"What do you have to
to get the death penalty?"
asked Channon Christian`s father incredulously.
Cobbins, a black man, was convicted of kidnapping,
raping, and murdering the 21-year-old white girl in the
And yet the
jurors sentenced him to
Cobbins found guilty in Christian—Newsom murders,
WATE, August 25, 2009.]
murderers have been
known to be
released from prison sentences of "life without parole",
and prison is for the most violent black and Hispanic
offenders a felon`s paradise, replete with cable TV,
weight lifting, and
ample opportunities to
deal and buy drugs and
gang-rape white men,
Cobbins` sentence is both misleading and of dubious
The jury`s pretext for
not sentencing Cobbins to death for the most heinous
crimes ever committed in Knox County: laughable
which it asserted outweighed any
horrific childhood, the pleas of his relatives and his
alleged role as subordinate to an evil mastermind".
One or more of
the potential jurors obviously perjured himself during
Because District Attorney General Randy Nichols had
that he would seek the death penalty for Cobbins,
each Cobbins juror had to be
"death penalty-qualified" i.e., had to testify during jury selection
that he was willing to consider the ultimate sanction or
be automatically disqualified.
criminal justice affirmative action,
in Tennessee a prospective juror in a capital case
must also say that he will consider
wink—rather than simply his crimes, in deciding whether
to sentence him to death.)
Presiding Judge Richard Baumgartner had sabotaged the
possibility of a death sentence before the trial even
began. Arguing that pre-trial publicity made it
impossible for the defendant Cobbins to get a fair trial
with a Knox County jury, Baumgartner
went to Davidson County
to fetch a jury to bus in to Knoxville, the Knox County
seat, and sequester for the trial.
Baumgartner then permitted
[to use] the jury challenge process to fashion a predominantly black panel from
The jury originally
contained only three white jurors, for crimes whose
victims were both white, and which were carried out in a
jurisdiction that was
87.3 white, and only 8.8 percent black.
Davidson County is 27.5 percent black.
(During the trial, a black female juror who was herself
a rape victim was upset by pictures of the victims` rape
wounds, and was replaced by a white man.)
Judge Baumgartner`s actions give new
meaning to the phrases,
"busing to achieve racial balance", and
gerrymandering". He should be kicked off the bench
and disbarred for his chicanery, but he`ll more likely
be the hero of the cocktail party circuit.
accounts lead prosecutor, ADA Takisha Fitzgerald (who is
black), acquitted herself honorably. But she and her
(white) co-prosecutor, ADA Leland Price, never had a
chance with that jury.
This sort of
behavior has become pervasive among black and other
minority jurors. Their refusal to punish, or in some
cases even to convict, heinous minority criminals
amounts to a form of
that threatens the entire justice system.
recent example: Last December,
racially motivated, 2005 Atlanta mass murder spree
resulted in only
a life sentence,
The last case
I know of (thanks to reader
"D") in which
black jurors sentenced a black defendant to die for his
crimes, was the 1992 trial in Los Angeles`
Mount Olive Church of God and Christ double-murder,
in which both victims were black.
that case required that prosecutors excuse numerous
black potential jurors
via peremptory challenges, after the latter expressed
attitudes that were
anti-prosecution, or anti-death penalty".
potential jurors have since gotten smarter, and now
publicly conceal their true views.
constitutes the criminal justice credo of America`s
"civil rights" tradition, beginning during the 1960s, ever-expanding
swathes of black America have decided,
the facts be damned:
2. That black convicts
are getting unfairly harsh (and white convicts getting
unfairly light) sentences;
3. That innocent black
boys and men are being arrested by racist, brutal white
"racist," white juries, while white criminals are
operating with carte blanche;
4. That America`s laws do
not apply to blacks; and
the various points contradict each other and, to be
sure, different parts of the black population initially
adhered to different points of the above-listed,
paranoid agenda. But some embraced them all. I believe
that today the vast majority of blacks—in urban areas as
much as 90 percent—embrace all five points.
the racist black lunatic fringe become the racist black
this attitude, the
supremacist, jailhouse philosophy of law.
because such rationalizations are the sort of thing one
used to expect from present and aspiring
black convicts, not from
black church deaconesses.
Today, black civilians,
lawyers, and felons alike routinely invent non-existent
legal requirements as a pretext for acquitting black
criminals, or diminishing their punishment, e.g.,
variously denying, expanding, or twisting legal
principles such as criminal culpability and
the pre-diversity understanding of
"acting in concert", Letalvis Cobbins would also have been convicted
of Channon Christian`s boyfriend`s murder, of which he
"burden of proof",
the presumption of innocence, in
order to rationalize acquitting guilty blacks,
railroading innocent whites, and generally turning the
law on its head.
instance, in 1996, a black man who claimed that he dealt
with the police every day professionally (while refusing
to say just what his profession was), insisted to me
that O.J. Simpson could not legally have been convicted,
because: (1) The murders could not possibly have been
carried out by one person; and (2) The law forbids
convicting one person alone for a crime that was
committed by two or more.
jurors have condemned police for engaging in perfectly
legal practices, and used these non-violations as
pretexts for acquitting black murderers, such as:
Not telling a non-juvenile
that his mother had secured him counsel;
Chasing a suspect whom
they had just witnessed attempting to murder two people
with a firearm; and
also mainstream black opposition to:
The foregoing dodges can be summed up
in one phrase: "It ain`t over `til the black felon wins."
enough that most blacks embrace such insanity. But for
over 40 years, they have increasingly succeeded at
imposing it on America`s criminal justice system.
writer who laid the foundations for all this was the
1960s saw an explosion in black crime in general,
black-on-white crime in particular, in the form of both
race riots and street crime, and some bizarre jury
verdicts and sentences in racially significant cases.
people today know about a series of
four black lynchings of whites carried out in Harlem
from 1963-1964, by the
racist Blood Brothers gang. Baldwin had previously
boilerplate for the
myth, (later re-spun and rebranded as the
myth). When six
suspects in the Harlem lynchings were arrested, tried,
and convicted, Baldwin
wrote the script
for what would become, to my knowledge, the first
successful, modern black race hoax. Baldwin
the four lynchings, and got
"The Harlem Six"
retried and acquitted, under cover of
no one seems to know if the six were innocent.
drama has since replayed itself many times.
