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Philadelphia officers' testimony allowed in Pierce murder trial

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The judge has made a big decision in the Anthony Pierce murder trial, and today jurors got to hear about pierces criminal past. This morning, Judge Phyllis Gorham ruled to allow testimony from several Philadelphia police officers.

The officers were involved in a 1994 armed robbery turned shoot-out that Pierce was part of. Pierce's partner in the robbery shot at the officers, hitting one of them in the chest. Pierce ran off, and his partner was shot in the head by police.

Judge Gorham said she allowed the testimony because the armed robbery in Philadelphia and the high-speed chase last year in Wilmington both showed that Pierce had implied malice or ill will. Pierce is charged with second-degree murder because Wilmington police officer Rich Matthews died when he crashed his car trying to avoid a box in the middle of Shipyard Blvd. as he tried to join the chase.

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So now the judge has jumped into the hot tub time machine?

So she is going back in time to allow an old case to be brought up as evidence..did Mr. Pierce shoot the officer that was killed in the previous case..umm no so how does this show intent or malice for a case 10 years later..she is SO scared she will lose her seat as district judge..play into the white people feeble threats so you can keep your seat and turn away from true justice and your people JUDGE PHYLISS!!

Judge Gorham

First of all, I am white and you are an idiot... "white people feeble" what does that mean?? It sounds racist to me. "Turn away from true justice and her people?" come on, get real. I don't think she would consider this guy as one of her people, as he is a common criminal. Judge Gorham has class and knows the law much better than most of us. I have known Judge Gorham for many years. She has earned her seat and holds it with the highest of integrity. You need not question her decisions as you appear to have the brains of a stump. Once you are convicted of a crime, that can and usually always comes back to haunt you. This guy will probably end up back before another Judge at some point in his life because he can't seem to live an honest life. He would much rather steal from one of his peeps "drug dealers" run from the law and kill someone.

He'll be back... It's all he knows...

What he did in the past has

What he did in the past has nothing to do with this case. That is over and done. If I were a juror, as soon as they started bringing things up that do not directly have any bearing on the present case, my mind would be made up to find him not gulity.

Sorry, but if this piece of

Sorry, but if this piece of human debris had been in jail one more lawman would be alive. Quit making excuses, we're talking about human garbage here.

So just lock up all the

So just lock up all the riff-raff, thats what America has become, right? No need to prove guilt, no need in handing out sentences that punish the actual crime they committed. Just round up all the 'bad guys' and lock em up. Right???

For those of you that are

For those of you that are saying this officer was not involved in the chase... what would you say if the suspect was shooting at the officer or even if the officer had been shot? Should the responding officer have taken his time to get to his fellow officer's aide? We all know about Pierce's violant past and YES, a person's past is almost always allowed during new court hearings.

Reality of this situation

Ill be the 1st one to admit the guy is likely a scum of the earth criminal period but that being said. The officer who died was not in active pursuit he was heading to the pursuit going apparently over 100mph on a road designed nowhere near that speed. Drug possession check, weapons violation likely, stolen vehicle yes but Im sorry you cant convict him of a murder or death of an officer who was as much if not more to blame for his own death for driving recklessly (Ive had EVOC myself and to drive as fast as he did was inexcusible period). It might have been different had the officer been actively involved in the pursuit at the time possibly to the point of vehicular manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter but again the officer who died was not actively in the pursuit he was driving too fast for conditions and imagine the lawsuit Wilmington wouldve had on their hands had this officer killed somebodyelse besides himself when he drove recklessly.. I feel for his family yes and like I said the guy on trial likely is a criminal of the nth degree but his actions were not directly caused by this individual as much as Ben David might want it to be true.

FIRST OF ALL ID LIKE TO SAY

FIRST OF ALL ID LIKE TO SAY THE JUDGE IS CROOKED. MR.PIERCE HAS ALREADY DID HIS TIME IN PRISON FOR HIS PAST CRIME NOW THEY WANT TO USE IT AGINST HIM ALL OVER AGAIN .TO ME THAT IS A CRIME ITSELF!!and the grand jury they are in the same company as the judge just crooked.IF MR PIERCE DROVE HIS CAR INTO MR MATTHEWS CAR AND CAUSED HIM TO CRASH AND LOST HIS LIFE .THEN YES HE WOULD BE AT FAULT. BUT THE DASH CAM PROVES WHAT HAPPENED MATTHEWS TRIED TO MISS A OBJECT IN THE ROAD AND HIS CALAULATIONS WERE WRONG. THATS WHAT CAUSED HIM TO WRECK NOT MR PIERCE ACTIONS MILES AWAY. AND YES HE IS GUILTY FOR THE OTHER CRIMES HE COMMITTED HE GOT CAUGHT READ HANDED FOR THAT.

Right, the whole world is corrupt except you

Please.. let the whole world stop and spin around you and your silly notions. Sorry that when things don't go your way everyone is evil. And the comment of him doing his time already, I guess you don't understand parole.

And if they judge wasn't black, then the argument would be that the judge is racist. Whatever, a world of excuses and the same people refuse to take responsibility for their actions.

Did you also forget the guns in the car? Too bad reality caught up with you both.

YEA RIGHT YOUR SMART ALRIGHT

YEA RIGHT YOUR SMART ALRIGHT I GUESS YOU DIDNT READ THE WHOLE COMMENT I SAID NOTHING ABOUT RACE I JUST COMMENTED ABOUT THEIR ACTIONS AND I DIDNT SAY ANTHING ABOUT SOMEONE BEING EVIL HERES SOME REAILTY FOR YOU WHAT THE HEART FEELS THE MOUTH SPEAKS

Oh Please

This entire case is a huge waste of tax payers money and Ben David should never have allowed this to get this far. This man is not guilty of murder, he may be guilty of the drugs and the fleeing and eluding (Ha Ha who wouldn't try to run) but not Murder. Now the old evidence of his past has been allowed.This is a railroading if I ever saw such.
Oh to all you folks who want to beat the drum about cops giving their lives in the line of duty blah blah.Hey its their job! They choose to be cops ,they want to be cops. Just like any other job, they know the pros and cons when you take on the job.
Also why was the cop speeding??? a bit over zealous ya think???