Innocence Project exonerates 291st innocent man on May 15th

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Since: Feb 10

Exeter, NH

#1 May 16, 2012
Letter to the editor

I recently sat in on a pre-sentencing hearing for Hampton denizen Shawn Bedard, who had been convicted of felony sexual assault at Rockingham County Courthouse. During the trial, I spoke with several witnesses who had testified--including one for the prosecutor. All knew him to be innocent, the case ridiculous, yet the jury convicted Bedard anyway based on the testimony of one woman who was completely drunk and nearly unconscious. In another trial, the prosecutor's own video contradicted her own allegations.

Yesterday, Innocence Project exonerated its 291st inmate. Although DNA evidence excluded him in 2001, Benny Starks served 20 years behind bars for rape and battery.  In February, 61-year-old Dennis Fleming of Farmington was charged with Felony Reckless Conduct for firing a warning shot into his backyard to prevent a burglar from getting away.  In Florida, a battered wife Marissa Alexander, 31, was just sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot to keep her dangerous husband from attacking her. In the same week, another man in that Congressional district got just 15 years for murder.

Americans hope that the standards for our criminal courts would be much higher, but the opposite is true. I know at least a dozen people in New Hampshire who have been wrongly convicted, even against the evidence, or forced to take a plea deal and go to jail for a crime that they didn't commit. Timothy Logsdon is serving ten years in prison for a crime which the prosecutor knew his wife had accused him of just to get full custody of his daughter and more money from the divorce. At least one witness in my own trial had been wrongly convicted twice. Investigators for my own case, he said, grew angry at them when witnesses wouldn't give them answers that they wanted. The man who tried to grab my gun during the brawl at my house in December 2010 had been convicted of Assault to Kill just four months beforehand, and was arrested for Breaking and Entering and drug trafficking just 17 days after being let go.

No court system can call itself just prosecuting the victims, knowing them innocent, while protecting the very criminals who prey on our people.
no way

Exeter, NH

#2 Jun 2, 2012
if there guilty they should get convicted
just saying

Newmarket, NH

#3 Jun 3, 2012
max just becouse they are inocent does not mean you are you can chace that rainbow but the facts are you shot a gun in a dangerous manner when people where close by in anger you are going to jail !
-Brooker

Exeter, NH

#4 Jun 12, 2012
Max Abramson wrote:
Letter to the editor
I recently sat in on a pre-sentencing hearing for Hampton denizen Shawn Bedard, who had been convicted of felony sexual assault at Rockingham County Courthouse. During the trial, I spoke with several witnesses who had testified--including one for the prosecutor. All knew him to be innocent, the case ridiculous, yet the jury convicted Bedard anyway based on the testimony of one woman who was completely drunk and nearly unconscious. In another trial, the prosecutor's own video contradicted her own allegations.
Yesterday, Innocence Project exonerated its 291st inmate. Although DNA evidence excluded him in 2001, Benny Starks served 20 years behind bars for rape and battery.  In February, 61-year-old Dennis Fleming of Farmington was charged with Felony Reckless Conduct for firing a warning shot into his backyard to prevent a burglar from getting away.  In Florida, a battered wife Marissa Alexander, 31, was just sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot to keep her dangerous husband from attacking her. In the same week, another man in that Congressional district got just 15 years for murder.
Americans hope that the standards for our criminal courts would be much higher, but the opposite is true. I know at least a dozen people in New Hampshire who have been wrongly convicted, even against the evidence, or forced to take a plea deal and go to jail for a crime that they didn't commit. Timothy Logsdon is serving ten years in prison for a crime which the prosecutor knew his wife had accused him of just to get full custody of his daughter and more money from the divorce. At least one witness in my own trial had been wrongly convicted twice. Investigators for my own case, he said, grew angry at them when witnesses wouldn't give them answers that they wanted. The man who tried to grab my gun during the brawl at my house in December 2010 had been convicted of Assault to Kill just four months beforehand, and was arrested for Breaking and Entering and drug trafficking just 17 days after being let go.
No court system can call itself just prosecuting the victims, knowing them innocent, while protecting the very criminals who prey on our people.
Again, you claim innocence, when that night, at your house, there were people inside who would have never, ever even come to Seabrook had it not been for the fact that you rent out apartments in your house to people who are less-than-upstanding. It is your responsibility, as the homeowner, the property owner, to allow or not allow guests on your premises. Could you have prevented this? Answer: Yes. You could have told your renter that he was not to hold parties on the premises. You could have denied renting the room out to the person. In your own words, in the past, you have said that you should always have a First Responder number handy, and you have advocated the Rock. Sheriff's or "staties," in your words. Why, then, didn't you call them? When you have stood to zero out a local police budget, advocating the use of other agencies, why didn't you call them? You are by no means innocent, as you are responsible for having these people, criminals, drifters, on yoru property. Just as if a child drowns in your pool when you are not there. You are held liable. Your decision to pull out a gun when you have said it was an out of control situation, that you didn't have control over your emotions or other people who were grabbing for it, shows your lack of judgment. No Monday-morning quarterbacking here, since you're constantly bringing attention to the fact that you still think you shouldn't be held responsible for your actions that night. You're the one who keeps bringing it out to the public time after time. Don't berate people for voicing their objections to your behavior when you're the one who keeps bringing it up. You need to take responsibility for your own actions and your own errors in judgment.
were you

