Write to Pinkney: Lakeland Correctional Facility, Rev. Edward Pinkney # 294671, 141 First St. Coldwater, MI 49036

Monday, April 13, 2015

2012 Presidential Candidate will hold press conference in St. Joseph, Michigan

Jill Stein will attend Rev. Edward Pinkney’s evidentiary hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14.

Following the hearing, Stein will hold a press conference outside the courthouse.

The hearing begins at 8:30am, Berrien County Courthouse, 811 Port St., St. Joseph, MI.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The Rogue Jury with Gail Freehlng

Hearing on Tuesday April 14 ~ 8:30am

Rev. Edward Pinkney returns to the Berrien County Courthouse, 
811 Port St., St. Joseph, Michigan

Tuesday April 14, 2015 ~ 8:30am
Judge Sterling Shrock presiding

Motion for a new trial based on the violation 
of Pinkney’s rights to impartial jurors

Jury Fixing:  The act or instance of illegally procuring the cooperation of one or more jurors who influence the outcome of a trial.

Rogue Jury:  A jury that ignores the law and evidence in reaching a capricious verdict.

Rogue juries include those that base their verdicts on unrevealed, deeply held prejudices;  on undue racism toward a party.  The verdicts often result in inappropriate punishment, convictions and prison.  A rogue jury’s verdict is not based on a desire to achieve a just, fair, or moral outcome.

Attorney Tat Parish, during my trial on Oct. 23, 2014, specifically asked the jurors, including Gail Freehling during voir dire while she was in the jury box, whether they knew or had connections with either of two important witnesses, Mayor James "the Puppet" Hightower, and the county Clerk Sharon Tyler.  This was around 4:18 in the video.

The jurors were also asked more than once whether they knew or had connections with any of the persons on the witness list (it included Sharon Tyler.)

Juror Freehling said nothing in response to these inquiries, did not honestly respond that she is a Facebook friend of Tyler, and did not state that she has contact with her through the Three Oaks Flag Day Parade (2010 to 2014).

The 2014 parade was held in June, a few months before my trial.  During voir dire the jurors were asked if they knew or had contact or connection with any police officers.  Again, Freehling did not respond.  She did not tell the truth which was that she knew and has had contact with a number of police officers.  Several police officers and law enforcement  officials are at the forefront of the Three Oaks Flag Day Parade.  And, there are a total of 14  law enforcement floats from Berrien County, 8 fire department floats, and 10 floats carrying elected officials.

Freehling is also Facebook friends with the under sheriff’s daughter, Kyra Heit.  She claimed she did not know her.

The jury at my trial was motivated by something other than the pursuit of truth and justice.  If the truth was told, the charges leveled against me in Benton Harbor are but the latest saga in a ruthless pursuit of naked corporate rule that is gripping the state of Michigan.  We must fight back and we will win.  We must say enough is enough!

Rev. Edward Pinkney

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Help Us To Retroactively Revise the Unarmed Carjacking Statute

Gov. Snyder and the members of the legislature recongnized the need for sentencing reform thus they have created the CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY COMMISSION to ensure punishments match the severity of the crimes committed.

The punishment for an unarmed carjacking carries a punishment of up to life in prison plus consecutive sentencing for any other crime arising during the commission of the crime. This punishment is more severe than 2nd degree murder, manslaughter, criminal sexual contact 1st degree, and even an actual armed robbery. There is no rational basis for an unarmed carjacking to carry a lengthier prison sentence than any crime that involves one losing one's life, or for a crime in which one's mind, body, and soul are violated in the worst possible way imaginable. Also it defies logic that one convicted of an unarmed larceny offense faces a stiffer penalty than one convicted of an armed larceny offense.

Unarmed robbery carries a 15 year maximum sentence versus unarmed carjacking which carries a life sentence plus consecutive sentencing. Both of these crimes are unarmed larcenies however the difference in sentencing is like day and night.  For example, one person while unarmed takes a man's wallet from him containing $5000.00; this is commonly known as unarmed robbery.  Another man take's a man's vehicle from him worth $5000.00; this is commonly known as unarmed carjacking.  With all sentencing factors being equal, the unarmed rober would face a sentence of 5-20 years while the unarmed carjacker faces a sentence of 20-70 years.  This is simply unfair.

The punishment for the unarmed carjacking does not match the severity of the crime committed. Please contact Gov. Snyder at www.michigan.gov or at 517-373-3400 to ensure that the CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY COMMISSION reviews the punishment for the unarmed carjacking statute so that we can see a retroactive revision in the way we have sentenced unarmed carjackers.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

“We can win this fight,” says Rev. Pinkney from prison

April 2015

Rev. Edward Pinkney was handcuffed and ushered into the courtroom on the day of a hearing by two prison guards. The crowd of supporters in the courtroom immediately stood up and clapped (before the sheriff warned them to stop). Attend the next hearing on April 14 at 8:30 a.m. at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, MI. PHOTO/DAYMONJHARTLEY.COM
jRev. Edward Pinkney was handcuffed and ushered into the courtroom on the MONJHARTLEY.COM
Editor’s note: Reverend Edward Pinkney wrote this article from prison. He remains enthusiastic about winning this fight, despite the concentration camp-like conditions he and the other prisoners are living under. He says over 150 people use the same bathroom, about five people are living in 9 x 12 cubes and he wouldn’t feed the food to a dog.
COLDWATER, MI — I, Michigan political prisoner, Rev. Edward Pinkney, am a victim of injustice. I was sentenced to 2 1/2 to 10 years for supposedly changing the date on five recall petitions to recall Benton Harbor Mayor, James Hightower. No material nor circumstantial evidence, no eye witness, and no confession was presented at the trial that would implicate me in the five felonies. Many believe that I, an international activist and leader of the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO), am being punished by the local authorities for opposing the corporate plan of the Whirlpool Corporation, headquartered in Benton Harbor, Michigan. I say this is an opportunity to expose the Benton Harbor courthouse criminal enterprise and let the world know there is corruption from the top to the bottom of the totem pole where a lynch mob mentality reigns.
The Benton Harbor corporate structure has used similar charges to stop past efforts to recall or vote out of office public officials. In a majority Black city, as many Christian ministers do, I have always quoted the scriptures. I was even convicted for quoting scriptures in the People’s Tribune newspaper. This outrageous conviction was overturned on appeal. We must do this again. Rev. Edward Pinkney has become the face of resistance to the nation that the working class has no rights that the corporations are bound to respect. Any and all efforts must be made to overturn the charges against me as a step toward overthrowing the spread of this model to the rest of Michigan and the nation. This is not Black versus white, it is the haves against the have-nots, the rich against poor.
Any time you have an economic system that refuses to feed clothe and house it people, it must be overturned and replaced with a system that meets the needs of people.
We will win. God to me is knowing how and when to gather stones to fight for the truth. I believe that humans are not all evil, just misled. We will win this fight because humanity is greater than those that will destroy it. We will win because it has become clear to the people just who the enemy is and the solution is so simple.  A mass movement demanding a changed economic system, one that meets the needs of the people, not the corporations, is needed. We can win.