Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, August 5, 2010

ANDY'S CRUSADE

How will Lisa Randall be repaid?: What I wonder is: Who's going to return to Lisa Randall and her family the hundreds of thousands of dollars they were forced to waste [defending against] former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas' phony charges ("Phantom Murder," Paul Rubin, July 22; also see "Justice, Finally," July 29)?

Who is going to return her dignity?

I hope that Randall sues the pants off Maricopa County and the Peoria Police Department for this gross miscarriage of justice. She deserves to be made as whole as possible. She will never get over the degradation she was forced to go through. Imagine, sitting in jail and knowing you are being railroaded, that you are innocent, that you are a good and caring person, and look where it's gotten you.

There is a special place in Hell for the professed good Christian man Andy Thomas. What a hypocrite! When things started to go bad for his office's prosecution — because the facts didn't add up to a murder — he overruled the legal experts in his office and went for a death-penalty conviction. Now this evil man wants to be Arizona's attorney general.

What a place we live in. I pray that there is more justice, and we are rid of Thomas once and for all.
Gina Williams, Tempe

Praying for peace for Randall: Poor Lisa Randall. No matter that she is free of the bogus charges against her; she will carry this ordeal to her grave. My heart goes out to her and to her family. May God give her some peace, now that just County Attorney Richard Romley has done the right thing.

And thanks to Paul Rubin for having the guts, once again, to call bullshit on the richly deserving. In this case, ex-County Attorney Andrew Thomas, [is] truly a debased individual.
Linda Ortiz, Phoenix

"Not Enough Justice, Yet": Imagine the hell that Lisa Randall and her family endured! It's hard to imagine how she was able to keep from going crazy or killing herself.

Somebody needs to pay for her suffering. Your headline said, "Justice, Finally," but it's more like, "Not Enough Justice, Yet."
Timothy Mack, Phoenix

Strip Thomas of his license: There will be no justice for any of us until Andrew Thomas is stripped of his law license, so he can do no more damage to Arizonans. Go, State Bar of Arizona!
Patrick Barnhill, no address available

Living in fear: Arizona must be quite a place! I'm happy that I don't live there. Because all I read about are miscarriages of justice.

If I lived there, I would be continually in fear that I would run afoul of the local fascists and die in the bowels of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail.
John Ramirez, address unavailable

See the light, voters!: I can't even relate how horrible this story made me feel.

I guess I am one who tries to delude myself about conditions in this place. I want to believe that the powers that be are just, but this just isn't the case. Rick Romley may be the only exception in prosecutorial ranks.

Lisa Randall's story is a cautionary one — because this could happen to any of us. I hope that, with Andrew Thomas' leaving the County Attorney's Office, we are safe again from this kind of tyranny. But what happens if he is elected state attorney general? He was leading in the last poll I noticed.

Please, voters, see the light! Vote for Tom Horne! If [Thomas] is in an even higher office, imagine what kind of inhumanity will prevail in our state. He and Joe Arpaio will be running over all of us. All hope will be lost.
Annette Valdez, no address available

Disgusting Arizona: This woman's life is ruined forever! Too bad the law has people working for it that are more intent on winning a badge of fame than actually finding the truth!

This state, in its courtrooms, over and over again, has ignored the law in determining a verdict. Judges, prosecuting attorneys . . . There should be an investigation of Arizona, in general. It's disgusting.
Name withheld

Cops here are incompetent: The police in the Valley of the Sun are extremely incompetent. Obviously the medical examiner is, too, as [that office] did not even do a proper autopsy.

I have been a victim of the police here. Too many badge-heavy police with egos are trying to make names for themselves.

This poor woman — since she was last with the baby, let's just blame her. What the hell is that? The incompetence that goes on in police departments, as well as in prosecutor's offices, should be [exposed] so people take better warning. This could happen to you.
Name withheld

Similar experiences: I'm not even finished reading the entire article and know from experience the ridiculous crap this poor woman has suffered.
Name withheld

Shame on everyone involved: First, my heart goes out to Dillon's parents. Being a parent myself, I can imagine how devastating it must be to lose a child.

Second, I think it is an absolute shame that the pediatrician did not recognize how sick this child was. It is too bad that insurance companies, in the spirit of saving costs, discourage doctors from running necessary tests to properly diagnose patients.

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Randall
Randall

I am Lisa Randall's daughter. Going back and googling my mother's name and re-reading all of the stories is very difficult. Losing my mother was definitely the most difficult time in my life. I am so thankful for all of the kind words I have read about my mother. I would like to thank each of you for taking the time to provide your kind words. If any of you would like to read more on what my family endured, please go to www.justiceforlisa.com

This is a website I have made and updated over the past 4 years. It has all of the facts, and all of the media coverage. If I see a new story that becomes available, I update the website and will list it there. Please feel free to take a look and send my mother, or my family a comment directly.

I would like to thank all of Lisa's supporters. A special thanks goes out to Phoenix New Times, and specifically Paul Rubin for following the case so closely, and taking time to get the facts.

