Monday, February 16th, 2009
Here’s a letter to the editor of the Virginian-Pilot from Frederick’s attorney James Broccoletti in praise of Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney Earle Mobley. Mobley, you’ll remember, came forward to say that one of the jailhouse informants Special Prosecutor Paul Ebert called to testify against Frederick was so unreliable that other prosecutors in the area refused to use him. I can’t help but think his doing so really damaged the state’s credibility with the jury. It very well could have spared Frederick a life sentence.
Local TV station WTKR conducts an interview with Frederick, who sounds contrite, humble, and sorrowful. In a just world, Ebert and his team would lose their jobs for trying to portray this guy as some sort of cold-blooded, drug-crazed murderer.
The Tidewater Libertarian Party, courtesy of Don Tabor, will be requesting a citizens’ review of the investigation of Frederick and the raid on his home. I still think we need a federal investigation, one that grants immunity to informants Steven Wright and Renaldo Turnbull so they can speak without fear of retaliation.
Virginian-Pilot columnist Roger Chesley says Frederick’s jury got it right. I obviously don’t agree, but it certainly could have been worse. What’s most unfortunate is that Chesapeake PD has repeatedly stated that it has no plans to alter the way it investigates drug offenders or executes search warrants.