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Delegate's aide acts shamefully in implicating phantom 'black man' [Letter]

I found your recent story about the fight between an aide to Del. Mary-Dulany James and his brother both alarming and painful ("After claiming he was assaulted by 'a black man,' aide to Harford legislator James, brother charged in Annapolis fight," April 10).

According to the Capitol Police report, Luke Horah stated that a large African-American male assaulted him and fled the scene. Here you have a sibling altercation that resulted in injury, but rather than tell the truth about his brother, Mr. Horah decided to implicate a fictitious "black man."

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What if the truth hadn't been discovered so quickly? Would the search have been on for a 6'2'' "black man?" Since there's no shortage of men who fit that description, would an innocent person have been apprehended and charged with assault — with possibly life-changing consequences?

I have a son about 6'2", and I thank God he wasn't in or around Annapolis that evening. He or anyone else who fit Mr. Horah's bogus description could have been detained and had their life forever changed.

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Mr. Horah's boss, Delegate James, should be ashamed of her aide's behavior and think long and hard about the lack of integrity he showed. His actions are just one more example of the bigotry and hate that continue to divide our country.

Stacy Wallace, Parkville

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