For background on the killing of Josiah Lawson..
- What Now? (Thadeus Greenson | North Coast Journal | May 4,2017)
- Judge: Zoellner will not stand trial (Manny Araujo | Times-Standard | May 6, 2017)
- Judge Dismisses Murder Charge in Slaying of HSU Student (Thadeus Greenson | North Coast Journal | May 5,2017)
Local self-published court reporter/blogger John Chiv would rightfully have a problem of the title of this post. I have no doubt he is as interested as I am in finding the true murderer (or killer – in the case of a self-defense plea) of Josiah Lawson.
But on the other hand, someone has to call him out on this. Check out his post this morning titled “Maybe these photos will explain why the Justice for Josiah participants did not want to be filmed?“
The photos include the signs “Black Lives Matter” and “Justice for Josiah” taped to the statue of President McKinley in Arcata square. Additionally someone wrote on the plinth of the statue “Justice must be fought for”. No indication from the reporter if it is written in chalk or another more permanent marker.
The irony to me is after a disastrous failure of law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office to find and immediately lock away the impromptu killer of an HSU student, defacement of public property is John’s legal concern.
Kinda makes the idea behind the phrase Black Lives Matter ring a little more true, no?
The loss of a bright life last month was as tragic as it was unnecessary. My hope is that everyone who was there that night and who knows anything will forget alliances, friends, community, politics and their own possible culpability (no matter how limited) in the events that lead up to a life lost too soon and share an unfiltered, unbiased account of what happened that night.
Someone pierced Josiah Lawson’s body with a blade the early-morning of April 15th in an act that ultimately lead to his death. Josiah died too soon and without reason in the County we call home. It is then up to those of us who call Humboldt our home to help insure Josiah, his family, and his home town to find and prosecute the person who took his life.
Today, this isn’t about politics. Right now this is about justice, and we need to find the true killer of Josiah Lawson and find out exactly why our world had to lose his young, bright light.
Obviously I know nothing about the case except what I hear 4th hand, through the witnesses, through Judge Reinholtsen then through writers like Thadeus Greenson, but with that said let’s keep this in mind (from the ncj)…
“(Judge Reinholtsen) said the testimony seems to make clear that the only people at the party with an apparent motive to have stabbed Lawson were Zoellner, Ortega and her friends, but the evidence just isn’t sufficient to implicate any of them at this point. But that may change with further investigation, he said. Lawson “was killed at a party with a lot of people there, and none of those people seem to have seen that happen, which is somewhat difficult to believe.”
May you rest in peace David Josiah Lawson.