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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:55 PM

Man in noose attack made to write lynching essay

Source: Associated Press

Man in noose attack made to write lynching essay
Posted: 02/28/2013 07:04:33 AM MST
February 28, 2013 2:5 PM GMT Updated: 02/28/2013 07:04:34 AM MST
The Associated Press

CHICAGO—A northern Illinois man who helped put a noose around the neck of an African American teenager has been sentenced to probation and ordered to write an essay on the history of lynching in the United States.

A Cook County judge also ordered 19-year-old Matthew Herrmann of Alsip to read his paper to the victim of the attack and other community members at an event known as a "peace circle."

The Chicago Sun-Times reports ( http://bit.ly/WiaKLn) that Herrmann was initially charged with felony counts of committing a hate crime, unlawful restraint and battery. But under a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery.

Prosecutors say Herrmann and two other white accomplices attacked 17-year-old Joshua Merritt in 2011, putting the noose around his neck and threatening him with a knife.



Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_22687138/man-noose-attack-made-write-lynching-essay



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Reply Man in noose attack made to write lynching essay (Original post)
Judi Lynn Feb 2013 OP
CBGLuthier Feb 2013 #1
trailmonkee Feb 2013 #2
iandhr Feb 2013 #3
BanzaiBonnie Feb 2013 #4
Comrade_McKenzie Feb 2013 #6
KT2000 Feb 2013 #9
Steerpike Feb 2013 #5
Ken Burch Mar 2013 #13
Judi Lynn Feb 2013 #7
ReRe Feb 2013 #10
truthisfreedom Feb 2013 #8
IrishAyes Mar 2013 #11
IrishAyes Mar 2013 #12
Ken Burch Mar 2013 #14

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:57 PM

1. Commits thuggish act of violence against a man and gets sentenced to HOMEWORK

Hell of a justice system.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:58 PM

2. a noose? gets you an essay? how about attempted murder? That's what nooses are for?

this sort of stuff really pisses me off

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 02:58 PM

3. Probation?

There should have been jail time.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:29 PM

4. Please learn about restorative justice

Is justice about punishing or might it be something more?

Might something unique to the situation be a better fit to the crime that was committed? I don't know the whole story, but I'm guessing that this has to be agreed upon by the victim and others in the community.

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Response to BanzaiBonnie (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:43 PM

6. Justice should be punishment for violent crimes. nt

 

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Response to BanzaiBonnie (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:28 PM

9. that would be great if

it was applied across the board. Something tells me though that African-Americans are not having their sentences reduced to misdemeanors and assigned writing projects.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:41 PM

5. Bullshit

Bull-fucking-shit

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Response to Steerpike (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:06 PM

13. Are you claiming the AP made this up?

evidence, please.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:47 PM

7. Illinois man sentenced to write essay on lynching after noose attack

Illinois man sentenced to write essay on lynching after noose attack
Laura Edwins|The Christian Science Monitor|
February 28, 2013

In an unusual court ruling, Judge James Linn of Cook County, tacked homework onto a probation sentence.

Matthew Hermann, one of three teenagers accused of putting a noose around the neck of a 17-year-old African American student and shouting racial slurs at him, pleaded guilty in October to a misdemeanor battery charge. On Wednesday Hermann was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to write an essay on the history of lynching in America.

"They didn't give me a word count," Hermann told reporters from the Chicago Tribune. "I guess I'll just do a three-page, average paper that I would do for school." Hermann is philosophy major at Moraine Valley Community College.

The essay assignment was not the only unusual condition of the sentence. Lin also ordered Hermann to participate in a "peacemaking circle" with the victim, his family, clergy, and school counselors. The "peacemaking circle" is often used in juvenile court, but this was the first time it has been used to resolve a felony case in Cook County. Hermann, who was 18 at the time of the assault, was charged as an adult.

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http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130228/illinois-man-sentenced-write-essay-lynching-after-noose-attack



Alsip Man Receives Probation In Racial Attack With Noose
February 27, 2013 3:26 PM

ALSIP, Ill. (STMW) – An Alsip man received two years probation Wednesday for his role in a racially ­charged attack in which a group of teens put a noose around the neck of a Brother Rice High School student and threatened him with a knife.

Matthew Herrmann had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in October 2012. Herrmann is one of three white teens charged with attacking Joshua Merritt, 17, last year inside the Beverly home of a Cook County State’s Attorney’s office employee.

The group, then 16, 17 and 18, put a noose around the boy’s neck, threatened him with a knife and called him a racial epithet, police said.

Herrmann, the oldest of the attackers, was originally charged with unlawful restraint, hate crime and battery, police said. The felony charges were dropped in the plea deal.

More:
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/02/27/alsip-man-receives-probation-in-racial-attack-with-noose/

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Man convicted in noose attack ordered to write essay on lynchings

Sentence in 2011 case follows meetings with victim, counselors, clergy

An Alsip man was sentenced Wednesday to probation and ordered to write an essay about the lynching of blacks in America after he pleaded guilty to putting a noose around the neck of an African-American teenager.

The attack in December 2011 drew much media attention and led to Matthew Herrmann being charged as an adult with felony counts of committing a hate crime, unlawful restraint and battery. But in an unusual deal with Cook County prosecutors, he pleaded guilty in October to misdemeanor battery and agreed to participate in a "peacemaking circle" with the victim, his family, clergy and school counselors.

While the approach is common in juvenile court, this marked the first time it has been used to resolve a case at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, the county's main felony adult courthouse, prosecutors said.

Judge James Linn agreed to the deal and sentenced Herrmann to two years of probation. The philosophy student at a suburban community college also must write the essay on lynching and read it aloud next month at a peacemaking session with the victim.

More:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-hate-crime-sentencing-20130228,0,7368868.story

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 10:28 PM

10. Philosophy student?

KKK philosophy maybe... Looks stoned. Does he get a bracelet with his probation? If not, this punk got off way too easy. If he did, his life is about to change. And probably not for the good. That's the face of a bigoted bully, right there. He should be made to give his essay with a real noose around his neck, standing on a chair, under a tree, with a large crowd of African
American and adolescent men listening to his essay.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:50 PM

8. 18 year old idiot. I hope the judge took everything into consideration.

I'm inclined to believe he should have faced a harsher penalty. Perhaps he wasn't the one with the knife.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:42 PM

11. Peace Circle?

Unless it came at the victim's request, those men should all have been thrown under the jail. What's next, invite the Klan over for cookies and milk?

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Response to IrishAyes (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:52 PM

12. PS

And I say 'men' because they're certainly old enough to know better.

Something similar happened in this flyspeck RedNeckLand town (which you'll hear a lot more about so long as I have breath) where I retired. Some teenage boys took a black high school student down to the county courthouse at midnight, put a noose around his neck, and threw the other end over a tree limb. They thought it was funny. For some reason the family moved next day, and they had come here looking for a safe place to raise their family, away from big city crime. It just makes me sick. This place prides itself on cruelty, especially towards outsiders.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:08 PM

14. They couldn't at least have confiscated his Lynyrd Skynrd collection?

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