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Re: “What of those who can't afford expensive defense attorneys?

i beg to differ with the concerned parent from Florida. This is exactly what happens with black men all across the state. I was glad to see anyone who is innocent get justice in this system, but the facts are that the NC prison system is made up of 67% blacks. This is a huge racial disparity given our minority status. I have seen cases with convictions with little or now evidence won in the court system with a jury. The lacrosse player hit the nail on the head. The presumption of innocence is out the window. You are guilty unless you can prove yourself innocent. This is especially true if you don't have the resources to pay a qualified attorney to handle cases. Many court appointed attorneys handle cases with little or no preparation. Let me tell you how this would have went down had the accused been a minority with low socioeconomic status: 1. They would have been arrested merely on the accusation. 2. They would have went to jail. Bail would have been set, no one could afford to get them out thus that is where they would be today. 3. With the same evidence The prosecutor would have given them a plea. No money, poor attorney advice, they probably would have taken it with the threat of a longer sentence being dangled over his head. 4. They would plead guilty for lack of good options and no clear path to exoneration in sight. It happens every single day.....

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Posted by cantholdmypeace on 04/18/2007 at 8:49 PM

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