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Abducting somebody aggressively at gunpoint, then manufacturing a criminal case against them, and then keeping them prisoner for 12 years, is not a trivial offense.
Local, state and federal law enforcement employees do things like that regularly, and are almost never held accountable.
If somebody did that to a police officer there would probably have been quite an effort to re investigate by now.
Esar Met did not kill Hser Ner Moo.
He should not be in prison for a crime he did not commit, and nobody should be in prison simply because law enforcers need to hide some of their mistakes.
His conviction at a 2014 Salt Lake City trial was the end result of a lot of misconduct by police, FBI agents, prosecutors, lawyers and others.
Some of it was not intentional, like sloppiness in the initial search and the failure by the defense to have experts study the evidence.
But some of it was carefully planned and organized by people who are well paid to simply do their job with a bare minimum of professional integrity.
This page will start adding new evidence, every few days or weeks, until he is given some sort of a fair hearing.
Several different coverups took place during and after the Hser Ner Moo search and murder investigation.
Category a) trivial, calculated actions intended to deceive the public,
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Category b) less serious actions, like trying to disguise embarrassing investigative mistakes,
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Category c) fairly serious actions, like altering major evidence and severe perjury,
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Category d) grossly illegal activities involving organized groups of law enforcement professionals at various levels of government.
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1) The first item added falls in the 'trivial' or even 'sub trivial' category. It's probably not illegal but it shows the lack of integrity among investigators.
If a person looks carefully at the evidence, examines everything that is available, there is only one piece of evidence that might create a path for an investigator who wanted to convict Esar Met.
During the 'confession interview' Mr Met seems to be totally unfamiliar with any details of the crime aside from those details supplied by his interrogators. He concocts an elaborate story about how he killed Hser Ner Moo, but he gets every single detail of the actual crime wrong. Every single detail.
When the FBI agent asks where Hser's shoes are he says they are near the entrance, as per the Burmese custom of removing shoes indoors.
The FBI agent says "No, no, no." So he tries again and says that he threw them in the bathroom.
That was the one part of the crime he guessed correctly. The shoes were in the bathroom.
So among the many, many details he got wrong, there was one element of the crime he did guess right.
Now the coverup.
Any person who followed the trial might remember that there was one photograph shown constantly at the time. It was a photograph of the shoes in the toilet.
There were other photographs released and publicized later, but at the time of the trial somebody within the investigative community had been trying to push the 'shoes in the bathroom' photo to media.
They were aware that there was some dissent in the prosecution. There were people who had raised questions about doubts they had involving evidence. The widely shared photo gave those members of the 'inner' law enforcement circle in that case the ability to say "The confession is suppressed, hidden, but I have seen it and can verify that he confessed to throwing the shoes in the bathroom, as is shown by the photo.".
Despite that photo being the most widely publicized photo from the case during 2013 / 2014, it has been effectively scrubbed from the internet and removed from photo files given to people who enquire about the case. The photo is not easily available anymore in Google image search results.
A few more comments could be made about this item, but they will be added to a related item in a different category, below.
1) This item falls in the 'less serious' category. It's sort of illegal, but not something police are ever charged for.
When Hser Ner Moo went missing, the police conducted three thorough searches of the apartment complex. There was only one apartment where they got no response during all three searches. During the trial false testimony was given that there were at least two apartments unsearched. During the searches flashlights were shined inside, the door was pounded on, etc. The inaccurate testimony served to minimize the refusal of the roommates to answer the door, by giving the impression that other apartments were uncontacted as well.
Worse, but still not that serious, a detective had assumed that because the roommates were not answering the door, the apartment was unoccupied. In other words there was no effective coordination among the searchers, including detectives. The fact that there are indications she was alive long after Esar Met left put the police and FBI in an awkward position. After all the problems in the Destiny Norton case, which involved many of the same police and FBI agents, it was clear a lot of higher level law enforcement employees would lose their jobs if the media figured out what happened. To minimize this, gushing testimony was delivered at the trial about how an officer felt the search was not adequate. Certain details of this officer's testimony relate to testimony given by the roommates which was different from what they initially told police. In other words it is certain that the police were aware that the roommates' testimony at trial was altered from their original statements, and the appearance is that the testimony was altered in collusion with one or more police officers, or that a third party was involved with both the roommates' and the officer's testimony.
Worse yet, there seems to have been no effort by the defense to explore the inaccurate testimony. The appearance, being generous here to the lawyers involved, is that the defense lawyers did not want to offend the law enforcers by commenting on their inaccurate statements. A less generous view would involve collusion between the defense and prosecution.
Law enforcement employees at the local, state and federal level have shown no respect for the most basic civil rights of Esar Met and many others like him.
Accountability is important.
America typically holds law enforcement employees to an extremely low level of accountability.
As important as accountability is, it's important to recognize that responsibility ends at death.
For the time being, individual police, FBI agents etc will not be named on this page.
The hope is that they will acknowledge their errors privately, to themselves, and make some effort to right their wrongs, for example by working to free those they have improperly jailed.
The only exceptions for now are those individuals on the ODMP, listed below.
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1) Mikal Wersland was a great guy, according to his friends and family.
Unfortunately he gave false testimony during Esar Met's trial in an attempt to give credence to the false confession. That was for those officers and others who were aware of some of the confession flaws details and had doubts about the prosecution. He also gave deceptive testimony regarding the search, in an attempt to hide some severe mistakes. Details of his perjury have been discussed elsewhere online and will be added to this page eventually. When he was alive, lies served him. In death he will only benefit from the truth. R.I.P.