False accusers deserve equal justice

Marjorie Arons-Barron

Former football star Brian Banks of Long Beach, California got a really raw deal.  What happened to him is shocking and outrageous.  A stupid, unthinking woman accused him of rape. Except in 2003, Wanetta Gibson,15, was a stupid, unthinking girl.   Back then, Banks, a young black man, was a high school senior and star football player, hoping to play pro football.  He was heading off to college, possibly to USC on a football scholarship. There were no witnesses to the event. His lawyer had him plead no contest to avoid 41 years in jail. He was sentenced to six years…for a crime he did not commit.

After the sentencing, Gibson’s family sued the Los Angeles school system and walked away with $1.5 million dollars.

Brian and Wanetta had been childhood friends.  In fact, they used to make out in the same place in the school where Wanetta alleged the rape took place.  Much of the coverage is unclear about whether there was actually intercourse.  One way or…

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