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This thread needs to jump of the Tallahatchie bridge.
Next let me guess, you'll tellin' us to thumb a diesel down, eh? How about standing on a corner in Winslow, AZ? Has life been good to you so far?
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Um, so? There are women who make marriage proposals to Scott Peterson...and how many "members" did the Rev. Jim Jones have?

I agree that in the US one is innocent until proven guilty; my point was about her illogic, not the constitution.

On the other hand, she made that comment (however improvidently) before the apartment search turned up articles belonging to the victims. Since she's been pretty quiet regarding specifics as more light has been shed on these crimes, I'm guessing her support is more about her inability to yet accept how she could possibly be wrong (pride is a terrific rationalizer, no?) about this guy and their "worthwhile future" together.
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Shame on all of us.

Megan McAllister
I also love my fiancé and I will continue to support him throughout this legal process.
What has been portrayed and leaked to the media is not the Philip Markoff that I know.
To me and my family, he is a loving and caring person and in the eyes of the law and constitution, he is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I just can only hope that the criminal justice system will not be overwhelmed and persuaded by what is being put forth in the media. My fiancé's fate should not rest in the court of public opinion, but rather in a court of law.
FOXNews.com - Raw Data: Statement Issued by Philip Markoff's Fiancee Megan McAllister - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News
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Shame on all of us.

His fate most assuredly does NOT rest in the court of public opinion.

Assuming there is enough evidence for a judge to decide he should stand trial, he will do so before an impartial jury of his peers and believe me, it's not hard to find 12 people who will have never heard of him, his fiance, the victims or the crimes of which he stands accused.

The prosecutor will martial his evidence and the defense will do what it can to be sure that the basic constitutional standards are met. If the jury is not persuaded beyond a reasonable doubt that the prosecution has their man, he'll walk. If not, he'll appeal.

Moreover, read her statement more closely. While she does not flag in her support, she's recognizing that the man portrayed in the crime is not her fiance. Even if he is convicted -- even if he confessed -- I'll lay odds she would still make that statement.

After all, most of the time when such things happen those who know the accused will say pretty much the same thing, they never saw that side, they can't believe it, etc. Really, over in Tracy you've got a woman who confessed to murdering poor Sandra Cantu, and there are still people saying it couldn't have been her, she's working with someone (or covering for them) etc.

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Looks like his fiance is jumping ship -- though she still thinks he is innocent.

She is attractive and well spoken, I doubt she'll have any trouble finding others to fill the position. And she has enough time to find someone else and still use the same hall, etc. they already have rented.

I don't think she'll be using Craigslist personals to find a new guy, though.

Craigslist suspect’s ex-fiancee ‘moving on’
She still thinks he’s innocent after visit in jail, but looking at separate life
Thurs., April 30, 2009

The fiancee of accused Craigslist killer Philip Markoff still believes in his innocence — but also intends to move on with her own life.

Megan McAllister visited Markoff in a Boston jail yesterday, their first meeting since the man she had intended to marry in August was arrested 10 days ago and charged with murdering a woman in one Boston hotel and assaulting another woman in a different hotel. Police say Markoff had set up meetings with both through sexual services ads placed on Craigslist.

“I think, yes, she believes that he is innocent,” her attorney, Robert Honecker, told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira Thursday morning from Boston. Honecker said that McAllister spoke privately with Markoff for 25 minutes.

“I think she feels that she’s supportive of him. The man that she knew and loved for four years is not the man that’s being portrayed in the media,” Honecker said.

But McAllister is not going to put her life on hold while the legal process plays itself out, he added.

“I can’t answer for the rest of her life. We’ve been dealing with this difficult situation on a day-to-day basis,” Honecker said. “The plans she made for life are not there.”

The wedding is off, the attorney confirmed, and not likely to ever happen. “The chances for that event to occur in the future, I would suggest, would be unlikely,” Honecker said.

The 23-year-old McAllister has issued statements prior to the meeting saying that the person she knew is not the one portrayed in the media as a sexual predator who may have set up other meetings with women through Craigslist for the purpose of robbing them.

In an exclusive report on TODAY last week, a male professional from the Boston area said that Markoff had also been trolling Craigslist for encounters with transvestite males.

Markoff is formally charged with two crimes, the murder and assault in Boston. Rhode Island police have begun extradition proceedings to charge him with another attempted robbery of an exotic dancer in a hotel in Warwick, R.I.

The charges against Markoff and the revelation that the Boston University medical student may have been living a double life have been shattering, Honecker told Vieira.

“Obviously it was an emotional time for her. It was a realization that she has some difficult days ahead,” Honecker said. “She’s going to begin to look at her life and move on in the sense that she has things she wants to accomplish.”

The attorney said that his client, who is from the New Jersey shore, is an intelligent and strong woman who has suffered an enormous emotional blow.

“It’s been traumatic. It’s been dramatic,” Honecker said, asking Vieira to put herself in the shoes of a 23-year-old whose carefully laid plans for the future had been torn apart.

“Slowly, this strong young woman is beginning to come back,” he said.
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