Monday, August 17, 2009

TNB On Trial: Trial Of Letalvis Cobbins In Christian-Newsom Murder Case Begins In Knoxville; Will A Black-Majority Jury Have The Integrity To Convict?

Note: All posts on the Letalvis Cobbins trial available HERE; the most current post will appear first.


The long-awaited trial of Letalvis Cobbins, one of the five defendants in the infamous Channon Christian-Chris Newsom case, finally began in Knoxville, Tennessee on Monday August 17th, 2009, more than two years after the heinous crime was committed. The trial is expected to last two weeks. This case didn't really capture the public's attention until a rally against black crime, led by Vanguard News Network Forum activists, was held on May 26th, 2007, after which the sheer barbaric horror of the rape, torture, murder, and mutilation of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom were revealed to the world. Pertinent information sources listed below:

-- Live Twitter feeds available when court is in session via the Knoxville News-Sentinel and WVLT Channel 8 (their Twitter is not limited to this story). WATE Channel 10 liveblogging it HERE. These links are also posted on my sidebar in the designated category
-- Knoxville News-Sentinel home page
-- WVLT Channel 8 home page
-- WBIR Channel 10 home page
-- WATE Channel 6 home page
-- New Nation News thread dating back to January 2007
-- Stormfront discussion thread
-- VNN Forum Christian-Newsom sub-forum
-- Newer VNN Forum thread

Jury Selection: The final jury selected does NOT look like Knoxville demographically. It consists of two Black men, five Black women, one White man, two White women, one Asian man, and one Hispanic man. The alternates are three White men and one Black man. This means the primary jury of twelve is 58 percent Black; contrast this to City-Data statistics showing that Knoxville is only 16 percent Black and 79 percent White. There is widespread concern, based upon the fact that a Black-majority jury in L.A. let O.J. Simpson walk, that a Black-majority jury lacks the fair-mindedness to convict a Black defendant of a serious crime. But in this case, Cobbins will not walk, since he's pleaded guilty to other crimes. Instead, jury nullification would merely spare his life, since the prosecution is seeking the death penalty.

The jury will be sequestered during the entire trial, expected to last two weeks.

Day 1 Summary: WBIR offers the most detailed news story. Cobbins' defense attorney Scott Green led off by entering pleas on behalf of Cobbins. Cobbins pleaded guilty to 4 counts of facilitation in robbing and helping to remove Channon Christian and Chris Newsom in violation of their liberty. Cobbins also pleaded guilty to one count of facilitation in exercising control of Christian's SUV and her property without her consent. Cobbins also pleaded guilty to raping Channon Christian, but only pleaded to the count that stated the defendant raped her through oral penetration. He pleaded not guilty to all other rape charges involving Christian or Newsom. Cobbins also pleaded not guilty to all murder charges and any charges that included the death or killing of the couple.

Judge Richard Baumgartner also explained the facilitation charges to the jury. Facilitation is a lesser charge that states the defendant was involved in helping to commit the crimes, but he does not admit to actually committing the crimes.

Because Cobbins has pleaded guilty to other crimes, only his life is on the line in this trial, as the prosecution previously stated their intent to seek the death penalty. Consequently, Scott Green is attempting to wage a last-ditch defense strategy. To reach the jury, Green openly admitted that his client is a coward and a scumbag, basically calling Cobbins every name in the book. But he stressed that although Cobbins is a scumbag, he is not a murderer. And to prove the old maxim, "there is no honor among thieves", Scott Green is also attempting to save his client's life by throwing two of Cobbins' former playmates, Lemaricus Davidson and Eric Boyd, under the bus, claiming that those two actually committed the murders.

If Green and co-counsel Kim Parton can convince jurors Cobbins did not plan the crimes or participate in the murders, Cobbins would still go to prison but could escape the death penalty. Should Cobbins' defenders fail at securing facilitation convictions, they then must mount an effort to save his life in the penalty phase of trial.

Some of the more prominent witnesses offering testimony on Day One included Kara Sowards, who was Channon Christian's best friend and who was one of the last people to see Channon alive; Gary and Deena Christian, Channon's parents; and train engineer J.D. Ford, who found Chris Newsom's body. Newsom's childhood friend Josh Anderson, who played golf with Chris on that last day, also testified. WBIR Channel 10 news video embedded below:



And here's coverage from WATE Channel 6, via YouTube:



As for the remainder of the defendants, Eric Boyd has already faced justice. He was charged federally with accessory after the fact and aiding and abetting in connection with carjacking that resulted in death. Investigators say Boyd helped Davidson hide from police and that he knew about the deadly carjacking and did not go to the authorities. Boyd was tried in federal court in April 2008 and convicted on both charges. In October, he was sentenced to 18 years in jail.

The trials of Lemaricus Davidson, George Thomas, and Vanessa Coleman are yet to come. Davidson's trial is supposed to start in September. All these scum deserve the death penalty - and they should be executed in EXACTLY THE SAME WAY as they raped, tortured, and executed Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.

Visit the memorial site for Channon Christian and Chris Newsom HERE.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The soft, feminized Whites of Knoxville will weep, wail and light candles - the Niggers will get light sentences in terms of years that will be reduced in terms of years so they will all be out before a decade - a younger,more vigorous America would have hung the lot by now.

Anonymous said...

AA.... Can you post the CNN Paula Zahn video which is still on You Tube. The only time that CNN mentioned this Hush Crime.

Anchorage Activist said...

Anonymous 5:15 P.M. - Not a bad idea. Provides some historical perspective. The video's now on the sidebar, under "Video Of The Week", so it can remain visible regardless of the current post.

