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A Word From The Administrator: The George Floyd Case And The Continued Attack On Black America

Many citizens from broad spectrums of the American society have followed race relations at some point in time or another, as status, wealth, and prosperity is predicated on the very anatomy of American race relations in this country. While the ruling class has maintained a constant firm grip on the United States underclass, the pervasive old-time tradition of killing her black inhabitants continues unabated as if the thirst for more blood from her citizens of color is never satisfied.

I am certain that I am not alone, as I struggle with comprehending, how despite incidents such as the George Floyd case can be captured in real time before the entire world, yet still there is that element of America’s white society who remain incapable of discerning what rational minds of all ethnicity have collectively concluded as wrong, and then use false narratives to repudiate what a volume of human eyes upon the entire planet have resolved as being authentic.

Before dismissing my comments as hyperbole or a mere generalization, purview chat threads within social media. It really doesn’t matter which platform you view, but the evidence is there for any objective thinker to observe. It’s concerning that the attack upon America’s marginalized colored peoples has spanned over four centuries, despite protest and cries for change, policing in America is raging with the fever of extrajudicial violence against black people. It’s an underlying condition of the racism that has bound us together for 401 years, leaving the children of Africa angry targets and white people feeling afraid and desperate to stay on top.

The very ideal of America or its flawed culture of American ism is rooted in forced bondage, and her European immigrants have utilized a relentless and successful violent attack upon the indigenous people of these shores, coupled with a compulsory extrication of Africans for laborious industry from which modern America was built, and from which a sense of entitlement has been indoctrinated into the “White American” pshyce, leaving the poorest and ignorant of white people believing they are the mystical master race, superior to even the most accomplished and brilliant people of color.

The police have a sordid relationship with us, but so does local government and the business community that to this day work hand-in-hand to restrict our physical, social and economic movement. No, you don’t have to go to Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles or small town mid west America like in Alton Illinois to see what’s wrong with not just white folks, but Americans of all ethnicities who collectively police minority communities. Check out your own back yard. When it comes to American policing, we find that often times the police instituting violence against colored people are well trained, and well mentally conditioned black people who foster a sickness and hatred toward their own people that is just as pervasive as the white man.

Being an American is a good thing, unless of course, you’re black and conscious. If you are, you can’t help but be simultaneously angry and worried that trouble is always around the corner in the form of rabid law enforcers who wouldn’t mind putting us in what they perceive to be our rightful place. On the other hand, it could very well be the random white civilian who demands your identity, and business when they believe you’re out of place by handling your own business. We’ve seen this countless times when white people who utilize police as their personal security agency, have called in fictious reports to law enforcement for no other provocation other than their personal perceived discomfort and fear when interacting with black people

That means white folks, who due to privilege and their literal death grip on the levers of economic and social power, have us in a chokehold meant to squeeze the life out of us for their perception of superiority. Which is exactly what Derrick Chauvin did to George Floyd, matter of factly before a live audience without fear of reprisal.

The black race is under attack and until there is a collective understanding regarding this American hyper-pandemic, not only will we (black folks) remain targets of orchestrated attack from the establishment, we will never be capable of adopting resolution and a cure for the innate American disease of racist bigotry and hatred.

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Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied: James Evans Praying To Federal Court For Relief From Embattled Madison County Illinois Judicial Grasp

Disclaimer: The links associated with this blog article are only copies and excerpts extracted from official court records, and do not in any way represent the entirety of those records. A complete copy should be obtained for full context. Additionally, some content may be of an opinionated nature, and doesn’t necessarily represent all of the facts pertaining to the subject matter contained here in.

When the 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush went to Madison County Illinois in 2005, he was there to support “Tort” reform in the state, and highlighted the fact that for the second consecutive year, Madison County was ranked as the nation’s #1 “judicial hellhole.” The county is known for its questionable and frivolous civil lawsuits resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars being awarded in shaky and relatively non existent claims. The former president could easily have made a similar assessment of the county’s criminal courts as well. Legal observers and citizens who have been embroiled in the county’s court process, say the way things are done in Madison County Illinois should have sparked a federal investigation decades ago.

