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CLEMMONS: Cop killer’s sister faces biased jury

Letter by Robert Randle, Tacoma on May 26, 2010 at 2:51 pm | 14 Comments »
May 26, 2010 2:51 pm

On Nov. 29, 2009, Maurice Clemmons walked into the Forza coffeeshop in Parkland and gunned down four Lakewood police officers, marking the worst incident in the state’s history involving the deaths of law enforcement officials.

Because of the impact of this heinous crime on the local community it will certainly be difficult to find an impartial juror. Although Clemmons’ sister, LaTanya Clemmons, has admitted to giving money to Dorcus Allen, who drove the getaway car, to rent a motel room and for bus fare, she contends that her actions were in no way related to the horrific murders that had taken place some days earlier.

It seems that the tactic used by the prosecution is to prey on the sympathy of the jury by continuing to replay the circumstances of the murder done by her brother by calling witnesses to the slaying and playing 911 recordings, instead of focusing on the more narrow scope of her rendering criminal assistance.

While it is true that LaTanya Clemmons’ actions did seem to betray a lousy sense of timing and appear incriminating, still, this does not prove her guilt or complicity. Since Maurice Clemmons is dead and beyond the reach of justice, the next best thing to prosecuting him to the fullest extent of the law is to take it out on the nearest living relative, namely, his sister LaTanya.

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