@HuffingtonPost loses mind, prints @AP BS re #FreeDavontaeSanford

Davontae Sanford

Hit Man Vincent Smothers Says He, Not An Imprisoned Teen, Is Responsible For 4 Murders

“This kid would not cooperate with me. When all else fails, blame the lawyer,” Slameka said. “I did everything I could do.”

via Hit Man Vincent Smothers Says He, Not An Imprisoned Teen, Is Responsible For 4 Murders.

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Too many journalists – with editorial (and legal) approval – abuse the clout of their closing sentence to sway public opinion. The sentence above is a glaring example of that abuse.

Years before “representing” developmentally delayed Davontae Sanford and advising him to plead guilty although innocent, Robert Slameka “represented” mentally challenged Eddie Joe Lloyd, whom he advised to plead guilty although innocent.

Eddie was DNA exonerated and awarded a generous settlement, the terms of which required Detroit police to videotape interrogations.

There are tapes of Davontae Sanford being coerced into confessing to the Runyon Street quadruple homicides, and there are tapes of Vincent Smother credibly confessing to the same crime, accurately telling police where one of the guns used was located. News organizations didn’t ask for them.

Either did Slameka, apparently.

If you think hell has no fury like a woman scorned, you don’t know many attorneys … Robert Slameka will remain venomous until the day he dies for being outed as incompetent slug twice over – first by DNA, then by a hit man.

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Legislated quotas make the obscene #PrisonIndustiralComplex obscenely rich

‘Profiting From Misery': Private Prison Corporations Driving Harsh Immigration Policies | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group, both notorious for human rights violations, dominate this rapidly growing industry, operating 72 percent of privately-operated ICE beds. This has brought the companies a windfall in profits: together they made nearly almost $478 million from ICE detentions in 2014 alone.

via ‘Profiting From Misery': Private Prison Corporations Driving Harsh Immigration Policies | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.

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Find out still more here.

Please sign and share this petition; help convince the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from the GEO Group.

Thank you.

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#WaPoGate: There is no duel; the kid’s still unarmed. #FreeDavontaeSanford

Davontae Sanford

A hit man, a teenager and a case of dueling confessions in a brutal murder – The Washington Post

Sanford had pleaded guilty to the crime just a month earlier. The high-schooler, who had an emotional disability and was known for making up elaborate stories, gave two confessions to the police in the hours after the Sept. 17, 2007, shootings on Runyon Street in Detroit. Neither police nor Detroit prosecutors saw reason to doubt the confessions, and Sanford’s lawyer encouraged him to take a plea bargain. Sanford was sentenced to four concurrent terms of 37 to 90 years in prison.

via A hit man, a teenager and a case of dueling confessions in a brutal murder – The Washington Post.

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Police had every reason to doubt 14-year-old Davontae Sanford’s confession, aside from his age and his developmental delay.

For starters, Davontae tested negative for gunshot residue. He misidentified the types of weapons used. He is blind in one eye, and likely couldn’t have made one kill shot without adult composure and years of practice, let alone four kill shots in rapid succession, with multiple weapons.

Both Detroit police and prosecutors knew that they hadn’t apprehended  a shooter. They played Davontae just as they’d played mentally-challenged Eddie Joe Llloyd years earlier on a rape/homicide.

Every attorney that financially benefitted from the settlement of Eddie’s exoneration compensation suit should have been up in arms the very minute that got wind of Vincent Smother’s confession, because the very same attorney that advised Davontae to falsely confess was the same bum that advised Eddie to falsely confess – Robert Slameka.

Part of Eddie Joe Lloyds’s successful lawsuit was a requirement that Detroit police videotape interrogations, which the New York Times noted in 2006, the year before Detroit police coerced a confession from Davontae:

“Detroit in this case has real symbolism to it,” said Barry C. Scheck, a lawyer who helped negotiate the new policy with the city on behalf of the family of the wrongfully imprisoned man, Eddie Joe Lloyd. “It sends a message to other police chiefs that even in the most difficult departments, this is something you can get done. That’s the significance of this.”

Seems that “message” was placed in a bottle, then tossed into the Detroit River, to made its way out to sea.

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Still missing, mourning The Internet’s Own Boy

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Thank you Austria, India and Singapore …

When my lowly blog gets an usual number of “hits” on controversial posts – as it has today – I am very grateful for visitors from far away. Again, my thanks!

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FL correctons officers seem confident of legislative failure to reform DoC

Getting Away With Murder

Key legislator wants prison inspector general fired | Naked Politics

The House and Senate have proposed separate bills that increase oversight at the agency. The Senate plan, SB 7020, proposes an independent oversight board with a small full-time staff while the House bill, HB 7131, create five regional boards, each staffed with DOC employees.

via Key legislator wants prison inspector general fired | Naked Politics.

