Critics: Headless mannequins in court evoke lynchings

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Critics say headless plastic mannequins that northern Oregon prosecutors are using in cases against three African American men are reminiscent of lynchings.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Thursday that the displays are hanging from a metal coat rack in a Multnomah County courtroom wearing the clothes of Marcellus Allen, Tracey Lomax and Xabian Riley.
The three men were found guilty in 2014 in a fatal shooting case, but are being retried after the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed their convictions.
Prosecutor Glen Banfield says the clothes on the displays are the same ones that the defendants allegedly changed into after the shooting and are serving as a reference point for witnesses.
Larry Matasar, a criminal defense attorney not associated with the case, recommends using full-body, free-standing mannequins instead.

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