Thursday, November 13, 2008

Letter to Ojibway Warden Michael Curley

November 10, 2008
Mr. Michael Curley, Warden
Ojibway Correctional Facility
N5705 Ojibway Road
Marenisco, MI 49947-9771
Re: Reverend Edward Pinkney, # 294671

Dear Warden Curley:
We have received communications that Correctional Officer R. Axley was purportedly directed to shakedown Reverend Pinkney’s cell and control area on November 1, 2008. According to reports, he did so in a destructive and illegal manner, soiling clean clothes, destroying food and reading legal mail. This is the second report that I have received of violation of the prohibition against the reading of legal mail. Axley apparently spent approximately 30 minutes doing so.
I have advised my client to grieve this action. In addition, this is a separate complaint, requesting an investigation. Do you have written records of the order for shakedown and the results? Videotapes? Witnesses? This is to request that you gather and preserve them.
You know by now that Pinkney is the clearest example of a political prisoner within the MDOC. He was attacked by the Berrien County establishment after he successfully recalled the most powerful and corrupt politician in Benton Harbor and convicted by an all white jury, based on the testimony of bribed and intimidated prostitutes, drug dealers and people with pending criminal charges. The case is on appeal.
Then, his probation was violated for quoting the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy regarding the curses that will be visited upon the unjust by God if they do not change their ways. The Court decided that it was a “true threat” outside the parameters of the First Amendment and therefore a violation of probation. He thus became the first preacher in the history of America to be imprisoned for quoting the Bible.
We assume that he was transferred to your institution because of the state and national publicity surrounding his case and the requests for interviews and visits by the press and supporters. Obviously, as the Green Party nominee to oppose Congressman Fred Upton, he has powerful and influential enemies in the state and local governments. The question is whether you will allow your institution to aid and abet this ignoble enterprise.
We have a clemency petition pending before Governor Granholm. We are FOIA’ing all of Pinkney’s MDOC records. We intend to protest and publicize every illegal, retaliatory or vindictive action taken against him.
I suggest that the MDOC does not have a dog in this fight. Pinkney is clearly no threat to anyone, including institutional security. The authorities in Benton Harbor and Berrien County have tried in vain for years to catch him doing anything wrong and they could not even come up with a parking ticket. However easier it might be to run your institution without a sympathetic political prisoner in it, mere inconvenience is no basis for any mistreatment of Pinkney.
By separate letter I am advising Pinkney to grieve and press through the third step every wrongful action taking against him, including opening or reading legal mail. We won on that point while he was in the Berrien County Jail. For your information, Pinkney has the following attorneys:
His trial and appellate counsel:
Hugh M. Davis
Constitutional Litigation Associates, P.C.
450 W. Fort Street Suite 200
Detroit, Michigan 48226
313-961-2255/Fax: 313-961-5999

Elliott S. Hall
Dykema Gossett, P.L.L.C.
400 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243
313-568-6516/Fax: 313-568-6832

Timothy M. Holloway
P.O. Box 296
Taylor, MI 48180
(313) 383-3880

His counsel on the probation violation appeal and for bond.
Michael J. Steinberg, Legal Director
Daniel S. Korobkin, Staff Attorney
ACLU of Michigan
2966 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 578-6814/Fax: (313) 578-6811

James J. Walsh and Rebecca D’Arcy O’Reilly
Bodman LLP
201 S. Division Street, Suite 400
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734-930-0237/Fax: 734-930-2494

His clemency counsel:
Kelly A. Flint
530 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 763-9920/Fax: (734) 936-0844

In short, Reverend Pinkney will be receiving numerous communications from various counsel on a regular basis. We understand that it is an unusual situation, but we do not expect his Sixth Amendment right to counsel to be interfered with in any way, particularly including opening and reading of mail to and from Pinkney.
Thank you for your attention to this.

Hugh M. Davis


Anonymous said...

The authorities in Benton Harbor and Berrien County have tried in vain for years to catch him doing anything wrong and they could not even come up with a parking ticket.

