Friday, February 02, 2018

Cash Bail Hurts Innocent Poor People

Most people are aware Michigan's legal system uses bail requirements to increase their money flow and to ensure defendants make their court dates.They may even know it perpetuates inequalities in the system, keeping legally innocent people behind bars because they can't make bail. Violent criminals pay bail and walk free every day, while many people accused of less serious crimes and who may, in fact, be innocent are detained because they can't afford bail. The solution to this inequity is to abolish all bail for misdemeanor charges. We can use it to bolster public safety. The amount of cash a defendant has on hand should not the key factor in achieving that. If a defendant is a danger to himself or others, incarcerate him. If he doesn't make it possible for him to go free, whether by setting manageable bail or, as other jurisdictions have done, require none at all.

Here's how the cash bail system works. Someone accused of a crime appears before a judge to be formally charged and apprised of their rights. Defendants who are charged with the most serious crimes or a violent felony while on probation or parole, or who have prior violent felony convictions, are incarcerated until their trial. But almost everyone else is entitled to some kind of bail unless the judge finds them a danger to society. The judges must be honest and fair. Many people are judged safe to release but are nevertheless stuck in jail because they can't come up with the hundred or even thousands of dollars required. Many people from Benton Harbor, Michigan, including myself, do not have access to that kind of money, either because we have no saving or because we don't know someone, who would be willing and able help us. We might find the required frustrating or difficult, but we would pay the money and retain our jobs and, most importantly the income we'd need to pay a lawyer and participate in the preparation of our defense, but many other people have no access to even a few hundred dollars. They face the possible loss of their job and housing, as well as custody of their children. On top of this, they must deal with the difficulty of coordinating with a defense attorney while stuck in the local jail. Remember, this can happen to someone who has been not convicted of anything, and indeed, has been judged safe to release.

This system needs to change so that it does a better job of doing what we want it to do. We must tie the bail decision closely to real factors that matter to public safety and ensure that the ability to pay is never the sole reason an otherwise eligible defendant is incarcerated. We should start gathering data about this practice so that we can observe its effectiveness and improve it further. There is no one size fits all decisions when it comes to incarceration, Customizing bail decisions to the circumstances of the innocent and save taxpayers the very expensive bill for needlessly incarcerating people who have not been convicted of a crime. We must change the system by confronting it with people power.


Rev Edward Pinkney

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Berrien County Sheriff Will Kill You!

 Martell Hadley is a young man who died in custody inside Berrien County Jail in St. Joseph, Michigan under Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey's watch. The Berrien County elected prosecutor, Mike Sepic, a known racist said Martell Hadley hung himself, which was impossible. He only said this to protect the Berrien County Sheriff's Department from a lawsuit after the deputies murdered him.

The people of Benton Harbor have lived in fear, knowing Martell Hadley did not hang himself. This is a 'justified homicide,' once again according to prosecutor Mike Sepic. There is more than enough proof that Martell Hadley was murdered. I know for a fact, he did not hang himself. There is more than enough evidence to support that Martell Hadley did not hang himself, he was not that type. The evidence supports he was murdered by Berrien County Sheriff Department.

Let the truth be told, the Herald Palladium newspaper has refused to cover the story and print the truth.The Herald Palladium is a fascist newspaper with a long history of writing fake news, they have refused to print the truth about the black community. The Herald Palladium is fake news. Martell Hadley died in the custody of the Sheriff's Department, is that not newsworthy? When you have a prosecutor like Mike Sepic, who has no respect for black people or white women who have been sexually assaulted and also believes that sheriff department is above the law, the criminal justice system is totally absent in Berrien County, Michigan.

The Berrien County Sheriff Department, Berrien County courthouse and Berrien County elected commissioners are corrupt and in shambles. We can no longer tolerate this behavior. We must confront this tremendous problem and the white public must stop rushing to the defense of law enforcement. This system can no longer have a free pass to kill men and sexually assault women.  
Rev Edward Pinkney

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Revelations from an Israeli soldier

Palestine is a weapons testing lab for Israel.

It's not an occupation, it's an R & D laboratory
that makes the country billions every year.

And that's not all.

They're training US police by the thousands - to treat Americans like Palestinians.

Revelations from an Israeli soldier.


- Brasscheck TV

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Rev Pinkney case: Will the Michigan Supreme Court rule on the side of justice?

By Joseph Peery,
CHICAGO, IL — The case of Rev. Edward Pinkney went before the Michigan Supreme Court on November 7, 2017. While supporters came from various parts of the country, the largest contingent came from Flint—a city that understands firsthand the importance of this case. They know this case has nothing to do with forgery of dates on mayoral recall election petitions, that it has everything to do with shutting up Rev. Pinkney. Rev. Pinkney, an uncompromising defender of the town’s poor, exposed the corporate-run emergency financial management system in Benton Harbor, and the role of the unelected emergency manager in allowing for Whirlpool’s theft of public lakefront property.

