I both like and admire America but, with due regard to the feelings of my American e-pals, I am exceedingly wary of it! For a start, it is unbelievably enormous compared to a titchy, little island like Britain, and consequently there are many dark and dangerous corners. Take Winona, Miss. for example, which is the subject of a report over at The National Review which almost beggars belief.
Actually, the article is a review of a podcast produced by American Public Media and called "In the Dark". Read it and weep! It tells the story of a black man called Curtis Flowers who was charged in 1996 with a mass murder which had taken place at a furniture store where he had worked but then been fired a few days previously. The lead prosecutor was a man called Doug Evans who was the local District Attorney. In due course, Mr. Flowers stood trial and was found guilty and sentenced to death. So far, so normal but "stick around, kid, you ain't seen nuthin' yet!"
Later, at the Appeal Court, the conviction was squashed but the DA, Mr. Doug Evans, knew better and proceeded to re-arrest Mr. Flowers and recharge him with exactly the same evidence! Again, he was found guilty - why am I not surprised? But again the Appeal Court dismissed it and - wait for it - again Mr. Evans charged him! This went on for six times despite on three occasions the Mississippi Supreme Court dismissing the case and actually accusing Mr. Evans and his department of 'bad practice'.
Today Mr. Flowers remains on death row whilst his sixth conviction is appealed. Methinks 'there's something rotten in the state of Mississippi'!