Thursday, June 21, 2007

Forget the Duke Scottsboro Boys Analogy Remember Scottsboro Guantanamo Bay

Once again conservative pundits, this time at the WSJ, are comparing the Duke defendants to the Scottsboro Boys. Corey at Sex Crimes shows the flaws in that comparison.

I was reading Corey's post as the evening news mentioned that the Bush administration may soon close the prison at Guantanamo Bay as it is being pressured to do, but that a final decision hasn't been made. The key deterrent is lack of evidence against most of the Guantanamo Bay detainees. If these detainees are moved to the US they either have to be criminally charged or set free. The Pentagon reportedly only has enough evidence to charge a handful of the 375 detainees now in custody.

That's a big problem.

It's interesting how those who are shouting about innocent until proven guilty and governmental overreach when there is no supporting evidence and calling for more officials to be removed from office aren't comparing the Scottsboro boys to most of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

I can see why they would deplore this comparison. If Mike Nifong had to go, then by their own logic President George W. Bush should immediately be impeached and they should be leading the charge.

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