Seabrook, NH

#5 Jun 14, 2012
just saying wrote:
max just becouse they are inocent does not mean you are you can chace that rainbow but the facts are you shot a gun in a dangerous manner when people where close by in anger you are going to jail !
were you there? if not dont act like you know what your talking about

Since: Feb 10

Exeter, NH

#6 Jun 14, 2012
Two Salisbury officers wrote in their reports that they'd found Cormier, Wilson, and Rupkey at the Mobile On-The-Run that morning, and that all three denied knowing anything about the event. Although they recognized Cormier as a notorious, repeatedly convicted drug dealer, Seabrook PD told them to let those three go. Just among those three, they have two attempted murder conviction and about a dozen each of Assault & Battery, Breaking & Entering, and drug trafficking. They also have multiple Disorderly Conduct, Larceny, Receiving Stolen Property, Tresspassing, Criminal Threatening, and various alcohol related charges.

Seabrook PD let go of half a dozen of the area's most notorious felons. Worse, Buccheri admitted on the stand that he evidence (statements, photos, and the hatchet) of attempted murder by two of them during the brawl. When asked at trial why he chose not to file attempted murder charges against the woman wielding a knife (and threatening to kill), he simply said, "I don't know." He didn't know? Asked again, he then said that he couldn't remember. The 911 call is over 6.5 minutes long, and Seabrook cops still weren't there by the end of the call. Buccheri and Hersey both claimed that they were there within "1 to 2 minutes," even though the recording proves otherwise.

Perhaps Seabrook PD didn't file attempted murder, 2nd Degree Assault, and Criminal Tresspassing against those people involved in the fight because that would just show that I acted in self-defense. I have had over two dozen neighbors come up to me and tell me that this is just retaliation, and that many others in town have gone through the same from Seabrook PD.

During questioning, investigators, including Donald Chase, would ask leading questions (completely unconcerned with the career criminals involved in the fight, only asking about me) of witnesses. When they didn't get the answers they wanted, the audio tape would stop, then restart, and the witness would often change their story to better suit what Seabrook PD wanted.

This was from one witness:
"i already testified in a recording. prosecution is holding it for last just a warning
fuck the police
and they r mad that i didn't say what they want"

At trial, the prosecutor kept out over 200 pages of criminal records on these people, as well as the hatchet and testimony of my housemate being chased down, "threatening to kill me for calling the police." She misrepresented what the witnesses said, and repreatedly argued things that were denied by everyone or not supported by any evidence.

Just 17 days after Seabrook PD let go of the real criminals, they were caught again in Mass for B&E, drug traffficking, and other charges.

Since: Feb 10

Exeter, NH

#7 Jul 17, 2012
Letter of resignation

July 17, 2012

Fellow Board members:

Although the judge in my recent case decided not to remove me from elective office at the recent sentencing hearing--which was well within his power to do--I have chosen to resign from the Planning Board, in any case. My reasons for serving in elective office were the same as my reasons for volunteering: to help make my community a safer, healthier place to live, start a business, or raise a family. Like most westerners, service to community and country are simply expected.
Yet I have never seen good people publicly attacked and ridiculed for the way that they volunteer their time, and I cannot understand the mentality of a town that functions this way. I have never seen a town where people see a problem and stand by, merely demanding that others take care of it. I placed my name in for local office when others would not, to protect the interests of the taxpayer and improve pedestrian and traffic safety, yet I no longer feel sufficient desire to serve the town I live in.
The elected officials hire their friends and family--rather than the most qualified candidate, who rarely even gets a job interview. Town employees are never drug tested, despite well known substance abuse problems. The School Board denies that there are problems the Seabrook schools, because it is easier to deny that there are problems than to fix them. The Selectmen refuse to address abusive, dishonest, and illegal behavior by Seabrook officers, because it is easier to look the other way than to actually investigate allegations of payoffs, theft, sexual assault, and bribery from drug dealers. Seabrook police chose to release several career criminals who were involved in the now well known fight that occurred in my home, and many of those criminals have gone on to commit many other crimes ranging from Breaking & Entering, Drug Trafficking, Reckless Endangerment, Assault & Battery, Witness Threatening, and numerous other drug and alcohol related crimes. And some members of this Board refuse even to become knowledgeable about the very regulations that they place on local business owners--let alone review them for errors and impossible demands.
A young man approached me at the Rec Center and told me,“Seabrook is a dump!” His words hurt, but out of the mouths of babes come the very reason that so many of my generation have simply moved out when they could. The disparaging words of so many former inhabitants of this town are undeniable and irrefutable.
I still intend to put my knowledge of traffic flow, pedestrian safety, town planning, municipal law, and public policy to the best possible benefit of the people of my country. My family and most westerners expect no less of an American. Yet I believe that this time would be better spent helping other communities that place greater value on public service. Like most others who volunteer their time, I expected no pay--but I never expected to be vilified, accused, falsely prosecuted, nor personally threatened for doing so.

