Deceased/Not Found NY - Michele Harris, 35, Owego, 11 Sept 2001

Discussion in '2000's Missing' started by PonderingThings, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. Tripod

    Tripod Well-Known Member

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    I'm not so sure he's got that much money left, or many friends. Haven't heard anything lately but I do think of his wife and children.
     
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    I think of them, too. He seems like such a hothead when you look at his tweets, and other things. That by itself makes me think he could have been responsible for her disappearance, and then when you add to it the fact that he was cheating on her and they were divorcing, plus all of the stuff they offered as evidence at 3 trials where juries convicted him...I still don’t understand how he managed to get 3 retrials; that just never happens. Who does he know to have that happen? He may not have a lot of money left, as you said, but it just seems like he has some influence on someone important enough, doesn’t it?
     
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    Well, my SO was on jury #3. I can only go by everything that had been in the news, on the television shows that covered the case, and by what was presented during that very long trial. I fully understood why that was a hung jury with no conviction, and also fully understood why the last trial, which was a bench trial, ended in an acquittal by the judge. There was definitely reasonable doubt. We'll probably never know the full truth.
     
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    Thank you for adding your information to this. I understand about the trial(s) and reasonable doubt, as the evidence was all circumstantial, but I am floored that he got so many do-overs. It’s relatively rare to be awarded one retrial, much less three of them.
     
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    It certainly was unusual, yes. There were without doubt technical, legal mistakes causing retrials the first 2 times. There were many questions as to whether the prosecutor would or should go ahead with yet another retrial after the 3rd ended in a hung jury. He decided to go for it, which I think was probably a mistake. Cal Harris' attorney was really smart to role the dice and go ahead with a bench trial, with no jury, for the 4th.
     
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    The first trial conviction was thrown out because of farmer Tubbs mysteriously coming forward the day of sentencing with a far fetched nonsensical story that all the neighbors never witnessed nor heard the early morning hours of September 12th.

    The second trial was overturned due to high-powered attorneys and amount of money he had for appeals. There is a video of the attorneys appealing to the judges that overturned the second case.

    The first two convictions weren't due to any significant errors. His own personality gave him away.

    All the evidence pointed to Cal Harris.

    The third party culpability in the third trial was ruled "lacking in evidentiary quality". It was Cal Harris on trial. The one who had blood in his home whose own son said he wasn't in bed at 3:00am on September 12th.

    Side note, this monster now built a website showcasing his psychopathy:

    Most corrupt, backwoods, racist, incestuous, county in upstate N.Y.
     
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    I can only partially agree with your comments, most likely because my husband was a juror in the 3rd trial.... and do disagree that there were not any significant errors, more specifically, very significant legal technicalities, that resulted in the overturning of those convictions.
    I'm also not saying Cal Harris is innocent, but he was certainly, IMO, not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
     
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    This is the work of Cal Harris?
     
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    I do believe he created that page, as part of his ongoing lawsuit efforts.
     
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    Thanks-I think this guy is a sociopath; I feel sorry for the kids. I wish they’d found her body, because I think it would have made it easier to keep him in jail
     
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    I, too, wish they'd found Michelle. His children seem to fully support and love him. It was, and still is, a tragic case all the way around.
     

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