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Tennessee Jury Lets Torturer-Murderer-Rapist Live, to Prey on Others
examiner ^ | August 28, 12:24 | SCOTUS Examiner Hans Bader

Posted on 08/28/2009 2:53:42 PM PDT by jessduntno

Tennessee Jury Lets Torturer-Murderer-Rapist Live, to Prey on Others August 28, 12:24

Some juries are indulgent towards even the most vicious and plainly-guilty criminals. A Nashville jury just let a nightmarishly-evil torturer-murderer-rapist, Letalvis Cobbins, escape the death penalty in the rapes, torture, mutilation, and murders of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian. Now, he can spend the rest of his life raping and preying on vulnerable prison inmates, like first-time offenders.

The jurors who blocked the death penalty may have mistakenly believed that they were sophisticated and progressive by rejecting the death penalty, but in truth, they were being cruel, since, as it says in Midrash, he who is kind to the cruel is cruel to the kind. Scholars like Ernest Van Den Haag have concluded that the death penalty actually saves lives by deterring murders. (A recent Emory University study says that each execution deters approximately 18 murders). When I was a young liberal, I used to oppose the death penalty, in part because I was arrogant and it made me feel morally superior to those who support it based on “gut instinct.” But “gut instincts,” such as indignation, are important guides to what is right and wrong. As the great Athenian lawgiver Solon noted, true justice will not be achieved until those who have not been victimized by crime are just as indignant as those who have been.

The horrifying facts of the case are below; if you are squeamish, don’t read further. I describe them in order to explain why it is an insult to justice to give a torturer-rapist-murderer like Letalvis Cobbins the same sentence that many ordinary murderers receive:

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: channonchristian; christophernewsom; cobbins; tennessee
“On Saturday January 6, 2007 Hugh Christopher Newsom, age 23 and Channon Gail Christian, age 21, both students at the University of Tennessee went out on a date. They were driving in Channon’s Toyota 4-Runner when they were carjacked at gunpoint. Suddenly the crime turned far more savage than an armed car theft. Chris and Channon were kidnapped and driven to 2316 Chipman Street where they were forced into the home at gunpoint. While Channon was forced to watch, her boyfriend was raped prison style and then his penis was cut off. He was later driven to nearby railroad tracks where he was shot and set afire. But Channon’s hell was just beginning. She was beaten; gang raped repeatedly in many ways, had one of her breasts cut off and bleach poured down her throat to destroy DNA evidence-all while she was still alive. To add to Channon’s degradation the suspects took turns urinating on her. They too set her body afire, apparently inside the residence, but for some reason left her body there-in five separate trash bags.”

“Christian suffered horrific injuries to her vagina, anus and mouth. She was not only raped but savaged with ‘an object,’ possibly a broken chair leg, the doctor testified.”

Yet the defense attorneys for Letalvis Cobbins, one of the five people who perpetrated these atrocities, think that he can be rehabilitated, and will not pose a risk to others in the future. Do you agree? I don’t. If I were a first-time prison inmate, in for something like drug possession, I would be scared to death by this vicious criminal’s presence.

Some have speculated that the jurors refused to impose the death penalty out of racial favoritism, and that some on the “racially-diverse” jury may have had difficulty empathizing with the victims, who were white. When a Brooklyn jury acquitted the killer of Yankel Rosenbaum, who died in the 1991 anti-semitic riots in Crown Heights, commentators suggested that race similarly played a role in the black defendant's acquittal, citing the seemingly “airtight” evidence against defendant Lemrick Nelson, who had been identified by the dying Rosenbaum as his killer. If the race of the victims and perpetrators in this case had been switched, the ensuing media coverage would have dwarfed the Duke Lacrosse case.

The crime didn’t happen in Nashville (Davidson County), where the jury was chosen. The case was moved there, rather than to a less pro-defendant venue closer to whether the crime actually occurred, by presiding Judge Richard Baumgartner, a liberal Democrat. His excuse was that the case needed to be moved from Knoxville due to adverse pre-trial publicity; but if so, that merely justified a move, not a move to distant Nashville, 180 miles away. Tennessee voters should ask why Baumgartner did this.

1 posted on 08/28/2009 2:53:42 PM PDT by jessduntno
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To: jessduntno

This guy will likely be killed in prison. Not even convicted felons would feel comfortable with this monster; I expect a brief session with a sharp toothbrush is in his immediate future, and it won’t be used to clean his teeth.


2 posted on 08/28/2009 2:58:40 PM PDT by Devils Avocado
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To: jessduntno

Nashville is crazy.


3 posted on 08/28/2009 2:58:59 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Barack Obama is a political suicide bomber and the Rats are political arsonists.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Just imagine what awaits these scum in hell.


4 posted on 08/28/2009 3:01:51 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Devils Avocado

Killed in prison?

For raping and torturing a white girl, this guy will be a hero in prison to other black inmates.


5 posted on 08/28/2009 3:01:55 PM PDT by mojito
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To: HiTech RedNeck; cardinal4

Couple this savagery with the monstrous crime that took place at the Dunbar Apartments in Riviera Beach FL, we are looking at the Tutsis butchering their victims in Rwanda. God help us.


