…This beast is not alone. It has cohorts just like the hyena. A band of jackals waiting savoring to devour the flesh of the naked, bare innocence of the poor soul cast to the presence of the “Salem court for witches” that is presently called our judicial system. Yes, we hear the many reputed stories of how far awry the system has gone in the prosecution of genuine, deviate criminals but, God forbid, should we hear the truth…
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.”
We, the American people, supposedly enjoy certain inalienable rights. Or, so one would think from reading the Constitution of the United States of America, the Amendments thereto, and the Bill of Rights ensconced in our history. Yes, it would be a reasonable conclusion drawn from the evidence that we do, indeed, have rights as the Bill would suggest. However, sadly, that is not the proven fact bourne out in our present day courts of “so called” law. No, indeed, many injustices occur to those that have been involuntarily submitted to courts for determination of their part in Justice. We, the people, now have in certain places of great import, an animal that is ravenous and devouring, one which is guided, only, by its fortitude and appetite. An animal that is political, egregiously self-serving and hell-bent on appeasing the powerful (you know, the ones with money.) The capricious nature of this creature has eluded mankind for centuries and is feeding, fat and prosperous today in the evil twin nature. It sits on a bench dedicated to observation and preservation of the sanctity of the rights of the individual, the presumed innocent and the participant in un chartered waters. The right to have educated and professional assistance in an area for the accused naive. In other words, “to have the Assistance of Counsel for his de fence.”
This beast is not alone. It has cohorts just like the hyena. A band of jackals waiting savoring to devour the flesh of the naked, bare innocence of the poor soul cast to the presence of the “Salem court for witches” that is presently called our judicial system. Yes, we hear the many reputed stories of how far awry the system has gone in the prosecution of genuine, deviate criminals but, God forbid, should we hear the truth. The truth that the system is not only flawed, but, beaten, battered, abused and pounded with fists of fury by political and personal gains directed at the defenseless. No, this is no place for an innocent and/or naive person. You know, the one mentioned in the aforementioned? The individual citizen of the United States of America charged with a crime? Supposedly innocent until proven guilty. Or is it guilty until proven innocent? And then when does this individual really and truly be made whole (innocent?) Does the accusations, marks and branding suddenly lift like a fairy breath from their shoulders after being cleared of charges? I beg the pleadings of the “Scarlet Letter.” Or, if, I were an attorney. But I am not.
No, I am just some naive individual to have fell into the hands of the creature and the pack. Did I go there unwittingly? Most certainly not. There were clues along the way and some gut checks. But did I ever think for a moment such deceit and devious behavior existed in a system that I worked within daily, I would shout “No.” I thought it a system that was working on the “up and up.” Right to the point that I experienced at what level this system was willing to go and the participants therein. Since the details are too distant to gather into this writing, this writer will try to bring in some of the major points to short and you answer the questions, do your own research and inquiry and, by all means, question this writer.
I will lay out a few of the many facts. This is only a sample of the “bigger picture.” The journey on this trail of being an American in justice includes the following:
…nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; …and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.”
On this date, May 17, 2006, I walked into a “Court of Law” in the 7th Judicial Circuit in and for Volusia County Florida to appear before the presiding Judge Joseph G. Will. The State had filed a motion, intentionally sent the motion copy and hearing notice to the public defenders office rather than the attorney of record. At the time of hearing, neither I, nor my attorney had received notice of hearing, much less, a copy of the elusive motion filed. This was all done on a “fast track.” No room for proper defense or argument. In fact, the defendant was not noticed nor received a copy of the State’s motion. A blind proceeding with exception to the Court and the State. The defense was completely broad-sided and left defenseless. My attorney filed for a continuance and yet the court rejected it at a midnight decision. The proceedings would go forth. Catch, no representation. No public defender, no call from the PD office, no hired representation available. Yet, forward it went by the black-robed powerhouse up high and lofty.
This story goes even much further behind to things such as being held incarcerated in direct violation of law, ethics and procedure. It has been that way from day one. Today, in that small courtroom were several witnesses beyond the “players.” My son, his mother, my best friend and a news reporter. Each and every one in a state of total shock. The record is supposedly preserved. We shall see. Worthy of an FBI investigation, oh bet on it. Will it happen? Well, it is as predictable as politics.
Did they get away with murder once again? Yes. No they didn’t murder a human body, much worse, they murdered morality, integrity, ethics, a sense of justice, and most importantly, they murdered your Constitution, your Bill of Rights and your personage as an American in Justice. No, it wasn’t personal to you today by physical assault, but rest assured, they murdered your rights by proxy through one of unknown counts their Modus Operandi. The very ones sworn “to the law” are operating “above the law.” How long should these cockroaches feed on the food left on our counters before they realize whose food it really is? The “food” is our rights, liberties, freedom and preservation from the absolute abuse, manipulation and deprivation of our daily participation as Americans in justice.
Written by Lonnie D. Story, (email – firstname.lastname@example.org) who is the author of The Meeting of Anni Adams and is working on “Without A Shot Fired: The Dustin Brim Story” Lonnie writes a column at www.populistamerica.com