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Making a Federal Case Out of the Martin Lee Anderson Death

October 23rd, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

An estimated 700 people marched to the Federal Court House in Tallahassee today demanding that prosecutors take another look at the death of a 14 year old in a Panama City Boot Camp, and as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the protestors are getting their wish.

Hear it here: Making a Federal Case Out of the Martin Lee Anderson Death

At the head of the angry and frustrated crowd..the parents of Martin Lee Anderson.
It has been a year and ten months since their son died in the now closed Panama City Boot Camp. When asked how she was feeling today, mother Gina Jones replied “Not too good.”Is it hard to go through this? She was asked  “Yes.”

Speaker after speaker decried the not guilty verdict from the all white jury.
“America is sick.” shouted one.

Some, including attorney Benjamin Crump, suggested a dog would have gotten more justice.

“What we want to know is where our federal government holds police accountable for killing our children” Crump told the crowd.

Both the U.S. Attorney and the State Attorney General are looking into the facts around the Martin Lee Anderson case. Neither is promising a speedy resolution.  The President of the Florida NAACP told the crowd Federal that prosecutors are dragging their feet.

“I met with him a year ago” said Adora Obi Neweze. But attorney Chuck Hobbs, who spent two hours with prosecutors while the rally was underway, says he is optimistic.
“We discussed every aspect of the pertinent statutes that the officers and the nurse potentially could be tried under” Hobbs told reporters.

For Martin Lee Anderson’s parents, who also met with prosecutors
The day is one step closer to closure.

In a statement, the U-S Attorney’s office promised that any offenses would be handled appropriately.

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