Reverend receives racist mail after speaking out in animal cruelty case

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by BYRON HARRIS

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Posted on May 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

DALLAS - The e-mail's subject read "MR. BLACK MAN SOB."

It's just part of the hate communication Reverend Ronald Wright has been getting from all over the country since he spoke out in the case of Justice the dog.

He also played News 8 a message on his phone.

"I am a very open person," a woman said in the message. "But I call you the 'N-word' right now."

It's all about Justice the dog, who was burned on more than 70 percent of his body last month. Darius Ewing, 18, has been charged with animal cruelty.

In court Thursday there was a hearing to reduce Ewing's bond, which was set at $100,000. Judge Rick Manis recused himself, saying he has prior knowledge of the case.

Ewing will have to remain in jail until a new hearing, probably next week.

Reverend Wright is just asking for due process.

"I'm not saying whoever did this to this dog didn't deserve to be punished - because they do, absolutely they do," Wright said. "But we gotta  make sure we got the right people."

The penalty for animal cruelty can be ten years.

E-mail bharris@wfaa.com

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