"Blood In, Blood Out": Prosecution Opens in Aryan Brotherhood Trial
How many of you would guess, without more information or having read the title of this post, that these four men are now on trial for their lives?
Four leaders of a highly organized white supremacist prison gang went on trial Tuesday on charges they orchestrated the slayings or attempted slayings of more than 30 inmates during three decades of violence at some of the nation's toughest penitentiaries.
Forty members of the Aryan Brotherhood are charged with gang activity at six federal prisons stretching from California to Illinois and four California state prisons. Sixteen of the defendants could face the death penalty in one of the largest capital punishment cases ever filed in U.S. history.
The public's revulsion of these men may or may not be justified, as the evidence at trial will dictate. But it is exactly cases like these that compel us to acknowledge that everyone is entitled to the best defense possible and to the presumption of innocence, and that if these rights are not accorded to those we consider the lowest among us, they may not be there for us or our loved ones when we need them.
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