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August 05, 2013

Justice, Delayed

...is justice denied. Or so we've been told:

Twenty-five years after accusing an innocent man of rape, Tawana Brawley is finally paying for her lies.

Last week, 10 checks totaling $3,764.61 were delivered to ex-prosecutor Steven Pagones — the first payments Brawley has made since a court determined in 1998 that she defamed him with her vicious hoax.

A Virginia court this year ordered the money garnisheed from six months of Brawley’s wages as a nurse there.

She still owes Pagones $431,000 in damages. And she remains defiantly unapologetic.

“It’s a long time coming,” said Pagones, 52, who to this day is more interested in extracting a confession from Brawley than cash.

“Every week, she’ll think of me,” he told The Post. “And every week, she can think about how she has a way out — she can simply tell the truth.”

Brawley’s advisers in the infamous race-baiting case — the Rev. Al Sharpton, and attorneys C. Vernon Mason and Alton Maddox — have already paid, or are paying, their defamation debt. But Brawley, 41, had eluded punishment.

She’s now forced to pay Pagones $627 each month, possibly for the rest of her life. Under Virginia law, she can appeal the wage garnishment every six months.

Good on Pagones for keeping after her.

Posted by Cassandra at August 5, 2013 05:54 AM

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A Virginia court this year ordered the money garnisheed from six months of Brawley’s wages as a nurse there.

How exactly can a person who has publicly been shown to make false accusations like this ever be trusted enough to be a freaking nurse?

The nurse manager there may not be legally liable for malpractice, but that's what it is morally.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at August 5, 2013 01:44 PM

OK, I just saw her use of aliases. Which mitigates the past. But doesn't absolve for the future.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at August 5, 2013 01:53 PM

If her present employer terminated her for cause, she would easily find a lawyer and willing court to allow her to sue.

They are stuck with her. And we're stuck with Al Sharpton on TV. Hard to believe an alleged major TV network would carry a man as a commentator who has done the many things he has done that incite violence and can be called criminal.

This is the country and the culture we have now. The modern Media age (which probably dates from early in the 20th century) has always loved to sensationalize many things to promote the sales of media (newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, the internet, bubblegum wrappers, etc), and it will continue to do so until enough people say "ENOUGH!".

Why are we in this handbasket and where are we going so fast?

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at August 5, 2013 10:48 PM