HAHAHAHA! He just got out of jail in 2002 for defrauding ole' black folks in Benton Harbor out of their insurance payments. Couldn't find a parking ticket? Sheesh where were you looking? In his pocket?

I wonder if Hugh will realize that the Judge will have a copy of Eddie's record in front of him?


Anonymous said...

Old Hugh isn't interested in the truth. He’s part of putting the 5% of the "facts” that BANCO presents in their fantasy. He even believes his comb-over will fool the people into thinking he’s not bald. Just more lawyer spin.

Anonymous said...

Why don't these articles mention Ed's crimes against humanity in insurance scams? Taking money from the most vulnerable people in society is evil. To call himself a "reverend" is close to heresy.

Anonymous said...

You know how Ed likes to throw out the judgment stuff on other people. If only THEY would change, then HE could be successful. He's got the pipeline to his god, because he's special and is able to invoke his god to do his bidding. All that other God stuff doesn't apply to him. I wonder if that type of spin will work on judgment day, at the Great White Throne?

Anonymous said...

HC, What a blast! Your glee is infectious. What a laugh riot to send people up! yes!! Framing them has got to be the biggest turn-on of all! You people in Berrien sure know how to entertain yourselves. Everyday must be like comedy central! If only all the county courthouses knew your techniques, it could be fun, fun, fun all over the place! So what you make little mistakes now and then, or overcharge a bit here and there! So what Pinkney attended state green party meetings beginning in 2000. If we could all just let the details slide and get right to the great fun of being the most corrupt courthouse ever! Highest innocent convictions (HAHAHA) Highest juvenile convictions (HAHAHA) Highest convictions period (HAHAHA) And don't send jury forms to anyone in BH - then you can depend on your great, great, great hand picked all-white juries! Pinkney may be high profile (hilarious!), but all those other suckers you railroaded will keep you laughing forever!!!

Anonymous said...

All I did was point out that he is a convicted felon. He just got out this time in 2002 for fleecing the good people of Benton Harbor. He sold people insurance, then took their payments and pocketed them. People paid him until they DIED, then they couldn't collect their insurance because it was in Ed's pocket.

In addition to that he was convicted of a felony in California AND for some reason has the alias "Paris Warren" listed on his prison record (do a google search for OTIS The Offender Tracking Information System).

This is NOT a reverend who protested what he felt were wrong doings, this was a habitual con-man who found a new way to fleece the people of Benton Harbor.

Of course they send jury forms to the people of Benton Harbor, but they NEED to fill them out and return them. I suppose the court could enforce it and arrest anyone who doesn't do it. Is that preferrable to you?

Benton Harbor's main problem right now is that it has a high percentage of criminals. It keeps the good people indoors and cowering. I have lived in Benton Harbor, gone to school there, worked there, ran a business there in the downtown area. I am not an outsider coming here spouting my views. I seriously want to see BH grow again and prosper. When I was a kid I got to sit on the roof of Sears and watch the Blossomtime parade. I want the glory days BACK.

Will Harbor Shores do it? I doubt it, but it is something. It represents someone trying. Not to mention there is all the toxic land that is being cleaned up and made beautiful.

So no, I don't think BH is funny, I think Eddie is. He is a fake reverand and a con-man.

Anonymous said...

Whirlpool needs to continue maligning Rev. Pinkney. You're a spokesperson for their power and greed. After years and years and years of well-known corruption (find me a stronger word please!)somebody finally stood up and spoke the truth about a population of people under brutal occupation. Your inaccurate accusation is getting old on this weblog. We know you'll keep it up, though. Nobody in Berrien can speak truth and keep their job, live a normal life, not be sent up the river, etc. The mob of Berrien only thinks they are operating in secret.

Anonymous said...

Wrong, people can speak the truth, but fixing an election is a different story. Why doesn't anyone from Bankkko ever speak out on his insurance scams? This isn't ancient history when he was an 18 year old kid, nooo he just got out in 2002!

Fast forward a couple years and he is fixing an election.