To the Editor,
This letter is in response to a story published in The Robesonian on Thursday about a conviction rendered against me in 1992.
On or about March, 1992, two police officers from the Lumberton Police Department came to my home around 6 p.m. and stated that some person reported to them that I engaged in an act of independent exposure in a parking lot. At that time the officers did not state who made such charge nor did they state which parking lot that they referred. I categorically denied the charge before the court.
Resorting from this false arrest, I filed a sworn affidavit with both state and federal courts in my defense holding: 1) I was never charged in a warrant for any crime, which was a clear violation of my state and federal constitutional rights; 2). I was never given the opportunity to know whether any person had filed an allegation against me: 3) I heard the charge against me only by way of verbal statement given in court at the time I faced the judge. The district court judge rendered a guilty verdict upon me and I maintained I was not given a fair chance in our court of justice.
Finally, unto this day, I have never had a warrant that showed where I committed any crime of any kind. However, I do feel as though I am the only person ever brought to a court of law without a documented charge served upon a person to face a court for trial.
Robert L. Davis
Robert L. Davis is a candidate for an at-large seat on the Board of Education for the Public Schools of Robeson County — editor.