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Judge rules not guilty in Wone case

Washington Post editors

(This post has been updated.)

All three of the defendants in the Robert Wone conspiracy trial were found not guilty by a D.C. Superior Court judge on Tuesday.

Judge Lynn Leibovitz acquitted the three housemates from the bench after explaining her verdict for about an hour. Leibovitz said she believed that the three defendants know who killed Wone, but that the prosecution failed to prove that they did. It came down to the reasonable doubt standard, she said.

"From the beginning, this case has been a test of the meaning of reasonable doubt proof," she said.


Joseph R. Price, 39, Victor J. Zaborsky, 44, and Dylan M. Ward, 39, each had been charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence. More than halfway through the 4.5 week trial, Leibovitz ruled that prosecutors had failed to prove Zaborsky and Ward tampered with evidence and acquitted the two men on that lesser charge.

Zaborsky cried after the judge delivered the verdict, but there was no visible reaction from Ward or Price.

Wone's widow also cried and was escorted quickly from the courtroom.

Leibovitz, a former prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office for the District, was the sole arbiter because the defense requested that the judge, and not a jury, hear the trial. Prosecutors did not object to the defense’s request.

Wone, 32, was stabbed three times in the chest on the evening of Aug. 2, 2006, after he asked to stay at Price’s lavish town home at 1509 Swann St. NW near Dupont Circle. No one has ever been arrested in his slaying.

The Wone conspiracy trial has captured the attention of many in the District and across the nation. Web sites have emerged about the crime. It is a horrific case with captivating elements: murder, money, class and sex.

Price, Ward and Zaborsky, who were arrested in 2008 and later released on their own recognizance, say they are in a committed romantic relationship. Prosecutors say the men refer to themselves as a “family” and based on that relationship, were willing to cover for each other or the actual killer. Attorneys for the men say their clients were unfairly targeted because they are gay. Police failed to fully investigate what the defense has called a home invasion and murder, the lawyers say.

Leibovitz said she did not believe the defense argument that an intruder broke into the house, but said the government failed to prove that the men orchestrated a cover up for the murder.

Wone’s widow along with his parents, brother and other family attended much of the trial. The Wone family has filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against the housemates.

According to testimony during the trial, Wone arrived at the house about 10:30 p.m. after working late at his job as general counsel for Radio Free Asia. He wanted to stay there rather than commute to his home in Oakton, where he lived with his wife, Katherine. Price and Wone had also planned a breakfast business meeting for the following day.

Prosecutors had claimed the defendants altered the crime scene because they know who killed Wone and are protecting the killer. The men claimed an intruder came through their unlocked back door and stabbed Wone as he slept.

Nothing was stolen from the house, not even Wone’s wallet or watch, which were found next to his body. The housemates were sleeping in their own bedrooms, they said, when the intruder entered.

The men hired some of Washington’s top defense attorneys including famed Court TV and CNN commentator Bernie S. Grimm; former D.C. attorney general Robert J. Spagnoletti; and two former top D.C. prosecutors, David Schertler and Thomas G. Connolly.

It was a challenging case for prosecutors who based much of their case on the theory that the knife found next to Wone’s body could not have been the actual murder weapon. They tried to prove that the men planted the knife, leaving the actual murder weapon missing. Defense attorneys argued the knife at the scene was used to kill Wone and there was no cover-up or staged crime scene.

But even during the earliest days of the trial, the government's knife theory seemed to begin to unravel, as two key prosecution witnesses were unable to definitively say whether the knife found at the scene was the murder weapon. Without proof that the knife was planted, defense attorneys argued, prosecutors had no evidence of a conspiracy.

Prosecutors characterized Price, a former intellectual property lawyer for the Arent Fox law firm in Washington as the lead conspirator. Zaborsky was a successful marketing executive who worked for the organization behind the “Got Milk” ad campaign. Ward was a massage student with degrees in international relations and culinary arts.

The men have since sold the Swann Street house and now live together in McLean with a member of Zaborsky’s family.

-- Keith L. Alexander

By Washington Post editors  |  June 29, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Homicide , Keith L. Alexander , The District , Unsolved  
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All 3 guilty.........lock 'em up for 30 years.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 29, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

"Case dismissed!"

What did you expect from a hand-picked judge facing a half-dozen big-name multi-millionaire defense lawyers?

Posted by: perryneheum | June 29, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I predict Not Guilty.

The defense presented theories that were just as possible as the ones the prosecutor presented.

And the prosecutor failed to provide any physical evidence.

The prosecutions attempt to pin it on the brother (who was not charged with anything) just created more unanswered questions and was also devoid of any physical evidence (and the brother has an alibi too).

this case should never of been brought to trial.

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 29, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Not Guilty!

from what i've read of the trial and the evidence presented, I don't think the men in the house had anything to do with Wone's death. I think it was either a random burgler, or someone Wone was secretly meeting from craigslist or something (like Bett's of Silver Spring) who did it.

For the men in the house to of done this, it would of had to be premediated or in cold blood (there were no signs of fighting or complaints from neighbors about screams or yelling). so I would think they would of had more of a plan. Like dump the body in rock creek park and just say he never made it to the apt.

the prosecutions arguements just never made any sense to me.

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 29, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully these men can get back to some semblance of their lives if they are innocent.

Sadly, Kathy Wone will need to rebuild her life regardless and the regulars on "Who Murdered Robert Wone" will once again be forced off the island and made to return to having no lives.

Posted by: ManOpener | June 29, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Yes, a random man walked by the house, ran into the house, ran to the top of the stairs, ignored the door right at the top of the stairs and ran down the hall to the other door on the second floor and stabbed that guy. The person took NOTHING from the house. Yeah, that sounds like a plausible theory alright. NOT.

Posted by: Alex1011 | June 29, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Goddammit somebody tell me what's going on it's 11:30, verdict should be in by now

Posted by: fleeciewool | June 29, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Screw it I'm going down there and finding out myself

Posted by: fleeciewool | June 29, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

The trial is not for whether they murdered him. That is not the issue. It is for what they did to conceal evidenc and obstruct justice.

Posted by: queenb3 | June 29, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

MarilynManson, I suggest you do more homework before you present the "verdict."

