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About 2:30 p.m. today a jury recommended sparing the life of Fred Cooper and sentencing him to life without parole.
Lee County Judge Thomas S. Reese makes the finale decision but he will likely follow the recommendation of the jury when he sentenced Cooper on March 16th.
Cooper, 30, convicted of killing Steven and Michelle Andrews, both 28, showed little reaction to the news, despite an emotional day that at times brought him to tears.
Fred Cooper guilty of the murders of Steven and Michelle Andrews in their Gateway home in December of 2006. Today the jury recommended a life sentence. He will be sentenced on March 16th.
See Orlando Sentinel.
UPDATE: On March 16th: Convicted murderer Fred Cooper will spend the rest of his life behind prison bars, a Lee Circuit judge ordered Monday.
“It is the intention of this court that you never again be able to look at the light of day except through steel bars and barbed wire,” Judge Thomas S. Reese told Cooper.
Cooper showed little emotion as the sentence was delivered. He stood before the bench, handcuffed and clad in an orange jail jumpsuit. He stared directly ahead. Four deputies surrounded him and his attorneys.
Posted: 03.05.09 Updated: 03.29.09
This from Newsbusters on Monday.
Back on January 29, we discussed the daily strategy phone call engineered by Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for friendly TV commentators and “reporters.” Politico reported that Emanuel has a daily phone conference call with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, and CNN’s James Carville and Paul Begala. With Rush Limbaugh’s raucous CPAC address, as he termed it his “first address to the nation,” we can see at least one example of what is likely an attack strategy resulting from the Emanuel phone session with a rush to bash Rush the day after the appearance.
And then this today:
The unholy alliance between the White House and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos goes beyond mere conference calls with President Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
The executive producer, Ian Cameron, of ABC’s George Stephanopoulos “This Week” is married to newly-confirmed United Nations Ambassador, Susan Rice.
Did they cook up this Bash Rush Limbaugh scheme? Some are saying they did. Reportedly, they all talk daily. So we have the Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel consulting? talking with? phoning? Paul Begala, James Carville, and George Stephanopoulos every day – and we find the U. N. Ambassador, Susan Rice, is married to the Executive Producer of Stephanopoulos’ ABC program.
I don’t believe they have denied these every day “strategy” calls. Anderson Cooper asks Begala last night if they are working with the White House as part of a concerted effort to bash Rush Limbaugh Here. I’m not sure what his answer was. Please listen for yourself. Guess it depends on what the meaning of “concerted” is. Of course, Begala already called Limbaugh a corpulent drug addict so I guess that speech at CPAC just played right into their plans.