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8.19.2006

Oh, My!

Rebecca Simpson's sentenced reduced to 5 years! (Star Telegram story). This is odd. There is no question that a lawyer must inform his client of any plea offers and failure to do so is ineffective assistance of counsel. The very unique aspect of this case is that the judge ruled the plea bargain offer was still valid so that the defendant could still accept it. If the judge had denied the motion for new trial but an appellate court had reversed the case for ineffectie assistance, the remedy would simply have been a new trial. And check out this reason the defense lawyer gave for not communicating the plea bargain offer:

"I don't believe for a moment that she would have ever entertained any plea offer that would have involved a prison sentence," Jack said. "She signed a contract on a house, paid for a $83,000 Mercedes in full six weeks before the trial, and was planning to get married in Hawaii after the trial was over.These are not the actions of someone preparing to go to prison."

58 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you are going to allow comments???? Have you gone mad? Or, is it still a bit early for ya this morning?

Anonymous said...

I think 5 years is more appropriate. Afterall, nobody was injured. But $83,000 for a f%$#ing car!!!!! I bet her and Mzchief are best friends.

Anonymous said...

Hiring a hit-man to kill someone seems to me to be a serious offense. Who ever offered a 5 year plea deal in the first place? That in itself seems prosecutorial malfeasance. At least a jury had enough sense to see the facts and provide an appropriate sentence. Of course, there will be no one held responsible for this travesty.

Anonymous said...

Give her the chair ! it seems obvious that its inside lawyer bullshit . he did it on purpose because he couldnt win. maybe the phones were tapped like her married ass was when Danny was tapping that.

Anonymous said...

Barry,
Christi Jack was the prosecutor.

Anonymous said...

I cant believe this woman is going to be allowed back on the streets in 5 years. What is this world coming to?

Anonymous said...

Well, the Update said she could be out of prison in less than a year. Now, that is bullshit! If your poor and have a drug problem...you'll likely spend several years in prison. But if your rich and try to have someone killed (apparently while straight), you can do less than a year. Which works out great when you have an $83,000 car, new home, and plans to marry in Hawaii.

Anonymous said...

How can this be? I can not believe this. She planned someones murder. She just asked the wrong person to do it. Had she asked someone else to do it those people would likely be dead now. In my book that makes her dangerous and she should not be back on the streets. Who’s the next person she is going to try to have killed only now she knows she needs to make sure the person she is talking to is not a cop. This is so wrong.

she was planning on getting married? Who would want to marry her? When she gets pissed off or tried of you, you would have to worry if she was plotting your murder.

A $83,000 car? A new house? Is her predominant wise county lawyer ex-husband giving her a shit load of alimony or something? and did he still have to give it to her while she was in prison?

Anonymous said...

How can this be? Our system has failed us on this one. She should be behind bars.

Anonymous said...

And what happens to her forgetful lawyer? He fails to tell her about the plea bargain (intentionally?) so gets her off with the plea deal even tho a jury sentenced her to 25 years. Does the lawyer get punished or does he get an award for this slippery deal?

comment4U said...

This is why the legal system in Great Britain is a notch above ours. These stupid "legal technicalities" aren't a free-pass over there...everything is based upon the reasonability of the evidence. Not a bunch of dotted "i"'s and crossed, or gawd-forbid, uncrossed "t"'s that give people the "right" to kill their spouses and watch cable for a mere 5 years 'til they're out walking amongst the rest of us who refrain...

Anonymous said...

Well, remember she said publically that she would get what she wanted. Sounds like she's done ok.

I wish her well. Maybe she can re-establish a relationship with her children. They are so precious and need her regardless of what has happened.

Everybody deserves a second chance.

Anonymous said...

anon 12:41...I agree with you on one level, especially for the kids and a second chance...
BUT then I think of the woman that was supposed to died....how can she have rest knowing someone that hated her so much as to kill her will be out and about in less than a year. And she is a young woman. Who's to say this woman won't "snap" again?

Anonymous said...

Oh well heck, if she gets penniless, she can always sell her story to National Inquirer or hire some editor to write a book. Wouldn't surprise me at all.