Posted by: Alex1011 | June 29, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Judge has said that the murderer was not an intruder. Yes yes yes

Posted by: Alex1011 | June 29, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

hey Alex1011, Not Guilty!

you need to do the homework.

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 29, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Well if they didn't tamper with the evidence who did? Who cleaned Robert Wone, who moved the knife?

Posted by: ronjaboy | June 29, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Well if they didn't tamper with the evidence who did? Who cleaned Robert Wone, who moved the knife?

Posted by: ronjaboy | June 29, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The judge has decided that the prosecution was unable to prove its case, but I predict a long, hot afterlife for these guys.

Posted by: justmike | June 29, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

A man is stabbed to death in the upscale house of three white upper-class DuPont Circle gay men, who hear nothing at all. They have an expensive lawyer and proceed to get off scott free. American Justice 101.

Posted by: radiantbook | June 29, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Alex1011, you have it exactly right--it makes no sense that this is a random killing. The defense's theory is just as stupid as the defense's theory in the OJ case. Unfortunately the prosecutor didn't have the hard evidence and now these people walk away.

Posted by: nuzuw | June 29, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

What a travesty. They actually got away with it.

Posted by: retired8 | June 29, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Judge L-NOT GUILTY????? TOTALLY UNEXPECTED!!-THE CLEANING OF THE CRIME SCENE AND THE BODY? WHO ELSE DID THAT, HUH? JUSTICE DENIED!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | June 29, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Judge L-NOT GUILTY????? TOTALLY UNEXPECTED!!-THE CLEANING OF THE CRIME SCENE AND THE BODY? WHO ELSE DID THAT, HUH? JUSTICE DENIED!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | June 29, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

What a shame. Hopefully the Wone family is successful in their civil suit.

Posted by: alc0f7 | June 29, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I like the Scottish system where, rather than "guilty/not guilty" they have "guilty/not proven guilty/innocent".
If new evidence emerges, only an "innocent" verdict `precludes double jeopardy.

Posted by: OttoDog | June 29, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Amazing. They got away with it. Amazing. I don't think we've seen the last of these three. It will happen again because they got off scott free and whoever they were covering for got off too. The untouchables will be back. What a shame, no justice today.

Posted by: love2much SE | June 29, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

they were found not guilty because they are not guilty.

they did not clean up the blood from the crime scene, because there was little blood there to clean up.
Wone was stabbed in the heart, which stoped his heart from pumping his blood, which meant there was little bleed out.

if you followed the case closely, you'd know there could be no other vedict then not guilty.

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 29, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

A sad day for the Wone family and for justice in the U.S.

"Wone’s widow along with his parents, brother and other family attended much of the trial. The Wone family has filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against the housemates" --- let's hope they win this one.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | June 29, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The knife was planted by Glenn Beck and Obama tampered with it.

It's all big government conspiracy.

The T-Party did it.

Posted by: coqui44 | June 29, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Between this and the Chandra Levy case, I would think most sane people would have zero confidence in the DC homicide dept.

Can you actually ask for your tax money back at somepoint?

Posted by: drinaldi | June 29, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

There seems to be some misunderstanding of our system of justice. The defense doesn't have to prove anything whatsoever in this sort of trial. They don't need a unified theory or an alternative explanation. They don't have to say a single word, even.

The prosecution must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the persons charged with tampering with the evidence did in fact tamper with the evidence. They don't need a motive or a theory, though both help support evidence. But what they need is evidence to prove that those accused with tampering (and the other charges) did the tampering.

Doesn't matter if these guys are suspicious. Doesn't matter if they have no alibi. Doesn't matter if someone else tampered. Doesn't matter if it makes perfect sense that they did it.

If the prosecution cannot provide enough evidence to prove that they did it beyond a reasonable doubt, the court cannot find them anything but not guilty. Not innocent, but not guilty.

Posted by: Section506 | June 29, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

They were always innocent. People wanted to convict them based on the lies of a prejudiced and lazy DC police dept. The officer who interrogated them and developed his homophobic theory about the murder is a bum. They couldn't prove anything and with external pressure needed to indict somebody. So... they went after these victims. Yes... victims. They were friends of Robert Wone. The proscecutors have poisoned the relationship between them and Robert's widow. Arrogant, lazy, bums on the proscecution. Find the real killer now.

Posted by: reaganaut | June 29, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

they were found not guilty because they are not guilty.

they did not clean up the blood from the crime scene, because there was little blood there to clean up.
Wone was stabbed in the heart, which stoped his heart from pumping his blood, which meant there was little bleed out.

if you followed the case closely, you'd know there could be no other vedict then not guilty.
========
What are you drinking? everyone followed the case closey, hard not too, it was all over the news and theirs a website on its daily developments.

Like someone commented earlier - this does not randomly happen. Most homicides are committed by people who knew their victims. Second, a STRANGER did not pick that house, pick that man, and just walk in the house and kill him for no reason. A STRANGER WHO TOOK NOTHING, give us a break. No robbery just murder for no reason of a complete stranger. He walked past others and went right for Wone? Come on man.

Those men were guilty, and they get away with murder, covering it up and some more.

Posted by: love2much SE | June 29, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

The not guilty verdict in the Wone case confirms money speaks loud with the law. A rich man's prank is a poor man's felon.

Posted by: dcnwrental | June 29, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

This is what goes on in our Nations Capitol every day of the week, no matter whether it's a local or federal case! Cases that would be found guilty anywhere else are Not Guilty in Washington DC. Must be something in the drinking water that dumbs everybody down. All they know to do there is throw money at problems, which never accomplishes anything. Fortunes spent on police departments, and they can't investigate the simplest crimes, much less difficult ones. Congress needs to take back our Capitol and put a stop to all the corrupt nonsense.

Posted by: Jackie18 | June 29, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Marilyn Manson equates a finding of not guilty with a finding of innocence. Not so.

They committed the crime. The fact that they kept their mouths shut and asked for a bench trial is what helped them. Unfortunately evidence that would have shown more guilt did not get admitted.

However, I feel absolutely confident they will lose the civil trial. And just like OJ Simpson, everyone will know that they participated in the murder of Robert Wone. They will suffer financially, which is the only thing that consoles me.

