And if you truely believe O.J. Simpson wasn't 100% guilty your blind
And if you truely believe O.J. Simpson wasn't 100% guilty your blind
"My nephew was brutally beaten and murdered and nobody is paying for it," Baker's uncle, Greg Wilson, told USA TODAY Sports. "Everything is so fresh in our mind, it's just like it happened yesterday. We'll never forget this."
Only Lewis pleaded guilty in relation to the case: for obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor. He originally was charged with two counts of murder but struck a deal with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony against two of his companions that night, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting.
Lewis never directly linked his two friends to the killings, and they were acquitted. Lewis had testified that Oakley, Sweeting and another man had gone to a sporting goods store the previous day to buy knives. Baker's blood later was found in Lewis' limo. Having fled the crime scene, Lewis told the limo's passengers to "keep their mouths shut." The white suit Lewis was wearing that night — on Super Bowl Sunday — never was found.
"I'm not trying to end my career like this," Lewis said in his hotel that night, according to the testimony of a female passenger in the limo.
Yea... only in America this Piece of GARBAGE can not only get away with murder, but he could be glorified as a hero at the same time.
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Good thing the articles from the trial are archived.Meanwhile, Sweeting was being hit by two men, Lewis said. "He was fighting back, he was throwing punches in the chest area," he testified.
'Let's go, let's go
"All of this took less than a minute. It was like there was a big brawl. I was yelling the whole time, `Let's go, let's go,' and nobody was leaving so I ran back to my limo and said, `I'm out of here,'" he said.
Lewis said the others soon joined him. As the vehicle left the curb, it was struck by several bullets. A member of the Akron group has admitted to shooting at the limousine, in an effort to get it to stop. The occupants hit the floor and stayed there until they pulled into a hotel a mile away to fix a tire flattened by the gunfire.
That being said, a bloody suit actually could go a long way to indicate whether or not it was self defense. Blood spatter patterns as well as other DNA and rips/tears/etc can indicate alot.
So where at any point did Lewis hop out with 2 different pairs of knives and begin stabbing 2 men to death in front of dozens of witnesses? Cold blooded murderer? Exaggerate much? The 2 men with Lewis admitted they used their knives to protect themselves and a jury agreed with them. There was no celebrity factor in this case because Lewis had already pleaded to obstruction and was on the prosecutor's side against these 2 nobody's and a jury found their actions to have been in self defense. So where does Ray Lewis murder someone?Lewis said he got his group into the limousine and was standing outside with Sweeting when the other group - men with roots in Akron, Ohio - passed by on the sidewalk. Then they turned and began heading back to the limousine, he said.
'Everybody was just fighting'
Then, for reasons Lewis said he doesn't know, Oakley hopped out and headed toward the Akron group. One man, later identified as Baker, hit Oakley on the side of the head with a full bottle of Moet champagne, opening a cut behind Oakley's ear but not breaking the bottle.
Lewis had a huge entourage just like other young athletes who stumble into millions.
This whole situation is why he matured quickly and got rid of all of his old friends because of what almost happened to him and even his career.
Ray Lewis did not kill anybody. But there is no disputing that he was closely involved with the murders of two men.
If Ray didn't kill those two guys, it means that his friends did. I find it hard to believe that Ray wasn't ok with his friends killing those two guys. If he was against it, then someone with Lewis's charisma and leadership abilities would have been able to prevent his friends from doing something so reckless.
The thing that drives me crazy about Lewis is that he was close to the murders, but he still constantly walks around and thumps his bible and talks about how his belief in God has made him a great man. Your not a great man, Ray.
Another Atlanta defense attorney, Mark Spix, said Lewis' testimony helped the prosecution, not because it was so damaging to Oakley and Sweeting, but because the state's case was in so much trouble.
"You're talking about a dike with thousands of holes and Ray Lewis plugged up 800 of them," Spix said. But Lewis also helped the defense by giving Sweeting and Oakley a plausible reason for being in a fight, and describing Sweeting being attacked by two men, he said.
No attack on credibility
While some legal analysts predicted that defense attorneys would attack Lewis' credibility, they didn't. Harvey even opened on a folksy note, asking the player permission to call him Ray because he was used to having him seated next to him.
Spix said the lawyers were smart not to attack Lewis, largely because his statement wasn't all that damaging to their clients.
"If I were a prosecutor I'd think he'd helped the defense a little too much," he said.
Howard said Lewis' testimony makes a self-defense theory implausible: "If what they were doing was self-defense, why would Lewis say he got disgusted by their actions and tell them to remain quiet about it?"
Attorneys for Oakley and Sweeting said Lewis didn't hurt their clients and helped portray the victims as aggressors.
"There is nothing that Ray Lewis testified to that is inconsistent with the innocence of Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting," said Bruce Harvey, Oakley's lawyer.
Later, in his hotel room, Lewis asked Oakley what had happened. Oakley said he "was just beating him," Lewis testified. "I said this is all on me. My career is over because you guys tripping."
Lewis admitted lying to police when they came to interview him later that day. He said he doesn't know what became of the cream-colored suit he had on that night. He left his clothes with a friend because he had to go to Hawaii to play in the Pro Bowl. Prosecutors contend the clothes and other evidence was dumped in a fast-food restaurant's trash container.
Though several witnesses had testified that Lewis was involved in the fight, the player said yesterday: "It's something I don't do. I don't fight, period."
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government, owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.-Theodore Roosevelt
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There are a mix of quotes from Ray in these archived 2000 articles from the Baltimore Sun and a description of what happened that evening during the trial. The article writer was right that many people have such foggy memories or dont have any memory of it at all and put Ray stabbing 2 people on the doorstep of a home in Hollywood.
The 2 men who were initially charged with Ray went to court arguing their innocence with self defense.
Big difference between saying "I stabbed someone but it was in self defense" and "I didn't stab anyone and wasn't involved in the ordeal"
Stop snitching ray.
He most likely had blood on his suit, but with his 2 former friends arguing they acted in self-defense I am not sure whether or not Ray bear hugged both men on the ground or he got the blood of the victims on his suit while hustling his friends into the limo to get away.
Its up to our imaginations.
Last edited by Fresno; 01-28-2013 at 05:44 PM.