And moving back to Wise County will likely be traumatic for her and her children. All eyes on the "hit man gal".

Maybe bottom line is that she just wanted attention. Boy, she got it - but unfortunately her sweet children got it too.

The whole Simpson family has had to deal with this. Sometimes we forget that.

Anonymous said...

I wouldnt tap that for fear of the hit man!

Anonymous said...

The woman she tried to kill and her family will have to move far away and change their names, while Simpson "gets what she wants." What is fair about that? Maybe we have such a problem with crime in this country because of twisted deals like this.

I recall a news story I saw not too long ago about a woman who repeatedly asked the police and the legal system to do something about the ex-husband who had already tried to kill her. She was ignored. He tried to kill her another 2 times! Each time was unsuccessfull, but she received severe injuries none the less. IT TOOK 3 MURDER ATTEMPTS FOR SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO THAT POOR WOMAN! Is that what will happen with Simpson? I really hope not.

Anonymous said...

There are so many legal snafus in the system that folks just have problems trusting in it anymore. I even had a lawyer tell me, "hey folks just don't trust us" - well there may be some truth to that.

Part of the problem is overload. There are so many folks messed up that the legal system can't keep up.

Probation, child protective services, etc. are all on overload. And because of this, folks fall into the cracks.

It's still about money. You have it. Get a high priced lawyer. You don't have it? Get lost.....

....in the system.

Simpson had the money. Not a bad result for her investment.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if she'll get that ass tapped in the big house before her early release. Now that would be some interesting reading. I might just go apply for a prison guard job.

Anonymous said...

How about a Wise County defense attorney that suggests his client plea the maximum to avoid a 99 year sentence on another charge that "turns out" was fake.

Anonymous said...

Tell us more 3:16 .

browneyes1428 said...

This is crazy. How would you feel if the hit was on you or a loved one? I think that five years and could be out in a year is a slap in the face! This is going to turn back into a three ring circus.

Anonymous said...

Barry,
are you a predominant Wise county attorney?

Anonymous said...

3:21 - could you mean prominent?

Course Barry could be both, supposedly........

Only the legal community of Wise County would really know.

: )

Anonymous said...

If she has a $83K car in her garage I do not feel sorry for her in any way.

She is getting off because she is an attractive anglo saxon female. Th black girl that supposedly shot her abusive boyfriend will fry (barry posted it).

Moral of the story: Lawyers offer more services to get in a white girl's pants than a black girls pants.

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry how much to tap that black girls ass ? I will pay the muther lode to tap some COOL chicks ASS ! Since when did you need a lawyer to tap some ass ?

Anonymous said...

Barry - you were chickenshit for not allowing comments on your "slight ranting" post where you commented on the money that could have been saved by the county on a special prosecutor.

Are you kidding me??

A lawyer's biggest weapon is the "outspend the opposing counsel" strategy. Please stop whining and live by the sword you chose.

Don't work in the sewer and then bitch that you have shit all over you.

Anonymous said...

IO would stick it becky on e time just to know why Danny would do such an old biach !

Anonymous said...

He meant he would fuck the shit out of her IF no one knew !

Anonymous said...

thats better

and your point is? said...

ANON 12:41....She would have received her second chance when she served her TRUE sentence......I truly belive somebody should be punished for this.
The jury gave the woman 25 years and that should have been it, she wouldn't have served that much time.
This technicality bull#(*$ is absolutey ridicules. Our justice system needs a major overhaul!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like to me that she & her attorney planned this from the beginning -- just goes to prove that our system is not what it needs to be. What a joke! $83K car --

Anonymous said...

One thing about all of this Becky stuff is that it opened up a can of worms about how many of us feel about the judicial system.

But there are still some really credible lawyers around. Many of them are right here in Wise County. They have earned the respect of the public.

That takes a few years.

greta said...

First off, I am not on Simpsons side at all. But, I think her lawyer actually screwed up and Simpson discovered it.

Some people are just luckier than others and she is one of the lucky ones. Like it or not.

Anonymous said...

