Archive for March, 2010

Knee Injury to Delay Cesar Laurean Murder Trial?

03/31/2010 7 comments

~Laurean under arrest in Mexico

~Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach

Defense attorney Dick McNeil has filed a motion asking a judge to delay the June 28 trial by a minimum of 90 days.  McNeil claims he has not been able to properly prepare a defense in the complex murder case against Cesar Laurean due to a knee injury he suffered in January.

The case was moved from Onslow County to Wayne County due to publicity surrounding the murder of Marine Maria Lauterbach and her unborn child.

The judge has not set a hearing date yet, but McNeil has already said if the motion is denied, Cesar Laurean’s rights to a fair trial will be violated.

Let’s review some important dates:

– Authorities believe Maria was murdered at Laurean’s home on December 14, 2007

– Laurean flees January 11, 2008

– Maria Lauterbach’s charred remains and those of her fetus were found January 12, 2008 buried in a backyard fire pit of fellow-Marine Cesar Laurean

– April 10, 2008, Laurean is in custody in Mexico and awaiting extradition to the US

– April 11, 2008, Dick McNeil appointed by the court as Laurean’s attorney

Investigation documents were unsealed May 28, 2008

– Laurean back in Onslow County April 17, 2009

Call me cynical, but how does a knee injury prevent preparation of a case?  Can McNeil not read, write, or use a phone since injuring his knee?

And, what has he been doing since being appointed Laurean’s attorney?  Granted, McNeil did not have access to Laurean until he was returned to the U.S., but that was just about a year ago and this is not a death penalty case.

This kind of gives new meaning to, “the wheels of justice turn slowly”.

We should be hearing from DA Dewey Hudson some time today.


Marine Corps Times


Haut de la Garenne – Slow Justice

03/28/2010 4 comments

A Scottish husband and wife, Morag and Anthony Jordan, have been charged with 46 counts of common assault on children.  The husband and wife team worked at Haut de la Garenne from 1970 to 1984.

11 people have filed complaints against the Jordans all of whom were under the age of 16 at the time of the alleged assaults.

Morag Jordan is accused of 32 assaults against 11 children.  One charge includes pushing a young child’s face into urine.

Anthony Jordan is accused of 14 assaults against three children aged eight to 13.

Both of the Jordans are in their sixties and have been released on bail until an arraignment is scheduled.  Conditions for bail include: they must stay at their home in Scotland, check in with police once a week, and they were required to turn over their passports to authorities.

The Jordans were released on bail by the magistrates court because the court decided they did not have the power to handle the case and referred it to the Jersey Royal Court.  A date for the indictment has not been set.

The magistrates court decided to move the case due to the number of charges, not the nature of the charges.

There is still a great deal mistrust and skepticism about the charging of those involved in the years of abuse at Haut de la Garenne and elsewhere in Jersey.  Many believe the few who have been charged are merely token scapegoats offered to the victims and those who perpetrated the most heinous offenses are still being protected.


The Press and Journal

Fight to Keep Vanessa Coleman’s Statement Out

03/27/2010 5 comments

~Vanessa Coleman

Attorneys Russell Greene and Ted Lavit argued before Judge Richard Baumgartner yesterday that Coleman’s statements to U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agent Bernard Waggoner should not be allowed to be heard by a jury.

Greene claims Waggoner threatened Coleman with a murder charge if she didn’t admit to what she knew about the 2007 killings of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.

Agent Waggoner concedes that a part of Coleman’s statement wasn’t recorded, but also said Coleman knew she could be charged in the case but willingly waived her right to keep quiet.

“I did say something to the effect ‘You need to tell the truth or you could get in trouble,'” he said. “I might have told her she could be charged with murder. I don’t know if I did.”

Coleman always claimed she had no knowledge of what occurred in the Chipman Street house, however it was when she admitted seeing Lemaricus Davidson kill Channon, Waggoner began taping her statement.

Prosecutor Leland Price argued Waggoner did nothing wrong and also said the Coleman’s mother was present during the interview process.

Judge Baumgartner has not ruled on the defense motion.

Jury questionnaires will be given out on April 9.

Interviewing of potential jurors is scheduled for April 27 with a jury to be seated by April 30.

Opening arguments will begin May 3.

Lawyer tries to keep torture-slayings defendant’s statement out

Vanessa Coleman’s attorneys argue against portions of her statements to police

Bradley Pleads Not Guilty

03/27/2010 Comments off

On Wednesday, Earl Bradley pleaded not guilty to 471 felony counts in the alleged child abuse of the young patients in his Delaware medical practice.

Bradley appeared at the 2-minute hearing with Public Defenders, Dean Johnson and Stephanie Tsantes and court observers say Bradley was unshaven, his hair was matted and stringy and it appears he has lost significant weight since his December arrest.

The state was represented by attorneys Paula Ryan and Stacy Cohee and Attorney General Beau Biden.

Judge Henley Graves set a new bond at $3.7 million and a case review has been set for Monday, May 17.

Bradley’s license in New Jersey was suspended this week although the Board of Medical Examiners determined Bradley never practiced in New Jersey.

Cape Gazette


Earl Bradley – Worst Pedophile

03/22/2010 4 comments

~Earl Bradley

He has already been dubbed one of the worst pedophiles in US history and he may also soon be penniless.  Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden’s office has filed court papers seeking to freeze Earl Bradley’s assets.

Defense attorneys Gene Maurer and Paul Kania said they intended to pursue a mental health defense and that “expert” witnesses would cost exorbitant dollars.  If Biden is successful in freezing Bradley’s assets they will walk away from the case forcing the state – taxpayers – to shoulder the burden of the costly defense.

Maurer notified Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. of his decision last week. “No assets are available for his defense, and that’s that.”

Maurer also said that Bradley’s ex-wife and four children could not afford the costly defense and that Bradley’s parents are deceased.

Public Defender J. Brendan O’Neill said he was informed by Superior Court that Maurer and Kania were no longer working for Bradley.  O’Neill said that unless other private counsel step in, his office will be representing him.

Bradley’s March 24 arraignment will likely be delayed as state defenders begin interviewing Bradley and coming up to speed on the evidence.

Bradley is accused of abusing 102 young girls and one young boy.  Much of the abuse was captured on film.

It is believed that more charges will be filed after investigators finish interviewing parents and patients.  It has not been determined if Pennsylvania or New Jersey will also be bringing charges.

Delaware Online