Police chief trashes basic principle of American justice

By Calvin Palmer

New Haven police chief James Lewis said today the only person who knows the reason for the murder of the Yale University doctoral student whose body was found behind a wall is the man charged with the crime.

Animal laboratory technician Raymond Clark III, 24, was yesterday charged with the murder of 24-year-old Annie Le after investigators found samples of his DNA in the ceiling and wall where her body was hidden.

Clark’s bond has been set at $3 million and he has not entered a plea.

Call me old fashioned but I thought the basic principle of American justice is that a person is presumed innocent until found guilty at a trial.

Seems police chief Lewis had already become the judge and jury in this case and no doubt will gladly volunteer for the role of executioner.

The police methods in this case have already raised a few eyebrows among those who value civil liberties in this country.

Being led away in handcuffs as a “person of interest”, as Clark was on Tuesday, is more in keeping with the police procedures of some tin-pot Third World dictatorship.

The legal niceties are discussed by Alan Dershowitz on The Huffington Post blog site. Deershowitz states the use of handcuffs is dependent on what was written in the warrants. And for reasons best known to the authorites, they are refusing to release the written description contained in those warrants.

There is absolutely no truth to the rumors that the townsfolk in New Haven are planning to launch a lynching party at the weekend.

[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]

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