Sunday, December 16, 2007

Reverend Edward Pinkney Jailed for Speaking Out

David Love writes in the Black Commentator:

At approximately 1:30 pm Friday, December 14, 2007 Eastern time the Sheriff's Department in Berrien County Michigan arrested Rev. Edward Pinkney and took him to the Berrien County Jail in St. Joseph (the adjoining township to Benton Harbor, Michigan).

The sheriff also seized/confiscated Rev. Pinkney's computer when he was arrested.

Pinkney's wife Dorothy tells the sheriff's deputies presented a bench warrant that stated Pinkney was being arrested for violating the 15th condition of his probation by writing the following words about a white Berrien judge in an article published in the Peoples Tribune newspaper.

"The corruption and the deceitfulness continues in Berrien County Courthouse. Judge Butzbaugh has violated his oath. I support the constitution of the United States and the State of Michigan; we are still waiting on this racist corrupt judge to do the same. Judge Butzbaugh has failed the people, the community, his duties and his office."

Dorothy Pinkney tells BC her husband and his lawyer were completely unaware of any condition of the probation prohibiting "inflammatory behavior". Ms. Pinkney also tells BC that her husband feels he has the authorities in Benton Harbor, Michigan exactly where he wants them and the situation is in his favor because there is now undeniable proof of the existence of the injustice he has been protesting.

Rev. Pinkney's charge is related to a quote of his in print media which criticized the court system. Free speech is guaranteed by the first amendment!!

Please see recently published article on Pinkney from the well-respected website

Gov. Granholm has the ability to pardon Pinkney or commute his sentence. All individuals and organizations are urged to immediately write letters or post cards DEMANDING his pardon. He is only one (the most vocal) in a city of people under a severely repressive government. THEY WANT HIM SILENCED. So far, with the complicit media, they have been successful. Let's do what we can to free him since his leadership is crucial.

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Gremlin said...

Rev. Pinkney received a copy of his probation order. He signed and agreed to it. Probation is a privilege and not a right and this is stated in Court at sentencing. This posting with the quote is very incomplete and misleading. How about posting the link to his writing to that it can be seen in it entirety and context? Then the readers can judge if this is Christian writing as taught in both Timothys and Titus, which are the standards for church leaders. As a “Reverend” of the Word he should know Ephesians 4:29, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” Colossians 3:8 states, “But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.”

William said...

Gremlim, You are full of BS. Why
are you using the bible to justify the courts action?

Another thing is newspaper articles is second handed information, and why wasn't
Rev's friends quoted in the
article about the Rev being

Rev Mary, I send you a piece (Not an Article) that I asked you to post, and here is a article from
someone with second handed Information.

Probation isn't a privilege its a
copout that the court uses when they really do have a case against
the defendent. Its also another way of covering themselves from
looking like a**holes after they have made a mistake.

Like here in Rev's case the entire
court system knows that Rev is innocent, but to hide their racism
they are using probation as a form
to confind him, and they have
violated his freedom of speech by
saying that he violated his probation cause he said what he said.

Why did they really lock him up?
What was their real excuse behind
their move? Everyone knows that
the Judge and Proscutor is racist,
and because Pinkney stated that he
is in Jail? get real.

Gremlin, you are bitching about what Rev Pinkney should have known.
What about the Judge who took the
oath (on the bible) lying and hating. He lied on the bible that
he would uphold the law.

I am NOT a lawyer gremlin, but I do
know many forms of the law, and what I don't know I have lawyer friends to ask. Rights violations
is my speciality, and I have three
of the best Female teachers to
educate me about the loopholes
of the law.

This is why I am against to many chiefs and no indians. Everyone wants to make themselves look like they know everything, and don't know s**t

How many times did any of these
online or off line newspapers
tried to make contact with Rev
Pinkney before these clowns locked him up?

Now everyone is coming out from under the woodwork like bugs
writing a story about the Rev Pinkney.

In closing, I am one of Rev's top
fifteen true friends, and I will
also go to battle to help my friend
by any means necessary.


Gremlin said...

WilliamX, your words that you select in your response reveal the content of your character and your heart. Rather than reason, you rant with coarse language. Your modification to these coarse words does not negate your lack of ability in expressing yourself in a responsible way. I will answer you response in the order you presented it:

The reason I quoted from the Bible is that Reverend Pinkney claims to represent Christianity. As a spokesman, his words should reflect what he is supposed to base his beliefs on. I guess the question is, “Could Reverend Pinkney be convicted of being a Christian?” Perhaps he doesn’t believe the bible. If he doesn’t, then why does he call himself to be a reverend? Perhaps it is used only as a title of someone being self-important.

The article actually is published on another web site. I have read it in its entirety. That is my concern is that the abbreviated version on this site is misleading. I do not believe the blind should lead the blind. Matthew 7:3 states, "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

Sentencing for felonies is determined by sentencing guidelines and based on the recommendation of the Michigan Department of Corrections. The guidelines must be followed unless the judge states on the record if a departure from these guidelines where circumstances were not considered in the guidelines. To my knowledge, these sentencing guidelines were not exceeded his case. Correct me if I am wrong.

You made a generalizations that, “Everyone knows that the Judge and Proscutor is racist, and because Pinkney stated that he is in Jail?” I am one on those you accuse of being in the “Everyone” category. I’m sure there are others that you don’t speak for. Mr. Pinkney is well read in what he wants to read. If he did not to review his probation order, then that was his decision. There are consequences to doing things and not doing things, whether good or bad. You can do whatever you like, but you must face the consequences.

I have yet to see a Bible in any local court to where and oath or affirmation was given. Have you?

I’m pleased that you know the “LOOPHOLES” in the law. This again shows the content of your character. That way you can circumvent civilized society and promote anarchy according to what you decide. You advocate no democracy by your response, as you are the decider.

Why should these “online or off line newspapers” try to “make contact with Rev Pinkney”. The first posting said Rev. Pinkney posted an article. One would think Rev. Pinkney knew he wrote the article.

Friendship sometimes requires telling your friend they are going down the wrong path. That takes courage to do this. Blind faith and obedience is not courage. Your definition is friendship is very different than mine.

It sounds like you declared “battle” (war) on society “by any means necessary.” This is a totally immature statement. Would you think Rev. Pinkney advocates violence and wants his followers to do something like this?

Anonymous said...

It always amazes me the amount of time people spend talking about Rev. (what does it take to call oneself a reverend these days anyway) Pinkney. Time and again, this individual has been proven beyond a reasoanble doubt to be both a liar and a criminal. Is oru criminal justice system perfect, not by any means. But to use a man (and I use the term lightly) such as him as a symbol of change shows how foolish he and the people who follow him are. I hardly believe as the article states he was arrested for his article. If I were to place a bet on why he was arrested it would be that he has violated the terms (really flaunted for the most part) requiring house arrest. In fact, I wil give anybody 10 to 1 odds that the reason he was arrested was for something along these lines rather than what was posted. I guess it is a whole lot easier to take a position of injustice when one chooses to use misinformation and lies to claim a "injustice"

Gremlin said...

Per this web site, "Ms. Pinkney also tells BC that her husband feels he has the authorities in Benton Harbor, Michigan exactly where he wants them and the situation is in his favor because there is now undeniable proof of the existence of the injustice he has been protesting.” This reminds me of 2 Timothy 2:2-5 which states, “For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.”

Gremlin said...

This hunger strike (fasting) reminds me of Luke 18:9-14 which states, “To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'
"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Anonymous said...

Throw away the key

Gremlin said...

Mark 4:22, "For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light.

gremlin said...

James 3:5-6, “So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.”

James 3:8-10, “But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.”

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