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In a curiously predictable manner, the NAACP has charged that Lake County California prosecutors are too harsh on criminals when they charge them with all the crimes they've committed.
Three thugs break into Shannon Edmond's Lake County home on Dec 7th, 2007 at 4am and beat his stepson with a baseball bat. The homeowner responds with lethal force and two of the assailants are killed. Edmond's stepson suffers brain damage and a lifetime of severe disability due to the beating.
Nevertheless, the Rev. Amos Brown, head of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP, and other NAACP officials are asking why the homeowner is walking free. Brown says "This man had no business killing these boys," Brown said.
Now, the Lake County prosecutor is adding first degree murder alongside the robbery, burglary and assault charges against Renato Hughes Jr., the third criminal -- that's where the NAACP steps in, complaining that prosecutors came down too hard on Hughes.
"This is America! Criminals, be they black or white, should be able to practice their art without fear of heavy-handed prosecution." Brown thinks Hughes has learned his lesson, and time in prison would simply "be wasting yet another young man's dream of a long and violent criminal career."
Young mister Hughes might've got the wrong idea from his pastor, the Rev. Amos Brown. It's not OK to break the law. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. -CE