6 posted on 08/28/2009 3:04:51 PM PDT by Ax
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To: mojito

If interracial fisticuffs break out, he’d better watch his back.


7 posted on 08/28/2009 3:06:45 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Barack Obama is a political suicide bomber and the Rats are political arsonists.)
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To: mojito

Yeah, but there are white gangs in the joint, too...


8 posted on 08/28/2009 3:08:01 PM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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To: jessduntno
Letalvis Cobbins


9 posted on 08/28/2009 3:08:47 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Jim Thompson doesn't need a teleprompter.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Nice thought, but I am more interested in making sure that such scum does NOT continue to terrorize people. Remember, we end up where we will in the end, but right now I have to live on Earth and I do not want such scum running around.

If the court does not start meting out what they deserve, the citizenry will. I think that it’s coming.


10 posted on 08/28/2009 3:09:51 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: mojito
"Killed in prison?

For raping and torturing a white girl, this guy will be a hero in prison to other black inmates."

He didn't commit these horrible crimes because she was white and he was black, he did it because he's ^%$#ing crazy. If I were a black inmate, I wouldn't feel safer because he's a "brother." I don't think he's going to be getting any sort of Black Panther ticker-tape parade in prison.

11 posted on 08/28/2009 3:10:09 PM PDT by Devils Avocado
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To: Ax

What happened in Dunbar?


12 posted on 08/28/2009 3:10:55 PM PDT by livius
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To: HiTech RedNeck; Maverick68

Indeed there are, and he better.

I can see a situation were this creep could have a bounty on his head.


13 posted on 08/28/2009 3:11:16 PM PDT by mojito
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To: jessduntno

They justified this sentence by realizing the state of Tennessee won’t have to pay millions of dollars for all of the appeals that death row cases bring up and decided a life sentence with no chance of parole was a way to lock this monster up forever without running up a huge tab.


14 posted on 08/28/2009 3:12:07 PM PDT by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: jessduntno

Although, in my opinion, if a case like this doesn’t warrant a death sentence, nothing does.


15 posted on 08/28/2009 3:13:04 PM PDT by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: jessduntno

They should all have been put to death. But I guess when a black person tortures and kills whites, it’s just one of those things.

But black people should think twice before high fiving about this one. What does it say when much of the larger society thinks that this is simply how blacks act...and therefore they shouldn’t be held to the same standards as the rest of us and shouldn’t be punished for it?

Thanks, Al Sharpton. And Jesse. And Obama.


16 posted on 08/28/2009 3:14:28 PM PDT by livius
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I live in Nashville and it is terrible what happened to these kids. I remember hearing about it on the radio, yet nothing was said in the local media. The Repub mayor of Knoxville was wishy washy on this case and Knoxville feared a race war. I favor the death penalty for this reason...I sincerely hope that nothing but hell awaits these thugs. BTW, Nashville was one of 3 places in TN that went for Obama...we have a bunch of Liberal progressives here.


17 posted on 08/28/2009 3:15:57 PM PDT by chilepup
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I always look at these kinder and gentler jurys and wonder how they would feel if they had to sit and look at photos of their son or daughter hacked up and discarded like a piece of trash, after being raped and tortured for days on end. Sentence them to death and turn them over to the family members to carry out the states decree.


18 posted on 08/28/2009 3:16:47 PM PDT by nuadvntur
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To: livius

“What does it say when much of the larger society thinks that this is simply how blacks act...”

Then why do they get to live in this country? Why do we have to deal with it? Why can’t we simply deport them? I am sick of all of it.


20 posted on 08/28/2009 3:27:13 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: nuadvntur

Perhaps these juries are afraid of retaliation. They are seen by the criminal, their families, their friends, fellow gangbangers. I am sure that if they could, the juries would suggest harsher punishment. However, since they are opnely in the court, stared at for hours, I am sure that they live in fear during these trials that if they were to suggest something harsh, then they would get attacked themselves.

Frankly we need to figure out a way to telecommute for jury participants.


21 posted on 08/28/2009 3:30:30 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Ax

I think it was the Hutus who were butchering the Tutsis.


22 posted on 08/28/2009 3:31:46 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: jessduntno
This was clearly a hate crime that wasn't prosecuted as such. Even with the crime as heinous as it was, the majority black jury didn't wish to execute one of their own. It was a compromise in the reverse racist and liberal Democrat Nashville. Anything of a lesser punishment would had been too obvious. The average black wishes us dead. There are more examples of this daily.
23 posted on 08/28/2009 3:38:14 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: mojito
For raping and torturing a white girl, this guy will be a hero in prison to other black inmates.

That's a pretty unfair statement as well stupid thing to say. You really think other black inmates think raping, torturing, dismembering and brutally killing a white women is cool ? True a handful might, but a hero welcome?

Most if not all the black inmates are there in prison for some serious offenses, but very few have committed crimes of this nature.

They will consider this POS bat crazy and dangerous and will have nothing to do with him. He's a lifer and has nothing to lose by playing by the rules and the other imates want to get out in one piece at some point.

