“A nation that prides itself as having the best justice system in theworld should tolerate no room for corruption, lies and misconduct that sends an innocent child to prison for a crime he did not commit. Not even for a day, much less 37-90 years in prison.”
We no longer have the best justice system in the world.
We lost any claim to that distinction in 1976, when the U.S. Supreme Court awarded immunities to misconduct to prosecutors in Imbler v Pachtman, and Congress failed to counterstrike and restore absolutely equal justice.
Because Congress failed to act, the Justices made justice yet more unequal in 1977, granting immunities for misconduct to prosecutors’ supervisors. Since then, case law and legislated immunities have been piled on public servants like pancakes on a plate at a church breakfast.
The Justices recently removed all doubt of their intent to keep justice forever unequal in Connick v Thompson.
The FBI is mandated to investigate public corruption that affects trial outcomes, but busy themselves with matters that don’t involve life, death and freedom … outing David Petraeus’ extra-martial affair, busting dogfight rings, investigating trafficking in Native American artifacts so overzealously that more than one suspect commits suicide.
Diligence in investigating prosecutorial and supervisory misconduct by the FBI would have forced Congress to restore equal justice by whatever means necessary, including amending the Constitution to limit the U.S. Supreme Court’s powers to be elitist, self-serving twits … which would have spared us the Justice’s unscrupulous Citizens United money-is-free-speech decision.
The FBI was covering its own ass in ignoring courtroom corruption – frame-ups like Davontae Sanford’s remain buried along with forty years of faux FBI forensic expertise … Comparative Bullet Lead Analysis, scent evidence, hair and fiber analysis, who knows what else.
The Detroit Police knew they didn’t have the shooter in the Runyon Street quadruple homicide when they interrogated Davontae – they knew they instead had a half-blind, developmentally disabled 14-year-old they could coerce into confessing … the same way they coerced mentally-challenged Eddie Joe Lloyd into confessing many years earlier.
Eddie Joe Lloyd was DNA exonerated, and part of the terms of his settlement with the City of Detroit was that interrogations would be videotaped.
Only part of Davontae’s confession was videotaped. No surprise there.
What is a surprise is that self-professed Hit Man Vincent Smothers’ confession was taped in its entirety. The twelve homicides that Smothers confessed a role in exonerated Davontae, and it’s being ignored by police, prosecutors, appellate courts, two MI attorney generals, two MI governors … and of course, the FBI.
Smothers is fighting harder for Davontae’s freedom than any journalist.
Smell the real culprit yet? If you can’t pick up the scent trail, don’t borrow one of the FBI’s hounds.
Their dogs – demonstrably – don’t hunt.
The FBI knows that there are hundreds – if not thousands – of children who were coerced into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit.
Today is Davontae’s 20th birthday, and the best birthday present anyone could give him is to give their federal legislators absolute hell for failed oversight of the FBI and failed check-and-balance of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Don’t wring your hands, ring their phones off the hook.