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Ind. woman sentenced to die at 16 to be released [stabbed victim 33 times with butcher knife]
yahoo.com ^ | June 17, 2013

Posted on 06/17/2013 11:54:05 AM PDT by grundle

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman put on death row at age 16 for killing an elderly Bible school teacher is scheduled to be released Monday after serving a prison term that was shortened after the state Supreme Court intervened.

Paula Cooper's death sentence at such a young age sparked international protests and a plea for clemency from Pope John Paul II. Now 43 years old, Cooper is being given a second chance at her life.

Cooper was 15 when she and three other teenage girls showed up at Ruth Pelke's house on May 14, 1985, with plans of robbing the 78-year-old Bible school teacher. Pelke let Cooper and two of the teen's companions into her Gary home after they told her they were interested in Bible lessons.

As the fourth teen waited outside as a lookout, Cooper stabbed Pelke 33 times with a butcher knife. Then she and the other girls ransacked the house. The four girls fled with Pelke's car and $10.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: clemency; deathrow; ruling

1 posted on 06/17/2013 11:54:05 AM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

The perp was one of Holder’s people.


2 posted on 06/17/2013 11:58:16 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (What difference does it make?)
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To: grundle

If there is any justice in the universe, the next time she kills the victim will be a liberal judge.


3 posted on 06/17/2013 11:58:25 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: grundle

“There comes a time in the history of every people when they become so pathologically soft and tender that they actually side with those elements of their society that harms them; i.e. criminals”-A Great Historian 1888


4 posted on 06/17/2013 11:58:44 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: grundle

“...wait and see and give her a chance,” Labroi said. “Give her an opportunity.”

I wonder if the victim pled for an opportunity or a ‘chance’ while being stabbed to death?


5 posted on 06/17/2013 11:59:47 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: grundle

Maybe she gets run over by a gas truck and drinks her own blood.


6 posted on 06/17/2013 12:00:39 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Veggie Todd

And the victim?


7 posted on 06/17/2013 12:01:07 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Which great historian?


8 posted on 06/17/2013 12:01:29 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Veggie Todd

She will be arrested for something within a few months.


9 posted on 06/17/2013 12:02:39 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: grundle

The Bible School teacher is still dead and the family still suffering the loss? No matter, I suppose.


10 posted on 06/17/2013 12:02:52 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
"There is a point in the history of society when it becomes so pathologically soft and tender that among other things it sides even with those who harm it, criminals, and does this quite seriously and honestly."

Lookrf it up. Appears to be Nietzsche, who AFAIK wasn't a historian at all, much less a Great One. Though he was arguably a great philosopher.

http://www4.hmc.edu:8001/humanities/beckman/nietzsche/Beyond.htm

11 posted on 06/17/2013 12:03:58 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Blood of Tyrants
She will be arrested for something within a few months.

Probably for making terroristic threats at a sports memorabilia show.


12 posted on 06/17/2013 12:04:00 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Blood of Tyrants
She will be arrested for something within a few months.

Hopefully she will resist arrest.

13 posted on 06/17/2013 12:04:10 PM PDT by JOAT
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To: grundle

She would have been released (pardoned) anyway by the sockpuppet’s handlers before he left our White House anyway, so what’s the diff’.


14 posted on 06/17/2013 12:06:15 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
Surprise...
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15 posted on 06/17/2013 12:07:02 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: grundle
Meanwhile, 78 year old Ruth Pelke, the gentle woman she stabbed 33 times, out of hate, rage, robbery, racism, whatever. The four girls gained entry to her house claiming to want Bible lessons. Cooper then knocked her to the floor from behind, struck her with a vase, cut her arms and legs, then stabbed her in the chest and stomach 33 times with a butcher knife. Authorities said Pelke was praying the Lord's Prayer while she was being brutally murdered.


16 posted on 06/17/2013 12:07:49 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: laweeks

The POTUS can only pardon federal offenses, not state ones.