Posted by: Alex1011 | June 29, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I am not surprised the least bit, everyone knows there is a Gay Mafia out there. The Gay community, has quite a bit of illegal activity, the thing is, its close knit and hard to get into. Its been a known fact, the Dupont Area, is full of drugs of all kinds, and prostitution. There is not one drug you can't buy in that area, just go to the circle, anything you buy, is all link back to that area. In other words Dupont Circle is equally if not more full of pathetic criminals, and what gets them over, the high taxes the area pays, and remember being white, gets you excuse from suspicion in this city, so just imagine the playground they have.

Anybody, remember the person found dead in that secret gay house? Haven't heard anything on that lately, and probably won't. How do we not know that man wasn't pushed down the stairs? What about the autopsy? Was he drugged.

This has to show the power of the Gay People living in DC, they are a very slick group.

Thanks

Posted by: weaverf | June 29, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

A random home intruder (even without theft) makes a lot more sense than someone killing a longtime close friend with who there was no arguments or disagreements.

The police dropped the ball by not even investigating the possibility of some crazy guy trying for unlocked doors in the Dupont Circle area.

Posted by: DROSE1 | June 29, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to the Wone family. Clearly his death wasn't natural or accidental. Neither verdict, guilty or not, would erase the horror of his loss. I do hope that they manage to find peace and closure, hopefully soon. I hope anyone with information about his death will come forward, regardless of the consequences this may bring.

That said, the burden of proof lies not on the defendants, but the police and prosecution. Based on WP articles, it seems both made serious errors. Lack of evidence should not favor the prosecution... taken to an extreme, that would seem to suggest a prosecutor with no evidence should always win. Keep that in mind if you ever wake up to find some horrible act has occurred in your home.

Posted by: Gadzookz | June 29, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

reaganaut, you clearly have no idea what you're talking about, but I'll let you live in your ignorance. LOL

Posted by: Alex1011 | June 29, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Next up: "If We Did It"

Posted by: Xlnt | June 29, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow, but I'm not surprise. I never thought they committed the crime and I strongly believe they know who did. But they have to live /w those lies; especially since they all claim Wone was a great friend like brother to them. Random burglary doesn't fit because the crime scene was too clean.

I feel so bad for his wife and family.

Posted by: patlr504 | June 29, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Drose, it makes more sense. Can you explain why the alleged intruder chose to go up the stairs and instead of opening the door to the room at the top of the stairs, ran to the end of the hallway and opened that door and killed Wone?

Someone just randomly entered their house and stabbed a person who had no defense wounds to his body? Yeah, this makes so much more sense. NOT.

Posted by: Alex1011 | June 29, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

This is the travesty of it all -- maybe they didn't (all) directly murder Robert. Maybe some of them really don't have anything to do with it. BUT you have to be an idiot to think that NONE of them have anything to do with it, or have no knowledge of who did. Whoever thinks that justice was served by this verdict had better not have been indignant when OJ got off. BRING ON THE CIVIL CASE!

Posted by: xandersun | June 29, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Did they get away with murder? I don't know, but it seems pretty certain that by being smart and sticking together, they did get away with the cover-up. But it's not as if life is going to get much easier for them; they're probably going to get OJ'd in the civil suit.

Posted by: justmike | June 29, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

A shame these men are not likely subject to the street payback that tends to prevail in the Eastern parts of Washington, DC.

But there's always the civil trial. May these men spend the rest of their lives in bankrupt ignominy.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | June 29, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 29, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse


this is exactly why they did not want a jury trial.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | June 29, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that the U.S. Attorney's Office didn't object to a bench trial. I think they would have had a better chance at conviction if they had requested a jury trial.

Posted by: aspe4 | June 29, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

The judge should be impeached.

Posted by: HenryPotter | June 29, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

All three of them killed that man or had something to do with it. Not Guilty my ass!

Posted by: kdukes1 | June 29, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Alex,

No - not anymore than I could get inside the mind of someone who runs over and pushes person B onto the Metro tracks instead of just pushing person A who is nearer.

So, if you think Wone's friends are guilty of this, what is YOUR suggestion of their motive?

Posted by: DROSE1 | June 29, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

now the recently acquitted defendants can travel the world playing golf and looking for the real murderer!

maybe they'll even write a book about this, and title the book (drum roll)...


If We Did It.


Posted by: potomacfever00 | June 29, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Judge Lynn Leibovitz is my nominee for Grand Marshal of 2011 the Gay Pride parade!

Hope Mrs. Wone immediately plans to file a wrongful death civil suit. The three perverts need their lives completely ruined.

Posted by: wagtdn | June 29, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

It's not a matter of guilt or innocence, it's how much legal counsel you can afford to hire.

Posted by: drlatham22 | June 29, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

ends really sad like it began, sick to see the smile on Ward's face, reminds me when the EMT addressed him at the murder scene, he just walks away like he is now. Robert, you deserved better and Kathy, you didn't deserve this. 3 wounds, 3 defendants, maybe there was nothing more to it than that and still, an acquittal to even the lesser charges. Thanks to those who kept this case alive the last four years but now, nothing to do but go on. Isn't that what Robert would want? Rest in peace.

Posted by: rufkd | June 29, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The judge is obviously incompetent. No reasonable person could possibly believe there was not a conspiracy. Obviously there was no evidence - it was removed/tampered/altered. I can understand not being able to convict for lack of evidence on those issues but the state of the crime scene itself and the implausibility of the circumstances and the defendants' alibis themselves are incontrovertible proof of the conspiracy. Judge Liebovitz is an idiot.

Posted by: blakemandc | June 29, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised since there was such a "gaping hole" with the evidence.

Posted by: TooManyPeople | June 29, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh My Lord! I just ran down there to that CourtHouse and there was all kinds a commotions taking place! I seen a punch throwed and a hair-weeve pulled! I can't verify at this point the culprit, but from the looks of her face, I'm gonna guess it was that Katherine Wone!!

Posted by: TheMorningHawk | June 29, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why the verdict comes as a shock to most of you. WHITE IS RIGHT, RIGHT?

