Back in April 2009 I blogged about two sisters serving life sentences in Mississippi for a crime they did not commit. Thousands of us concerned bloggers and citizens wrote letters to Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi, signed petitions, alerted the media, and shared this atrocious wrongful conviction case in hopes that justice would be served.

God is good, the Scott Sisters will be released and hopefully pardoned any day now!

Many people believe that the governor suspended their sentences for political reasons. I don’t know or even care why he did it, I am just happy that they will finally be released from prison after so many years of suffering and waiting for justice! I send my Love, prayers, and continued support to Jamie and Gladys Scott.

On August 17th 2009 The Supreme Court mandated a new evidentiary hearing in the case of Troy Anthony Davis. What this means is after sitting on death row for 18 years (and coming within hours of execution), Troy Davis will have the opportunity to prove his innocence in court.

This is great news. People are crying out for justice and we must continue to do so. As Americans we boast of living in:

the land of the free and the home of the brave where people are innocent until proven guilty and their is liberty and justice for all

but that is all lip service if we have innocent people awaiting execution on death row. How can we demand justice and fight for human rights in other countries if we have problems that linger right here at home?

Over 123 people have been released from death row after having been found innocent. My stomach turns at the thought of how many more innocent people are waiting to be executed and how many innocent people have been executed.

We cannot let this continue.

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We can make a difference by taking action and Amnesty International has outlined specific steps that we can take click here for details

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When I first heard about this case I was checking status updates on Facebook and thought it was a joke, that is until I saw who it came from…Eddie G. Griffin does not joke! The more I read, the more I needed to know… It seemed crazy to me that anyone could be sentenced to double life in prison over $10! How could that be? We live amongst child molesters and rapists that do less than a year. How is it possible to serve a double life sentence for $10?

This just didn’t (and still does not) sit well with me. My consternation quickly turned to anger because the more I thought about it, the less shocking it became.

A year ago I sat in a court room w/ someone accused of a petty victimless crime…before that case was heard, we sat through a case in which a man was found with children’s underwear in his possession & child porn on his personal computer. To my surprise, the pervert got NO TIME. The judge sentenced him to some type of therapy…the person I was there with got 2 Years!

Does that seem odd to you? Would it matter if I said the person that I was there with was a Black male and that the pervert was actually a White male? I know some will be quick to say I’m pulling the race card and that those were revoked when Barack Obama was elected President, but I’m simply calling a Spade a Spade!
The Facts:
» 2,310,984 prisoners were held in federal or state prisons or in local jails

» 4,777 black male inmates per 100,000 black males held in state and federal prisons and local jails, compared to 1,760 Hispanic male inmates per 100,000 Hispanic males and 727 white male inmates per 100,000 white males.
Bureau of Justice Statistics June 30, 2008

» 1 in every 279 Black women is incarcerated compared with 1 in every 1,064 white women and one in every 658 Latinos.
—Pew Public Safety Performance Project “One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008″

» “Black female inmates outnumber white female inmates three to one, and their punishments don’t always fit their crimes.”
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Only an idiot would look at these numbers and not see the racial disparity. Lets be clear, Black people account for approximately 13.4% of the U.S. population. Why are so many Black people in jail? Black people do not commit more crimes than any other race! There is a racial bias in our legal/justice system. Denying it won’t fix it and neither will ignoring it. It is what it is, until we do something about it!

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

This has been on my mind for days! I have sought information on the Scott Sisters case. I read the trial transcripts. These ladies do not belong in jail! The state did not prove its case because it never had one to begin with… There was no physical evidence presented, no weapons, no credible witnesses, their defense was a disgrace, and justice was not served.

From what I’ve learned the Sheriff had a beef with the family (specifically the Scott sister’s father). The sisters had a cousin who was apparently an informant for the FBI. This cousin exposed a Sheriff’s illegal activities which apparently caused problems for the entire family. What happened to the cousin? I don’t know. But it seems like Internal Affairs would step in right? (or is that only on tv?)

Prior to the sisters being arrested for the alleged robbery, a restaurant in the area had been robbed. It is said that the restaurant owners were asked by officers of the law to say that the Scott sisters committed that robbery. The restaurant owners refused. Where are they? I don’t know, but it would be great if they surfaced.

It gets crazier… the 3 men that CONFESSED were told they’d get lighter sentences if they implicated the Scott sisters!

There are 3 affidavits that state the sisters had nothing to do with the alleged crime, yet these women sit in prison serving double life sentences.

There is so much more to this case. Concerned citizens can make a difference. I urge you to take and action and do something right now!

The Sisters are in need of a Mississippi Barred Attorney.

For More Info See:
http://freejamieandgladyscott.blogspot.com
http://wrongfulconvictions.ning.com/

Petition
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Free-Jamie-Gladys/index.html

Donations:
e-mail: TheWrongfulConviction (at) gmail.com
US Mail P.O. Box 389 Green Pond, SC 29446

Contact The Governor:
Gov. Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139
Jackson, Mississippi 39205

Trial Transcripts:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/10571890/Jamie-and-Gladys-Scott-Transcript


Day of Outrage Podcast:
For 14 years the case of Jamie & Gladys Scott has been suppressed by key so called “NEGRO” Leaders. We bout to tear the roof off these suckers !!! This is a story that will make you say Mississippi got DAMN !!! Join us as we hear from the mother of these 2 woman, Ms Evelyn Rasco, and a true warrior Sista , Nancy Lockhart. We are also hoping to have Dr Mustafa Ansari join in on the conversation.

