Winston-Salem Journal: Opinion: Bid for racial justice has unintended application

“The first sentence of the law, reads: “No person shall be subject to or given a sentence of death, or shall be executed pursuant to any judgment that was sought or obtained on the basis of race.”

Who could argue with that?

So how is it that Hartford, a white man who admitted killing an aging white shut-in and a white volunteer who stopped to care for him, can claim for one second that he is the victim of discrimination?

According to his own confession and court testimony, Hartford and his girlfriend, Ashley Kristine Smith, went to the home of 64-year-old Bob Denning the morning of April 24, 2008, after a crack-cocaine binge. They knew that Denning lived alone, had cased his home, and thought him an easy mark for a robbery.

What they found instead was a man determined to stand up for himself despite his physical liabilities. So Hartford beat Denning to death and fled with Smith. The couple returned a few minutes later to retrieve sunglasses that Hartford had left behind, only to find Anne Magness, 77, and her husband, Bill, both Meals on Wheels volunteers, in the driveway.

In a panic to get away, Hartford shot them. Anne Magness died, and Bill Magness was severely wounded. Police arrested the fugitives the next day in Norfolk, Va., after a five-hour standoff.”

Full article here: Bid for racial justice has unintended application


2 Responses to Winston-Salem Journal: Opinion: Bid for racial justice has unintended application

  1. wncdpr says:

    Very interesting. Juror discrimination is another form of bias that plagues our courts. By weeding out those opposed to the death penalty in favor of jurors that are “guilt-prone” and “death-friendly” then the defendant without access to adequate counsel is that much more likely to be sentenced to death. It is certainly no longer a jury of your peers.

  2. I was called in to appear for jury duty on the day the jury was chosen for this case. I was not called to serve on this jury. Possibly because I wrote on my info form that I do not support the death penalty. I thought this column in the W-S Journal was just a tab biased in favor of death-penalty advocates.

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