LARS said...

Knoxville Tn committed TREASON in the Civil War when they turned on the Confederacy and became a UNION stronghold.
It was this stronghold that allowed the murderous Union army the foothold into the mountains and this allowed the RE-SUPPLY of Union troops all the way to Atlanta.
Interstate 75 and 81 still mark the routes the Union murderers used to split the South.
Just as Interstate 20 still memorializes the TERRORIST AND MASS MURDERER GRANT'S RAMPAGE TO SEA WHERE UNION MURDERERS BURNED EVERY HOUSE, CHURCH, SCHOOL, FARM AND MURDERED EVERY WHITE MAN WOMAN AND CHILD FROM ATLANTA TO THE SEA!
The UNION army held up at the University of Tennessee "AYRES" Hall and regularly RAPED white girls while they patroled the mountains looking to burn Rebel farms.
The very nature of "BIG ORANGE" country is TRAITOROUS! As far as i know there were few or NO slaves in Knoxville or East tennessee.
Since the devastation, Knoxville has been rewarded by massive Fedral aid including the OAK RIDGE NUCLEAR RESEARCH LAB which produced the atomic bomb.
Knoxville is a REPUBLICAN stronghold.
Regardless of what happens in this show trial the real damage was done 150 years ago when WHITE Knoxville Tennessee COMMITTED THE ULTIMATE ACT OF tREASON.

LARS said...

BREAKING NEWS...
FBI TRAINED HAL TURNER!
http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-web-hal-turner-0819aug19,0,1700724.story

NOW THE TRUTH IS EMERGING!
HAL TURNER WAS RECRUITED AND TRAINED AS AN AGENT PROVACATEUR BY THE FBI!

I HAVE SAID FROM DAY ONE THAT ASSISTING THE FBI TO STOP CRAZIES IS PATRIOTIC!

HOWEVER, BEING RECRUITED AND TRAINED BY THE FBI TO "ENTRAP" CITIZENS BECAUSE OF THEIR POLITICAL STANCE IS DEPLORABLE!

LOOKING BACK IT IS CLEAR THAT HAL HAD BEEN SCHOOLED ON EXACTLY HOW FAR TO GO IN HIS COMMENTS.

I WAS WRONG ABOUT HAL!

HE TRULY WAS A FEDERAL AGENT.

WE WHITE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO MASSIVE TREASON AGAINST US BECAUSE WE ARE WHITE.

I SAY AGAIN, JFK WAS ASSASSINATED TO PASS THE CIVIL RIGHTS BILL AND IMMIGRATION REFORM!

KEVIN MacDONALD CHRONICLES THE JEWISH DESTRUCTION OF WHITEY.
IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T READ IT PLEASE READ IT HERE:
http://poorrichardsalmanac.biz/JEWSMURDEREDWHITEAMERICA.html

PLEASE PRINT THIS OFF AND GIVE IT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW. LEAVE IT IN STORES PARKS RESTROOMS AND RERSTAURANTS.

OUR NATION HAS BEEN STOLEN BECAUSE WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING.

NOW WE KNOW!

AWAKE MY PEOPLE. IT IS TIME TO THROW OFF HAL TURNER DAVID DUKE DON BLACK ALEX LINDER AND THE SO CALLED LEADERS. THEY ARE ALL TAINTED AND MOST LIKELY FEDERAL AGENTS. DON'T TRUST ANY OF THEM!

WE NOW HAVE TO WORK ONE ON ONE TO AWAKEN OUR PEOPLE.

GOD SPEED TO THE WHITE RACE. WE ARE GOING TO NEED IT!

LARS said...

READ FOR YOURSELF:
NOTHING MORE NEED BE SAID!
Attorney: FBI trained NJ blogger to incite others
By KATIE NELSON (AP) – 30 minutes ago

HARTFORD, Conn. — A New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for allegedly making threats against lawmakers and judges had training from the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorney said Tuesday.

Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an "agent provocateur" and was taught by the agency "what he could say that wouldn't be crossing the line," defense attorney Michael Orozco said.

"His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest," Orozco said.

Prosecutors have acknowledged that Turner was an informant who spied on radical right-wing organizations, but Turner was not working for the FBI when he allegedly made threats against Connecticut legislators and wrote that three federal judges in Illinois deserved to die.

"But if you compare anything that he did say when he was operating, there was no difference. No difference whatsoever," Orozco said.

Orozco spoke to reporters after a court hearing in Hartford on Tuesday. Turner, 47, of North Bergen, N.J., did not appear, because he is in federal custody in Illinois. His arraignment on the Connecticut charges was rescheduled to Oct. 19.

In June, Turner urged his readers to "take up arms" against Connecticut lawmakers and suggested government officials should "obey the Constitution or die," because he was angry over legislation — later withdrawn — that would have given lay members of Roman Catholic churches more control over their parish's finances.

He wrote in Internet postings the same month that the Illinois federal appeals judges "deserve to be killed" because they issued a ruling that upheld ordinances in Chicago and suburban Oak Park banning handguns. He included their photos and the room numbers of their chambers at the courthouse.

Orozco officially joined Turner's defense team in the Connecticut case on Tuesday, with approval from Superior Court Judge David Gold. Orozco said his Newark, N.J.-based firm has been representing Turner for the past five years, including during his FBI informant years.

Turner's Connecticut attorney, Matthew R. Potter, said it's too early to tell which trial will move forward first. Orozco said he plans First Amendment defenses in both cases.

Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago, said the office would not comment on Orozco's statements. The FBI office in Chicago didn't immediately return a call for comment Tuesday.