Many former and current defendants have claimed shady dealings such as corruption, malicious prosecution, and manufacturing of evidence by state prosecutors, to send people (mostly black and brown) to state prison for decades. Those claims began to raise eyebrows when legitimacy was added to the outcry toward injustice in Madison County, when the 5th District Appellate Court of Illinois began hearing oral arguments in the People vs. Brown case (831 N.E. 2d 1113) which focused on notorious jail house snitch Demond Spruil.

Brown vs. Illinois Impact

The case resulted in defendant Jeramey R. Brown’s murder conviction being overturned, because of Madison County prosecutor Keith Jensen’s constant recycled use of Spruill to curiously testify for Jensen in 6 other unrelated murder cases that resulted in convictions of those defendants. Those proceedings revealed a very suspicious pattern and practice in murder cases prosecuted by Jensen. Somehow jailhouse informant Spruill would make a showing and produce a confessional testimony allegedly given to him by defendants who were being prosecuted in separate cases, and while most of them say they had never spoken to Spruill. Mysteriously though, Spruill would know details about cases prosecuted by Jensen, implicating defendants while on the stand barking out details that only the prosecutor and police should know about the cases. Click link to view a news article related to Brown’s murder conviction being overturned due to Spruill’s suspicious use by Madison County prosecutors.

In part 3 of “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied” related to the James Evans case (Nekemar Pearson murder), TPC demonstrated through court transcripts how a man name Micheal Hooks’ erroneous alleged eyewitness account of the Nekemar Pearson murder (that implicated Evans), and Spruill’s initial grand jury testimony of Evans alleged jail house confession regarding the Pearson killing, matched identically. Mysteriously, both Hooks and Spruill who were each facing charges for serious crimes, and were then subsequently allowed to walk free from Madison County Jail after giving (false) testimony to the Evans grand jury.

In the Brown Appellate ruling, judges mentioned how Demond Spruill had been given an 8 year prison term for armed robbery in 1997, and arrested in 1999 while again being found on the streets in possession of a firearm. Court documents show that Spruill was released from his 8 year armed robbery stint for his testimony at the Evans grand jury hearing. Records also show that Spruill was again released from his 1999 criminal case in exchange for his testimony at the Evans prosecution trials, and despite such discovery being a Brady vs. Maryland violation in the Evans case, the record will show that it was never disclosed to the trial jury nor the Evans defense team. Click the link to view an excerpt from a Post Trial Appellate matter in the case of Jeffrey Ewing, where prosecutors admit to having given Demond Spruill a deal related to his criminal charges, in exchange for his testimony in the Evans murder, and the Evans conspiracy to commit murder trials.

Failure to disclose such detail to the court and a defendant’s legal counsel is a direct violation of the law (Maryland vs. Brady, and People vs.Giglio) which gurantees a right to a fair and impartial trial (U S. Constitution 6th Amendment). So, when we look at Spruill’s suspicious use as a star witness by Madison County prosecutor Jensen (which a state Appellate Court agrees with), coupled with the fact that Spruill is the exact same person that 6-8 other defendants just so happened to confess their alleged crimes to and considering Spruill’s apparent reoccurring “get out of jail free” card, it’s a clear indication that he was acting as an agent for the state.

Mean while the state admittedly was making back door deals with Spruill that not only repeatedly allowed him to get out of prison, but essentially gave him a license to commit more crimes. Hell, Spruill was even an initial suspect in the Pearson killing himself before he fingered James Evans for for that murder (some in Alton believe Spruill was very capable of murder and his lengthy criminal record speaks to that belief). More importantly, it raises serious issue with the state’s (Keith Jensen) prosecution of other cases where Spruill was utilized repeatedly as a star witness, especially if those cases had or have other glaring elements that are problematic to the extent that sufficient doubt exist as to whether or not defendants were unjustly prosecuted and convicted (James Evans, Jeffery Ewing, and Jordan Valdez all are others that Spruill helped Jensen send to prison). The James Evans case is one of those exceptionally funky cases though, that should raise more than just a few eye brows. Click the link to view the People vs. Brown Appellate Ruling.