In 1967, racial terrorist,
mass murderer, and Black Panther (PDF)
Huey Newton (1942-1989),
murdered white Oakland Patrolman John Frey, wounded
white Patrolman Herbert Heanes, and kidnapped motorist
Dell Ross. Although Newton`s crimes were sufficient to
see Newton executed, he was initially convicted of mere
voluntary manslaughter, and sentenced to 2-15 years in
prison. After serving 21 months, Newton`s conviction was
reversed on a technicality.
was tried two more times, but after hung juries,
California authorities gave up. Newton
returned to his life of terror and crime.
Brooklyn black supremacist
"Sonny" Carson (1936-2002) and
seven of his henchmen
kidnapped two men, murdering one, and shooting and
leaving the other for dead.
Carson was charged with murder, attempted murder, and
kidnapping, the jury convicted him only of kidnapping,
under the legally irrelevant pretext that the jurors
"whether or not he had ordered the shooting",
acquitting him on the other charges. He served a mere 17
months, was released, and picked up his criminal, er,
community organizing career where he had left off.
In the late 1980s, a series
of black and Hispanic New York City juries acquitted
black mass murderer-robber-kidnapper-mass attempted
Larry Davis (1966?-2008)
of attempting to murder nine policemen who had gone to
arrest him, of aggravated assault for the six cops he
had shot that night (while the same jury convicted him
of illegal possession of a firearm!), and of all charges
regarding five drug dealers he allegedly had murdered.
local blacks still lionize Davis—embraced
Davis` defense attorneys` fairy tale that the police
were his crime partners, who had sought variously to
frame and murder him. Fortunately, in 1991,
a jury convicted Davis in
the murder of a sixth drug dealer.
In 1992, a predominantly
black and Hispanic Brooklyn jury ignored the dying
Yankel Rosenbaum`s identification of Lemrick Nelson Jr.
as his killer (during the
1991 Crown Heights pogrom), the bloody murder weapon,
found in Nelson`s pocket, and Nelson`s two confessions.
After acquitting Nelson of all charges, the jurors
went out to celebrate with the killer and his attorney,
"hugged and kissed" and
In 1995, a
predominantly black Los Angeles jury
O.J. Simpson of murdering
his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ron Goldman,
voluminous, incriminating blood evidence,
the killer`s lack of an alibi, and his attempted escape
to Mexico. Millions of blacks nationwide celebrated.
black jurors in Baltimore (City), Maryland,
support black murderers,
and have a particular fondness for
black cop-killers, even
when the victim is black.[
was acquitted of
Korean-American Joel Lee
by largely black jury in 1993, and a similar jury
Eric D. Stennett of
Police Officer Kevon Malik Gavin]
identification with predators translates into
revolving-door justice, in which the most violent felons
spend more time on the street than in lock-up.
could never have been committed had the alleged
not been given a token sentence for previous violent
In 2001, Lemaricus Davidson was convicted in Tennessee
of carjacking and aggravated robbery, for which he could
have been sentenced to life in prison. Instead, he
served a mere five years.
While exuberantly supporting the most bloodthirsty black
felons, blacks also
often demand the incarceration of innocent whites.
In 1992, four
LAPD officers were acquitted in a state trial of using
excessive force under color of authority. Their alleged
"crime" was the brutal but perfectly lawful beating of
parole-violating felon Rodney King
who, while in a state of extreme intoxication, had led
police on a chase at speeds of up to 115 miles per hour,
violently resisted arrest, and assaulted four officers.
acquittal was greeted by
the worst race riot in American history.
The feds responded by retrying the
officers in an unconstitutional, double-jeopardy, civil
rights trial. Jurors convicted two of them. Koon and
Powell`s federal convictions were the result, variously,
of racist black jurors, leftist whites, and whites who
either appeased the racist black jurors, or as Lou
Cannon suggested in his monumental work, Official Negligence : How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD, sacrificed the two officers to
"street", i.e., the fear of additional black race
the ever-burgeoning blessings of diversity is that it is
not just racist black jurors who are destroying the
criminal justice system. Racist, Hispanic immigrants
likewise refuse to recognize America`s laws, and
diversity has emboldened
a minority of white jurors
dedicated to thwarting justice, who see themselves as
blacks (read: black
criminals), and as
Given that the
state trials of Cobbins` three co-defendants are yet to
come —with Judge Baumgartner presiding over all of
federal retrial of convicted accessory Eric Boyd
is possible, we will have the opportunity to observe up
to four replays of the Cobbins travesty.
destruction of America`s criminal justice system is one
of the many gifts of
which was originally called the
movement." When black civil rights leaders began
their war on America`s legal system, the country was 88
percent white, and 10 percent black.
America is now only 66.3
percent non-Hispanic white, as opposed to 12.6 percent
black, 14.7 percent Hispanic, and 4.4 percent Asian. And
the law is being worn away a little each day.
I have touched here only on
the jury problem—leaving aside the issues of
prosecutors, sentencing (and
politicians who aid and abet criminals (here
America can have
it can have justice.
But, as is becoming
increasingly clear, not both.
Nicholas Stix [email
him] lives in New York City, which he
views from the perspective of its public
transport system, experienced in his
career as an educator. His weekly column
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