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  • viking416 Mar 1, 6:51 p.m.

    ""I think this one needs a second look. I'm not convinced he's guilty." --- itsmyownopinion Unless you were on the jury and heard all of the evidence, you don't need to be convinced. Only the jury does."

    What a ridiculous statement. We all need to be concerned about this. A woman gets murdered and then a neighbor points to the husband. Cops go all in on the husband...destroy evidence..possibly tamper with evidence...judge does not allow key defense evidence in. We all need to be very concerned about this...it could happen to anyone

  • Six String Mar 1, 4:31 p.m.

    "I think this one needs a second look. I'm not convinced he's guilty." --- itsmyownopinion
    Unless you were on the jury and heard all of the evidence, you don't need to be convinced. Only the jury does.

  • anastasia Mar 1, 2:01 p.m.

    He deserves a new trial. They did not even prove he was in town. At least if they found him guilty they have to prove he was in town. Total miscarriage of "lack" of justice. Certainly he probably had motive but you cant convict people because they have a motive. If that were true thousands of people would be in jail.
    superman

    Superman, you aren't even speaking to this case! Of course Brad Cooper was 'in town', he was home with his daughters, seen on video tape from the local grocery store, and spoken to on the phone numerous times, the *house* phone. He was proven guilty.

  • bluered5858 Mar 1, 1:54 p.m.

    bradcooper deserves a new trial at the least,investigation was full of errors,cant believe how bad brads lawyer was,and how bad the judge was.I dont know if he is guilty or not but this trial didnot prove anything beyond a reasonable doubt

    steve

  • itsmyownopinion Mar 1, 1:40 p.m.

    Great proof: Unless Nancy ate an onion before her "run" she was killed during the night.

    emc2

    What?

  • emc2 Mar 1, 1:18 p.m.

    Bravo to the State of NC! As proven at trial, this man needs to be kept in jail. Read the state's brief (the link is in the second paragraph) for a MASS of evidence against him. Even if the police weren't perfect here or there, the guy still murdered his wife. Great proof: Unless Nancy ate an onion before her "run" she was killed during the night.

  • itsmyownopinion Mar 1, 12:52 p.m.

    I think this one needs a second look. I'm not convinced he's guilty.

  • lazyrebel Mar 1, 12:07 p.m.

    I am a conservative, but this trial shows that the government has too much power. I think he was innocent.

  • jbyrd Mar 1, 11:45 a.m.

    One of the worst most unfair trials I have ever followed or read about. I don't know if Mr. Cooper is guilty but I am positive that the Judge, prosecutor, and LEO's are guilty as sin.

  • Bartmeister Mar 1, 11:37 a.m.

    They did not even prove he was in town.
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    Are you talking about Cooper or Jason Young?

  • ylmclean73 Mar 1, 11:19 a.m.

    He got a classic case of police manufacturing evidence.there was one instance where the lead detective stated it was 90 degrees he had on a long sleeve shirt buttoned to the top during a interview at him home.The local news just happen to be at his house and took a picture as the detective was questioning him.He had on a short sleeve polo with all 3 buttons undone and both collars wide open. SMH an obvious attempt to make jury think he was hiding scratches.They pulled the photo of that day then the detective says I must have made a mistake. Lead detective constantly changed his initial report but not documenting it was an addition and dating it. He's been there're 17 years and said he wasn't aware he was suppose to or he forgot.He was trying to make it seem like he wrote it all at the same time and not over several months.

  • Lightfoot3 Mar 1, 11:14 a.m.

    "the state Attorney General's Office said the trial court did not abuse its discretion when it came to three rulings regarding testimony about a laptop computer" - article


    WRONG! Jay Ward was an expert in his field and should have been allowed to testify. The state's lack of preparedness would have no bearing on the content of Giovanni Masucci's testimony. Lastly, how can the defense show the accuracy or lack thereof of the FBI's standards if those standards are hidden? I also did the same google map search the state claimed Cooper did and it didn't match their claims. Plus I've google my own house and surrounding areas all the time. If my wife goes missing does that mean I'm a criminal? Whether the dude is guilty or not, the way the state and judge behaved was wrong and gives a black eye to the justice system.

  • superman Mar 1, 10:49 a.m.

    He deserves a new trial. They did not even prove he was in town. At least if they found him guilty they have to prove he was in town. Total miscarriage of "lack" of justice. Certainly he probably had motive but you cant convict people because they have a motive. If that were true thousands of people would be in jail.

  • abylelab -BT- Mar 1, 10:43 a.m.

    +++This murder investigation and trial should serve as a case study for how NOT to operate our legal system. I pity the people in North Carolina.
    HyeAghcheg+++

    + infinite points

  • momeeee Mar 1, 10:31 a.m.

