The Ray Lewis Murder: A Report Essay

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At around 4 a.m. on January 31st outside of an Atlanta nightclub where a post Super Bowl party was winding down, an argument broke out between two groups. The altercation escalated from verbal to physical when one man struck another over the head with a champagne bottle. The actions to take place in the following chaotic moments were fast and furious, and it seems no two eyewitnesses saw the same thing. What is conclusive about the outcome is that a limousine sped away, gunshots were fired at it, and Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar died from multiple stab wounds. If convicted along with his two friends, Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens will go from three-time All-Pro to lifetime inmate. Lewis reportedly said in his hotel room after…show more content…
The lone person sticking to his assertion that Lewis acted violently has been Chester Anderson, not exactly an ideal witness. Anderson is an admitted con artist in jail on identification fraud charges. This has given the defense the opportunity to attack Anderson’s credibility. Lewis shook off the charges and anchored the Baltimore Ravens impregnable defense that didn't allow the New York Giants to cross midfield the entire second half of the Super Bowl. Yet his play did not quell the queasiness that bedevils many Americans, black and white. Some identify with his obvious relief at surviving and thriving a difficult ordeal. Others remain unconvinced of his innocence and unwilling to forgive. Publicly, the media has framed this issue as a debate over Lewis's character, whether he should have been watching the Super Bowl on a prison TV instead of hunting Giants. The fact is that none of us is in a position to judge the guilt or innocence of Ray Lewis that's why we have a court system. Lewis' attorney arranged for the murder charges against Lewis to be dropped in exchange for his testimony against Oakley and Sweeting, and a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice. The other defendants, Oakley and Sweeting were acquitted of the charges in June 2000. No

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