Jarrett Adams recently graduated from law school, but his first experience with the criminal justice system wasn’t in the classroom. At the age of 17, he was arrested for a crime he insists he didn’t commit.
Over the course of a two-day trial, Adams went from typical teenager to convicted felon – with a 28-year prison sentence. He remembers it as an “out of body” experience.
“It’s as if I’m looking at myself in a court room,” he says, “while the train’s coming down the tracks getting ready to hit me head on.”
Adams was accused, along with two other teenagers, of a group sexual assault on a trip to the University of Wisconsin in 1998. One of the teenagers hired a private attorney, who offered an alibi witness and conflicting evidence about the incident at trial, leading to an acquittal. – MSN
Yoda45 … if you’re young, poor and not-white, you’re a “thug” who goes to prison. If you are young, not-poor, and “lilly-white”, you’re “troubled” and go to “counselling”, perhaps “probation”, and you don’t go to prison. And this is not a groundless assertion, but an undeniable / inarguable statistical fact, in this country, that has always been true! The legal foundation upon which this argument is based, if you racist bastards are interested enough to do the research, is “adverse impact”. Your so-called “race card” is total bull@!$%#! The deck, that you designed, is stacked; you’re holding a 2nd “marked” Ace of Spades that you can play at will; people-of-color invariably lose because the “game” is rigged and the bigots among you know it. But they also know that the emerging demographics are working against them; “white supremacy” in America, an immutable fact that is driving your racist, right-wing “bat-@!$%#-crazy”!