Albert “Max” Abramson
Facts Straight

Exeter, NH

#8 Jul 18, 2012
Max Abramson wrote:
Letter of resignation
July 17, 2012
Fellow Board members:
Although the judge in my recent case decided not to remove me from elective office at the recent sentencing hearing--which was well within his power to do--I have chosen to resign from the Planning Board, in any case. My reasons for serving in elective office were the same as my reasons for volunteering: to help make my community a safer, healthier place to live, start a business, or raise a family. Like most westerners, service to community and country are simply expected.
Yet I have never seen good people publicly attacked and ridiculed for the way that they volunteer their time, and I cannot understand the mentality of a town that functions this way. I have never seen a town where people see a problem and stand by, merely demanding that others take care of it. I placed my name in for local office when others would not, to protect the interests of the taxpayer and improve pedestrian and traffic safety, yet I no longer feel sufficient desire to serve the town I live in.
The elected officials hire their friends and family--rather than the most qualified candidate, who rarely even gets a job interview. Town employees are never drug tested, despite well known substance abuse problems. The School Board denies that there are problems the Seabrook schools, because it is easier to deny that there are problems than to fix them. The Selectmen refuse to address abusive, dishonest, and illegal behavior by Seabrook officers, because it is easier to look the other way than to actually investigate allegations of payoffs, theft, sexual assault, and bribery from drug dealers. Seabrook police chose to release several career criminals who were involved in the now well known fight that occurred in my home, and many of those criminals have gone on to commit many other crimes ranging from Breaking & Entering, Drug Trafficking, Reckless Endangerment, Assault & Battery, Witness Threatening, and numerous other drug and alcohol related crimes. And some members of this Board refuse even to become knowledgeable about the very regulations that they place on local business owners--let alone review them for errors and impossible demands.
A young man approached me at the Rec Center and told me,“Seabrook is a dump!” His words hurt, but out of the mouths of babes come the very reason that so many of my generation have simply moved out when they could. The disparaging words of so many former inhabitants of this town are undeniable and irrefutable.
I still intend to put my knowledge of traffic flow, pedestrian safety, town planning, municipal law, and public policy to the best possible benefit of the people of my country. My family and most westerners expect no less of an American. Yet I believe that this time would be better spent helping other communities that place greater value on public service. Like most others who volunteer their time, I expected no pay--but I never expected to be vilified, accused, falsely prosecuted, nor personally threatened for doing so.
Albert “Max” Abramson
"Public Attack and ridicule?" Aren't you the one who wrote endless Letters to the Editor, innumerable comments on Topix, used public platforms and meetings as your own personal stumps upon which you ignorantly and incorrectly lambast people by name, groups, individuals, departments, fellow board members, or anyone with whom you disagree? Wait a second! You didn't come to this town just to serve the public good, because you could have done that without promoting your own political agenda. Don't put forth an image of victimhood here, you came here, backed up by a political group, Free Staters, Porc Manor,(as seen on video),to promote your political ideology, not just "to serve the community." "Villified?" The only one you have to blame for that is yourself, for you seize any opportunity to gain attention for yourself and your own self-aggrandizement while putting others down.
well done

North Hampton, NH

#9 Jul 19, 2012
Facts Straight wrote:
<quoted text>
"Public Attack and ridicule?" Aren't you the one who wrote endless Letters to the Editor, innumerable comments on Topix, used public platforms and meetings as your own personal stumps upon which you ignorantly and incorrectly lambast people by name, groups, individuals, departments, fellow board members, or anyone with whom you disagree? Wait a second! You didn't come to this town just to serve the public good, because you could have done that without promoting your own political agenda. Don't put forth an image of victimhood here, you came here, backed up by a political group, Free Staters, Porc Manor,(as seen on video),to promote your political ideology, not just "to serve the community." "Villified?" The only one you have to blame for that is yourself, for you seize any opportunity to gain attention for yourself and your own self-aggrandizement while putting others down.
You could not have said it any better!! Thank you, Thank you!!

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