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Todd Burpee pleads not guilty in abduction

Original post made on Jan 9, 2008

Todd David Burpee pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to charges he abducted and sexually assaulted a Gunn High School student Oct. 30. Burpee, 20, a 2006 graduate of Palo Alto High School, is charged with attacking a 15-year-old girl behind an apartment building on Arastradero Road, slamming her head into the walkway and then kidnapping her.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 2:18 PM

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Posted by Isabella
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 9, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Unbelievable! So he (his lawyer really) pleads not guilty in abduction now! And what would he argue now - that the poor girl invited herself to the car??? If he is found guilty in abduction after all, I would use maximum sentence for him. This is for abusing the legal system and having no guts in taking responsibility for own's own actions.


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Posted by Diane
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 9, 2008 at 5:58 pm

Another OJ Simpson case?


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Posted by Sceptic
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2008 at 6:03 pm

The squeaky wheels of the legal system grind relentlessy on, enabling lawyers to make themselves famous and the guilty to become superstars. Not only do we have the local issue of the Burpee case, but in a similar style, Mark Geragos getting involved in the Tiger mauling case to enable the legal system to become the latest soap operas.

And, because of the Hollywood writers strike, we don't have any soap operas and reality has to fill the void.


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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 9, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Does Burpee have a public defender (to which he is entitled if he can't afford a lawyer) or a private attorney? If the latter, how is he going to pay for this - or is it 'free'?


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Posted by Anamika
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 9, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Not guilty by the reason of what - insanity? Is this guy going to say that he was distressed/mad/angry and insane amongst other things since he had a fight with his girlfriend?


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 10, 2008 at 2:00 am

A not guilty plea under the circumstances should be treated as any other lie under oath.
I know the law requires such a plea, but the law is an ass.


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Posted by Joan
a resident of Professorville
on Jan 10, 2008 at 10:06 am



If he does not change his plea before trial then he should get a real life sentence in the toughest prison, among the toughest inmates in the state.

That will be essentially a death sentence


Neither the victim nor the community should have to relive the trauma.

He has already admitted that he did it when he was arrested!





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Posted by ..
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 10, 2008 at 2:15 pm

you dont kill someone for that! america has gone fascist insane...


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 10, 2008 at 2:42 pm

How much is a woman's violation worth in your enlightened society, Bucky?


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of another community
on Jan 11, 2008 at 1:55 am

This was violent child rape! For that alone the sentence should be death.
What we need from our press is some in-depth reporting on the lifelong emotional and even physical damage to the victims of such trauma. Describe the years of medical costs, the damage to relationships, the lost productivity and wages, the resultant defensive and/or self destructive behaviors and the overall cost to society from this heinous crime.
Dare to tell the untold story.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 11, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Not guilty?? That's an abuse of the system. Maybe wants to get off on a technicality.


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Posted by C me around
a resident of Ventura
on Jan 23, 2008 at 12:16 am

"The squeaky wheels of the legal system grind relentlessy on"...

Ummmm. As I remember, there is a saying~ the squeeky wheel GETS THE GREASE....Good luck to him when he goes to prison...


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Posted by letsthink
a resident of Green Acres
on Jan 24, 2008 at 5:32 am

Um, wait: he has admitted everything but all of a sudden he's saying he's not guilty? [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by sebastian
a resident of University South
on Feb 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm

You guys are a bunch of hypocrites once it involves an African American youth you want the death penalty. Maybe you should think of why someone did it before you sentence this man to death because we know how tolerant you are to white suspect racists......


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Posted by thinkagain
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Feb 23, 2008 at 8:10 pm

sebastian -

I agree, although I'm not sure race has anything to do with it. In this country, by law, a person is innocent until proven guilty.

This discussion (about a legal plea) is a legal one (not a moral one)and the proper plea is innocent.

Unless these people believe the law is irrelevant (and I have to admit, many people do seem to believe that in Palo Alto), they are indeed full of it.


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Posted by Sebastian
a resident of University South
on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:48 pm

The fact of the matter is the residents of Palo Alto want this man to be sentenced to the maximum penalty,simply because he is seen as an intolerable nigger mucking up what the good people of Palo Alto have created its called legal lynching.......


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