUS we’ve known most of the details of their health, even trivial things.

  9. votermom says:

  10. HELENK3 says:

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/09/03/former-cia-operative-yes-isis-is-in-the-us-n1886689

    per former CIA operative–yes isis is in the USA.
    has anybody told backtrack yet?

  11. WMCB says:

    It took the NYT seven days but they finally figured out how this story is really the fault of white males and their patriarchy. See, the awful male UK police were just sexists and misogynists – end of story. Privilege, you know. Had nothing to do with Pakistanis, or Islamism, or fear of being called racist, or the REASONS why police desperately looked for some excuse not to prosecute. Nope, it was those dastardly police, who just want to excuse rape in general.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/02/world/europe/reckoning-starts-in-britain-on-abuse-of-girls.html?smid=pl-share&_r=0

    • Lulu says:

      It is classism just like the NYT demonstrates daily. Assholes. The girls and their families were poor and white thus worthless. They would have treated boys the same or worse. Lefty authoritarians must have a group to demonize.

  12. piper says:

    Sadly, I believe that obama wants another 9/11 here as he thinks that would rally us behind him and forgive him for all his past mistakes and scandals.
    BTW – he came here on labor day to give a speech, not invited by the unions, met with dem. gov. candidate, Mary Burke, in private and shut down freeways, bike paths on Lake Michigan – for what – a 20 minute read speech written by someone else – hope he ‘got’ enough adulation to see him through his overseas meetings. Boo hoo hoo.
    I now return to my favorite chore – housecleaning.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Sadly, I’ve thought the same thing. Somehow I can’t imagine him having his bullhorn moment though. It would be out of character for him.

      • Lulu says:

        It there is a major terrorist strike he will be shown the door. His complete cock up of foreign policy and idiocy on ISIS will not turn out like the cabal in the WH thinks.

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Yep.

  14. DeniseVB says:

    Clown comments are never off topic! Here’s a giggle break from Obama Fatigue: Clown Therapy (from Frasier, turn your volume down, the lady’s a good screamer!)

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Nice shout out to Keith at WHD…..good artlcle too 🙂

  16. SHV says:

    “A North Carolina judge overturned the convictions..”
    ****
    A review of DNA reversed convictions by the Innocence Project a few years ago showed that in 75% of the cases, “eye” witness testimony and/or misconduct by the prosecution led to the convictions. Recently, NYC paid multi-millions to a man incarcerated 25 years for rape/murder. It was revealed that the prosecution had receipt from a motel in Orlando showing that the man convicted of the crime was in Florida on the day of the crime.

    It seems that the cases of prosecutorial misconduct that come to public attention, the tax payers pay and little of consequence happens to the prosecutors. Should be treated as a felony with 10 year minimum upon conviction.

  17. 49erDweet says:

    Disagree with Klown. I have zero confidence EVERY detective involved in this case “believed the confessions were genuine”. IMO there were some that knew otherwise but kept silent through avarice or ambition, and that’s the other side of this travesty.

  18. Lulu says:

    Socialist apparatchik President Hollande ‘Hates the Poor’. His pet name for the poor and working class is “the toothless”. Sounds like the toothless hillbilly vitriol from the US proggies. POS Vile Progs are under every rock. And this one can’t get the French economy going either. But why should he if it would benefit “the toothless”. And his ex is ratting him out. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/france-socialist-president-hollande-hates-poor-says-ex-valerie-trierweiler-1463813 from Drudge so everyone will see this.

    • threewickets says:

      FB observation:

      A surprise during this visit to France is the open mockery of the press towards le Président de la République. Hollande is openly mocked as being over his head in many magazine headlines. Le Point asks in a survey: “Qui peut sauver la France?” Hollande ranks 10th out of 10 with 16%, even getting beat by radical leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

  19. HELENK3 says:

    http://ulstermanbooks.com/d-c-whispers-obama-bizarre-conversation-prime-minister/

    USA we have a big problem

    backtrack out of it during conversation with British Prime Minister on way to European conference

  20. elliesmom says:

    I’m always a day late and a dollar short, but I just saw Jeff Bezos has fired Katherine Weymouth, the publisher of the Post and replaced her with a Reaganite. Will the Post now be more “fair and balanced”? Millbank and Marcus had anti-Obama columns today.

    • lyn says:

      Good news.

      • Lulu says:

        Then he has national ambitions for the WP. I guess he had to get the books and finances straightened out first. Millibank and Marcus were reminded who signs their check. Ha.

        I just listened to Nigel Farage, UKIP leader, on Fox. According to the lefties he is a loon. He sounded more sane and straightforward than most of the Brits. He doesn’t use politico-bureacratise-double speech. I see why they hate him and is such a threat.

  21. HELENK3 says:

    http://linkis.com/www.memri.org/clip/e/8dbJA

    isis threatens Putin. not a good idea he is not backtrack

  22. DeniseVB says:

    This is a good video explaining the Middle East in 5 minutes. Though it doesn’t explain what happens if Israel ceases to exist ?

  23. The Klown says:
  24. DeniseVB says:

    A random thought, because I’ve supported the Arts for years, theater, dance, figure skating, designers, artists, actors…. but I digress, why should sports be any different? Can someone tell me why an historic “first openly gay NFL player” is acceptable for being Jerry Jones’ bitch ? Michael is a hottie, could make millions more as a male model in NYC, and he’s a nice boy too 😉

  25. The Klown says:

    Ron Fournier: Obama’s ISIS Comments Were “Awfully Passive” And An “Unsettling” Position:

  26. DeniseVB says:

    Took Special Greg to see the movie Let’s Be Cops, my bar was so low I was pleasantly surprised how entertaining this was. I laughed and laughed, but we only go to the “cafe” movies, so it could have been the wine too 😀 Highly recommend for a late summer popcorn movie, there were 8 of us total at the matinee and we all laughed and laughed…..*clinky*…

  27. The Klown says:

    Obama in 2007: “Wouldn’t it be great for the world if I were president?”

  28. Lulu says:

    Obama’s biography movie is on TCM. I haven’t seen Being There recently.

  29. The Klown says:

    Wow.

  30. The Klown says:
  31. leslie says:

    I’m definitely not supportive of stupid ass white people.
    Ever the class act. Who could’ve seen that coming?

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