Tevlin: When the legal system takes too long to make the right call

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 3, 2012 - 8:04 PM

As of last Monday, Nancy Fletcher can go back to her life, cleared and vindicated. But she's still traumatized, first by a man she believes drugged her in a bar, then by a system that didn't believe her.

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lallywDec. 4, 12 5:37 AM

Fortunately, Ms. Fletcher was able to pay for a private attorney and obtain justice. How many people who don't have the funds are sitting in jail due to an over zealous prosecuter and judge? The county attorney and Mabley's conduct warrants scrutiny.

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comment229Dec. 4, 12 6:44 AM

As I read the article and thoughts by both sides, I kept thinking this is going to be a Law and Order episode.

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mamajammaDec. 4, 1210:01 AM

Shame on the County and shame on Mike Freeman.

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annemthomDec. 4, 12 1:08 PM

Freeman wasn't prosecuting the case, one of his underlings was. What is more disturbing is the conduct of Judge Mabley that is reported here.

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rshacklefordDec. 4, 12 3:11 PM

(article quote)In his request, Karalus argued Mabley had a bias: "Judge Mabley blew up and became heated in chambers" when the defense requested a psych evaluation. ---- Time for Mabley to retire. Two reasons: (1) He obviously has some discriminatory thoughts running through his head while sitting up there and, (2) He is not stable enough to keep those thoughts from causing him to have a temper tantrum (aka hiding his truthful and prejudicial opinion of a case).

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jcullumDec. 4, 12 4:11 PM

I find what Mike Freeman said disturbing: "Sometimes we swallow our pride and dismiss." Pride should have nothing to do with the process. I would hope that the prosecutors office would deal with the facts in evidence and leave their emotions out of it.

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rshacklefordDec. 4, 12 6:22 PM

"jcullum: I find what Mike Freeman said disturbing: "Sometimes we swallow our pride and dismiss." Pride should have nothing to do with the process." ---- That is absolutely correct. Ask Freeman which is better: Dismissing a case when he knows it would be wrong to pursue (aka swallowing his pride, as he says) or choking down a multipage million dollar lawsuit that the taxpayers have to pay due to his "pride."

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angelanimsDec. 4, 12 8:26 PM

"He was essentially saying because he didn't believe her, she shouldn't have a right to a trial because it cost too much money," This judge should be removed from the bench and be disbarred. He has no business judging anything, anywhere, anytime. Not even American Idol.

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llfsgirlDec. 5, 1211:58 AM

Addressing Lallyw's comment. I whole heartedly agree. I am the woman this all happened to and I can say firsthand, without money, you have far, far less of a chance at justice. I truly feel like you are thought of as guilty until proven innocent. In jail, you are definitely treated like a criminal, it was awful. So, I luckily had friends that had a benefit for part of my lawyer's fees. My employer and my family also came to my aid. Even with all of that help, I struggled. It's still so sad to me that I was not given a $3.00 test (urine sample) that could have proven my innocence from the get go. What disturbs me even more is that this predator that spiked our drinks is still out there. Rohypnol mixed with alcohol can be lethal. Both Rich and I could have died. Then would there have been an investigation from the beginning? I wonder. Sadly, I doubt it. In the end, Justice was served and I am forever grateful Mike Freeman "swallowed his pride" to provide my freedom. On a bright note, I will be working hard to fight for other women's rights in this judicial system. My family and friends got me through this dark time... now I want to help others.

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mfredricDec. 5, 12 2:16 PM

Judge Mabley is the same judge who handled the Senser case.

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