Thank you

Plewis37
Plewis37

Oh good lord.... When are they going to put up new articles.. Sorry just tired of the same crapo on here. get creative guys. Or has the New Times Got that boring. I think there staff has gone stale on them. time for. New Times to get new Creative Writes on there staff. We want to read new stuff . This article has been up for two weeks now.. For those that have not realize it! Can we say lazy staff at New Times!

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FREE COURTNEY BISBEE

Lisa Randall's tragic case is the tip of the iceberg under Andrew Thomas "justice system". She as least did not get convicted of an alleged crime that never happened like Courtney Bisbee, who was sentenced to 11 years flat time. In 2006, New Evidence-proof of innocence and a scam by adults using children for their financial gain was known by MCAO and given to Andrew Thomas. He chose to sweep it under the rug and then not allow an Evidentiary Hearing or new trial under Rule 32. Why would they not want the truth to be heard in court? What impact did Thomas have over the courts and judges who were silenced with his/MCAO prosecutors abuse of power (see Lawyers Protest Dec. 22, 2009)?

It's time to end the manifest injustice against Courtney Bisbee by former MCAO Thomas and his prosecutors (under investigation) who maliciously prosecuted many.

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FREE COURTNEY BISBEE
FREE COURTNEY BISBEE

Lisa Randall's tragic case is the tip of the iceberg under Andrew Thomas "justice system". She as least did not get convicted of an alleged crime that never happened like Courtney Bisbee, who was sentenced to 11 years flat time. In 2006, New Evidence-proof of innocence and a scam by adults using children for their financial gain was known by MCAO and given to Andrew Thomas. He chose to sweep it under the rug and then not allow an Evidentiary Hearing or new trial under Rule 32. Why would they not want the truth to be heard in court? What impact did Thomas have over the courts and judges who were silenced with his/MCAO prosecutors abuse of power (see Lawyers Protest Dec. 22, 2009)?

It's time it end the manifest injustice against Courtney Bisbee by former MCAO and his prosecutors (under investigation) who maliciously prosecuting many.

FREE COURTNEY BISBEE PERRYVILLE PRISON MARICOPA COUNTY AZhttp://www.justice4courtney.co...

Moiraaerin
Moiraaerin

I would like to know exactly why so many foster children and other individuals can't get the records that they are entitled under the law. Their names are in them, the files and papers are about them, but they are "destroyed" or "lost" or a thousand other things.

So, what's the deal? I mean, foster children have no history outside of those records, why don't they keep them where they are accessible? They claim that the rules change a lot and in those changes there are files that vanish...what? How do you lose someone's history.

What is that? I mean, excuse me?

Mllloz33
Mllloz33

Yahoo! Visit Arizona and find out what the New Times "rag"paper is. What are you doing??

Ohomegrowntomato
Ohomegrowntomato

Wayne and William, you guys are morons. The stories ran in the July 22 and July 29 editions. Get your heads out of your asses. You, too, guest. And sign your real names, cowards. Jack Swife, Phoenix

Arthursanchez50
Arthursanchez50

I would like to know how a person gives away their "dignity"? I have always been taught that dignity is something that you give to yourself and no body can ever take it from you.

Therefore, the author is clearly mistaken about the part on dignity. Dignity or self-respect is something no one can give to you or take from you. If you attempt to claim that someone took away your dignity, then you are really saying that you never had any to begin with because no one can give you "dignity" or take it away.

In conclusion, this does not speak very highly of the author who is making this claim. It is quite evident that his value of self-worth is based on how he is treated by his environment. This is very unfortunate for him and everyone else who has their dignity, so to speak, SNATCHED from them by others. Poor souls! They have no self-respect, no dignity.

Guest
Guest

This is not a newspaper. This is a trash rag trying to pretend it does news. Anything for the criminals nothing for the non-criminals. What a bunch of junk.

Deke1178
Deke1178

My god the New Times is garbage.

Wayne
Wayne

How do you get feedback from an article that hasn't even been published yet? This is just more Phoenix New Times and Yahoo drivel.

William
William

Uhhh... This is under the heading "Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, August 5, 2010." It's actually Wednesday, August 4, 2010... just saying. Now that's progressive!

Dreamer441984
Dreamer441984

Wow. Really don't like this newspaper. The articles are choppy and difficult to sort through what's actually happened. There is a slew of comments jumbled together? I can find someone willing to say anything as well. However I want a little more information than just a persons comments....however I do recognize that listening to our fellow citizens is the start to discovering and fixing all solutions.

E5282003
E5282003

I am truly sorry for this woman and her family.But,do not be misled that Arizona is the only one that makes mistakes.Over the past few weeks stories have aired about people being freed from jail after 27 years in jail..The entire legal system in this country needs an overhaul,ESPECIALLY, the MCLU ( ACLU) is the designation they go by,but it appears they prefer to represent NON-citizens against Americans.

 
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