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Christian-Newsom – Photos Should Be Barred For Coleman Trial


With her November 11 trial quickly approaching, ‘Nessa’ Coleman’s lawyers are gearing up for a fight.

Coleman was convicted as a facilitator in the torture and slaying of Channon  Christian.

Ted Lavit, Coleman’s lead attorney, filed several motions this week that literally made my blood boil!

Lavit asserts there should be no mention of Chris Newsom at all because Coleman was acquitted in the crimes committed against him.

He doesn’t want any photos of a live Channon or death photos shown to the jury because the live photos – blond, blue eyed, smiling Channon – could “excite the passions of a jury and cause them to decide the issues based on emotion rather than reason.”  He also reasons the graphic death photos “would be potentially gruesome and horrifying” and could shock jurors into a conviction.

If he fails to win the motion, Lavit wants to lessen “the shock value” by limiting prosecutors to only using black-and-white images.

I say poppycock!

Anything and everything that was allowed in the first trial should be allowed in this one also.  Channon was a living, breathing person.  If the color photos are ‘gruesome and horrifying’, so be it!  The jurors have a right to see the extremes of this horrific torture and murder, in color, just as it happened.

Lavit’s lack of faith in the jury, by alluding they are too stupid to separate fact from emotion, just adds insult to injury!  At least he hasn’t asked for the ME’s testimony to be tossed, yet!

Now we must wait to hear what Judge Blackwood has to say.



  1. Anonymous
    10/12/2012 at 12:09 pm

    You said “I say poppycock!” So do I. Ms. Nessa was present and in the company of Channon both alive and dead. She saw it live, in person, and in color. So should the jury.

    as for Blackwood, I am holding my breath (figuratively, of course) to hear his ruling. He’s such a wild card in this trial.

    • donchais
      10/12/2012 at 1:48 pm

      Blackwood scares the crap out of me as to being fair and impartial! The jury should see all the evidence and be able to reach a true verdict, yet this has become such a farce, I have great fears…God bless the victims and their families and may the citizens of Knoxville be able to hold theirs heads up that justice was served…

  2. David In TN
    10/12/2012 at 3:50 pm

    Let us recall the most damning evidence against Vanessa Coleman, a journal she was keeping. The high points are:

    “I know exactly whats goin on.”

    “Lets talk about Adventures! I’ve had one HELL OF AN ADVENTURE since I’ve been in the big T.N. its a crazy world these days! But I love the fun adventures & lessons that I’ve learned. Its going to be a long and interesting year!”

    “HA! HA!”

  3. donchais
    10/12/2012 at 5:49 pm

    I so well remember and just want to smack the smirk off her face! Wanna bet Lavit tries to get the journal tossed also?

  4. David In TN
    10/12/2012 at 6:16 pm

    There are two ways of looking at the Coleman retrial, which is a month away. If there is a jury like the last one, Coleman might spend Thanksgiving with her parents chowing down on turkey and dressing, ham and green beans.

    If the next jury takes a serious look at the case and evidence, she will be convicted of the same charges again. It is easier for the prosecution to prove facilitation. The journal proves Coleman was involved (and enjoyed) with everything that happened.

    Also, Lavitt made a big thing in the first trial of “the killers have already been convicted.” Since Coleman is going first this time, instead of last, he can’t say this.

  5. donchais
    10/12/2012 at 6:38 pm

    And I firmly believe if you can throw out a verdict, you should also throw out any acquittals and have a complete do-over…we favor criminals far more than we favor victims!!!

  6. ritanita
    10/13/2012 at 6:46 am

    LOL! I’m anonymous above! My computer has been behaving badly.

    Ms. Nessa’s fate is entirely in the hands of a jury. I do hope it’s a more intelligent jury than last time. I recall being appalled that they seemed to apportion blame to the other gal (can’t think of her name at the moment) who claimed she only visited the house briefly. Ms. Nessa was there the entire time!

    The nature of the jurors questions during deliberations made my heart sink. They just didn’t get it.

  7. donchais
    10/13/2012 at 7:06 am

    LOL! You thinking of Daphne Sutton?

  8. ritanita
    10/13/2012 at 9:57 am

    Yup, Daphne it is! The defense played her up so much and the jury bought that, asking why she hadn’t been charged. Yikes! They had so much more evidence of Ms. Nessa’s involvemnet, including Channon’s things at her hide-out house where she was apprehended.

    • donchais
      10/13/2012 at 12:16 pm

      Yup, of all the juries, I found these folks to be the strangest…I often wondered if they slept through most of the trial…they sure as heck lacked in comprehensive skills!

  9. David In TN
    10/13/2012 at 11:56 am


    Yes, several jurors were stuck on Daphne Sutton. From their questions, they seemed to think (or pretend to think) she was more involved than Coleman.

    In the next trial, the prosecution had better make it clear that Sutton was not present when the torture-murders were going on. There were juror questions like “Why didn’t you arrest Daphne Sutton?”

    I was in the courtroom for three days. The third day ended with the reading of the journal. For most of the session, Lavitt was shouting during cross-examination of the detectives. “You tricked this little girl,” he exclaimed to one of them. The juror questions seemed in the same vein.

    When the handwriting expert authenticated the journal (Coleman has a distinctive writing style). I was watching so intently that I forgot to observe the jury’s reaction to the journal, which negated Lavitt’s cross-examinations and the defense he had put up to that point.

