My thoughts on “Love Lies” and an appeal to the media

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.

11 thoughts on “My thoughts on “Love Lies” and an appeal to the media

  1. Corruption and Cover up is everywhere…..someone needs to do something about

    things like this…..JUSTICE????????? AMERICA NO LONGER HAS IT….so very sad

    People are in positions who SHOULD NOT BE….

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  2. An excellent comment and plea about the sad state of American “justice”. I am afraid that it is a voice in the wilderness however. I see all the time the sensationalism created by crime, crime reporting and in particular murder trials. Folks who are later exonerated get far less coverage as after all it is “old news” ‘ People like Amanda Lamb are cashing in for profit on the misfortune of others all in the pursuit of the all mighty dollar. What is very clear is the complacency of ordinary citizens.Their blind faith in the system is downright scary and they seem not to care that it can easily happen to them. All it takes is a random incident, poor police work and improper and illegal prosecutorial misconduct with impunity. If you are charged with anything in America by the authorities, you will be convicted because the system is now so heavily one-sided that even in the face of obvious injustice as in Brad Cooper’s case, nothing will be done. And books like “Love Lies” will continue to improperly convict innocent people in the court of puiblic opinion.

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  3. >>> “If you are charged with anything in America by the authorities, you will be convicted”
    Recent high profile cases go against that notion. Brad seems to be the exception, not the rule, of someone getting convicted in a circumstantial evidence case.

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    • Anonymous,

      Thank you for quoting me, but I really think you should check again. Of course there are two or three high profile cases (Casey Anthony, O.J. and even Jason Young in NC). Brad is definitely not the exception in Wake County. Odds are heavily stacked in favour of the prosecution in nearly all cases in Wake County especially where prosecutorial misconduct abounds. Please supply some data to back up your claim that Brad’s conviction is an exception.

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      • Risinger is one source of data on the subject. His wrongful conviction estimate is higher than most estimates. He estimates between 3.3 and 5.0 percent of rape-murder convictions involve innocent defendants. That’s higher than I expected, but I’m not sure how than can lead to “if you are charged in America [or is it Wake County???] you will be convicted”.

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        • Thank you for the stats from Resinger. I agree these are pretty high estimates and I will also say that it is nearly impossible to know how many wrongfully convicted are in U.S. prisons. But your figures clearly illustrate my point. Based on this figure versus the total number of incarcerated in the United States (which remains the leader among western nations in percentage of the population behind bars) this means that between 66,000 and 100,000 innocent people are behind bars. That is a huge number of convictions that occurred with no evidence (actual innocence equals no evidence or flawed evidence, coerced confession or improper identification etc). This assumes that other crimes are wrongfully convicted at the same rate as rape/murder crimes. I would argue that the rate of wrongful conviction of lessor crimes would actually be higher as plea bargaining is so prevalent in the system. Anyway the following is from Mother Jones Magazine:

          “Extrapolating from the 281 known DNA exonerations in the US since the late 1980s, a conservative estimate is that 1 percent of the US prison population, approximately 20,000 people, are falsely convicted”

          I believe these figures are likely more accurate.

          My point in stating that “if charged, you will be convicted” is that prosecutions in the U.S.are such that it is extremely difficult to win acquittal because the government acts with impunity in any way it wants. As an example, Boz Zellinger the prosecutor in the Cooper case, in his closing remarks to the jury states “fact, fact ,fact reciting a whole list of supposed “facts” that had clearly been debunked at trial. These were outright lies spoken by a prosecutor who knew they were outright lies. There is absolutely zero consequence awaiting this man for lying in a courtroom. Prosecutors all over the U.S. win cases by cheating. If you are charged with a crime in the United States of America, no matter how innocent you are, you are way better off to look at a plea bargain.

          The prosecution process in America is fundamentally flawed right at its beginning. Most (and I bet you did as I did) believe that the Grand Jury process protects us from wanton or frivolous charges. You need be aware that NO defence of the charges are put before the Grand Jury, only prosecutors put evidence before it. The process thus has become merely a rubber stamp, go ahead and and prosecute anybody you wish. Most believe (as you or I did) that you can’t be convicted unless there is evidence. Wrong again. Brad Cooper is just one of many cases where there is zero physical evidence connecting him to any crime of any sort. In fact the evidence that points away from him is quite profound. And the Cooper case is just one of many thousands of cases where in order to “solve” the crime, every effort is made to make the evidence fit the accused. Police destroying evidence, police mishandling evidence are undisputed in the Cooper case.