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I posted a comment on the Miami Herald‘s article, “I have it firsthand that Florida corrections officers are back to fearlessly threatening inmates and denying medical treatment, which means that C.O.’s are completely confident in an ongoing legislative and executive failure to force the DoC – top down – into sane and humane behaviors. After listening to yesterday’s House Judicial Committee’s hearing on prison reform yesterday, I understand why they’re so confident.”

My guess is that the comment will get more attention from the House Judicial Committee than my emails to its members.

That quite obviously isn’t how things should be … the Senate Judicial Committee solicited emails from the public, read them, and wrote a better bill because of them.

From: Susan Chandler
Date: April 15, 2015 3:11:11 PM EDT
To: Charles.McBurney@myfloridahouse.gov, Kathleen.Passidomo@myfloridahouse.gov, David.Kerner@myfloridahouse.gov, Colleen.Burton@myfloridahouse.gov, Dwight.Dudley@myfloridahouse.gov, Jay.Fant@myfloridahouse.gov, Julio.Gonzalez@myfloridahouse.gov, Gayle.Harrell@myfloridahouse.gov, Larry.Metz@myfloridahouse.gov, Jared.Moskowitz@myfloridahouse.gov, Scott.Plakon@myfloridahouse.gov, Carlos.Trujillo@myfloridahouse.gov, John.Wood@myfloridahouse.gov, michelle.rehwinkel@myfloridahouse.gov, Jose.Rodriguez@myfloridahouse.gov
Subject: Abandon House Bill 7131; beef up Senate Bill 7020, get it on Rick Scott’s desk

Dear Members of the House Judiciary Committee,

I didn’t realize – until inmates’ relatives and reform advocates set me straight – that your committee came up with 7131 on its own. As you well know, Florida’s Senate put exponentially more time and effort into 7020 – including soliciting public electronic comment – and the content of their bill reflects their diligence.

I listened to your hearing yesterday, and it served only as a reminder that legislators customarily are not frank with themselves; they typically do not admit that their focus on fundraising skews the content of the bills they write, the nature of conversations they participate in, their statements to the media, and the votes they cast.

As regards prison reform, you must be frank with yourselves … your hands are getting bloodier by the moment.

There are thousands of Floridians that don’t belong in prison: 1) some corrections officers routinely write “bogus DR’s” – falsified Discipline Reports – to make inmates ineligible for parole, often with the Parole Board playing 60-second judge and jury, tacking on additional years to sentences; 2) known innocents, i.e.; Leo Schofield, Jeff Abramowski, Crosley Green, Gary Bennett, William “Tommy” Zeigler, Kris Maharaj, John Dobbs, etc., remain incarcerated because of Florida Bar Association-facilitated corruption in which all three branches of government are complicit; 3) mental illness has been criminalized, and so has epilepsy, which thousands of our Traumatic Brain Injured Vets now have; 4) mandatory minimums are designed to maximize profits of prison profiteers, who engineer (and openly celebrate) recidivism; 5) Florida’s failed to implement the legalization of medical marijuana, which has driven those with intractable pain – physical or mental – to illegal use of the medicinal herb, and subsequent arrest and incarceration; 6) nearly impossible rights restoration is keeping former inmates from reintegrating into society, fueling additional crimes, again delighting the Prison Industrial Complex with engineered recidivism; 7) inmates that are so elderly and/or physically frail that they pose no hazard to society are retained rather than released.

Because a significantly lower prison population would fund every necessary prison reform (including kicking profiteers to the curb); it falls to you to make sure that your prison reform bill includes: 1) identifying the corrections officers that write bogus DR’s, voiding their libels, charging them for their crimes, and rescheduling parole hearings for inmates that are eligible; 2) retroactively voiding the tax exemption of the Florida Bar Association (as California voided Blue Shield’s tax exemption) for its wanton embrace of conviction corruption that keeps innocents serving the time of armed robbers, child molesters, rapists and killers, as doing so would remind the Bar that addressing public attorneys’ misconduct is their SCOTUS assigned responsibility; 3) independently evaluating those who have mental illness and/or epilepsy (any injury sufficient to cause epilepsy can also cause PTSD) and facilitating the transfer of those that belong in medical treatment centers, not prison; 4) eliminating mandatory minimums, retroactively; allowing re-sentencing hearings with NO time bars; 5) legalizing medical marijuana immediately, not just for epilepsy, and with no ludicrous loopholes that favor Good Ole Boys, like the requirement that only growers in business for 30 years be allowed to participate; 6) restoring and streamlining Charlie Crist’s felon rights restoration process, making sure that inmates have as little reason to reoffend as possible; 7) compassionately releasing those who are too ill and/or elderly to pose any danger to society.

Corrections officers are now completely confident that Florida House Judiciary Committee will remain a roadblock to real reform, and are acting accordingly. One mother who contacted me this morning can’t stop throwing up because of what is being done to her son, whose untreated illness caused him to lose 100 pounds – so far. A mother I spoke with on Monday said that an officer’s physical threats against her son have started back up again.

You must surprise corrections officers and officials; you must abandon HB 7131 and strengthen SB 7020. If you don’t, you’ll continue to willfully rob Floridians blind, while killing their loved ones. And you will be called out on it.