    The jurors, who had plenty of questions about Sutton and the supposed mistreatment of Coleman by the police, didn’t ask a single question about the journal.

  10. ritanita
    10/13/2012 at 1:17 pm

    I was also astounded by the jury’s lack of understanding of basic legalisms. I’ll quote here from your 7/11/10 post:

    “I believe the Jury either, never really figured out the definitions of criminal responsibility and perpetration of a crime, or they took the definitions so literally they limited the scope so narrowly they would have had to see Coleman committing the actual act.”

    She knew exactly what was going on and wrote about it in her diary. Her own words and actions show just how depraved she is.

    • donchais
      10/13/2012 at 4:48 pm


  11. Mindy
    10/15/2012 at 8:53 pm

    Oh yes let’s just paint her a saint, as if she is the victim, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time!!! Makes me want to puke! She was there, she saw it, she heard it, she participated in it & she deserves to be right where she is for the rest of her LIFE.

  12. 10/17/2012 at 1:52 pm

    Coleman wrote that she “knew exactly what was going on” & that she “had one Hell of an adventure”. There’s no way anybody with half a brain can deny that she was a participating party to the carjacking, kidnapping, assaults, rapes, sodomy, torture, the murder of Channon Christian & the disposal of her body. “Nessa” Coleman should’ve been sentenced to death during her first trial. Since some twisted interpretation of double jeopardy prevents Coleman from receiving a greater sentence that that which was originally imposed upon her, this new trial amounts to nothing more than an elaborate sentence reduction hearing or denying society the justice that we all demand. Judge Blackwood needs to hire an interpreter to convey the message that he’s lost his objectivity & it’s time for his ass to step down immediately! Why is he so damn determined almost desperate to preside over these cases? His puppet like behavior causes me to question whether somebody or organization discovered dirt on Blackwood while investigating the disgusting Judge Baumgartner. I think the State should look into who Blackwood serves because it sure as Hell doesn’t appear to be the citizens of Tennessee.

  13. 10/17/2012 at 1:56 pm

    What’s with these sites that use moderation to approve comments? I don’t approve of censorship & any site that going to hold comments to be moderator approved should be labeled as such. ADMIN; Please remove both of my comments as I don’t want anything to do with sites that practice censorship

  14. donchais
    10/17/2012 at 3:07 pm

    Comments are censored because there are too many morons are running free…this website clearly states (homepage) all comments are moderated…to avoid racism, bias, trolling, etc.

    Your comment was well stated and acceptable…you should see some of the trash talk people post to create blog wars…hope this makes it more understandable to you, if not, sorry.

  15. 10/18/2012 at 2:25 pm

    I’m not responsible for others that talk trash, spread racial hatred or otherwise attempt to hijack any discussion threads & I don’t approve of the moderator guise of censorship. Who knows what type of comments you disapprove of, maybe you censor only those which offer an opposing viewpoint rather that simply editing out foul language, racism or biased trolling. Matter of fact; Now that I’ve reviewed the others comments, I don’t see a single opposing view.I don’t want to be associated with censorship, therefore I wish to withdraw my comments. Please remove my comments.

  16. donchais
    10/18/2012 at 2:37 pm

    Since the beginning of this blog, I have censored 5 comments…read through all the blog and you will see alternate views have been allowed…I am sorry you are so narrow minded and don’t understand. It is MY blog and the game gets played by my rules…maybe you should start your own blog and see where that gets you!

  17. 4windsfl
    10/21/2012 at 1:46 pm

    I am really appreciative of your work, donchais, and if photos like the one of the defendant above is any example of how the Truth will show through, hopefully they will be allowed. The woman in the photo above shows no defensive energy, in fact, looks rather pleased with herself… strange for a defendant. Thanks for what you do!

    • donchais
      10/21/2012 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks 4windsfl, your comments are appreciated! Folks who watched the trial were outraged that ‘Nessa’ pretty much smirked throughout. It was not unnoticed by observers or the families! Her diary describes just what a good time she had.

  18. paleblueeyes24
    10/25/2012 at 8:09 am

    Does TN not have the felony murder charge. If someone dies during the comission of a felony then all parties are responsible for the 1st degree murder. This chick is lucky with the time she got. I’m not sure how it is in TN but here in CA if someone’s conviction is thrown out on retrial they cannot receive a higher punishment than the original case. It is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of but then again this is CA where the right of the convicted out ways their victims and society. Recently (not in CA) there was a case where the convicted person fought for and won a new trial only to be convicted and given a longer sentence. I would love to see her get convicted again and then gets smacked by Lady Justice with a life sentence. It’s crimes like this that the death penalty was created for. What this poor couple had to go through is. It’s repulsive and by far the worst case I have ever heard of. This family needs the little bit of peace that comes when they know these sadistic murderers will never be free again. My heart goes out to these families.

    • donchais
      10/25/2012 at 8:58 am

      Those of us who have followed this since the murders were committed were absolutely stunned that the jury let her off so easy. The minimum she should have received was LWOP.

      TN is the same as CA…she cannot be convicted for more than the 53 years she already got during the original trial. What is troublesome is the possibility of an unintelligent new jury giving her less of a sentence!

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