    Brad Cooper definitely deserves an new trial! Could not believe all the "mistakes" Cary PD made with Brad's computer & Nancy's cell!

  • are you kidding me Mar 1, 10:25 a.m.

    this man needs new trial, and a judge who is qualified to sit on the bench

  • HyeAghcheg Mar 1, 9:04 a.m.

    Brad Cooper deserves a new trial, conducted fairly by competent, objective attorneys. He needs to be tried on facts and hard core evidence, not theatrics and drama provided by a corrupt DA's office and endless list of gossiping witnesses. The fact that this man was convicted based on bogus findings is a travesty...this should not be happening in this country at all, let alone in this day and age. The Cary Police Dept's performance was a disgrace. Their actions ranged from destroying hard core evidence to failing to search for the real suspect(s) based on false testimony of a neighbor. The spouse is not always the guilty party and law enforcement should conduct thorough investigations to uncover unlikely culprits. This murder investigation and trial should serve as a case study for how NOT to operate our legal system. I pity the people in North Carolina.

  • Blues Man Z Mar 1, 8:40 a.m.

    I think there was a lot of prejudice in this case. I know Brad Cooper came across as an unlikable guy and Nancy was portrayed as a Saint in the media. Maybe he is guilty, but based on what I saw presented by the prosecution (I saw the whole trial), there is no way I could have gone with a guilty verdict.

  • Uhavenoclu Mar 1, 8:39 a.m.

    So just gores to show,it's always the ones you least expect.So Watch your good looking money making spouses or boyfriends ,they will be the ones harming you,instead of the ones you want nothing to do with for you fear them or they are not that good looking,for they are the ones who know what it's like to show love and to care for you.

  • canucmypointofview Mar 1, 8:26 a.m.

    Sounds like the Good Ol' Boys Club is alive and well in Wake County..God help it's citizens.

  • Bartmeister Mar 1, 8:26 a.m.

    I guess I better go get a computer hard drive cleaner program today. I was on Google Maps two days ago looking at the surrounding area around our house seeing where different roads would connect. If the wifey just happens to show up missing and later dead, I could be guilty of............................................well looking to see where the dead end road close to my house connects to on the other side. Whatta sham this is. Is he guilty? Probably. Did they have ANY solid concrete evidence that proved beyond a reasonable doubt? Nooooo. The fact that jurors were subjected to months of a negative environment of this couples dirty laundry in itself tainted the evidence I just described.

  • Obamacare rises Feb 28, 7:57 p.m.

    Free Brad Cooper!! He's as innocent as OJ Simpson.

  • lynne0312 Feb 28, 7:54 p.m.

    Please read the facts about this case here. There are many details that reveal how the State's case doesn't hold up at all. Brad Cooper deserves a new, fair trial for the sake of all Wake county citizens.
    http://justiceforbradcooper.wordpress.com/

  • JAFOinWF Feb 28, 7:52 p.m.

    WRAL does not discuss that the cop who led the investigation was also not qualified to do forensic analysis on the laptop and also destroyed evidence by purposefully entering the wrong PIN into her blackberry even when it says not to! Cary PD did a hack job at best and the state did not prove guilty.

  • jdupree Feb 28, 7:39 p.m.

    He's not a very likable guy but there sure did not seem to be enough evidence to convict him, I think folks let their emotions get swayed by a smoothe talking lawyer, would not be the first time!

  • UreapwhatUsow Feb 28, 7:32 p.m.

    Brad Cooper is exactly where he should be.

  • whateveryousay Feb 28, 7:31 p.m.

    Brad Cooper is an innocent man. He should have and deserves another trial. With ALL evidence presented.

  • ConservativeVoter Feb 28, 7:19 p.m.

    Sadly, he's one of many innocent men and women in prison who were railroaded by a system more determined to get a conviction instead of doing the right thing and finding the real murderer.

  • JaredsMom Feb 28, 6:58 p.m.

    The jury has spoken...GUILTY.

  • InTheNo Feb 28, 6:38 p.m.

    Judge Gessner's law enforcement bias was clearly on display in this trial. I don't know how he looks at himself in the mirror every day. Cooper deserves a new trial before an impartial judge and jury.

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    Correct. At the very least a new trial. And the Cary Police department deserves some serious, serious investigation by external entities. Clearly criminal behavior regarding evidence. Prosecutor to Brad's mother 'you've made us all look like a bunch of liars'. Wow. Unbelievable and Frightening.

  • boolittlek Feb 28, 6:34 p.m.

    "from all i read, i'm fairly sure nancy deserved what she got. but i still don't believe brad did it."

    Really classy. Remember what they say about karma...

  • Thought Criminal WS Feb 28, 6:30 p.m.

    "This is right up there with the "twinkie" defense. Some criminal mastermind killed his wife and then hacked his computer to frame him. Unbelievable."

