Posted by: abaybay123 | December 7, 2007

Interesting Case of Racism

I came across this interesting article concerning a case of racism on the “Rachel’s Tavern” blog.  The material down below is an article explaining what happened: 

Three young black men break into a white man’s home in rural Northern California. The homeowner shoots two of them to death — but it’s the surviving black man who is charged with murder.In a case that has brought cries of racism from civil rights groups, Renato Hughes Jr., 22, was charged by prosecutors in this overwhelmingly white county under a rarely invoked legal doctrine that could make him responsible for the bloodshed.“It was pandemonium” inside the house that night, District Attorney Jon Hopkins said. Hughes was responsible for “setting the whole thing in motion by his actions and the actions of his accomplices.”Prosecutors said homeowner Shannon Edmonds opened fire Dec. 7, 2005 after three young men rampaged through the Clearlake house demanding marijuana and brutally beat his stepson. Rashad Williams, 21, and Christian Foster, 22, were shot in the back. Hughes fled.Hughes was charged with first-degree murder under California’s Provocative Act doctrine, versions of which have been on the books in many states for generations but are rarely used.The Provocative Act doctrine does not require prosecutors to prove the accused intended to kill. Instead, “they have to show that it was reasonably foreseeable that the criminal enterprise could trigger a fatal response from the homeowner,” said Brian Getz, a San Francisco defense attorney unconnected to the case.The NAACP complained that prosecutors came down too hard on Hughes, who also faces robbery, burglary and assault charges. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.The Rev. Amos Brown, head of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP and pastor at Hughes’ church, said the case demonstrates the legal system is racist in remote Lake County, aspiring wine country 100 miles north of San Francisco. The sparsely populated county of 13,000 people is 91 percent white and 2 percent black. 


 When considering the factors of this incident, it is mind boggling to think that someone can be charged with murder when they were the one actually fleeing from a man firing a gun.  I;m not saying i disagree with the charge, I am just saying it is wierd to think of.  Whne someone reads this article it is safe to say that the thought of “racism” might run through their head.  I would disagree with anyone who made those accusations.  I honestly believe if the kid were white, he would still be charged with murder.  The outcome of the incident isn’t a matter of color, but instead it is a question of the intentions of these teens as they entered the house.  They need to consider the consequences of their actions and what it could result in.  The law states that the individual will be charged because their it is highly possible that a break-in could have a fatal ending.  However, since none of the kids shot the homeowner, and the one individual who made it out didn’t shoot anyone, I believe the charges should be lessened atleast to attempted murder.  In conclusion, I believe all concerns for this being a racist case can be dismissed because its intentions of the criminals that determines the charges.


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