Chicago man charged in Nailah Frankli...

Chicago man charged in Nailah Franklin slaying

There are 27 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 7, 2007, titled Chicago man charged in Nailah Franklin slaying. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A Chicago man who once dated Nailah Franklin, the pharmaceutical representative whose disappearance and slaying stirred the city this fall, was charged Friday with her murder, a spokesman for the Cook County ...

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DontBelieve

Chicago, IL

#25 Dec 9, 2007
Mary

I have been waiting a long time to say this to you......GO TO HELL! I am tired of the way you are always defending this man as though you have some sort of sick sexual fixation with him.

Phone records, wireless waves, and witnesses that refuse to lie is pretty solid evidence to me! I dont know what you guys talked about "off the record" but I KNOW you would have a different outlook if this were your child or your sister!
Hardliner

Saint Paul, MN

#26 Dec 9, 2007
I anxiously awaited todayís Sunday Sun-Times to see if Mary Mitchell would do the right thing and address the murder charges brought against poor victimized and misunderstood Reginald Potts. Of course she wrote about Oprah and Obama instead, easier column to write I would imagine. Probably does not know how dig herself out of this hole yet.

What really upset me about her ongoing columns supporting Potts was the way she consistently interjected race into issue. This was another senseless and tragic black on black crime. Itís a shame Mary Mitchell did not use her column to address the continued brutalization of blacks by other blacks within their own community. It needs to stop and it wonít as long as certain black leaders continue to interject race as the reason for all of the communitiesí ills. I hope that Nailah Franklinís family can find peace now that her murderer will be brought to justice.
Casey

Chicago, IL

#27 Dec 9, 2007
Bravo DontBelieve and Hardliner...I am on the same side. I find the fact that Mary Mitchell still has a job appalling. She has been pandering to a murderer for months now, and I don't expect to see a shred of remorse from her on that count. Her columns are a joke. If she had any honor, she should resign out of shame for defending and giving voice to this horrible man.

I got my bachelor's degree (in journalism) alongside similar incompetents who shared her notion that they could right the world's wrongs without ever truly understanding them. In trying to be fair with respect to race, she actually manages to commit more acts of racial violence (yes, writing can be violent), because she spent months suppressing and denying the horrible truth of this story. It was not a mystery, sad to say, that this beautiful, strong black women was killed by a pretty, criminal black man. It was clear to anyone with sense from the get-go.

Mary Mitchell's continued defense of the murderer (yes, I will go ahead and say that now) Reginald Potts is epistemic violence in the purist form. In defending one black man, she defended the murder of one black woman. Yes, I know, innocent until proven guilty and blah, blah, blah. But she should have known. The rest of the thinking world did. That is why the Trib didn't publish their interview with him last month. It would have had readers, but they made the ETHICAL decision not to run trashy, self-serving drivel on their press. Mary Mitchell should be FIRED. Then she will have more free time to go and cuddle with this vicious killer.
Houston Co-Worker

AOL

#28 Dec 9, 2007
Casey wrote:
Bravo DontBelieve and Hardliner...I am on the same side. I find the fact that Mary Mitchell still has a job appalling. She has been pandering to a murderer for months now, and I don't expect to see a shred of remorse from her on that count. Her columns are a joke. If she had any honor, she should resign out of shame for defending and giving voice to this horrible man.
I got my bachelor's degree (in journalism) alongside similar incompetents who shared her notion that they could right the world's wrongs without ever truly understanding them. In trying to be fair with respect to race, she actually manages to commit more acts of racial violence (yes, writing can be violent), because she spent months suppressing and denying the horrible truth of this story. It was not a mystery, sad to say, that this beautiful, strong black women was killed by a pretty, criminal black man. It was clear to anyone with sense from the get-go.
Mary Mitchell's continued defense of the murderer (yes, I will go ahead and say that now) Reginald Potts is epistemic violence in the purist form. In defending one black man, she defended the murder of one black woman. Yes, I know, innocent until proven guilty and blah, blah, blah. But she should have known. The rest of the thinking world did. That is why the Trib didn't publish their interview with him last month. It would have had readers, but they made the ETHICAL decision not to run trashy, self-serving drivel on their press. Mary Mitchell should be FIRED. Then she will have more free time to go and cuddle with this vicious killer.
Thank you for your comments. I will need to look up the definition of the word "espistemic" though as it is not in my vocabulary. I strongly agree with your comments related to racial violence and Mary Mitchell's unfortunate attempt to be racially fair. However, it does not take a lot of research to come to the sad but very real fact that Nailah's murderer is also black. In the summer an article was released about the US murders in 2005. Of all of the murders in the US for that year, 49% of the murder victims were black and they were by and large killed by other black people. While we constituted the vast majority of murder victims, we account for only 13% of the US population. If Mary Mitchell had researched Reginald Michael Potts Jr.'s criminal history (two stints in prison), current orders of protection against him by two women and the fact that Nailah Franklin contact law enforcement about RMPJr. shortly before her disappearnce; Mary Mitchell should have know not to use her position to publicly support someone who was clearly the major suspect in a murder. Her article was not journalism. Perhaps it was an example of Reginald's ability to use his charm and charisma to "seduce" women (of all calibers) into thinking that he really is a nice upstanding guy that just seems to have all this issues swirling around him because he is a black man just trying to make it. It ain't about race. It is about MURDER, Mary.
deep throot

Northbrook, IL

#29 Dec 10, 2007
Ladies/Gentlemen...I can guarantee you that to the 99.99% it is NOT actually Mary Mitchell posting here. Someone's pulling your leg.

On another note: Reggie's been caught...it was a matter of time...he will go away for the rest of his life...since he likes the girls so much there will be plenty of girls for him to choose from in jail. He will be very popular...
Jalen Iminez

AOL

#30 Dec 10, 2007
Lol. Isn't that the truth.
deep throot

Northbrook, IL

#31 Dec 10, 2007
There is lots on Potts. They have his whole scheme laid out. Most damning: Cell tower records place him where Nailah's car was found and at her body. He also is on security camera tape in Nailah's hallway the day she vanished. Definitely a Murder 1 rap.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/689801,pot...

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