I'm not sure why Leanne is still considered a suspect by Stoddard. They never found any evidence of a conspiracy to kill Cooper. JMO
I don't think there's evidence. I'm just trying to think of a reason they wouldn't have said she won't be charged with a crime after the verdict. It seemed odd for them to leave that door open publicly, instead of closing it.
I truly think Stoddard and company when they first looked at the interrogation tapes and how the two parents reacted, felt this was a plan between them. Strongly. And you know it can be super hard for people who have formed a strong opinion to shake that, even when evidence doesn't pan out the way they though.
I think Stoddard continues to have his suspicions about LH. Profound ones. For me, her behavior and statements were very bizarre and made me wonder initially whether she was involved. I never could reconcile, "Did you say too much." But as time went by, it seemed clear to me she likely had no involvement. I think her identity was wrapped around being Ross's wife and that deep insecurity made him the most important thing in her life, and pathologically intent on proving her love, devotion and loyalty. To this day.
Poor Cooper. Mark Hacking, Scott Peterson, Ross Harris - all, IMO, men who would rather murder than divorce in order to avoid the shame of not being the golden boy or perfect Christian man.
Methinks the lady could be an advocate to prevent hot car deaths.
Nah. Her husband was found guilty of intentionally causing that hot car death. She won;t be advocating anything. No one would want her spearheading their efforts. She is no Kristie Reeves. http://www.rayrayspledge.com/
I don't think defense attorneys care about their client's guilt or innocence . It's a comforting myth that a defense attorney only defends clients he or she believes to be innocent. Many believe in the system that all accused deserve a spirited and effective defense, but that doesn't mean they believe their client to be innocent.
I don;t know. Lots of attorneys totally believe their clients. I think it often naturally occurs when you advocate for a person. Some we know are not innocent or are not good people but it's easy to be seduced into believing them.
In this case, although there has likely been some hyperbole, I think the defense team is truly convinced Ross is innocent. That was sincere.
While we all would like to hear from the jurors perspective. JMHO the best thing for them is to not speak to media. They will be torn to bits by both sides. What they say will be dissected, how they said it, what they did or didn't say...Just Pray for them. They did their job and don't owe anyone anything. I only say this because of watching it happen to other jurors from high profile cases. Brings too much attention to their families. 5 min of fame not worth it.. It is a civic duty. Unless something comes up that shouldn't have happened, we should let them go back to their families and lives. JMHO
I agree. Remember CA who got away with murder in Florida and at least one of her trial attorneys went on to insert himself in every single aspect of her life, legal and otherwise. And he knew she was guilty before and after the verdict--had even commented to her guilt before he became part of her defense team.
I think he did believe she was guilty but I also think the whole team felt she was crazy as hell and made so by her twisted parents. They felt for her.
According to one twitter, jurors were paying special attention to this portion when they were rewatching the interrogation video.
RH: "I knew that I had done what every parent in their life fears they have done and that's just leave their son in a car all day."
-'Just leave their son in a car all day'....
That's what RH intended to do and followed through. The word 'just' makes this statement so incriminating.
-Not half-day, not many hours. But he said 'all day'.
-Not forget. But 'leave their son'.
The whole statement sounds weird.
Before re-watching that video at the end, I understood reasonable doubts. It did it for me. It really did.
I'm well aware of the protections afforded by the 5th amendment. Leanna was under suspicion, at least at one point. She would have absolutely had the right to refuse to testify about Cooper's death and everything leading up to it if she had chosen to assert that right.
You;re right. She took a big risk and knew her rights.
Holy crapola, they are good. I didn't even catch that. You can see his justification in that statement. In his mind he really didn't do anything but create the conditions possible for his son to die. No actual "maliciousness" in his mind.
Yeah, an afterthought really. Ï just sort of left him there all day." Ugh.
I really think s/he knew these statistics, we've all seen them throughout this case. "Rare" is a relative term, so while if you compare these results to the number of children killed in car accidents it IS rare, but if you compare it to the number of kids killed on water slides (that is still on my mind), hot care deaths are not rare at all. **CDC reports that over 9,000 were killed in car accidents between 2002 and 2011.
Certainly, it is not a leading cause of deaths among small children. Car accidents, diseases, drownings, poisonings, etc. all exceed hot car deaths by dramatic proportions.
It's my belief that the sexting with minors prejudiced the jury. I doubt that they would admit or acknowledge that in public. JMO
I can tell you, I believe Ross Harris is and was guilty and the sexting has nothing to do with it.
I thought the sexting might bias the jury as well. He is a predator, but I realized he can be a predator and not at all capable of killing his child. However, I thought that his behavior with women might influence the jury. And it might have. But I now think they would've found malice without it.
At the end of the whole case, when watching what they did as they deliberated, everything I felt became crystal clear. For me. It was too much.
And frankly, I don;t care that he cheated or sexted. The only bit of that that sickened me was what he did with minor girls. Otherwise, people are humans, sometimes they do things like that because they are pathetic or lonely or horny, or angry, withholding or cruel spouse or whatever. I consider all of it except the stuff with minors to be possible human mistakes that could have occurred for a host of reaons on the part of otherwise normal people.
To think about Cooper seeing the door shut, locked into a car seat. Then sitting there just waiting for the person he should be able to trust above all others to protect him-his father-to come back for him. Only to be left to die alone, miserable and scared.
RH is a pathetic convicted murder. He had a life many would envy and he pissed all over it
The agony and slow horror of his death haunts me. Especially as I am convinced it was intentional.