May 30, 2012 |
This is a corrected version of the original post; see the note below. Brian Banks spent more than five years in prison for a rape and kidnapping that, as the courts now find, he did not commit; the repercussions of how the case sorts itself out in the justice system will take a lot longer than that. There are several threads to follow and figure out in the story of the promising teenaged Long Beach football star who, on his lawyer's advice, pleaded no contest to the rape charge rather than chance a jury trial and a 40-years-to-life sentence.
July 15, 1988 |
The body of a black teen-age girl with the initials "KKK" carved in her torso was found in Kingston, N.Y., and authorities said Thursday that they are investigating whether the case is linked to that of Tawana Brawley, who claimed after a four-day disappearance that she was kidnaped and raped by six white men, including one with a police badge. When Brawley was found last November near the apartment her family previously had occupied in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
April 28, 1989 |
Four more youths indicted in the Central Park attack on a woman jogger that a prosecutor called "the most vicious and brutal assault" in New York City history were denied bail today in court sessions that exploded with charges of racism. The bail hearing for one of the youths, Michael Briscoe, 17, was interrupted when black activist attorney Alton Maddox Jr. violated an agreement that he remain silent as Briscoe's attorney, Joseph Mack, spoke to State Supreme Court Justice Carol Berkman.
October 7, 1988 |
After a seven-month investigation, a grand jury formally concluded in a report issued Thursday that Tawana Brawley made up her story of abduction and rape by six white men, possibly to avoid punishment for staying out late.
November 28, 2003
Re "Sharpton Often Dazzles but Also Disappoints," Nov. 26: Tell me, if I were a white clergyman and told everybody that six black guys raped a teenage white girl, smeared dog feces and spelled out a racial epithet on her body -- and that a black district attorney was in on the act -- and then the girl was found by a grand jury to have fabricated the whole episode and I was found guilty, by a jury, of defaming the district attorney, do you think I'd...
April 18, 2012 |
I don't often agree with what I read in the National Review, but NR contributor (and war on terror hawk) Andrew McCarthy has a point in a column in which he excoriates Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. for "canoodling" with the Rev. Al Sharpton. Writes McCarthy: "This week, our esteemed attorney general canoodled with Reverend Al at the annual convention of the 'National Action Network,' home base for the infamous huckster (that would be Sharpton, not Holder -- sorry for any confusion)
March 4, 1988 |
Lawyers for Tawana Brawley, already under criticism by some prominent members of the black community for shielding their teen-age client from investigation of her claim that she was sexually assaulted by six white men, attacked Gov. Mario M. Cuomo as a racist Thursday and accused him of "presiding over bigotry in the state." Cuomo replied with a one-sentence statement: "Justice is found by seeking the truth, not by appealing to hatred." Gary G.
June 9, 1988 |
Glenda Brawley's home was burglarized early today while the black woman took sanctuary in a church to avoid arrest for refusing to testify about her daughter's alleged abduction and rape by whites, police said. However, police this morning were told by Brawley's sister, Juanita Brawley, to stop their investigation of the break-in, Lt. William McCord said. About $700 in cash was stolen from a telephone book in a book rack at the apartment, which was entered about 1:40 a.m.
June 7, 1988 |
A judge Monday held the mother of Tawana Brawley in criminal contempt of court and ordered her to serve 30 days in jail for defying the subpoena of a special grand jury investigating the claim that her daughter was kidnaped and raped by six white men, including an assailant with a badge. After a rancorous hearing during which charges of racism repeatedly were raised by lawyers for the black teen-ager's mother, State Supreme Court Justice Angelo J.
June 26, 1988 |
A former Navy technician and self-styled surveillance expert who said that the Rev. Al Sharpton hired him to bug other members of Tawana Brawley's legal team was arrested Saturday after audio tapes he had surrendered to prosecutors turned out to be blank. A U.S. magistrate ordered the man, Samuel McClease, held without bail and scheduled a hearing Monday on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice after prosecutors argued that McClease had "played games with the government." Assistant U.S.