Sincerely,

Susan Chandler

From: Susan Chandler
Date: April 12, 2015 5:37:20 PM EDT
To: Charles.McBurney@myfloridahouse.gov, Kathleen.Passidomo@myfloridahouse.gov, David.Kerner@myfloridahouse.gov, Colleen.Burton@myfloridahouse.gov, Dwight.Dudley@myfloridahouse.gov, Jay.Fant@myfloridahouse.gov, Julio.Gonzalez@myfloridahouse.gov, Gayle.Harrell@myfloridahouse.gov, Larry.Metz@myfloridahouse.gov, Jared.Moskowitz@myfloridahouse.gov, Scott.Plakon@myfloridahouse.gov, Carlos.Trujillo@myfloridahouse.gov, John.Wood@myfloridahouse.gov, michelle.rehwinkel@myfloridahouse.gov, Jose.Rodriguez@myfloridahouse.gov
Subject: Amend House Bill 7131; make it match Senate Bill 7020, get it on Rick Scott’s desk

Dear Members of the House Judiciary Committee,

I am writing to express my dismay over your committee’s revisions to the Senate’s prison reform bill.

Florida corrections personnel are getting away with abuse, neglect and even murder, and it must be stopped.

My clumsy little blog gets “hits” from all over the planet on posts about prison homicides like Darren Rainey and Randall Jordan-Aparo’s.The world is watching us, including U.N. torture rapporteur Juan Mendez [http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/16/the-u-s-won-t-let-the-u-n-look-at-prisons-to-investigate-solitary-confinement.html].

Please make House Bill 7131 match Senate Bill 7020 immediately, and get it on the governor’s desk as soon as possible. A failure to do so won’t just put a cloud on your conscience; it will soon put freshly spilled blood on your hands. What is predictable is preventable, ladies and gentlemen.

Sincerely,

Susan Chandler

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Gannett’s @freep ongoing efforts to keep an innocent incarcerated … #FreeDavontaeSanford

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Hit man claims credit for 2007 murders

An imprisoned hit man once again is trying to clear another man convicted in a 2007 quadruple murder in Detroit.

Vincent Smothers says it’s simple: Davontae Sanford couldn’t have shot and killed those people because Smothers did. Lawyers for Sanford filed a motion today in Wayne County Circuit Court that asks for a new trial.

via Hit man claims credit for 2007 murders.

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If the Detroit Free Press was interested in selling newspapers (like it was when I grew up in Detroit), from day one, it would have been hot on Vincent Smothers’ confession to being one of the shooters in the Runyon Street quadruple homicides … and never let up.

But Gannett’s Detroit Free Press is just like Gannett’s Florida Today and USA Today … there isn’t a single story regarding a maliciously prosecuted incarcerated innocent that they’re unwilling to underplay, or tell falsely.

In addition to being intellectually impaired, Davontae Sanford is blind in one eye, as the picture below suggests. That’s pretty damn significant, given that he allegedly managed to shoot four people, all by himself, with multiple weapons.

In his “confession,” Davontae didn’t get any of the details of the Runyon Street quadruple homicide correct, including the type of weapons that were used. He tested negative for gunshot residue.

Davontae wasn’t a shooter. Everyone knew it.

He never needed an innocence organization; he only needed a press that didn’t self-fetter, for fun and profit.

Logic suggests that the reason behind Gannett’s continual deceits regarding incarcerated innocents is that they want completely corrupt prosecutors to move up in the world and become completely corrupt judges, completely corrupt legislators, completely corrupt governors, etc.

Gannett can’t “play” anyone that’s ethical into helping them to gobble up more television stations and more newspapers. (That Gannett is allowed to publish military newspapers couldn’t possibly be more frightening.)

Gannett likely has big plans for shifty, shameless Kym Worthy. Or at least has convinced her that they do.

Because Gannett does what it does, with the help of Florida Today and USA Today, Brevard County, Florida frame-up specialist John Dean Moxley was able to remain a judge until age 70, when the law required he retire. Only three of those he helped frame are free … Juan Ramos, Wilton Dedge and William Dillon. Scores more – including Gary Bennett – remain framed. And that’s just a portion of Moxley’s misconduct. He was mentioned often in Glenda Carlin Busick’s Brevard Good Ole Boys: A Taxpayer Searches for Truth in the “Good Ole Boy” Network of County Government .

Because it’s easier to get blood out of a stone than it is to get the truth out of Gannett, and because Gannett is little different from other mega-merged media entities, it’s time for the Department of Justice to force the FCC and SEC to break up the media mega-mergers they’ve approved.

And because it’s also obvious that Republicans will block the nomination of any replacement, Eric Holder must withdraw his resignation and get to work on what matters most … the availability of justice. He must become the wrecking ball that the U.S. Supreme Court obliged the American Bar Association to be when it comes to malicious prosecutions. Right now.

Davontae Sanford is shown in a booking photo.

 

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