          Please note that your stats from Resinger indicate that 3.5 percent to 5.0 percent are wrongfully convicted. This means that over 95 per cent are convicted because they are in fact guilty. Good for the system. This is what we all want. But it also means that 100 per cent of those who find themselves in prison even though innocent, were convicted by a really flawed and unfair system. Our system was designed supposedly under the notion ” better to let ten guilty go free, than to wrongfully imprison one”. You cannot honestly convince me that you believe this is happening. Be aware, if you are charged with a crime in America, you best believe that they will find a way to convict you despite your innocence.

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  4. As a follow-up to previous post exchanges with “Anonymous”, I would ask him or her to explain exactly why he/she thinks it is okay for law enforcement to contaminate crime scenes. I would ask him or her to explain a detective sitting down on a bed of a crime scene. I would ask why is it okay for investigators to tromp through a crime scene (the Cooper house) without foot protection and then at trial claim there was “hay” consistent with the body dumping site in the house. I would ask why first responders to a badly decomposing body would tromp and place tire tracks at the site where the body was dumped. These are just a few examples of HORRID police work in the Cooper case. It does not even go into the chain of custody problems with cell phones and computers and routers that should have disqualified from being admissible any of this evidence and especially the Google map search which we now know is the ONLY reason that jurors convicted Mr. Cooper. (I would convict too as a juror on this basis: Think for a moment if the body of the person I was accused of killing was found in the exact location of a treasure map I had drawn with “X” marking the spot. Of course it is a smoking gun. But if it was drawn by someone else? Different story right?

    My messgae to you “Anonymous” is to demonstrate how easy it would be for you to be found guilty of murder under these conditions. Don’t know if you are married but I have been for 31 years. Some years, we have come close to splitting up. During one of those times, had my wife gone missing, her family and friends could easily testify my wife was thinking of divorce. Now she goes missing and my only alibi is that I was sitting at home with two children under five. Now witnesses that saw her (or think they saw her) while she is still missing are ignored and the only people being believed are my wife’s friends and family. Now all the available evidence is “tromped on” sat upon” or “mishandled”This is what happened with Brad Cooper. Now I have heard many say “the police and prosecutors can’t be wrong and they must know some reason to pursue the case the way they did”. Why didn’t what they know come up at trial? Bottom line, there is no way there was credible evidence to convict this man, and the police, prosecutors and judge colluded to obtain a dishonest conviction. Any objective observer has to acknowledge that as a minimum. It does not matter what you believe as to guilt or innocence in this case. You have to look objectively and ask “if this happened to me, is this what I want from the North Carolina legal system?”

    I for one expect much better. I want guilty people to be punished. I never want innocents to be wrongfully convicted. In fact I don’t want anybody “wrongfully convicted”. I want all to be convicted within the scope of the law.

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  5. Again as in the above, the only thing separating you, Anonymous, from Brad Cooper, in terms of a wrongful conviction is that your spouse hasn’t gone missing and found murdered. If that misfortune occurred to you, you would invariably be the primary suspect. The only thing you will be able to depend on is a thorough and complete investigation by law enforcement and an honest look at the available facts by prosecutors. The one thing about the Cooper case is its stunning portrayal of the anatomy of how wrongful conviction can and does occur. Please see “Texas versus Morton” for an eerily similar wrongful conviction. In that case a three year old child’s testimony was ignored/not disclosed. Similarly Bella Coopers sighting of her Mother has been quashed by the judge. In the Morton case, it has been proven that another woman was murdered by the real killer of Morton’s wife. Please note as I write this a Hope Mills woman was found murdered after being missing and a Durham woman is now missing. Have we allowed a serial killer to be on the loose in North Carolina in order to unjustly convict an innocent Brad Cooper? It is food for thought.and all of us have a very real interest in making sure our legal system is working properly. We can formulate our “guesses” and call them opinions, but we should all admit the fallibilty of the system when it convicts obviously dishonestly. It could be you or I in prison unjustly and it could be our loved one murdered by killers not properly pursued as in both the Morton and Cooper cases.

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  6. I’d like to add that many law enforcement persons and prosecutors want above anything else: A CONVICTION. ANY conviction. Their jobs depend on it. Too too many sheep in this country think they should believe a policeman/prosecutor above any regular citizen. Thin line between police and criminals in my estimation. I have always and always will QUESTION AUTHORITY.

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    • So true, Brenda. I had no idea how bad it was until this case. They are rewarded for convictions and not penalized for putting the wrong people away, even for hiding evidence. They can do whatever they want and innocent people are suffering and their families as well while the guilty remain free. It’s becoming a horrible INjustice system.

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