Originally Posted by tyke1doe
That blood was from his boys. He quickly got them out of there. I'm pretty sure their blood was on his coat. Still, that doesn't mean he killed those men, who got into a fight with two guys from Ray's entourage.
And there was no recovery of any items on him that had blood on them. And realistically, they probably could have found them even though they allege he put it in a dumpster behind a fast food joint.
The DA's only went after Lewis for double homicide because he was a celebrity.
I lived right down the road from the old Cobalt Lounge when this happened. I actually walked by it with my then girlfriend to go back home about 10 minutes before the brawl happened.
There was a lot of racial tension in the Buckhead section of Atlanta during the time. It used to be predominantely white people going to the bars and night clubs. Over the years, more and more minorities started hanging around the night life area.
They instituted a 'no cruising' rule to force the minorities out. But since there were so many people cruising the area at night, there was no way they could enforce it. It would also lock up traffic severely.
Over time there would be some gun crime. But it was really about once a year. When the Lewis situation happened, it was the chance for those Buckhead residents to put something behind them wanting the nightlife shut down.
The DA's office arrested Lewis because they knew if they wanted to get re-elected, they had better arrest him for double homicide.
But, they had no bloody shirt. Even worse, every witness they had recanted because they were caught lying. IIRC, almost EVERY witness was an ex-con. One of whom recanted because the defense could prove he was not even in the area at the time it happened.
After this situation happened, the city of Atlanta cut closing hours by 1-hour. Then a little later to 2-hours. They were hoping to drive people to Underground Atlanta, which has failed miserably and is city owned. But, that never happened.
Eventually, the land developer decided he wanted to get into the housing market boom and wanted to shut it down and make it the 'Rodeo Drive of the South' (I never knew Rodeo Drive had a Chuck's Firearm's and Bait store). Thru some shady dealings with the city Buckhead was shut down and now there's nowhere really to go for night life outside of the Virginia Highlands.
Anyway, DA's...particularly these ones that were worried about re-electing...don't plea bargain with people they accuse of double homicide. That's unless they KNOW they don't have a case and KNOW that the person didn't do it. Hell, most times they'll not plea bargain if they KNOW they person didn't do it, as long as they have a case.
Anybody who thinks differently has to look at the shadiness of some DA's like Mike Nifong.
I think most people just don't like Ray Lewis because he's too flamboyant for their tastes. I don't have anything good or bad towards Lewis. I'm indifferent upon him.
But, justice was not served. Hell, they could have gotten Lewis to confess if they would have arrested him for Obstruction of Justice, first...then come at him as if he doesn't confess, he will be involved in a double homicide trial.
Instead, we just had a bunch of politicians posing as civil servants that screwed everything up because it benefitted them.