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CLEMMONS: John Wilkes Booth Syndrome in Pierce County?

Letter by Tom Street, Tacoma on May 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm | 5 Comments »
May 26, 2010 2:41 pm

Our nation was unable to put John Wilkes Booth on trial for Lincoln’s assassination, since he was killed by Union troops. The nation wanted more revenge and a trial. They rounded up anyone associated with Booth, including the doctor who set his leg and even his landlady. One of the persons they hanged was most likely innocent.

A police officer killed Maurice Clemmons following the murder of four Lakewood police officers, leaving us without a trial for him. Pierce County has charged everyone thought to have assisted him. I believe several knowingly were involved. His sister, LaTanya Clemmons, is now on trial; she denies knowing that law enforcement was seeking Maurice’s driver Dorcus Allen, whom she assisted.

I hope all pay who were connected to these horrible murders, but I also hope the Pierce County prosecutor can prove to the jury without any doubt that LaTanya knew about Allen’s involvement. We can’t allow revenge to send an innocent person to prison as in the Lincoln assassination trial.

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