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10-01-08, 06:13 PM #1
Iowa Appeals Court Overturns Conviction
According to the news the Iowa Appeals Court has reversed the conviction of Chicago Police Officer Michael Mette. It was sent back to the original court with an aquittal order. He was convicted in a 2005 case where after being struck 3 times and retreating he defended himself
from being hit a 4th time. He stopped the aggression with 1 punch. The presiding judge at the original trial, Judge M. Ackley, said that the off-duty, out of state officer was not defending himself, that he should have kept retreating. The Appeals Court said that there was NO TESTIMONY to support Judge Ackleys findings that Mette could have retreated further without being hit again. The prosecutors haven't decided whether or not to appeal it to the Iowa Supreme Court. Off. Mette's family is hoping to have him home by the end of the month. Hopefully he can get home and get on with his life.
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Great news. This was a seriously screwed up case...Voting against incumbents until we get a Congress that does its job.
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10-01-08, 08:55 PM #3
Now the jerk-off prosecutors and the useless Judge Ackley should be made to compensate Mette for all damages and costs incurred in this case. The original ruling was devoid of any logic, and defied even the letter of Iowa statute.
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10-01-08, 09:19 PM #4
I'm glad this has finally happened. I would say Ofcr. Mette has some unfinished business though with the prosecution in that case..No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
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10-01-08, 09:45 PM #5
From what I understand and have read the judge and da have NO civil liability in this matter. If that is correct I think it's total BS. The retired Chief in northern Indiana was found guilty of violating a guys civil rights for kicking him after being kicked, so it would seem that Judge Ackley violated Mette's civil rights by ILLEGALLY placing him in prison for a year. I know that's not gonna happen, but hey it wouldn't be the 1st time that I've been called opinionated.
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