Given the Spruill dynamic as it relates to the convience and coincidence of his having acted as an arm of the prosecution, it should be noted that Spruill who was a key state witness in the Brown case, claimed that Brown confessed to him of having allegedly killed a man name Michael Keller, and that Brown also allegedly solicited him to kill a witness name Mary Weaver. It’s simply incredulous that Spruill was a star witness, and again suspected of acting as an arm of the prosecution in the Evans case who faced similar charges as Brown did (the murder of Nekemar Pearson, and conspiring to kill co-defendant and witnesses). Spruill’s testimony in Evans cases and that of others, should be sufficient to at least grant new trials in all of those respective cases. Madison County won’t adjudicate the post convictions of Evans, Ewing, nor Valdez because those cases were all casualties of a forbidden fruit from a poisonous tree, in the form of Demond Spruill. Those cases have been stuck in post conviction and not allowed to adjudicate through the Appellate process for decades.

Another glaring fact about Demond Spruill in relationship to his cooperation with prosecutors in the Evans cases, is the unmistakable difference in how his testimony changed from his Evans grand jury appearance for the state, juxtapose to his testimony as a witness for the prosecution before the Evans trial jury. Spruill gave a nearly identical account to that of a man name Michael Hooks regarding what allegedly happened to Nekemar Pearson, only Spruil’s account slightly differed by suggesting that Pearson was shot, brought into Evans’ house, and was stored in the basement for at least a day. Spruill even claims that a female who visited Evans’ residence alleges that Evans home smelled like a dead person.

Interestingly though, staying true to form in a Keith Jensen prosecution case, his old star witness standby, Demond Spruill was on the witness stand in the Evans trial to save the day with yet another story of alleged culpable hearsay evidence, claiming like he did in the Brown case, that Evans too had confessed to him, which proved extremely damaging to the Evans defense. Keep in mind that during the time of the grand jury indictment hearings and subsequent prosecution trials of James Evans, Spruill was on the hook for robbery and weapons charges. You literally have to read the grand jury transcripts of Michael Hooks, Demond Spruil, and Madison County police detective Bradley Wells to understand how Spruill’s trial testimony account shifted from what he told a grand jury, and how it suddenly morphed into the prosecution’s version (Detective Wells’ version) of what they claim happened. The entire indictment against Evans was founded on a lie told to the grand jury by Detective Bradly Wells, that Pearson Hadn’t been seen alive since June 24, 1995. Read their individual testimonies related to the Evans case below here:

Michael Hooks grand jury testimony

Demond Spruill grand jury testimony

Detective Bradley Wells grand jury testimony

Demond Spruill trial testimony .

Prosecutor Jensen A Deal Maker

That’s just the very tip of the iceberg in the Evans case. From what we have learned regarding the merits of his case, it seems that a first year law student could easily navigate the extremely complex and misleading specifics of the state’s prosecution of Evans that led to his conviction and subsequent incarceration. One key element that makes an exoneration for Evans achievable, is the fact that State of Illinois prosecutors have already conceded to reversible violations in open court while referencing Evans cases during proceedings of other defendants who are not Evans’ co-defendants in their respective post trial litigations (like in the Jeffrey Ewing and Valdez Jordan cases).|

