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Who killed Tommy Burks?
Readers have more faith in suspect Looper than in DA Gibson, poll finds
Gibson cannot be trusted to give the former Putnam County assessor of property a fair trial, four out of five respondents say.

This is not a link to The Herald-CitizenByron (Low Tax) LooperThe State of Tennessee on Aug. 14 will prosecute former Putnam County Assessor of Property Byron Looper for the murder of Sen. Tommy Burks, against whom Looper was running in 1998. There are many questions about the murder, investigation and evidence in the case District Attorney General Bill Gibson is building against Looper. The potential jury pool has been bombarded with negative stories run in the Herald-Citizen, which carries a standing logo, "The trials of Byron Looper." The newspaper has done absolutely no independent investigation, but carries verbatim comments by the prosecutor.
 Nevertheless, respondents to a Putnam Pit poll say by a 3-1 margin they have not made up their minds about whether Byron (Low Tax) Looper killed Sen. Tommy Burks. On the other hand, more than four out of five participants in the week-long online survey believe DA Bill Gibson cannot be trusted to fairly prosecute the former Putnam County assessor of property.


Public sentiment: Gibson is incapable of fairly prosecuting Former Putnam County Tax Assessor Byron Looper
Why give Byron Looper a trial at all? Let's kill him now.
Rush to judgment: He wasn't a suspect, and he wasn't in town, Gibson slaps a first degree murder charge on the unpopular Byron Looper (10/23/98)
Harris Column: The irrefutable fact: Byron Looper is not guilty (11/28/98)
Justice system needs to be scrutinized as the Looper case proceeds

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