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Calvin Murphy found not guilty of molestation(He's as innocent as OJ?)
Houston Chronicle ^ | 12/6/04 | Houston Chronicle staff

Posted on 12/06/2004 2:59:36 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat

Hall of Fame basketball player Calvin Murphy was found not guilty today of charges he molested five of his daughters.

Jurors deliberated just two hours before finding Murphy not guilty on all six counts.

When the verdict was read, Murphy closed his eyes, then looked up at the ceiling.

Earlier today during closing arguments, prosecutors Murphy as a cheat and a child molester today, while defense attorneys maintained that the daughters accusing him of sexual abuse were lying in an orchestrated effort to make him pay.

"You can never fully repair his reputation," defense attorney Rusty Hardin told jurors during closing arguments. "But you can take that first step in righting an injustice."

Hardin asked jurors to find Murphy innocent of abusing five of his 10 daughters between 1988 and 1991. He faces three charges of indecency with a child and three charges of aggravated sexual assault.

Prosecutors, however, labeled Murphy "a master of manipulation."

"He concealed from his own wife for more than 20 years that he has four other families," prosecutor Paula Storts told jurors. "He's a liar. He's a cheat and he's a child molester."

The monthlong trial's testimony phase ended last week after Murphy testified in his own defense and tearfully denied the allegations.

Jurors began deliberating the case this afternoon following three hours of closing arguments.

If convicted, Murphy faces five years to life in prison for the aggravated offenses and two to 20 years for the indecency violations.

Prosecutors say Murphy tried to maintain a public image of having only one family, even though he has 14 children with nine women. He only married one of the women, according to prosecutors, and accepted her children. They said his children with the other women were told not to call him "Dad."

Prosecutor Lance Long said some of the women's outcries as teenagers went unanswered and one was placed in a mental hospital after speaking out.

Long claimed Murphy molested those he didn't think would tell and those whom nobody would believe. He kept the girls' mothers "under his thumb" through emotional and financial dependence on him, Long said.

Murphy's attorneys say the former Houston Rocket didn't abuse any of his children. They claim the allegations by his daughters, now all adults, stem from a dispute over money and resentment over the way Murphy treated some of the children compared to others.

Defense attorney Rusty Hardin said jurors shouldn't let the way Murphy lived his life influence their verdict.

"Don't be sidetracked by a lot of these issues," he urged. "These are fabricated charges."

He disputed prosecutors' assertion that Murphy controlled the women in his life and said, "the only power Calvin Murphy had was the power of discipline to get into the Hall of Fame at 5-foot-10.

"He is a ruined man," Hardin said. "They have already won. Now, the question is whether he is going to go to the penitentiary."

Defense attorneys say three of the five women have been trying to claim $52,408 in death benefits left in a Teacher Retirement System of Texas account belonging to their mother, Phyllis Davidson. Murphy had a 20-year relationship and four children with Davidson, who died in a car accident in 1996.

This year, the three daughters continued their grandmother's earlier protests over Murphy receiving the benefits. He was listed as the account's beneficiary, according to court records.

On Feb. 20, letters went to Murphy, his three daughters and their grandmother saying that Murphy was the account's rightful beneficiary.

A month later, Murphy, 56, was arrested and charged with sexual abuse and indecency with the five daughters, including three with Davidson.

Murphy was drafted in 1970 by the San Diego Rockets, who moved to Houston the following season. He quickly became a fan favorite. His 17,949 points were a franchise high until Hakeem Olajuwon passed him.

Known as the "Pocket Rocket" because of his small stature, Murphy missed just nine free throws -- and made 78 straight in one stretch -- in 1980-81 for a record single-season percentage of .958.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: deadbeatdad; jerk; loser; nbaherodontchaknow; paternityking; rolemodel; tryavasectomy; typicalnbascum; whosyourdaddy; wiltchamberlain

1 posted on 12/06/2004 2:59:36 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Not many people around here thought this was anything more than a vindictive attempt at extortion. Obviously, the jury agreed.

Too bad. His reputation has been ruined by false charges and there's not much he can do about it.

2 posted on 12/06/2004 3:02:21 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone

Sounds like it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. FOUR FAMILIES? Denied the children their Mom's death benefits? Are you're worried about HIS reputation?