The whole world has seen in the lead poisoning of the water of Flint just how far emergency manager dictators are willing to go in overthrowing democracy and replacing it with corporate rule. The question now is how far is the Supreme Court of Michigan willing to go to defend democracy? The Berrien County court that convicted Rev. Pinkney showed how far they were willing to go by playing the race card. 

During jury selection they aggressively expelled all African Americans, leaving the trial to be decided by an all white jury. No one on that jury was from Benton Harbor or had lived under emergency financial management. It is next to impossible for a Black man from the poorest town in the county to get a fair trial from an all white jury from the richest towns in the county. This isn’t merely common sense. It is also the opinion of the United States Supreme Court. This issue is central to the case and calls into question the definition of a trial by one’s peers and the meaning of due process.

During the trial, the prosecution admitted there was no physical evidence linking Rev. Pinkney to the crime they were charging him with. And yet the prosecution repeatedly introduced examples of Rev. Pinkney exercising his First Amendment right to free speech, political activities and community activism as evidence he committed the crime. It is even questionable if the law, MCL168.937, that Rev. Pinkney was convicted of violating, even covers forgery of recall election petitions, or whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor in that the Berrien County Court deemed it a felony. These are some of the issues that the Michigan Supreme Court judges spent a lot of time questioning Berrien County court prosecutor Aaron Mead about, some of which he seemed to have difficulty answering.

Will the Michigan Supreme Court rule on the side of justice or bend the rules in favor of corporations? It may take months for the court to rule on this case. But in the meantime, it can and must be widely taken up in the other court that really matters. That is the court of public opinion. It is in that courtroom, free of corporate money, that we can win. In that court, the judge, prosecutor and jury includes the exploited and oppressed of this land, regardless of color. In that courtroom, evidence shall include how the corporate ownership of the economy has robbed us of our freedom.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Another Whirlpool Puppet Bites the Dust

The Former Benton Harbor Superintendent Leonard Seawood is a thief. That's how Berrien County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Byrd summed up the case in her opening statement to the jury on Tuesday

Several Benton Harbor board members, including president Anthony Jett and Barbara Sistrunk, both Whirlpool puppets, testified against Seawood. Superintendent Seawood came to them with forms requesting payment for unused vacation days. They both said they had no reason to believe Seawood was trying to con them and steal money from the school district. He was entitled to only 5 days.

Anthony Jett and Barbara Sistrunk said they relied on superintendent Seawood and the school district human resources department to know what he was entitled too. Sistrunk had no idea that Superintendent Seawood was trying to defraud the school district and steal money from the students.

The form was changed from 5 to 50 days after it was signed.

Martha Momany, school board president in 2013-2014, put the nail in his coffin when she said she knew about the vacation buyback, but Seawood took several payouts. The buyback provision in Seawood contract is for only 5 days, but she did not recall the number of days allowed. She said she did not recall signing a form authorizing 50 days. She said it was a request for only 5 days when she signed it. Fifty days is what it says now. Momany said I don't believe it said 50 days when I signed the form.

Superintendent Leonard Seawood was working for Whirlpool, instead of the residents of Benton Harbor. He would meet with former Whirlpool CEO Whitwan, one of the most powerful men in Berrien County. Former Superintendent Leonard Seawood thought he was above the law working against the people of Benton Harbor for the blood-sucking Whirlpool corporation. Seawood had a partnership with Whirlpool instead of the poor people in Benton Harbor to miseducate the students of Benton Harbor.  

We must confront Whirlpool, they will use anybody they can to take control of the city of Benton Harbor. 
Rev Edward Pinkney

Friday, December 15, 2017

High school athletes who took the knee honored in Lansing

Lansing City Council honors football players who knelt during anthem to protest racism

LANSING — City Council honored four black Lansing Catholic High School football players who were punished by their school after kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism.

On Monday night, council adopted a resolution, which referred to the students as the "Lansing Catholic High School 4."

Lansing Catholic High School told students this year they would be penalized if they refused to stand for the national anthem before football games.

Senior Michael Lynn III, senior Matthew Abdullah, junior Kabbash Richards and senior Roje Williams knelt before several games this season to call attention to racial injustice. As a result, the school prohibited the boys from starting during some games and, in certain cases, appeared to reduce their playing time. 

“There are people that have called our actions disrespectful and I ask that those people find the disrespect in the injustices that we are calling attention to," Lynn said during Monday's city council meeting.

