|Richard J. Wershe, Jr. in court earlier this month (David Coates, Detroit News)|
|Wershe sentencing document showing he was convicted of Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine and not conspiracy or racketeering.|
|Richard Jewell (Reuters)|
|Rick Wershe, Jr.|
|Arthur "Art" Derrick|
|Detroit newspapers seldom missed an opportunity to attach the terms "kingpin" and "drug lord" to Rick Wershe's name.|
|Detroit Free Press headline|
This line in the story about Wershe being a convicted east side drug lord is totally inaccurate. We don’t know who the Detroit News editor was on that story but he or she is guilty of dereliction of journalistic duty. Editors are supposed to ensure the reporting is accurate. This editor did not; nor did many other editors at the Free Press and other papers with countless stories over the years routinely describing Wershe as a “drug lord” and/or “kingpin.”
- The Detroit Police knew Rick Wershe was a paid FBI informant because two Detroit police officers worked closely with Wershe. They were assigned to a federal drug task force that was using the teen as an informant.
- When Rick Wershe, Jr. started making headlines there are indications based on items found in a police raid that he knew some things about police drug corruption in Detroit.
- It was the Detroit Police who arrested and charged Wershe with the help of the Wayne County Prosecutor.
- The Detroit Police and Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office were the ones who leaked the “news” that White Boy Rick was a cocaine kingpin even though he was never charged with operating a cocaine conspiracy. No one was ever prosecuted at the state or federal level as a member of a White Boy Rick drug ring.
- From 1987 to this day, Detroit news media outlets have persisted in describing Rick Wershe as a “drug lord” and “kingpin” without any court records or verifiable evidence showing it is true.
|WJBK-TV Web site news headline|
|Recent headline on Deadline Detroit|
|William Newell as Jimmy in High Noon (Universal Pictures)|
The plot of the movie is that town marshal Will Kane, played by Gary Cooper, finds he must face a gang of killers alone because the townspeople are too cowardly to help him. The marshal tries desperately to organize a posse. As he strides the streets looking for citizen help he is confronted by Jimmy, a washed-up town drunk played by William Newell. Jimmy tells Kane he wants to help him face the outlaws who have vowed to kill Kane. It's Jimmy's shot at redemption. The exchange in the movie went like this: