Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Duanna Johnson's Attacker's Trial Ends in a Mistrial

Posted By on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 9:03 AM

So, apparently, you can beat a woman, call her a "faggot" and a "he-she," and have the whole incident caught on tape — and one person will refuse to convict you because "the lone juror who voted for acquittal did not think the government had proved that [former Memphis police officer Bridges "Sutton"] McRae acted 'willfully.' "

You can, if you have the stomach for it, view Johnson's beating at the Commercial Appeal website. If that's not "willful," I'd hate to see what is.

It's hard not to find the whole thing depressing. If we can't even convict the guy who beat Johnson in plain view of witnesses and a camera, what hope is there of ever catching the guy who shot her to death not even a year later?

Even the Commercial Appeal uses their stupid poll to reinforce her otherness, that she was, in fact, what McRae's attorneys claimed she was — a "drama queen," a guy named Dwayne only calling himself Duanna, playing pretend. If even the paper of record can't refrain from the subtle signaling that she was some kind of fraud, some kind of joke, is it really surprising that getting her any kind of justice seems so difficult?

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