Prosecutors: Lie prompted attack on vulnerable man

  • Article by: JOY POWELL and ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: October 16, 2008 - 10:49 AM

A teen-age girl allegedly told her boyfriend that the victim from Lakeville had hit her, and then she encouraged the four suspects.

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klotzmOct. 15, 08 2:36 PM

was to put their pictures up for all to see. It is a form of shame...let's see her picture too.

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anicholsOct. 15, 08 2:37 PM

I read stories like this and all I think how does one get to the point where its ok to beat and almost kill someone (especially a disabled person). I hope this young man makes a full recovery.

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mplsstrwyOct. 15, 08 2:45 PM

As heinous is the crime of these four men, even more heinous are the comments of those calling for blood in retaliation. How many times does it have to be repeated that violence does not eliminate violence? That an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth only leaves everyone blind and toothless? That the death penalty is not a deterrent to crime? Yes, hold these men accountable for their crime, certainly; but do it in a way that rehabilitates them and reduces the likelihood of them or anyone else repeating it. All that crying "Off with their heads!" or "Throw away the key!" is a deepening of the causes that led to this horrific crime being committed in the first place. "Let him(or her) who is without guilt throw the first stone." We're all capable of such heinous acts and there, but for the grace of God, go we. It is the violence and hatred in society, such as that shown by their accusers, that has given them "permission" to do this in the first place! It is for that reason that, given the choice of standing in line at Holiday or Cub with these men or their accusers, I'll take the former over the latter any day!

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VoldFamOct. 15, 08 2:45 PM

This is why vigilante justice is such a bad idea. There's usually nothing just about it.

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deadrevOct. 15, 08 2:51 PM

She's 16 years old - a minor. Even if she were to be arrested/charged with a crime, her identity would not be released publicly.

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craigbbopperOct. 15, 08 2:56 PM

I look forward to their permanent deployment to a federal penitentiary.

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wolfstar_mnOct. 15, 08 2:57 PM

I hope the victim makes a full recovery, and the defendants, if convicted, fully enjoy their time in jail.

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privateeyeOct. 15, 08 3:25 PM

Death penalty? This is a heinous crime, but death penalty? No one died.

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boomer470Oct. 15, 08 3:29 PM

Sorry, mplsstrwy, but all of us are NOT capable of such heinous acts. Fortunately, only a miniscule percentage of people would even conceive of such an a crime. Society is not to blame for thugs who choose to commit such acts. The five perpetrators gave themselves permission and are alone responsible. Accordingly, they must now suffer the consequences.

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tsb123Oct. 15, 08 3:30 PM

May the men responsible for this be punished to the fullest extent of the law, however, a society that encourages male behavior to be agressive and violent cannot judge too harshly, as one learns what one is taught.

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