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“I Didn’t Do It” — Massachusetts Style

After a botched armed robbery attempt in Springfield, Mass., police used security video to get a description of the suspect. They then found Stebastian Ross, 28, sitting in a car, allegedly with several bags of marijuana. They arrested him on attempted armed robbery and drug charges; he pleaded not guilty. “They went looking for someone — anyone — who fit the description of a black male with dreadlocks,” said Ross’s lawyer, Travaun Bailey. Ross was able to produce a receipt and video evidence showing he was actually shopping in a different store at the time of the robbery, and the charges were dismissed. During the hearing, the judge asked Ross why he refused to give police his Social Security number during questioning. “Because I was surrounded by a roomful of criminals,” Ross said. (MS/Springfield Republican) ...There’s a sucker born every minute, and Ross wasn’t one of them.
Original Publication Date: 06 March 2016
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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