I practiced law for 53 years defending against prejudice, but the trial of my grandson, Carees Linzy, made me realize that racism is still alive.
On the side of the courtroom open for the defendant’s friends and family, the first row of seats were turned so no one could sit. Not so on the side where the “bouncer’s” family and friends sat, which was next to the jury and behind the prosecutor.
Carees was leaving a local tavern with a six-pack of beer when a white male weighing approximately 308 pounds struck him and started beating him without provocation, knocking him over a fence, dragging him over the parking lot, causing his pants to fall to his knees, breaking his nose and otherwise injuring him. The person beating him was the tavern’s “bouncer or former bouncer.” Carees weighs 155 pounds. Security cameras showed the beating, which was used by the prosecutor. The “deceased” tested 0.14; therefore, he was legally intoxicated. In spite of this, Carees was charged with murder and other crimes in Richland County.
Why this man attacked Carees became evident to me when his father, uninterrupted, racially and hatefully attacked my grandson when he spoke at the sentencing, using the “N” word, that racism was involved.
The jury panel consisted of two Afro-Americans who were removed by the prosecutor.
I feel if Carees had not shot the deceased, he would have been beaten to death.
The case was initially set for June 2012 and was moved to March 2012. Carees’ attorney filed a motion for continuance, which was denied. The case was heard 72 days after the indictment.
The medical examiner stated to Carees’ attorney twice that the deceased did not die from the gunshots. That the cause of death was undetermined. Why did she testify that the gunshot was the cause of death?
The differences between this case and Zimmerman case is the defendant is black and immediately charged and quickly convicted.
Attorney Dr. Wilbur H. Flippin Jr.
Original link to comments – some of which shared here that are CENSORED by the Media – Hmmmm? – http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/article/20120627/OPINION03/206270320/Grandson-s-conviction-sign-racism-still-alive-here