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Judge tells young Detroit man he need a beating

By Ed White

DETROIT (AP) - A young man who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist needed a father to "beat the hell" out of him as a kid to discourage him from committing such a crime, a judge said Thursday.

The stunning remarks by Wayne County Judge James Callahan came as he sentenced Latrez Cummings to six months in jail.

In response to the judge's question, Cummings, 19, said his father wasn't around when he was growing up.

Callahan said Cummings needed a dad, "someone to discipline you. Someone to beat the hell out of you when you made a mistake, as opposed to allowing you or encouraging you to do it to somebody else."

Cummings and four others have pleaded guilty to assaulting Steve Utash, who was in a coma for days after the April attack. The mob pounced on him in Detroit when he got out of his pickup truck to help a 10-year-old boy who had stepped in front of his vehicle.

The judge's remarks preceded a loud, spirited exchange with assistant prosecutor Lisa Lindsay, who said the six-month sentence was too light. She said there are many young black men who were raised without a father but haven't committed crimes. Cummings is black.

"Did I ever use the term 'black'?" replied Callahan, who is white. "It doesn't matter if a person is black, white, yellow or red."

Cummings was the last defendant to be sentenced in the case. The longest sentence was nearly 6 ½ years in prison for a man whose punishment was enhanced because of his criminal record.

Told about Callahan's comments, the president of Chicago-based Prevent Child Abuse America, James Hmurovich, said "effective discipline" is part of raising children but "violence is never the answer."

The judge was aggressive throughout the hearing. He ordered the well-dressed Cummings to take his hand out of his pocket and accused him of lying a week ago about his school attendance.

Callahan, citing records, said Cummings hadn't attended classes since December.

"Tell me what the heck you did with your time," he said.

Despite the harsh tone, the judge said Cummings' age and childhood were mitigating factors in the light sentence.

"We've all been 19 years of age," Callahan said.

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York Thursday at 4:41 PM

Didn't a news man just get canned for being honest in saying faterless blacks are a problem?

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fleurdilisky Thursday at 5:02 PM

Nothing but low life gang thug garbage
America needs to wake up and dislipline
savages like this to the MAX

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nedrub Thursday at 4:41 PM

They beat a man almost to DEATH...for no reason and get such light sentences? Unbelievable!! He was in the hospital for a very long time too! That really sends a message, Judge!!

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g.rizo Thursday at 4:37 PM

Beating a 54 year old man that's just was trying to do the right thing of helping a 10 year old child it's just a cowardly act committed by these punks.
All four of them deserve at least 5 to 10 years in prison to teach a lesson, also some real beating one on one to all of them. Once again the blacks committing more crimes against the whites no to mention their own race, over 90% of crimes and homicides done by blacks against blacks and white people nationwide, subculture and racist acts encourage by the liberal media and their master in the white house, which by the way is the biggest Liar and racist, divider of our Country.

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Amiee/Patrick Thursday at 4:28 PM

Violence is never the acceptable EXCEPT when we are eliminating criminals who have caused great violence to others up to and including murder. They do not deserve to live. And if society practiced this for a dew decades crime WOULD go down!!!

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zrsz1 Thursday at 4:38 PM

"having a black man in the oval office is less important than having one in the home," Jason riley, author of a book entitled please stop helping us. google Thomas sowell and you'll find his review of this book

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Thomas Watkins Thursday at 4:33 PM

Way to go judge.....there are times when I wish we could give those beatings even at their age.

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bearmeans Thursday at 4:59 PM

4 more uneducated idiots bet they sang in the chuch choir !!

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Eileen Lambert Thursday at 4:30 PM

good for you judge. you are sooo right. they have needed a beating for a long time. but with no man or father around to make real men out of them and teach them there are severe punishments for doing bad things its not likely to happen

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Intense Insanity Friday at 9:09 AM

if Obama had a son ...

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