Warren County Judge, James Flannery, is under criticism this week for comments he made to Marcus Isreal during his conviction sentance. After Marcus was convicted of running over a Warren County sheriff, Judge Flannery commented,
“You are a lucky man that night you weren’t killed,” speaking about the fact that Isreal was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. “You are also lucky early that morning you that you weren’t executed. There was a time in this country, maybe 50 or 60 years ago when a black man who killed a white police officer would never have gone to trial. Fortunately those days are I think permanently behind us. Your color had absolutely nothing to do with the outcome of this case, or how the sentence is going to be imposed here. If you were white the outcome would have been exactly the same. If the officer were African American the outcome would have been exactly the same.”
Cincinnati NAACP president, Juanita Adams, wrote a press release yesterday condemning the Judges remarks. She stated,
The Cincinnati NAACP does not agree with the remarks made by Judge Flannery in the sentencing of Marcus Isreal.
Marcus Isreal was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, for running over police sargent Brian Dulle. The Cincinnati NAACP does not feel that these comments are necessary or productive. The CIncinnati NAACP does not condone the behavior of Marcus Isreal. It would be nice to have judges just stick to the facts and the law. Our community is not going back 50 to 60 years. These years were not the best for America,
Marcus Isreal was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for running over and killing Warren County sheriff Brian Dulle.
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