Also, in TPC blog article “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied” part 6, we provided compelling evidence showing how prosecutor Keith Jensen agreed to pay a man named Larry Greer for his false testimony (subordination of perjury), prior to him testifying before three grand juries, and the Evans’ trial jury for the murder of Nekemar Pearson. We presented Greer’s sworn affidavit, and other court records supporting how Jensen appears to have instructed Greer to reply “no” when asked on the witness stand, if he received anything in exchange for his testimony, despite Greer actually having been paid over a thousand dollars and being granted his liberty. Click to view the Affidavit of Larry Greer. Also, click to read excerpts from transcripts that verify as a matter of fact that prosecutor Jensen and another official admitted to paying Larry Greer (by giving him his bail money back) $1500 dollars prior to testifying before the Evans grand jury. It was never disclosed to the Evans defense team nor his trial jury, that Greer was given money in a deal (People vs. Giglio) involving state prosecutor Keith Jensen and Greer’s attorney. Court record shows that Jensen himself admitted in open court that it was liency being given toward Greer by giving him the money. Such a perk being afforded to a defendant by a prosecutor while the defendant is facing criminal charges just before he is to testify on behalf of the state in a grand jury indictment hearing, doesn’t take rocket science to conclude that Greer’s testimony was paid for by the state prosecutor’s office.

However, there are other records that demonstrate how Greer, just like Demond Spruill, was acting as an agent for state prosecutors (in the Evans case at least). The evidence is compiled in a judge’s ruling pertaining to a federal habeas filed by a man named Robert Fletcher. Fletcher was convicted of killing James Evans’ best friend Brian Warr, who is also an alleged Evans co-defendant in the murder of Nekemar Pearson. In the habeas response the judge cites that Larry Greer along with a man named Jodi Wesley are included in an affidavit contained inside Fletcher’s habeas and also confirmed through testimony by Wesley himself, that not only did Wesley get benefit related to his pending federal criminal charges for testifying against James Evans, but the two (Greer & Wesley) were even quoted in the judge’s response that reveals how they both were joking and boasting while riding together in a prisoner transport van, that they were going to “say whatever prosecutor Keith Jensen and Detective Brad Wells wanted” them to, so they could get out of jail. Greer and Wesley both testified on behalf of the state against Evans at his murder trial, and their deals with the state were never disclosed to the defense nor the jury in Evans cases. Click the link to read an excerpt from Robert Fletcher’s federal habeas response.

Robert Fletcher is also a very key proponent in James Evans’ conspiracy to commit murder convction, as the state alleged that Evans hired Fletcher to kill his best friend’s (Brian Warr) father (Lester Warr). These allegations are probably the most ridiculous and outlandish aspect of this entire ordeal pertaining to the state’s theory against Evans having conspired to kill Lester Warr and other witnesses. During the interviews that were conducted with sources connected to the street culture in Alton during the time of the Pearson and Warr murders, we learned that not only were Pearson and Fletcher close friends, they were both “Crip” gang members. Fletcher was reportedly the leader of the local gang set, and it was widely believed that he killed Warr in retaliation for his alleged involvement in Pearson’s murder. Also, a source told TPC that “if James Evans had been standing on the street with Warr that night, he more than likely would have been shot also.” Court records show that Fletcher was locked up for unrelated charges, when Madison County detectives Brady and Wells visited him in jail, advised him of who they believed killed his best friend, and eventually released him to confront those responsible for the murder according to a sworn affidavit.

“The state’s case against James Evans can easily be dismissed as a convoluted tale meticulously crafted to distort the truth by dirty cops, and a corrupt prosecutor.” — TPC

Fletcher alleges that he was approached by the two detectives who advised him that they were investigating the Pearson murder, presented him with photos (post mortem) of Pearson, and told him that they believed James Evans, Brian Warr, and a man named Clifton Wheeler were responsible for his murder. Then according to Fletcher’s sworn affidavit, detectives Brady and Wells released him from custody, with the permission of the state proprosecutor’s office, and solely for the purpose of allowing him to confront Evans and others who were suspected of killing his friend. Fletcher also claims in his affidavit that the state tried to broker a deal with him through his lawyer, to finger Evans for Pearson and Warr’s murders, and he claimed to have refused to lie for the state against Evans. Now if you follow the Madison County prosecutors office pattern and practice of shady dealings with known criminals to secure them as state witnesses against defendants they aggressively prosecuted, Fletcher’s affidavit on its face appears believable. Additionally, sources told TPC that police officials and state prosecutors knew that by releasing Fletcher that he would violently retaliate against those who police told him were the suspects in Pearson’s killing. “In actuality, the blood of Brian Warr’s killing his on their hands,” the source said. Why would these cops tell Fletcher this crucial aspect of their murder investigation, and then let him out of jail? That seems crazy, but not as crazy as their theory of Evans having solicited and hired the best friend of the person he allegedly killed for the purpose of killing his own best friend. Given many of the facts that we now know, the state’s case against James Evans can easily be dismissed as a convoluted tale meticulously crafted to distort the truth by dirty cops, and a corrupt prosecutor. Click to read the sworn affidavit of Robert Fletcher.

