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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Olu Orange
Muslims across the Middle East outraged by an anti-Islam film made in America wanted swift punishment for the man behind the movie, and now Mark Basseley Youssef is behind bars. But he's jailed for lying about his identity, not because of the video's content.
More focus by the prosecution on Thomas' mental state might have led the jury to see the case in a different way, said Olu Orange, a political science professor at the University of Southern California who is also a civil rights attorney and a former deputy public defender.
Thomas' mental health "wasn't the centerpiece and it should have been the centerpiece," said Orange, who has closely followed the case.