Archive for Monday, March 23, 2009

Convicted murderer Martin Miller claims ineffective assistance of counsel

A Lawrence man convicted of murdering his wife in 2004 is back in a Douglas County courtroom.

March 23, 2009


A Lawrence man convicted of murdering his wife in 2004 was back in a Douglas County courtroom Monday.

Martin Miller, 50, is claiming his constitutional rights were violated during the first degree murder trial in June 2005.

He is currently serving 25 years to life in prison for strangling his wife, Mary, inside their central Lawrence home.

Miller is arguing that he received “ineffective assistance” from his attorney, Mark Manna, during the trial.

Manna spent Monday afternoon on the witness stand, testifying about how he determined which potential jurors to strike.

Miller is expected to take the stand today when the hearing continues.

District Attorney Charles Branson said he doesn’t believe there were any trial errors that would affect Miller’s constitutional rights and that the conviction should stand.

The Kansas Supreme Court upheld Miller’s conviction in 2007.


Steve Jacob 8 years, 12 months ago

Don't do the crime and you don't have to do the time. And if his only case of ineffective counsel is the jury pool I have to laugh. What did he want, an all male jury? That's fair?

Terry Jacobsen 8 years, 12 months ago

How sad that he can abuse our legal system and tie up our judiciary just because he wants to.

Christine Anderson 8 years, 12 months ago

Da@# you, Marty!!! You are a sick, perverted, murderous piece of scum, and you are exactly where you deserve to be! You took the life of your children's mother, for G-d's sake, and you do not have any soul, or you would be begging forgiveness instead of continuing to deny your guilt. I sincerely hope you burn in Hell.

Chris Ogle 8 years, 12 months ago

hey misplace- you are not pissed off are you?

Guess what..... me too!!

viewfromahill 8 years, 12 months ago

"Miller is arguing that he received “ineffective assistance” from his attorney, Mark Manna, during the trial."

Manna from heaven Miller the killer seeking Divine assistance

(curse thee, Ronda Miller! ... hmm....)

Christine Anderson 8 years, 12 months ago

Marion: Yes, he has the right to appeal. But you must understand that Marty's murdering his wife destroyed his children's lives, split a church, and horribly wounded those of us who were friends of Mary. I was not as close a friend as many other women were; I had barely begun to get to know her, and the next thing I know, we are getting calls that Mary is dead. Our so-called spiritual leader at that time ordered us all not to talk about it. Not only do not talk to reporters, but don't even talk among yourselves. In other words, bury it. Bury the shock, rage, and pain of one of your fellow worship team members being murdered by someone who had promised to love her. Ignore it all. As for jailhouse wife Laura, I have no idea why any woman would knowingly marry a man convicted of murder. She's clearly an idiot. What does he have to offer her? Not money. He can't offer her sex, as he does not get conjugal visits. I think you have to have no brain whatsoever to marry this piece of cow manure. Laura even knew Mary when she was attending the same church. So yeah, my blood boils every time Marty comes up in another article, and the wound just opens again. I only wish he had been given the death penalty. Would have brought popcorn to the execution. So yes, I am pissed!!!, and it's a safe bet I'm not the only one.

overthemoon 8 years, 12 months ago know, I was just thinking about him yesterday. Weird. Must have a pretty damned strong aura or energy level or what ever. He is one strange character. We were neighbors for years and we figured out pretty quickly that he was residing on another planet.

I just hope those kids are doing well.

Christine Anderson 8 years, 12 months ago

Multi: Nope. Absolutely not. O.T.M. Thank you for your thoughts for the children. While their lives will never be the same, the best chance they have to move on is due to the people who legally adopted them. They are gold.

viewfromahill 8 years, 12 months ago

Marion, no need to fear the taking of our rights; we're givin' 'em away.

jonas_opines 8 years, 12 months ago

Let us not place blame Onto others for our own Personal choices

doubly applicable

viewfromahill 8 years, 12 months ago

"Marion writes: And what we don't give away, Barack Hussein Obama is taking from us."



DGL 8 years, 12 months ago

If he really did get ineffective counsel, why did it take Miller 5 years to figure that out? Oh, right, because it's the only card he has left to play.

georgeofwesternkansas 8 years, 12 months ago

Miller and Tiller are using the same defense...Its the lawyer's fault...

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 12 months ago

Spiritually speaking, Miller is not yet "broken". He thinks peace will be found in freedom from the bars of his cell. The only freedom he can hope for is the freedom that comes from confessing the truth, taking responsibility for his sins against his wife, his children and his God, and turning back to God for grace. The rest of this "defense" is simply more self-worship (which, by the way, is what C.S. Lewis said pornography does to a man: it teaches him to worship himself).

lawthing 8 years, 12 months ago

Yep he had the right to: kill his wife ruin his childrens lives ruin his own life cheat on his wife be adicted to porn

Now he has the right to: demand a new trial! Apeal Apeal Apeal!

Isn't American Justice great!

IamRight 8 years, 12 months ago

Marion is exactly correct and there is a direct correlation.

What is done to the least can be done to all.

The right to appeal is a right we all have, regardless of what others think. To deny him is to deny us all.

Regarding Obama...To tell an insurance company what it can pay its employees, means he can tell your company. if he can tax AIG bonuses at 90%, he can tax your bonus at 90%. You may trust Obama and the democrat controlled congress. But, if you allow this...possibly the next president will decide that your money is now something he/she can then demand. You have to think it out...and not just sign on because you like the guy.

That is the deal with rights...what you seek to take from others can also be taken from you. That's why, sure some may abuse the system...but best to have that, than for us all to lose what is guaranteed to us.

sarahsmilehawk 8 years, 12 months ago

There's little room for doubt in my mind that he is 100% guilty. I'm disappointed to see that he's dragging all this up again. His children seem well adjusted, all things considered, and I bet this resurfacing is painful.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 12 months ago

Yeah, that's what I was noticing: his selfishness says "I only care for me". His kids are being impacted by these anticts in the same way that they were by his crime against them. He's nuts.

Jonathan Becker 8 years, 12 months ago

If his claim of ineffective assistance of counsel is based upon the trial strategy of his attorney in jury strikes, then his claim is a nonstarter.

I hope Mr. Miller enjoyed his visit to our community. Ya'll come back, ya'heah . . . . . . . . . in about 300 years.

jonas_opines 8 years, 12 months ago

"Isn't American Justice great!"

Better than most. Or do you have an example of a system that is perfectly impervious to abuse?

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