Posted by: wisedecision08 | June 29, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Worst trial ever... the dudes should get off - poor police work

Posted by: rockettonu | June 29, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Our hearts should go out to Kathy Wone, a true victim. I could see this coming due to the lack of hard evidence. Sadly, many heinous crimes go unsolved.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | June 29, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

One of the men has a troubled brother who has robbed their home before. He is who they are protecting.

Posted by: ged0386 | June 29, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

poor police work, yes, BUT EVEN WORSE-POOR PROSECUTION WORK!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | June 29, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

This is DC. No one ever gets convicted for anything for any amount of evidence. This is the perfect city if you're thinking of killing someone.

Posted by: forgetthis | June 29, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"So, if you think Wone's friends are guilty of this, what is YOUR suggestion of their motive?"

The same motive a hetero male has for raping a woman and then killing her.

Posted by: slwapo | June 29, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

So the judge says the three aren't guilty of obstructioin of justice, but she believes that they know who killed Robert Wone. HUH?? Come on, what and/or who are they covering up? This is not right.

Deepest condolences to the Wone family. They deserve much better than this.

Posted by: silentnomore | June 29, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

One of those judicial cop-out verdicts, "I believe you but you failed to prove it!" Since you can't prove a negative, I guess anyone can get off since there was no evidence that no intruder wasn't there. No wonder DC has a f--ked -- crime rate.

Posted by: ronjaboy | June 29, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Guess you can get away with murder. In any event their lives as the know it are over

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | June 29, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, Drose, I have no idea. I have read so many of the legal documents and read the updates on the trial. Did you know they found Wone's seamen in his anus? How would that have gotten there? He had no defensive wounds, which would indicate he was paralyzed at the time of the stabbing.

Everyone has said that Wone was heterosexual. I wonder if he had some curiosity and was a willing participant and that Ward and Price possibly injected him with something that paralyzed him and they thought they killed him. So they stabbed him to hide the fact that they had injected him with something.

They found bizarre devices in Ward's room, one of which made the person drink their own urine. I remember reading about one object that made me think that was how Wone got his own seamen in his anus.

The judge has found that there was no intruder, and I trust her judgment. She has reviewed the facts and sat in the court room every single day of the trial. She would know.

I think it was a sexual situation that went terribly wrong. Zaborsky was not involved, but I think Ward and Price were. I think Michael Price was not involved and was not there that evening.

There is blood missing. Where did it go? When the doctor who performed the autopsy drained all the blood, there was something like 5 pints of blood missing. Not one or two pints, but a significant amount. Where did it go? There was evidence of blood in the lint section of their dryer and in a drain on their patio. How did it get there?

The intruder theory is a joke.

Posted by: Alex1011 | June 29, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Nothing but a TRAVESTY of justice. The Judge should be found GUILTY as a co-conspirator. This is typical DOUBLE_STANDARD of United States Justice. 3 homos, silver spoon fed kill and walk...
The Washington Post need to check Judge Leibovitz bank account for the BRIBE money.

Posted by: BlackRock11 | June 29, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

All 3 ash cans will burn for this one. Glad to see the Wone family has filed a lawsuit. Get them in their pockets.

Posted by: Turtle1234 | June 29, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse


I don't know why the verdict comes as a shock to most of you. WHITE IS RIGHT, RIGHT?

Posted by: wisedecision08

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

wisedecision08, this may come as a surprise to you, but most decent people want justice to be served no matter WHAT race the victim OR the defendant is.

so get that nasty little chip off your shoulder, and try to get yourself enrolled in a 12-step "racists anonymous" program.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | June 29, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Is there any chance that DC would now charge these three with murder in this case? The charges just heard were for obstruction and conspiracy, so a murder charge wouldn't be double jeopardy. So are they willing to do this again only this time insisting on a jury trial rather than a trial by a judge who seems to be living in a world where "judicial theory" is more important than justice.

Posted by: LionelMandrake | June 29, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

This was a difficult case to prove but clearly incompetence made it even more difficult. How come there is no mention in the story of the brother of one of the housemates who may be a suspect?

Posted by: conchfc | June 29, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

As per WardQueen on WCP:

Thankfully these men can get on with their lives although that will be tough. Could have been a burglar but more likely an Internet liason gone bad.

Will be interesting to see all those whose lives have been solely focused on the lurid details of "Who Murdered Robert Wone" scurry to get off the island as their "Lord of the Flies" world collapses.

Doubtful that Kathy Wone's civil suit will move forward. More likely is a defamation suit for "the flies". Joseph Price is, after all, an intellectual property specialist with an obsessive personality and a lot of time on his hands.

Posted by: ManOpener | June 29, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

What's the surprise?

Let's see, one dead asian dude, three rich white dudes.

What do you think? Of course, the white dudes are not guilty.

This is America. What other verdict could they have come up with. Come on people, we all knew these dudes were going to be found not guilty.

Justice is blind in America, only when the perps are white and the victim is non-white.

Let this be a lesson to all those non-whites folks, who think that they have made it, because they have white friends and they all went to the same white school.

Racism is still alive and kicking in the USA in 2010, just like it always has been and always will be.

-The viewpoint of a non-white realist living in America.

Posted by: fabenjamin | June 29, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I predict a long, hot afterlife for these guys.

Posted by: justmike

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there is no afterlife, which is why you must get it right here and now!

Posted by: johng1 | June 29, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope the widow brings a large civil suit against these characters.

Posted by: familynet | June 29, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

If OJ can get away with it, why not 3 white gays dude?

Posted by: drkly | June 29, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"...Leibovitz said she believed that the three defendants know who killed Wone, but that the prosecution failed to prove that they did."


Isn't this a contradiction?

Posted by: 123cartoon | June 29, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

This case disturbed me because of it's Puritanical undertones. A lot of people made assumptions of guilt based on nothing but the lifestyles of these men. I'm glad to see that in the end, justice can prevail despite this.

Posted by: CAC2 | June 29, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the most disturbing cases I've ever followed. And what's more disturbing is that the 3 men who successfully covered up the truth are left to roam NOVA.

It's unfortunate that the prosecution just couldn't prove that they had anything to do with this. And it's just plain creepy what they did to Mr. Wone.

They are a disgrace.

Posted by: Kona13 | June 29, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Its a shame that these 3 men get to walk away without being held accountable for any type of responsibility for the death of a so-called friend. With friends like those who needs enemies? There is no way that all of them being there didn't know something about what happened. I doubt that the house was a mansion being that it was a row house.

