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Amber Smith Found Deceased

Amber Lyn Smith who has been missing since January 28, 2006 has been regrettable found. We are sad to announce that the remains of Amber Smith have been found.

More information will follow later. Please keep Amber and her family in your prayers at this time.

February 16th, 2006 at 10:55pm Posted by | Found Deceased | one comment

Steven Avery, Don’t Spend your Settlement Money Yet. Teresa Halbach’s Family Files Wrongful Death Suit

Just one day after Steven Avery settled his wrongful imprisonment case for $400,000; the family of Teresa Halbach filed a wrongful death suit against Avery. Don’t spend the money too quickly Steven Avery. It appears that and much more may be leaving your wallet just as fast as you received it.

The family of a photographer allegedly murdered by a man who had served 18 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit filed a wrongful death suit against him Wednesday.

The civil suit was filed in Calumet County Circuit Court in Chilton a day after Steven Avery settled his lawsuit against Manitowoc County authorities who wrongfully convicted him for a 1985 rape.

Avery, 43, was charged in November with first-degree intentional homicide and mutilating a corpse in the death of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach, of Hilbert.
(Duluth News Tribune)

Following the settlement Avery’s attorney for that case, Steven Glynn, said Tuesday that Avery would use the money to try to get released on bail and for his defense. Released on bail? Yea, good look Steven. Hopefully this new found money of yours will be heading off to the Halbach family soon.

Tim Halbach, an attorney and older brother of Teresa Halbach, filed the wrongful death suit, which did not specify a dollar amount in it, he said.

The suit is “our remedy,” he said.

I think the majority of people believe a wrongful death suit trumps a wrongful imprisonment any day.

February 16th, 2006 at 01:59am Posted by | Steven Avery, Teresa Marie Halbach | no comments

$400,000 Settlement reached in Avery Wrongful Imprisonment lawsuit

In the category of what the hell are you thinking comes the Steven Avery settlement in his wrongful rape conviction. The initial 36 million dollar lawsuit brought on by Steven Avery against Manitowoc County has been settled for $400,000.00. Steven Avery spent 18 years in prison on a wrongful conviction on a 1985 rape.

Steven Avery and Manitowoc County have settled Avery’s $36 million civil lawsuit against the county and former officials, and the suit has been dismissed.

Attorney Ray Pollen, who represents former Sheriff Thomas Kocourek, said Avery and his attorneys, Walter Kelly and co-counsel Steven Glynn, have agreed to “dismiss all claims against the county” in return for $400,000.

Even though Steven Avery spent 18 years in jail on a wrongful rape conviction, with the recent events of the death of Teresa Halbach one would be hard pressed to see any jury awarding this man a dime. Also adding to the list of alleged crimes is a complaint filed in August 2004 by a woman who claims she was assaulted by Avery. The charges have yet to be investigated by the DA.

The suit said the county, Kocourek and former District Attorney Denis Vogel were negligent in the investigation and prosecution of Avery on a 1985 sexual assault charge.

Avery was convicted and spent 18 years in prison before he was freed in 2003 after DNA evidence exonerated him.

The agreement was reached Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee, records show. Minutes from a conference said “the parties have settled,” but no other details were listed.

An order to dismiss was drafted to be signed by Adelman.
(Green Bay Press Gazette)

Avery is now jailed in Calumet County awaiting trial on charges related to the October 31 disappearance and death of Teresa Halbach.

Avery Settled Federal Lawsuit

His attorney for the civil case, Stephen Glynn says, Avery needs bail money in the homicide case and wants to hire a private attorney. He is currently represented by two public defenders. Pollen says the county’s insurers agreed to the settlement to ‘buy finality.’ (WXOW)

False rape case pays for murder defense

Pollen said the county’s insurers agreed to the settlement to “buy finality.”

Avery, who was convicted largely on the victim’s testimony, became a symbol of flawed criminal justice upon his release.

Gov. Jim Doyle signed a bill in December in response to Avery’s rape case. The bill made several changes to the criminal justice system, including allowing courts to order post-conviction DNA testing; requiring written policies on the use of eyewitnesses; and setting guidelines for preserving DNA evidence.

February 16th, 2006 at 12:59am Posted by | Steven Avery, Teresa Marie Halbach | one comment