Nancy Cooper

Judge eases ban on interviews outside Cooper murder trial

Posted March 9, 2011

— A judge has relaxed a ban on interviews outside the Wake County Courthouse where he is presiding over the murder trial of a Cary man in the death of his wife.

Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner ruled Tuesday that interviews can be conducted on sidewalks around the Wake County courthouse except around doors where jurors may enter and leave.

Several media outlets fought the restrictions after an order last month that limited the media in and around the courthouse during the trial of Brad Cooper.

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Cooper faces a charge of first-degree murder in the July 2008 death of Nancy Cooper. He has pleaded not guilty and previously told authorities that his wife went for a jog and never returned.

Gessner also made several other rulings during a pre-trial hearing Tuesday, including one allowing the jury to hear what Nancy Cooper said to others at a party the night before she disappeared.

Jury selection began Feb. 28 and continued Wednesday, with prosecutors and defense attorneys trying to find at least one more alternate juror.

Opening statements could happen as early as Wednesday afternoon.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 9, 2011

    The Cary PD is questioning him saying a cell phone call occurred between him and Nancy eventhough he has a bill showing the call was made.

    Cary PD without proof is saying that since he was a Voice Over IP expert CISCO, he spoofed the call to make it appear like a call occurred.

    They are reaching on this item and several others.

    Without having access to the cell phone carrier's equipment, that's almost impossible unless you're watching Mission Impossible.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 9, 2011

    "But with respect, that' STILL 200 cases, spread out over a period spanning A DECADE AND A HALF, out of the TENS OF THOUSANDS of cases the SBI and DA reviewed in that time."

    That's at least 200 people who were incorrectly sent to prison because of a rogue SBI agent who did what it take to allow DA's to get their conviction, rightfully or wrongly.

  • dlk13ster Mar 9, 2011

    "A corrupt ADA with a corrupt SBI agent in the lab can manufacture evidence to produce whatever result they desire."-DontLike

    So you say.

    And yet, in both the instances you just cited:

    -the inconsistencies were discovered and exposed

    -an in-depth investigation launched

    -the alleged victims were acquitted (and in the case of Duke LAX, compensated for their experiences), and

    -the people who engaged in the alleged misconduct were stripped of their positions and unceremoniously kicked to the curb, pending criminal investigations for the same.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but all that certainly SOUNDS like the system worked EXACTLY the way it was supposed to, if something like that were to happen.

    Still I agree that 200 questionable cases is 200 cases too many, and the SBI probably deserves the scrutiny its getting.

    But with respect, that' STILL 200 cases, spread out over a period spanning A DECADE AND A HALF, out of the TENS OF THOUSANDS of cases the SBI and DA reviewed in that time.

  • carolinarox Mar 9, 2011

    For God's sake, have some PERSPECTIVE, at least, if not actual decency. Do you REALLY believe this outrage is because he put his wife on an allowance? Moreover, do you REALLY believe that he's being prosecuted SOLELY because he's the husband, and CPD is just that lazy? dlk13ster

    Nancy's $300/week "allowance" has really raised the hackles of many of the posters here on how GoLow can you go. Personally, I'm not sure why, it's not an exorbitant amount of money. Loved your "Westboro Baptist low" comment.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 9, 2011

    "Which is WHY (see my original point) ADAs are generally very reluctant to bring cases to trial unless they believe it to be a strong one. - dlk13str"

    Just like in the Durham Lacrosse Players case.

    A corrupt ADA with a corrupt SBI agent in the lab can manufacture evidence to produce whatever result they desire.

    Duane Deaver is a classic example of this.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 9, 2011

    "Trained so well they accidentally erased the Blackberry file? Or trained so well they knew to erase the Blackberry file? I'm sorry but I can't get past this occurrence. The instance they erased this info they should have notified the carrier. - RM24"

    Duane Deaver isn't the only trained investigator with questionabe integrity and values.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 9, 2011

    "Whatever you believe, this trial isn't just the "whim" of a wayward ADA. No one in the COURT is jumping to conclusions or ramming this through the system. This case, and the investigation thereof, was TWO YEARS in the making. It had to clear a grand jury, numerous motions to dismiss, and so on just to make it THIS far. - dlk13ster"

    At some point, police and DA's start looking for a way to close out a case.

    They take heat if a case stays open too long without being solved.

    Bring SBI agent's like Duane Deaver into the case and it's easy to get a conviction based on manufactured evidence.

  • anastasia Mar 9, 2011

    What is up with WRAL censors again? Hey? Why do we even need a moderator, WRAL? At least get a couple people who can keep up with the number of posts coming in or people will have to find a new place to 'chat'.

  • Lerxst Mar 9, 2011

    This case played out exactly the same way this one has:

    The first victim, Huff, was out jogging and was abducted, assaulted and left in the woods near her home by a stranger. Her husband was the focus of the investigation until DNA evidence did not match. Had there been no DNA evidence, he likely would have been convicted of a murder he did not commit.

    Just sayin...

    BTW, I agree he most likely did it, but there is the possibility that he didn't. Yet so many people will not even consider that possibility.

  • gem825 Mar 9, 2011

    I've read the affidavits...all of them. I've looked at every second of Brad's deposition. I've read, seen, heard more than I wanted to. There is more to this case than ANY of us is privy to. The DA's office would not be attempting prosecution otherwise. He'll have his time in court...he'll have a fair trial. Nancy's voice is mute.
    We seem to forget 2 main points of this case...Nancy was murdered and left in the elements for days like garbage....her little girls are forever without their Mommy. Yes, they spent money, yes they lived in Cary amongst "soccer moms", yes they had nice things, but so what?? A woman is dead...her husband on trial for her murder. How very, very sad.
    I'm glad Nancy's daughters are far away and in her sister's care with continual influence from their grandparents.
    My attempt was not to trash Bradley Cooper, but rather draw attention to the fact he is not without flaws himself. Neither of them were "saints"....are any of us?