United States of America v. Odoms

CHARGE(S): Federal civil rights violations and obstruction charges, conspiracy

POTENTIAL PUNISHMENT: 10 years in prison

VENUE: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio

ALLEGATION: A black Lucas County Sheriff Deputy failed to intervene when his black colleague used excessive force by assaulting an unresisting, handcuffed white teenager. In an attempted cover up, the deputy lied about the incident in departmental reports and gave false testimony at related court proceedings. (Unfortunately, race can be an issue that unduly influences the outcome of a criminal case. The race of the defendant and the victim in this case was included to demonstrate that Mr. Bennett has experience successfully neutralizing the issue of race.)

DISPOSITION: Trial by jury

RESULT: Not guilty of all charges

Deputies' trial opens in 'abuse of power' case (The Blade)
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