Davontae’s dilemma: Judge’s heart is harder than a Hit Man’s

Self-proclaimed “hit man” Vincent Smothers is trying very hard to free innocent young Davontae Sanford, without getting himself killed for stepping up …

From: Susan Chandler
Date: July 28, 2011 3:23:20 AM EDT
To: Bill Schuette <miag></miag>
Subject: False imprisonment of Davontae Sanford – Citizen Inquiry AG# 2010-0026914 

The Honorable Bill Schuette, Attorney General
State of Michigan
G. Mennen Williams Building, 7th Floor
Lansing, MI 48909

Dear Attorney General Shuette:

I am writing to again ask that you intervene in the persecution of Davonate Sanford.

According to the AP as reported in clickondetroit.com, Judge Brian Sullivan decided to disregard the testimony of Linda Borus – a state investigator – that confirmed what the police, prosecutors, judiciary, your predecessor and you already know … that Davontae Sanford’s confession was coerced; Vincent Smothers and another man committed the quadruple Runyon Street homicides that Davontae is serving time for.

As Smothers’ very reasonable fear in testifying publicly for Davontae is prison retribution for naming his accomplice in those homicides, please immediately find a way to grant Smothers the ability to admit to his role and exonerate Davontae without naming his accomplice.

Jailhouse informants – and I can name many – who provided coached, false testimony typically got “walks” or reduced sentences.  All Smothers has asked for is not to be forced to turn his prison sentence for admitted homicides into a death-by-other-inmate sentence for snitching.

That’s not a lot to ask.

It’s clear that Vincent Smothers cares about what happens to innocent young Davontae. Please make it clear that you do, too.


Susan Chandler


From: Susan Chandler
Date: July 11, 2011 7:33:34 PM EDT
To: Bill Schuette <miag></miag>
Cc: ASKDOJ <askdoj></askdoj>
Subject: False imprisonment of Davontae Sanford – Citizen Inquiry AG# 2010-0026914 

The Honorable Bill Schuette, Attorney General
State of Michigan
G. Mennen Williams Building, 7th Floor
Lansing, MI 48909

Dear Attorney General Schuette:

I am writing again to ask that you personally intervene in the ongoing persecution of Davontae Sanford.

Allowing a judge to ignore a client-authorized exception to attorney/client privilege does not serve justice; it instead furthers a four-year fraud on Michigan taxpayers.

I also ask you to personally intervene in Governor Rick Snyder’s lawlessness.  For all you know, you may be the next elected public servant whom Snyder deems too inefficient to retain elected office.

After it [all], it is fiscally irresponsible to incarcerate innocent young Davontae Sandford while guilty, self-proclaimed “hit man” Vincent Smothers is already behind bars and has named an accomplice who remains free to commit additional homicides.


Susan Chandler

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From: Susan Chandler
Date: January 6, 2011 2:26:50 PM EST
To: Bill Schuette <miag></miag>
Subject: False imprisonment of Davontae Sanford

Dear Attorney General Schuette:

Doubtless you are besieged by requests for assistance.  I can only hope that you anticipated that you would be and were prepared to hit the ground running.

Were you to search incoming emails to the Attorney General’s office, you would find my requests were ignored, and bear repeating:

Out of curiosity, 14-year-old Davontae Sanford approached police officers at a crime scene, in his pajamas.  That naïve act cost him his freedom.

Blind in one eye and developmentally disabled, Davontae was the unlikeliest of suspects for a quadruple homicide.  Just as mentally challenged Eddie Joe Lloyd had been tricked into confessing to a 1984 Detroit homicide, Davontae was tricked into confessing.  Although accused decades apart, the two shared a an embittered and ineffectual attorney, and both were convicted.

Mr. Lloyd was not exonerated until he had spent 17 years in prison.  He died shortly afterwards; harsh prison conditions had ruined his health (link below).

That should not be Davontae Sanford’s fate.  The facts are much clearer in his case.

Self-proclaimed “hit man” Vincent Smothers credibly confessed to the same crimes, along with eight others.  While Smothers is serving time for the eight homicides selected by Wayne County prosecutors to spare Detroit Police embarrassment, the other killer – whom Smothers named – walks free to make Detroit’s streets bloodier.

Davontae’s family believes that their prayers will free him.  I believe that if you are anything like your predecessor, Davontae doesn’t have a prayer, at least not for the next four years.  Please cut through Wayne County and Detroit politics to free Davontae and make sure that – on your watch – every civil servant fears framing innocents just to please the press.

Additionally, A. G. Cox did nothing to make sure that rape kit backlogs were rapidly cleared, the likeliest reason that the perpetrator has not been found for the homicide that Mr. Lloyd was framed for.

While it is important that invasive fish species do not enter the Great Lakes, it is my hope that you can multi-task and ethically address the corruption that keeps Davontae Sanford incarcerated and make sure that all crime scene forensic evidence is rapidly and accurately processed so that the real perpetrators can be found the first time, with no stand-ins.  There is no time to waste, Davontae has been transferred to an adult facility, and has few defenses to survive there.

Thank you for your time, I look forward to your response.


Susan Chandler



About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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5 Responses to Davontae’s dilemma: Judge’s heart is harder than a Hit Man’s

  1. I remember Davontae’s Story. I am sure many do. Especially those of us who see quickly and clearly that something is not right here. In Devontae’s story, what’s not right is the entire case that was falsely built against this Child. What message are we sending to the public? Don’t allow your curiouse children to leave the house in their pajams? No, that’s not it. The message I hear is this… There are a lot of people who are part of the Justice System, who want to put “your children” in jail. And by any means possible. Should they happen to have disabilitie”s such as Devontae’s, Who is blind in one eye and developmentaly disabled… This won’t matter, to jail they go! In Devontae’s Case like so many other children in prison, The Message Is Loud and Clear, Should the Justice system make mistakes, by accident and or on purpose, Request for Justice will be ignored.

    God Bless Our Children.

    • Oh I bet every Attorney General in the country receives bundles of request for justice. And I bet most request are justified.

      • Once upon a time in the very same state, legendary Attorney General Frank Kelley didn’t wait for me to write him even one letter about a judge overreaching his authority … an attorney from Kelley’s office showed up for every hearing, and the wayward judge did not prevail. That once upon a time was imperfect, too; the judge kept his robe. We won’t have equal justice until all civil immunities are overridden.

  2. Carol Torres says:

    This is so sad, I hope he get released. May god bless and protect Davontae.

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