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LEMUEL JAMES
KOPPENHAVER
TED BYRNE
TICKET TO RIDE
OH, THE BYRNE 3
SWEET DREAMS
YOUNG GIB
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JUSTICE
ANGELICA RIVERA
WHO SAYS FLUID
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FRY HEARING
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SMITHGALL 1
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SMITHGALL 3
CHARLIE'S PROMISE - SEX
KING'S SPEECH
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LUDWIG/BORDEN
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SUNDAY NEWS SAGA/COMEDY
INCEST - TRAGEDY 2
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LYNCHING 1
MILLERSVILLE LAWSUIT
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NO QUESTION
VONDERHEIDE/HARPER
RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
INCEST & HATCHER
JUSTIN QUINN
JANET KELLEY
SCRAT
NOTES & QUOTES
HE'S A RAT
HOLY COW!
TALKBACK
TOTARO MUST GO
SNEDDON
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TOTARO/FRY
LOVELACE
THE GAY GUYS
HARRY ENG
WOMEN AND PARTON
HERR, BOYD & LIARS
HARPER IS SANDWICHED
BEATING A PATH
VONDERHEIDE & CRY BABIES
LANCASTER/RACISM
PULL THE PLUG!
KIRK & HARPER
RESOLUTION 37
SOUL AND PASSION!
ALL ABOARD
SUPER JERKS
STEWART OPINION
DEVON SMITH
END IT NOW
COMMON CAUSE
SEXISM & MURDER
DOUBLE CROSSED
JOURNALISTS
A FAMILY TRAGEDY
BANANAS & BRETT
WHO'S WATCHING BRETT?
EXTRA! EXTRA!
FEAR FACTOR
DESCENT INTO MADNESS
BURIED IN DEBT
PICTURE THE TRUTH
NEWS - STREAKER - WHITE ARCHIVE
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GRAND JURY - FULL VIEW
INJUSTICE - RIVERA
INVESTIGATE PSP/STEVENS
COVER-UPS & LIES
DON'T MAKE ME MAD
JUDGEMENT DAYS
STEWART TRIAL
FRY, F&M & INCEST
JOURNEY OF PAIN
CHRISTY MIRACK
SUE ME
WHEN WILL I GET A LAWYER?
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COOLEY'S EMAIL
CONVENTION CENTER
GAG ORDER
RENTERIA - STEWART MISTRIAL
CONVENTION CENTER 2
FAUST - COLD CASE
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MADENSPACHER - MONEY TALKS
TOTARO - SCHREIBER
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EURYTOPIC
ARCHIVE 19 - CC & CROW
INJUNCTIONS
HARPER IS
HARPER IS SCUMMY
LIES, LIES AND MORE LIES
DOG DAYS - LANCASTER POLICE
LOVELACE - FRY
HARPER - BEINGREAL ARCHIVE
SHELLENBERGER
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TERRYP
MADENSPACHER 2
ELECTION
RONNIEDOG
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STEWART TRIAL
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JUSTICE MUST BE FOUND

 

     I am going to print the testimony of Angelica Rivera in Micah Stewart’s preliminary hearing tomorrow.  But first, I would like to say a few things about the hearing.  The Fry family deserved better than this.  They deserved far better.

    This was one of the most unprofessional and poorly orchestrated hearings by a prosecution that I have ever seen or can possibly imagine.  This case has been a disgrace since Cortney Fry “disappeared” on July 20, 2004, and it just keeps getting worse.

    The lead detective was missing from the hearing.  His replacement, the “case manager,” Lancaster County Detective Michael Landis, did not know if the state police had analyzed any of the evidence that was seized from Stewart’s apartment and car over a year earlier.

    Assistant District Attorney Christopher Hackman “led” witness Angelica Rivera to such a point that he might as well have been testifying.  And at one point when Stewart’s attorney, Roger Renteria, objected to his leading several times, Hackman said, “I don’t think it’s important enough for you to challenge it.”  Excuse me?  This is a preliminary hearing in a murder case.  A man’s life is at stake.  This is the prosecution’s primary witness and the only real evidence the prosecution has to back up a murder charge, and Hackman doesn’t think it’s important enough? 

    Yes, you can argue that it was a preliminary hearing and really more of a show than anything else.  The result was pretty much guaranteed.  But there honestly was a point during Rivera’s testimony when I wondered whether Judge Herman would rule that there was not enough evidence to put Stewart on trial for murder.  That’s how bad it was.

    Kudos to the Fry family who filled up almost two benches and were quiet and attentive during the entire hearing.  A young girl, I believe it was Cortney’s sister, silently cried after the testimony of her father.  Her intense pain was evident.  And someone, justifiably, said after Landis’s testimony, “They are a little unprepared, aren’t they?”  The Fry family deserved better than this.

    So did the Stewart family who waited outside the courtroom during the two hours of the hearing after they were sequestered.  The incredibly sloppy handling of this case has not been fair for them either.  They had to live with the suspicion for a year and  began to have false hopes that someone other than their son and brother would be arrested for Cortney’s murder. 

    The District Attorney’s office has a lot of questions to answer on this case.     I predict a great many personnel changes in the DA’s office when all of this is over.

    But for now, a 19-year-old mother of a two-week-old baby was killed over a year ago.  Justice has to be found for both families.