I called for a boycott of this book for good reason but since I’m dedicated to exposing the truth about this case, I felt I really needed to read it. I was very curious to see if Amanda would cover any of the police misconduct or the judge’s unfair rulings or witnesses caught lying, etc. As it turns out, none of that was in the book which wasn’t a huge surprise.
I continue to be amazed that the facts of this case have not been covered by local media. This is a such a huge story and people continue to ignore and avoid the truth. The witnesses lying, prosecutors misleading the jury, judge’s unfair rulings, police mishandling of the case – all of it has been documented on this blog with video and documents backing it up. This is not a gray area, it’s black and white and irrefutable that all of the above mentioned occurred in this case. All of these things likely led to an incorrect verdict.
But what do we have? We have a news journalist publishing a book with all of the imbedded lies from the trial. The suggestion that Nancy Cooper was a victim of domestic violence, that Brad wasn’t a good father, that Brad faked a phone call and did a Google search of Fielding Drive, that Nancy ran with her keys and phone, that the Coopers used ALL detergent and that Bella didn’t drink green juice. All of these things were addressed by the defense during the trial and shown to be completely unfounded. All, that is – except for the Google search because the judge wouldn’t allow the expert testimony on that. Had he allowed it, ALL of these items would have been addressed. It is an outrage beyond words.
Instead of learning from the Duke case where Crystal Mangum’s allegations were taken as irrefutable fact and the media immediately found those boys guilty, the same thing happened in the Cooper case only nobody stopped it. Nancy’s friends’ statements were taken as irrefutable fact, even with strong contrary evidence and even with proof that they lied about several things throughout the trial and during the investigation. Why wasn’t their credibility questioned by the media? If I can see all of this, surely others can too!
When it was revealed that the FBI recommended that police verify the Google search and they never bothered to follow through, why didn’t the media cover that? When it was revealed that the phone was almost certainly intentionally erased, why didn’t they cover that? When it was revealed that a witness changed his story to support the State’s case, why didn’t they cover that? When it was revealed that the ducks (the only “evidence” of a struggle) were never missing at all, why wasn’t that covered? And the big one – when it was revealed that “national security” was used as an excuse to disregard proper discovery rules, why didn’t they cover that? The local media has failed it’s citizens by neglecting to report on these important facts. Until an investigation into the Cary police’s handling of this case is initiated, public mistrust will remain.
This is a request to the local media outlets and to the Cary town council and mayor to take the time to read through these posts and verify them on your own and if you agree that things were not handled properly, do the responsible thing and report on them and push for an investigation. If you don’t and it takes 25 years for the truth to come out (like so many of these recent wrongful conviction cases), you will regret that you did nothing to expose this when you had the opportunity. Forget about the town’s reputation for a minute. Lives are at stake here.