Monday, April 16, 2007

Video: Bishop John Bennett's Unique View on Due Process

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another elephant!!! What is Wells trying to do with inviting these people to the pulpit???? Why is the congregation attending these services??Church is supposed to be about Gd. I can see why the Fundamental churchs are gaining membership, while the tradational are losing membership. Don't folk go to church to improve their spiritual llives???

Anonymous said...

I think Bennett, whether he meant to or not, brings up a good point. He's probably absolutely right that in Durham the usual LE "process" is that arrests are normally made asap after a rape victim IDs her attacker. The suspect then has a right to a probable cause hearing within days, where the "evidence" against him is judged sufficient for trial or not. But Nifong, knowing his "evidence" and his electoral hopes wouldn't survive public scruity, directed the DPD to ignore the normal "process" as he maliciously postponed the arrests for weeks in order to bypass the probable cause hearing in favor of the "will indict a ham sandwich" grand jury.

Anonymous said...

OMG, she couldn't ID the guys, that's why they weren't arrested right off. The DPD had to finally give her a tainted line up with who knows what kind of 'help' to ID some one before they were arrested.

Ridiculous.

rabbi-philosopher said...

BISH, you haven't been paying attention. Since there was NEVER any evidence that CGM had actually been raped, and since she COULD NOT identify her alleged attackers, it made it difficult for the D.A. to put his house of cards in order.

Nifong tried to please you Bish, he really did. Unluckily the hand he was holding was EMPTY.

Next time, when you're interviewed, would you mind stating that going into the sex business is a grevious sin? That would be good. Others tempted to follow in CGM's footprints need to be warned.
She had a LOT of DNA on her; but it didn't belong to the lacrosse boys.

Eric said...

Wow -- the new definition of "due process" involves always making an immediate arrest on any allegations, regardless of the evidence... I'm just... aghast...

His statement would allow *anyone* to get *anyone* arrested at *any* moment they so desire. He appears to believe that "due process" is supposed to protect an accuser from retaliation (he makes that clear later in the interview) rather than to protect the accused from being railroaded.

And after being active in the furor from the beginning, he still apparently doesn't understand that doing what he demands would have required *46* arrests, not *3*. He says that they knew where the accused were, and thus could have arrested them. But they didn't know who they were, just what team they might belong to. I'd love to hear the argument that they had probable cause to arrest 46 guys who, for all anyone could have established then, might or might not have been there, might or might not have been the accused, might or might not have seen anything. Without probable cause, arresting people based solely on group membership would seem to be a violation of due process, among other things...

How he can compare this case with cases where a specific single individual is accused, I can't begin to imagine.

I had to replay it to make sure I wasn't hearing things.

Anonymous said...

What a remarkable display of ignorance. It used to be that if you didn't know what you were talking about it was best to just keep your mouth shut to maintain the illusion of depth, rather than to speak and remove all doubt about your (lack of) intellectual capacity. This guy appears to be one of those that has been granted a free pass all his life, so he actually beleives he has something to say. Pretty sad. By the way, what happened to the guy in the latTer rape arrest where drugs were found in A Frat HousE?

bill anderson said...

In other words, just arrest people off the street. This man is so full of it. Yeah, Bishop, something "out of the ordinary" happened. A woman who was not touched by anyone claimed rape. That is out of the ordinary.

mamapajamas said...

Horrifying... isn't what this clown is advocating precisely the thing that has put numerous innocent blacks in prison in the past?

Anonymous said...

I take it that this guy's a clergyman of some kind? I couldn't listen to the whole clip... talk talk uhhhh stammer uhhhh talk talk... Making a short story long, or what?

Anonymous said...

This is not a man of God, rather, he is an instrument of Satan.

Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

Agreed, 8:44. Pray for his soul, and that he not be damned as he damned these three innocent young men.