More on the Richmond suspects

Kathlene M. writes:

Here’s an update on the racial make-up of the Richmond gang-rapists, from the story in today’s San Francisco Chronicle about their arraignment. One suspect, 15 year old Cody Ray Smith, is white, one, Marcelles Peter, is black, and the rest are Hispanic.

The names of the Hispanic suspects are Jose Carlos Montano, Ari Abdallah Morales, Manuel Ortega, and Salvador Rodriguez.

Predictably, the relatives of the black suspect, Marcelles Peter, are threatening to sue, claiming that he was arrested because he is black.

It’s believed that the white suspect lured the victim (also believed to be white) to the group. She drank hard liquor with the group and, after refusing to have sex with the men, was then attacked.

This story is an allegory for our times. Liberal whites lure suicidal white society to its doom. Nonwhite groups willingly participate in the white society’s demise. Onlookers watch and either do nothing or cheer on the demise. Liberal society is “troubled” by the brutality and recommends liberal counseling for “despair over the crime and the damage the crime has done to the community’s reputation.” Liberal defense lawyers scheme to borrow Knoxville Horror defense strategy of blaming crime on victim.

Here is the story from the Chronicle:

Bulletproof vests for rape suspects in court
Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer

(10-29) 22:29 PDT RICHMOND, CALIF.—Security was unusually tight Thursday as four young men made their first court appearance in last weekend’s gang rape at Richmond High School, a crime that brought anguish to students and leaders in the city and sent shock waves throughout the nation.

Later Thursday, police arrested a sixth suspect in the case. A fifth suspect was arrested earlier but has not been charged.

Three defendants, all of them juveniles charged as adults, were wearing bulletproof vests when they were led into Superior Court by a corps of Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputies. The three—one of whom had a black eye—looked morose and said nothing as relatives wept in the gallery.

Only one, 15-year-old Cody Ray Smith of San Pablo, entered a plea—not guilty—during the brief arraignment in Richmond.

All four were ordered by Judge Peter Berger to come back to court Thursday for more proceedings in the rape of a 15-year-old Richmond High girl, who was attacked after she left the school’s homecoming dance Saturday night.

Authorities say the defendants are among as many as 10 young men who raped the girl over two hours in a courtyard on the campus, while others watched and took photos with cell phones.

Richmond police arrested a sixth suspect, Jose Carlos Montano, 18, Thursday afternoon near his San Pablo home. Montano was booked on felony charges of rape, rape in concert with force, and penetration with a foreign object. His bail was set at $1.3 million.

Litany of charges

Smith and two other defendants, Marcelles James Peter, 17, of Pinole and Ari Abdallah Morales, 16, of San Pablo, are juveniles being charged as adults. They all face felony counts of rape in concert, otherwise known as gang rape, and penetration with a foreign object. Morales also is charged with felony robbery for allegedly stealing the girl’s jewelry.

The boys are being held at juvenile hall in Martinez on no bail.

The fourth suspect, 19-year-old Manuel Ortega of Richmond, is charged with rape in concert, robbery and assault causing great bodily injury. He is being held on $1.2 million bail.

All four face potential sentences of life in prison if convicted.

The hearings began at 9:50 a.m., when the three boys were walked into court by an uncharacteristically large contingent of five deputies. The defendants’ hands were shackled to their waists, and their chests bulged from the bulletproof vests.

Court officials said the vests were needed because of the potential for vigilante violence.

“This crime was extremely callous and brutal,” said Deputy District Attorney Dara Cashman. “We’ve been getting expressions of outrage from all over the country.”

Morales’ left eye was blackened, as if he had recently been hit.

Relatives tearful

Peter’s cousin Monquasha Peter of Richmond burst into tears upon seeing him, and her mother, Monica Peter, dabbed her eyes.

Peter’s family accused prosecutors of having racial motives. Peter is the only black suspect named in the case. Smith is white, and the other suspects are Latino.

Peter “didn’t have anything to do with this,” his aunt said. “He said everyone was just walking past, and he just kept moving when he saw something was going on.

“He’s a good kid with no criminal record who likes to play soccer,” she said. “I am going to prove his innocence.

