Friday, January 8, 2010

Daniel Talbot trial continues; Connect the dots to other police shootings: No bullet trajectory analyses when it really counts.

There is still something fishy in Denmark not only in this case but in several other New England police shootings. For the full post read here.

Flash forward to today's testimony in the Daniel Talbot murder trial at Suffolk Superior, we pick up the action with State Lieutenant Stephen Walsh, the Chief Collision Reconstruction Specialist who responded. Turns out there was a bullet hole (at this point of unknown origin to me) in the bumper of a Tahoe with chrome rims on it, and there was a bullet hole or bullet lodged in the tire, which was of course, flat. F-L-A-T. Flat.

He performed X distance/Y angle/Z elevation forensic testing using highly sophisticated equipment: "It's very similar to connect the dots.... it's good for two miles." He stated further, partially slitting the State's case neatly in the jugular, perhaps not even realizing it:
“I think I arrived after all of the evidence had been gathered last guy there. We’re often an afterthought and it was that way that day too.”

Attorney Krupp: Anyone show you bullet hole and tire flat together?
Lieutenant Walsh: I was not doing forensic work on this vehicle.
Q: Anyone draw your attention to the tire?
A: I don’t recall.
Q: Anyone asked to show the location of the bullet hole in the tire.
A: Not asked to perform a trajectory analysis.
Q: Were you asked to try?
A: No.
Q: Are there people in the state police who do trajectory analysis?
A: I don’t know.
Q: Were you even shown the rod that was put through the bumper to the tire?
A: I don’t recall being shown any such rod.

In point of fact, I am not aware that any trajectory analysis has been provided to counsel for Defendants.

Anywhoozer, Prpor to that there was testimony from Officer Talbot's fiancee Constance Bethell, and there was other testimony from a licensed paramedic who stated that others were applying pressure to the head wound above Officer Talbot's right eye. He was not conscious and never regained consciousness. He also testified that during the entire time he was there he never learned the whereabouts of Officer Talbot's gun.

As a former AAG and subsequent Civil Rights lawyer who has won trials and settled Federal litigation with the State I can tell you that's no way to run an investigation. No toxicology tests on the late-night revelers who were breaking the law? No ballistics taken? I can hear Attorney Krupp's Motion for Directed Verdict and/or closing statement now:
"Your Honor/Ladies and gentlemen of the Jury.... there is a concept in Law we lawyers like to call res ipsa loquitur.... all that fancy latin stuff means one thing, and that is that "the situation speaks for itself....." we have shown, through the State's own witnesses, that we cannot trust the integrity of this investigation..... and if we cannot trust the integrity of the investigation, how can you trust, with any degree of certainty --- the State's position on crucial matters that involve my client's liberty?

No one should be imprisoned on a case so thoroughly lacking in evidence, especially when all of the professionals were present, ostensibly in order to help maintain the integrity of process. The fact that such integrity was not maintained points to something more insidious, the possibility of a deliberate coverup. The lack of any toxicology reports certainly points to such a conclusion as well.... It is unfortunate and perhaps tragic that a life-long resident and Police Officer of Revere has lost his life, but the only thing more tragic than that, is sending Robert Iacoviello Jr. -- an innocent man -- off to prison for a crime he did not commit....."


  1. As previously noted, I have some concerns about Officer Talbot allegedly being able to draw his weapon after he was shot in the head.

    That's some Arnold-style work there, if that's the case because when Liko Kenney was shot in the head -- murdered IMO -- he didn't do anything but die, unfortunately.

  2. Read the comments to this post to see about a possible identity theft.

    This blog is set for PST, which means when I post this comment it will read 5:18 instead of 8:18 EST.

    So who then, is Reverist? It comes back to the Revere Journal but oddly enough the DA Association was in these comments at that exact same time i.e. 5:42 which is really 2:42, prompting me to state the following:

    Also, don't be writing in here from the DA's office pretending to be a private citizen, I know the DA's office was reading this comment section about the time the comment was posted. The military times come from outside of Blogger and are set to real time, i.e. 3 hours ahead of what Blogger says.