3 posted on 12/06/2004 3:06:43 PM PST by Hildy (The really great men are always simple and true)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
They claim the allegations by his daughters, now all adults, stem from a dispute over money and resentment over the way Murphy treated some of the children compared to others.

No evidence, no priors, no case. Any one can claim that they were abused 'x' years ago; but unless you can show evidence to substanciate it, I don't think it should stand.

Granted, he is not the ideal father, role model, nor can I find much to admire about him in any capacity. But being a cretin and being a child molester are two very different things.

4 posted on 12/06/2004 3:07:12 PM PST by Hodar (With Rights, comes Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: Dog Gone

He's reputation is deservedly ruined even assuming the molestation charges were totally bogus. What a cad, he's just reaping the results of his dishonesty, irresponsible lifestyle, and being too lazy to buy condoms or a vasectomy. Not a bit of sympathy for him from me.

Now if the daughters made up the molestation charges, then I'd like to see them in jail for extortion, though that'll never happen.


5 posted on 12/06/2004 3:10:35 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Dog Gone
Not many people around here thought this was anything more than a vindictive attempt at extortion. Obviously, the jury agreed.

Having not been privy to all the evidence and testimony heard in court but rather based upon what I did see and hear reported on in the media I too must say that I had enough doubt that I'd have to find the way the jury did.

Too bad. His reputation has been ruined by false charges and there's not much he can do about it.

Yes, that's always the down side to the type of system used. (some) People will always look at him with a bit of doubt in their minds. He will never be able to reclaim his reputation no matter what he does.

6 posted on 12/06/2004 3:11:25 PM PST by Ron H. (Immigration to America has always been a privilege and never a right!)
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To: Dog Gone

But what does it say about a man who has that many children willing to do this to him...


7 posted on 12/06/2004 3:13:37 PM PST by X-Servative
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To: Hildy
Denied the children their Mom's death benefits?

He was the legal and rightful beneficiary of the policy. So you want to convict someone of child molestation for collecting perfectly a perfectly legal insurance settlement?

you're worried about HIS reputation?

Of course I am, and so should every other decent citizen. No man deserves to face false accusations of molesting his children. Even if he was a murderer, still these false allegations would be a terrible crime. Once we cease to care about protecting the reputations of our fellow citizens from false criminal charges, we will have forfeited all our legal rights.

8 posted on 12/06/2004 3:15:08 PM PST by Maximilian
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To: Diddle E. Squat
prosecutor Paula Storts told jurors. "He's a liar. He's a cheat and he's a child molester."

Yet only one of those things is a crime Paula.

Looks to me like 5 women conspired to get some money out of this creep.

Though they might have had it coming to them , this is the wrong way to get it.

9 posted on 12/06/2004 3:16:23 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: X-Servative

i know..he won't be nominated for the father of the year award by the boys and girls club of houston


10 posted on 12/06/2004 3:17:28 PM PST by bc boy (bc boy again)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
It certainly appears that five of his children were willing to bring false charges against him over a dispute over $50,000.

A lot of people were surprised to find that Murphy had been so promiscuous, but he was a local sports legend and a very popular announcer for the Rockets.

That's all gone now. He's no role model, but nobody deserves to be charged with false sexual molestation charges.

11 posted on 12/06/2004 3:17:52 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: X-Servative

volumes.

cad.


12 posted on 12/06/2004 3:20:10 PM PST by kinghorse
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To: Diddle E. Squat

78 straight free throws and ten ackowledged daughters..boy..this lad could really find the hoop


13 posted on 12/06/2004 3:21:13 PM PST by bc boy (bc boy again)
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To: Dog Gone

Agreed. I am not a fan of Murphy. Never liked him in fact. but, when a Insurance company rules in his favor and the next thing you know they all start yelling child abuser.......well the jury didn't buy it either.


14 posted on 12/06/2004 3:25:53 PM PST by marty60
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To: Diddle E. Squat

If Scott Peterson was an athlete, he would have been found not guily.

If Sadaam Hussein was an athlete, he would be found not guilty.

Stalin and Hitler should have been athletes.


