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Who can assist Turner in his quest for justice?


Date published: 1/7/2013

Bobby Turner's case ["'Honest citizen' has record cleared," Dec. 22] cries out for justice. Turner had never been in trouble with the law, was hardworking, and had a successful plumbing business.

In April 2009, Turner was falsely accused of a crime and charged with a felony, throwing rocks at a parcel delivery truck and causing damages of more than $1,000. The police failed to investigate his alibi and never questioned witnesses about his whereabouts at the time of the crime. The magistrate required a surety bond, holding Turner in a cell until it was paid.

Turner spent thousands of dollars on legal fees, but his lawyers let him down by never investigating his alibi, an alibi that has since been confirmed by witnesses. Further miscarriage of justice occurred when Gary Close's office tried to get Turner to plead guilty, not once but twice.

Megan Frederick and John Bennett helped to clear Turner's record and are to be commended; however, justice has not yet been done. Turner, according to the article, lost his health and his business as a result of his legal ordeal. Now, he is dying from kidney failure. Culpeper County owes Turner compensation for his legal fees, loss of his livelihood, and his health, not to mention his mental anguish. He should not have to sue to get compensation or have to wait until it is too late.

Where is the attorney who will step forward to assist Turner, pro bono? Better yet, the Culpeper County commonwealth's attorney should take the initiative and meet with Turner and his wife, preferably with a qualified mediator representing Turner, and agree on compensation to be paid by the county for upending Turner's life, not just for the past almost four years, but forever.

Zena Harvley-Felder

Stafford