Friday, December 19, 2008

Wild Man Wiley on Berrien County Bench

Rev. Pinkney's Bond Hearing, Thursday Dec. 18

The hearing was to set bond and allow for Rev. Pinkney's release as he appeals a 3-10 year prison sentence for violating his probation for writing an article which was published in the Peoples Tribune. PeoplesTribune.org

Obviously furious and out of control emotionally, Judge Dennis Wiley was like a crazy man with hair standing up. Literally. For people who had traveled from afar, it was a rude shock to hear Judge W announce that the 10am hearing was being postponed until 3pm.

This judge, true to reputation, was anything but objective, and openly displayed a lot of anger. The ACLU's win in court, resulting in the release of Pinkney, is the last thing Berrien County power players want. Judge W didn't want to hear the case, said he didn't have time for rebuttal, and tried to persuade prosecutor Vigansky who he seemed at odds with to postpone the hearing. He eventually decided to hear the case. Vigansky appeared to care about how he conducted himself, Wiley did not and behaved like a drunken sailor. He threw two people out of the courtroom for slight chuckles, shouting to "get out!"

Rev. Pinkney, appearing on closed circuit TV from Jackson prison, was represented by two ACLU attorneys, both present in the courtroom. It was obvious from their astonished expressions that they may never have been subjected to this type of "legal proceeding" in their careers. Berrien County refused to bring Pinkney to the courtroom citing bad weather.

Judge W granted Pinkney a ten-thousand dollar cash surety bond -- more than had been sought by either Pinkney or the prosecutor. "I could have set $150,000.00!," threatened Judge W.

Despite last week's one and only order by the Court of Appeals for Judge W to set the bail amount, he set a long list of (outrageous) conditions to Pinkney's bond release:

no cell phone, no pager, no speaking engagements, no preaching in church, may engage in no defamatory or harassing behavior - including through the use of print or electronic media, no election activity, must wear a GPS tether and be under 24-hour curfew, may not go near Judge Butzbaugh, may not use a credit card ("you may as well cut up your credit card"). Also, Pinkney must keep away from the Berrien County Courthouse until his day in court on the appeal. Pinkney is known for his court observer activism. Attorney Michael Steinberg said the restrictions are excessive, and some are unconstitutional.

Get the feeling they are just a little afraid of this reverend?

From WSJM: Pinkney Granted Bond With Strict Conditions

8 comments:

William PaulX said...

It was really amazing to see a man
with judicial power appear in front of a courtroom full of people
looking like a drug or alcohol addict. Every since the day that the Rev and I was introduced we have become Brothers in unity.

Another thing that was funny to notice was how quiet the Prosecutor
was doing the hearing. I do not understand why Rev Pinkney's two worse enemies have suddenly become
interested in Rev Pinkney.

Personally I have going to odds with serveral screen names who are
undercover with some being Pinkney haters. Also some who don't know what the hell they are posting, but
I am my Brother's keeper, and I will always be Rev Pinknney's keeper whenever he can't defend himself.

Wild Man Wiley is a perfect title for this thread. Another thing that
I would like to comment on is the
Judge Buzzball (smile) violated the
oath that he took when becoming a
Judge, and Wiley did the samething
when he sentence Rev Pinkney to serve time in prison.

Sister Pinkney, You are one strong
Black woman, and thanks so much for
standing by your man. Rev Pinkney,
We are all behind you 200%, and you
are in our prayers and thoughts.
Your Humble Servent.
Brother WilliamX

Anonymous said...

Its sad when people automatically say someone is crazy or a drug addict just by the way they look. I don't judge people by their looks.

BrotherWilliamX said...

Its not sad when someone is
judged by their actions or
how they look. Especially if
they are suppose to be a law
biding professional individual
like Wiley. Who was looking
and acting like a madman who is
full of bitter.
To me you posted your post to
coverup the racism that the judge
was trying to cover up in the courtroom. Like I said both of
them Judges combined racism in their judgement against the Rev Pinkney, and the sad part was seeing Rev Pinkney's own color
lied against him. Lets face the
real facts about Benton Harbor,
and Berrien County its a place
for the new Northern klan.
But the House & Field negros are
running scared, and that's the
reason why those lying a** witness
people lied.
This whole thing started because a Black man lied on Rev Pinkney. I
do not see how trying to help someone who can't read or write
was against the law, and to top
the dumb s**t off lock a man up
for quoting a verse out of the bible. Man oh Man that's proof
that Buzzball felt guilty about
what he was doing on the bench.
In closing, Yes I am angry as
hell about how clear racism is
in this case, but nobody is game
to confess up to it, and to me
this case has taken Michigan back
400 years ago.
Brother WilliamX aka PaulX

Anonymous said...

I think its terrible to call people names, just because you disagree with them. When I see people with wild hair, or white skin, I don't automatically assume they are crazy or racist. You are full of hatred brother, and you need to enlighten yourself to that fact.

Herve

Anonymous said...

with picture!

MWRO Blog

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Rev Pinkney's and do hope Gov Grandholm do that right thing.

Anonymous said...

My gracious - can you people please pretend as if you paid attention in school and you proper grammar?! I can't follow your hood-talk. For example: "both of them Judges". Any educated person would know not to say that!

If one wants to be heard, and be taken seriously, that person needs to use proper English!

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