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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
At this very moment, the National Registry of Exonerations—a database of wrongful conviction cases from the last 26 years—lists 1,679 innocent men and women who went to prison. In his new book, Stolen Years, reporter...
Anthony Williams, a member of the Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN), was wrongfully convicted of first degree murder when he was a child. Listen to his heart gripping and inspirational story, and why no child should be sentenced to life without parole.
ICAN is an initiative of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. This interview took place on KOPN 89.5 FM with radio host Steve Spellman.
Saudi Arabia is planning to execute more than 50 people, found guilty of terrorism, in a single day. The move was immediately slammed by Amnesty International, which said the Saudis are “using the guise of counter-terrorism to settle political scores.”
A child died, and that is tragic. But an 8-year-old child is being charged in juvenile court with her murder. And that is outrageous. Because not every tragedy is a crime, and not every actor is a criminal.
According to a petition filed by the victim, Herbert Smith, a judge sentenced him to 60 years in jail over driving with a suspended license. Judge Matthew Destry, who supposedly has a history of over sentencing people of color, sentenced Mr. Smith and his family wants him removed from the bench. Upon further investigation of the situation Mr. Smith also violated probation and was charged with possession of a weapon by a felon. Do those charges validate a 60 year sentence? Please take a look at this video and let us know what you think! For more information, please visit www.BoyceWatkins.com
A federal jury in San Francisco has awarded $25,000 in damages to a prison activist who said guards trashed his cell in retaliation for his lawsuit against the state and his published articles criticizing the prison system’s practices of solitary confinement. In a rare legal victory for an inmate against correctional officers, jurors decided Thursday that four guards at Pelican Bay State Prison in Del Norte County had violated Jesse Perez’s free-speech rights by searching his cell in October 2012 and falsely accusing him of a serious rules violation. On Friday, jurors awarded Perez $20,000 to compensate for intimidation and emotional distress, and $5,000 in punitive damages against Sgt. Anthony Gates, who led the search. The verdict sent “a resounding message that the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment are sacrosanct for all of us — even a prisoner in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay,” said Perez’s lawyer, Randall Lee. [...] the state’s lawyer, Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Nygaard, told jurors that the guards were “following standard procedure” and were not retaliating when they searched Perez’s cell.
I’m writing to you on behalf of myself and ALL of the other brothers who are sharing my same struggle as a captive of the Georgia Department of Oppression. Georgia is a “hate state,” so we have no “progressive” media outlets here in the state and we need to bring attention to our plight with hopes that the publicity will garner us some help in one fashion or another.
"What if I don't have the money?" the man asked the judge. He was in court because he hadn't completed the 32 hours of community service he'd agreed to serve as part of a plea deal for a minor offense, and he couldn't afford to pay his $320 fine.
The defendant was hoping for a deferred sentence -- for a bit more time to get the funds together or to complete his community service. No such luck.
"You go to jail," the judge replied.
According to the transcript, the man seemed shocked. "Over a violation?" he asked. Yes, the judge said. Seven days. "Well, I guess I'll go to jail then," the defendant said.
There are more than 1,400 homeless people in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Now though, the state is working to get those people off the streets, by giving them jobs and living areas. Special Correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports on the city’s efforts.
Led by those inside California prisons, who often put their lives on the line, a settlement was reached on September 1 in the federal class action Ashker v. Governor of California that will mostly end indeterminate, long-term solitary confinement in all California state prisons. Subject to court approval, the agreement will result in a dramatic reduction in the number of people in solitary across the state and a new program that could be a model for other states going forward. Over a thousand people are set to make it out of Security Housing Units (SHU).
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