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|July 21, 2012 23:54|
Swinging Richards rape allegations, Brandon White sentencing and more...
An unidentified woman claims that she was raped by two male dancers at Swinging Richards, the gay-popular strip club, on June 9 after a night of heavy alcohol consumption.
The Atlanta Police Department's report on the incident states that the woman began the evening at a friend's house, where they consumed several alcoholic beverages. The pair then went to Blake's on the Park, a gay bar on 10th Street, and found themselves at Swinging Richards later in the evening. The woman's identity is being withheld by police.
Three young men who beat a gay man in southwest Atlanta six months ago were sentenced to serve five years in prison with another five years on probation.
Fulton Superior Court T. Jackson Bedford sentenced Christopher Cain, 18; Dorian Moragne, 19; and Darael Williams, 17, as several loved ones of the defendants audibly cried in court. All men were already on probation for other crimes.
The Fulton DA's office had asked for 15 years for all men with Moragne to serve 10 and Cain and Williams to serve eight. The men all pleaded guilty to the brutal beating of Brandon White, 20, on Feb. 4, as he exited a convenience store in the Pittsburgh community.
In my 17 years of practicing law I have NEVER seen a case take the twists and turns that Brandon White's case has taken. What started with the senseless attack of a young gay male, ended with the politicizing of the sentencing of his attackers. Every day young black men are sentenced to prison by Judges in Fulton County. Will these respected members of the LGBT community be in court next week advocating that those young black men not be sentenced to prison?
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