Rev. Pinkney Arrested AGAIN, supporters: Lynn Stewart, Voice Of Detroit, EXPOSED,

What's really happening to the people of Benton Harbor:
The thrust [of the Berrien county courthouse] is to physically remove and destroy families through the use
of the criminal justice system. Every person they can put in jail; every person whose voting rights they can
revoke with a felony conviction; every person they can cause to lose their job by putting them on probation;
every person they can cause to lose the ability to pay for basic necessities through imposing ruinous court
costs and probation is all part of the process. In the 1960s, it was called Negro removal. In Bosnia, it was
called ethnic cleansing. It could be called genocide, the removal of the minority population for the purpose
of redevelopment of the land. That’s what’s happening in Benton Harbor and the foremost leader
of the resistance is Rev. Edward Pinkney. --Civil rights attorney, Hugh "Buck" Davis

Friday, March 31, 2006

A People's Victory declared in Benton Harbor struggle for Justice!

The city power structure in Benton Harbor, controlled by the Whirlpool Corporation, was dealt a blow in the struggle for justice today. The people made a stand for democracy and won! The trial of Rev. Pinkney was declared a mistrial. The jury was deadlocked after over 20 hours. The jury was convinced that further deliberations would be useless. It is possible that the prosecution may try the case again. Whatever they do -- we stand on this tremendous victory, our growing unity and clarity about what we're up against and the just world we can win, as we get ready for the next round of struggle.

Rev. Pinkney told supporters: "I am truly truly happy about the outcome of this trial. I was innocent from the start. I knew they were convinced they would convict me. I knew they couldn't because they didn't have the goods. I thank everyone for coming. This is not about me. It was a victory for the people. We have to teach people to stand up and fight. Fight for what's right. If I can do it, you can do it. This is a tremendous victory. Next step is that we have to take this across the country. First, make sure that Governor Granholm doesn't get back in there. We have to connect. Start from Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and connect all the way down to Benton Harbor. She put the judge in office. We can show we can stand up and fight.

Tat Parish, Reverend Pinkney's lawyer said: "That these 12 good people could not agree he was guilty vindicates our position in this case. It is possible that the prosecutor may try the case again. There was so much conflicting testimony from so many people who had so many conflicting motives in this case. The truth is that it is the sort of case where the dead skunk gets thrown up on the porch and it is almost impossible to figure out among the many people testifying who is telling the truth and who is being influencing by what -- it is a political nightmare and one that no one's interests will be served by further ventures in a criminal court. It is over with it. It should be over with. I hope we don't have to retry it. Rev. Pinkney's views may not be popular. His views may not be popular. But the very unpopularity of his views make it important that they be expressed."

10 comments:

The Question said...

12 people didn't find you innocent. 2 did. 10 found you guilty.

Luckily they will retry you.

Anonymous said...

The courts DO work, don't they, Eddie?

And the 2 didn't find you innocent, either, they just didn't want to convict you...out of fear.

Anonymous said...

Pinkney says: "If I can do it, you can do it. This is a tremendous victory. Next step is that we have to take this across the country. First, make sure that Governor Granholm doesn't get back in there."

So, should we assume we should start paying people to vote against Granholm? And bring it nationwide. Money for votes is legal! Yay! Since you can do it, we can do it, right?

Anonymous said...

GOOD NEWS!!!
The Berrien County Courts have decided to re-try parolee Pinkney yet again.

News sources say the jury pool will be questioned if they have been paid by Pinkney in the past. . .

Anonymous said...

The next OJ Simpson is here....

Oh wait, he's got Tat Parish, not Johnny Cochran.

I hope you like prison Eddie.

Anonymous said...

man no one likes ed this a bash ed sight i like it keep this up people make dumb ass ed look dumber.....

berriensprings said...

I doubt if DeVos would do much better than Granholm in the current economic climate. He'd only outsource our jobs to China.

Anonymous said...

Anyone's better than Granholm!!

Shallow Throat said...
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berriensprings said...

Disagree. Engler wasn't. He's the reason we're broke now. At least Jennifer G. is trying to raise money, with Keno, etc. She's not outsourcing our jobs.