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Re: “Lee County justice: the mistrial of Curtis Vance

@Truth: Wow. So because white juries have acted deplorably in the past gives black jurors carte blanche to do so now? People with your mentality are part of the reason verdicts like the one in the Vance case still happen. And, at least in the first case you mentioned (did you happen to notice that 2 of the 3 examples you provided were from at least 55 years ago - when will people stop using the terrible sins of the past to justify perpetuating those sins in the present???), people have finally acknowledged that what they did was, indisputably, wrong. Do you think anyone in the Vance jury will ever openly acknowledge that they behaved equally deplorably toward Ms. Edwards?

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Posted by InSearchOfJustice on 03/29/2011 at 8:45 PM

Re: “For the defense

@Martin Balsam: So, the fact that blacks were treated deplorably in the past justifies black jurors refusing to convict a fellow black when presented with incontrovertible evidence? I call b.s. on that point.
If you want proof that James told numerous "mistruths" in that courtroom, I suggest you get a copy of the transcript and the complete case files in this matter (point of fact: I have indeed read the articles pertaining to this case, all of them, from the day Ms. Edwards was raped). And he did, in fact, say (in the courtroom) the DNA was NOT his client's - admitting it was his clients would force him to admit that his client is a serial rapist.
And no, I wouldn't care a bit about my lawyer's future if I was unjustly accused. I would just want that person to do his or her job, and do it with honesty and integrity. I am certainly not placing the blame squarely on Mr. James - he was not in the jury room when the black jurors were posing cockamamie "alternate scenarios" for how Vance's DNA ended up on and in the victim (despite Mr. Vance taking the stand and denying he had ever met Ms. Edwards, contrary to his prior statements about their "relationship"). But I certainly find him morally repugnant.
I pray that you never experience the type of injustice that Ms. Edwards has experienced. Because I'm pretty sure you'd think there needed to be improvements to the "justice system" if this had happened to YOU. Race - victims, perps, jurors, lawyers... anyones - should have NOTHING to do with justice being served. And until it doesn't, our justice system is broken.

Posted by InSearchOfJustice on 03/23/2011 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Lee County justice: the mistrial of Curtis Vance

@SenoritaBonita: For starters, as cases of this nature require a unanimous decision from the jury, your point is moot to begin with. Second, there should ALWAYS be "controversy" if jurors - regardless of their color, and regardless of the color of the victim and perpetrator - render a verdict based not on the evidence presented, but on their own suppositions and "what-ifs", which is an absolute contradiction of the oath all jurors take. It is absolutely disgusting that race should EVER be a factor in deciding a criminal case, no matter the color of ANYONE involved.
@Misso: You hit the nail on the head with your comments. Had Ms. Edwards been black and her attacker white, and the jury split along racial lines in the manner they did in this case, this would have made national news almost instantaneously, and people would have been tripping over themselves to come to her defense. Heck, had she been black and Vance white, people would have been screaming "hate crime" from the get-go. I agree that we need to stop pussyfooting about issues like this and take a good, hard look at them. Criminals and criminals and victims are victims - color shouldn't have a damn thing to do with justice being administered!
Regarding your final sentence: I could not agree with you more. Vance's defense attorney should be added to that list, as should anyone who thinks that there was anything "just" about this verdict.

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Posted by InSearchOfJustice on 03/23/2011 at 6:31 PM

Re: “For the defense

@Martin Balsam: Did you even read the article about the case? Where do you come up with "...whites concluding that blacks are always guilty."? In this case, a black man happened to have committed a crime against another human being (whether she is black or white should not be relevant) - the one juror with the courage to come forward said the white jurors were not arguing that he was guilty based on the color of his skin, but the fact that his DNA was found on and in the victim's body. And yes, I personally believe that anyone who is willing to lie in his opening/closing statements (FOIA the court documents if you don't believe me) to defend someone he knows is guilty of rape deserves to spend eternity in hell. That doesn't make me "ignorant and misguided" - it indicates my outrage that we live in a society where people can commit terrible acts of violence and not be held accountable for them due to the racism of a jury and a dishonorable defense attorney who is willing to put a rapist back on the street simply to score a "win". And, sadly, Ms. Edwards will never see justice done in her case, and verdicts like this will continue to be rendered, because people aren't willing ot engage in intelligent discourse (which includes knowing the facts of the case).

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Posted by InSearchOfJustice on 03/23/2011 at 12:13 PM

Re: “For the defense

If we needed positive evidence that James and Vance will be spending eternity in the same location, here it is. Although Ms. Edwards was absolutely denied justice, at least she won't have to spend eternity with the likes of these two.

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Posted by InSearchOfJustice on 03/22/2011 at 10:11 PM


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