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    Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    In front of a large crowd of protestors, Michael Brown's stepfather on a platform started shouting "BURN IT DOWN! BURN IT DOWN!" to a larger crowd in a situation were arson was not only a possibility, but then in fact did happen.

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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    In front of a large crowd of protestors, Michael Brown's stepfather on a platform started shouting "BURN IT DOWN! BURN IT DOWN!" to a larger crowd in a situation were arson was not only a possibility, but then in fact did happen.

    http://blog.honest.com/5-natural-way...nfant-eczema/#

    Should he be prosecuted?
    Nah. While he may have said "Burn this bitch down" at the end of the day, the people who committed arson are responsible for their actions. You may condemn what he said, but the people who committed arson still had a choice as to whether or not they would go through with the act. They have ears, eyes, and minds of their own.
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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Invisible View Post
    Nah. While he may have said "Burn this bitch down" at the end of the day, the people who committed arson are responsible for their actions. You may condemn what he said, but the people who committed arson still had a choice as to whether or not they would go through with the act. They have ears, eyes, and minds of their own.
    I agree. Plus, if the guy had any kind of relationship with his stepson, he may have been overly emotional as most fathers would be. I say leave the dude alone.
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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    In front of a large crowd of protestors, Michael Brown's stepfather on a platform started shouting "BURN IT DOWN! BURN IT DOWN!" to a larger crowd in a situation were arson was not only a possibility, but then in fact did happen.

    http://blog.honest.com/5-natural-way...nfant-eczema/#

    Should he be prosecuted?
    Other than Obama deciding to press Federal charges, I could think of no better way to add fuel to the fire then prosecuting his dad. Though it's interesting, because a lot of the arguments that have been made about the Wilson grand jury could be the same. "Let it be up to a grand jury to decide". A sick twisted part of me would prefer that. But the better part of me says no way, in a olive branch sort of thing. Plus, what has he been doing since then to calm things down? If he is still saying this stuff, then that might warrant further action.

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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    I still blame Obama.


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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Invisible View Post
    Nah. While he may have said "Burn this bitch down" at the end of the day, the people who committed arson are responsible for their actions. You may condemn what he said, but the people who committed arson still had a choice as to whether or not they would go through with the act. They have ears, eyes, and minds of their own.
    Well ... apparently it is being investigated.

    The only thing they got wrong so far is that he was Brown's stepfather.


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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    Other than Obama deciding to press Federal charges, I could think of no better way to add fuel to the fire then prosecuting his dad. Though it's interesting, because a lot of the arguments that have been made about the Wilson grand jury could be the same. "Let it be up to a grand jury to decide". A sick twisted part of me would prefer that. But the better part of me says no way, in a olive branch sort of thing. Plus, what has he been doing since then to calm things down? If he is still saying this stuff, then that might warrant further action.
    It may be an easy olive branch to offer since it wasn't your entire life's work in your business burned down leading to your financial ruin.

    I am interested to see if anyone will say he should be arrested and put on trial so a jury should decide - like so many claim should have been done with Wilson.

    It is an interesting question, though. In a way, it is the Charles Manson issue. If you don't commit the crime, but tell others to do it and they do, are you part of it?

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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    I don't think he should be prosecuted, but I think that all the people who gave false eyewitness statements should be prosecuted. There was one that said that they were eyewitness to Brown laying on his stomach, and Wilson firing into his back several times. That hindered .. well you can't really say prosecution, because he wasn't on trial yet. The false statements certainly hindered a proper Grand Jury proceeding.
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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    There was one that said that they were eyewitness to Brown laying on his stomach, and Wilson firing into his back several times. That hindered .. well you can't really say prosecution, because he wasn't on trial yet.
    If that was a sworn statement to the grand jury that absolutely should be prosecuted as felony perjury.

    A real problem in the legal system is essentially NO ONE is prosecuted for perjury even if absolutely certain. May call courts "the liars forum" as a result. Equally, police officers proven to write a false report should be prosecuted.

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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    I guessed most would answer "no" - under the idea of not escalating it. But is that really a valid reason? What if the video showed immediately after he shouted that the mob ran over and burned down someone's business. Would that make a difference? Should decisions on prosecutions be made upon how it will affect protests?

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