Still No Justice in Rome, Georgia
And, once again, either incompetence or corruption on the part of prosecutors in the Gordon Lee case has resulted in a delay-- this time it's a mistrial as a result of prosecutors violating an order to not discuss Lee's prior (irrelevant) conviction for selling a pornographic comic book to an adult fourteen years ago. At what point in the trial did the prosecutor violate this order? Why, during the opening statement, of course. Defense attorneys suspect that such an obvious, gross violation of the prosecution's promise to the judge represents a deliberate attempt to induce a mistrial. You can read all about it here.
This is the third time that the trial has had to be rescheduled over the past three years, for those of you keeping score.
[UPDATE-- District Attorney Leigh Patterson has vowed to fight on in her quest to protect the children from the forces of art and literacy: “We hope to get this on the next available misdemeanor trial calendar,” Patterson told the Rome News-Tribune. “I don’t know exactly when that is, but I gather it’ll be after the first of the year.” At this point, it seems to me that the prosecution is willing to drag this out for as long as it takes in order to try to either a) convince Gordon Lee to accept a plea bargain in frustration or b) simply bankrupt the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. So, if you can swing it, go on over to the CBLDF's website and buy a T-shirt or a poster or something. The money goes towards a really good cause-- preventing fascists like Leigh Patterson from exploiting people for political gain.]