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'A little late for that': Legal expert buries Jennifer Crumbley for crying through her manslaughter arraignment
Appearing on CNN on Saturday morning, the former police commissioner of Philadelphia had no sympathy for the mother of the Michigan teen accused of shooting four high school classmates last Tuesday with a handgun his parents reportedly purchased for him as an early Christmas present.
Very early Saturday morning James and Jennifer Crumbley were taken into custody at a Detroit-area industrial park after failing to turn themselves into the police for processing.
Following the arraignment of the Crumbleys on four counts apiece of involuntary manslaughter due to the actions of their son Ethan this morning, Charles Ramsey noted that Jennifer Crumbley audibly sobbed and cried as she was told she would be held pending the successful posting $500,000 bail which her husband must also post.
After the CNN panel -- hosted by Christi Paul and Boris Sanchez -- discussed how Ethan's mother blew off complaints from the school about his actions, joking with her son he needed to "learn how to not get caught," former law enforcement official Charles Ramsey said he had no sympathy for her.
"This is a highly publicized case, so selection of a jury is going to certainly take time to make sure you don't have people that already have a bias against for the parents one way or the other," Ramsey explained. "And I'm sure that will take place, that will happen. They'll find a jury that will be able to render a decision based on facts and evidence, but they're not going to be able to avoid the court of public opinion -- that's the world we live in now."
"It will be highly publicized, a lot of information will be put out there, some will be accurate, some will not be accurate in terms of evidence and things of that nature," he continued. "I don't know how you avoid that sort of thing but certainly I could hear it in her voice as well, sounded as if she's crying, but it is a little late for that."
"There are people that are crying over deaths of their children right now, the children laying in a hospital with gunshot wounds," he continued. "I mean, those are the kinds of people that personally my empathy is with them, not with the [Crumbley] parents right now."
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WATCH: Prosecutor in Crumbley parent's case successfully slaps down defense attorneys' demand for $50K bail
In a hearing held early Saturday morning, the prosecutor who has indicted the parents of Ethan Crumbley -- accused of murdering four high school classmates -- successfully convinced a judge to order the couple to post $500,000 bail each as they face involuntary manslaughter charges.
Early Saturday morning James and Jennfier Crumbley were taken into custody at a Detroit-area industrial park after fleeing with $4000 in cash instead of turning themselves into police after their indictment on four counts of involuntary manslaughter apiece.
With the attorneys for the couple explaining they didn't think their clients were a flight risk and complaining about the prosecution "cherry-picking" the facts in the case while asking for $50,000 to $100,000 in bail, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald responded with an impassioned plea for the $500,000 bail.
Speaking via Zoom with all the participants in the hearing, she told the judge, "I agree with Miss Smith on one thing: the court hasn't heard all the facts. I have an ethical duty not to release those facts. We have a burden and these are merely allegations, so I agree and I just want to point out, nobody needs permission -- these defendants did not need my permission and didn't need law enforcement permission to go to the court and turn themselves in and go to the police department, sheriff's department, turn themselves in."
"I agree Mrs. Smith was perhaps in trial, and had a break from 11:45 to 2:45," she continued. "I can't imagine why they were surprised. The whole country knew the charges were coming. And lastly, to suggest that anyone is somehow using this incident to create press, there's a lot of attention here. Four children were murdered and seven others injured. and that is on the mind of every single person in this country. So I would ask you impose the $500,000 cash surety on each of the defendants, your honor."
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According to a report from Delaware Online, a Zoom question and answer period on new rules regarding police transparency was disrupted by a commenter who fired off a string of racial slurs at the panelists leading to the unidentified commenter being ejected.
The report states that the Delaware panel was one in a series of meetings on Senate Bill 149, which is designed to amend the Officers' Bill of Rights and open up internal affairs records to the public.
However the meeting ran into trouble when the slurs began.
"Around 4 p.m. during the meeting, someone twice messaged panelists with racist slurs, and was immediately ejected from the meeting, according to a press release about the disruption," the report states. "Minutes later, a man was given the chance to provide public comment and used it to say a racial slur. After about 15 seconds of silence, a moderator announced he had been removed from the webinar. After several others spoke, another man during public comment used the same slur and was also removed."
"It's unclear if the same person was responsible for the three instances. The person or people were not immediately identified," the report added.
According to the author of the bill, State Sen.Tizzy Lockman (D), the disruption was not a surprise.
"I am deeply dismayed, but not at all surprised, by this latest reminder that we live in a state and a nation where racist agitators will attack people of color working to make a change in their communities," Lockman lamented.
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