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Posted on 05/10/2011 8:00:42 AM PDT by flowerplough
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Louisiana Supreme Court is expected to hear a novel argument Monday that relates to the long-standing debate over the legacy of the Confederate flag. This time it's come up in the context of a murder trial.
Felton Dorsey, an African-American man, was sentenced to death in Shreveport, La., for killing Joe Prock, a white firefighter, during a robbery at the home of Prock's mother. Dorsey claims that he is innocent and seeks to overturn the conviction on numerous grounds, including that prosecutors used unreliable accomplice testimony.
But he also contends that prosecutors improperly removed most of the prospective black jurors from the case, resulting in a jury of 11 whites and one African American. Here's where the Confederate flag comes in: Carl Staples, one of the prospective black jurors, was struck from the case by prosecutors after complaining about the fact that it was flying outside the courtroom:
The flag "is a symbol of one of the most ... heinous crimes ever committed," Mr. Staples said, according to court briefs. "You're here for justice and then again you overlook this great injustice by continuing to fly this flag," he added, calling the flag "salt in the wounds of ...people of color."
"When I was screened for the jury, it welled up inside of me and I expressed my feelings," Mr. Staples said in an interview. A part-time radio engineer and announcer in Shreveport, he said, "I don't understand how judges or lawyers allowed that flag to stand."
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He killed someone and it wasn’t self defense. Guilty as charged.
The defense desperately wanted this brain dead man on the jury so they could lead him around by the nose and eventually prevent a conviction.
so first he kills a white man because of a flag.
Then he goes for the jury is now against him crap because they’re white.
What a race card tool, This is the sort of crap which need to be taken off our streets because if it were not for this then it would be something later and the same excuses
BTW Does he kill those blacks which have a confederate battle flag too?
He killed the guy while trying to get money to buy crack.
A flag had nothing to do with it.
find the blacks who are ignorant, get them on the jury and then play the race card after all it worked in CA for OJ Simpson.
The man is trying to come out with every excuse and it all stems from a race card, as Whoopi said danm right I’m now playing that card
You and I know that but to him and his other ignorant pals they will try and use that excuse of a flag
“so first he kills a white man because of a flag”
Please read it again.
read post 9 .
It’s called looking at this from their perspective and the media
***Carl Staples, one of the prospective black jurors, was struck from the case by prosecutors after complaining about the fact that it was flying outside the courtroom: ****
Sounds to me like Carl Staples was looking for any excuse NOT TO BE on the jury.
Few people I know love jury duty and many won’t register to vote just so they won’t be called, as that is where the jury pool is drawn from.
Sold into slavery by muslims
now you’re using facts and that is not liked by some.
I actually told a NY city woman that the other week and asked her what flag flew over those slave ships, where was the biggest slave ship building and which flag flew over the west while killing indians, taking their land etc.
She told me it was the battle flag which flew over the indians killing them.
It was the battle flag which flew over slave ships.
It was probably a southern city which built the ships like Charleston, new Orleans, or and get this Atlanta, LOL
Atlanta, I had to point out to this dope that Atlanta is inland, that the flags were the stars and stripes.
She got all made, said that there is no way that is true as they helped the slaves and went to war to free them .
I have to ask what the hell are the schools teaching kids about the war up in NY City as she was one of the dumbest fools I have met and yes she claimed she had a masters of which she was quick to point out when I told her she was wrong.