    As I said, I'm smarter than the average bear.

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  3. Love your Blog. I couldn't agree with you more on this one. Your Italian cousin

  4. A couple of points I would like to correct
    Constance Bethel - you spelled it wrong... that was petty but so are you next
    State Lieutenant Stephen Walsh, the Chief Collision Reconstruction Specialist who responded... stated that he did the mapping thats it.... it wasn't his job to collect bullet casing and stuff like that and as for the bullet in the bumper there was no need for the z elevation because noone was asking for that info that might be the defense's fault....
    testimony from a licensed paramedic stated that he didn't see the gun but that wasn't his concern his concern was taking care of DAN.... For some reason you have an issue with the cops... fine I get it.... you were abused by them as a kid or arrested... really who cares.... Maybe for you, collect some background information on all the players involved. Who educated and who's not? I can guess what you might say it's the system.... thats old be smarter then the system. Next question what everyone's criminal background involved..... hmmmm that's a good one! Lastly regardless on who you are cop or not, Should you be punished for being drunk by death? I could go on and on but I feel that this site has been a big waste of time with a lot of time spent on the window dressings of the case instead of the big question Did BOBBIE SHOOT AND KILL DANNY? Let stick to that!

  5. First of all you are speaking to a former LE Attorney so watch your mouth and your accusations. I speak at Criminal Justice classes.

    Second, the point is that no one asked him to perform trajectories and I'm not aware that anyone did.

    Last of all, the question is really did Bobbie shoot and kill Danny, and if so, under what circumstances.

    Take it easy, ok?

  6. Oh, the spelling of Officer Talbot's fiancee was published at another major press, so take your issues up with them as well.

    -The Editor.

  7. 6:25

    Thank you.

    What 7:54 fails to realize is that if we start to impugn people for their previous conduct, that puts the State's lead witness -- the bloke on the Ray Liotta/Henry Hill witness relocation program -- right on out of the program.

    People need to stop thinking on raw emotion and stick to the facts.


    -The Editor.

  8. Quick trial updates:

    From the comments over at the Boston Herald my response to an angry anonymous LE.

    "No excuse in defending criminals such as these gang members."

    .....Ummm..... in America, you are assumed innocent until proven guilty. That's why we have what they call... ummm.... what's that word again.... oh, yeah, TRIALS.

    Speaking of which, the Union President testified today that he even noticed the flat tire on Officer Soto's pickup, and that his report did not reflect any of the conversation he had with Officer Soto at the scene. It's kind of awkward having the Union President wear dual hats as lead Officer at the scene as well.

    Almost an impossible task if you think about it.

  9. A comment from my personal blog on this same post:

    "Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "KingCast watches Daniel Talbot trial continue and ...":

    So what we are thinking is the flat tire thing could be where the bullet that Bobby shot went. Which leaves the other officers that were there fired their guns and accidentally killed Talbot. Now they figure they will blame Bobby. This is why the girlfriend keeps saying she was under the bleachers and knows nothing. They are keeping her out of it. This trial should have really been on Nancy Grace Show or Geraldo Rivera."


    I responded by saying that the thought certainly has crossed my mind but that I look forward to seeing the ballistics evidence provided by the State.

  10. Can you please provide an update on how you feel the trial is going now that the cops who were there are testifying. I'm not finding much info on it and I'm trying to keep track of it from far away. Have a vested interest in how it goes and I have been faithfully keeping an eye on this blog and Twitter. Thanks for any new updates. Hopefully it continues to go well for Bobby.

  11. all i have to say is, what direction were talbots feet and in what direction was his head???

  12. Sorry I missed your comments, you might want to listen to Attorney Krupp's Closing Arguments.

    First Video on this post.

    -The Editor.