'Those Are Characteristics of a Tyrant'

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ladies and gentleman, the indispensable Radley Balko:


In 1989 Donald Trump took out a full page ad in four New York City newspapers calling for the execution of the alleged rapists in the infamous Central Park Jogger case. Never mind that the five alleged assailants were all minors, or that rape wasn't a capital crime. There was a moral panic to be stoked....

If Trump had his way, all of the Central Park Five would have been dead by 2002. That's the year Matias Reyes, already in prison for rape and murder, confessed to the crime, and insisted he acted alone. DNA tests had already confirmed that only one person raped victim Trisha Meili. Further testing showed Reyes was that person. Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morganthou later vacated the convictions of the other five suspects, all of whom had already served their sentences for the attack.

Raymond Santana, then a 14-year old suspect, who went to prison on a bad charge, who Trump said "should be forced to suffer" and "executed" has this to say  presently:

"It says a lot about his character. If he can give the death penalty to 14-year-old, 15-year-old kids then there's nothing he would not do. Those are characteristics of a tyrant, not characteristics of a president,"

Those who have aided and abetted this farce should be ashamed.

H/T Andrew

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/04/those-are-characteristics-of-a-tyrant/238089/