Wednesday, September 18, 2002

CityBeat: Your Negro Tour Guide "Dead Man Walking"
The basic legal fact that Kathy and most people screaming for Jorg's head fail to realize is that Jorg was found not guilty on the assault charge. The jury was hung on the involuntary manslaughter charge. The involuntary manslaughter was alleged to have been caused by the assault. If he did not assault him, the underlying offense is taken out of play. The defense could argue that Roger Owensby Jr. was not assaulted, and that if he was not assaulted, his death was not legally involuntary manslaughter. Bottom line, all of the new evidence you have, short of an admission of guilt, will most likely not be enough to convict Jorge of involuntary manslaughter, assuming fair jury is seated, not one bent on ignoring the law and imposing emotional justice. That is why Mike Allen is not going to try Jorg again.

This explanation will never satisfy most who want blood. That is common for humans. We don’t do a great job of thinking with our heads. We tend to let our emotions run the show. I wish Kathy Wilson would take the time to use her head. She is looking for “Absolute Justice”, meaning she wants her emotions satisfied, not adherence to and fair application of the law.

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