Appeal Filed In Poplawski Case

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Less than two weeks after a jury decided that Richard Poplawski should face the death penalty for killing three Pittsburgh police officers, defense attorneys have filed their first appeal in the case.

According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the motion claims that several errors were committed during Poplawski’s trial and that a new trial and sentencing hearing should be granted as a result of those errors.

Poplawski’s attorneys say the jury should not have been allowed to hear racial slurs during his 911.

The defense also says Poplawski’s confession to a detective should not have been admitted because he allegedly made it after invoking his right to an attorney.

Published reports have estimated that the cost of Poplawski’s trial exceeded $100,000.

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  1. Cloey says:

    What a waste of taxpayer money.

  2. John says:

    He did it. There is no doubt. A waste of taxpayers money. Fry HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. db says:

    as the defense attorney slogan goes “My Clients innocent”

  4. bob says:

    Well that means he wont die till 2099

  5. FAY LYNN 92 says:

    THE AMBERICAN JUST SYSTEMS STINKS, HE KILLED THE OFFICERS IN COLD BLOOD…. APPEAL WHAT….. HE SHOULD DIE… THE OFFICERS WOULD LOVE TO BE ALIVE AND SIT IN JAIL AND GET VISITORS… IM SURE THE OFFICERS FAMILIES WOLD LOVE TO VISIT THE THREE OFFICERS THAT RICHARD KILLED… WHAT A WASTE OF 100,00 GIVE IT TO THE FAMILIES AND FRY RICHARD… SO NOW IT WILL BE HELD UP IN COURT FOR YEARS AND THE WASTE OF HUMAN AIR WILL BE ABLE TO HEAR THE VOICES OF HIS LOVED ONES AND JUST SIT ON HIS BEHIND AND DO NOTHING….. THIS IS AMERICA I LOVE MY COUNTRY BUT JUSTICE SYSTEM STINKS

  6. Sandra says:

    I don’t know how anyone can defend this slimeball. The first trial cost us taxpayers over $100,00 dollars and they want a new trial? What a waste of money, time and energy over this idiot. Do these attorneys really think the outcome would be any different?

  7. Sandra says:

    I think we should ship him off to Texas

  8. LYNN 9 says:

    WHATS IN TEXAS

    1. Leigh says:

      texas they actually followed through with a lethal injection. Unlike Pa where there are inmates on death row for 30+ years.

  9. LYNN 9 says:

    THERE SHOULD BE NO JUDGE THAT SHOULD WANT TO HEAR A APPEAL …OR LOOK AT IT AND SAY FRY THE MOTHER TOOO…..

  10. LYNN 9 says:

    LETS START A BLOG FRY THE MOTHER ALSO

  11. Leigh says:

    there were so many things wrong with this situation- excluding the obvious cop killer. his mother was treated more like a victim instead of an accomplice. She KNEW he was geared up and all she could say about the weapons is “they are legal”. Richard killed 3 cops in cold blood, dozens of people, his neighbors, other cops SAW IT! There should not have been a trial that cost $100,000. Should have only had the penalty phase. But who wouldn’t sentence him to death? Oh wait, but CRIMINALS have more rights than law abiding citizens. They have the right to a fair trial (even though they did it) but I don’t have the right to make a living or have my life interrupted because of an idiot like him.
    The entire Poplawski thing has cost WAY more than $100,000. The trial itself may only be that cost, but he has been in jail for 2 years, (We are feeding him and keeping him comfortable with a roof over his head). And as long as he stays alive which could be until HIS natural death, we will continue to pay for it.
    In any other situation , he would have been gunned down and killed. but his mother stayed near him. Or I believe they would have. The justice system needs a redo. Someone that is caught red handed, credible witnesses, mounds and mounds of evidence. no trial needed. just penalize them and not allow appeals…….

  12. Anonymous says:

    Really? They have the guts to appeal it? Apparently his lawyers weren’t watching it unfold on TV like the rest of the Pittsburgh area. The man makes me sick! He needs to be punished, no appeals allowed. He shouldn’t get the rights that the rest of us are entitled to because he has no respect for the law and the people that put their life on the line every day to enforce it like the rest of us.

  13. kristy says:

    well, here we go. who didn’t THIS coming? NOW this slimeball decides he doesn’t want to play martyr and wants mercy? may he rot in he!!.

  14. kristy says:

    who didn’t SEE this coming? i’m so angry that i can’t even type.

  15. Anonymous says:

    this thing MURDERED cops in cold blood. while i am against the death sentence, i will make an acception in this case, HE SHOULD BE SHOT BY A GROUP OF PGH COPS, LIKE A FIRING SQUAD

  16. T says:

    SICK!!!!!!!! Hope the defense attorneys rott too!

  17. justice is blind.... says:

    He never should be in a court.He never should have made it out of that house, alive. Our courts work well. Our system is the best in the world. But this freak needs to fry .The devil must be a pretty happy dude right now.

  18. angeleyesih says:

    And why exactly shouldn’t the jury have been able to listen to the racial slurs from the tape? I’d like to hear that argument. The guy is a cop killer. He was sentenced. Just let it go for goodness sake. But no, we have to suck up some more of the taxpayers dollars for an extremely lame appeal.
    Just because he’s entitled to an appeal doesn’t mean that there actually is a valid appeal to make.

  19. swin says:

    Here is how we need to reform our judicial system, as related to this article and I quote therein……

    “defense attorneys have filed their first appeal in the case.”

    Defense attorneys should have a maximum of 60 days in which to file ALL appeals.

    “the motion claims that several errors were committed during Poplawski’s trial and that a new trial and sentencing hearing should be granted as a result of those errors.”

    As long as man is an imperfect being there can never be any such thing as a perfect trial -errors will always be made. The trial should be reviewed by a panel of 3 judges to determine, not if any errors were made because of course there were, but to determine if the errors could have influenced the verdict. If the panel determines that was not the case, the trial and verdict are certified as valid and execution is carried out within 90 days of the verdict.

    “Published reports have estimated that the cost of Poplawski’s trial exceeded $100,000.”

    A TRUE justice system requires the guilty to pay the innocent, not the other way around.

    So here is my timeline:
    1. Attorneys have 60 days to file ALL appeals.
    2. Three judge panel meets within 30 days thereafter to determine if any errors made in the trial were serious enough to influence the verdict. If not,….
    3. Criminal is executed within 90 days of the guilty verdict.

    One more point for you bleeding hearts who don’t believe in the death penalty – no one executed for a crime has ever committed another crime – ever! That is a 100% prevention rate, a success rate unequaled by any other form of punishment.

    1. Chris says:

      Awesome…will you run for president?

  20. swin says:

    Two other points, and I quote the article…..

    “Poplawski’s attorneys say the jury should not have been allowed to hear racial slurs during his 911.”

    Ever hear of the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? You don’t withhold evidence from a jury because you don’t like how that evidence may influence them.

    “The defense also says Poplawski’s confession to a detective should not have been admitted because he allegedly made it after invoking his right to an attorney.”

    WRONG! Just because you asked to see an attorney does not mean that anything you say thereafter can’t be used against you. It just means that the state advised you of your rights – whether or not you choose to follow them is up to you.

  21. all for it... says:

    He should have got the chair that day…

    1. Lisa says:

      yes he should of

  22. Lisa says:

    Maybe the defense attorney should pay for his new trial instead of the tax payers “US” Teh 3 policeman did not have to die he did that to him. Now he should pay

  23. j says:

    Many need to learn the laws that govern death row inmates!

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