2013 Optional Outcomes:Nature of the Beast Saturday, Dec 22 2012 

A War on Two Fronts: for national success, Jindal needs to protect his flank

By Lauren McGaughy and Bruce Alpert

If this year’s presidential campaign taught Americans anything, it’s that a strong start does not always denote a strong finish. “Time off” for those with national aspirations also does not exist, with candidates for 2016 already emerging.

Arguably, one of the first horses out of the gate is Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who, after Nov. 6, came out more strongly than any other possible 2016 Republican nominee in advocating for a major shift in party messaging, whether it’s touting his education overhaul at the Brookings Institution, shifting his stance on oral contraception or pushing a more moderate view of immigration policy than some of his GOP counterparts.

While the Republican loss may have dashed any hopes of a Jindal cabinet position — although he has said he was not interested in a cabinet position — in a Mitt Romney- Paul Ryan administration, Jindal’s pivot away from the GOP candidate and highly-calculated thrust into the national conversation has at least one outlet calling him “the truth teller.”

But as his national stature rises, Jindal must also contend with increasing public policy problems and political dissatisfaction at home. This includes a looming debt crisis and a Legislature increasingly upset over last-minute policies pushed through the 2012 legislative session.obamalandrieujindal

With three years for these problems to fester, many analysts and officials say that perhaps the best strategy for Jindal to follow is to get back home and shore up his defenses.

“I would rather him focus the next three years getting Louisiana back on track,” State Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie said. “I think that would do his national image a greater justice. There’s no better way to prove what you can do on the national level than doing it on the local level.”

It will be this challenge — framing his national persona while quashing increasing dissatisfaction with his policies at home — that will become his biggest challenge in the next four years.

The governor, who got his start in state politics early when he was appointed as head of hospitals at the age of 24, continues to deny his national ambitions.

In a recent telephone interview with NOLA.com, Jindal said, “Anybody that’s even talking about or thinking about running for president in 2016 should have their heads examined.”

Yet just recently, Jindal was among five Republican governors who approached billionaire casino magnate and top GOP financier Sheldon Adelson about possible financial backing — an unlikely move unless he was contemplating a national campaign.

Jindal’s possible candidacy comes as the GOP launches a soul-searching effort to figure out why the Romney-Ryan ticket was handily defeated by a Democratic incumbent amid a halting economic recovery.

A critical question for Republicans is how to win a bigger share of Hispanic, women and minority voters. Some believe Jindal, who was born to immigrant parents and went on to become a Rhodes Scholar before becoming governor of a highly conservative state, could provide a winning vision.

Jindal said the challenge facing the GOP is more than one of just style.

“This has to be more than just marketing or PR; this is not simply the same policies that got us to where we are today,” Jindal told NOLA.com.

At the same time, many of Jindal’s proposals will not exactly shock the party faithful. One that he cited specifically, school vouchers, has been a longtime conservative goal. Another, eliminating loopholes in the tax code as a means of lowering overall rates, has been supported by various groups over the years and was a prominent, if non-specific, part of the budget proposed by Ryan last year.

Notably, the governor is likely to still be able to point to accomplishments in both those areas if he does make a run for the White House as the legal battle over vouchers continues and the administration plans to attempt to overhaul the state’s tax code during the next legislative session.

Pressed about the difference between changes in rhetoric vs. changes in policy, Jindal Communications Director Kyle Plotkin suggested two additional areas where there may be some distance between the governor and mainstream conservatism: immigration and energy policy.

Jindal has publicly stated that the United States should increase legal immigration, a position that could put him at odds with some factions within the GOP. In addition, he has argued that energy issues cannot be solved by increased drilling alone.

Taking cues from Bill Clinton

While some think Jindal could take cues from George W. Bush’s successful shift from governor of Texas to president, analysts said he might want to follow the lead of another ex-governor — Bill Clinton.

Clinton’s 1992 move from the Arkansas state house to the White House came as he successfully transformed his Democratic Party from the liberal policies of the doomed 1988 nominee Michael Dukakis to one designed to appeal more to moderate voters.

The trick for Republicans, according to former Louisiana Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-Chackbay, is to become “less threatening” to minorities, women and young voters while retaining many of the party’s conservative elements important to the party base.

Clinton’s strategy — coming after the Democratic Party lost three successive presidential races — was to use his vice chair position on the Democratic Leadership Council in an attempt to reposition his party with more centrist polices.

“I think the Republicans, whether it’s Bobby Jindal or someone else, need to expand the Republican base, much as Clinton expanded the Democratic base,” said former Sen. John Breaux, D-La., who served in the DLC leadership with Clinton.

Jindal, with his strong conservative credentials, could also pull his party away from the right, where Romney, with his moderate background as governor of Massachusetts, was forced to take it.

“The (conservative) base will trust Jindal more because he has governed as a conservative in Louisiana,” said Tauzin, who helped advise both the George W. Bush and Rick Perry presidential campaigns.

That said, the path to the nomination isn’t going to be easy. In the seemingly never-ending 2012 GOP presidential race, there was a new front-runner every few weeks.

And with about three years left until the campaigns ratchet up for election season, Jindal has ample time to further build — or lose — his lead in the national narrative.

During that time, the Baton Rouge native will face multiple challenges at home, including a less amenable electorate and Legislature.

A Southern Media and Opinion Research poll released in October showed Jindal’s approval rating has plummeted since fall 2011, from 64 to 51 percent. The issues that engendered the most anger among those polled were those also causing grief among lawmakers — recent deep budget cuts.

Steep budget cuts, especially in the hospital and prison systems, and an education overhaul rammed through the Legislature, worried those polled as well as lawmakers.

And despite facing little successful opposition from legislators during his first years in office, all indications point toward a heated 2013 Legislative session, slated to begin in early April.

Larry Sabato, the director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said Jindal needs to worry how this local disaffection could affect his national image.

“Everything you do at home is seen in the context of your presidential candidacy,” Sabato said. “The usual criticism is amplified because the home folks feel neglected, and the national media picks up the noise and broadcasts it across the nation.”

The 2013 session will deal almost exclusively with fiscal policy. During the session, the two most pressing issues addressed will be the debt and tax reform.

Challenging the budgeting process

“We feel that this budget, the budget practices of the last several years, have run afoul of the Constitution. And not only that, it’s just bad fiscal policy,” said Rep. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge.

Talbot and 18 other members of the Louisiana House sent a letter to Attorney General Buddy Caldwell on Nov. 19, questioning the constitutionality of last year’s budget.

The issue will most likely go all the way to the state’s Supreme Court. The group who issues the complaint, who call themselves the Louisiana Budget Reform Campaign, are not the only legislators angry with the state’s debt.

Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, said she and other Democrats will also be outspoken on this issue, which she repeatedly called “the Gov. Jindal-created deficit.” She also said she’s been shocked by recent statements by Jindal that he’s a “man of the people” after tax cuts and exemptions have fueled the state’s current fiscal crisis.

Jindal’s top legislative agenda item next year, sweeping state tax reform, could also meet with opposition. But as details are scarce on actual policy, it’s hard to predict how the legislature will react.

But there are still large swaths of the legislature in support of Jindal. While fiscal-hawk conservatives and Democrats have made clear their displeasure, other Republicans say the problem is less with policy and more with procedure.

“They are unhappy with the methodology under which they do the budgeting process,” said state Sen. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie. “It’s really a battle of principle. I don’t think they’re mad at Jindal. They think [the administration’s] doing it in an improper way,”

Nonetheless, procedural problems could still plague Jindal next session, especially after an aspect of his much touted education overhaul was ruled unconstitutional earlier this month by a district judge. The Jindal administration has indicated it will appeal the ruling.

“I think the majority of the body going into this [legislative] session … is going to be a lot different,” said Stephen Ortego, D-Carencro, the youngest member at 28. “The one big thing is we’re not coming off of an election and we’re coming off a lack of trust, a lack of transparency. That’s become the white elephant in the room.”

Rep. John Bel Edwards echoed this sentiment, adding, “the problem is the vast majority of people in the Legislature believe that he is principally motivated by his own self ambition. That colors the prism through which we see all of his initiatives.”

He added many in Jindal’s own party “have grown weary of his extremism, grown wearing of the dictatorial manner in which he runs the governor’s office.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, once a front-runner among Republicans, also came under fire at home for being away from home during his ill-fated presidential run this season, but has now more or less returned to his previous popularity among Texas voters.

Perry also shared more power with other state elected officials, thus relieving him of some of the burden if policies fail.

“Neither he nor Bush ran while confronted by big problems of wide concern, like your budget shortfall,” said Bruce Buchanan, a political scientist at the University of Texas at Austin.

Breaux added both Clinton and Bush were popular at home before deciding to run for president. Although Jindal remains a formidable political force in Louisiana, any increasing challenges to his power could have national consequences.

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/12/jindals_presidential_ambitions.html

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To Be Continued:Unequal Justice & Indigent Defense in Louisiana Monday, Dec 6 2010 

The CONTINUED: UnEqual Justice in Louisiana.  Indigent Defense Case in 4th JDC-OCC maxed with pre-trial detainees-OPSO to sue police Jury. INJUSTICE-no end in sight. 

In the federal scheme of things.

June 05, 2011

Trial opens for ex-La. mayor snared in FBI sting

Michael KunzelmanA trial is scheduled to open Monday for a former Louisiana mayor charged with taking bribes from undercover FBI agents and a government operative who were posing as businessmen hawking a fictitious trash can cleaning product.

