After a slew of L.A. Times articles casting doubt on the evidence, it turns out that the youths charged in that black-on-white hate crime in Long Beach have been found guilty.
Read the linked article, which (to me) drips with sympathy for the defense. Sample quote:
[Kiana] Alford, 18, was able to reconstruct the incident in extraordinary detail, describing who in the scrum punched and kicked which woman — including who threw lemons and pumpkins.
“That’s the one throwing lemons,” she told police of a 14-year-old girl she had never met. “She hit at least two people with them.”
Praise for Alford’s abilities’ as a witness — or pro-defense sarcasm?
Read it all — and you be the judge!
Oh, by the way: in a group beating, you don’t have to show which person administered which blows, if you can show all the defendants participated in the beating. Read the article in vain for that legal tidbit.
P.S. Another unbiased quote: “Bouas accused the defendants — and one 13-year-old boy in the audience — of being gang members.”
Because there are no 13-year-old gang members.
For what it’s worth — and it’s worth a lot to me — Mrs. P. personally knows the prosecutor and likes her.