By Rev. Edward Pinkney
A court is a permanently organized body with independent judicial powers defined by law, meeting at a time and place fixed by law for the judicial public administration of justice. According to Black Law Dictionary, this is untrue. There is no justice in Berrien County, Michigan.
We no longer have a constitutional court. Today’s courtroom is no longer a place where justice is served. More and more often, courts are becoming crime scenes. Innocent people are being kidnapped and held captive. They are given enhanced sentencing by corrupt judges after being convicted by, too often, all-white juries that are motivated by something other than the truth. They have no motivation to do the right thing. There is no justification for the wrongdoing behind the record number of wrongly convicted minorities by all-white juries. The blindfolded Lady of Justice, who holds the scales of justice, no longer exists in Berrien County, Michigan.
A jury is a group of people that have no opinions about a case at the start of a trial and bases its verdict on competent legal evidence (you can also use the term fair and impartial) but, unfortunately, this does not describe juries in Berrien County. The Berrien County juries are always white, rogue juries. A rogue jury is a jury that ignores the law and evidence in reaching capricious, incomprehensible verdicts. Rogue juries include those that base their verdicts on unrevealed, deeply held prejudices.
The problem is that strict procedures are used to prevent innocent people from showing they are truly innocent. The courts and the all-white juries are being used as a weapon against the innocents. Take a look at the exonerations report and you will see a pattern of prosecutors and all-white juries putting innocent people in prison. There are many innocent prisoners who have been buried alive in these prisons by this pattern of deceit and corruption.
I was convicted on November 3, 2014 by an all-white jury, a rogue jury that was motivated by something other than the truth. The rogue jury consisted of: Jill Olsen, Maria Cordova, Carolyn Witz, Sharlie Phillips, Mikela McCoy, Gail Freehling, Michelle Harris, Scott Rose, Carolyn Davis, David Dill, Allen Prysky, and Catherine Rohmer (who was a personal friend of the presiding Judge Sterling Schrock).
We must come to see the roots of corruption which run deeply in Berrien County, Michigan under the influence of the Whirlpool Corporation, which has its corporate headquarters in Benton Harbor. There must be something positive and massive in order to rid Berrien County of all the effects of corruption and the tragedies of racial injustice.
It is an unhappy truth that racism and corruption are a way of life for the vast majority of whites in Berrien County. Tragically, it is both spoken and unspoken, acknowledged and denied, subtle and sometimes not subtle truth. The disease of racism permeates and poisons a whole body of people.
Judge Sterling Schrock, prosecutor Mike Sepic, sheriff Paul Bailey, county clerk Sharon Tyler, election clerk Carolyn Toliver, juror Gail Freehling, and the remaining jurors – I can honestly not see how these people sleep at night; these individuals have no consciences. Some have built their careers on the backs of the poor.
My question now to you is: What do you do about the court of hell in Berrien County, Michigan? What do you do about the corruption in courtrooms all around the country? How do we proceed? How do we fight back? Will you fight back with me? Will you stand up for what is right and just and fair no matter what?