Former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson Jr., who lost his re-election bid last year, is one of several elected officials caught up in the sting operation. The first trial spawned by “Operation Blighted Officials” ended in March with a split verdict. Jurors convicted former White Castle Mayor Maurice Brown of corruption charges but acquitted his brother, Mario, the town’s police chief.

A key government witness for both trials is William Myles, a businessman who was hired by the FBI five years ago to work as an undercover operative.

During the Browns’ trial, Myles said he started working for the FBI in Connecticut in 2005 while he was working on a school contract and ran into corrupt local officials. Myles said his primary motivation for reporting the alleged corruption to the FBI was his hope that agents would help win leniency for his son, who was facing felony drug charges.

But the FBI ultimately recruited him to work full-time on other cases, including probes of Ponzi schemes and “national security matters,” Myles testified.

In Louisiana, the FBI enlisted him to portray a corrupt businessman promoting “Cifer 5000,” which was billed as a “conceptual product” that municipalities could use to clean residents’ trash cans. Although it was modeled after an existing product, the FBI invented Cifer 5000 as an excuse for Myles and undercover agents to approach elected officials suspected of being corrupt.

The agents went to elaborate lengths to back up Myles’ cover story: FBI Special Agent Maurice Hattier testified that agents created an electronic paper trail for a bogus government contract in Myles’ name and even encouraged a Connecticut newspaper called Inquiring News to publish a glowing profile of Myles.

The FBI also has spent more than $500,000 since 2006 to pay Myles’ $2,000 weekly salary and cover his expenses, including monthly $2,900 rent for a New Orleans condominium, lease payments for a BMW, a maid service, dry cleaning, meals and flights home to visit his family members, who weren’t allowed to visit him while he was undercover.

Prosecutors have said Myles needed the money to maintain his cover as a successful businessman, but the Browns’ attorneys tried to portray him as a greedy opportunist.

Mario Brown’s lawyer, John McLindon, said his client was accused of taking about $3,400 in cash and tickets to sporting events, while the government spent $5,000 on Myles’ dry cleaning alone.

“It just got a little carried away,” McLindon said in an interview Friday. “It’s an awful lot of money.”

The government’s initial target was St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace. The FBI launched its undercover prove in late 2007 or early 2008 after hearing allegations that Grace had solicited bribes from Houston and Baton Rouge businessmen.

The FBI dispatched Myles to introduce himself to Grace and pitch him on Cifer 5000. The undercover probe expanded to other targets when Grace identified other officials in his inner circle who may be willing to take payoffs in exchange for their support of the product, according to prosecutors.

“We felt that the undercover operation provided a means to fully explore Mayor Grace’s corruption and that of others around him,” Hattier testified.

Lawyers for the officials charged in the FBI probe have accused the government of selectively targeting black politicians, an allegation denied by prosecutors. Nelson, Grace, the Browns and others charged in Operation Blighted Officials are all black.

In a court filing, Nelson said he first met Myles at a golf outing connected to the National Conference of Black Mayors in June 2008. Several months later, Grace arranged for Myles and an undercover agent to meet him and other members of Grace’s “A team” in New Orleans so they could discuss Cifer 5000, prosecutors said.

Myles and the agent gave them free tickets to a Saints game, paid for their hotel rooms and gave Grace a $2,000 cash bribe to split with the other mayors, according to prosecutors. Nelson allegedly received $300 from Grace that night and subsequently took four cash bribes totaling $20,000 from Myles and an undercover agent.

Page Pate, one of Nelson’s attorneys, wouldn’t comment on the allegations against his client. But a court filing Friday by Nelson’s lawyers says they may employ an entrapment defense. The Browns’ attorneys also argued that the FBI entrapped their clients, a claim Myles rejected.

“We don’t go after somebody to make them commit a crime,” he testified. “The plan was, let’s see what he wants. Let’s see what he wants to do. And from that it evolves on its own.”

Darin McAllister, an undercover FBI agent who posed as a venture capitalist involved in the Cifer 5000 project, was convicted last year of unrelated wire fraud charges in Nashville, Tenn., and no longer works for the FBI. He isn’t expected to testify at Nelson’s trial.

Grace is scheduled to be tried in January 2012. A trial for two others, Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis and Port Allen Police Chief Fred Smith, is scheduled to start July 25. Former Port Allen City Councilman Johnny L. Johnson Sr. pleaded guilty last year to racketeering and bribery charges.

The Associated Press

3:10-cr-00099-RET-SCR USA v. Nelson Jury Trial for defendant Nelson

Jury
Trial in Courtroom 3 before Chief Judge Tyson
When
Mon Jun 6 9am – 10am Central Time
Where
Russell B. Long Federal Courthouse, Courtroom 3, 777 Florida Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Trial for New Roads former Mayor Tommy Nelson begins this day June 6, 2011. Nelson Memorandum Motion on Selective Prosecution of Black Elected Officials & the governments response LAMD. And, the Lousiana State NAACP September 2010 Resolution on Targetting Black Elected Officials.

Not only Nelson in New Roads, but Leslie Thomspon in Jonesboro on the stateside.  Add the recent conviction of two black city Councilmen in Monroe.  Plus the, focus being the Monroe Mayor in it’s originality and considering the federal systems imprisoning of former Senator Jones, on the “final basis” of a threat to society, based on a DWI arrest. Jones’ appeal-bond denied in part on DWI-Threat to Society, scenario!

All the while, Victoria Gosserand of New Roads is still free on the vehicular homicide of a young black woman 2 years ago.  Yet, the same US Atty in the Nelson affair has not sought to investigate his friends in Pointe Coupee, who originally suspiciously released Gosserand; of which matter Nelson spoke out on, and in after which an indictment was handed down!

FBI agent indicted in wire fraud scheme

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 10:32am

An FBI special agent based in Nashville faces a 19–count grand jury indictment filled with charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and swearing a false oath in bankruptcy.

A Davidson County grand jury indicted Special Agent Darin Lee McAllister, 44, of Brentwood on Wednesday, alleging that he devised a wire fraud scheme to bilk SunTrust Mortgage Co. Inc. out of $1.25 million connected to the purchase of rental properties in May and July 2006, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in East Tennessee.

The indictment also alleges McAllister schemed to defraud SunTrust Bank out of a $100,000 line of credit and made false statements regarding his bankruptcy petition.

In the indictment filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, McAllister is accused of falsely representing himself as the president of Judah Music and claiming he made $500,000 annually as such.

McAllister is credited as executive producer or production coordinator on a few of his wife’s — Judith Christie McAllister — gospel albums, including In His Presence: Live!, Raise the Praise, and Send Judah First.

Darin McAllister allegedly wired money from Atlanta, Ga., to an escrow account in Brentwood 15 times on May 26, 31 and July 27. The least amount of money transferred was $22,349.18 and the most was $123,117.54.

If convicted on all counts, Darin McAllister faces a total of 345 years in prison and $6.5 million in fines, as well as any court-ordered restitution, according to the release.

McAllister is set to appear June 9 in the U.S. District Court in Nashville, where he will be allowed to turn himself in to U.S. Marshals.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary S. Humble represents the United States

There is no choice about going to court on June 13, 2011 in the 4th JDC. If justice was truly, to be done, the District Attorney would have discussed this by now!

While the OPSO, is posturingly pimping impoverished prisoners for their own prosperity, the Federal prosecutors turn a blind eye to the continued “under the color-of-law” operations, in lieu of Justice.

Certain Negroes, have to be handled succinctly to make the others, understand. Full steam ahead, you un-chastisable illegitimate denigrates.  We hollering at the pain of your afflicting Oppression. God, hear in heaven!  Deal justly with these unsavory un-American Christians.

Aw-ite, SOMEBODY GON’ GET TIRED. No Justice! Justice is when the “wrongs” are balanced out by acts of God!! And YOU wonder.

We was always treated as an underclass. Now, America has to deal with an under-underclass.  Under the guise of  freedom, the closets have swung wide open and the depravity is prevalently predatory.

Mr. Boehner knows, he will need an encampment to protect, his grands from the present attacks on morality. WRONG is right!!  So, the racism of the RIGHT has assailed for so long, that God in Heaven has given us all, a lowdown dirty vulgar under-underclass to contend with.

As June 13 approaches, the judicial process in Louisiana is still abyssmal. Somebody might say, -it is all we got. Some say is better and improved. Where? Political prisoners in a defacto race-war, vis-a-vis the GOP, the Black Man and the Dixie-crats don’t still have a snowball chance in July in the nightmare called Louisiana. The Louisiana Governor and two other GOP governors, refuse to have anything to do with the Federal Healthcare offered by the current administration. It is in this climate the a Rep. Labruzzo of NOLA, introduced drug-testing legislation for FITAP recipients. It should be remembered that, the basis of the Palinist factionnistas is TAXES – The revolt is about paying taxes to help the coons.

THE EPITOME OF AN UNJUST NATION-Louisiana John Thompson and The United States Supreme Court Connick v. Thompson ~|~Ginsburg-JohnThompson

As preparations are ongoing to go to court in the 4th JDC in the criminal matter involving, Lee; the attorney for his alledged accomplice is about to be reported to the state bar & the disciplinary board. Whether something occurs to correct him is uncertain. As in other cases -Michael Cobb- attorneys and prosecutors have been reported to the appropriate agency in the state supreme court, yet nothing happened! ~We Shall See~

Post Civil Rights Traumatic Stress Syndrome:Jonesboro, Louisiana & New Roads!

