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New York Post ^ | 1/22/05

Posted on 01/22/2005 1:05:49 AM PST by kattracks

It doesn't take much to become a Big Man On Campus these days. At Rutg ers University, all you have to do is murder cops.

Thomas Trantino — who should have gone to the chair 40 years ago — will be a guest panelist there today, lecturing his bleeding-heart audience on "How to Survive Probation and Parole," at the New Jersey college's Camden campus.

The forum is co-sponsored by the school's department of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice — whose bizarre notion of criminal justice apparently includes welcoming a cop-killer.

Better today's audience should hear from the families of Detective Peter Voto and Officer Gary Tedesco of the Lodi, N.J., police force — and let them testify on how to survive 42 years without the loved ones whom Trantino first pistol-whipped, then shot to death in 1963.

Spared the electric chair only when the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed capital punishment in 1972, it was thought that Trantino would die behind bars.

But the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered him freed in 2001, saying he could not legally be denied parole — a sobering lesson for those who argue that the courts can guarantee life-without-parole sentences as an alternative to the death penalty.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey; US: New York
KEYWORDS: copkiller; deathpenalty; donut; donutlist; donutwatch; leo; newbrunswick; parole; paroleboard; police; rutgers; rutgersuniversity; trantino

1 posted on 01/22/2005 1:05:49 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks

Goes to prove, a lucky criminal can kill a cop and eat his donut too, Thanks Liberals....

2 posted on 01/22/2005 1:10:44 AM PST by 1FASTGLOCK45
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To: kattracks

Goes to prove, a lucky criminal can kill a cop and eat his donut too, Thanks Liberals....

3 posted on 01/22/2005 1:11:30 AM PST by 1FASTGLOCK45
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To: kattracks

SO now that he is out walking around, why is he still alive? Just asking is all?

4 posted on 01/22/2005 1:15:37 AM PST by ikka
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To: ikka

on a different note, have you seen SuperTroopers? It's such a funny cop comedy. I had to buy the dvd, i put it on when i want some good laughs.

5 posted on 01/22/2005 1:17:51 AM PST by 1FASTGLOCK45
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To: kattracks

"Kill Two Cops, Write a Book"
Must this be?

Mr. Derbyshire is also an NR contributing editor
February 14, 2002 9:00 a.m.


6 posted on 01/22/2005 1:25:51 AM PST by Cindy
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To: kattracks

Sgt. Peter Voto (l) and P.O. Gary Tedesco

Killed in the line of duty August 26, 1963

7 posted on 01/22/2005 3:02:07 AM PST by martin_fierro (Holder of an M.A. Degree in The Obvious)
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To: ikka

If either of those two LEOs were my family, he wouldn't be.

8 posted on 01/22/2005 3:16:04 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm (• veni • vidi • vino • visa • "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: martin_fierro

wow...they look just something out of an old movie.

9 posted on 01/22/2005 3:27:29 AM PST by melbell (There are 10 types of people in the world...those who understand binary, and those who don't.)
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To: kattracks

We used to run across Rutgers Criminal Justice students from time to time: victims of the violent parolees some air-headed professor suggested they "interact" with.

I recall one in particular, who found herself spread-eagled over the hood of her car while a group of parolees "interacted" with her...

10 posted on 01/22/2005 4:30:58 AM PST by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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To: kattracks

After Flagstaff, AZ's draconian no smoking ban goes into effect I will be locally regarded as worse than a cop killer for lighting up within fifty feet of a public doorway. Do you think Rutgers will pay me a lecture fee for discussing my crime? (Smokers, don't let the sun set on you in Coconino County.)

11 posted on 01/22/2005 4:42:45 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Their women give good lamentation, maybe we can conquer them again sometime.)
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I think the leftists champion such thugs because they know that for a communist "revolution" to take over, they will need to recruit a lot of thugs who think nothing about killing people. Most leftist professors hardly know one end of a gun from another, which is kind of a problem if you want to round people up at gunpoint and send them to the nearest collective farm. So you recruit stupid thugs who are satisfied with a little money and a little attention. This type of person is an ideal enforcer and is not likely to become a political threat. Problem solved!

12 posted on 01/22/2005 5:06:11 AM PST by Wilhelm Tell (Lurking since 1997!)
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To: Wilhelm Tell

That is a good theory, that's why they (clinton, carter) always pardon their thugs as a way to get an "I owe you one" from the bad guys.

13 posted on 01/22/2005 5:44:51 PM PST by 1FASTGLOCK45
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To: martin_fierro; Calpernia

Help block parole of convicted New Jersey cop-killer!

January 22, 2005
bullet Cop killer's forum still on for today
Only a blizzard, and not the memory of two murdered policemen, could still force a last-minute cancellation of today's forum at Rutgers University featuring cop killer Thomas Trantino.

January 21, 2005
bullet Trantino appearance angers cops
A scheduled appearance by North Jersey's most infamous cop killer at Rutgers University is raising the hackles of authorities in Lodi.

