Rev. Pinkney was convicted of all the felony forgery counts by a rogue jury, and was motivated by something other than the truth. This jury ignored the law and evidence in reaching a capricious verdict. The jury based their verdict on unrevealed prejudices. This rogue jury verdict was not based on a desire to have a fair, just, or moral outcome.
After a two-day jury selection, the prosecutor presented absolutely no direct evidence in over three days of trial. Here is a summary of the prosecutor's case regarding the felony counts:
- The general circumstances and procedures by which the petition for the recall of Hightower was approved, along with the general procedural requirements for recall petitions.
- Testimony from many petition circulators regarding their activities circulating petitions and about Rev. Pinkney's political activism in relation to not only the recall, but also other political and social matters in Berrien County. The petitions circulated by these persons were not the subject of the charges.
- Testimony from Mark Goff, a forensic documents examiner from the Michigan State Police, who testified that it appeared dates were changed on some of the recall petitions but expressed no opinion as to who made the changes. He specified that he could not state that Rev. Pinkney made the alleged changes. Goff provided this testimony in relation to the petitions that were the subject of the five felony counts and which Pinkney certified as having circulated.
- Testimony from persons, including County Clerk Sharon Tyler and Mayor Hightower, regarding Rev. Pinkney's political activity and his opposition to certain politicians and the local company, Whirlpool. This testimony included matters that were controversial in the community and which were not directly related to the Hightower recall. It also included several efforts to recall Tyler herself after the recall petitions in question were allegedly forged and turned into the County Clerk Office, and even after charges were brought against Rev. Pinkney.
We must stand together and fight the criminal enterprise not only in Berrien County, but around the world!