15 posted on 12/06/2004 3:27:34 PM PST by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (John Kerry--three fake Purple Hearts. George Bush--one real heart of gold.)
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To: X-Servative

Well he worked with a local childrens center here. If he were a child molester, do you really think it would just be these five money hungry women? You bet the HPD interrogated every kid that ever got near Murphy. Again I don't like him, but I don't like lynch mobs headed by greedy bitches.


16 posted on 12/06/2004 3:29:57 PM PST by marty60
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To: Dog Gone

What was he doing outside the Rockets media? Did he still run a gymnastic school?


17 posted on 12/06/2004 3:32:03 PM PST by deport (I've done a lot things.... seen a lot of things..... Most of which I don't remember.)
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To: deport

I don't recall it being a gymnastic school, although gym may have been part of the activities. It was some sort of community outreach for kids.


18 posted on 12/06/2004 3:36:00 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Diddle E. Squat

I, too, have never liked Calvin Murphy, he is a loud mouth windbag with horrible diction.

However, he is not guilty of molesting his children when they were younger. If it had been true, we would have heard about it years ago.

It's speaks volumes about the mental state of his daughters that they would do all this for $52,000.


19 posted on 12/06/2004 3:44:55 PM PST by TheMom (Hell yeah!)
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To: Dog Gone; deport

It was a marching group.


20 posted on 12/06/2004 3:46:18 PM PST by TheMom (Hell yeah!)
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To: Maximilian

I'm saying he's not a good guy. And bad guys usually have bad things happen to them.


21 posted on 12/06/2004 3:49:08 PM PST by Hildy (The really great men are always simple and true)
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To: TheMom
However, he is not guilty of molesting his children when they were younger. If it had been true, we would have heard about it years ago.

You're kidding, right? Who was going to tell? A young child who may have been threatened about what would happen to them if they told?

22 posted on 12/06/2004 3:51:59 PM PST by LisaMalia (Merry CHRISTmas!!!!!!)
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To: LisaMalia
And they were so frightened they waited 13 years before saying anything?
23 posted on 12/06/2004 4:26:30 PM PST by TheMom (Hell yeah!)
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To: marty60

Isn't it amazing how many people missed that?


24 posted on 12/06/2004 4:26:56 PM PST by Jaded ((Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. - Mark Twain))
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To: Dog Gone

Totally cooked up by his daughters....all for the mighty buck!!!


25 posted on 12/06/2004 4:29:08 PM PST by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Missed all of it.
I was wondering why the Comet coach was there instead of Calvin.


26 posted on 12/06/2004 4:36:11 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Dan Rather called Saddam "Mister President and President Bush "bush")
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To: X-Servative

There have been GOOD fathers who had daughters brainwashed by therapists into believing they had "repressed" memories of sexual or physical abuse(normally sexual, as somehow our society believes you can repress THAT but not memories of the frigging Killing Fields of Cambodia or the Holocast.)

But you're right, obviously lots of his daughters are not exactly fond of him.


27 posted on 12/06/2004 4:42:48 PM PST by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
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To: TheMom

He was a champion baton twirler in HS/college.


28 posted on 12/06/2004 4:46:21 PM PST by connectthedots
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To: TheMom
And they were so frightened they waited 13 years before saying anything?

Obviously, you are not familiar with the horrible cycle of childhood sexual abuse. Some repress it, or just keep silent out of fear. Sadly, there are some who falsely accuse, but I would think they are the minority.

This man arguably got away with his crimes, but he will pay someday when he answers to a higher power.

29 posted on 12/06/2004 4:49:59 PM PST by LisaMalia (Merry CHRISTmas!!!!!!)
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To: connectthedots
He was a champion baton twirler in HS/college.

No kiddin'?

30 posted on 12/06/2004 4:51:44 PM PST by TheMom (Hell yeah!)
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To: TheMom

No kidding.


31 posted on 12/06/2004 4:54:29 PM PST by connectthedots
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To: LisaMalia
Obviously, you are not familiar with the horrible cycle of childhood sexual abuse

Actually I am very familiar with it.

I am also quite familiar with lying, conniving females who use sexual abuse or rape to “get even”.

Murphy did not do this to these women.

They wanted the $52,000, they did not get it. They holler abuse, doesn’t cost them anything. How much and What did it cost him?

32 posted on 12/06/2004 5:16:25 PM PST by TheMom (Hell yeah!)
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To: connectthedots

Hmm. Cool.


