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madmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-24-06 09:32 PM
Response to Reply #84
88. Here is the REAL fight...
This is a REAL abuse of power:

Race, Mental Illness, and the Death Penalty
By TChris, Section Death Penalty
Posted on Fri Nov 24, 2006 at 08:44:27 AM EST

Tommy Munford hired Guy Tobias LeGrande to kill Munford's wife. A friend of Munford's knew of the plan and supplied the murder weapon. After the deed was done, prosecutors made a deal with Munford: he could avoid life without parole by testifying against Munford in a death penalty prosecution. Munford's friend who supplied the weapon wasn't even charged.

Munford and his friend are white. LeGrande is black. He's also mentally ill. He insisted on representing himself at trial, and he did so while wearing a Superman T-shirt. Despite his mental illness, North Carolina plans to execute him on December 1.

During the crucial penalty phase of the trial, LeGrande's incoherent ramblings reached a pinnacle when he goaded the all-white jury to "Pull the damn switch and shake that groove thing." The jury sentenced him to death after only 45 minutes of deliberation.

Julian Bond writes that he's "convinced that LeGrande was condemned to death in part because his all-white jury could not muster any empathy for this mentally ill black man who had killed a white woman in their community." LeGrande's race is likely the reason that prosecutors want him to die while sparing the equally culpable white man who orchestrated the murder.


Where's the outrage? If as much time and attention were paid to something like this, maybe something could actually get done!
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