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Mistrial declared in ex-WRKO jock’s child rape case
bostonherald.com ^ | 03/24/2011 | Jessica Heslam

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 ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: childrape; reesehopkins

Reese Hopkins is seen in this Herald file photo.

1 posted on 03/24/2011 11:43:21 AM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike
Hopkins’ attorney, David Cohen, told the Herald the jury was “in favor of acquittal overwhelmingly” on all the charges.

YES, YES, YES, YES, YES!!!!!!!!!

Great news!!!!!

(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)

YES!!!

2 posted on 03/24/2011 11:50:53 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: libertarian27
You're happy. There must be a reason. Explain?

If it is a frameup, who did he piss off?

3 posted on 03/24/2011 11:54:40 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: massmike

If he is guilty the pedophile should be executed.

If he isn’t the prosecutors should have dropped it a while ago


4 posted on 03/24/2011 11:55:13 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: massmike

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.


5 posted on 03/24/2011 11:55:27 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: massmike

unfamiliar with the case. What was the evidence against him?


6 posted on 03/24/2011 11:56:19 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: paul51

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.


7 posted on 03/24/2011 12:03:22 PM PDT by Y2Bogus
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To: raccoonradio

ping.


8 posted on 03/24/2011 12:06:22 PM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: paul51

CNN: Is Reese Hopkins Innocent?
March 22nd, 2010

http://www.fathersandfamilies.org/?p=6424


9 posted on 03/24/2011 12:09:51 PM PDT by massmike (DADT repeal: the Boy Scouts now have tougher membership requirements than the Army!)
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To: Y2Bogus
He was a pissa at the 2004 Democratic Convention. He's pretty much a hard core conservative and he drifted around with his press credentials and moonbats would come up to him and unload their ditzy little hearts because he as a reported and a colored, so he hadda be one uv “them”, ya know. I really liked the guy.

The charges seemed fishy. Daughter of an ex-girl friend making charges with zero corroborating evidence, iirc.

10 posted on 03/24/2011 12:13:05 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Sulzberger Family Motto: Trois generations d'imbeciles, assez)
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To: Y2Bogus

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.


11 posted on 03/24/2011 12:15:51 PM PDT by raccoonradio (..)
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To: Lazamataz

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


12 posted on 03/24/2011 12:18:19 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: paul51

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.


13 posted on 03/24/2011 12:32:38 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

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.


14 posted on 03/24/2011 12:35:52 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

Howie Carr will be talking about this now-next on WRKO - after the commercial bump.


15 posted on 03/24/2011 12:40:33 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: libertarian27

I didn’t know about that case http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMartin_preschool_trial


16 posted on 03/24/2011 12:56:53 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many younger conservative Christians out there? __ Click my name)
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To: libertarian27

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.


17 posted on 03/24/2011 12:57:55 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: for-q-clinton

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.


18 posted on 03/24/2011 1:10:19 PM PDT by George from New England (Escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: GeronL

They are *never* executed. Not even in Saudi Arabia.


19 posted on 03/24/2011 1:15:08 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: libertarian27

Who’d he piss off?


20 posted on 03/24/2011 1:21:31 PM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: GeronL
If he is guilty the pedophile should be executed.

If he isn’t the prosecutors should have dropped it a while ago and if the prosecutors knew he was innocent, the prosecuters should be executed.

21 posted on 03/24/2011 1:28:23 PM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: libertarian27

Due to Martha Coakley and her methods, I view all of these types of cases with extreme suspicion.

Extreme.


22 posted on 03/24/2011 1:29:05 PM PDT by rlmorel (How to relate to Liberals? Take a Conservative, remove all responsibility...logic...)
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To: Lazamataz

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.


23 posted on 03/24/2011 1:34:03 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Lazamataz
the prosecuters should be executed.

Talk about incentive!

24 posted on 03/24/2011 1:39:55 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Soothesayer9

The Muslims would execute the raped not the rapist


25 posted on 03/24/2011 1:41:11 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: libertarian27

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.


26 posted on 03/24/2011 1:51:50 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: massmike

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 companion’s two children, including the girl he is charged with abusing.

http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1321922

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.


27 posted on 03/24/2011 1:54:13 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: libertarian27

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.


28 posted on 03/24/2011 2:04:44 PM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname (I really hate not knowing what was said in the deleted posts....)
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname

All the calls supported Reese.


29 posted on 03/24/2011 2:11:07 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname

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


30 posted on 03/24/2011 2:12:51 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Monorprise

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?


31 posted on 03/24/2011 2:26:34 PM PDT by George from New England (Escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: libertarian27

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.


32 posted on 03/24/2011 2:29:21 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massmike

From the land of Fells Acres Day Care.


33 posted on 03/24/2011 3:03:58 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: Fido969

Ooops - sorry - NYC


34 posted on 03/24/2011 3:05:04 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: libertarian27

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.


35 posted on 03/24/2011 3:12:40 PM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname (I really hate not knowing what was said in the deleted posts....)
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname

Reese, not Reece. I wish there were an edit button here on FR. I hate making typos. :-)


36 posted on 03/24/2011 3:15:24 PM PDT by cantfindagoodscreenname (I really hate not knowing what was said in the deleted posts....)
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To: George from New England

“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.


37 posted on 03/24/2011 5:00:38 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: George from New England
Could the jury have found this guy innocent and yet the judge buries that and declares mistrial instead.

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.

38 posted on 03/24/2011 5:45:47 PM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure the accuracy of the quotes. ~ Abraham Lincoln, 1865)
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To: Eaker; All

Today’s Herald says the prosec. intends to retry him. Judge expected to issue bail decision Monday


39 posted on 03/25/2011 11:23:16 AM PDT by raccoonradio (..)
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