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Who is Davontae Sanford? He is Detroit's Forgotten Child. Innocence raped in the grips of overzealous cops and a prosecutor who doesn't give a damn about justice or innocence. She wants Detroit to forget Davontae!! To ignore her great evil misdeeds and sweep the case under the carpet. And your silence has made it all possible Detroit. Until it happens to your child - of course. BUT she suffered a MAJOR defeat at the Michigan Court of Appeals when that court granted Davontae relief on every issue he raised but one; namely whether Private Investigator Linda Boris can testify as to the details of the murders that Vincent Smothers confided in her --as he has to CNN; the Associated Press; his attorney and last but not least to Detroit Homicide investigators. Davontae cross-appealed that issue at the Supreme court. Smothers wants to confess on the record to clear Davontae for the four murders he did not commit. What does Smothers have to gain by confessing to a crime that he knows will get him a mandatory life sentence? Nothing! But Kym Worthy has a lot to lose if he does. Millions of dollars in civil liability and her integrity (which isn't much) for WRONGFULLY convicting that young boy! And Detroit? You are okay with this? Well we can't wait for sleepers to wake up from a dream. Fortunately one appeals court made up of all conservative judges by the way ruled in Davontaes favor. The prosecutor appealed that decision to the Michigan Supreme Court where we are now in a,wait and see hold for the high court. I am cautiously optimistic however that given the fact the three judge panel who ruled in Davontaes favor were all conservatives the state high court which is majority conservative will deny Worthy's appeal. And then the ugly court battle will begin. She will NOT be able to stop Smothers from confessing on the record and convince the trial judge to sustain Davontaes convictions. There are many lawyers on both sides. Smothers will flip her case upside down and she knows it. Hence her reason for fighting to stop him. Treacherous and devious she is.Roberto Guzman
"Scalia Found Dead" Reformat of tonight's broadcast . . . In our 1st Page tonight, Pascal Robert, the ?Thought Merchant? of BAR and Yvette Carnell of Breaking Brown.org Joins us to talk about whtat theis means for the Obama Administration and the Race for the White House. "Bey and the Fishnet Revolution: Giving the People What they Want" " . . . because I cannot for the life of me understand how Beyonce's commodified caricature of black opposition was in any way progressive. Instead what I saw was the cultural power of neoliberal capitalism to co-opt opposition, monetize it and provide some mindless entertainment all at the same time. I didn't see opposition; I saw the imagery and symbols of authentic black radicalism grotesquely transformed into a de-politicized spectacle by gyrating, light-skinned booty-short-clad sisters." - Ajamu Baraka, an OUR COMMON GROUND Voice is a human rights activist, organizer and geo-political analyst. Baraka is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C. and editor and contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report. 2nd Page we will get to Bey ! Don't get your fishnets in a knot !! Janice LOL The meaning and the backlash on this episode of OUR COMMON GROUND LIVE! "Speaking Truth to Power and OURselves" email: OCGinfo@ourcommonground.com
Dozens of activists gathered at One Police Plaza in New York, Friday, to protest police brutality against black people and to welcome the verdict on the trial of Peter Liang, a police officer who shot and killed unarmed Akai Gurley, a 28-year-old African-American, in 2014.
In January, the Innocence Project welcomed Academy Award®-winning director Michael Moore to its office to discuss the flaws of the United States criminal justice system, a topic that Moore touches upon in his new documentary, Where to Invade Next, which opens in theaters today.
Rep. Aaron Regunberg and Sen. Harold M.Metts have introduced legislation to reform the controversial use of solitary or “segregated” confinement in the Rhode Island prison system, saying the practice [...]...
AUSTIN - After reducing the number of prison convicts in solitary confinement by nearly half in the past decade, Texas officials are now looking to cut the total even more by providing specialized treatment for offenders who have mental health issues. Under a new initiative that officials say has proven successful so far, the goal is to improve the offenders' mental health enough to return them to regular cellblocks instead of isolation cells known as "administrative segregation." The news, which comes as legislative leaders are pushing to get mentally ill prisoners out of county jails in an effort to reduce suicide risks and curb violence, signals a step forward to correct a problem that has plagued Texas prisons for decades. Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice that operates the state's 108 state jails and prisons, said the mental-health diversion initiative launched in June 2014, has successfully transferred 99 convicts back into the general population from administrative segregation. Critics of solitary confinement policies have complained for years that keeping prisoners isolated by themselves, sometimes for decades, can cause many to develop mental issues or anti-social behaviors that make them dangerous once they are freed from prison. "By overusing solitary confinement, (the Texas Department of Criminal Justice) increases crime, wastes taxpayer money, increases violence in prison and causes thousands of mentally ill people to further deteriorate before returning to Texas communities," the report said. Clark said his agency now has several programs in place to divert more convicts from solitary confinement, including one that gives prisoners a way to renounce their gang affiliation and another that diverts mentally ill convicts to a therapeutic program that provides education and rehabilitative program to help the transition to a regular prison or parole.
Jihad Abdulmumit, Co-Chairperson for the National Jericho Amnesty Movement, was back for Facing Reality and a focus on political prisoners, specifically Jalil Muntaqim, and spoke a bit also about the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
It would be nice to confirm that South Carolina is indeed “a step ahead” of a new presidential directive banning solitary confinement for juveniles (“South Carolina prisons a step ahead,” The Post and Courier, Jan. 30).
It’s encouraging that the president and Department of Justice realize that reliance on solitary confinement in federal prisons is inhumane and ineffective. Maine came to the same conclusion several years ago and has significantly reduced the use of solitary confinement, also called segregation, at the Maine State Prison. In an [...] Maine news, sports, politics and election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.
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