BATTLE LINES BEING DRAWN in Jonesboro & New Roads, Louisiana

2011 March 28 – Come-ing up on the evolution of the factual trial in 4thJDC.
The unequal justice of the entire Louisiana Criminal & Civil Justice System is evidenced and played out in the 4th JDC. The first, PDO Attorney, was just a “stand-in” just to meet the requirement of the Law. Now, WE WILL NOT STAND FOR THE 4thJDC-IDB to lay this at the feet of the CURRENT ATTORNEY; who, at the last court date, still hadn’t recieve absolute documents of the former “stand-ins” non-assistance. Mr. Oliveaux is a mere cog in the wheel of injustice.

You got to know, that Ouachita Parish Sheriff Royce Toney is darn near under indictment.  But the biggest fiasco has yet to surface.  Quietly swept – in Richwood’s S. Monroe – a family was under attack by gangers.  Major Jason Pleasant had a prominent role in the ensuing occurences.  In fact, the fallout led to LSP being contacted & DOJ being advised.
A perps Uncle, took him in , in a central-Louisiana hub-city; and immediately the Uncle began to be repeatedly pull Over!!
After all this is STILL, America; we’re black and this just the way it goes? Evoluion of A Breakdown
The Post-trial Conviction of the Black Man-Barack Obama

The post-Trial conviction of black-folk and the Black Man in general is encroaching upon white-folk.  See, y’all don’t know this, but back yonder, a white-woman was seen as a minority.  In order to ex-out the black man, the dixiecrats made sure minorities were inserted.

So, that when the CongressWoman spoke spectacularly for the lumpen proletariat; hierarchy of the ‘RIGHT-WING NEO-CON KLANISH OATHKEEPER-BIRTHER aka Tpartier’s sent out one of its lower echelon minions to extract blood.

Rep. Jones tapped to chair La. House Judiciary Committee

December 22, 2010

Gannett Capital Bureau

BATON ROUGE — State Rep. Rosalind Jones, D-Monroe, has been selected to chair the House Judiciary Committee.

The Samone Effect – D’Adria left here the other day.  The same day an 87 year old departed in another rural area of northeast Louisiana. But the thing about the Samone Effect is that, enablers participated in her demise.  The systems, which are suppose to deal with these matters, have not; in this case.

The state of Louisiana is prosecuting two twenty year-old, defendants in an armed robbery of a convenience store, on US 165 South in S. Monroe, Louisiana. Unequaled Justice is allowing defendant Benjamin Ware to consistently, manipulate the system to his advantage.  And while trial testimony in New Orleans steadily indicts the inefficiency of a rabid Law Enforcement apparatus,  in North Louisiana the “law” is flexing its proverbial muscle to consistently maintain the darkness.  I thought it strange, when the Sheriff leaned into his conversation with his weapon on his hip, while speaking to two middled-aged american born women.

It was obvious, the women were thoroughly intimidated.   It is a further shame, when the D.A., refuses to talk to relatives of defendants  concerning, intervention.

However, every form of ‘break’, ‘intervening’ and exception will be afforded the Ouachita Sheriff.  And we have the nerve to be disturbed, when the lumpen proletariat have no respect for the law, the courts or this present world system.  We shall, indeed reap what we have sown!

Factually stated the law enforcement hierarchy in Monroe, Louisiana and Ouachita Parish is in crisis.  The Police Chief retired under pressure from “secretly recording” conversations with the Mayor.

Now, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff is under less than auspicious consternation after a divorce suit was filed, nameing him as the cause of a marital breakup.  Previously, upheaval was causing concern as a new facility in W. Monroe, was to be started involving inmates being housed in the former school.  The Sheriff bought the facility without proper procedure.

In an earlier incident, the building of housing for inmates, was suspect because of bid law; of which may or may not have been violated.  Yet there was no formal investigation or public inquiry.  Because of prior events, we expect not that the La. AG will intervene, request a grand jury or otherwise seek to judiciously excise the matter.

An Now comes, to bear the United States Western District, US Attorney’s Office.  Which, itself has not pursued or opted to investigate, or contacted and called in the DOJ’s public integrity division of  DOJ’s Civil Rights Section, Criminal Division.  At such is to be expected, considering the ongoing federal-state case involving Benjamin Ware, a felon convicted prior to his current status, and who plead guilty on the charges of “possession of a firearm while in commission of a robbery”.

Since, the plea Ware has opted for Sanity evaluation, and of this date has been given an order to avoid his Dec 6, 2010 [Today] sentencing.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
MONROE DIVISION
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CRIMINAL NO. 09-00200
VERSUS JUDGE ROBERT G. JAMES
BENJAMIN WARE MAG. JUDGE KAREN HAYES
ORDER
Upon consideration,
IT IS ORDERED that Defendant’s Motion to Continue Sentencing Hearing [Doc. No. 50]
is GRANTED. Defendant’s sentencing hearing is RE-SET for February 7, 2011, at 1:30 P.M.
Monroe, Louisiana, this 29th day of November, 2010.

JUDGE ROBERT G. JAMES

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
MONROE DIVISION
______________________________________________________________________________
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA : CRIMINAL NUMBER: 09-00200
VERSUS : JUDGE JAMES
BENJAMIN WARE : MAGISTRATE HAYES
_____________________________________________________________________________
MOTION TO CONTINUE SENTENCING HEARING
NOW INTO COURT, through undersigned counsel, comes BENJAMIN WARE, made defendant herein, who respectfully represents:
1.
Defendant is set for sentencing on December 6, 2010.
2.
Counsel for the Defendant has been evaluated as previously ordered by the Court and a report has been prepared. A copy of the report has been provided to Counsel and he has spoken to the parties who evaluated the Defendant.
3.
Nonetheless, Defendant has not yet returned to the custody of the Monroe Division and Counsel has been advised by the Marshall’s Office that no such firm date can be provided.
4.
Counsel and Defendant have not yet had an opportunity to meet and discuss the outcome of the report and what motions may be appropriate, if any, in regard to the results thereof.
5.
Counsel for the Defendant has NOT spoken with AUSA Walker regarding this measure, and Case 3:09-cr-00200-RGJ-KLH Document 50 Filed 11/24/10

must therefore assume she has opposition to continue the sentencing.
WHEREFORE, BENJAMIN WARE, prays that the sentencing in this matter be continued.
Respectfully submitted by:
WALTER M. CALDWELL IV
CJA PANEL; Appointed Counsel for BENJAMIN WARE
4007 White’s Ferry Road, Suite B
West Monroe, Louisiana 71291
(318) 396-0540 FAX : (318) 396-0292
s/ Walter M. Caldwell, IV
BY: Walter M. Caldwell, IV, LSBA NO. 22289
ATTORNEY FOR DEFENDANT
CERTIFICATE
I HEREBY CERTIFY that a copy of the foregoing motion has been forwarded by electronic notice to CRISTINA WALKER, Assistant U.S. Attorney, 300 Fannin Street, 3rd Floor, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101, this August 25, 2010.
s/ Walter M. Caldwell, IV
WALTER M. CALDWELL, IV
Case 3:09-cr-00200-RGJ-KLH Document 50 Filed 11/24/10 Page 2 of 2 PageID #: 139

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
MONROE DIVISION
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CR. ACTION NO. 08-00023
VERSUS JUDGE ROBERT G. JAMES
CHARLES D. JONES MAG. JUDGE KAREN L. HAYES
ORDER
Upon consideration,
IT IS ORDERED that Defendant’s Motion to Continue Sentencing Date [Doc. No. 126] is
GRANTED. The sentencing hearing, currently set on December 6, 2010, is CONTINUE AND RESET
on January 5, 2011, at 1:30 P.M. Sentencing memoranda must be filed no later than December
22, 2010. Any responses to the opposing party’s sentencing memorandum are due no later than
December 29, 2010.
MONROE, LOUISIANA, this 19th day of November, 2010

JAPA Initiative IAM,Inc.

Praise Pathway Project

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Sheriff’s office investigating death of young woman

By Zack Southwell • zsouthwell@monroe.gannett.com • December 6, 2010

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a young woman whose body was found in a Ouachita Parish home on Monday.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Maj. Jason Pleasant said investigators were called to a residence on Love Drive about a body inside a home.

“We went out and took some statements,” Pleasant said. “We plan on going back out in the morning and get some more information.”

Pleasant said the woman, whose identity was not given, appeared to be around 23 years old. He said her body was sent to Little Rock, Ark., for an autopsy.

“We look forward to getting back the preliminary results of the autopsy to help with our investigation,” Pleasant said.

No other information was available late Monday.

Ongoing investigation into woman’s death

By Zack Southwell • zsouthwell@monroe.gannett.com • December 10, 2010

Ouachita Parish deputies continue to investigate the discovery of a woman’s body in a house on Love Drive.

Maj. Jason Pleasant said the woman, whose identity has not been released, was found dead in the home this Monday. He said Tuesday there was nothing to indicate foul play was involved in the death of the woman.

The body of the woman, 23, was sent to Little Rock, Ark., for an autopsy.

“We will need those (autopsy) results before we can continue,” Pleasant said. “The results give us critical information that will help with our investigation.”

Pleasant said investigators need legitimate physical evidence to confirm the testimony of witnesses.