17 posted on 06/17/2013 12:08:45 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: grundle
Life is cheap when it comes to compassionate liberals and liberal judges who feel only compassion for the perp who they feel is the real victim.
18 posted on 06/17/2013 12:09:25 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (yesterdays conspiracies are todays truths)
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To: Sherman Logan

‘Appears to be Nietzsche, who AFAIK wasn’t a historian at all’

actually,he was a historian. His doctorate was in historiography.


19 posted on 06/17/2013 12:11:33 PM PDT by FreeLuna (The Moon is a Harsh Mistress...Too harsh for Obama.)
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To: AD from SpringBay

“... and the family still suffering the loss?”

While I’m sure the family is still suffering the loss, they actually forgave the defendant long ago and asked that she not receive the death penalty. At the time, Indiana law did not have a provision for life without parole. The maximum sentence for Murder was 60 years, with credit and good time credit the sentence was cut in half.

I was a young deputy prosecutor when the crime was committed and can still recall the case as it went through the courts.

I have little expectation that Paula Cooper will ever be a productive citizen, and if making book at a casino, would bet that she commits a new crime before the year is out. Regardless, she served the sentence required by the law at the time.


20 posted on 06/17/2013 12:13:31 PM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: grundle

i remember when this happened... how disgusting that she is being given another chance...


21 posted on 06/17/2013 12:13:37 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
She will be arrested for something within a few months.

Months!? I'll give her a few weeks.
22 posted on 06/17/2013 12:17:00 PM PDT by ForAmerica (Texas Conservative Christian Black Man!)
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To: henkster

“I have little expectation that Paula Cooper will ever be a productive citizen”

That’s right. She’ll get all kinds of welfare and free stuff from the government. Hell, here in NY they give full Section 8 housing, food stamps, Medicaid, etc. to sex offenders when they are released from prison.


23 posted on 06/17/2013 12:17:46 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: FreeLuna

Philology, I spoke to soon. Still was a historian.


24 posted on 06/17/2013 12:17:53 PM PDT by FreeLuna (The Moon is a Harsh Mistress...Too harsh for Obama.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
The POTUS can only pardon federal offenses, not state ones.

Tell that to the Americans citizens who've have the Constituteion shoved up their a$$e$. These White House clowns will do whatever they feel like and no one, not even cry-baby Boehner will stop them.

25 posted on 06/17/2013 12:18:08 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: FreeLuna
That book (TMIAHM ~ RAH) should be required reading in every American High School.

Give them a break from the approved topics; slavery and the Holocaust.

26 posted on 06/17/2013 12:19:42 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (We say "low-information" but we mean "low-intelligence")
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To: headstamp 2

Almost as bad in Virginia. My local violent sex offender (nontrivial offense) got himself onto disability. He is definitely not disabled.


27 posted on 06/17/2013 12:20:26 PM PDT by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: PowderMonkey

One glance and you can tell that old lady was a sweetheart.


28 posted on 06/17/2013 12:23:27 PM PDT by yarddog (There Are Three Things That Remain--Faith, Hope, and Love--and,the Greatest of These is Love..)
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To: palmer

“Almost as bad in Virginia. My local violent sex offender (nontrivial offense) got himself onto disability. He is definitely not disabled.”

Exactly. In the old days, garbage like this used to just “disappear”.


29 posted on 06/17/2013 12:23:55 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: grundle

Oh, well, the old woman would have died soon anyway of natural causes. What difference does it make? /bitter sarcasm


30 posted on 06/17/2013 12:28:22 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: grundle

I remember this case. I believe the victim was praying to God while she was being stabbed to death.

The murderer came in asking to use the phone or get a glass of water and the victim was kind enough to let her in.

The wrong person involved died.


31 posted on 06/17/2013 12:32:38 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: ForAmerica

Probably a few days. The hard criminals get arrested again in as little as a few hours after being released.


32 posted on 06/17/2013 12:32:50 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: headstamp 2

“may yet contribute to society”... “Maybe she’ll do some wonderful things”. Even though she has a terrible record, even in prison.
Another crime spree has just been given the green light.