If any of you folks belive the legal system isn't "fixed"...then you are nuts! It's all about money! This "new" finding is a joke! Absolutely FIXED from the beginning in a little room where all was discussed with everyone. If not, then how was it that this "new" development was all of a sudden discovered? Wake up people. We have no justice! Teens are raped day in and day out, but nothing is done because they are raped by another teen! Gives free "rides" to those under 17! Ludicrous!!
YOu people REALLY believe this wasn't in the works from the beginning? haha! Dream world.

Anonymous said...

From the other "unable to comment on blog"... why is it that our DA is always recusing herself? This is a small county...maybe she should stay out of all prosecutions because, ya know, she passed that one on the street...or sat near this one in a restaurant. That woman DOES NOT do her job, and we continue to sit back and pay her, as well as "special prosecutors." Wise County... wil we remain so dumb?

Anonymous said...

No DA likes criticism. Maybe it's easier to operate in safe mode rather than do what should be done.

And society pays the ultimate price if these folks don't bite the bullet.

Playing it safe is just "politics as usual"

Anonymous said...

I think it is important to remember that the legal system is ran by a bunch of idiots, just like the government. Sure they may wear nice suits and have nice degrees, but so the f&^% what? Just a bunch of really good schemers.

Anonymous said...

Something has happened in the legal community that causes the general public to have a lack of respect - but common sense tells us the whole lot of lawyers aren't bad.

We may find that out when we hire one to get us out of a legal snarl.

Anonymous said...

I would agree. I love lawyers. A Wise County attorney helped me through a legal ordeal, and he was such a caring individual.

Anonymous said...

I liked my divorce lawyer!

Anonymous said...

2:08 - good point - yes, some care about you, (love?) others care deeply about your pocket book.

It's best to ask a few questions before hiring one.

Word does get around. Especially in a county the size of Wise.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one here that noticed her lawyer is a freakin genius?

What a masterful move on his part to not offer the deal knowing she would be found guilty and it would be overturned by the Judge on a technicality.

I would say she got what she paid for.

June FN Cleaver said...

Anon 10:53,
I have thought the same thing. That almost seems too easy though. What would prevent/has prevented tons of defense attorneys from using that tactic to get clients off the hook? For instance, if a lawyer has a case like this one that has little chance of aquittal, then don't offer your client the plea bargain and then when and if you lose, pull your ace out of your pocket and tell your client to lie and say you never offered the plea bargain. I am not a lawyer and know very little about the technicalities of this situation but it seems just too easy of a tactic to get a client off the hook. But of course, it worked for this gal. I agree, if this was intentional, it was a sharp move. But surely, other defense attorneys would have thought of it long before now. Is this something that occurs often I wonder.

Anonymous said...

What bothers me about this "after the trial" legal revelation is that a jury had to spend time on this and the taxpayers had the cost of the trial.

Can juries and taxpayers file lawsuits against such stupidity in the legal system?

mzchief said...

AHEM!
Several years ago I was associated with Becki but never really “friends.” I heard her in a committee meeting say “Everyone knows who I am and no one wants to piss me off so we can go ahead and do it my way.” Being somewhat new to the area, I asked Becki what she meant. She explained to me that her husband and brother-in-law were the best attorneys in the county and she could do ANYTHING she wanted to do because everyone wants to stay on her good side. I still really did not understand her logic because after all we were ONLY on a committee responsible for putting together a community cookbook. However, Becki was 100% correct. Over a decade later I still do not understood the mentality of Bridgeport when it comes to the community sucking up to the faces of prominent and/or wealthy members of the community and talking trash behind their backs. In light of that initial experience and several additional experiences with Becki I think prosecutor Christy Jack was correct. I have no doubt Becki would have refused ANY deal that involved Becki pleading guilty and accepting prison time. I personally thought the 25-year sentence was just. However, there is no such thing as justice, there is only the law for those who can afford it.

As far as people hating lawyers, I have never known a time when someone TRULY needed an attorney they did not want their attorney to be a fire breathing, baby eating, nail spitting, rat bastard lawyer. Lawyers are what society wants and allows them to be.

Anonymous said...

mzchief - I've had similar conversations with Becki and just found her very immature and materialistic - don't know if during her process she had a "head" evaluation, but that would likely reveal a lot.

