marray (Marsha Goff)


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Letter to the editor: Fighting chance

Please see my response to Kendall Simmons below as it answers your question as well.

March 8, 2018 at 6:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Fighting chance

Since you addressed me directly, I'll answer directly. You may read School Resource Officer Scot Peterson's reasons for acting as he did on the Internet if you choose. No one knows how he/she will react under pressure the first time they encounter it. A Korean war veteran told me he was armed with a tommy gun when he encountered an enemy soldier holding an old rifle that had a bayonet. He was so spooked by the bayonet, he turned to run and was shot in the posterior. Quite obviously, most soldiers do not react that way, nor did he in subsequent combat. My point is, people should have the choice to attempt to defend themselves and others. I allow you to have your opinion; you must allow me to have mine. I learned that at a very early age from my Ranger, lawyer, legislator father.

March 8, 2018 at 6:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Release booking photographs

I rarely comment, but, as the daughter of a lawyer, I have a problem with releasing the photo of someone who is "charged" as opposed to "convicted." The person who said the photo is out there forever is correct. While it may not happen often, someone who is charged may indeed be innocent. Remember Floyd Bledsoe who was accused of abusing and murdering his minor sister-in-law? He was convicted and served 15 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Just make sure the person charged with child abuse has no contact with any child until his/her innocence is absolutely proven.

September 18, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gunman opens fire on GOP lawmakers at baseball practice; U.S. congressman among wounded

Only rarely do I read this comment section, even more rarely do I post. But I've just posted an article on my website that relates to some of the comments I have read here. It is titled "Dad, you always made me proud" and begins: Father’s Day is approaching and it often reminds me of the advice my lawyer/legislator dad gave me that he likely believed was going in one ear and out the other. Given yesterday’s attack on Republican congressmen practicing for a charity baseball game, along with the present poisonous political atmosphere, I am reminded of these two important pieces of advice he offered.

Not sure you'll like it, but if you want to read more, you can do so:

June 15, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Case of slain boy raises interest in child welfare oversight

"Experience" or lack of it has nothing to do with the case of little Adrian. Two thousand pages documenting abuse? I could stop ten random people on the street, show them 200 of those pages and they would know that he should have been removed from the home where he was being abused. I have great respect for the vast majority of social workers who are dedicated to improving their clients' lives, however a few -- like in every line of work -- are just there for the paycheck.

How many times have you heard the phrase "fell through the cracks" used as an excuse? It will never happen but I believe that, in such egregious cases like Adrian's, those charged with protecting him from his abusers should be civilly, if not criminally, liable. They should be held accountable for failing a child who was documented to be tortured for years before being fed to pigs.

Do I sound angry? I am!

May 30, 2017 at 11:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Detective sounded alarm about ticket fixing a year before police department launched investigation

I appreciate the Journal-World investigating and writing this story following former LPD Sergeant Monroe's address to the City Commission. I know only what I have read over the years about the course of this investigation, but it has always seemed to me that Monroe got a raw deal. Voiding a ticket because a fellow officer asks you to do so is different from making an arrangement with someone who provides you with athletic tickets. I do not know Monroe today, but think he is the hard-working and personable kid who long-ago often carried my groceries to my car. Even if he isn't that kid, I believe he deserved better from the city than he received. He carried himself well when he refused to resign, appealed, sued and has continued to do everything in his power to regain his reputation.

April 2, 2017 at 11:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawsuit filed against city over denial of south Iowa Street shopping center

I personally hope the lawsuit is successful. Lawrence is no longer regarded as that vibrant, progressive city on the hill that it once was.

My husband and I love walking the bike/pedestrian paths along the bypass as well as those walkways through the Wetlands. Who do we have to thank for those? Not the city. Not those who opposed the bypass and delayed it for decades, increasing its cost by millions.

One more thing: I'm sure Michigan Street lines up on a map with the road through the Wetlands, but why didn't someone get creative and name it something appropriate like Wetlands Drive or Baker Avenue?

February 6, 2016 at 11:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Web of lies, indifference to justice led to wrong Kansas brother being imprisoned for more than 15 years

I cannot understand why the sheriff said Tom Bledsoe passed his lie-detector test "with flying colors" when he knew he failed. Or why a stop order on DNA testing of the rape kit was issued and signed by the county attorney, the sheriff and a KBI special agent. Worse, that Bledsoe's attorney was told the testing results were inconclusive. It certainly appears that members of law enforcement colluded to frame Floyd Bledsoe. I wonder what they see when they look in the mirror.

On the other side, those law students and lawyers who work for KU and the Midwest Innocence Projects are absolutely amazing. They did a fantastic job for Floyd Bledsoe . . . and for all of us who believe in justice.

December 13, 2015 at 9:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Judge throws out 2000 murder conviction, frees Oskaloosa man after 15 years in prison

For weeks now, Jefferson County law enforcement and the judge who sentenced Floyd Bledsoe have known that he was an innocent man wrongfully imprisoned. The judge has likely known for quite some time that he would set aside Bledsoe's sentence and release him. Why then were his feet shackled during his court appearance? It seems a final and unnecessary humiliation.

I don't believe Bledsoe can be compensated for losing 15 years of his life, but I hope he is financially compensated to a degree that allows the cows he wants to milk to be from his own herd on his own ranch.

December 9, 2015 at 6:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Original suspect in girl's murder dies of apparent suicide as case about to be revisited

Kudos to the KU Project for Innocence and the Midwest Innocence Project for their efforts to free an innocent man. DNA doesn't lie; people do.

Back in 2000, when I read an excellent article about this case in Pitch -- -- I wondered how those charged with arresting and prosecuting Floyd Bledsoe, as well as those on the jury judging him, could reach the conclusion that he was guilty.

A telling bit of evidence was the first story told by Floyd Bledsoe's 2-year-old son which blamed his Uncle Tom for the murder. Very young kids report; they lie only when prompted by adults to do so.

The guilty need to be punished; the innocent should be released. In this case, the innocent should never have been convicted on the sole testimony of the apparently guilty. What a very sad case.

November 14, 2015 at noon ( | suggest removal )