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Burpee defense challenges evidence handling

Original post made on May 15, 2009

The trial of Palo Alto High School graduate Todd David Burpee, who is accused of attempted murder, kidnapping and sexual assault, began on Monday with a chilling account by the victim of being attacked.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 14, 2009, 4:04 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by YSK
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 15, 2009 at 10:51 am

Yeah Olmos. Right.


Posted by Aaron
a resident of South of Midtown
on May 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm

If Burpee gets off due to the defense attorney being sly fox, then I can only hope that something like this happens to his family. This animal does not belong on the streets.


Posted by Disgusted parent
a resident of Gunn High School
on May 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Burpee should have just pleaded guilty and redeem for his crime and sins like a human with conscience would. Whoever told him not to is just as bad as he is. To put the young victim through this is asking her to relive the torture again. It's another crime on top of what he has already committed. For Asian female, sexual violation is about the worst thing besides death. The culture values chastity highly for young girls. She is morally condemned by his acts, not to mention the physical damage he did to her. Only Jesus can forgive him, if he even asks.


Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on May 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm



Very sad case, but it is what it is.
What about the girlfriend who harbored the fiend, did she make a deal with the DA, will she testify? will she pay?


Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on May 15, 2009 at 7:26 pm

This is from another Burpee thread that's off the radar now. I post it here again, because It seems others are coming to the same conclutions I have:

"Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community, on May 13, 2009 at 9:22 pm

I agree with Walter, the questioning of the victim is way over the top, but it's to be expected given the corruption in our legal system - It's all about winning, not about truth or justice.

The victim didn't identify the perp in the courtroom, and as a minor at the time of the crime, she never should have been asked.

Herein lies (no pun intended) the problem, and how Burpee may well walk.

If this comes down to Burpee's confession to the PAPD, well, there's a real problem there, especially for sex crimes. Case in point Jorge Hernandez

Web Link

Add to that all the other "issues" within the PAPD in recent years.

"If the glove don't fit, you must acquit"......

Get ready for "Simpson" justice, but in this case, the PAPD are just as guilty as the defense lawyer."


Posted by YSK
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 15, 2009 at 8:36 pm

The judge didn't allow Burpee's odd behavior in high school in. Too much 'hearsay'. My kids knew him fairly well. Ridiculous that your past can't be presented to explain what you became in the present! People that commit crimes of this nature generally are not model citizens that just snap one day!


Posted by wow
a resident of Midtown
on May 16, 2009 at 3:17 am

the evidence is overwhelming...if he got off without a conviction i would be VERY surprised, with or without the victims id in the courtroom. this guy does not care about his future because if he did he would have copped a plea. He has obviously gotten some very bad legal advice. I know the system and I know hes gonna be found guilty and get put away for a long time. Much longer than he would have with a guilty or no contest.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

One of the 29th century's biggest mistakes was to accept the concept of the sanitary jury. Allowing judges to exclude evidence makes a mockery of the jury concept. I must confess that, through the years, I have found judges to be no wiser than carpenters or butchers. I also consider a not guilty plea by a guilty person to be perjury.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 17, 2009 at 8:25 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Oops, 20th century. I was getting ahead of myself.


Posted by Nomo
a resident of Midtown
on May 18, 2009 at 10:56 am


The evidence is either conclusive or not. This case was a slam dunker and not an OJ deal.
Why do we waste so much time because of people interest in heinous crimes.


Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 18, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Aaron, why should his family suffer for his sins? They are as innocent as his victim was. Victimizing innocent people brings no healing.

Disgusted parent, that sounds very bigoted. Why is this crime worse because it was committed against an Asian girl? Would it have been less of a crime if it had been committed against another race? Forget the race, it was committed, that is enough. Race, gender, age, and other ethnic factors have no place in determining the seriousnes of the crime.

Sharon, what should the girlfriend pay for? What did she do wrong?

For the rest of you, we still need to have a fair trial. We need to dance the dance, work within the system, and have a fair trial. Any circumvention of that trial turns what happens afterwards into an lynching. Our legal system may not be perfect, but no legal system is. I prefer ours to Stalin's, or North Korea's. The system usually works fine.


Posted by dahlen??
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 24, 2009 at 6:47 pm

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Posted by His Ex Girlfriend
a resident of another community
on Jun 1, 2009 at 1:46 pm

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Posted by Arev
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jan 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

The victim didn't identify the perp in the courtroom, and as a minor at the time of the crime, she never should have been asked."

Polanski's victim certainly has.


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