Sheriff’s office investigating death of young woman

By Zack Southwell • zsouthwell@monroe.gannett.com • December 7, 2010

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a young woman whose body was found in a Ouachita Parish home on Monday.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Maj. Jason Pleasant said investigators were called to a residence on Love Drive about a body inside a home.

“We went out and took some statements,” Pleasant said. “We plan on going back out in the morning and get some more information.”

Pleasant said the woman, whose identity was not given, appeared to be around 23 years old. He said her body was sent to Little Rock, Ark., for an autopsy.

“We look forward to getting back the preliminary results of the autopsy to help with our investigation,” Pleasant said.

No other information was available late Monday.

Why Lee must be freed! Thursday, Jun 4 2009 

22 October 2010

Who will stand up for justice & righteousness? This Report elucidates the problems of the Public Defender Office in Calcasieu Parish’s 14th JDC outlines similar problems in the 4th JDC and no doubt in many more, statewide.

As we await justice being served, it is strange that in the Winn Parish instance & the Ouachita instance, federal cases are predominantly in the mix.  Ware in 4th JDC is utilizing the federal system to his delaying advantage.  Nugent in 8thJDC has effectively nuance himself into an advantgeous position with Taser International’s Attorney Glass.   However, again; the LAWD US Atty Stephanie Finley is in a position in both cases to act decisively in the truer interest of Justice.   Whatever, these outcomes may be, at some point justice advocates will speak, publicly & vociferously about these matters.   The civil rights in the 4th JDC are being violated.  It is no doubt, criminal Civil Rights violations took place in death of Pikes (Collins). But it always is so that, the system has to be pushed in to doing what it should as a matter of course.

http://www.wxvt.com/Global/story.asp?S=13368598

Testimony begins in trial of officer accused of Tasing a handcuffed inmate to death

Associated Press – October 21, 2010 10:24 PM ET

WINNFIELD, La. (AP) – In afternoon testimony at the manslaughter trial of a former Winnfield Police officer accused of shocking a handcuffed prisoner to death, prosecutors played a recording of the officer’s statement given to state police investigators.

In Scott Nugent’s statement, he says he warned 21-year-old Baron Pikes Jr. repeatedly before he actually used his Taser. Prosecutors say Pikes was shocked nine times in 14 minutes, nine seconds. The defense says Pikes was shocked eight times with a voltage that was not enough to kill Pikes.

Nugent says Pikes did not talk of pain or complain about any condition until he suddenly told the officers he had taken illegal drugs and had asthma. An autopsy later found no trace of drugs in Pikes’ system.

Nugent says his police training indicated that shocking with a Taser was the proper response to a prisoner who wouldn’t comply with orders. Earlier prosecutors said Pikes used what was described as “passive resistance,” refusing to get off the ground and into the police car, and later to get out of the car. District Attorney Chris Nevils says Nugent would then stun Pikes using a technique called “drive stun,” in which the probes from the Taser are not discharged, but the gun instead is pressed against the person “to drive someone somewhere.”

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Who can make a difference

21 October 2010

An indictment on the efficacy of Judicial Process in Louisiana.

Well, the Conclusion to this journal of events involving the jurisprudence of the Indigent Defense system, the federal system, the state and its efficacy in the case of Lee is just about to turn a corner, so to speak.  Where really is Benjamin B. Ware?  Why has the Western District yet to sentence him? In the interest of Justice, will justice be served?  When the Defender Office is using “place holder defenders” as it did with Attorney Oliveaux is this judicial process in its most efficient state?

The federal offender Benjamin Ware was scheduled to be sentenced October 4, 2010.  No record of sentencing is on the Western District’s site for Press Releases.  However, the prosecution is attempting to get the state defendants to roll-over on one another.

Ben Ware used the boys, he manipulated and catapulted them into some thing they had no idea, about. Yet continually, the government has allowed this assailant to “frustrate justice” at the expense of the unlearned.

In the matter of Why Lee Must Be Freed?! The federal client is scheduled to appear on 7Sept in Western District.  The state defendant Lee is scheduled to appear in state court Sept 8, 2010.

31 August 2010
It is without doubt, the ramifications of the judicial process which is causing the delay in Winnfield’s Taser trial.  An attorney with Taser International is a counsel of record in the criminal case.  There is a federal civil case ongoing, also.  It is peculiarly so, much so; that the state has had to intervene in the discovery of the federal civil suit.
Enemies of the State!

17August 2010
InJusticide

It has become increasingly evident, that the real enemies of the state are those who are supposed to be the protectors of the ideals and doctrines that make our society a cohesed unit.  But in fact, when the state in its many forms orchestrate’s upheaval and discord on every level as a “general order” standing in all facets of governance.  In the legislative sectors – both nationally & state, are consistently debating issues of division and derision.

It has come to the attention of activist, in some locales and possibly in others across the country that gang-related retributions & retaliations have been orchestrated by law-enforcement themselves.

*–* In no way does Commonwealth condone illegal acts of any kind, perpetrated  on any of the World’s Citizens. Whether it is robbery, murder, burglary, mayhem or any other crime against an individual as in assault of any kind, and of any age or gender.*_*

When locally, law-enforcement, situates there reports in such a manner that retaliations against “criminal-partner’s” families are accomplished and no public service is given to the “perpertrators of crime” families; a further decrease in confidence in the state is evolved; steadily.  When, state legislatures, commit to surveil the justice system and does not; it becomes an enemy to the state.  Because, it will not do its job, the legislature of a state in effect, becomes an enemy of the state.  When Attorney’s Generals cease to clarify actions on issues involving the security of a state’s citizenry, it becomes an enemy of the state.

When police officers kill citizenry and local jurisdictions settle with families for any sum, let lone a mere 150k; and no criminal action is taken; especially so when the federal arm of justice, the state arm of justice & any other arm of justice: delay, forego, refuse to litigate & thusly inform the public of it’s legal intent; they themselves become enemies of the state.  Why?  Because the methods applied cause mistrust & distrust to increase.   And then, who do the masses apply to for assistance in their plight?  Fear ensues.  Death leads to death.

20 July 2010::Preparing to post “Enemies of the State”; a strong message exposing the powers that be, at work, right in the open; & in your face.

18 June 2010June 2010 Effective Assistance of Counsel 15th JDC Report

| Amended Lake Charles [State] Complaint
This is Why. The entire system needs to be shutdown. Every one is “smoked over” by the oil on the gulf. Louisiana especially, with efforts on to call an Article 5 US Constitutional Convention; which is conservative backlash against the POTUS.   Lee’s next court date is on 19 July 2010.  If the defender system is in such “near collapse”, an intervening apparatus should be put in effect ending all proceedings and releasing all defendants, presently awaiting trial.  It is a fact, that as in the La.15th IDO this defendant had “a place holder” defender.  Motions were not filed expeditiously and on several occasions he [the public defender] was not in court, when he should have been.

About Janell Monae: This artist begins the current generation’s push for change in the system.  The theme of her music is, the ruling class subjugating the masses. The “ArchAndroid” seeks the “freedom” of the underclass.  Set, to the 1927 silent film “Metropolis” a refrain declares “. ..‘your freedom is in a bind’.


16June2010 –So ultra-‘Melancholy’. 7.0 in Indonesia with 6.4 aftershock; oil on the Gulf. Change is relative. Judicial Process still heaving as lightning strikes ‘horizon-containment vessel’-began oil burn! Intervention Needed!!

4 March 2010-A new attorney has been placed on Lee’s case.  A new court date of March 22nd has been scheduled.  The last time Lee was in court, was March 1st.  Federal charges against a co-defendant has be-labored the states prosecution.  The victim in the armed robbery identified the federal defendant as the shooter in the incident.  A witness, and surveillance video identify the two individuals, that entered the store.  Lee is not identified as entering the store.

9 Nov 2009 – A preliminary examination was re-scheduled for 4 Jan 2010. The prosecutor was recovering from giving birth. The detective was involved in an accident that required hospitalization. Lee turned 20-yoa in OCC in late October.

Where do we go from here?! -Email- – relative to intervening on the present system. Someone has to make the sacrifice on behalf of the speechless.  This is Louisiana.

The lawsuit that changed it all-REOPENED in 19thJDC
3rd official admits guilt
By JOE GYAN JR.
Advocate staff writer
Published: Nov 3, 2009
The longtime chief investigator for the local Public Defender’s Office admitted Monday to bribing a senior city prosecutor and other court officials to fix criminal and traffic cases in City Court and state District Court in Baton Rouge. Public Defense statewide should go on alert.  Especially so, since Jean Faria has admitted state public defense is still under-funded.  *Since, the La. AG is the de-facto defense attorney for state agencies, intervention is necessitated in the federal level.

3Nov2009-Several Court appearances have been docketed for Lee, since the 2Aug post. On August 19th from the OCC @ 9am via closed circuit.  On October 12th @ 9am, which was put-off to November 9th.  The attorney-of-record, a public defender, was in 4th District Court in Morehouse. In late October Lee was re-booked on a battery charge.  *Whatever the outcome of the original charges, now additional charges must be dealt with.

Ramifications?
Lee was attacked the last week of July by an inmate who has been incarcerated since January 2008, according to the inmate’s affadavit of pc. As of then, Lee had spoke with the court-appointed attorney only once- July 8th.

At the end of last week, Assistant District Attorney Mike Ruddick, who keeps up with the numbers, said pretrial detainees numbered 541. Of that number, only 51 inmates had been there for 11 months or more. Of that number, 36 are awaiting trials while the remainder have been found incompetent to proceed and are awaiting open beds at East Feliciana Forensic facility at Jackson.

