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I don't believe my client is guilty of drug dealing, and the manner of her arrest is suspicious. Has she been set up by the police? And can I prove it in court?

By Alex McBride   September 2006

The hot stillness of the August morning was about to be broken. Two cops holding a stubby battering ram, known as a “red rooster,” silently counted to three and attacked the door. On the third bang they were through, a wave of officers washing in behind them. Linda, a black woman in her early twenties, dozing in bed, heard the noise and sat up. A boy in his late teens called Michael had been asleep on a chair beside her; he knew exactly what was happening. “It’s a bust,” he said, slipping a wedge of bank notes into the bed.…

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