(This post is part of a series concerning Curtis Flowers, an innocent man convicted of a horrific crime that has divided a small Mississippi town. Information on the Flowers case can be found here.)
Not everyone in Winona, Mississippi is a big fan of Friends of Justice. Our presence has generated some angry feedback in the comments section. Since we have been critical of people like Judge Joseph Loper and District Attorney Doug Evans, it is only fair to give our critics a little airtime. Below, in no particular order, are some of the strongly worded comments we have received in the last few days.
I was at trial Tuesday for continuing the selecting of the jurors. You couldn’t ask for a better judge. Judge Loper is doing his job, going exactly by what the law says to do and what he is suppose to do. So you young interns need to learn from Judge Loper or you won’t get very far with your life. Your telling all of these lies about the District Attorney, Winona Law Enforcement and Judge Loper, well honey, you have to answer to only one person…. and guess who that person is ….. Jesus!!!! You should get to know him and then you will see things a lot different.
The only people who are making this a racist thing is the blacks. It has always been that way. We had nothing to do with the past. We weren’t even born then, were you???? You are white, does that make you a racist?? Just because we are white, doesn’t mean we are racists. If you are a christian, it doesn’t matter what color you skin is.
“Justice” says, “You all are in winona and all you’re doing is causing termoil….stop thinking of yourselves and think about all the families (both sides)..stop trying to make it a racial issue…you are the ones holding this town up..not us.”
“Not your business” weighs in:
This is seriously the most pathetic website I’ve ever seen. The story about the young african american woman being pulled over and treated like that by law enforcement in winona is nothing but a made up LIE!! I’ve lived around Winona my whole life and law enforcement around here is nothing but nice. Its pretty sad that a lie like this was made up and brought into the courtroom. The people of this website should get a life and report the TRUTH if they’re going to report anything at all. For the record, I AM BLACK!!!!!
Tylert speaks his mind:
Alan bein you are a dumbass.
Holly says her piece:
I realize a person is innocent until proven guilty, but Curtis Flowers has been PROVEN GUILTY TWICE!! I don’t really believe it is a race issue. I believe this trial has become a race issue in the media, but the crime is that FIVE families have suffered for way too long – 14 years without closure. I have not sat on this jury, nor would I be so inclined, but it appears to me that justice has been robbed of all family members in this case. My prayers are that this will be the FINAL FLOWERS (Tardy Furniture Murder) TRIAL.
If it is so hard to find Blacks that are willing to serve on the jury, why doesn’t Curtis Flowers’ attorney request a change of venue? I believe that it is impossible to prove Curtis Flowers innocent, because he is not. His attorney knows that if he can get some Blacks on the jury, then it will probably be a hung jury again. I read your postings and other articles about the trial and it makes me believe that these are all tactics that the defense is using to manipulate the judicial system. As far as “Fear stalks a Mississippi Town”…the only fear that will stalk this town is if a murderer is set free just because he is successful in using his race to manipulate the system. There has been very little mention of Robert Golden, the one black victim. I met his wife soon after the murders and I hope that she and her family are not being isolated or discriminated against by the Black community.
L. Jones contributes this opinion:
If it were a white man being accused of these crimes, he would either be on death row at this point or already executed.
Finally, “Shirley” shares these thoughts:
There wasn’t even a $30,000 reward for years. There wasn’t even a reward at first. So don’t say the witnesses are doing it for the money and the district attorney offered them money. It took time to raise that reward. Curtis Flowers is the only one that had a reason to kill those people, which was a bad reason to kill 4 people. People are in the choir and churches claiming to be real Christians and are hypocrites. Only God knows who killed those innocent people and that person will pay some day.
He was found guilty the first time tried and the Supreme Court threw it out, what an embarrassment to our state. To have people in office like this is costing us tax payers a lot of money. If it wasn’t for the Supreme Court, this trial would have been over years ago and the family of the victims could move on with their lives, instead they have to relive this nightmare over again. The victims and families are the ones suffering and the killer is living it up.
The blacks are the only ones making this a racial thing, not the whites. A black man was killed too, one of their own. Whoever did this crime will answer to God and Thou shall not kill is what he will probably say to the one person who did kill more than once.