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Thu Oct 12, 2017, 01:43 PM

White restaurant manager enslaved black man for years, federal prosecutors say

Source: Washington Post

White restaurant manager enslaved black man for years, federal prosecutors say

By Derek Hawkins October 12 at 6:00 AM

A white restaurant manager accused of enslaving and abusing a mentally disabled black man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in South Carolina on a charge of forced labor.

Federal prosecutors say Bobby Paul Edwards used “force, threats of force, physical restraint, and coercion” to compel John Christopher Smith to work as a buffet cook at J&J Cafeteria in Conway, S.C., for more than five years.

Edwards, 52, was arrested this week and pleaded not guilty in open court on Wednesday, shortly after prosecutors announced the indictment, records show.

The full title of the charge is “attempt to establish peonage, slavery, involuntary servitude or human trafficking.” It carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. If convicted, Edwards will have to pay restitution to Smith.
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Derek Hawkins is a reporter with The Washington Post's Morning Mix. Follow @d_hawk

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/10/12/white-restaurant-manager-enslaved-black-man-for-years-federal-prosecutors-say/



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mahatmakanejeeves Oct 12 OP
SummerSnow Oct 12 #1
underpants Oct 12 #2
procon Oct 12 #3
byronius Oct 12 #4
7962 Oct 12 #14
tenderfoot Oct 12 #5
iluvtennis Oct 12 #16
jayschool2013 Oct 12 #6
FSogol Oct 12 #7
Saviolo Oct 12 #8
sandensea Oct 12 #10
Solly Mack Oct 12 #12
WhiskeyGrinder Oct 12 #13
keithbvadu2 Oct 12 #17
Saviolo Oct 12 #18
sandensea Oct 12 #9
muntrv Oct 12 #11
keithbvadu2 Oct 12 #15
radicalliberal Oct 12 #19
Nac Mac Feegle Oct 13 #20

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 01:44 PM

1. kick his ass

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 01:51 PM

2. How horrible

Man, people just continue to amaze with how flat out evil they can be.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 02:03 PM

3. That poor man. I can't believe that horrendous stories like this are still occurring.

Did he not have family of friends who were concerned about the signs of abuse? Where were his coworkers when this man was being abused everyday? I have to think they were also being mistreated and feared being targeted by that monstrous business owner, but that implies they were at least just as terrified of the police and didn't trust the civil authorities to protect them.

I read the man was only paid about $3000 a year. I hope he finds a lawyer who will help him recover the wages that were stolen from him, and compensate him for the pain and suffering he endured from being imprisoned as a slave and tortured.



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Response to procon (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 02:10 PM

4. I suspect J.C. Smith will be the new owner of the cafeteria.

Still, you're right, abuse of this sort happens only when others see but say nothing.

Very Bad Americans.

Bad Humans.

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Response to byronius (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:30 PM

14. Now THAT would be something, wouldn't it? Great idea.

Along with a substantial settlement from the companies insurance or the personal money

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 02:24 PM

5. What did Hillary know and when is she going to make a statement?

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Response to tenderfoot (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:35 PM

16. LOL

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 02:26 PM

6. Dateline

Oct. 11, 1817
CONWAY, S.C.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 02:34 PM

7. I predict that Slaver Bobby Paul Edwards does not thrive in prison general population.

Glad they caught that asshole.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 02:50 PM

8. Now if only we could get this slaver in trouble, too:

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Response to Saviolo (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 03:08 PM

10. Old times there are not forgotten. Look away, Dixie Land.

I lived in Mississippi for a number of years, and I can tell you that most Republicans from that part of the country view Black people in exactly those terms.

Most of them know to avoid airing such views outside their circle of trust - although every now and again some old lush like Sheriff Prattor comes along and spills the beans a little.

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Response to Saviolo (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 03:52 PM

12. Damn

Wow. And he says it like it is normal. (and he is, for him)

He needs to go.

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Response to Saviolo (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:04 PM

13. IIRC, the support staff (cleaning, cooking, etc.) at the LA state capitol is all done by prisoners.

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Response to Saviolo (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:36 PM

17. Doesn't that look like two black deputies behind him?

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #17)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:38 PM

18. And they look none too pleased

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 03:02 PM

9. 'Attempt to establish peonage, slavery, involuntary servitude or human trafficking'

You could bring in half of corporate America on those charges - and most of the GOP caucus on aiding and abetting.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 03:17 PM

11. That manager will be a slave in prison.

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Response to muntrv (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:34 PM

15. Preferably someone's biatch.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 06:34 PM

19. I have no doubt the restaurant manager has been a big Trump supporter. n/t

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Oct 13, 2017, 03:52 AM

20. Just a small question

Is it just me, or does Bobby Paul bear a strong resemblance to Jeff Sessions?

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