14 posted on 01/22/2005 9:11:57 PM PST by Coleus (Brooke Shields killed how many children?
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To: kattracks

The NYPD did the right thing with his partner and blew him away, after that, the chicken turned himself in and is now walking the streets. So much for the democrats position for LIFE in prison instead of the death penalty.

Gov. Kean reinstated the death penalty around 1985, so far, none on death row have been executed

15 posted on 01/22/2005 9:19:50 PM PST by Coleus (God gave us the right to life and self preservation and a right to defend ourselves and families)
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To: kattracks

A novel needs to be written about this with a happy ending.

16 posted on 01/22/2005 9:22:58 PM PST by doug from upland (THE RED STATES - celebrate a great American tradition)
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To: Coleus


17 posted on 01/23/2005 1:10:12 AM PST by Calpernia (
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You can make it with bleeding-heart democrats in charge of the NJ Supreme Court and NJ Legislature.

In NJ, you can kill a cop, serve your time then get paroled!

Trantino to parolees: 'You can make it'

Sunday, January 23, 2005

CAMDEN - If anyone should know about how to survive on parole and probation, it's Thomas Trantino, and Saturday morning he imparted his advice during a two-hour panel discussion on the topic.

"We have a choice and we can take responsibility for those choices, no matter what," Trantino told the audience of about 30 at an auditorium on the Rutgers University-Camden campus. "You can make it. No matter how bad things are."

Trantino was released from prison in 2002 after spending a state-record 38 years incarcerated for the killings of two Lodi police officers. Because of his infamy, he was thrown out of a halfway home, forced to live in a homeless shelter and rejected for several apartments and for a job.

He has since become program coordinator for the Quaker-supported Friends Transitional Support Services in Camden, which co-sponsored the event along with the Rutgers-Camden Department of Criminal Justice.

His appearance on the panel was strongly opposed by members of the Lodi government and Police Department, who were upset that he would be allowed to speak at a taxpayer-supported institution.

After the forum, Trantino said he was used to the manner in which the police force reacted to his existence.

"What are you going to do? It's a culture. It's a club ... and you respond to your peers. We've been talking about this all day. The way they survive is, when Tommy Trantino's name is mentioned, they snap to attention and say 'RRRR.'Ÿ"

He added that he wished members of the Police Department had attended the discussion so there could have been a real exchange of views. No department member was present either to protest or to attend the forum.

"I'm willing to talk to those police officers," he said. "I'm willing to go in to their training and talk to them. I used to talk to the police in prison and I have no problem with police."

Trantino said he is qualified to talk about the subject because he has been in prison and experienced reentry to the outside, and he is paid to help ease the transition for other inmates.

Trantino was joined on the panel by Leah Morris, director of training for the state Office of the Public Defender. She began her remarks by saying she was not representing the agency and speaking only for herself.

The panel's moderator, Dr. Drew Humphries, professor of criminology and sociology at Rutgers, read two statements before the conversation even began - one from Rutgers explaining that its role is to provide an open forum for discussion, no matter how controversial, and the other expressing disappointment that the New Jersey Parole Department had declined to send a representative as planned. Lenny Ward, district parole supervisor of community programs, backed out of the discussion after learning that Trantino would be a panelist.

Morris spoke first and offered three top-10 lists: the essentials for survival as a parolee or probationer, the most common mistakes and the cardinal rules. The top two rules: Keep reporting no matter what, and don't assume you won't get caught if you violate your parole.

Many in the audience had family members who are, or had been, incarcerated. At least one man was currently in a halfway home. There also were several transitional support professionals and members of the Quaker group. Trantino said he knew most of those assembled and thanked them for coming, despite the falling snow.

"What all this is about is, how do you survive life," he said, as he began his remarks. "How do you do it? I look at my own life as not really being in that struggle when I was younger because I had no tools, no idea of how to survive except on the lowest possible level there is."

Trantino said he left prison for the first time, as a 23-year-old drug and alcohol addict in the 1950s, with a Ph.D. in crime and distorted thinking.

"Who paid for it? Other people and myself too. ... And this led, as almost everybody knows, to my killing two policemen in 1963 and spending the next eight years in solitary confinement and the following 30 years incarcerated, where I learned how to survive."

He did not talk about the specifics of his own struggle to reintegrate into society, but he did point out the presence of Roger Lowenstein, the attorney in July defended him from charges of beating and choking his former girlfriend. A jury acquitted Trantino, sparing him from going back to prison for the rest of his life.

"We can't control what others do, and what event might occur," Trantino said. "Thank God [Lowenstein] was there, but we're not always that fortunate. That's part of the problem - to have people that care about us."

During the question-and-answer period, many attendees complained about the inadequacies of the criminal justice system and the war on drugs. Morris said many of those topics, and others, would be addressed in future forums sponsored by the Quaker group.

Maria, a relative of an inmate, said she and her mother came to "understand the system better." The two hope to provide positive support for their relative, whom they declined to identify. Both said they had learned a lot from the speakers, especially that their relative will need "a lot of love."

18 posted on 01/23/2005 1:48:52 PM PST by Coleus (God gave us the right to life and self preservation and a right to defend ourselves and families)
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