4thJDC2Aug09
Lee is held currently in Ouachita Correctional Center, near Monroe, Louisiana.

A Public Defender has been assigned to Lee. However, as of today’s date June 16th 2009, that person assigned to assist Lee in his defense, has not talked with Lee. This is the norm! It was the norm in 2001 and it is the norm in 2009. Since the alledged reforms of the indigent defense apparatus in Louisiana; still, defendants wait. Lee’s next court date is 1 July 2009.  “What avenues must be pursued to access justice. Is it justice in play, when such a scenario as this can occur at this day and time. Still there must be a ‘revamping of the judicial process’ in Louisiana & America. How is ‘justice prevailing’ in a system such as this?” We shall see who will step in.

Will Lee receive ADEQUATE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL in the Criminal Justice System? Was there a set-up involved, seeing that the forty-two year-old suspect is attempting to lessen his penalty? Federal agents have questioned 19 year-old Lee!

Media intensity?-Why?

Media intensity?-Why?

Lee was apprehended on the morning of May 8, 2009 with two individuals at a convenience store on US 165 South/MLK,Jr. Blvd in South Monroe. The affadavit of pc concerning Lee declares to the police, that he knew nothing of what the other two men with him had in mind.

Lee was the driver of the vehicle. The affadavit of probable cause cites video surveillance of the two suspects in the store. That video does not include Lee.

Was Lee a victim of circumstance? Did Lee drive away from the scene in fear of his life? Lee states under Miranda his not taking part in the robbery.

Lee, did not conspire with the other two men to commit armed robbery or any other crime. Lee went to S. Monroe to go clubbing. The nightclub FACES is directly across the four lane from the convenience store.

Will Lee be afforded – equal protection under the law – in the Indigent Defense System of Louisiana. Oh yes, the look on Lee’s face? The camera was hounding for his mug. Why?

Lee may be guilty of something, but it is not armed robbery -use of a firearm; or criminal conspiracy. And that’s final.
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News Story update June 23, 2009 | By Matthew Hamilton • mhamilton@monroe.gannett.com • May 14, 2009
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A Bastrop man charged with the armed robbery of a Shell gas station last week is a suspect in a string of armed robberies from Louisiana to the Arkansas line.

Maj. Don Bartley said Monroe police charged 43-year-old Benjamin B. Ware on Wednesday with the armed robbery of the Circle K convenience store at 1407 Sterlington Road. Bartley said a man came into the store May 5 with his face covered with a towel and brandished a black pistol. He demanded money and took an undetermined amount of cash.

The robbery victim later identified Ware in a photo lineup, and a search of Ware’s house revealed clothing identical to the suspect’s clothes in the store’s video surveillance, Bartley said.

Ware was already booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center in connection with an armed robbery that occurred at a Shell gas station near Wossman on Friday. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, armed robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit armed robbery when he was taken into custody.

Two other suspects were charged in the Friday robbery.

Ware may face still more charges as police departments in Bastrop and Crossett, Ark. investigate his involvement in other robberies.
Capt. Curtis Stephenson with the Bastrop police confirmed Ware is a person of interest in two armed robberies and a failed armed robbery that occurred last week.

On May 6, an armed robber struck the Check Into Cash payday loan center on 933 E Madison Ave., in Bastrop. On the same day, an armed robber took an undetermined amount of money from the EZ Mart convenience store on 1231 N. Washington St., Bastrop.

The day before, a gunman walked into the Shoe Show store at 2031 E. Madison Ave., Bastrop, but the store clerk left before the gunman could demand money, according to Stephenson.

He said the spate of robberies was unprecedented during his time with Bastrop police.

“We’ve never had anything like that happen here in that short a period of time,” Stephenson said.
Crossett Police Investigator Shelbi Hughes said Ware is the lead suspect in an armed robbery in the southern Arkansas town.
Hughes said an armed robber took money from the Factory Connection around 5:42 p.m. on May 7.
She said she soon expects to charge Ware with the armed robbery.
“We still have to do a few more things, but that’s where we’re headed,” Hughes said.

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May 8, 2009
Three from Bastrop arrested in connection with armed robbery at Wossman Shell
By Johnny Gunter
jgunter@thenewsstar.com
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Three Bastrop residents were arrested in connection with an armed robbery early Friday morning.

One of them is accused of attempted first-degree murder after the convenience store attendant was shot in the leg because he couldn’t open the store’s safe.

Benjamin B. Ware, 43, was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, armed robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Two others arrested for armed robbery and criminal conspiracy are Lee A. XXXXXXX, 19, and XXXXXXX E. XXXXXXXXX, 22. No bond had been set Friday.

Police received a call at 3:45 a.m. from the Wossman Shell convenience store at 1601 U.S. 165 South and a witness provided a description of the suspects and the pickup truck they were using that had temporary tags.

Maj. Don Bartley said the vehicle was stopped on U.S. 165 North headed toward Bastrop at the Brookshire’s grocery store where the three were apprehended. “Two guns and the money were recovered and other items tying them to the robbery,” Bartley said.

Bartley said the victim was carried to St. Francis Medical Center “where he appeared to be OK.” The victim’s name was not released.

6 Feet of Water in Evangeline-Marcus Jason Saturday, May 31 2008 

8 May 2009

An appellate court has overturned a man’s conviction on a terrorizing charge that stemmed from a March 2007 fight at a basketball tournament in Mamou.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeal reversed Marcus James Jason’s conviction and vacated his sentence citing the state’s failure to prove certain elements of the crime. A state judge initially sentenced Jason in August 2008 to serve 10 years at hard labor with three years suspended on the terrorizing conviction.

According to court records, Marcus Jason attacked Michael Fontenot, a coach of the Sacred Heart Elementary School’s 10-year-old boys’ basketball team. Records show the attack came without any apparent provocation.

Injustice is in the eye of the beholder.  Today, in Evangeline Parish Court a Black man – [facing 20 years]- was convicted of crimes of violence.  Court documents say the convicted man came to a school and beat a white man, for what some would say was for no reason at all.  Convicted on terrorism charges, the public still awaits the finding’s on NOOSE’S HUNG ON TWO BLACK Church Doors, only weeks before the trial began.   One of the jurors, a black woman was a relative to one of the Church’s Pastor, where a Noose was hung!
Nooses Placed Outside Church
The jury consisted of the lone black woman & all others were white.

The above video, by a white minstry, exemplifies the mentality that exists in this part of Evangeline Parish.  As for the Nooses which were hung on two black churches near Bayou Chicot, an unincorporated area of the parish.  The Sheriff stated to news media he had idea’s of whom the culprits were, that hung the nooses.  In the meanwhile Marcus Jason was convicted, today Friday May 30th 2008.  As Jason has stated on numerous occassions to many,  an Evangeline Parish School employee pyschologically injured his son in an incident during school.  [The boy was physically, manhandled & molestedly injured.]

Reports have it that the same-[coach]- teacher, has “put his hands on” other children, but the school system as of this day, have yet to deal appropriately with the “parish school’s employee”.  Other parents have written statements, notarized as to the situation with the-[coach]- teacher. 

As it was in Jena – it is in Evangeline Parish Courts – UNEQUAL JUSTICE!! – White men can mistreat black children and get a way with it.   In fact, individuals who protested in Jena have been to Ville Platte, protesting at the Ville Platte Police Department.  New York’s King Downing of the ACLU & Raymond Brown of New Orleans, both were in Jena and have been to Ville Platte, the parish seat.  King Downing was, in fact observing in Jena on the day of Marcus Jason’s conviction, as attorneys for 5 of the Jena Six sought to have Judge J. P. Mauffray recused.  It should also be known that, George Fisher was also in Jena the day of Jason’s conviction and immediate incarceration.  Black women in Ville Platte, were weeping into the midnight, by some reports.  A $175,000.00  post conviction bond has been placed on Jason. 

This situation is further entangled with the recent protest against the Ville Platte P.D., the Chief of Police is black.  However, on this week a ministerial group came out in support of the Chief.  The main proponent of the ministerial group, a black pastor, is related to the lone black juror & to one of the pastor’s of a church where the noose’s were hung! 

The story has it that Jason and his brother had went to the school to see his daughter play in a sports event.  The-[coach]- teacher, who had “acted inappropriately” with Marcus Jason’s son, was there, and smirked an aggravating grin at Jason.  A fight ensued, between the two men.  Others became involved including Jason’s brother; who is doing time for his role.  The white men sued for injuries and now both brothers are locked away.  In a Rotary Club meeting, it was stated that the ” Department of Justice” – federal authorities – didn’t want another Jena!!  Jena is not finshed yet, as recent court proceedings attest  and here, before State Representative Hardy’s Noose bill, can barely become effective, we have all the makings of another Jena!!  Again, the quesition is about the unequality of justice!!

According to parish authorities, the US Attorney has already been to Bayou Chicot.  The Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service is aware of the Bayou Chicot Noose’s  and a black man has been convicted of beating a white man, on what some would say was Confederate Memorial Day.

The Travesty that is Mychal Bell Friday, Dec 14 2007 

Everyone must understand,  it wasn’t Mychal’s ultimate decision to take the plea.  It was evident that Mychal was in rough waters, when he in open court asked Judge J.P. Mauffray to explain the plea (deal) to him step by step.  This was, resignation by design.