Moreover, there were other pieces of forbidden fruit that fell from the poisonous tree, that also aligned themselves with state prosecutor Keith Jensen, who were violent criminals that did short prison terms after being convicted of murder and other serious violent crimes such as rape and sodomy, and made deals with prosecutors in their own criminal cases in exchange for testifying against James Evans in his trials. For example, Clifton Wheeler was believed to be a co-defendant with James Evans and Brian Warr in the Nekemar Pearson case, according to court records. Wheeler was also convicted of killing a man named Dwight Riddlespriger. He was able to broker a deal with state prosecutor Keith Jensen (for testifying against Evans, Ewing, and others) that allowed him to only go to prison for a 23 year prison term for murder (Riddlespriger), of which he only served roughly 12 years, and is currently back on the streets of Alton Illinois this very day. Click to read an excerpt of a court transcript from the plea arrangement of Clifton Wheeler.

During the murder trial of James Evans, Clifton Wheeler testified that Evans killed Nekemar Pearson and gave other testimony that implicated Evans in the crime, but the state failed to reveal that Wheeler had brokered a deal with prosecutor Keith Jensen to accept a 23 year sentence for an unrelated murder (again the state had and obligation considering case law such as Maryland vs. Brady and People vs. Giglio, to inform the Evans defense of such a plea deal). When asked on the stand at Evans’ trial under cross examination by the defense council, if he had made a deal for liency in exchange for his testimony, Wheeler denied having made a deal with the state. Wheeler was asked again under direct examination by prosecutor Keith Jensen, whether he had received anything for his testimony, and Wheeler again denied having received a deal by answering “no.” The crucial error made by the state is that Wheeler did in fact broker a deal for a 23 year sentence, and not only did he commit perjury, but prosecutor Jensen did as well, as Jensen was in fact the very state official who pled the deal to the judge during Wheeler’s sentencing. That’s also a violation of the law, as Evans’ trial jury was prejudiced by Wheeler’s testimony. Omitting his plea deal violated Evans’ right to a fair and impartial trial. Click the link to read an excerpt from a court transcript during a plea agreement hearing on the sentencing of Clifton Wheeler.

It’s also believed that a man named William Jenkins made deals with Jensen and also received a get out of jail free card for his testimony against James Evans. Sadly though, the state’s fanatical thirst for Evans’ complete soul turned into a sacrifice that would be paid for by a rape victim, who Jenkins sexually attacked and sodomized after prosecutors allegedly set him free for testifying against Evans..

Bending The Law

The fact that prosecutors appear to bend the law in a custom fashion to execute their brand of justice probably isn’t a new phenomenon within the American criminal justice system, but the blatant disregard for the law while trampling the constitutional rights of defendants with impunity by those sworn to uphold the law, just seems mere common place in Madison County Illinois, and is textbook for “judicial hellhole” just as former U.S. President George W. Bush rightfully once dubbed the embattled county’s courts.

