Thursday I attended the arraignment of 16-year old Simeon Adams. As you are aware, he’s been charged with the April 1 murder of Nathan Trapuzzano. Since an arraignment is just a formal presentment of the charges being filed against an individual, I did not go expecting any news. I wanted to see Adams’ demeanor. I wanted to see the face of an individual who if f found guilty was going to spend the rest of his natural life behind bars. I wanted to see if there was any remorse or contrition. I didn’t.
Although I was not there for the infamous “perp walk” smile that he gave while being brought to the courtroom. I was there to see his behaviour as he sat in the defendant’s chair. The look I saw made we want to walk up to him and do the job some adult should have done a long time ago, kick his rear end.
Not only was he smug and dismissive. But his attitude came across as the teenager w...
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Abdul-Hakim Shabazz has been covering and writing about state and local government in Indiana since 2004. Overall, he has more than 20 years of experience in writing and talking about the issues that affect real people. He goes beyond the headlines and tells you not only what’s happening, but why it’s happening.
In addition to WIBC.com he writes in the Indianapolis Star, NUVO Newsweekly, and TheStatehouseFile.Com. He’s also a frequent panelist and contributor to RTV 6’s Indianapolis This Week and Inside Indiana Business.
Abdul is also the editor and publisher of IndyPolitics.Org, which has been recognized by the Washington Post two years in a row as one of the best political blogs in the nation.
Abdul earned his degree in broadcasting and journalism at Northern Illinois University. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Illinois and a law degree from St. Louis University. He serves as “Of Counsel” at the Indianapolis law firm of Lewis & Wilkins.
But wait there’s more. Abdul is an educator. He serves on the faculty at both Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Indianapolis. He teaches speech for Ivy Tech and business law at UIndy’s MBA program.