Some of those who don’t understand, I pray they are in Mychal’s shoes real soon.  Court,  when you are the target; is a living, nightmarish hell.   Ask,  Robert Bailey, Jr.’s  former attorney  Sam Thomas of Tallulah; who recently received his own conviction in Donald Washington’s Western District of Louisiana Court in Monroe, Louisiana.

And this is the insanity of the Travesty.  The final road to Mychal’s plea begins with the dismissal of Sam Thomas by Caseptla Bailey the “Jena Six Parent” of Robert Bailey, Jr.   A grouped effort of the Color of Change, Friends of Justice,  ACLU & Left Turn.Org aided & abetted in the “intrusion of  Justice”,  that we have now.   Sam Thomas had the change of venue motion on the table in the 3rd Circuit.  But, on one hot “autumn dog’s day”  an injustice rebirth,  Caseptla Bailey was taken to New Orleans to meet a high powered lawyer, who turned out to be Attorney Jim Boren; of which lawyer the Sothern Poverty Law Center  described him as an,  SPLC retained lawyer of  Baton Rouge “as a cooperating SPLC attorney to assist the defense. ”   Splc goes on to say it is “working with other advocates at the grassroots and national levels that are deeply involved in the fight  and share a commitment to racial justice.”  

A commitment to racial justice.?  How Such?news_saldana_jena_law_01_ms.jpg  The Travesty of injustice for Mychal Bell was in its infancy when Caseptla was escorted to meet Boren.  The week of November 4th, saw the plots and plans begin to play-out.  The families and there lawyers were duped, in some instances, while others were in secret collaboration with the forces (SPLC & Walters/Mauffray) of LaSalle court system to derail equal justice & maintain un-equal justice.  

The fact that Mychal took a plea deal is evident of the corrupt system that exist pervasively in Louisiana,  The poor huddled masses are browbeat & legally out maneuvered until they are so wearied, that they just give in.   This is “classic un-equal justice” in its bestest exhibition by a judicary and prosecution run amuck  in its own quest for power and avarice.   

Now comes the real test.  Will the powers that be, influence the truth of this matter.  Laws were violated by the dispensers and administrators of  criminal justice.  Judge Yeager let slide a clerk of court malfeasanace, in relations to the media litigants.  The actual filing of the Barker et al suit is suspect because of the actual & perceived dates.    Eventhough Mychal took a plea deal,  he was under duress & subtile coercion.  The outcomes were so well manaaged that the U S  Department of Justice held a  forum at 1st Baptist Church in Jena.  U S Attorney Donald Washington was in attendance.  It was December 6th 2007,  the day which would have been Mychal’s date for trial!  This Travesty is not over.  Open the Court’s Records, we pray,  so the light of Justice can shine through and through!             

America’s Six Saturday, Aug 25 2007 

Good Government Advocates Press To Place Judicial Accountability On The Agenda Of 2008 Presidential Candidates

Rice University of Houston, Texas was the site of what may turn out to be one of the most important civil rights and constitutional liberties conferences in recent history. On August 11, 2007, National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc. (NJCDLP) hosted a free conference at the prestigious university campus to solidify a national grassroots movement for important judicial reforms.

Crown Point, IN (PRWEB) August 20, 2007 — Rice University of Houston, Texas was the site of what may turn out to be one of the most important civil rights and constitutional liberties conferences in recent history. On August 11, 2007, National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc. (NJCDLP) hosted a free conference at the prestigious university campus to solidify a national grassroots movement for important judicial reforms. The conference title asks the rhetorical question “Silencing of the Lambs?”, prompting consideration of whether average Americans truly have a say about the quality of justice dispensed by American courts. Zena Crenshaw, NJCDLP Executive Director, explained that “we begin our analysis with a consideration of how effective average Americans seem to be in holding the gatekeepers of justice accountable for their conduct.”

Attending the NJCDLP conference were many good government advocates representing more than a dozen states – Texas, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, California, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Virginia, District of Columbia, Florida, New Mexico, and Georgia. The gathering summoned the spirit of Washington Whistleblower Week (WWW) which brought scores of activists to Washington, D. C. to protest government waste, fraud, and abuse in May 2007. While strengthening and expanding federal legislation was a key focus of WWW, its participants largely understood that law breakers essentially act with impunity when legal processes and courts are not affordable, reasonably prompt, and fair.

the halls of justice are supposed to be open in America
Sheriffs, prosecutors, and judges tacitly aligned to deny the civil and constitutional rights of Blacks among others, even at the height of America’s civil rights movement. Attending the NJCDLP conference in Houston were Louisiana’s infamous “Jena 6” as well as poor and minority residents of Abilene, Texas who could relate to that problem and saw through conference presentations its potential link to inadequate judicial accountability. Crenshaw reminded the audience that “the halls of justice are supposed to be open in America”, noting the “large number of dollars and supporters it (otherwise) takes to access justice when your name is not Scooter Libby.” Marcel Reid, a NJCDLP conference presenter and President of the D. C. chapter for ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) added “if there is no justice for the least of us, then there is no justice for the rest of us – Without Justice for All there will be Justice for None.” ACORN is the nation’s largest community organization of low and moderate income families with over 350,000 member families.

The appointments of Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito and recent controversial High Court decisions assure that America’s judiciary will be on the agenda of 2008 Presidential candidates. NJCDLP and most who convened with the organization in Houston seek to ensure that appropriate judicial reform and accountability are part of the Presidential debate. Attorney Michael R. McCray, chairman of “The 3.5.7 Commission”, confirmed that “an unaccountable and unassailable judiciary is a serious threat to democracy and can literally destroy the American way of life.” His newly formed private commission will examine the propriety of summary judgments entered against federal employees under Title VII, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and certain employees seeking relief under the False Claims Act.

Matthew F. Fogg, a high profile government whistleblower presenting at the NJCDLP conference, lauded the event and WWW for uniting patriots who fearlessly combat government corruption. Fogg referenced impending federal legislation, initiated by the D. C. based No FEAR Coalition which he co-chairs. No FEAR II would amend the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 and is presently co-sponsored by U. S. Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tx), Albert Wynn (D-Md), and John Lewis (D-Ga). According to Fogg, “No FEAR II closes loopholes hindering enforcement of various antidiscrimination and government whistleblower protection laws.” It also harkens to a concern expressed by famed civil rights activist Thomas N. Todd at the NJCDLP conference.

Attorney Thomas N. Todd, widely known for his dynamic oratorical skills as TNT, personally called on House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich) to move towards federalizing the regulation of speech among lawyers. In an explosive pre-recorded interview, Todd calls for a complete overhaul of professional disciplinary rules purporting to preserve the sanctity of America’s judiciary. He projects that in some communities, lawyers are likely unwilling to accept cases that may place them in “bad standing with the judiciary”. This “chilling effect” on a right as fundamental and critical as free speech, particularly troubles Todd when lawyers are called in 2007 to represent “very, very unpopular clients, just as they did in the South”. Noting the “consistent” concern about equity and justice of Chairman John Conyers, Todd envisions that relevant hearings before the House Judiciary Committee may lead to a “national (lawyers’) commission with one standard” for free speech.

Others riveting the NJCDLP audience at Rice University included attorney Mark A. Adams of Florida; attorney Dale Nathan of Minnesota; Dr. LeRoy Gillam, national president of Southeastern Christian Association; school reform activist Peyton Wolcott; NJCDLP director Thomas Saunders; and attorney Caroline Douglas. Keynote remarks were made by the stately, 2006 congressional candidate Byron De Lear. “Coming from all walks of life and from a diverse set of political affiliations, we all see and feel the urgent necessity for a more representative and fair justice system supporting the principles of equal protection under the law and equality for all” says De Lear.

Participants left the NJCDLP conference, committed to pursue their lofty ideals through practical, effective action. Rodney Logal, a NJCDLP board member and primary benefactor, emphasized that “meaningful government reform will likely come on a grassroots basis through the small financial contributions of many if it is to be afforded at all.” Echoing that sentiment and other tenets of grassroots activism, NJCDLP Project Coordinator Andrew D. Jackson announced the formation of “You Can Count On Me”. This new commercial venture of NJCDLP is a professionally administered network of organizations and individuals, pledged to provide each other a manageable level of simple, but vital support.

NJCDLP is a nonprofit, grassroots organization combating abuses of the American legal system that are facilitated by judicial misconduct. NJCDLP is also a member of the No FEAR and Make It Safe coalitions which advocate for federal workers, including Title VII claimants and government whistleblowers.

Aryan Circle in Bastrop?!Jena Conex Monday, Aug 20 2007 

 Bastrop Shooting Suspects Get Attorneys(August – 17 – 2007)  VIDEO

BASTROP (TV8) – Also today – Alex Brendle and Chrystal Harrell went before a Morehouse Parish judge.
They are two of the three suspects charged with helping Tonya Smith get away… after the shootings of Detectives Smith and Wilson.
TV-8’s Dustin Barnes was at the courthouse today, and met with Toyna Smith’s appointed attorney:

Alex Brendle of Mer Rouge and Crystal Harrell of Collinston left the Morehouse Parish Courthouse after both pled “not guilty” to charges over last Friday’s shootout in which two Bastrop police detectives died along with their accused killer.Two emergency medical technicians were wounded in the shootout at the Budget Inn in downtown Bastrop.

Brendle and Harrell are both charged with two counts of accessory after the fact to first degree murder, two counts of accessory after the fact to attempted first degree murder, and obstruction of justice.

