Tensions flare in Day 3 of Butler trial when beating victim arrives

  • Article by: Chao Xiong , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 10, 2014 - 10:46 PM

The appearance of victim Ray Widstrand on Day 3 of teen’s trial roiled the court.

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jimjimjimjimJan. 10, 14 3:09 PM

Where are the charges for a hate crime? This was obviously racially motivated.

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bobblumenfelJan. 10, 14 3:11 PM

This article rather illuminates the legal theory that criminal proceedings are for crimes "against the state" rather than against living, breathing human beings. It's always, "The State versus John Doe". Victims seem to be considered collateral damage, and Heaven forfend that the jury be reminded of them in such a living, graphic manner.

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absent_carloJan. 10, 14 3:12 PM

A bunch of animals running the streets in St. Paul.

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kevinmickdJan. 10, 14 3:22 PM

Poor guy. His life is changed forever. I hope they find out who truly did the beatings and punish them to the fullest.

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larrymickJan. 10, 14 3:22 PM

How terrible that the victim of a crime actually want to attend the trial of his accused attackers. Aren't the accused supposed to be able to face their accusers?

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jude0007Jan. 10, 14 3:28 PM

I don't understand how a lawyer could ethically defend one of these thugs. How do they sleep at night?

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DufferHJan. 10, 14 3:34 PM

And defense attorneys wonder why they are viewed as such low lifes.

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