Sunday, April 22, 2007

Vindication for Billy Ray Johnson

Billy Ray Johnson - a mentally challenged, 42 year old black man living in East Texas - was taunted and assaulted by a group of white teenagers. He was taken and thrown in a ditch on a mound of fire ants and next to a pile of old tires; left to die.

But he barely lived though he suffered permanent brain damage.

Under the East Texas criminal justice system, only two of the perpetrators were punished - one got 60 days and the other 30 days.

Fortunately, Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center took Johnson's case on a pro bono basis. And now ... a civil jury awarded Johnson a $9 million verdict against the two non-settling perpetrators.

ABC News has more.

Don't expect this case to get the same coverage on the right as the Duke case.


  • That's really disturbing.

    But nowhere near as important for Fox to talk about as Anna Nicole Smith.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:12 PM  

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