Sigh..... I know it's probably impossible that you are in anyway wrong and that you have everybody who has posted a response pegged as someone who wants to burn Elijah Dukes at the stakes, so after this post I won't respond until scr can provide the new information that changes what the media has put out.
Compounding matters is that even in the face of new evidence, the tampa media continues to run with the story.
Here's a newsflash-Dukes has not been convicted of anything, no less being labeled by a reckless beat writer as a bully. Any meaningul basis to opine that Dukes is a "bully"?
Def. of "bully"-browbeat: discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
...now- if this following part of the story doesn't fit that definition (unless of course, it's not true- you tell me..), I don't know what does..
According to Wednesday's St. Petersburg Times, Dukes' wife, NiShea Gilbert, played a message that she said was from her husband.
"Hey, dawg," said an angry voice. "It's on, dawg. You dead, dawg. I ain't even bulls-------. Your kids too, dawg. It don't even matter to me who is in the car with you. N-----, all I know is, n-----, when I see your m-----f------- a-- riding, dawg, it's on. As a matter of fact, I'm coming to your m----- f------ house."
..sending pictures of guns kinda sounds like bullying also.
You wish to believe the guy is guilty so bad you can't see that this writer violated the very basics of journalistic integrity. A well crafted, manipulated article using a real victim of spousal abuse to manipulate your emotions.
...until I see this new evidence, Shelton is going with what is out there. I honestly don't care if the guy is guilty or not- but if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck...
[/quote]According to court and law enforcement documents, Dukes has several arrests.
Hillsborough deputies were called to break up a fight between Dukes and NiShea Gilbert on Dec. 8, 2003, shortly after the birth of their child. According to an arrest report, Dukes threw a remote control at Gilbert and was arrested on an assault charge. Formal charges were never filed.
He was arrested again on Dec. 25, 2003, and accused of obstructing an officer without violence. Prosecutors allowed him to enter an intervention program.
On Oct. 12, 2004, Dukes was charged with misdemeanor battery. The case was never prosecuted.
He was arrested again on a charge of battery on Jan. 18, 2005. He did not contest the charge and the judge withheld adjudication, sentencing Dukes to one year probation and $549 fine.
According to the Tampa Police Department, one of Dukes' ex-girlfriends filed a sworn request for prosecution against him on Jan. 24, 2005. The ex-girlfriend, Zanquesha L. Jefferson, told police that Dukes choked her with his right hand and forced her into a chair. He squeezed her cheeks while demanding a kiss, the records show. The outcome of the complaint could not be determined Wednesday.
Dukes' most recent arrest was in January, when he was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. He pleaded not guilty.
OK, well- have fun with your media crusade and keep us updated on Elijah