    Would it be more beleivable if NC was having an affair (admitted) with the man across the street, who's wife reported her missing, who just happened to be a network specialist in range of the network to access it?

    Would it be more beleivable if the evidence was cross examined and the time stamps on the data examined to PROVE whether or not the files had been tampered with. It's REALLY odd how the computer, which Cary police TESTIFIED to it's handling having the battery removed was able to do a WINDOWS UPDATE while in evidence storage - without a battery or internet connection?

    That's why we have the 6th ammendment, the right to confront accuser (which includes evidence), which was blatantly denied to this man.

    Sorry, this was a con job by the prosecution and a full on RAIL ROAD of a trial.

    NO justice has been done here.

  • miseem Feb 28, 6:21 p.m.

    from all i read, i'm fairly sure nancy deserved what she got. but i still don't believe brad did it.
    monkeyboy.

    Great statement. She deserved to be strangled and dumped in a ditch. Of course Brad was an innocent angel, right?

  • RM24 Feb 28, 6:15 p.m.

    The state argued that Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner's ruling was justified because only non-expert witnesses are allowed to testify at the last minute.

    So one could not testify because he was not and expert and the other could not testify because he was an expert. Yep, that make sense to me!

  • King of Ignorance Feb 28, 6:13 p.m.

    "Defense attorneys wanted to call two witnesses, who ultimately were not permitted to testify, to support their claim that the computer had been hacked and that the information about the map search had been planted onto the machine."

    This is right up there with the "twinkie" defense. Some criminal mastermind killed his wife and then hacked his computer to frame him. Unbelievable.

  • anastasia Feb 28, 6:09 p.m.

    Jay Ward went to websleuths the night of his testimony, blabbing away about his testimony & supposed secrets. Does that sound like an expert witness in any sense of the word? Brad Cooper is where he belongs and hopefully will remain.

  • Inter Alios Feb 28, 5:58 p.m.

    Judge Gessner's law enforcement bias was clearly on display in this trial. I don't know how he looks at himself in the mirror every day. Cooper deserves a new trial before an impartial judge and jury.

  • seankelly15 Feb 28, 5:57 p.m.

    retiredcfcc2 - "The jury has spoken, get over it. The judge has spoken, get over it. GUILTY Unless you have a confession from someone,get over it."

    Really? So if there were errors in the conduct of the trial that affected the outcome we should just look the other way? I think that you would feel differently if you were the one in prison because of errors.

  • my2cents-justsaying Feb 28, 5:36 p.m.

    eb2cents...this is the appeal. Brad Coopers attorneys filed their appellant brief, and now in response the state files an appellee brief. then they would probably do oral arguments, and then the court would make an opinion.

    BUT-- the Court of Appeals would not "retry" the case, they don't hear any new evidence. They just decide if the reason for appeal has any merit, and whether the case should be sent back to the trial level to be retried.

  • Coastal Native Feb 28, 5:34 p.m.

    Some of you need to quit watching CSI

  • Milkman Feb 28, 5:19 p.m.

    Horrible miscarriage of justice if this man does not get another trial. The jury said in interviews after the case that the google maps search is what they kept coming back to when convicting him. If they had heard the testimony that WE (the people following the trial closely) got to hear, they would have come up with a different verdict.

  • OGE Feb 28, 5:02 p.m.

    Raleigh Rocks 1

    get over it...that ain't news

  • eb2cents Feb 28, 5:00 p.m.

    I totally agree with all of you!

  • retiredcfcc2 Feb 28, 4:59 p.m.

    The jury has spoken, get over it. The judge has spoken, get over it. GUILTY Unless you have a confession from someone,get over it.

  • Alexia Feb 28, 4:43 p.m.

    I would definitely argue the state and court were not fair. They refused to allow important testimony from expert witnesses for the defense. They exaggerated the facts. They made several false statements to the jury. They had no evidence to support the claim he faked a phone call. Even the prosecution once said the defense was making them look like liars when they were caught... Looking like liars.

    The man deserves a fair trial.

  • JAT Feb 28, 4:42 p.m.

    there was no "overwhelming circumstantial evidence" that he did anything except what he claimed he did. they should have granted a retrial - better to err on the side of not putting an innocent person in jail.

  • pappybigtuna1 Feb 28, 4:42 p.m.

    This is one case that should be retried. There was a local reporter that was pointing out Brads guilt each night on TV

  • eb2cents Feb 28, 4:37 p.m.

    Did I read it correctly - there's still a chance for an appeal, correct??

  • hp277 Feb 28, 4:33 p.m.

    Brad Cooper is innocent. His trial was a sham. He was railroaded by hs wife's vengeful relatives and friends and was not allowed to properly defend himself against the computer 'evidence'. Remember, the 'evidence' was his browser history, which anyone with any sense knows how to clear from their PC or laptop.

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