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Re: Lt. Flipper: Looking for ideas--not a debate
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Because Flipper did not report the shortage of funds to his superiors, maybe the court martial was warranted for "conduct unbecoming an officer. However, the record clearly shows that other officers (white)with comparable charges/convictions punishment was/were not as severe as Flipper's. Not sure why you are taking your position, when today's justice system/judical records overwhelming show that African Amercians sentences are consistently 1/3 longer than their white counter parts for the same reason.Have you not heard of many DNA over turned cases where the jury got it wrong? Have you ever heard of a jury be stacked against a Black man?
Next, why are you so sure his representation was satisfactory? What was the role of the person that cleaned the officer quarters? Has any hard evidence shown that Flipper actually took the money? Maybe the cleaning lady or someone else (those trying to frame him) took the money? Doesn't the record show that the General directed Flipper to store the money in a less secure area?
Finally,it was common knowledge from the records that the word was out in town and on the fort that some officers (for whatever reason-jealousy, his association with the lady etc) were out to get him. He was warned by the tow people, who liked and respected him that his fellow officers were out to get him. Even if he had competent represenation, the jury consisted of officers who were out to get him, and inspite of what the evidence would have shown-they were going to convict him of something. Your thoughts. Again, why does this matte bother you? I know your name from somewhere. Carlton Philpot
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