Suppression Of Evidence

Mr. Evans began his post conviction process in 2003 after having been sentenced to more than a century in the Illinois Division of Corrections, he was blind sided by a communication he received from an Appellate defense attorney who alerted Evans of a police report that had been sent to his office. The document was highly exculpatory for Evans. An Alton High School liaison police officer who had several past dealings with Pearson, saw him walking down the street on July 3, 1995, which is 9 days after the date that police and state prosecutors claim that James Evans an others were supposed to have killed Pearson. Moreover, Madison County Detective Bradley Wells testified during a grand jury indictment hearing that Pearson was never seen alive again after June 24, 1995. The very existence of Detective Cooley’s report indicates that Pearson was more than likely still alive. In fact, the grand jury was never made aware of this report, nor was Evans’ trial jury. Based on the state’s theory that Evans and others accosted Pearson on the 24th of June and subsequently murdered him, is clearly a theory which implodes related to their entire case against Evans from the gate, but they pursued prosecution of Evans anyway. It is very reasonable to assume that police knew about Detective Cooley’s report of having seen Pearson alive on July 3, 1995, but the indictment hearings against James Evans took place after that date, and Cooley’s report somehow became invisible and irrelavent, only to mysteriously resurface years later in 2003 after Evans had already been tried and convicted. Click the link to read these highly exculpatory documents in the James Evans case, and another exculpatory document from the same Appellate Defender who advised Evans how he obtained the document (in the discovery documents of Larry Greer), demonstrating as a matter of fact that Madison County prosecutor Keith Jensen, who prosecuted both Evans and Greer, had knowledge of Cooley’s report and suppressed the document in the Evans case.

Highly exculpatory evidence in a murder case is an extremely big deal, and the prosecutor has a duty to reveal it to a defendant and his legal counsel. It’s quite possible that the police failed to disclose Cooley’s report of having seen Pearson alive after the date he was supposedly killed, it’s unlikely (since the report is in the record of another defendant’s case records related to Evans’ conspiracy to commit murder case) but quite plausible. However, there is still the matter of the audio tapes from the Evans trial that were played before the jury, and are suppose to be jailhouse overhears between a man named Tommy Rounds and James Evans. Rounds who is Evans’ first cousin, supposedly wore a wired recorder to secretly tape conversations of him and Evans conspiring to kill Lester Warr, the father of Evans’ best friend (Brian Warr) and other witnesses to prevent them from testifying against him in the Pearson murder case. Evans has always and repeatedly argued that the audio recordings are not authentic, because they are recordings of multiple conversations that were spliced and edited to appear as just one conversation. This claim is a serious charge Evans is making, which would mean police, prosecutors, or both manufactured evidence, and fabricated the entire murder conspiracy elements of their case against Evans. It’s very easy to make a claim of this nature against law enforcement, and it’s seldom given any weight or credibility when the allegations are being made by defendants who have been convicted of serious crimes.

“The culture within the judicial system in Madison County Illinois appears to completely void the rights of a volume of black men who are embroiled within its justice system.” — TPC

So, when Evans began his post conviction Appellate process, he claimed actual innocence in his case, cited prosecutorial misconduct based on manufactured evidence, and made a discovery request to obtain the audio tapes played before the jury at his trial, so they could be forensicsly tested. The original trial court in Madison County has dragged its feet in Evans’ request for post conviction relief. The State of Illinois has long established that post convictions shouldn’t take no more than a little over a year to complete. The initial appeall is reviewed by the original court where a defendant was convicted, and rarely are cases overturned at that Appellate level. That’s why the process should be adjudicated swiftly to allow convicted defendants the opportunity to pray to a higher court of law. Evans has been in an Appellate holding pattern (post conviction) for at least 18 years now. Why is that? That’s not a rhetorical question and some watchdog arm of either the Illinois state judicial system, or the media should be seeking answers to the inordinate delay of a plethora of Appellate cases like Evans’ that are problematic for Madison County prosecutors pertaining to the violation of Constitutional rights of those seeking post conviction relief in decisions that originated in that jurisdiction.

