If you’re facing a mυrder charge, then it’s pretty easy to assume that your life isn’t going all that well. Still, if you’re a racist, facing the possibility of life behind bars obviously isn’t enough for you to accept the help of a black public defender, at least that was the takeaway from a recent interaction in a Florida courtroom.
Thomas Thorpe, 51, is facing an attempted mυrder charge in Florida’s Orange County but on Wednesday he rejected his black public defender on racial grounds.
“I said not guilty,” Thorpe told the court. “I pleaded not guilty and I don’t want this negro standing next to me. I don’t want a negro standing next to me.”
For his part, the judge in the case did advise the defendant, who stands accused of stαbbing a 64 year old man, that taking advantage of the public defender would be in his best interest.
“Do you understand what an attorney is and what they do?” the judge asked.
“Yes, they screwed us,” the suspect replied.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Thorpe attαcked Donald Sacco in an alleged attempted robbery. A witness to the incident says Sacco yelled, “I don’t have any money. Leave me alone” as he attempted to fιght off Thorpe with his cane at a bus stop.
“He wasn’t in that much pain,” said one witness who saw the victim. “But he kept holding his stomach because he was bleεding pretty good, like at least four holes in him.”
Now, Thorpe is facing both attempted mυrder and aggravated battery charges for his assaυlt on the elderly man.