 

Brendle is also charged with possession of stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Judge Scott Leehy set bond for Brendle at one-million dollars, and for Harrell at 350-thousand.

A third suspect–Michael Coleman of Bastrop–will be arraigned next week. All three are represented by indigent defenders.

Asst. District Attorney Dion Young says “they were appointed judges and attorneys and the other individual Coleman will be in the courtroom Tuesday with his attorney Murray.”

Meanwhile, Monroe Attorney Louis Scott has been appointed to represent Tonya Smith, the girlfriend of Dennis Clem, the man accused of killing the detectives. The couple was wanted for questioning in connection with a double homicide last month in the Houston area.

Both Clem and Alex Brendle are reputed members of a white supremacist group called the Aryan Circle.

Tonya Smith fled Bastrop after last Friday’s shootout but was caught Sunday by a U-S Marshal’s Task Force in Harris County, Texas.

Tonya Smith, charged with two counts of first degree murder, is now in a Texas jail awaiting extradition to Louisiana.

Louis Scott says “I have been verbally notified that i will represent her.”

Scott says based on the facts, it’s doubtful Tonya Smith can be convicted of first degree murder.

Scott says “I read a report that she reported the incident to the hotel clerk and asked the hotel clerk to call 911 so that doesn’t sound like the reaction of someone who was guilty or wanted someone to be killed.”

(Reporter standup:)
Scott says based on Smith’s nationality, it is unlikely that she is a member of the white supremacist group The Aryan Circle. However, if she is, it would have no relevance to the case. The case would be based on if she committed the crime.

Scott says “it doesn’t seem logically because she is alleged to be Hispanic and or American Indian origin so i doubt seriously that someone of that background would be a member of a white supremacist group.”

Scott says he is unaware when Smith will be brought back Bastrop for arraignment.

He says a Texas judge has given her 14 days to be extradited.

Dustin Barnes, TV8 News
 

Smith set a lifelong example of dedication and friendship

By WES HELBLING
Published: Saturday, August 18, 2007 3:29 PM CDT
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For those who had the privilege to know him, Detective Sgt. John Smith’s devotion to service and family was matched only by his loyalty in friendship.

The world has many different ways of saying good-bye, the Rev. David Campbell, Jr. told the audience who gathered to pay their respects at First Baptist Church on Saturday morning. Smith and Detective Sgt. Chuck Wilson were killed by a member of a white supremacist group on Aug. 10 at the Best Budget Inn. The suspect believed to be responsible for shooting the detectives died in a later exchange of gunfire with police officers.

But how do you say good-bye? As simple as it is, good-bye is a hard word to say to a great detective, husband, father and friend,” Campbell said.

 
 

People who knew Smith can say good-bye with grace and strength, Campbell concluded.

Bastrop Mayor Clarence Hawkins drew a parallel between the friendship of Smith and fellow Detective Sgt. Chuck Wilson, and the coming together of citizens to memorialize both men.

“John and Chuck gave us an example of working together, and it’s phenomenal and amazing that they departed together,” Hawkins said, adding that the service was “an historic moment for Bastrop, in more ways than one.”

Hawkins thanked Smith’s wife, Leslie, for sharing him with the community and asked the audience for a standing round of applause for Smith’s performance on the stage of public duty.

Bastrop Police Chief Allen Freeman described Smith as “one of the finest officers I’ve known,” a man who loved life and was dedicated to work and family.

“If I had a hundred officers like him, this town wouldn’t know crime,” Freeman said.

 
 

Freeman added he couldn’t talk about Smith as a co-worker apart from Smith as a friend.

“He was just awesome. John and Chuck were always putting their lives in harm’s way when someone needed help,” Freeman said. “John was always there for anyone who needed him.”

Speaking on behalf of the police department, Freeman said, “We stand together, and we feel the pain together.”

 
 

Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Tubbs told a story that illustrated both Smith’s professionalism and his sense of humor. In the early days of both their careers, Tubbs recalled riding patrol with Smith one night in a brand new squad car.

“This young man ran into us, and we didn’t have a warrant on him, but John was sure he had done something. So we took him into custody. Then we couldn’t get the car to move. It turned out the guy had cut all four tires. I looked in the back seat, and John was already sentencing the guy,” Tubbs said as the audience laughed.

“John was a winner,” Tubbs added. “When he left to go the hotel that day, he was still a winner.”

 
 

The Rev. Steven Conley encouraged Smith’s friends and family to emulate the example set by Smith, and to find hope in the faith they share.

“Someday there is going to be a reunion,” Conley said. “We will see John again.”

Bastrop, Louisiana is a city of twelve-thousand.   But, we must realize that our society is in a state of extreme flux.  On both ends of the pole, blacks & whites are flexing there muscles of determination.  On the one hand white folk are attempting to regain, in a stealth kind of way the ground that was lost during & since the sixties.  We, as black folk don’t believe the struggle was ever over, and recent events such as Jena, says that it wasn’t finished.   The connection between Jena, Louisiana & the Bastrop Police shootings is the fact that the young white woman who got from Bastrop after Clem blasted her way out of the city limits.

[From the Bastrop Enterprise – August 17, 2007]

“Three suspects arrested as accessories in the shooting deaths of two detectives with the Bastrop Police Department might learn today whether they will be released on bond.The 4th District Attorney’s Office asked District Court Judge Scott Leehy on Tuesday that the trio be held without bond for aiding a suspect in the shooting deaths of Detective Sgt. John Smith and Detective Sgt. Chuck Wilson flee the area after the officers were slain. Donald Alex Brendle, 31, of Mer Rouge, Michael L. Coleman, 38, from Bastrop and Chrystal L. Harrell, 37, from Collinston were taken into custody on Friday evening and later charged with being accessories after the fact in the first-degree murder of a police officer and obstruction of justice.Investigators allege Brendle, Coleman and Harrell helped Tanya Smith escape from the area after Smith’s boyfriend, Dennis Clem, allegedly shot and killed the officers.”Neighbors Shocked Over Three People Arrested in Bastrop Police Murders(August – 13 – 2007)  VIDEO

BASTROP (TV8) – State police today confirmed Dennis Clem–the man accused of gunning down two Bastrop detectives on Friday–was a member of the Aryan Circle… white supremicist group.The FBI says the Aryan Circle is a splinter group of the Texas Aryan Brotherhood… and functions mainly within the Texas prison system… providing protection for white inmates.What relationship exists between Clem, his girlfriend Tonya Smith, and three Northeast Louisiana residents arrested in connection with Friday’s shootout remains unclear.Today, some of those close to the arrested locals told TV8’s Dustin Barnes not all of them were so well acquainted with the Texas couple.
36-year-old sherman kimball lived at this home in the 73-hundred block of James Chunn Road in Bastrop with 38-year-old Michael Coleman….a full week before his roomate was arrested.Coleman, along with Crystal Harrell of Collinston, and Donald “Alex” Brendle of Mer Rouge, have been booked in the Morehouse Parish Jail for helping Dennis Clem’s girlfriend–Tanya Smith–leave the Bastrop area, after police say Clem killed two Bastrop detectives before he was killed in a shootout with responding officers.Kimball says he was with Coleman the day of the shootings.Sherman Kimball says “He was with me all day Friday evening…we were moving stuff all day out to the new house and we were together all day Friday.”

“he didn’t even know her….he had met her through chrystal…”
Kimball says Coleman had only seen Tanya Smith once, and that was with Crystal Harrell.

Kimball says “he didn’t even know her….he had met her through Chrystal…”

Reporter standup:

Sources tell TV8 that Chrystal Harrell lived in this trailer and she personally knew Tanya Smith.

Harrell’s 16-year-old son…declined to be on camera, but told TV8 News about his mother’s relationship with Smith.

The son says “she met her once or twice and my mom said she didn’t like her.”

Harrell’s son says his mom met Smith through Alex Brendle, who was his mom’s boyfriend. Police connected his mom and Smith as friends when police saw Harrell’s car at the budget hotel.

The son says “they saw her car over there…over there at the hotel when Alex went to see them people.”

Harrell’s son has not talked to his mother since her arrest, but says Alex told him Tanya Smith held her at gunpoint, forcing Harrell to drive her to Olla, where she apparently found a ride to Harris County, Texas.

In Bastrop, Dustin Barnes, TV8 News.

Mission Statement
The Decency Initiative of the National Action Network, led by Tamika Mallory, was established in order to address standards in the media and entertainment industries. The Initiative’s initial goal is to eliminate the use of three words in music and media; the “N” word, the “B” word and the “H” word, which are a blatant disrespect to women and the African American community. The overall goal is to establish a single standard that will be adopted by media and entertainment entities that will respect all people regardless of race, gender and sexual orientation. The Initiative is targeting record labels, major corporations and media conglomerates that continue to profit from racism and sexism. The Initiative is leading a national effort to educate consumers on corporate policies, purchasing power and consumer rights and will mobilize consumers towards direct protest of companies who support the degradation of any group. 
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This cartoon on the editorial page of Friday’s Florida Times-Union generated strong reaction from readers and the leader of the NAACP.

Times-Union Editor Regrets Offensive Word In Cartoon
Readers, NAACP Complain To Newspaper
UPDATED: 12:35 pm EDT August 20, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — An editorial cartoon taking shot at those who fail to turn in violent criminals generated controversy, then a response from the Florida Times-Union.The cartoon appeared on the editorial page of Friday’s newspaper with a caption saying, “The new rule of law.” It shows what appears to be a man shot, and a gunman standing over the victim wearing shirts reading “Don’t Snitch.”Two young children depicted in the cartoon say “I didn’t see nuttin’!” Then the gunman says, “Now that’s a good little ho!” 

