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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 14, 2010 / 7 Teves, 5771

Kevin Cooper Is Guilty of Murder

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Federal judge William A. Fletcher recently told the Gonzaga University School of Law that Kevin Cooper, who was convicted and sentenced to death for the brutal 1983 slaying of Chino Hills, Calif., chiropractors Doug and Peggy Ryen, their 10-year-old daughter Jessica and 11-year-old house guest Christopher Hughes, is "probably" innocent. Cooper, Fletcher added, is "on Death Row because the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department framed him."

The San Francisco Chronicle and New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof have seized on Fletcher's remarks. The Chronicle editorialized for Cooper's sentence to be commuted to a life sentence without the possibility of parole. They may mean well, but they play a dangerous game in arguing that this violent career criminal may not be guilty -- because that really means he should be free.

I'll grant that the 1983 investigation by San Bernardino law enforcement may not meet the forensics standards of a big-city "CSI" episode. But a jury convicted Cooper because of overwhelming evidence that he had escaped from the California Institution for Men at Chino, holed up in a house next to the Ryen home for two days, killed the parents as they slept, killed the children afterward, then took off in the Ryens' car and escaped to Mexico.






Over the years, elements of the story have led some to doubt Cooper's guilt. At the hospital, 8-year-old Josh Ryen, whose throat was slit, said he believed three white guys killed his family. He later implicated Cooper as the killer. Authorities found more than one murder weapon -- a hatchet, an ice pick and a knife or knives. Doubts led former Pomona cop Paul Ingels to become a private investigator for Cooper's post-conviction appeals. "I'm a fact-finder," Ingels told me. "I fought hard to get him DNA testing.

"Unfortunately, the DNA came back, and it just locked in his guilt," Ingels noted.

Cooper, who according to court records escaped from juvenile and adult jails some 12 times, is nothing if not persistent. So he came up with a new story -- that he had been framed. The Cooper legal team argued that it could prove that authorities had framed Cooper by showing that a chemical was on the blood/saliva samples. Thing is, that chemical is found in soap, detergent and hand creams. The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied Cooper's appeal. Dr. Edward T. Blake boasts that he has been involved in "more post-conviction exonerations than anybody in the world," and he worked for Cooper's defense.

As a professional, Blake doesn't appreciate others trying to game DNA testing.

I asked, "Is Cooper guilty?" "Yeah, he's guilty," Blake answered, "as determined by the trial and the failure of a very extensive post-conviction investigation to prove otherwise."

Blake also doesn't appreciate that the judge's conspiracy theory outrageously accuses and condemns law enforcement officials without an investigation or a trial.

Worse, to buy into Fletcher's theory, you have to believe that as far back as 1983, the local constabulary had the foresight to plant Cooper's blood in the Ryen home, his saliva in the car and also found a way to put Cooper's DNA on a T-shirt with a victim's DNA -- even though prosecutors didn't present the T-shirt at trial. That is, you have to believe everything but the evidence.

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