The United States media has largely ignored the corruption that exists inside the justice system, especially in Berrien County, Michigan. The community newspaper The Herald Palladium is owned by the Paxton family who built their fortune on the backs of slaves.
During the trial of Rev. Edward Pinkney, The Herald Palladium was present every single day, and refused to report the action that was taking place in the courtroom.
The Herald Palladium refused to report whether evidence that Pinkney presented during his defense may be considered, when Pinkney made a motion for a direct verdict at the end of the prosecution’s case. There was no basis for this evidence to allow for an affirmative finding of guilt, even if the jury disbelieved Rev. Pinkney, because he was black and the jury was all-white.
The standard of review in relation to some of the Acts evidence, when the prosecution did not provide the required notice under MRE 404 (b) (2), and the defense counsel made objections before and throughout the trial in relation to the evidence. This was prosecutorial misconduct by Prosecutor Mike Sepic, and The Herald Palladiumnever reported it.
The prosecution’s remarkable statement in its brief, that Rev. Pinkney’s First Amendment activities were not evidence of other crimes and could not be prejudicial in nature, because they involved things like the fight for freedom, justice and equality for all, and “to provide food, clothes and shelter for the needy,” were contradicted by their actions at trial. The prosecution argued that the jury should come to conclusions about Rev. Pinkney’s activities, which clearly indicated the prosecution had an improper and prejudicial purpose in admitting the other Acts evidence. This was truly prosecutorial misconduct, which The Herald Palladium never reported.
The only way corruption can continue to breathe in Berrien County is with the help of The Herald Palladium, and the people who are truly corrupt, like Judge Sterling Schrock, Prosecutor Mike Sepic, County Clerk Sharon Tyler, Election Clerk Carolyn Toliver, Sheriff Paul Bailey and the liar-of-the-year juror Gail Freehling.
I want to say a short prayer.
Dear God: I know not where to go to stop the corruption in Berrien County, but you do. I know not what to do to stop the corrupt Judge Schrock and the corrupt Prosecutor Mike Sepic. I know not how to change Berrien County, Michigan, or just the corrupt court system, but you do. Lord, please show me, for I will do my part to stop the corruption in Berrien County and around the country. Amen.