1) Contact Media:
Call and send e-mails, tweets, and letters to all media outlets. Go to the contact page of news websites and find contact info for journalists and editors. Search Twitter and send out direct messages and tweets. Search Facebook and send direct messages and post to their main page. Send the following information or write your own letters or choose a comprehensive article link covering the trial and sentencing. If possible, write your own article and submit it for publishing. I doubt that very many news outlets will cover this story unless lots of people bring this case to their attention! The Rev. Pinkney frame-up needs mass coverage now!
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Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland… now Berrien County, Michigan!
Civil rights leader framed by all-white court, packed jury!
Edward Pinkney sentenced on election fraud charges:
An all-white jury in St. Joseph, Michigan has found Rev. Edward Pinkney guilty of five felony counts of forgery stemming from a recall campaign against Mayor James Hightower of Benton Harbor earlier this year.
During the five day trial not one witness said they saw Pinkney change any dates or signatures on the recall petitions. The prosecutor, Mike Sepic, during the opening arguments on Oct. 27 told the jury that they would not hear anyone say that they witnessed the defendant engaging in fraud.
Legacy of Racism and National Oppression in Michigan:
FREE REV. EDWARD PINKNEY:
ALL WHITE JURY CONVICTS REV. PINKNEY OF 5 FELONY COUNTS–PROSECUTOR WANTS LIFE SENTENCE:
2) Comment on Anti-Pinkney Hit Pieces:
Please go to the anti-Pinkney hit pieces posted online and fight back against the slanders. Their account of Pinkney’s criminal record is grossly exaggerated. Their 12 “felonies” include 5 counts of forgery on recall petitions of from this trial, plus 4 forgery counts from previous recalls. Under actual Michigan law, these are all really misdemeanors. Pinkney was accused of embezzlement, but was not convicted. He does have one earlier conviction when he was in his twenties. This puts him in the company of Malcolm X, who was convicted and imprisoned for 6 years starting at age 20 for larceny and breaking and entering. Martin Luther King was prosecuted for felony tax evasion and perjury by Alabama. Marion Barry was entrapped by a task force. Cornell West has 20 arrests. Please go to these sites and refute the lies of the racists:
Heritage Foundation hit piece on Pinkney:
Here’s a particularly vile piece of slander from Jason Snead and Hans von Spakovsky:
Here’s a great, informative comment by Matthew D. Hoel:
I want anybody on this board to tell me how this was not a kangaroo trial.
1. Sheriff said to Berrien County Republicans “We got him!”
2. At least two Whirlpool lawyers were at the trial.
3. There was a racist juror on the jury.
4. Jurors were asked if they could convict with no evidence.
5. Jurors were told circumstantial evidence was as good as direct evidence.
Prosecutor Sepic told jury they would not hear any witnesses testifying to actual fraud.
6. Handwriting expert said there was no way to tell if Pinkney changed the signatures.
7. History of persecution against Pinkney (prior charges in 2007).
8. Unrelated appeal said election fraud charges were misdemeanors, not felonies.
9. Pinkney is always optimistic and cheerful. He does not hold any grudges or hate those who are persecuting him. He speaks like a man who has the moral high ground. He has been interviewed weekly by Webster Tarpley on the podcast “World Crisis Radio” for the last several months. He earnest attitude comes through in the interviews.
10. The jury was all white.
11. A white defendant received a misdemeanor conviction on similar charges.
12. A SWAT team was sent to arrest him on election fraud charges.
13. Gentrification of Benton Harbor is the goal.
http://www.bhbanco.org/search?q=whirlpool (Thurs., July 29th, 2010 entry)
14. One of the jurors lied in court to get on the jury. She had connections to the prosecution.
15. Prosecutor Sepic is protecting a friend of his guilty of embezzlement.
News articles leading up to the sentencing: