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A Comedy Of Errors

I am having trouble deciding who is the bigger fool in this drama: (1) Mary Lacey, the Colorado prosecutor who dropped the ball on the Jon Benet Ramsey murder from the very beginning, (2) the California prosecutors who lost the evidence against this pedophile, (3) the US government for flying him back to the US in First Class at taxpayer expense to face charges, (4) John Mark Karr himself, who ran away to Thailand to get a sex change, ended up in a Thai jail and finally is set free in California, or (5) the mainstream media hyenas who went berserk over this non-story and turned it into a three-ring circus.

My money is on all five for being complete idiots, none of whom obviously have the intelligence of a dim-witted rock. So as our story ends for the time being, the summary is that the pedophile got a free ride home and a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card for Thailand, Colorado and California - and didn’t have to spend a cent. I leave it to the Bard of Avon to summarize this comedy and ring down the curtain ....

“They say this town is full of cozenage,
As nimble jugglers that deceive the eye,
Dark-working sorcerers that change the mind,
Soul-killing witches that deform the body,
Disguised cheaters, prating mountebanks,
And many such-like liberties of sin:”

William Shakespeare, “A Comedy Of Errors” (Act 1, scene 2)

imageimageCalifornia Judge Dismisses Child Porn
Charges Against John Mark Karr

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Thursday, October 05, 2006

A judge dismissed child pornography charges Thursday against former JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect John Mark Karr after prosecutors said they didn’t have enough evidence to take the case to trial.

Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau ordered Karr released immediately, bringing an end to his two-month odyssey in the U.S. criminal justice system after he was extradited from Thailand on suspicion of killing the six-year-old beauty queen.

Karr, 41, was returned to California last month to face the five-year-old pornography case after DNA evidence cleared him of killing the girl in her Boulder, Colo., home in 1996.

But the child-porn case had been riddled with problems since court proceedings began. Prosecutors last week revealed the computer on which Karr was alleged to have stored pornographic images in 2001 had been lost. The court allowed the case to proceed after prosecutors said they had recovered a back-up hard drive containing the key evidence.

But on Wednesday prosecutors acknowledged they could not prove that Karr had actually used the computer in the year before it was seized from his home following testimony from his ex-wife. The pornography case fell apart almost as quickly, as investigators admitted losing vital computer evidence that was seized from Karr in April 2001 when he was working as a substitute teacher in Sonoma and Napa counties.

Defence lawyers tried twice unsuccessfully to get the charges dismissed and were seeking to have evidence barred from trial when prosecutors gave up. “The impression that we’ve had all along is that the prosecution had every intention of getting this case to trial, regardless of the evidence,” said defence lawyer Robert Amparan. “I am pleasantly surprised by them having done the right thing.”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/06/2006 at 12:21 AM   
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