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The Court’s Stopped Clock Moment

The US Court systems, especially at the state level and below have gotten pretty miserable. The system is so imbalanced and corrupted as to be contemptible. So much so, when something goes right justice wise…

It is hard to believe.

What was that old Red Foxx joke about the Karate guy and the local guy fighting in a bar…”Karate, Korea Tae Kwan Do 1957!” …”K-Tire Iron, 1958 Caddy!”

New York City cab driver Mamadou Diallo was acquitted of manslaughter charges in death of his wife's rapist (Screen capture)

NY court erupts in cheers as charges dropped against man who beat his wife’s rapist to death

Wednesday, a court in Bronx, New York dropped charges against a man who killed an intruder who was trying to sexually assault his wife.

WABC reported Wednesday morning that the courtroom erupted in cheers when Judge Marc Whiten announced that he will accept a motion to dismiss manslaughter charges against 61-year-old cab driver Mamadou Diallo.

In May, police records say, just after Diallo left his apartment in the Bronx for work, a career criminal named Earl Nash went knocking from door-to-door in the building asking for water. Nash — whose police record showed more than 20 arrests for acts of theft and violence — reportedly tried to entice a little girl into the stairwell, but she ran away.

When he knocked on the Diallos’ apartment door, however, the cab driver’s 51-year-old wife — who has there at home with her sister — opened it a crack, which was all Nash needed to kick in the door and attack the women.

Nash smashed a chair down on Diallo’s wife’s head. When she crumpled to the floor, Nash began to rip her clothes off and tried to rape her.

With her sister’s help, the woman fought free and was able to call Diallo, who raced home in his cab and strode into the building brandishing a tire iron. He stepped off the sixth floor elevator, caught sight of Nash and attacked him, beating him in the head and body.

First responders arrived at the scene and transported an unconscious Nash to Lincoln Hospital, where he died.

A coroner’s report determined that Nash’s death was a homicide and prosecutors lodged manslaughter charges against Diallo.

He was released from custody in June and Diallo’s defense team submitted a motion to dismiss the charges, which Judge Whiten accepted.

Diallo told the New York Daily News after his release, “I don’t want to be a hero” for what he’d done. He said he only resorted to violence because his wife was in danger.

“Nobody’s happy when you fight with somebody and die,” said Diallo. “Nobody likes that. (But) you don’t mess with a man’s family, a man’s wife. Your family is your family.”

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2016 in Giant Negros

 

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The Kids Got Game! Justus Williams, 12 YO Chess Champion!

Where else but the “Big Apple”?

In New York, Speed Chess is a full contact sport. You get to visit there, take a few minutes and watch in Washington Square Park.  Speed Chess is just a variant of regular Chess, where all moves have to be completed in 5 minutes. These guys are world class, and it is not that unusual for Grand Masters to hone their game there. Bit of advice, don’t plop your money down to play, unless you can afford to lose it – many of those guys are really good.

So Chess in NYC has a lot more cachet, than say in Dallas with the youngsters. Cachet means interest, and interest eventually results in a few kids becoming champions at whatever they get interested in.

Bronx resident, Justus Williams is one of those Champions. Go kid!

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Bronx Native, 12 YO Justus Williams, the best in the US in his age group, and ranked #4 worldwide in his age group.

Hat Tip to NewsOne on this one.

Portrait of a Bronx Chess Champion, Age 12

When Bronx student Justus Williams started third grade at P.S. 70, his mother, Latisha, urged him to take on chess. The hobby was “less common” than basketball, she said.

But Justus wasn’t enthusiastic at first. “I thought I was going to be embarrassed,” he said.

As it turned out, mom knew best.

Justus, now 12 and completing sixth grade, is the highest-rated chess player in the U.S. in his age and gender group, and fourth overall in World Chess Federation international rankings for his age group.

Justus Hits the Boards

Justus found out recently that he will travel to Halkidiki, Greece in October to represent the U.S. in the 2010 World Youth Chess Championship. That’s after a summer filled with tournaments such as the Pan American Youth Chess Festival in Brazil and the World Open in Philadelphia.

Justus first played at a Chess-in-the-Schools program in the Bronx’s P.S. 70, when he was in the third grade. His instructor Shaun Smith said Justus had more focus than his peers, and pushed himself to the top of the class—and the country—by fourth grade. “He’s a very mature sixth grader in that he’s stoic and adult-like,” Smith said. “He’s the quietest person. He’s very shy.”

As he started winning, the champ began to see chess as less of a chore. “My mom didn’t have to push me to go to tournaments anymore,” he said. His grades got better, too.

Smith, who coordinates Justus’s tournament play, started bringing him to more prestigious games when he hit fifth grade. He now practices one or two hours a day.

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2010 in News

 

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