Post-Sentencing Statement

At this time we are restrained in what we can say, for the sake of our appeals efforts.

Make no mistake about it, this is a case of wrongful conviction. Clearly, many people want justice for the victims of this crime, as do we, but that vengeance should be directed at the correct people. 

Robert Pape and Cristin Smith are not those people.

This trial has been an eye-opening experience for us. At first, we were content to believe that justice would be served and the truth would be fairly sought out. We always knew that the evidence was paper-thin and the sheriff’s investigation was poorly run. We felt sure that the jury would be presented with the paucity of facts and would rule that this in no way achieved the status of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’.

We were wrong. 

Day by day, we gradually came to the realization that the goal was never about true justice. 

As we research this further in the aftermath of the trial, we find that this is not an isolated incident.  Wrongful convictions occur with alarming regularity. The rise of ‘innocence projects’ all across the country, and their resultant exonerations attest to this. 

As it turns out, the resistance to claims of innocence are also alarming. Clear evidence of innocence is apparently met with vicious attacks and legal maneuvering. The stories are mind-bending.

If you would like to find out more about what drives a prosecutor to do this, the book ‘Blind Injustice’ by Mark Godsey is a good place to start. The case study in chapter 2 will open your eyes in a way that you will never get over.  Decades of precious life lost to incarceration, and recalcitrant and unrepentant prosecution in the face of obviously exculpatory facts.

The book ‘Prosecution Complex’ by Daniel S. Medwed is another good one. It studies the motives that drive prosecutors to act as they do. 

For our part, we are at the beginning of a long fight.  Over time, we will discuss the nuances of this case in detail, counsel permitting. If you get to read the real details of this case, we are convinced that you, too, will understand that a second tragedy has been created were there was only one. This new tragedy was created by our so called ‘justice’ system that is operating well outside of its intended design.

The incentives are all wrong. Success is determined by winning, not by finding the truth. Thousands of innocent people all over the country are suffering and dying because of it. 

We have a national crisis in our justice system. No one is immune from it. Not even you. We all believe that if we obey the law we will have nothing to fear. This case has demonstrated otherwise. 

These boys were playing paintball and video games. They were even attempting to go to church. That’s all. The police systematically eliminated their exculpatory evidence and refused to look at other suspects. They went from video game players to life in prison. It can happen to anyone.

Please check back from time to time. There should be lots of valuable information to learn here. Please open your eyes and hearts to the possibility that all is not as it seems. Those trusted with our protection are operating on a flawed human instinct, and the results are devastating to thousands of people nationwide.

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
     Because I was not a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
     Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
     Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller

Comments 8

  1. Thank you for your efforts. Your summary of what has happened in this tragedy is well-stated. I look forward to reading the updates.

  2. My heart is broken for these boys, their families, and the families of the 3 victims. Someone is out there roaming free. Someone who is allowing these boys to take the fall. They will get their day!!

  3. Could you identify yourself, please, I cannot find a byline anywhere. I have been sending this website out to many people, and surely someone is bound to want to vet the writer. Thank you.

    1. It is obviously Smith’s mother who is the author of this site. You say the evidence is”paper thin”, well there should be no evidence linking your son to this homicide thin or otherwise. The defendants lied on multiple occasions about key facts in this case. Yes the evidence was circumstantial but that doesn’t make it any less real, and there was a mountain of it. And playing video games whether they be of the violent sort or not,which I would venture they probably were ,does not make one an innocent angel,in fact it probably prone to be tged opposite. The Columbine killers played video games a lot and was one of the things that lead to their violent actions. And furthermore being a church goes does not mean one is upright or virtuous by any means. Many predators can be found under church rafters.

      1. The website is maintained as a joint effort of the families of Robert and Cristin. Thank you for sharing it. We are working on a way to get much more info up. The appeals process is well underway. We hope to post the court filings.

      2. Steven,

        Video game sales in the states, just this year, surpassed the billion dollar mark. And we are a nation of faith. If either of these activities led to murder, there would be none of us left. And this is also not evidence.

        There actually was no evidence tying either Robert or Cristin to this crime. You can now read the appellate briefs, and I think you will get what I mean by this.

        There is no indication of deception either, by either of them. And the mountains of evidence you refer to actually excludes Robert and Cristin from being present at the crime scene.

        -ALL the DNA retrieved from the crime scene excludes Robert and Cristin.
        -There was no match of any shoes owned by either man, to the prints photographed at the scene.
        -No ballistic match from the bullets used in the murders, to any gun owned by Robert and Cristin
        – The ping data supports their version of events that night.
        – And they had solid alibi for the entire night.

        The news coverage on this case was spotty at best.

    2. The website is maintained as a joint effort of the families of Robert and Cristin. Thank you for sharing it. We are working on way to get mych more info up. The appeals process is well underway. We hope to post the court filings.

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