Sometimes folks just have to age a bit to realize what is important in life - family and friends - the things that money can't buy.

Hope she discovers these in a real way and finds happiness. Everybody deserves to have a chance at that.

Anonymous said...

mizchief - your comment that "lawyers are what society wants and allows them to be" is really interesting.

How would you propose that this be changed?

Anonymous said...

1:22 Do you honestly think you could do better? And if not do you honestly know someone that would. I think you should look at a situation more clearly and in depth before you start spouting off un-researched comments.

mzchief said...

To anonyNOTHING 9:21...
I think Becki having recently purchased an $83,000. Mercedes is a clear indication of what she believes will bring her happiness.

People are most definitely entitled to spend their money on WHATEVER they want even if those things are $83,000. autos/boats, $5.00 packets of cigarettes or lawn ornaments and outdoor holiday lights. Just for the record, I have NEVER purchased ANY of these types of items. *;)

To anonyNOTHING 9:21...
Societal change can only occur when the attitudes of the people within a society change. Twenty years ago the United States teen pregnancy and birth rate was outrageous. Without so much as a law being passed the U.S. teen pregnancy and birth rate from 1986-2004 has had nearly a 40% drop due to a change in societal expectations, perceptions and pressures regarding teen pregnancy. The number of abortions performed in the U.S. between this time period also dropped by 40%. It is part of my job to know crazy information like this thus I am certain I obtained this information several months ago from a report from Centers For Disease Control or The National Center for Health Statistics. For those of you who want to look it up and source my information.....go nuts and have at it.

It is MY belief that a society is what the members of a society make it.

Nearly 20 years ago I lost a gold bracelet on the golf course. That evening upon discovering my bracelet had gone MIA I searched the course looking for it. The following morning I rang the pro shop and discovered someone had turned it in to the shop. Two years ago at hole nine a friend of mine realized they had left their pitching wedge on hole five and went back for the club and along the way they asked the three groups behind us if ANYONE had found a pitching wedge on hole five everyone said “no”. Upon arriving at hole five my friend discovered their pitching wedge was GONE. This situation and several others in recent years has made it clear that sadly many people within our society have adopted the “Finders keepers losers weepers.” mentality. Thus, proving that society is what each individual makes it.

Did you really expect MY answer to be "brief"?? *;)

Anonymous said...

Good points mzchief - do you have any problems with folks living together and having three or four children without the benefit of marriage?

Does any of this contribute to the downfall of society or make it stronger? Some have said living together will reduce the divorce rate significantly.

Maybe you can share some stats on this. I would really be interested since I am one who has problems with all of that. Just an out of touch person who still believes in the sanctity of marriage and giving kids a last name legally.

And why the bold print? Heck you make your points just fine without it.

:-)

Anonymous said...

I think Rebecca and her attorney should both be put in a mental hospital for 5 years, and not a day less! They are both crazy.

Anonymous said...

"Some have said living together will reduce the divorce rate significantly."

Only because there would not be any legal divorce when the couple breaks up!

Anonymous said...

Any idea how the family has reacted to this turn of events? Especially Ross....
What on earth are her "plans" when she is released? Return to Wise County??? Still engaged???

Anonymous said...

I personally think this whole error was planned so she would get her way.

Anonymous said...

The most important thing here is not Rebecca, but her children who have suffered tremendously through all of this. I don't know her at all, but if the impression I have obtained throughout all of this is correct, Rebecca will always care only about herself. She should stay away from Wise County, Ross, her children and the people's whose lives she has threatened. Justice was not served in this case. But Rebecca will be judged someday and she will be the one to suffer when she is alone with her money and her cars and no one to care about her. What goes around, comes around.

Anonymous said...

11:56 - so true, and her girls are at such a tender age when they need their mother. I'm not a big fan of Ross, but have to feel sorry for him having to deal with daughters during this.

All three children are just precious.

Anonymous said...

I've known Beki for years. I've watched her deal with her insecurities the entire time. Beki needs Jesus. She has tried to fill the void she so strongly feels with money, education, prominence, looks, etc. ---It just can't be done. Prayfully this whole ordeal will help her to seek after what's real.

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