But Karma is a B??tch they will all get what is coming to them for not taking a stand to help their friend. Plus with their business being put in the street people will keep away from them like the plague. I see a downward spiral in their futures for sure!!

Posted by: msruby36 | June 29, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the most disturbing cases I've ever followed. And what's more disturbing is that the 3 men who successfully covered up the truth are left to roam NOVA.

It's unfortunate that the prosecution just couldn't prove that they had anything to do with this. And it's just plain creepy what they did to Mr. Wone.

They are a disgrace.

Posted by: Kona13 | June 29, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't be murdered in D.C.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 29, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"Leibovitz said she believed that the three defendants know who killed Wone"

She believes they know who did it but aren't working in concert with each other to obstruct or cover up (definition of a conspiraccy). That defies logic, Judge!

Posted by: pzjagd1 | June 29, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"Leibovitz said she believed that the three defendants know who killed Wone"

She believes they know who did it but aren't working in concert with each other to obstruct or cover up (definition of a conspiraccy). That defies logic, Judge!

Posted by: pzjagd1 | June 29, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

as outsiders we dont know what happen in that houes but the three men in that house know what happened or had something to do with it something just dont add up and i just dont see how the judge come to not guily

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | June 29, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I have been a juror on several trials in DC, (one aggravated assault, one second degree murder) and the one thing I have learned from those experiences is that no one who isn't on the jury can truly understand why the jury reached its' verdict. I know this wasn't a jury trial, but what I mean is that for someone who has only followed the trial in the news or on websites to think they can definitively say the verdict is right or wrong is stupid. I am going to trust the judge more than some anonymous poster on a website who probably has an axe to grind.

Posted by: David90 | June 29, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

White + $$$$ = Innocent, no matter the evidence. That the evidence in this case was less than conclusive only made it that much easier for the high priced lawyers.

Score one for Clorox, I guess. All killers should take care to leave their crime scenes just as tidy.

Motive: Drugs + kinky sex (the City Paper explained this much better than the Post ever did).

The "Intruder" theory is laughable and they should have been convicted for perjury on that along.

Pathetic.

Posted by: hoos3014 | June 29, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I predict a long, hot afterlife for these guys.

Posted by: justmike

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there is no afterlife, which is why you must get it right here and now!

Posted by: johng1 | June 29, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse
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Justmike - There surely is an after life and their surely will be accountability in it. Don't let the non-beleivers get you caught up. Heaven and Hell, slavation, an after life and judgement are very much so real.

Posted by: love2much SE | June 29, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

A few comments: (1) I figured that the defendants would walk, due to lack of evidence. A trial is not a popularity contest. (2) I'm surprised by some of the casual attitudes toward the death of Robert Wone. If you ever have a friend or family member die violently, it's something that will haunt you forever. (3) I saw some gang violence in Columbia Heights, but I'm shocked that something like this could happen in a house full of distinguished lawyers. I think this, combined with the Chandra Levy case, will keep the paranoia level in Dupont Circle very high. (I live just north of the Circle.) Keep those doors and windows barred!

Posted by: Dave115 | June 29, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

It humors me that a bunch of people are commenting that they got off because they were "white". Seriously? Get over the racisim.

YOU are the reason why racisim still exsists.

They got off because it wasn't proven beyond a resonable doubt that they did it....not because they were white. LOL Give me a break...

So ridiculous.

Posted by: Kona13 | June 29, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"A lot of people made assumptions of guilt based on nothing but the lifestyles of these men."

Just an FYI - I made my assumption of guilt based on the actions of the these men, I could care less if they were blue skined bi's or green gays.

The comments about race and sexual orientation in here are so predictably trivial. Gimmie a break.

Posted by: drinaldi | June 29, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The justice system worked here exactly as it should have. The travesty is that these defendants' names and personal details have been splashed all over the media.

Posted by: Socrates5 | June 29, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

This is an outrage. These three rooty tooty fresh and fruity miscreants should have been convicted.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | June 29, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Even in this land, sometimes perhaps only God can deliver the ultimate justice that some average people deserve - especially when the victim is a minority. May the guilty get burned in the inferno very soon.

Posted by: ExpressReader | June 29, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable!

These freaks are getting away with murder!

Posted by: KaneMan | June 29, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

3 murders walk free. Well it is DC, safest place in the USA to commit a murder.
It is very very unusual for the Defense to go bench only in a murder trial. Guess they knew their judge.

Posted by: devluddite | June 29, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

The justice system worked here exactly as it should have. The travesty is that these defendants' names and personal details have been splashed all over the media.

Posted by: Socrates5 | June 29, 2010 2:14 PM
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Yea, that's the "travesty." Not the dead young man. LOL.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | June 29, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Socrates5 says:

"The justice system worked here exactly as it should have. The travesty is that these defendants' names and personal details have been splashed all over the media."

I suggest you read the Judges order.
Here is a quote from page 20:

"As an initial matter, I am persuaded by the trial evidence in its totality, and I find, that the murder of Robert Wone was not committed by an intruder unknown to the defendants. My reasons for this conclusion are the evidence that: there was no sign of forced entry; no items or property were disturbed within the home; no mark or disturbance was made in the dust or debris on the fence railing, defendants’ car or the plant beds inside the fence; not a single item of value of the type commonly taken by burglars was taken, including a flat screen television and a laptop computer in view of the kitchen and two wallets in plain view on the desk in the guest room; and the intruder had to have passed by Mr. Ward’s room to get to the guest room, yet nobody entered Mr. Ward’s room. Other reasons for my finding include the fact that Mr. Wone was entirely immobile at the time of the stabbing, and the deliberate and methodical way in which the wounds were inflicted."

Q: If she doesn't believe the intruder story, what is the ONLY posssibility?

A: One of the defendants did it or they let the person in who did it. Either way, they are acting in concert (conspiring) to cover up, obstruct, and mis-lead.

The travesty here is that they were NOT found guilty.

Posted by: pzjagd1 | June 29, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

So if you have enough money you can kill someone in your own home and get away with it? This case seemed even more obvious than the Nicole Brown Simpson murder.

