Skip to comments.Mistrial declared in ex-WRKO jock’s child rape case
Posted on 03/24/2011 11:43:18 AM PDT by massmike
A New York City judge declared a mistrial today in the child rape trial of ex-WRKO radio host Reese Hopkins because the jury was deadlocked, according to a spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney.
The jury had been deliberating since Tuesday. Judge Daniel Conviser declared the mistrial and a bail hearing has been set for this afternoon.
Hopkins was charged with two counts of rape one forcibly in the first degree and two counts of sexual abuse in the second degree. Charges of endangering the welfare of a child were dropped before the trial started.
(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...
Reese Hopkins is seen in this Herald file photo.
YES, YES, YES, YES, YES!!!!!!!!!
(Notice the court couldn't admit not guilty? It's BS...he should have the opportunity to sue them - he's been unjustly in jail for far too long)
If it is a frameup, who did he piss off?
If he is guilty the pedophile should be executed.
If he isn’t the prosecutors should have dropped it a while ago
Things must be different in Oregon where the mayor same-sex rapes a boy and receives nothing but a light rebuke in the local media and strong defense from his allies in the “gay” community of pederasts. Charges were never even filed.
unfamiliar with the case. What was the evidence against him?
Reese was a local talk guy here in boston. All I’ve seen in terms of evidence against him is testimony from the alleged victim. If there’s more, I haven’t seen it reported anywhere.
He really did do an entertaining show.
CNN: Is Reese Hopkins Innocent?
March 22nd, 2010
The charges seemed fishy. Daughter of an ex-girl friend making charges with zero corroborating evidence, iirc.
Yeah, orig from NYC though. He had been on a radio show in NY originally. He was doing the 9-noon WRKO slot and was told he lost his show due to cost-cutting (they picked up Laura
Ingraham) and days later the charges came out.
Orig. he was due to have a celebration for his fans at a place in Malden or something; lost show, celeb. was still on; then he wound up getting charged and it was cancelled.
Reese was a Conservative Talk Show host on WRKO who was wrongly accused of rape by an ex-girlfriends child. He didn’t even live in the state when the alleged crime took place - he had perfect accounts of where he was.
He was declared a flight-risk and was put in Rickers Island awaiting trial for months and months.
It was a Witch Trial
Guilty until proven innocent.
Something like this could happen to anyone, this is like the McMartin false child abuse witch hunts from the 1980’s
In her opening remarks Asst. DA Rachel Ferrari admitted she had no forensic evidence. The arresting officer and the other detective who investigated the case testified for the Defense.
Ayla contradicted everything the accuser stated. She’s wasn’t the daughter of an ex-girlfriend. They were all living in Manchester CT at the time the alleged rape occurred in NYC.
Howie Carr will be talking about this now-next on WRKO - after the commercial bump.
I didn’t know about that case http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMartin_preschool_trial
I know someone that is going through something similar. It sucks...the Duke Lacrosse team rape allegation proved prosecutors have too much power. And to make it really bad just say someone raped a child.
If you want to screw over someone really good just get a child to the person touched them. There are ways to implant these memories in young kids so they think it really did occur. And for older kids who know how to lie it’s really easy, but also easier to defend against (if the kid isn’t a good liar). Divorced women have used this against ex-husbands to get full custody. Since it’s so hard to prove someone is lying about these things...if it is proven that they lied they should face the maximum sentence that the alleged crime would bring them. So if it was proven the girl lied she should face the same sentence this guy Reese was facing.
Just doing this would discourage a lot of the liars. Right now it’s too easy to lie and if you get caught nothing really happens to you.
I am willing to bet THE MAJORITY of these news stories where the father or husband goes awol and kills family or threatens, IS due to these male-abusing procedures.
The feminists have tipped the scale and ‘cry rape’ is just the tip of the iceberg.
They are *never* executed. Not even in Saudi Arabia.
Who’d he piss off?
If he isnt
the prosecutors should have dropped it a while ago and if the prosecutors knew he was innocent, the prosecuters should be executed.