33 posted on 12/06/2004 5:17:08 PM PST by TheMom (Hell yeah!)
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To: TheMom

It cost the taxpayers o Harris County and of course Murphy....Hardin's not cheap.


34 posted on 12/06/2004 5:44:32 PM PST by marty60
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To: Dog Gone

I live here in Houston and most everyone I know think that this pig was guilty....how you would get 5 women (and most of them never even knew each other) to come up with the same story.....ahhhh...yep, this jury was just like the OJ one - overwhelmed by his celebrity....and he's nothing! And now these women who put it all on the line are not believed by the fine citizens of Houston!


35 posted on 12/06/2004 7:29:27 PM PST by BamaDi
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To: BamaDi

We must live in different neighborhoods.


36 posted on 12/06/2004 7:37:06 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: BamaDi

I didn't think he was guilty. But he is a con artist, and I think the daughters tried to use Calvin's own M.O. against him and lost. As Chris Baker said on the radio today: "the moral of this story is don't be gettin' lotsa chicks pregnant-it may come back to haunt you."


37 posted on 12/06/2004 8:00:41 PM PST by Sans-Culotte
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888

"If Scott Peterson was an athlete, he would have been found not guily.

If Sadaam Hussein was an athlete, he would be found not guilty.

Stalin and Hitler should have been athletes."

Clinton too.


38 posted on 12/06/2004 8:07:34 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: BamaDi

People I know in Houston don't think he did it. They did all know each other. A number of Murphy's other children testified on his behalf.


39 posted on 12/06/2004 8:24:13 PM PST by Jaded ((Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. - Mark Twain))
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To: Diddle E. Squat
It is too bad to see him go down like this... He does an awfull lot for the community around here.
40 posted on 12/06/2004 8:34:07 PM PST by todd1
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To: BamaDi

I live in downtown houston and everyone was split on if he was guilty or not.


41 posted on 12/06/2004 8:36:04 PM PST by todd1
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To: ladyjane

You are right.

In addition to athletes, we should add DemocRATic presidents.


42 posted on 12/07/2004 5:56:27 AM PST by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (John Kerry--three fake Purple Hearts. George Bush--one real heart of gold.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat; TheMom
"He concealed from his own wife for more than 20 years that he has four other families," prosecutor Paula Storts told jurors.

Bull $hit.

This lie by the prosecuter would have made my mind up really early. I wouldn't have believed another thing that she said.

43 posted on 12/07/2004 6:25:23 AM PST by Eaker ("He's the kind of guy who would fight a rattlesnake and give the snake a two-bite head start.")
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To: Eaker

Why is that a lie? It does happen with two families. Four would require a bit of juggling.


44 posted on 12/07/2004 7:11:49 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane; TheMom
Four would require a bit of juggling.

LOL!! Ya think!!??!!

You don't really believe this do you? I realize that his wife might be incredibly stupid, but not this stupid. Anybody this stupid would probably forget to breath.

45 posted on 12/07/2004 8:06:52 AM PST by Eaker ("He's the kind of guy who would fight a rattlesnake and give the snake a two-bite head start.")
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To: marty60
Those "greedy bitches" that you are refering to have been molested and for the first time, they have the courage and strength to expose the man that he is. I sat through whole trial, and if you would have heard the things that I heard, you would not be making any stupid ass comments like you are making. Those girls would have to split 50,000 by 5 which would leave them only 10,000. Do you really think that they would turn their lives inside out over that little bit of money. And plus, in court, the lawyers said there has been dispute with that money for over 10 years. If it was for the money, I am sure they would have done it long before now. And there is a statue of limitations were they had to come out with it or they could not say anything at all. Instead of feeling sorry for Calvin, feel sorry for the girls that he molested.
46 posted on 12/16/2004 8:09:31 AM PST by MurphIsAMolester
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To: MurphIsAMolester

I sat through whole trial, and if you would have heard the things that I heard, you would not be making any stupid ass comments like you are making.



What happened to the jury of his peers? They must have not heard what you heard?


47 posted on 12/16/2004 8:12:33 AM PST by deport
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To: Dog Gone

That's the chance you take when you father so many children via money-hungry women.


48 posted on 12/16/2004 8:15:06 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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