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Attorney Michael Coard's Philly Post Column
Sep 26, 2012 | News Archive
Attorney Michael Coard's Philly Post Column

Host of Radio Courtroom Attoney Michael Coard publishes weekly column for Phillypost.com, this time he talks Gov. Corbett and his treatment with Philly Teens. Read his column entitled, "Should Gov. Corbett Execute Raped Philly Teen?"

Here is an excerpt:

"At a mere 13 years old, Terrance Williams started getting raped by 51-year-old Amos Norwood. Repeatedly. For five years, until he had just barely turned 18. And it wasn’t only Norwood abusing this kid. He was first raped at age six by a neighbor. And later, there was another man, namely 49-year-old Herbert Hamilton, who began raping him at 17. In addition to this hellish long-term sexual abuse by these three, and then two other adults, there was hellish long-term physical abuse from his mother and alcoholic step-father.

Despite such horrors, Terry miraculously seemed to be able not only to function normally but to excel. He was the star quarterback at Germantown High, and in 1983, he selected Cheyney University from among the eight colleges that recruited him. But the miracle wasn’t really a miracle. It was deeply suppressed shame, denial, victimization and rage. And it reached the surface in a violent explosion of death, when he uncontrollably lashed out against two of his five adult abusers by stabbing a nude Herbert Hamilton in January 1984, and—at just three months past his 18th birthday—by beating Mr. Norwood with a tire-iron in June that year and leaving his charred body propped up against a headstone at the Ivy Hill Cemetery on Cheltenham Avenue.

He was arrested following information provided by an alleged accomplice, Marc Draper, a local cop’s son, who got a deal to avoid the death penalty and became a prosecution witness. Terrance was found guilty of third-degree murder in 1985 for the death of Hamilton and first-degree murder the following year for killing Norwood. And for that, he was sentenced to death in 1986. End of case? End of story? No. In fact, it’s just the beginning."

Read more here: http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2012/09/12/gov-corbett-execute-raped-philly-teen/

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