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Friday, June 19, 2009

curtis mertensmeyer is a convicted killer

I needed to blog this because if I can contribute one tiny bit to the online record of this case, I want to continue to do so.
I watched Mrs. Riemann, a 6th grade teacher of mine, talk about the death of her son here in a great story from WDAF.
I remember her three blond boys -- Daniel being not much more than a toddler at the time -- popping in and out of her classroom. Many years later, Curtis Mertensmeyer would take that boy's life. The gravity of that fact is not anywhere on Mertensmeyer's face -- not in the courtroom footage, not in the (s)mug shot -- and I've looked for it. If you have any doubts whether he got 120 days due in at least some part to the fact that his parents are clearly well-off and connected, go to that link above and pay close attention to the footage of the car. Yes, that is the car Mertensmeyer drove away from the scene, to a garage to hide until his passengers, NOT HIM, went to the authorities. Sure, on some level there is a measure of bad luck involved here -- but the overwhelming fact is that this kid is a menace and a probable sociopath. But punishment for things like leaving the scene of the crime and vehicular manslaughter don't amount to much more than a hefty legal bill when you've got an address in Whitesmugsville, Kansas. Do you think a minority whose family lives off Prospect and who killed a white kid walking on Ward Parkway -- drunk or not -- would've gotten anything less than life? Look at that car again. You can see the imprint of a human torso in the hood. The windshield is completely shattered. In fact, I'm astounded that he was able to drive that car away from the scene of the crime and in an impaired state no less. Well, I suppose crashing into a human body, throwing it over 150 feet while severing its leg probably would sober you up pretty quickly, right?
Please, please, please. People who have the power to do so -- DO NOT RE-ELECT Judge John Torrence to the Jackson County Circuit court bench or anywhere for that matter. This is a reckless disregard for law and human life that goes down the chain from Mertensmeyer, through his passengers in the car, to Mertensmeyer's mother's attempts to hide his crime, to his defense attorney -- this stellar piece of humanity right here -- and the buck stops at the desk of Judge Torrence.
The confluence of morally bankrupt assholes at work here is beyond pathetic. I sincerely hope that decent business people in this town take special note of the firms and parties involved. And lastly, I hope the universe finds a way to right itself and that the Riemann family is able to find peace in that.


**I know this post was totally disjointed and not very well realized but fuck I get ADD when I'm this appalled by humanity.

13 Comments:

At 10:32 PM, June 20, 2009 , Blogger B. said...

Well said.

 
At 6:48 AM, June 21, 2009 , Blogger Midtown Miscreant said...

I couldnt agree more.

 
At 10:27 AM, June 22, 2009 , Blogger Natasha said...

goddammitit

 
At 12:02 PM, June 22, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

uuuuumm,lets see...if yo want to make this racial?! i guess you choose not to take issue with two young minority thugs who decided (just for fun) to blow aguy off his bicycle with a 12 guage shot gun!!!"because they were bored".....and guess what??...they both get 15 years...but i guess thats ok with you ..or did you even know about lt?.stop making everything about race!! you stupid BITCH!!

 
At 12:12 PM, June 22, 2009 , Blogger shan said...

This is sick. This guy should not be let free so soon. I pray for the mother of the killed man, and the parents of the criminal.

But I implore you; don't make this a race issue. Fact is this is white-on-white crime. A minority wasn't involved whatsoever. And don't blame the public defender. Yeah yeah all lawyers and anyone who makes over $24k a year are evil and are destroying the world. But you've utterly diminished your message by going to these old standby arguments.

This is about the justice SYSTEM. This is about liberal judges who don't have the moral fortitude to make a man pay for the crime he committed, so you're spot on asking Jackson County residents to not re-elect him.

 
At 12:55 PM, June 22, 2009 , Blogger rubigimlet said...

i heart pussy anony commenters. grow some fucking balls.

 
At 12:56 PM, June 22, 2009 , Blogger rubigimlet said...

and shan -- how is this judge a liberal? (your fox news is showing)

 
At 1:00 PM, June 22, 2009 , Blogger shan said...

Light sentence = liberal judge. I can't substantiate it with this case, but it's a logical deduction given the overwhelming liberal support of moral relativism.

 
At 1:51 PM, June 22, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate stupid Bitches who wish they had balls!!...BIAAAAATCH!!

 
At 4:13 PM, July 01, 2009 , Anonymous ab said...

some of you are missing the point. the blog wasn't posted so you could criticize her but for her to speak out. she may have not voiced her opinion in the best way but she's human and very upset. give her a break. she is human like all of us. point is this is a terrible tragedy that didn't come with a strong enough sentence

 
At 5:09 PM, July 02, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

didn't the kid abandon his car in loose park? not a garage.

 
At 7:00 PM, August 14, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironically, on another Mother's day eve, in 2004, I think, Ty L Simmons was in a car that went airborne in front of my house and slammed into my car parked on the street. The car flipped upside down and Ty's "best friend" was thrown partly through the sunroof and his head was crushed.

The alleged driver of the car, Ty, had deep pockets as well. He was driving "allegedly" a brand new Mercedes and when I inquired of his insurance company for the repair of my crushed car, I was informed he had no insurance. The rich apparently stay rich by saving on insurance premiums - self-insuring.

I did get cash for my car from an expensive lawyer. Yet another lawyer delayed that case for two years until in July 2006, the case finally came to trial. He pled guilty and was given a sentenc of some sort, it really didn't matter, becasue Judge Torrence and Prsecutor Brady Twinter of the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office saw to it that the alleged drunk driver Ty, would see only 120 days shock time. This was Ty's second DUI. (He refused to blow on this one). To add insult to injury, he put personal liability protection ahead of personal loyalty when it came time to answer to his "best friend's" family - especially the mother whom the deceased had come to visit for Mother's Day. Ty refused to talk with her on advice from his attorney - lest he let something slip that might implicate him.

I hope Kelly Riemann hears about this case. She seems to be active in holding the judge and prosecutor accountable - here is some more ammunition.

 
At 7:57 AM, January 24, 2011 , Anonymous Peter said...

Maybe you can't relate to that, but we are entitled to get our positions out there if we so choose.

 

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