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To: marajade
I know you might say that right now, but I'll give you a hypothetical and see if you can honestly respond back to me?

You were having a relationship with another, and her spurned lover (previously unknown to you) entered the room and shot her. There were no other witnesses, testimony and evidence could expulcate neither of you.

What would you then think of your ruling?
32 posted on 01/05/2003 11:04:42 AM PST by M. Peach
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To: M. Peach
At least the murderer of my love would go down with me.
35 posted on 01/05/2003 11:31:18 AM PST by ExpandNATO
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To: M. Peach
Your hypothetical differs in a very key fact from the actual incident to which this article devotes about one or two sentences--the crime.

"Mr. Jacobs, then 16, and a childhood friend, Roy Bridgewater, then 17, both black, burst into an occupied home in Marrero, a white suburb. The teenagers stole guns and jewelry and raced away in a minivan." In other words, they were working in concert. Together. As partners. They came in together, and they left together.

In your hypothetical, one person does the crime, unknown to the other person, who then appears on the scene and is thought to have done the crime. That's a very different situation.

In fact, that difference would certainly be noted when it came down to deciding whether the law considered the two people to be equally guilty.

I know of a case in which a group of about 5 black teenagers burst into a black home. In the home were a number of middle-aged black adults. They were using drugs. The "teens" made them all strip down to their underwear. They robbed them. The "teens" had some big, powerful guns. Then the "teens" fled. As the little gang was running away, some of the victims came to the door and started shooting at them. Some of the "teens" shot back as they were running away. One of the "teens" (the robbers) was shot dead in his tracks. Guess who went on trial for murder, because of his death? His fellow robbers. Yes--even though the bullet came from the gun of one of the victims. It was their robbery scheme that, in the beginning, caused the "teen's" death. No one would have been shooting at them if they hadn't been running away from a violent robbery.

46 posted on 01/05/2003 3:48:08 PM PST by Devil_Anse
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