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Re: “Immigration bill puts government on everyone's back

What about those here who utilize the public defender system? The United States Constitution guarantees the right to counsel. What about confidentiality? What is told to one's attorney (with few exceptions) is confidential. This should include immigration status. I guess the right to counsel would count as an exemption b/c of federal law. Even if that is the case, will the public defenders still be required to calculate how much money is spent on those who are undocumented (as the bill requires)? Who will do that? This will take a ridiculous amount of resources and time.

What if an undocumented person is the victim of a crime? Most prosecutor offices have victim coordinators to help the victims during the time leading up to and during a trial. Will those without the proper papers be left on their own with no support during this stressful time? Will only victims who are here legally have this service? I don't believe the victim assistance most prosecutors provide is required by the federal gov't, so it would seem to be included in what this bill would forbid. Am I wrong?

This bill is very mean spirited and obviously proposed by legislators who know very little about the day to day operations of government.

Posted by Fay on 02/18/2011 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Curtis Vance's lawyer defends trial system

From the article: "Innocent people are charged with crimes they did not commit. It happens every day. Innocent people have been found guilty and even put to death."

I believe Mr. James is saying that the justice system is imperfect. The truth is that our system falls short all of the time. However, the failure usually benefits the prosecution. Appeals courts have overturned many cases because there was not sufficient evidence for the jurors to find the defendant guilty, but they did anyway. Where is the outrage when that happens?

By the way, were you in that courtroom? I've found that it is impossible to trust the media reporting on the trial to accurately portray the events and mood inside the courtroom. Many times I've watched a day of questioning and testimony then read the newspaper account the next day and thought I must have been at a completely different trial.

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Posted by Fay on 02/15/2011 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Mr. Brummett regrets .... Courtney Henry

I agree with PVNasby.

When as many lawyers speak out against a judicial candidate as spoke out against Ms. Henry, the media and the voters should take notice. This wasn't jealousy or sour grapes. Many attorneys across the state voiced real concerns about her candidacy. I don't think I remember a time when there was so much opposition to a candidate from the state bar.

Ms. Henry may have married into (and then divorced out of) a liberal family, but she is no liberal.

Posted by Fay on 02/13/2011 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Did race cause rape case mistrial?

ND'75: Excellent point.

My earlier comment should read "tend to give respect to the uniform"

Posted by Fay on 02/08/2011 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Did race cause rape case mistrial?

I don't see the problem. Many white jurors have voted to convict a defendant just because he was black. Why is everyone getting all worked up because it might have worked the other way, too?

The way I see it is that many African American jurors have a bigger distrust of the police. They have had their brothers, sons, fathers locked up longer than their white co-defendants. They remember or their parents or grandparents remember a time when black folks were arrested for wanting the same treatment as white folks. I hate to generalize, but in my experience, black people tend to not just believe a cop because he is a cop. Older white people, who tend to make up many juries, tend to give my respect to the uniform, whether or not the wearer has earned it or not.

We have a long way to go in this country.

Posted by Fay on 02/08/2011 at 7:28 AM

Re: “The shameful Correction Department

Everyone needs to read the ArkTimes cover story on Tim Howard.


I understand that the state is still reeling from the Gatrells' unthinkable crime. However, remember that the family in the case did not want a trial.

If you look at the men on death row, we don't have a row full of killers like the Gatrells. We have men like Tim Howard (the Ark Sup Ct split 4-3 over whether or not he even committed the crimes), Rickey D. Newman (may be innocent, certainly is mentally incompetent), and Damien Echols (no explanation needed). Sure there are cold blooded killers there, but they are still human and we need to be better than them. Some of them killed because of hatred, or spite, or jealousy, or greed, or just plain old meanness. I'd like to think that we, as a society, don't stoop to their level, especially when so many mistakes are made in the criminal justice system.

You don't think mistakes are made and juries make the wrong decisions? How do you feel about the Curtis Vance rape case verdict? Google "Innocence Project" and see how many men have been wrongfully convicted.

Posted by Fay on 02/04/2011 at 9:05 AM

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