I know this might ruffle a few feathers, but I can’t help but wonder if OJ Simpson got a fair trial in Nevada?  It’s ironic that the verdict comes 13 years to the exact day that he was acquitted. Did the jury of mainly women really consider the facts of this case or were they perhaps righting a perceived wrong from the past?

I wonder how he could have gotten a fair trial anywhere in this country when so many people believe he got away with murder.

Some folks will rest easy tonight knowing that OJ Simpson has finally been found guilty of something and now faces life in prison.

Guilty »First-degree kidnapping
Guilty »Robbery with use of a deadly weapon
Guilty »Burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon
Guilty »Coercion with use of a deadly weapon
Guilty »Assault with a deadly weapon
Guilty »Conspiracy to commit kidnapping
Guilty »Conspiracy to commit robbery
Guilty »Conspiracy to commit a crime

I don’t know what OJ Simpson is innocent or guilty of… but he’s clearly made some poor decisions over the years.

I guess he’ll have plenty of time to think about it…

I’m not surprised by the verdict, neither should he be for that matter.

Am I happy that he was found guilty?  No, I do not relish in the misfortune of others.

Am I angry or upset that OJ Simpson was found guilty?  No, Not really.
I just wonder if justice was really served is all…I just wonder if justice was blind…  In so many cases involving every day people, especially and mainly Black people, justice has not been served and was not blind… with that in mind I can’t help but wonder if justice was actually served in this case..

“Be The Change You Wish to See In the World.”

“Treat People the Way You Want to be Treated.”

The world would be such a better place of we took those quotes to heart…

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. It is one of four United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person.

King was the chief spokesman of the nonviolent civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated in 1968.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed in 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. —Wikipedia

In honor of the holiday we’re taking it back old school with this blast from the past. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Of course I signed the online petition in support of the Jena 6. I received the following email update from ColorOfChange.org:

Dear Marenda,

Thursday was a powerful day. From the thousands of people who packed the streets of Jena, to the thousands who took action all over the country, you stepped up as a community to show your support for the Jena 6 and their families. When we looked at the numbers at the end of the day, we were awed by your commitment. More than 1,250 of you said you were going to Jena. Even more inspiring was that you said you’d bring nearly 10,000 people with you, in cars, rented vans, and hired buses! 6,500 of you signed up to pass out flyers in your local communities; 200 of you held vigils and rallies; and you made 6,200 phone calls to Louisiana officials.

We started ColorOfChange.org after Hurricane Katrina to make sure the next time disaster struck our community, there would be an organized, strategic and loud response from Black America and our allies. Yesterday, you were organized, you were strategic, you were loud, and you made it clear that the disaster of Jim Crow justice occurring in Jena will not be allowed to stand.

Mychal’s bond hearing yesterday was a bitter disappointment. Judge Mauffray declined to release him, or to set any conditions for his release. It’s clear that the fight for justice is far from over, and that it will take more from each of us to ensure freedom for these 6 young men. Thankfully, our movement is now more than 350,000 people strong; and we know that our collective effort in the next weeks and months can make a major difference in how things unfold for these young men. We hope you are in it for the long haul and will continue to push forward and fight on behalf of our young men. We will continue to give you updates and meaningful ways to act on behalf of the Jena 6.

It continues to be our privilege to be part of such a strong and powerful community. Together, we will make a difference for these young men, and for justice in our world.

Thank You and Peace,

– James, Van, Gabriel, Clarissa, Mervyn, and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
September 22th, 2007

No matter what channel you turn to we are bombarded with the latest developments in the new bizarre OJ Simpson case. We are informed of the most intimate details of Britney Spears’ divorce and career troubles….but no news on what is going on concerning the Jena Six in Louisiana.

There are hundreds of bus caravans from all over the United States on the way to Louisiana as I type this. Thousands of people from all over the country are expected to participate in the March on Jena. I have yet to see any television coverage on The Jena Six case or on the Jena Six Peace and Justice March Rally to be held outside of LaSalle Parish Courthouse to the Alexandria Ampitheater.

The local news here has not mentioned anything about the vigils and rallies being held in cities around the nation. Is this case not news worthy? One would think that six black teens unjustly charged with attempted murder and thousands of outraged citizens caravaning to show support and demand justice would make the news.

Just as the Jena Six case shows that racism is still a factor in American culture, news coverage of this case shows how deep racism really goes.

I won’t be in Jena for the march but I will be wearing black. I will do what I can from where I am to speak up, stand up, and be heard. Since the news “don’t know, don’t show or care about whats going on in the hood” many are stepping up to keep people informed about what is really going on.

A coalition of civic groups has formed www.freethejena6.org as a standing central location, providing solutions for those who are seeking information with intent to take action.

Afrosphere Jena 6 Coalition Advisory Group:
Wayne Hicks electronicvillage.blogspot.com
D. Yobachi Boswell www.BlackPerspective.net
Francis Holland afrospear.jconserv.net
Daz Wilson purplezoe.blogspot.com

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Conviction overturned in racially charged case
Sept. 15: A Louisiana appeals court has overturned a conviction that could have sent a black teenager to prison.

“Although there will not be a court hearing, we still intend to have a major rally for the Jena Six and now hopefully Mychal Bell will join us,” Sharpton said in an e-mailed statement. (more...)