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  •  I'd personally contrast this case with Mumia's (2+ / 0-)
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    dclawyer06, elwior

    Another incident of a black man accused of shooting a police officer and subsequently convicted.

    This case (Troy Davis') troubles me and from what I have read (granted, I have not read case excerpts to the extent I have with Mumia's case), it sounds problematic and that there is good cause to grant a hearing/new trial.

    The more I read about Mumia's case, the more convinced I was that he was guilty, that he got a fair trial, and that there is clearly no reason to grant him any additional hearings.

    Personally, I would argue that race is far less of an issue than class.  OJ is a prime example.  If OJ was poor and black or poor and white, he almost certainly would have been convicted (he was of course guilty as hell).

    Simply put, investigations like these are complex and it takes experienced defense attorneys with significant resources to mount a good defense.  Iow, Money Matters.

    •  Let's focus on Troy Davis' case here. (5+ / 0-)

      With respect to Mumia, people have differing opinions.  I personally do not feel I know whether or not he is guilty.  I support a new trial for him, recognizing that the prosecution, the judiciary, and the defense all contributed in varying measure, to a troubled trial.

      With respect to your argument about class:  let me point you to the entire Criminal Injustice Kos diary series.  Our view is that both race and class are foundational to the structural violence/injustice that permeate the criminal legal system.  But the racism is not wholly explained away by class, not nearly.  Racism is absolutely key to the violence and expansion of the criminal legal system.  The CIK body of diaries stands as witness to this.  

      With respect to O.J. Simpson:  I encourage you to write your own diary about your views.  

      Teach us to listen to sounds larger than our own heartbeat; that endure longer than our own weeping in the dark. - Lillian Smith

      by RadioGirl on Wed May 11, 2011 at 05:56:58 PM PDT

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      •  I have no problem focusing on Troy, (0+ / 0-)

        but i think the comparison was useful since they were so similar

        1) DEATH ROW
        2) BLACK DEFENDANT
        3) WHITE COP VICTIM
        4) TROUBLED TRIAL (WELL, IN THE CASE OF MUMIA - ALLEGEDLY BUT NOT REALLY)
        5) LOWER INCOME CLASS DEFENDANT
        6) NATIONAL EXPOSURE.

        I disagree that racism is"absolultely the key to the violence and expansion" of the criminal legal system.  I think the KEY is statism, but that's another discussion.

        Let me put the race/class thing in perspective.  My perspective is different.  Imo, and ime (20 + yrs in the court system) class is way way way way way more important in terms of outcome than race.  It's not even close

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