The cartoon generated controversy on two levels: for using the slang word that got Don Imus fired from his nationally syndicated radio and television shows and for sending the wrong message. The president of the local chapter of the NAACP said he found both the picture and the words offensive. “I was stunned about it,” said Isaiah Rumlin, president of the local NAACP chapter.

“I was outraged.” Rumlin said he took calls from at least 20 angry people who also found this cartoon offensive. He said he called the newspaper and expressed his concern to publisher Carl Cannon. “We’re going to see how we can work together and alleviate this type of language in the paper,” Rumlin told Channel 4.

In Sunday’s newspaper, editorial page editor Mike Clark was quoted as saying he reviewed and approved the cartoon by longtime Times-Union cartoonist Ed Gamble.” Using the word ‘ho’ was bad judgment, and I regret that I did not edit it out,” Clark told the newspapers reader advocate. “The object of the cartoon was to comment on the rise of a no-snitching culture, something that is widely in the news today. There was certainly no intent to offend the many law-abiding Jacksonville citizens.”

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Gamble told the reader advocate that the term “ho” is demeaning to women, but said, “I was making a point that rappers are demeaning to women.” In the background of the cartoon is a billboard displaying: “Rap your life away.”

The comments in Sunday’s newspaper came after complaints about the cartoon flooded into both the newspaper and Channel 4. “Why would you even put something like that in the paper in the first place?” one resident told the local station’s Jennifer Bauer.”That’s not comical at all,” another newspaper reader said. “That’s poor teaching of children.”

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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS

 

 

 

Mychal Bell & the Quigley Affair Friday, Aug 3 2007 

Mychal Bell,  immediately after his trial was put through and ordeal, no prisoner should have to be subjected to.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Mychal Bell left Hanging

<–Emancipation Oak But help has arrived!

As it would turn out, Bill Quigley; before he left the country, failed to provide certificate of service to the opposing attorneys notifying them of new motions, as per the law.

The attorney now handling Mychal Bell’s case has established a team of lawyers to sift through the uncertain.

The scenario of the famed civil rights attorney, forgetting such a mundane legal chore is puzzling to say the least. That, coupled with actions by some ACLU staff is suspect. The new attorney was able to file motions to fire Blane Willaims,
and get a hearing on these actions.

3 August 2007

Revs. Jackson and Sharpton plan trip to show support for Jena Six
By Abbey Brown
abrown@thetowntalk.com

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday said the charges against the six black teens known as the “Jena Six” are “disgraceful” and said he is coming to Jena to spread a message of “reconciliation rather than retaliation.”
Although the date for his visit isn’t yet final, the Rev. Al Sharpton’s office confirmed Wednesday that he will be speaking in support of the students some of whom still face attempted murder charges at 11 a.m. Sunday at Trout Creek Baptist Church in Jena.

Robert Bailey Jr., Mychal Bell, Carwin Jones, Bryant Purvis, Theo Shaw and an unnamed juvenile were charged in December with attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit the same after a Dec. 4 attack that left white student Justin Barker unconscious and in need of medical attention.

Bell was convicted in June of aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy to commit that crime the highest charge possible after LaSalle Parish District Attorney Reed Walters reduced the charges just before the trial began. He faces more than 20 years in prison when sentenced on Sept. 20.
Shaw, who was behind bars for more than seven months, was recently released in lieu of bond after family and supporters raised enough cash and property for the $90,000 bond. Bell remains behind bars.

The case has captured headlines and airtime across the world in both alternative and mainstream media, including recent segments on CNN, NBC and CBS nightly news.

But one of Bell’s appeals attorneys, Bob Noel of Monroe, said he hopes the attention from both the media and national public figures will have no effect on the case positive or negative.

“I would hope not,” he said of any possible effects. “I hope the outcome of the case is based solely upon the law as it applies to this case, and if it is, I feel very positive about the outcome.”

Noel, along with the lead attorney in the case, Louis Scott, and other Monroe attorneys Lee Perkins, Peggy Sullivan and Carol Powell-Lexing, signed on to represent Bell through the appeals process. The attorneys are all members of the 4th Judicial District Indigent Defenders Board but aren’t being contracted to do this.

All agreed to handle the defense work pro-bono after being contacted by Scott, who was contacted by Bell’s father, Marcus Jones.

Alexandria defense attorney Mike Small said the widespread attention generated by the cases will virtually ensure that a motion to change venue for the other defendants will be granted.

“Given the polarization caused by these cases, it is difficult for me to imagine fair and impartial juries can be selected in LaSalle Parish,” he said.

A Diligent Search Thursday, Jul 12 2007 

legislative-justice.jpgIn a diligent search, all the facts are turned up.  In the Jena, Louisiana trials of six black students and one former student, many of the exact facts are missing from the public purview.  Subsequently, there has not been a diligent search for all the facts at any time, then or now; concerning all the incidents that led up to the nooses and the subsequent fights, including the charges and the high bonds, and if such high bonds were applied in other instances of  similar events.  The Legislators of LaSalle parish are responsible for the societal conditions in their district.  They are sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Louisiana State Constitution.  The laws that prosecutors use to defend society from criminals are promulgated by legislators.  In light of what has occurred in the courts of LaSalle Parish’s 28th Judicial District court in the conviction of Mychal Bell, some authority must act.  However, new legislation must be introduced that requires all district judges, to conduct there courts, in the same manner.

In a call to the LaSalle parish judges office about meeting with Judge J. P. Mauffray about a bond reduction, office personnel on today July 11th, stated that the District Attorney would have to be the one contacted to obtain a bail reduction, and that if the D. A. okayed a bond reduction, that then would be okay; but if the District Attorney wasn’t okay with a reduction, then a motion would have to be filed and heard by the Judge.

If these debacling situations existed merely in a vacuum of

some specifically designated portion of the state, that would be

different.  But this situation and similar situations are occuring

all over Louisiana.  What we need is a national movement

against such actions.  The people must stand up,  against the

incredulous affects of unscrupulous court room setttings.  I

must say, however;  there is a great awakening.  It could be

said, that we the people need a more perfect government in

this union,  and we shall have it.

We must turn the tide and make the persons who are running

for elected office this cycle,  agree with what we the people

want and demand.   We are not secure in our persons, when our

children are judged differently from the majority.  We are not

secure when police call crimes what they are, according to the

color of a man’s skin.  We are not secure, when the courts,

judicate unequally.   We are not free, nor are we secure when

prosecutors can choose whom ever they please and begin to

destroy a man’s life “with the stroke of his pen”.

This is unconciounable and it is Sin!  Gross sin and negligence.

In light of Jena & Beyond Saturday, Jul 7 2007 

Racism at root of segregated worship

The late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Eleven o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America.”If Dr. King were to ask today if Sunday were still segregated, our answer to that question would be yes because nothing has really changed, and Sunday morning still remains the most segregated time in America. We can work together, play together, shop together, eat together; but why can’t we worship the same God together?

The reason is racism, which is attributed to segregated Sunday and is a sin, and it is still very prevalent in the church today. Racism is a spiritual problem that has always thrived in the church for centuries, yet it is very important to remember that the founder of Christianity, Jesus Christ, never once advocated it. As a matter of fact, His summary of the Ten Commandments broke down very simply to love God with all your heart and soul and strength, and then to love your neighbor as yourself. He gave a perfect example about who is your neighbor in the parable of the Good Samaritan in St. Luke 10:30-37; Jesus showed beyond a shadow of a doubt that loving your neighbor is to transcend racial, social and status barriers. Jesus said in Matthew 7: 12, “Whatsoever you would that men should do unto you, even so do you also unto them: for this is the law and the prophets.” This rule was not given for the Jewish people alone but for all people of all races and nations. It is the perfect end toward which all the law and the teaching of the Lord are directed.

It requires that each one put himself in the place of the other. We do not want others to be prejudiced against us; we want them to understand us. Hence we are not to be prejudiced against others, but to try to understand them. No matter what position we may find ourselves, we want to be treated with consideration, fairness, kindness, love, sympathy and sometimes with compassion and mercy.

We are, therefore, to treat others in the same manner. This is a very simple principle and easy to understand. When Christians sincerely pray about this, we will see a difference.

This is where reconciliation begins in the heart of mankind and with people working together in an environment in which everyone has pledged their allegiance to Jesus Christ and allowing Him to speak to their hearts. If the church is going to provide a picture of reconciliation for the world to see, Christians of all colors have to be pro-active. It isn’t enough to walk one mile, however; it will take walking two miles to make a difference in this world of ours.

Jesus created the church out of love for us and it’s up to us to reach out with love to others. Moving forward means understanding that reconciliation stretches beyond integration or equality to a unity of spirit and purpose. Reconciliation begins with removing the “dividing wall of hostility” in one-on-one relationships.

We must be Christ-like by viewing the other person as one whom God loves dearly. The time has come for the Church (meaning us the believers) to strive to be a model of reconciliation in a world of bitterness and hatred between the different racial groups.

This world is big enough for all of us. God is big enough for all of us and God created diversity. If we can learn from nature about life, then we can learn from each other the importance of diversity. We as Christians, whether black or white, are to unite with one another, and we are to live in harmony with one another because of the fellowship we have in Christ.

The Rev. Christopher D. Handy is a pastor in Monroe.

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