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Tag: Maurice Clemmons

May
23rd

CRIME: Jury finds defendant ‘not guilty,’ not ‘innocent’

In your editorial (5-22) regarding the jury findings in the Maurice Clemmons cases, you stated that the jury found the defendant to be innocent in an earlier case. For your information, juries do not have the legal right to find a defendant “innocent.” Juries make a finding of guilty, not guilty or guilty by reason of insanity only.

The jury in the earlier Clemmons case made a finding of “not guilty.” The is a huge difference between “innocent” and “not guilty.” A prime example is State of California vs. O.J. Simpson. Not guilty means there was reasonable doubt in the

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May
26th

CLEMMONS: Cop killer’s sister faces biased jury

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

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May
26th

CLEMMONS: John Wilkes Booth Syndrome in Pierce County?

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

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