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John Flanagan: The criminal justice system is imperfect. Perhaps, it may be true that the jail witnesses against Taylor and the evidence presented lacked veracity. LaWall and the assigned investigators came to conclusions about Taylor's guilt and presented their evidence to the jury. Stop Here! Why does the writer of this article need to note Taylor was convicted by an "all white" jury? A racist implication suggests that Caucasians are unable or unwilling to render a decision based on facts when a black person is on trial. This is both insulting and inaccurate, but a common perception of self loathing white liberals. Although the writer may not fall into the latter category, it remains nevertheless a false assumption which denigrates citizens of our country who were born white. Such dribble is normally spoken by defense lawyers, pundits, progressives, and those who have made color a divisive issue. In this case, justice was finally served. No doubt there are people in jail wrongly convicted, sometimes placed there by a preponderance of bad evidence weighed by juries, and we must admit, as in the Casey Anthony case and the OJ Simpson trial, sometimes juries themselves ignore or disregard common sense and acquit egregious individuals from accountability. The American justice system is badly flawed, due in part to rules and ambiguities related to suppression of some facts, while allowing often weaker and irrelevant information into trial. Flamboyant and unscrupulous defense lawyers make distracting motions to free murderers from responsibility for their crimes. So called advocacy experts pitch ridiculous excuses for homicidal behavior, attacking victims and defending perpetrators. Lawyers involved in these procedures want to win at all costs, turning the justice system into a sporting event. If Taylor was wrongly convicted and imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, a review of his case, the evidence used, and accountability for the investigators may be in order. However, in doing so, please spare us the indictment of the jury for the reason that their skin color was white.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 2:46 pm
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