Your corrupt justice system, Indiana
Posted in the Indianapolis Forum
#1 Jun 28, 2010
Linda "I am against public corruption" Pence, hypocrite. Hypocrite. Hypocrite. Hypocrite. Look it up. You'll find her picture there, right next to Carl Brizzi. Which only goes to prove that ... oh nevermind. Indiana lawyers. Our State's humiliation. Our justice system couldn't be more broken. This guy, this perp, will be out in no time. It makes you a little sick.
Time and again, fortune seemed firmly on Quanardel Wells' side.
He has faced allegation after allegation of rape and other sex crimes. For more than a decade, as more women and girls came forward, Indianapolis police and prosecutors have tried to lock him away.He was arrested and prosecuted. But in three trials for alleged sex crimes, jurors either believed Wells' claims of innocence or simply weren't satisfied with the evidence. In all three -- and a fourth trial in a non-sex case -- he was acquitted.
But not this time.
Wells, 40, was convicted last week of assaulting a 16-year-old girl after forcing her into his truck on the Near Eastside as she was walking home. Soon, he will be headed to prison. And not just for a few years, but possibly for the rest of his life.
Early Wednesday, an Indianapolis metro police detective left Marion Superior Court with news of the conviction -- news that set off a celebration on the night shift at the sex-crimes unit.
"This accountability has been a long time coming," said Kristina Korobov, a former deputy prosecutor who served as assistant chief and chief of the Marion County prosecutor's sex-crimes division through 2004.
The allegations against Wells -- at least nine women or girls have accused him -- rank him among the city's worst accused serial sex offenders in recent years, authorities say. But what makes his record truly unusual, they say, is the lack of serious convictions to show for it.
He has been in and out of prison for two battery convictions in Indiana and for an assault-and-battery conviction in South Carolina.
Three years later, a jury acquitted him of attempting to rob a woman at an ATM; the woman had said she was able to fight off her would-be robber.
Another jury acquitted him in 2004 of raping a woman who was waiting for a bus. And in 2006, the fourth jury acquitted him of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl.
The following year, Wells was charged with rape. But court records show the case fell apart before trial when the woman changed parts of her story. Wells pleaded guilty to a low-level felony confinement charge and later served time in prison only because he violated probation.
Linda Pence, an attorney and former Democratic candidate for Indiana attorney general, was forewoman on the attempted robbery case, which went to trial in 2001. She believed he was guilty but voted for acquittal because she thought prosecutors failed to prove it.
After the trial, she said, she called Wells' attorney to ask him to advise his client to walk a straight line because "he just got a gift from God."
#2 Jun 28, 2010
I agree with your premise, however the verdict probably wouldn't have made much difference with the overall outcome. The Indiana justice system has long favored the guilty with more sympathy and leniency than most can fathom.
Since: Oct 09
#3 Jun 28, 2010
This will eventually catch up with the Disease. Once it does, he will be taken care of in the Indiana prison justice system. Bubba style!!!
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