Read more at Lansing State Journal.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Colin Kaepernick Honored by ACLU with Advocacy Award; May Become TIME 'Person of the Year'

Posted on  by Diane Bukowski

Colin Kaepernick at ACLU awards ceremony. Photo Brian van der Brug
 By Arthur Weinstein
“Human rights cannot be compromised”  — Kaepernick
Dec. 4, 2017
Less than a month after being honored by GQ as its “Citizen of the Year,” Colin Kaepernick has earned another award for his work on social justice issues.
The ACLU honored Kaepernick on Sunday at the organization’s annual Bill of Rights Dinner in Beverly Hills, giving him the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award.
Although the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback began his national anthem protests in 2016, he’s earned more recognition for them this season, even though he’s not currently in the league. Those protests have become a political flashpoint between President Donald Trump, athletes and progressive groups, with conservatives heavily opposed to the protests.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Kaepernick’s appearance at the ceremony, and the award, were a big surprise to the audience. He received a standing ovation. 
Hector Villagra, executive director of the ACLU of Southern California, praised Kaepernick for taking a stand.
“He has lost his job, one that he loved and was supremely talented and skilled at,” Villagra said, via the Times. “He took a stand knowing that some would criticize him, and he has been viciously and unfairly criticized. He has been called a traitor because too many people in this country confuse dissent for disloyalty.”
“We all have an obligation no matter the risk, and regardless of reward, to stand up for our fellow men and women who are being oppressed with the understanding that human rights cannot be compromised,” Kaepernick said in accepting the award.

Kaepernick a Finalist for “TIME” Person of the Year 

Struggle continues: 18 players demonstrated Sunday during National Anthem
Sports Illustrated expected to give Kaepernick award as well

Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett (72) sits on bench with teammates during the national anthem Dec. 3 before game against Philadelphia Eagles. The Seahawks trounced the Eagles.
Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick was announced Monday as one of 10 candidates for TIME’s Person of the Year for 2017.
Kaepernick, who last played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016, joins President Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller and the #MeToo movement, among others, on the short list for recognition. Each year, the magazine strives to identify “the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year, for better or for worse.”
Trump was recognized by the magazine in 2016, and German chancellor Angela Merkel was its 2015 recipient. TIME will announce its latest “Person of the Year” on Wednesday.
Kaepernick was the first NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem last year, describing it as a means of protesting police brutality and racial inequality in the United States. He became a free agent in March and has yet to sign with an NFL team this season, prompting him to file a collusion grievance against NFL owners.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

White Supremacist Control Berrien County

It pays to be white in Berrien County. White Supremacist Gregory 'shameless' Franks pleads no contest earlier, this year to a charge of only one count of receiving and concealing stolen property over $20,000 dollars. It could have been over one hundred counts, It pays to have friends in high places. This is an offence punishable by up to 20 years in prison, but he should have been charged for over 100 counts at 20 years per count. If he was black he would have been charged. It pays to be white in Berrien County.

Gregory 'shameless' Franks is a known drug dealer and habitual offender. It pays to be white.  He was ordered to pay only $65,000 dollars in restitution to Lowe's. It should have been well over $100,000 dollars. He must perform 500 hours of community service. He will only be on probation said white supremacist judge. Scott Schofield who has a history of being tough on crime, when it comes to black people, but not tough at all when it comes to white people. Let the truth be told, Berrien County is corrupt from the top to the bottom, judges, the sheriff and county commissioners all work together against Benton Harbor residents, taxation with no representation. What do you do? The Boston tea party had nothing to do with tea. There is never change without conflict.

The Berrien County jail worker Jo Ann Roberts stole more than $80,000 dollars in taxpayers money. She was given a slap on the wrist. It pays to be white in Berrien County. The white supremacist, JoAnn Roberts stole from the tether fund and was allowed to keep her job; only in Berrien County. It pays to be white in Berrien County.

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey, better known as Bull Connor, confirmed a correction officer has been fired. The corrections officer, Jennifer Venno, was fired for improper communications or of having sex with a black man in Berrien County jail under sheriff Bailey watch. The prosecutor refuses to prosecute because she was white, It pays to be white. Sheriff Bailey said anyone under his command is not allowed to have sex with an inmate inside the jail with a convicted felon unless it is part of his or her police work.

Under Paul Bailey's watch, more than 50 women have been sexually attacked by the Sheriff Department deputies. One of the deputies is blood-related to Sheriff Bailey. Nobody went to jail or prison. These women just so happen to be white women.

Let the truth be told, Berrien County has more white supremacist members and groups than any other county in the country and led by Judge Dennis Wiley, Judge Scott Schofield, Judge Charles LaSata, Judge Sterling Schrock, Judge Art Cotter and we can not forget the Grand Wizard of the KKK, prosecutor Mike Sepic. 

Rev Edward Pinkney