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Updates on the Sean Taylor Murder: Four Arrested, Two Confess; Background Details

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suspects.jpgUpdate: Robert Parker says confessions have been made… innocent bragging at a party leads to murder…Taylor’s “past” did not come back to haunt him… more on the Sean Taylor tragedy from the Saturday Miami Herald:

”We have confessions, but I’m not going to talk about the details of the confessions at this point,” Miami-Dade Police Director Robert Parker said at a news conference in Doral.

The family of suspect Jason Mitchell, 19, told The Miami Herald that he had attended a party for Taylor’s half-sister, Sasha Johnson, at Taylor’s Palmetto Bay home. Investigators believe Taylor’s relatives may have bragged about his wealth.

Police also arrested Charles Wardlow, 18, a cousin of Johnson’s boyfriend. Also cuffed were Eric Rivera, 17, and Venjah Hunte, 20. All face murder charges.

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Three Detained in Sean Taylor Murder (and – a very different quote from Antrel Rolle); Michael Vick Dog Fighting Case: Phillips, Peace Sentenced

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Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace, co-defendants in the Michael Vick dog fighting case were sentenced today. Judge Henry Hudson called Peace a “major player” in the dog fighting operation and cited Phillips as a “very significant player.” For their parts in the operation Peace received an 18 month federal prison sentence and Phillips, because he had a prior conviction, received 21 months.

Because Hudson perceived the crimes as “callous and cruel,” he eschewed Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Gill recommendation that the defendants be sentenced at the low end of the guideline range. For Peace that meant a 12-18 sentence and 18-24 months for Phillips, as he had a more extensive criminal record including 10 misdemeanors.

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Tony Cox Show (NPR) with Jemele Hill and Greg Lee

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The topics of our bi-weekly show Thursday hosted by Tony Cox were the murder of Sean Taylor and the problem with media exposure and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Jemele provided the latest news surrounding Taylor’s murder including Antrel Rolle’s statement that Taylor’s death was not random and that Taylor lived in fear for the past three years. She urged us to listen to and focus on reports from those trained in examining a crime scene (investigators) rather than jump to conclusions based on the assertions of someone who admittedly hadn’t seen or talked with Taylor in at least a year (Rolle).

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November 30, 2007 at 3:28 am

A Response to Wojo’s Three College Myths

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drtom.jpgI generally enjoy Gene Wojceichowski’s ESPN.com college football column. But this week his commentary concerning three college football myths got under directly my skin.

Now, I believe he enjoys college football, but really I hope he’s joking about how much he loves the game. Unless the first complete words out of his mouth as a child were about college football, he needs to chill on placing himself in the pantheon of people who have an amorous relationship with Saturday afternoons. And yes, it’s just fine to have problems with the game you love, especially with how the NCAA runs its game – and how you and your buddies vote for the Heisman.

First, where we agree…

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The Murder of Sean Taylor: Trying to Express All That’s Inside

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sean21.jpgEvil man make me kill you…

If Sean Taylor was Sean Doe in Liberty City, Florida, in Anacostia, Washington, D.C., in Hunter’s Point, San Francisco, nobody would give a damn about his death. We wouldn’t hear Michael Wilbon saying that he isn’t going for the, “Taylor changed his life” story, because it is his belief that the story is the creation of the Washington Redskins P.R. department. No, if it was Sean Doe, Wilbon would get in his Range Rover and drive to his exclusive Washington, D.C., or D.C. area home, turn on the dish and watch an NBA game or three and not give a damn. If this was Sean Doe we wouldn’t hear Newsday’s Shaun Powell beg to bring up Taylor’s past and have the temerity to say that because the murders didn’t take anything and didn’t harm Taylor’s fiancé and child that it was his past that caught up to him.

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Sean Taylor is Dead

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At around 5:30 a.m. Sean Taylor, 24, died from a gunshot wound to his upper thigh.

Sean Taylor Shot, In Critical Condition

Sean Taylor’s Past On Display as He Lies Dying

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November 27, 2007 at 9:16 am

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Sean Taylor’s Past On Display as He Lies Dying

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staylor2.jpg(Michael Wilbon reported minutes ago that intruders approached Sean Taylor’s bedroom door and when Taylor went to check out the noise, the door flung open and he was shot. Wilbon also reported that Taylor‘s house was also broken into eight days ago.)

Sean Taylor of the Washington Redskins lies in a hospital bed fighting for his life. He was inexplicably shot, presumably, because he caught someone or some people in the act of robbing his house. Yet the reports coming from the Miami Herald, the Washington Post, and other news outlets would have you believe, albeit subtly, that in some way Taylor was responsible for the shooting.

These authors of these articles all involve themselves in the sickening act of adding Taylor’s prior run-ins with police as a backdrop to the present story of his shooting. It is as if Taylor’s prior trouble somehow adds context to what is happening now. The article appearing now in the Miami Herald is penned by Associated Press write, Walt Sedensky. In the piece, Sedensky adds the following wholly superfluous – but denigrating to Taylor – information:

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November 26, 2007 at 6:24 pm

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