September 26, 2010 2:26 AM

Commentary: When justice loses to mob mentality

It was once a staple plot of TV westerns: There's been a vicious killing. Everybody knows who did it — or thinks they know — and the posse wants to string the varmint up. No need for the bother of a trial. The crime was outrageous, people are furious. So get the rope, find a tree. Watching, you'd be glad we've moved beyond frontier justice, glad the howling of the mob can no longer stampede us into condemning an innocent man. Anthony Graves would beg to differ.

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