Our justice system was designed to afford even those who are condemned for the most heinous crimes against the American Society, the right to appeal their sentencing. There were major Constitutional violations in the Evans cases that are in fact reversible, but the culture within the judicial system in Madison County Illinois appears to completely void the rights of a volume of black men who are embroiled within its justice system. During an interview with Evans he advised me of a conversation he had with an Appellate Defender, who once told him that “his case isn’t an anomaly because that’s just the way it is here. This system doesn’t care about a black man.” That perspective very well may have some validity but there also may be some other underlying dynamic that Madison County is hiding that directly impacts the Evans Appeal. Furthermore, there very well may be something funky regarding the audio tapes that Evans requested from his trial discovery. His claim of the audios being altered isn’t just hot air. Evans has been requesting those tapes from the very initial stages of his post conviction process, and despite a volume of court orders directing the state to turn the tapes over to Evans, the state has never complied. Click the link to view various court orders directing the state prosecutor’s office in Madison Couty to turn over audio tapes played during the trial to James Evans. Failure by the state to turn over the tapes creates tremendous suspicion, due to the fact that Evans has already been convicted and serving his sentence. Why wouldn’t state officials want to follow the law since they believe in his guilt? They should reasonably know that stalling tactics could eventually cause Evans to win his appeal by default judgements.

However, many believe that it’s a strategic maneuver by the Madison County courts to purposefully delay adjudication of his appellate process for as long as possible. The fact that after 18 years Evans is still in post conviction speaks volumes and demonstrates that his case is extradinary, and deliberately being held in a holding pattern. As long as Evans remains under the thumb of Madison County as it relates to his appeal to the original trial court, he can’t ever pray his claims for appeal to a higher court, and that’s a violation of the law. It’s as clear as day what may be happening here in Evans’ case, and the cases of other defendants similarly situated who are seeking post conviction relief in cases born out of the Madison County courts.

Legal Betrayal

It was roughly three years ago that Evans said he held a conference with his hired attorney from the law offices of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry. Evans says he was advised by attorney Jessica Hathaway, that the state was willing to “grant him time served if he accepted a deal by pleading guilty to his charges, and he could then go home,” according to Evans. He went on to say that “the deal she offered me by the state was only for the conspiracy to commit murder count. I would still be serving time for the murder count, if I had lied, took the deal, and just accepted time served. It was a clever move by either Hathaway, the state, or both to get me to plead,” Evans said. He says that he refused to plead guilty to something he didn’t do and wanted his claims, especially the prosecutorial misconduct and the manufacturing of evidence claims adjudicated. Evans says that Hathaway advised him that “the state would never do that,” according to Evans. He also argues that there have been several attempts by his attorney to get him to “lesson my claims, by requesting that I omit certain aspects of my appeal, such as the allegations that state prosecutors broke the law in my case,” Evans said. When he refused to take the plea deal that attorney Hathaway had suggested, Evans said she advised him that she had been informed by the judge that “the tapes have been lost,” according to Evans. He then stated that “I told her, well if the tapes are lost then immediately file a motion to have my case reversed based on Constitutional grounds. She became angry, stormed out of the conference, and I hadn’t spoken to her or heard from anyone in the law firm in over three years. They simply abandoned me,” Evans told me (Evans’ lawyer, Attorney Mike Mettes was contacted for comment regarding this article related to the Evans case, but cited attorney client confidentiality, and advised TPC that Mr. Evans’ consent is required for his comment. No confirmation of consent was obtained at time of publishing).

Around the time that Evans says his lawyer cut him off, he hadn’t had a hearing or a court date scheduled during that entire time frame. It was also around that time that his mother, who was his primary source of support financially, became very ill. Evans family and friends began searching for alternative sources for assistance since his lawyer was absent, and failed to return a volume of calls he put out to her office. Then, through an unsolicited email, TPC became aware of his plight, and hundreds of court documents were forwarded and researched at Evans request. The inordinate delay in his case was so exceptional that Evans sought to circumvent the normal Appellate procedure in Illinois state courts, and he filed a federal habeas for relief. In a rare achievement accomplished in cases not heard in lower courts first, bypassing the normal state court process, and without the assistance of his lawyer he was able to have a federal court accept his habeas. If successful, Evans’ case could leapfrog into the federal Appellate system where he could be granted a new trial. This is something that Evans and his supporters believe that Madison County officials never wanted to occur, and a basic purview of the case record adds tremendous credibility to such a belief.

