Yesterday, the West Virginia State Supreme Court handed down it’s decision on Austin Vantrease’s (a.k.a., Inmate 513981) request for a new trial. As you might recall, Vantrease requested this late last spring. In fact, he actually made this motion a day or two before his request for consideration of a new sentence was flatly denied. This was the same day the Judge admonished the Vantrease family for their aggressiveness (see related articles at the bottom).
With the West Virginia Supreme Court in recess over the summer months, this sat idle until this week.
Believe me when I tell you, I take a great deal of pleasure in reporting the outcome to you. I’m sure the media will be picking up the story, but I wanted to be the first to tell you.
I’ve included the official decision (below). Read it if you wish, but I summarized it in two words afterwards.
Let me simplify what those three pages mean… REQUEST DENIED! Essentially, the remainder of the official memorandum is legalese. Mainly, it affirms the circuit court gave a fair trial.
Vantrease can appeal the request-decision and ask the West Virginia State Supreme Court to review it again (which they rarely agree to do… so I’m told). Or, he can just stop all the nonsense and accept the consequences of his malicious actions. Still, I LOVE seeing him (and his family) systematically running out of options. At what point will it dawn on him that he needs to man-up?
Let’s assume he continues these inane appeals (it is his M.O., after all) and it’s denied (since he’s clearly guilty). He can then appeal to the United States Supreme Court. I wouldn’t put it past him to try something this outlandish. I really wouldn’t. To me, he is milking the legal system and sucking money from the people of West Virginia.
Every time Vantrease looks for loopholes he keeps getting the same answer. Oh, how I wish Ryan’s skull was even just half as thick as his. Let me summarize the history in my own words:[Nov. 2009] Police: “You’re accused of being guilty”. [July 2010] Jury: “Austin Vantrease, you’re guilty”. [Nov 2010] Circuit Court Judge: “Yep, you’re still guilty and should be punished”. [May 2011] Circuit Court Judge: “No kidding, you need to be punished”. [Oct 2011] West Virginia Supreme Court: “Seriously, you’re guilty”.
Sheesh, it will ever sink in for him?[poll id=”44″]
- Austin Vantrease Request: Denied (May 2011)
- Vantrease: Motion for Consideration of Sentence (April 2011)