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Similarities: Arbery and McDuffie

Based only on what I read online, I wonder if Georgia investigators and prosecutors are rushing the Arbery case the same way that Janet Reno botched a similar investigation in the McDuffie case 1980. See COMMENTS page for full essay.

3 Lawyers Comment on Book

Abe Laeser, Dade prosecutor for three-plus decades, talks about other cop cases, jury schmoozing and Rundle not keeping top attorneys. See Comments section above. Two other attorneys voice their opinions on Verdict on Trial in the Reviews of Book section above. For what it’s worth, two of the three lawyers mention that, if Miami was…

A Hard New Look at the 1980 McDuffie Cop Case

Just in time for the 40th anniversary of the notorious 1980 McDuffie riots comes a new book to explain what happened – “Verdict on Trial: The Inside Story of the Cops Trial that Ignited Miami’s deadliest riot.” Written by veteran Miami journalist John Dorschner, the book takes a new, hard look at what went wrong…

40 Years Ago This Week

While boats were racing from Key West to Mariel harbor to pick up Cubans who wanted to leave the island, a former county police officer, Mark Meier, took the witness stand in Tampa to say that motorcyclist Arthur McDuffie yelled, “I give up!” before a bunch of cops started pummeling him with nightsticks and Kel-Lites.…