Juror in Michael Brewer Burning Case: Guilty Verdict Was Racism

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There was a hearing today in the case of Matthew Bent, who was found guilty of aggravated battery for setting then-middle-schooler Michael Brewer on fire in October 2009. He was supposed to be sentenced July 23, but now the conviction itself could be on the rocks after allegations surfaced in court today that the jury's verdict was based around everybody calling one another a bunch of racists.

"The deliberation was not based on evidence. It was color of skin, racism and everything. The evidence was never discussed," said juror Karen Bates-McCord, according to CBS Miami. "Thank God [there] was a juror between me and juror number four, because she raised up out of her seat and started pointing her finger toward me saying, 'You're a racist, you're a racist. You won't convict him because because you don't like me.'"

Both Bates-McCord and Bent are black.

She also put forward accusations that jurors deliberated the evidence before the trial was over -- another no-no that echoes the claims of juror misconduct in the John Goodman DUI homicide trial, in which one juror said he did vodka-themed experiments before rendering a verdict.

There were also accusations of juror intimidation in the Goodman case -- a juror said, "I was trying to show them another side, and they got adamant with me... I just felt that my voice didn't mean anything, so I kinda went with the flow."

To be fair, that guy sounds like a total wimp, and Bates-McCord said things got so intense in the Brewer case that she once tried to use the jury buzzer for help and was prevented by the other jurors. In any case, being a South Florida juror sounds awful, and the jury has been asked to come back to court on July 23 for interviews to see whether Bent is going to get a new trial for getting convicted by a buncha (allegedly) crazy folks.

Bent's accomplices, Denver Jarvis and Jesus Mendez, were sentenced to eight and 11 years in prison, respectively, and, though Brewer couldn't specifically implicate Bent, Jarvis told the court Bent was offering classmates money to hit Brewer.



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Seriously???
Seriously???

Correction, "Blacks WERE in-fact..." and "I Think they SHOULD throw the book at him [Bent]..."

Seriously???
Seriously???

Well, if blacks weren't in-fact, persecuted, tortured, enslaved and jim crow'd for most of the existence of this Country, they wouldn't have anything to complain about; not unlike yourself. BTW, I think that should throw the book at him as well, not because of the color of his skin, but because he's a freakin animal for taking part of trying to burn somebody to death. Interestingly enough, that happened quite often in America until the 70's. It was just as evil and wrong then as it is now. Difference is, Bent is just an evil idiot who was involved because of childish arguments that he allow to escalate. Back then, it was a bunch of alleged GROWN FOLK lynching, tar & feathering and burning black people for reasons they couldn't even articulate themselves; just blind hatred and, dare I say, RACISM!!!

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Goy4aipac

MOST HATE CRIMES OCCUR AGAINST WHITE PEOPLE BY NON-WHITES AND NEVER GET REPORTED. NICE TO SEE THAT JUSTICE WAS SERVED.

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