33 posted on 06/17/2013 12:33:04 PM PDT by Kanzan
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To: Kanzan

She ain’t gonna contribute to society. She will have trouble fitting in. Think of how the world has changed since she was incarcerated.

When she went in, no iPods, no rap music, no EBT cards. She’s got a lot of catching up to do.


34 posted on 06/17/2013 12:36:48 PM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

I agree completely.


35 posted on 06/17/2013 12:40:32 PM PDT by FreeLuna (The Moon is a Harsh Mistress...Too harsh for Obama.)
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To: Kanzan

“Even though she has a terrible record, even in prison.
Another crime spree has just been given the green light.”

It would be great if we could hold judges and parole boards criminally liable for any of her future misdeeds.

Anyone that can consciously stab someone 33 times needs to be either taken off the count or locked up forever.


36 posted on 06/17/2013 12:40:39 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: FreeLuna

I’ve seen statements that his doctorate was in classical studies.


37 posted on 06/17/2013 12:42:16 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Probably first degree murder.


38 posted on 06/17/2013 12:42:52 PM PDT by sport
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To: henkster

I always find it interesting when family members forgive people who murdered someone else. How can you forgive someone who didn’t murder you? Also, does the person have to apologize to be forgiven?


39 posted on 06/17/2013 12:57:43 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: PowderMonkey

Thanks.


40 posted on 06/17/2013 12:59:38 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: grundle

It just seems so inconceivable that anyone of any age would even consider brutally murdering a kind, godly, elderly woman just for a few measly dollars.


41 posted on 06/17/2013 1:06:02 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Sherman Logan
It was in Philology,which is the study of history through literature and mythology. He was allowed to create his own program due to his unique intelligence. He was considered a young genius.
42 posted on 06/17/2013 1:17:24 PM PDT by FreeLuna (The Moon is a Harsh Mistress...Too harsh for Obama.)
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To: laweeks

Another civics-challenged Freeper? The presidential pardon only applies to federal crimes. The state governors have pardon powers over state
crimes.


43 posted on 06/17/2013 1:34:18 PM PDT by Procyon (Decentralize, degovernmentalize, deregulate, demonopolize, decredentialize, disentitle.)
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To: ForAmerica

“Months!? I’ll give her a few weeks.”

Naaa, she’ll spend weeks or months on the talk show circuit, then a few more working on book deals. When the money from all that runs out, we will find out if she has been rehabilitated.


44 posted on 06/17/2013 1:38:10 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Somebody ought to clue IN that goofy grandson and paul 2 as well that they need to adopt Ayn Rand's take on the stabbing of an innocent bible school teachers I.E.



"Sympathy for the guilty is treason to the innocent" -Ayn Rand

THIS KIND OF CRAP TENDS TO UNSETTLE DECENT PEOPLES' STOMACHES...


45 posted on 06/17/2013 1:55:22 PM PDT by jimsin (P)
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To: Procyon
Another civics-challenged Freeper? The presidential pardon only applies to federal crimes. The state governors have pardon powers over state crimes.

Sorry, but with this out-of-control, anti-Constitutional White House with a derelict racist in our White House and in the DOJ, they'll do whatever they damned well please. I am not the slightest civics-challenged . . . our federal government is. Don't hold your breath.

46 posted on 06/17/2013 3:02:27 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: yarddog

Yep. She’s like every lady in my Bible studies class. Sweet, silver haired angels all. God is just. His justice will not sleep forever.


47 posted on 06/17/2013 3:28:18 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: grundle

Killing a Christian is points in her favor for the libs.....it’s why they loves them some muzzies so much.


48 posted on 06/17/2013 5:22:53 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Kanzan

Applying for Welfare in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. . .


49 posted on 06/20/2013 7:41:51 AM PDT by AbolishCSEU (Percentage of Income in CS is inversely proportionate to Mother's parenting of children)
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