Letters from the week of April 28, 2005

 Blind Justice

Prosecute the prosecutors: After reading Robert Nelson's story regarding Ray Krone ("About Face," April 21), I now do not believe O.J. Simpson committed murder(s).

What utter incompetence! I advocate putting those who convicted Mr. Krone in the slammer and let them feel real justice. Why are these clowns allowed to run rampant? Taxpayers need to wake up . . . we're paying the bill for their gross negligence. They should be terminated immediately.

I am in favor of prosecuting those who bend the laws to pad their résumés. Let them pay their debts to society just as criminals do when they screw up this badly. When they are finished paying their debt to society, enroll them in a sex offender program and list them in perpetuity.

Give them a taste of what it is like to destroy a person's life.

Corrupt prosecution: the gift that keeps on giving.
Kim Bakke, Goodyear

A real page-turner: Wow! I must say that this was the most captivating and interesting article I have read in a very long time. Robert Nelson did a wonderful job in covering all the details of this horrible injustice Ray Krone experienced. I couldn't stop reading this article from start to finish. What a horrible thing Krone went through, and how great that, after such an experience, he is doing something to help prevent such injustice from happening to others. Thanks for such a great story and for writing in such a way that was both easy to follow and intensely interesting to read. Give this guy a raise!!
Allison Chatham, Mesa

Tabb Boo

Welcome to Phoenix -- now go home: It never ceases to amaze me how many people decide to move to Phoenix, and then spend every waking minute complaining about how shitty it is.

George Tabb's column from the April 21 issue, "Acting Strangely," is a perfect example. It's filled with subtle (and some not-so-subtle) hints that he can barely tolerate living here. For instance, he wonders wistfully if Phoenix -- this "cowboy-and-one-whore town," as he calls it -- will ever "become a cultural center" like New York or L.A. He pokes fun at Phoenicians who "just seem to be amazed by celebs," something he doesn't understand, because in New York, where he came from, "you see them so much you just ignore them." He seems genuinely surprised that the locals he saw at the Phoenix Film Festival actually looked "urban" (whatever that means). And he's obviously miffed that he can't get an acting job in Phoenix (though, from the looks of his one-credit résumé, it's doubtful that he'd be able to land a part in Hollywood, either). Long story short, it makes you wonder why he bothered moving here in the first place.

Here's my advice to George (and other transplants who complain constantly about how lousy Phoenix is). Do the rest of us a favor. Leave. Please go back to the frozen, overpriced cultural mecca whence you came. It'll be great. You can trudge through a blizzard to see a Broadway show. You can get mugged at knifepoint on the subway on your way back from the Guggenheim. Heck, if you want to, you can even pay $3,000 a month for an apartment smaller than my guest bedroom. Have at it.

Besides, you'll be much happier there. And so will we: We won't have to listen to you bitch anymore.
Aaron C. Schepler, Mesa

Federal (Head) Case

Who's to blame?: Thanks for the interesting story on the guy from Ghana who confounded clueless U.S. government immigration lawyers for all those years ("The Thing That Won't Leave," Paul Rubin, April 14). I don't know whom I'm madder at, the government or Emmanuel Agyeman.

Imagine, the feds didn't even know the guy's so-called wife had died until your writer told them. What a bunch of idiots! Doesn't it seem that that would be the first thing you would check for a person seeking a green card?

But what a nut this guy is. It's hard to fathom staying in jail for seven years -- when you could go home to relative luxury -- just to make a small point. I guess I have to give the guy credit for his commitment.

I only wish you guys had been able to get to the bureaucrats, or main bureaucrat, in charge of the case -- I'm sure the mere mention of Agyeman's name practically sends him into orbit. You could make a movie out of this case.

I'm glad you gave the brother of the bride the last word: "But do we need another con man here?" he asked. Indeed!
Rodney Schmidt, Glendale

Terminal condition: Excellent tale about Emmanuel Agyeman. I loved the reference to the movie The Terminal. Tom Hanks was brilliant as the immigrant in that movie. I can just see a Stanley Tucci-type character blowing a gasket over Agyeman's barrage of legal motions.

One thing I can say for Agyeman, he stuck to his guns. Very few people have crazy commitment like that. I'm surprised Paul Rubin had the guts to call him on his lies. I wouldn't want Mr. Agyeman on my ass!
Maggie McTeer, Phoenix

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