January 4, 2008, - 12:00 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Remember Jayson Williams, the former NBA star and NBC basketball commentator who murdered his chauffeur, Costas “Gus” Christophi, and then covered it up and lied to police? He was found guilty of the cover-up, but the jury deadlocked on reckless manslaughter charges.
Well, his retrial will now be delayed for four months due to another Mark Fuhrman clone working in the investigation of the murder. You probably recall how O.J. Simpson defense attorney Johnny Cochran seized on Mark Fuhrman’s admitted use of the N-word and other racial slurs to get a jury dominated by Blacks to acquit the Heisman Trophy murderer.
Well, now, it’s come out that a cop, who investigated Jayson Williams and his murder of Christophi, used racial slurs. Because of it, the retrial has been delayed by four months.
Uh-oh. Look for Jayson Williams to get acquitted and get his old job back at another network:
Legal teams for both sides appeared in Coleman’s courtroom last month to present oral arguments over files related to a racial slur a law enforcement official used to describe Williams before his first trial.
The epithet was revealed by Hunterdon County Prosecutor J. Patrick Barnes, who alerted the judge in an October letter that a former “superior officer” admitted to using the unspecified slur in a meeting sometime in 2002.
Prosecutors argued the unidentified officer maintained only a marginal role in the case and said the officer’s words did not impact the first trial. But Coleman, siding with the defense team’s demands for details surrounding the slur, ordered prosecutors to disclose documents related to the incident.
The judge then invited both sides to review the material in private.
Unless a defense attorney can prove that a cop’s racial views hindered or soured an investigation, the evidence should not be allowed in. Mere use of a racial epithet at any point in life should not be enough to let an innocent person die without his/her murderer facing justice. It’s supposed to be innocence beyond a REASONABLE doubt, NOT any doubt.
Apparently, you can get away with murder in America, so long as you are a minority who murdered a white person and can find a cop who used a racial slur at any time in his life, which is apparently not too hard. Guh-reat.
So much for justice in America. More like the Ito circus that keeps on giving, even after Ito’s retirement.
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