“My nephew is scared,” she added. “He is the one they’ve arrested who is black, and if they give my nephew a life sentence, I will sue Richmond. There is no way in hell I will see my nephew blamed in this because he is black.”

Ortega’s hearing immediately followed the boys’. His hands were cuffed behind his back, but he wore no bulletproof vest and had just one deputy minding him.

Two female relatives of Ortega began to cry as he walked in. They declined to comment afterward, other than to say they didn’t think he was guilty.

Court records show that in July, Ortega was arrested in San Pablo on misdemeanor charges of possessing a deadly weapon—a dagger—and spraying graffiti on a house and breaking its windows. The case is pending.

A fifth suspect, 21-year-old Salvador Rodriguez of Richmond, has been arrested but has not been charged.

School troubled

Counseling and discussion sessions were held Thursday at Richmond High to let students vent their despair over the crime and the damage they feel it has done to their community’s reputation. They and city leaders plan more gatherings in the coming days.

Authorities say the attack on the girl began when a boy who knew her, possibly Smith, called her over to a group in the courtyard as she was walking by to meet her father after leaving the dance.

Smith is a student at Richmond High, and Ortega dropped out in 2007 after his junior year. Around the same time, Morales transferred from Richmond High to a continuation school, authorities say.

The girl joined the young men in drinking hard liquor but refused to have sex with them, authorities say, and then the group attacked her.

Morales’ attorney, Ernie Castillo of Oakland, said his client has no convictions on his record.

“This is a horrible tragedy,” Castillo said of the gang rape. “It’s hard to understand how something like this could happen at an American high school.”

Helping rape victim

Richmond High School is accepting cards and donations for the victim and her family. They can be mailed to the school at 1250 23rd St., Richmond, CA 94804-1011. Make checks out to the Richmond High Student Fund, with “For sex assault victim” written in the memo line.

E-mail Kevin Fagan at
This article appeared on page A—1 of the San Francisco Chronicle

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October 31

Mark Jaws writes:

Several things about this story which strike the interest of a demographer, like me.

First, there is the lone white suspect, Cody Ray Smith, who allegedly lured the girl to the group of boys. In my mind, if true, that would reduce the racial component of this crime. Notice, I use the word “reduce” and not “eliminate.” Some of the perps may have very well relished the prospect of raping a white girl, but we don’t know. And perhaps we will never know.

Second, the white girl was drinking alcohol along with the gang of teenage boys. In no way am I condoning what they did, but I know that young girls, young boys, alcohol, and perhaps a revealing outfit are all ingredients for big trouble. If I were to sit on a jury, it would be a factor in how justice should be dispensed. This was not likely a pack of wolves on a “wilding” spree looking for women to rape. But, this case emphasizes the need for girls to be chaparoned—and they used to be when we were a sane and orderly society. Parents should insist that if their daughters are to leave a prom or a dance, they must do so with a fully-grown, mature adult parent.

Third, and what I find most striking, are the remarks of a relative of the lone black suspect,

“My nephew is scared,” she added. “He is the one they’ve arrested who is black, and if they give my nephew a life sentence, I will sue Richmond. There is no way in hell I will see my nephew blamed in this because he is black.”

Notice how readily a black person can use race as a battering ram. In this woman’s mind, her nephew is innocent and a victim SOLELY because he is black. She has no facts to back up this charge, as she has no way of really knowing whether her nephew is innocent or guilty. She immediately plays the race card. And she will be allowed to get away with it by the white liberal press . Furthermore, blacks will rally to her defense and to that of her nephew strictly on the grounds of race—and nothing else.

We have two options at our disposal. One, would be to play the race card also, and countercharge by saying, “Your nephew raped this girl because she is white. There are 30,000 cases every year of black men raping white women. That must stop.” However, that would be irresponsible and inflammatory. I prefer to use the tactics of the left against its very own. I would very much like for some courageous white people in that community who are willing to take a few arrows stand up and say, “You are wrong lady for injecting race into this. We simply at this point do not know what really transpired. That is what courts of justice are for. And furthermore, we in the white community are sick and tired of being accused of racism at the drop of a hat.”

That would be a responsible—but an assertive—course of action, and perhaps help make it no longer acceptable for blacks to use the race card in such an irresponsible and reckless manner.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 30, 2009 03:01 PM | Send

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