Justice delayed poses a risk to us all

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The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees anyone accused of a crime the right to a speedy trial. The intent of our forefathers was clear: A person who has been charged with committing an offense shouldn’t have to languish in jail for years before getting his day in court.

For the sake of every law-abiding citizen in the Twin Counties, here’s hoping Cedric Sherrod Williams gets his day – soon ... immediately ... today, if possible.

Since 2012, Williams has been charged with 44 crimes for which he has yet to stand trial. Law enforcement officials say they have seized almost five pounds of heroin from him and his alleged co-conspirators, stemming from at least four different busts. On Tuesday night, police said they confiscated three handguns, 1.6 pounds of heroin in 2,750 individual bags, more than $12,000 in cash and a 2004 Nissan.

As Telegram staff writer Brie Handgraaf reported this week, Williams has a long string of convictions for assault, breaking and entering and felony drug charges dating back to 1999. But with regards to the latest trouble he’s accused of committing, he keeps posting bond getting arrested.

There’s little wonder why. If police have managed to seize even half of the drugs and money allegedly flowing around Williams, that still leaves a lot more out there.

That’s a heavy dose of dangerous drugs, guns and money circulating in the streets of Rocky Mount. And if Williams is completely innocent of all of those charges, someone else is certainly making money off illicit activity.

Why hasn’t Williams been tried?

Handgraaf’s calls to District Attorney Robert Evans haven’t been returned. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice said he can’t comment on investigations.

Enough of the delays, red tape and non-committal answers. Send Williams to court and try him. If he’s found innocent, apologize and go after the real bad guys. But if he’s found guilty, put him in prison, preferably for a long time – soon ... immediately ... today, if possible.


Stick to YOUR job!!!

Everyone thinks they know the law all of a sudden. Just because u may know Certain laws don't mean u know them all. eStick to being a newspaper writer and stop trying to be a judge a lawyer the DA or PI. You have no authority to try and go beyond your title. Fyi since 2012 he has not had 44 charges his charges date all the way back to 1999 when he was only 16 years old. CED isnowhere near a violent person so don't bring up past information into a future situation. Everyone has done things in the past that they regret. I'm sure u have no perfect past as well.I know him personally and he is one of the nicest people u can meet. Of course he chose a bad lifestyle and of course he he did things that he may regret. But to sit up here and judge him off all these things you heard or what a lying police officer may have said is not right now. Only God cab judge him.

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