24 posted on 08/28/2009 3:54:41 PM PDT by Popman
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To: jessduntno

Everytime I read a story like this it makes me think of this Hank Jr., song;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YtvEn3Cvho&feature=related


25 posted on 08/28/2009 3:56:24 PM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: jessduntno

Send him to Texas...


26 posted on 08/28/2009 4:03:57 PM PDT by DallasSun (i believe in separation of church and hate.)
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To: mojito

exactly! they are all freakin’ savages.


27 posted on 08/28/2009 4:07:41 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: Niuhuru; cardinal4

Ooooops. Can’t tell the playas without a pogrom.


28 posted on 08/28/2009 4:09:19 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Ax

I just wonder when lynch mobs will start forming. There’s no way this can continue without a vicious backlash.


29 posted on 08/28/2009 4:14:47 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: jessduntno
I wonder how her family can live with this without retribution I know I could not deal with it.
30 posted on 08/28/2009 4:26:32 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Devils Avocado

This guy will likely be killed in prison. Not even convicted felons would feel comfortable with this monster; I expect a brief session with a sharp toothbrush is in his immediate future, and it won’t be used to clean his teeth.
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He’ll do just fine. He’ll join a black gang that will gladly accept him and protect him against any Aryan Nation type gangs


31 posted on 08/28/2009 4:28:39 PM PDT by dennisw (Free Republic is an island in a sea of zombies)
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To: livius

Not for nothing, but this is almost as ugly and the only reason they probably let them live is that they were living in the neighborhood...

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Separate Palm Beach County juries have convicted two men in the gang rape and assault of a mother and her son during a home invasion two years ago.

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She recounted how she prayed for her life and cried in pain as she was repeatedly raped and her son beaten by 10 masked, gun-toting teens. Then she testified about being forced to perform oral sex on her son. The victims were then doused with chemicals in an attempt to clean the crime scene.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32600590/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/


32 posted on 08/28/2009 4:29:51 PM PDT by jessduntno (Privatization + Inter-State Sales + Individual Policies + Tort Reform = Healthcare Reform)
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To: vetvetdoug
This was clearly a hate crime that wasn't prosecuted as such. Even with the crime as heinous as it was, the majority black jury didn't wish to execute one of their own. It was a compromise in the reverse racist and liberal Democrat Nashville. Anything of a lesser punishment would had been too obvious. The average black wishes us dead. There are more examples of this daily.

If the roles were reversed and four whites had done this to a black couple Eric Holder type Feds and the local Knoxville prosecutors would have been on it in two seconds flat calling for hate crime prosecutions

33 posted on 08/28/2009 4:31:46 PM PDT by dennisw (Free Republic is an island in a sea of zombies)
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To: jessduntno
Here's the worst part. This guy is now in Nashville at a state intake facility where he will be evaluated to determine which facility he is placed in. That evaluation means this. If he behaves there for 60-90 days he may get put in a less secure prison facility than maximum. No I'm not kidding. It seems our states Department of Corrections does not take the crime of the criminal into consideration as to where they place them. It all depends on how their so called evaluation in that 60-90 days goes.
34 posted on 08/28/2009 4:44:25 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: vetvetdoug

See post #21. I think you paint “average blacks” with far too broad of a brush. What you say may apply to the career loafers and criminals, but it certainly doesn’t apply to my co-workers who are genuinely decent people.


35 posted on 08/28/2009 5:07:07 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: dennisw

“He’ll do just fine. He’ll join a black gang that will gladly accept him and protect him against any Aryan Nation type gangs”

Yep, and he will continue to find more white victims when he is in prison:

“Past studies have documented the prevalence of black on white sexual aggression in prison.(213) These findings are further confirmed by Human Rights Watch’s own research. Overall, our correspondence and interviews with white, black, and Hispanic inmates convince us that white inmates are disproportionately targeted for abuse.(214) Although many whites reported being raped by white inmates, black on white abuse appears to be more common.”

http://www.hrw.org/legacy/reports/2001/prison/report4.html#_1_27


36 posted on 08/28/2009 5:19:58 PM PDT by Katoolie
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To: Vigilanteman

Consider the unemployment rate within the black community. You don’t work with average blacks.


37 posted on 08/28/2009 6:46:35 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: mojito

That is true...but what do they think of gay rape (on the “down low”) outside of prison?


38 posted on 08/28/2009 7:06:22 PM PDT by TNdandelion (I'd rather have FedEx run my healthcare than USPS.)
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To: jessduntno

OK, thanks. I didn’t recognize the name of the town, but this has been all over the news here in Florida. There are some real animals in those places and they prey on immigrants - and tourists.

Their whole strategy is to go after somebody they consider weak. We are breeding monsters in some of these neighborhoods.


39 posted on 08/28/2009 7:12:34 PM PDT by livius
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To: vetvetdoug

Until the unemployment rate within the black community exceeds 50%, a black American who is employed is still more average than one who is unemployed. I do not think the unemployed plus the unemployable exceeds 50% yet.


40 posted on 08/28/2009 7:22:48 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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