June 08, 2005

Equal Protection of the Laws

if you're not black. Mark Kleiman has details about a disgusting case from Linden, Texas (from the Chicago Tribune).

Billy Ray Johnson is in a nursing home, and the men who beat him and abandoned him on a fire ant hill are beyond the power of the criminal law now that they've served their 30 or 60 days (unless a federal civil rights case can be brought). But I hope some enterprising trial lawyer figures out a way to make sure that every cent of their future earnings goes to Mr. Johnson.

Posted by Matt Weiner at June 8, 2005 12:48 PM