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committee to M. money loo "repeatedly" and has it always bee t his policy to get tickets" when making purchases? It should be remembered that had a pulpwood camp at Ever- green, N. C., only a few miles the scene of the crime. Officers Richard Windley Case ' picked up his clothes at shortly after his arrest. Has any (Comments from readers, for publication in ibis column, are welcomed. Publication does not, however, necessarily indicate this newspaper's endorsement of the views expressed.-Editor.- ·rer ,, 0 . iT , » T Walker bees Bugs In To the Editor of The Robesonian: ,, effort been made to prove, or On Oct 10, I wrote a letter to approve that he was at The Robesonian in regard to the ! O n the night before or the morn- case of Richard Windley, who is j j n g after the crime was commit* charged with the crime of rape, ! ted ? The description fits the act allegedly taikng place more | accused; his alibi should than one year ago. and who has j cuired to be perfect. Witnesses been freed from custody on his j yre not always too accurate in. own recognition, the case never j gard to times and places after having corne to trial. j elapse of 12 months. This letter was relused publica- j In conc i us i on . z wiil repeat that tion on the grounds that "the trial j t h i s case is full of »b ugs ." If the of the case referred to in your letter is set for a term of court beginning Oct 24, and under these Negro was innocent and had an "alibi strong enough to stand an examination." why.did he "take'a able to "de-bug" it. be j Who knows? And just to keep the record straight, I do not think it | be asking too much of those authority to explain to the public just what disposition was made the Jim Glover case,, charged ·'molesting" a femrJe near St. Pauls a few months ago. J: L. WALKER St. Pauls Negro H-D Council Achievement Day The Negro Home Demonstrtion clubs of Robeson county will their Achievement Day program on Friday, November 18. 1949, the J. H. Hayswood high school gymnasium, at 10 a. m. circumstances the publication of j pou .-der" when it vK.r "understood your letter might be misleading." j that his case would b e either tried That trial, however, "that was j or disrn i sse d at this term of court." set for a term of t court begmnmg p er haps the grand jury, sitting as Oct. 24", did not materialize; the defendant instead of appearing "on his own recognition." took "French leave,'' despite the fact that he "had an alibi which is strong enough to stand examination." There is more "bugs" in the case than any that has ever come under my observation. Recently The Robesonian stated that it was "unofficially understood that a nol pros would be taken in the Richard Windley case when it was .called up in court." In the follow. ing issue, under caption "Seawall to press extradition of Richard Windley", tl.e solicitor is quoted as saying that "he never had any intention of taking a nol pros in this case nor in any other case in which the charge approaches the seriousness of this one." Yet you state, editorially, in the same issue that "the. case was set for trial with the understanding^ that it would be either tried or dismissed at the next term." If the constituted authorities can set a precedent by allowing an alleged rapist his freedom "on his own recognition" I see no reason why they would hesitate to set another precedent by taking a nol pros "in a case in which the charge approaches the seriousness of this one"', which, no doubt would have been done, if no one had interfered.' You state that "Windly was kept in jail 90 days without a warrant having been sworn out by the prosecuting witness. My information derived from men who have evecFright to know is that he was indicted by the grand jury only a few days after his arrest. Your informant, it seems wishes to infer that the prosecuting witness, and not the state, is responsible for the many delays in the trial of this case during the past 13 months. Yet I believt it will be found, on examination, that the prosecuting Witness was responsible for but two, or at most three, continuances. It is true, as you state, "that a defendant charged with a crime is 'presumed under the law, to be innocent until his guilt is established. It seems that common sense and reason should also "presume" that with the perfect description given by the victim of her attacker on the day the crime j was alleged to have been committed, together with her positive identification of the alleged at tacker on two different occasions afterwards should be ample evidence on which to hold the accused, without bond, until the fact of hi» innocence or guilt is established, by an alibi sworn and subscribed to by men o f unimpeachable character. And if "The Negro *had* an alibi which is "strong enough to stand examination," do you believe any lawyer worth his salt would have allowed him to remain in jail 90 day*--or 90 hours for that matter. An iron-clad alibi should not only free the accused of all suspicion, but also the victim of the agony of suspense, as well as th« doubts :.s to the integrity of jurisprudence. It ii stated that the alibt on ·which the defense depends is composed of statements that Windly wai seen "repeatedly" about on* hundred miles from the tcent of the crime, and that ha'has duplicate nale* ticket* to prove purchase* madr at stores in that vicinity. Som* alibis have bten proven just too "pat. 5 in the past Has Windly probably made himself too oofupictotii by bain* «een NO NEED MUSCULAR AND HEADACHE, WITH HEAD G E T COMPOUNDED FROM MEDICINES SOLD AND EXCLUSIVELY

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  1. The Robesonian,
  2. 11 Nov 1949, Fri,
  3. Page 4

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