Posted by: miknugget | June 29, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

WOW!! NO JUSTICE TODAY. NOT FOR THE WONE FAMILY. THESE THREE GOT AWAY WITH A MAJOR CRIME. I HAVE NO WORDS FOR THIS JUDGE, I AM DUMBFOUNDED. HOW COULD SHE LET THESE GUYS GO? IT GOES TO SHOW THAT JUSTICE CAN BE BOUGHT. I HOPE THESE GUYS GET JUSTICE FROM THE UNIVERSE.

Posted by: diahhna | June 29, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

There is no good purpose to be served by putting these brilliant men behind bars. I am sure that they have been punished enough. Let's put all of this behind us and live fully in the present moment. Mistakes were made, lives were lost, but the past cannot be undone. Destroying three lives as penance for one life is egregiously unfair. The judge made a legally sound, judiciously sane, and socially sagacious decision and I applaud her wisdom and courage in the face of the barrage of negative media condemnation. Bravo Judge!

Posted by: goodblackpipe | June 29, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

The verdict is complete bull. Was there any sign of a forced entry?
Kind of strange that an unarmed burglar would break into a home at 11-11:30PM (when most people are home). The burglar did not take anything except for the knife used to kill the victim and left no prints. Whatever happened to charging all the suspects with the crime when there is no clear killer?
Those who believe in the 'equal protect under the law', this should show you that is complete bull. I bet if that crime had taken place a few miles east with a different cast, those guys would have been in jail until the trial began.

Posted by: priceisright | June 29, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The system works.
The investigators and the prosecutors f***ed up.
I wonder if anyone has bought the movie rights yet...

Posted by: DaveinDC3 | June 29, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Whoever posted that the civil suit would not go forward clearly doesn't know what he/she is talking about. It will go forward. The fact that a directed verdict was rejected in a criminal case means that there is sufficient evidence for a civil suit.

Defamation suit filed by Price? LMAO I would be shocked if that occurred.

Posted by: Alex1011 | June 29, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Our justice system is flawed beyond belief! First we get the pants lawsuit jerk who wipes out a poor family because he's a psycho. Now these three perverts get away with murder. Come on let's have some "common sense" law for a change. These guys tortured this poor guy, stabbed him to death and then covered it up. THey will do it again. The only hope is that they start turning on each other. One guy kills the other two to ensure they don't squeal and then he gets shot trying to buy smack.

Posted by: getbent | June 29, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

There is no good purpose to be served by putting these brilliant men behind bars. I am sure that they have been punished enough. Let's put all of this behind us and live fully in the present moment. Mistakes were made, lives were lost, but the past cannot be undone. Destroying three lives as penance for one life is egregiously unfair. The judge made a legally sound, judiciously sane, and socially sagacious decision and I applaud her wisdom and courage in the face of the barrage of negative media condemnation. Bravo Judge!

Posted by: goodblackpipe
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Just what are you smoking in that "goodblackpipe" of yours?!!

Posted by: familynet | June 29, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Even the Judge says there was no burglar/intruder. See her order, pages 20 and 35.

Basically what she has said is that it is "possible" that one of the three is innocent and that since she can't determine which one that is, she must find all 3 innocent. See her Conclusion.

Posted by: pzjagd1 | June 29, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Shocker, our court system lets us all down again and three dangerous murders are roaming the streets. I hope they eventually kill each other or get run over by a bus.

Posted by: getbent | June 29, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

weaverf, you certainly seem to know a great deal about purchasing illegal drugs in Dupont Circle!

Posted by: SouthernerInDC | June 29, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

This is clearly a travesty of justice. These guys know what happened to Mr. Wone and are not telling the whole story. Conspiracy theories abound. Fact is a man is dead leaving behind a grieving widow. He did not deserve this. His wife did not deserve this. Money and privilege can buy anything....including a favorable verdict.

Posted by: clintonguy | June 29, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Please read the Judge's final order. She concludes that at least one of these three know what happened and who did it; but that she can't determine beyond a reasonable doubt which one (or two or three) that is.

In her order, she pretty much dismantles the defendants fairy tale of the events that night.

Posted by: pzjagd1 | June 29, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse


The judge was constricted by the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard in criminal proceedings. Had the prosecution done its job, there would have been a conviction.

However, the judge certainly said she believed one or all of the three were complicit, and that bodes well for the civil action by Wone's widow.

However, while this article states that the Defendants are living with a relative in McClean, what it does not say is that the proceeds of the sale of the Swann Street townhouse, as well as probably a substantial amount of other assets, was, shortly after this murder, used to buy a home in Florida.

Why? Because under Florida's homestead protections, it can't be subject to attachment in the event of the bankruptcy of the Defendants.

As despicable as this "family" might be, don't lose sight of the fact that at least one of them is smart enough to know how to game the system.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | June 29, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Man if this was South East........:>)

Posted by: wisedecision08 | June 29, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Man if this was South East........:>)

Posted by: wisedecision08 | June 29, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The judge got it right - the prosecution failed to present a credible case of conspiracy. Even if any of three knew who the killer was, it is simply unreasonable they'd risk 38 years in prison to cover-up for someone else.

The glaring elephant in the room is that the killer of Robert Wone is still at large and the DC Metropolitan Police Department has totally failed, utterly totally failed, to conduct a proper investigation. This is the staggering injustice in this matter.

Hopefully the Wone family's wrongful death suit will be dismissed as frivolous.

I hope the three file a slap suit against the Wone family for wrongful harassment.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | June 29, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Just wait one daggone minute!!!

You mean to tell me that people in Georgetown honor the much maligned "no snitching" rule?

Imagine that!

Posted by: dcis1 | June 29, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Is this what we call American justice system? Shameful verdict. Kill another human being and destroying lives in process and stay mum to get a safe verdict? This whole sorry saga was based on few men wanting to exploit another human being AGAINST his will. Had it happened to a woman, I bet verdict would be different. Again, shame on US justice system.

Posted by: DesiHungama | June 29, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The verdict is in, but the case is not over. Do NOT let anyone tell you that gays are not violent. The fact is that gays and so called bisexuals are responsible for most of the predatory violent crime in America.

The fact is that the gays and bisexuals are involved in all the predatory homosexual rape that occurs in the jails and prisons of America.

