Black People : MS Man Goes to Trial 6 Times For Same Case

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    African American Mississippi man starts record sixth murder trial

    CRIMINAL JUSTICE — BY BILL QUIGLEY ON JUNE 10, 2010 AT 9:00 AM
    Audrey Stewart and Davida Finger also contributed to this article

    An African American man, Curtis Flowers, made history this week when he became the first person in U.S. history to ever go on trial for murder six times for the same crime. Mr. Flowers has been in jail in Mississippi since 1996, accused of the murder of four people at a furniture store. Jury selection started this week in tiny Winona Mississippi, population 5,482.

    Mr. Flowers has been in jail since 1996 awaiting trial and was previously tried for these murders in 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007 and 2008. All either ended in hung juries or overturned convictions. The five previous trials have already cost the State of Mississippi over $300,000.

    Winona, known as the “Crossroads of Mississippi,” is a small town in a small poor rural county 120 miles south of Memphis and about 100 miles north of Jackson Mississippi. Winona is in Montgomery County. The total population of the county is just over 12,000. The county is 45 percent African American. The median home value in Winona is $51,000.

    A 1997 conviction of Mr. Flowers was reversed by the Mississippi Supreme Court because the prosecution improperly used theatrics and irrelevant evidence of other crimes to inflame and prejudice the jury. A 1999 conviction was reversed because the prosecution used hearsay evidence and twisted the facts before the jury.

    A 2004 conviction was reversed after the prosecutor exercised all fifteen of his peremptory strikes on African Americans. The Mississippi Supreme Court said that trial “presents us with as strong a prima facie case of racial discrimination as we have ever seen…”

    The fourth and fifth trials ended in mistrials when the juries were not able to reach a unanimous verdict.

    In the 2007 trial, five African American jurors voted to acquit and the seven white jurors voted to convict. In the 2008 trial, a retired African American teacher held out for acquittal. The prosecutor later charged that juror with perjury, only to drop the charge......


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    So with all this mislead and all they continue to beat at this man to imprison him for life
    they also saw him acquitte and refused to set him free.......

    why haven't any black movement been done to free this man.?

    It's a true shame .
     
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    No, he has never been "acquitted."

    Each trial, so far, has been a "Hung Jury" or a "Conviction Overturn."

    So, this trial #6 is another try to either get a conviction that will stick or "acquit" him.
     
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    That's the point I often make. It seems the JENA 6 trial was our last great stand so to speak and now we look at these things an simply turn our head. Overall its meant to test our perserverence and we are comin up short of the finish line. It is also for all Americans a test to see if they will stand up and fight for the constitution as this is a gross violation of double jeopardy.
     
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    How is this "Double Jeopardy?" :10500:

    He has never been "Acquitted" nor "Convicted" yet.

    There have been 5 trials and ALL of them were either "Hung Juries" or a "Conviction Overturn."

     
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    Whatever the legal side of this which is all beyond me... this guy has been in prison for 14 years yeah? - without even having been found guilty of anything? Now I know sentences are a lot harsher in the US especially in some States and I don't know exactly what this guy was accused of, but 14 years is longer than some people get over here after they've been found guilty of murder. And presumably this guy could be in this situation for the rest of his life? Can people make an appeal straight to the Justice dept in the US or does it have to keep going to trial till its unanimous no matter what?
     
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    Sorry but I'm not the ghetto Johnny Cocran. I was just saying that he can't be put on trial that many times for the same things. This should be thrown out.
     
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    He has been in jail for 14 years because most likely (A) He was denied Bail or (B) His Bail was so high, he couldn't pay it.....So, he is in jail until his TRIAL either "Convicts" him or "Acquits" him.

    The same thing would apply to YOU or ME if we were arrested and charged with a CRIME.....If a Judge set a Bail amount of 1 million dollars, at least 10% of that would have to be paid in order to get OUT of jail and wait for a trial, OUT of jail.

    Most people can't come up with $100,000 in cash or assets. So, they would stay IN JAIL until their trial is complete.


    Some people who CAN pay Bail are also put under "House Arrest." --They have to wear an ankle monitor which electronically transmits if they leave home or out of the limits the Court has set, like home, work or church.

    This ankle monitor and taking the person's Passport is to help ensure that he/she does not try to FLEE the state or the Country before their trial.




    He is charged with murder.
     
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    ....Also, this MS case is note-worthy because of the number of trials and the Court decreed racism present in one or more of the previous trials.

    However, this is not the 1st time multiple trials have been convened for the same case.

    The 1997 movie "Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil" was a true-life account from the book of the same title.

    A White man in Savannah, GA went to trial 4 times for a 1981 murder.

    Trials 1 & 2 were "Conviction Overturns."
    The 3rd trial was a "Hung Jury."
    And in the 4th trial, he was acquitted in 1989.

    However, this man was RICH and had the money to get out of jail while waiting for trial.

    Personally, I always believed he did it.

    But, he did not get to enjoy his "FREEDOM" for long because he DIED 6 months later.
     
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