Today I stumbled upon The Association for the Legal Defense of Charles G. Taylor. I find this site pretty funny for two reasons.
First, Charles Taylor has absolutely no need for donations to support his defense. He embezzled millions of dollars from Liberia's treasury during his reign. If Chucky wanted to hire Johnny Cochran he could afford to; he just hasn't. On top of that he received a court appointed attorney (who he fired) and is now asking the court to a hire one of Queen's Counsel, a highly experience lawyer recognized by the British government, a request that the court is considering granting. In short Taylor is (or will be) in fine legal hands.
Second, it's Charles fucking Taylor. This guy is no Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela. He's not even a disputed political prisoner like Leonard Peltier. No, Charles Taylor is a despicable human being. He supported rebels who kidnapped children, sometimes younger than 10, who were forced to become child soldiers. Children were fed large amounts of alcohol and drugs to help them forget about the horrors they were committing so they would continue to fight with little conscience. His soldiers, children and adult, committed numerous crimes against humanity including mass rapes, torture, burning of villages, slaughter of civilians all to provide him with diamonds to fund his other civil war. During his campaign for President of Liberia in 1997, he warned that if they did not elect him he would restart the civil war. This is not a man who people should feel sorry for.
Taylor will get his day in court to unsuccessfully protest his innocence. Fortunately for humanity, he will be convicted on the mountains of evidence that against him. Likely he will spend the rest of his life inside a prison cell in Britain which is where he deserves to be. That there are people who believe he's innocent goes to show you that there's a sucker born every minute.
Luke 6:35-36: "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."