And they want more rights.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | June 29, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing they will spend countless hours at the same golf courses as O.J. in their endless search for the real killer.

Posted by: ouvan59 | June 29, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

jnrentz. You are so stupid. The sexual assaults in jail are not usually done by gays. Its a power and violence thing done mostly by straight inmates. Its hard for me to believe you are that ignorant.

Posted by: hunter501 | June 29, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"I hope the three file a slap suit against the Wone family for wrongful harassment."

And maybe they can use the Judge's findings that "As an initial matter, I am persuaded by the trial evidence in its totality, and I find, that the murder of Robert Wone was not committed by an intruder unknown to the defendants."
Page 20.

Yeah, that ought to persuade a jury that these poor guys have been defamed and harrassed.

Posted by: pzjagd1 | June 29, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"Well it is DC, safest place in the USA to commit a murder."

Especially if your white, preppy, and have connections to the mega-money law firms in DC.

Still in the civil trial, lots more can be introduced into evidence..including all the nasty electro SM sex toys found at the house, his own semen found inside him, and other things...

To all those who say innocent..Would YOU want to spend a night with these three guys in their house??? Get invited to sleep on the sofa or be offered the spare bedroom? Any takers on that? I bet not...

Posted by: nowhine | June 29, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

jnrentz@aol.com wrote: The fact is that the gays and bisexuals are involved in all the predatory homosexual rape that occurs in the jails and prisons of America.

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Hmmmm, sounds like SOMEONE has some seriously messed-up twisted personal fetish fantasies. Given the case facts in Robert Wone's death, perhaps the police should investigate if HE has an alibi for his whereabouts on the night of Robert Wone's murder.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | June 29, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

WELL WELL WELL are you really surprised that three rich preppy guys in wash dc land of the criminal freeerz can kill someone and get off scott free....not gonna lie I have to agree with nowhine "

"Well it is DC, safest place in the USA to commit a murder."

Especially if your white, preppy, and have connections to the mega-money law firms in DC.

Still in the civil trial, lots more can be introduced into evidence..including all the nasty electro SM sex toys found at the house, his own semen found inside him, and other things...

To all those who say innocent..Would YOU want to spend a night with these three guys in their house??? Get invited to sleep on the sofa or be offered the spare bedroom? Any takers on that? I bet not..." thats the best put post I have read on this matter...well yet another waste of taxpayers dollars keeping officers in court when they supposed to be out making their ticket quota I mean solving crimes to tie up the court system...GGOOOO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION, GOOD THING WE GIVE CRIMINALS GUNS AND TAKE THEM AWAY FROM TAXPAYING CITIZENS AND HAVE GAY MARRIAGE AND LEGAL MARIJUANA !!!!!!!!!!!sounds bad dont it?

Posted by: DCrezident | June 29, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

You guys are all crazy.

Posted by: Kona13 | June 29, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

What did you expect from a hand-picked judge facing a half-dozen big-name multi-millionaire defense lawyers?

WE CALLED THIS WEEKS AGO!

Posted by: perryneheum | June 29, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Reading all the comments from all of the part-time jurors out there that the defense chose well in seeking a bench trial who would decide the facts based on the law and the standard of proof and not innuendo.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | June 29, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Are you KIDDING? Not guilty.

I feel for the Wone family. Somebody knows something.

Shame the prosecutor could not prove the case.

What types of men are in a 3 way relationship? That is disgusting as H3LL.

Posted by: K2007 | June 29, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I applaud Judge Leibovitz for looking beyond the so-called lurid and irrelevant details of the defendants' lives (as published incessantly in The Washington Post and elsewhere), and coming up with the only logical verdict based upon the facts presented in the case. The prosecution DID NOT prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the three defendants conspired to cover-up the murder of Robert Wone and obstructed justice in the case. Whether we like that verdict or not, whether we think the verdict was racially-based or based upon the defendants' ability to hire high-priced legal counsel are all moot points. The only point that is outstanding and of utmost importance is that Robert Wone was brutally murdered, and to this day, the government of the District of Columbia and its law enforcement officials have been unable to gather sufficient evidence to charge anyone with the crime. At this point, the unsolved murder should be (as it always should have been) the center of the public's, the media's, and law enforcement's attention.

Kathy Wone may be able to succeed in her civil suit against the three defendants, because the standard of proof in a civil suit is much lower than that in a criminal case. Anyone who followed the O.J. Simpson case and the civil suit by the Goldman family will remember this. We should all hope that regardless of the outcome of a civil case, that Ms. Wone can summon the strength and the ability to recover and move on.

Now, let's let Mr. Wone rest in peace.

Posted by: pleunh | June 29, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Like OJ, they aren't innocent. They simply weren't proven guilty.

I think the Wone family has a good civil case and sues those 3 for wrongful death. They know something and they're responsible.

Posted by: ceefer66 | June 29, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Meursault is wondering where this prosecution was in his trial...

Posted by: wordup1 | June 29, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

These 3 will weep what they sow

Posted by: K2007 | June 29, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

These 3 will weep what they sow

Posted by: K2007 | June 29, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

This murder of Robert Wone and cover-up of the crime makes yet another sad statement about humankind and it's ability to evolve.

Hope she sues the three men and takes everything they own.

I personally hope that years from now everyone still recognizes these men wherever they will hide for the evil that they have done and may karma have it's day!

Posted by: Badger21 | June 29, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I believe the Judge was afraid to hand down guilty for fear there would be retaliation from the "community." Maybe she wants to be re-elected or something. They invited this guy there and he ends up dead... My condolences to the family. People have been convicted without a body, let lone evidence before. What gives. Gross negligence.

Posted by: BANITAP | June 29, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey Alexander -- did you stay awake for the entire verdict this morning?

Posted by: wjfreeman1 | June 29, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to believe anyone not somehow connected to the defendants could be as dimwitted as MarilynManson, ManOpener (charming handle), and AShafer. Now that the boys are "free" (except from what promises to be incredibly bad karma), perhaps you'd all like to arrange a sleepover?

Posted by: boggled | June 29, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I can't imagine why these men went for a bench trial and not a jury trial. Given the slurs of "perverts," "deviants," and the old standby "fags," on this board I am sure they would have been able to find a reasonable jury - especially after the cops found the sex toys.

