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RE: R. Kelly Not Guilty - Are you f-ing kidding me?
The phenomena of jury nullification in certain parts of the black community is disturbing. I would surprised if after the dust settles here thoughtful analysts ascribe to this result anything other than jury nullification - i.e, the community's reluctance, to send yet another black man, and a well known one at that, to prison. And the impulse to nullification is a powerful one - irrespective of the moral problems involved - this case involved a 14 year old getting abused in unspeakable ways - and on film - I find it hard to believe that the problem was one of proof (although the girl did not testify - a decision the prosecution supported).
This of course is a touchy subject, but it is a real problem, and it will over time end up negatively impacting the black community itself, if it has not already. In a recent murder in Baltimore, where a young white professional man was stomped into a coma for 9 months and then later died, the prosecutors opted for a plea deal with each of the 4 thugs - foreclosing very justifiable murder charges - out of - and I am not blaming the prosecutors - their fear that jury nullification would make it impossible to convict. The problem is that it is a huge signaling event that respect for the law is trivial, and it keeps good hard working people with money, values and opportunity away from communities that desperately need just those things. Again, a troubling phenomena that very few have the guts to talk about openly.
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