*Dana Chandler’s convictions overturned by Supreme Court; prosecutor disbarred. *Second trial: Fake eyewitness; hung jury *DA Kagay: Wants third bite of rotten apple.
(Most of article lifted without permission from Eileen Umbehr‘s Facebook posting.)
From State of Kansas v. Eldon Sherman:
The United States Supreme Court, long ago, began expressing a special concern about the particularly unique responsibility held by those with prosecuting power.
he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones. It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one.
“It is fair to say that the average jury, in a greater or less degree, has confidence that these obligations, which so plainly rest upon the prosecuting attorney, will be faithfully observed. Consequently, improper suggestions, insinuations and, especially, assertions of personal knowledge are apt to carry much weight against the accused when they should properly carry none.” Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 78, 88-89, 55 S. Ct. 629, 79 L. Ed. 1314 (1935).
Jacqie Spradling, the prosecutor from the first trial in 2012, lied so much about Dana Chandler that she was disbarred for it.
“The evidence in this case demonstrates a serious pattern of grossly unethical misconduct,” the Supreme Court majority said in the decision. “After carefully considering the findings, conclusions, recommendations and the American Bar Association standards for imposing lawyer sanctions, we find that respondent’s intolerable acts of deception warrant the severe sanction of disbarment.”
Kansas Supreme Court disbars former Shawnee County prosecutor for unethical conduct – Kansas Reflector
This case went cold for nine years under Robert Hecht as DA. Then Chad Taylor came along to grant the wishes of the family by prosecuting Dana Chandler – despite the lack of evidence. In order to gain a conviction, of course, they had to lie about Dan…
Defense attorney in Kansas cold case blasts ‘laughable’ last-second emergence of eyewitness – Kansas Reflector
“The decision by prosecutors to place Anderson on the stand, even though they knew her story lacked credibility, and their request for a new trial demonstrate their persistence in a 20-year quest to convict Dana Chandler.”
Prosecutors persist in Topeka double-murder case despite vexed jurors, flawed testimony, no science – Kansas Reflector
If you want to know how Dana Chandler was convicted of murder without: 1) any of her DNA or fingerprints found at the crime scene, 2) any of the victims’ DNA found in her vehicle or home, 3) any evidence connecting her to the murder weapon (9 mm Uzi-style carbine rifle), or 4) any eyewitness or surveillance video — AND she lived 540 miles away — I think this article explains it.https://www.cjonline.com/…/cops-family…/16438182007/
Cops, family lobbied to pursue Chandler
012 trial: Jacqie Spradling lied about Mike getting a PFA against Dana Chandler, www.bit.ly/PFAclaim, (www.bit.ly/didnotexist), later admitted there was no PFA (www.bit.ly/PFAadmission), lied about the moti…
Jacqie Spradling’s claim that Mike Sisco had been granted a PFA against Dana Chandler
This is a copy of a letter I (Eileen Umbehr) sent to law-enforcement officials across Kansas in 2009 when the investigation into the murders of Karen Harkness and Michael Sisco had been cold for seven years. Not a single person person or agency responded. (See www.personofinterest2.com)
“Instead, when confronted with overwhelming evidence that the person is innocent, they refuse to let go of the conviction, and they will fight for years through the appellate courts. They will publicly declare their belief that the person is guilty.” h…
When Prosecutors Are ‘Innocence Deniers’
On January 27, 2016, the Kansas Supreme Court justices questioned Jacqie Spradling about the misconduct which occurred during the trial of Dana Chandler, and three years ago the justices unanimously reversed Dana Chandler‘s double murder convictions. Their questioning of Jacqie Spradling begins at the 14-minute mark.
Why didn’t lead detective Richard Volle verify the alibi of Jeff Sutton on the night before the murders? Every member of the immediate family should have taken a polygraph (Jeff Sutton was not given a polygraph), and their whereabouts should have been checked by the police. Jeff Sutton was reportedly at a comedy club with his wife and six of their friends, including Wade and Michelle Lahr. So why wouldn’t Sgt. Volle have spoken to the friends to verify his alibi, especially when he knew that Sutton had a history of violence including two prior arrests, and was a weapons expert and FFL who had been sanctioned by the Kansas Supreme Court for a billing fraud? www.personofinterest2.com
“Clearly prosecutors do file charges against innocent defendants. The instances that receive media attention tend to be intentionally wrongful, those where the evidence of innocence is overwhelming but prosecutors storm ahead anyway, out of malice or b…
Opinion | Why do prosecutors go after innocent people?
Why was Dana Chandler EVER tried for double homicide when she lived in Denver and the lead detective Sgt. Rich Volle admitted under oath 11 years ago that they can’t even place her in the State of Kansas during the weekend of the murders? And why did DA Mike Kagay retry her last month, ending in a hung jury? And why is he now RE-trying her for a third time!?
During Dana Chandler’s 2012 double murder trial, former Topeka PD Sgt. Rich Volle falsely testified under oath that murder victim Michael Sisco had obtained a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA) against Dana Chandler. Dana Chandler was subsequently convicted of the double homicide of Michael Sisco and Karen Harkness. However, on April 6, 2018, the Kansas Supreme Court unanimously overturned Dana Chandler’s convictions based in part on prosecutorial misconduct regarding the false claim about the non-existent Protection from Abuse Order. Nonetheless, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office retried Dana Chandler, using Volle as a witness. The trial ended with a hung jury. Now DA Kagay has made the decision to retry Dana Chandler for a third time. www.bit.ly/VollePFA
Sgt. Rich Volle’s false testimony about Protection from Abuse Order in Dana Chandler case
I first met with lead detective Sgt. Richard Volle a few months after the murders of Karen Harkness and Michael Sisco in 2002. My purpose in meeting with him was to tell him what I knew about Karen’s son-in-law Jeff Sutton and how he had been arrested …
Excerpts – Sgt. Volle » Person of Interest 2
#1 – Eileen Umbehr’s observations about Jacqie Spradling’s disciplinary hearing, December 7-11, 2020
From the first trial: “Spradling fabricated a phone conversation between Chandler and Sisco, lied about Chandler violating a restraining order that never existed, claimed without evidence that Chandler drove from Topeka to Denver by way of Nebraska aft…
Shawnee County prosecutor says evidence used to secure murder conviction doesn’t exist – Kansas Reflector
“A sense of confidence in the courts is essential to maintain the fabric of ordered liberty for a free people and three things could destroy that confidence and do incalculable damage to society: that people come to believe that inefficiency and delay will drain even a just judgment of its value; that people who have long been exploited in the smaller transactions of daily life come to believe that courts cannot vindicate their legal rights from fraud and over-reaching; that people come to believe the law – in the larger sense – cannot fulfill its primary function to protect them and their families in their homes, at their work, and on the public streets.” ~ Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, Address to the American Bar Association in 1970