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

Very good article. Having a good deal of experience in criminal justice, I would say that 99.9% of those convicted were in fact guilty. Still, it is very important to have groups that seek to redress innocent people's convictions. It does happen and we should be glad that some fine people work diligently to free the innocent. Now, in the Duke case, if the boys had not been from well-off families and Dukies(elite,top 5 school academically) their chances of being charged would have dropped significantly. Consider how the police in Durham and Winston Salem recently handled alleged rapes by blacks with the purported victim being white. In one, no charges were brought; in the other extreme steps were taken to ensure the accused's due process rights despite the accuser being a Duke co-ed and there being hard drugs and a gun at the party.When there is political advantage to play the race card now, it usually is a black defendant and a white victim as the black community can be manipulated to vote in a block. Nifong got 90% of the black votes cast in an area with 43% of the residents being black, yet he only won aplurality of 49%. That vote is critical for Democrats ;hence, Attorney General Cooper's wiggling off the hook at prosecuting the false accuser in the Duke lacrosse case Ms. Mangum who had a serious criminal record and (depite being interviewed by many polce and nurses and who never before January was remotely called "delusional") was allowed to go free despite the destruction of 3 innocent lives, Duke's reputation, and Durham's reputation, under the convenient characterization by Cooper that she was "delusional". That means every false accuser ,when it is politically expedient, can go unpunished. Mangum would do better with a strict parole as she has had drug and alcohol habits and has children who deserve a lot better. Those kids do not have much chance with Mangum free to roam without the supervision parole would have offered.

Posted by Concerned Parent on 04/18/2007 at 5:22 PM

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