Due to Martha Coakley and her methods, I view all of these types of cases with extreme suspicion.
Reese was appearing on CNN on a regular basis just before these charges came down. He was talking smack about Obama. I learned the phrase “Shucking and Jiving” from Reese.
Talk about incentive!
The Muslims would execute the raped not the rapist
Anytime a judge declares a mistrial in a jury case I get suspicious.
Judges are generally appointed by the very politicians that make questionable laws and empowered by the very attorneys who abuses them to usurp the rights of other people and make policy in some ways.
Their very ability to arbitrarily declare a mistrial is quite implicitly and practically an ability to bypass the right and benefits of a trial by jury.
Particularly in the case of Federal Jurys where the Constitution specifically says in article 3 section 2:
“The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed;”
Federal Amazement 6 which basically states the same thing with the added word of impartial.
The Federal 5th Amendment States:
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb;”
Even if declaring a mistrial is not an attempt to evade a jury trial it certainly sounds like Double jeopardy to me.
A Manhattan prosecutor says a former WRKO radio host who called himself the “Crossover Negro” sexually abused two 11-year-old girls in 2004 and forcibly raped one of them.
One of the girls was the daughter of radio personality Edward Maurice Hopkins companion and the other was her best friend.
Assistant District Attorney Rachel Ferrari said Tuesday Hopkins had the two girls masturbate him as he lay on his back in his Manhattan apartment and that he later raped the friend.
Hopkins attorney, David J. Cohen, said the charges were false.
Cohen said Hopkins was a good father figure to his companions two children, including the girl he is charged with abusing.
Hopkins was arrested in October 2008 just days after WRKO-AM (680) cut him loose amid budget cuts.
The former yakker has claimed that he turned down a deal from prosecutors to be released on time served if he pleaded guilty to a lesser felony charge and registered as a sex offender.
What’s Howie’s take on it? I was taking a nap when the story broke and I just tuned in and he’s not talking about it any more.
All the calls supported Reese.
He was somewhat indifferent to the case.
While he was astonished Reese was in jail since October 2008 awaiting trial he was a bit hohum about it.IMHO
Very few callers on the matter too.
He did say he was crazy not to plead guilty to the misdemeanors and walk months ago but understood the stigma attached to even doing that.
It should be up on WRKO podcast/on demand later tonight or tomorrow
Could the jury have found this guy innocent and yet the judge buries that and declares mistrial instead. Can we find this out or would that judge jail the jury for talking?
I doubt that Jason and Julie would allow that. I even have to e-mail Reese’s old producer on his personal account. There was a gag order on employees. It’s after 5:00. I hope Reese calls tonight.
From the land of Fells Acres Day Care.
Ooops - sorry - NYC
Thanks for the feedback on Howie’s show. I liked Reece when he was on (really miss Andy Moes, though). I was shocked when I heard he was charged with rape. He came across on the radio as a great guy—good dad. But, you never know, really.
I didn’t realize WRKO had a podcast. Is it free? No need to answer....I’ll go check it out.
Thanks to both of you for your replies.
Reese, not Reece. I wish there were an edit button here on FR. I hate making typos. :-)
“Could the jury have found this guy innocent and yet the judge buries that and declares mistrial instead. Can we find this out or would that judge jail the jury for talking?”
I don’t know all I do know is that it is within the realm of demonstrated possibility for our apparently dictatorial court system to do just such a thing. A possibility that does indeed lend itself to hypotheses about such conspiracy.
In any case my problem is not so much with the evil a judge could enact with this arbitrary power as the evil judges in the past HAVE enacted with this arbitrary power.
No way. I have served on a jury twice and it couldn't happen.
Can we find this out or would that judge jail the jury for talking?
After the trial the jurors just walk out to their cars and leave. They can speak freely about the trial.
Your scenario could never happen.
Today’s Herald says the prosec. intends to retry him. Judge expected to issue bail decision Monday