Let's see, the prosecution initially claimed Wone was drugged, despite no chemicals in his system, and was raped, despite the only semen being found was his own. Then they claimed the three must have covered up the crime, even though the alleged "real" murder weapon was in Washington state and nothing was stolen (e.g., if they wanted to stage a robbery/murder, wouldn't they have taken something?).

I don't know these men, but I do know the leather community (kinky sex folks) in the DC area, and this crime does not sound like sex gone awry at all. First, there is the concept of "safe, sane and consensual," which are the watchwords of kinky play. Then there is the fact that three men in a polyamorous situation would not need to rape to get sex. Even if they were having sex with Wone, which I doubt, would be no need to drug him, they had plenty of restraints in the house, but there was no sign they were used.

This case was hopelessly shrounded in homophobia and bad police work. Gay men are not, despite the homophobic claims on this board, the ones out murdering and raping the general population - that is reserved for straight men, who commit crimes at a much higher rate than their population percentage would imply.

I agree that the intruder theory is shaky, but that does not mean these three men had anything to do with it. It could have been a colleague of Wone's who followed him to the house (he had a habit of staying there). What is clear is that the police did not do the thorough job that would have been expected, and now the case is unlikely to be solved. I think it is clear these obstruction charges were brought in order to get one of the men to talk. The very fact that none of them did only demonstrates to me that they likely don't know more than they're telling.

Posted by: CPT_Doom | June 29, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

CPT_Doom:

Per testimony at the trial, Robert did NOT have a habit of staying there--it was the first (and thanks to the defendants, either directly or indirectly) the last time he stayed there.

Is it homophobic to resent attempts to insult your intelligence?

Posted by: boggled | June 29, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I have never liked the ability to civilly sue when a criminal verdict is not guilty.

Now hoever, I hope Mrs. Wone gets every penny of that 20 million.

How exactly does a person get stabbed 3 times without a) screaming in pain and/or b) defending themselves?

Yet these men heard nothing?!?! Nope, lying lying liars. Get your money Mrs. Wone, get your money.

But agree with others: the police focusing on the gay aspect screwed this case (much like the Post constantly writing "family" in quotes... ahh the post... childish as usual when it comes to non-coformist sex relationships.

Posted by: Greent | June 29, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

When did the threeway relationship become a true relationship? People are being accused of being close-minded because they're skeptical, but the trial showed:

- The relationship between Ward and Zaborsky was based on tolerance

- Price, Zaborsky, and Ward were having sex with friends, neighbors, and everyone in between

Posted by: alc0f7 | June 29, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Maybe OJ can find the killers!?!

He's still looking for the person who killed his ex-wife and Ron Goldman! LOL

Just another example that if you're rich (or famous, right OJ) the rules don't apply. You can literally get away with murder.

Posted by: B-rod | June 29, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

And this pathetic place actually thinks it deserves to be a state!

Posted by: johnhopkinson2004 | June 29, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe OJ can find the killers!?!
He's still looking for the person who killed his ex-wife and Ron Goldman! LOL
Just another example that if you're rich (or famous, right OJ) the rules don't apply. You can literally get away with murder.
Posted by: B-rod | June 29, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse
Have you ever heard of EVIDENCE or the BURDEN of PROOF????

Only an ignorant fool would have posted this or some dirt poor trailer living low life!!!!!!

Posted by: askgees | June 29, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

They were covering up for the gay Islamic terrorist; Haida Salami.

Posted by: nuke41 | June 29, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

A tragic and sad decision. The fix was in on this case from the outset. The Q&A from the criminal attorney should remind us of the amoral calling of the criminal bar, guilt or innocence being irrelvant, just get an acquittal at all costs.

Wone's fatal night reminds me of the quote attributed to former President Warren G. Harding "It's not my enemies, it's my g*damn friends who keep me walking the floor at night." A man's death happened because he associated with people whose moral code is non-existent.

A slick plan of murder and a lax criminal justice system at all levels.

Finally, don't expect justice in the corrupt cesspool which masquerades for justice in DC.

Posted by: gregphillyburbs | June 29, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Rich guilty black defendant acquitted (OJ Simpson): 1
Rich guilty white defandants acquitted: 3

Looks like we now have to acquit 2 more guilty blacks...I'm sure the DC criminal courts will oblige us on that...

Posted by: chaddsford1971 | June 29, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Greg,

I understand your concern with the justice system; you're right it doesn't always work. However, I have read a lot about this case, and the prosecution blew this one. They did absolutely nothing to prove that the defendants were guilty of anything at all. If there is even a shred of doubt (which there was); that is grounds for an acquittal. Think about when it happens the other way around. Someone is "proven" to have committed a crime that they did not. It goes both ways my friend. Whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? Whether they did it or not is irrelevant at this point; it's all about what you can and cannot prove. I'm happy with this decision, it was the right one.

Posted by: smfoster3 | June 29, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

these three nutcakes are about as normal as ted bundy..."not guilty" DOESN'T equal "innocent" ... hope they're haunted till the end of their days....

Posted by: noone2 | June 29, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

So sad that a judge can conclude that someone has knowledge and has committed a crime but because they cannot figure out who, no justice is done. Having known Robert at school, this is a tragedy that he did not deserve, nor did his family. There is no doubt these "men" know what happened and I truly hope that another form of justice is served. They have no right to walk among us as free men or on this Earth at all. They are disgusting individuals that deserve the ultimate wrath of God be bestowed upon them.

Posted by: joethree | June 29, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Response to smfoster3 - Yes i understand your point of view. but i worked in the judicial system for 11 years. That taught me all i needed to know about the "innocence" of criminal defendants. The few cases where someone slipped through the net, like these three, it was a bad prosecution and a very good, well paid criminal lawyer, usually both. How about justice for Robert? Does he just not matter. while these skanks go free?

Posted by: gregphillyburbs | June 29, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Just wait one daggone minute!!!

You mean to tell me that people in Georgetown honor the much maligned "no snitching" rule?

Imagine that!

Posted by: dcis1

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Not sure I completely understand this, but it made me chuckle.

Posted by: sugarstreet | June 29, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

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