regardless of the many things happening in our country, county and
Our editor, Maramis Choufani, is celebrating her birthday next week,
and her children are all coming from out of state to celebrate the
happy occasion with her.
Happy Birthday, Maramis!
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innocence of Ryan Ferguson are these days reviewing once again the
transcript of his original trial and praying that the Good Lord would
give the necessary wisdom to the judges of the Missouri Court of
Appeals, Western District, to recognize the prosecutorial misconduct
of prosecutor Kevin Crane (now a judge), the corruption of Missouri
police officers and the miscarriage of justice against this young man.
All these judges are members of different churches — Baptist,
Presbyterian and others — people of faith and also parents of boys and
girls. The majority of them are parents of boys and I believe if they
checked all the situations surrounding them, they would understand
that no one, regardless of their status, is immune to the evil conduct
of a corrupt prosecutor.
I recently received an email regarding an article I wrote about Ryan
Ferguson, which in part reads: “I read your ‘Innocent Man’ piece and
was once again reminded that when police, judges, and prosecutors are
not held accountable, then the kind of behavior we have seen in this
case will be repeated time and again. Because of ‘immunity,’ American
‘justice’ is a cesspool, with no insult intended toward cesspools.”
It is sad, very sad, but true. Because of prosecutors like Kevin Crane
(and we have a handful of them in Las Vegas) our courts became filthy,
disgusting and morally corrupt places.
Long before award-winning civil rights trial attorney Kathleen
Zellner, who has obtained the release of several wrongfully convicted
individuals, identified a person of interest in Ryan’s case, I already
had one person in mind — Michael Boyd.
I wonder what type of connection Michael Boyd had with the police
officers investigating the case since they never inspected any of his
vehicles. Especially when he contradicted himself so many times about
the car he was driving that night.
Boyd told police he was driving a red Plymouth. Then he changed his
story and said it was a blue Oldsmobile.
Either way, any police officer or detective who considers himself
upright enough to carry the badge that they so proudly display at all
times should have impounded both cars and gone over every detail of
the vehicles from every angle. That’s what they did to Ryan Ferguson’s
car, isn’t it?
With the court testimony of a sports writer at the Columbia Tribune,
Robert Thompson, they did not need to ask many questions. The man
identified in one of the State evidence exhibits the car Michael Boyd
drove that fateful night. He even identified the Southeast Missouri
sticker on the car. So, they did not need to ask many questions if the
car was red or blue.
Thompson even testified under oath that Michael Boyd walked out the
door with the victim.
It amazes me that they so emphatically wanted to destroy the life of a
young man and never investigated the one who could very easily be the
murderer. Is it possible that Michael Boyd was a confidential
informant that police officers did not want to disturb?
Is it not suspicious to the family of the victim that Michael Boyd
moved away so soon after the murder?
I have faith that the Appeal judges will be honest enough to realize
that Ryan Ferguson is innocent and that they are keeping a young man
incarcerated for a crime he did not commit.
I also believe that when Ryan comes out of prison a free man, we are
going to hear much more about this case. This is not over yet.
Sooner rather than later the authorities in Missouri are going to have
to admit the horrible mistake they have made, when they get hold of
the real killer.
Police officers remind us all the time that there is no such thing as
a perfect crime. The real criminal behind the death of the Columbia
Tribune sports editor, Kent Heitholt, will make a mistake and be
Ten years is way too long to keep an innocent man in prison. Ten days
is too long.
I also pray that the Missouri Department of Corrections has made every
possible effort to give Chuck Erickson the necessary treatment for his
drug addiction so the day he finally gets out of prison, he comes out
completely clean without phantom dreams to set up and entrap another
innocent friend — even though I believe he will have a terrible time
making friends on the outside, since very few people will trust him
If Chuck Erickson ever repeats the famous words of Dr. Martin Luther
King, “I had a dream…,” people will be running away from him in a
cross nation marathon because of his very sadly twisted version of one
of his own dreams.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She
writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky,
email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.