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If Martin Luther King were alive

If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive, he would march on the Spokane County Courthouse. The new Jim Crow are draconian mandatory minimum sentences and arrests and charges on low-bar probable cause.

Of the 2.3 million incarcerated in “the land of the free,” how many were falsely convicted or too poor to hire a good attorney? Sorry, “Law and Order” fans, but 98 percent of cases are plea-bargained!

We have a broken criminal justice system (Ryan Collingwood’s “More than 10,000 active warrants,” January 11). Kendra Allen-Grant, a public defender, was using meth on the job. Another “open secret” is that plaintiffs lie on police reports, and no one is charged with a crime! It is as old as Joseph imprisoned by the Pharaoh on the false accusations of his mistress. And the Ninth Commandment, “Thou shalt not bear false testimony against thy neighbor.”

I support our police. However, they are too preoccupied surviving on the beat to write accurate reports. Lying plaintiffs press unjust cases merely because they call the police first? The public defender’s office needs more investigators to prevent this demonic practice. I support the Me Too movement. However, for everyone tried and proven guilty, there are (hashtag) Many Wrongfully Accused.

Mike Kraft



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