Finally Safe to Drink Coffee Naked in Your Own Home
The jury deliberated for less than 20 minutes. They returned to the courtroom and declared Erick Williamson not guilty of indecent exposure.
One juror said she had a hard time not laughing during some of the testimony. Another juror said “it was easy.”
But it has not been easy for Williamson. Police entered his Springfield home with guns drawn last October. He has spent months fighting the charge in court. His feeling Wednesday was of “relief, unbelievable, weight off my shoulders after six months.”
Williamson acknowledges that he was naked inside his home on the day in question. His accuser, Yvette Dean, says she made eye contact with Williamson while he was standing naked in the doorway. She was walking her son to school. She testified that she gave Williamson the finger and had to shelter her son with her coat so that he could not see Williamson.
This is why we have Juries in the first place. Yvette Dean holds special status. As the wife of a police officer, she feels entitled to tresspass on another person’s property, look into his windows and make obscene gestures and to call the police in to arrest anyone whom she finds offensive even though she had to go out of her way to find him so.
The Police agree with Yvette – they arrested him at gunpoint. Of course, since her husband was one of their own, that was a given.
The District judge also agreed with her – he convicted Erick. And of course, as a judge, he’s grown used to seeing police as superior to the people they have arrested. Let’s face it, a LOT of the defendants he’s seen do make the police look like saints.
It took a jury to see that Yvette wasn’t automatically justified by her marriage to destroy this man’s life simply because she saw him. Erick’s attorney was quick to point this out as well:
“People from the community are important to sit in judgment of people
– not prosecutors, not judges, not police officers because absent these
people from the community, he’d have this conviction over his head for
the rest of his life,” said defense attorney Dickson Young.
This is not to say that Erick completely escaped harm from Yvette:
says the charge has created issues in the custody of his daughter and
cost him his job. He has been living in Newport News, Va.
But at least justice is moving in the right direction again, thanks to a check on the power of the government that is still securely in place.