Federal Habeas

The state of Illinois cases against James Evans in my opinion appears very problematic for the various foremention reasons. Now that officials in Madison County have been made aware of the pending federal habeas, the Illinois State Attorney General has filed a response in an attempt to block and prevent Evans’ habeas from being heard by a higher court. The lower court has now began having hearings to complete Evans’ post conviction process after all of these years, which has basically been lying dormant within a troubled and unfair judicial system that has repeatedly illustrated a pattern and practice of trampling the rights of defendants who pray to their magistrates for relief.

How is it possible for a state attorney’s office to have multiple court orders directing them to release discovery to a defendant, and they repeatedly fail to comply to those orders with impunity? Allowing such conduct by state officials without sanctions from the bench could be deemed as complicity to deny a defendant due process under the United States Constution, an error which appears to be culturally acceptable in the judicial system of Madison County Illinois when it largely pertains to defendants of color. Strangely though, Evans has been contacted by an attorney from the law firm which represents him and now it (appears) that work is finally being done to move his case forward.

It remains to be seen how this case all plays out considering there may actually have been crimes committed by the law enforcement officials who indicted, prosecuted, and had James Evans convicted and sent to the slammer for a term greater than a century. Sadly though, his case isn’t an anomaly by Madison County standards. I implore anyone to make sense of this audio transcription that was allegedly recorded when state prosecutors had Tommy Rounds wear a hidden wired recorder during a jailhouse conversation with James Evans. The transcription doesn’t follow a logical conversation pattern, and the physical hard recording should match the transcription of the recorded conversation. Ironically, the state still hasn’t complied with multiple court orders to turn over a hard copy of the audio recordings to the defendant. Click the link to view a copy of the actual transcription of a jailhouse secret wired recorded conversation between James Evans and Tommy Rounds.

The audio tapes arent just the nut and bolts of Evans’ appeal, but rather literally of greater significance of his entire life. Most government agents have a responsibility to preserve evidence. These range from police and prosecutors to detectives and investigators working for the prosecutor’s office, administrative staff, and the Attorney General’s Office. The duty to preserve evidence starts as soon as the evidence is obtained and continues after a conviction to cover any exculpatory evidence that might assist a defendant in an appeal. The consequence in violating the duty to preserve evidence, in some extreme cases, the court might dismiss the case. If the issue does not arise until after a conviction, an appellate court might overturn the conviction and order a new trial. James Evans is aware of these possibilities and it’s almost certain that Madison County officials are well aware also. If the case against Evans is solid, then there should be no hesitancy in moving forward but that’s easier said than done.

Finally, there is credible cause for concern for Evans’ safety within IDOC (Illinois Division of Corrections) and that of his family and friends, who have reported claims of being followed by suspicious vehicles on a regular basis during commutes to and from work in early morning hours, traveling from Menard Correctional Center where Evans is housed, basic fears from the memory of police tactics that some say they endured during the initial investigations into the crimes Evans was convicted of, and legitimate concern for Evans’ safety upon the execution of a writ of habeas corpus requiring the Warden of Menard Correctional Center in Chester Illinois, to produce James Evans’ physical body before his original trial court, for the purpose of an evidentiary hearing related to his original post conviction appeal that began over 18 years ago. In most cases these proceedings are done in person, and to comply with the writ, it may be required for Evans to be housed at the Madison County Jail Division in Edwardsville Ilinois, the origins of his incarceration, and it’s feared that the environment may be very unwelcoming for him. Evans has conveyed to TPC personally, of his concerns that he will be cut off from access to the outside world by being placed in solitary confinement, or worse, that he could be silenced permanently through violence orchestrated by jail officials. Therefore, vigilance and prayer for James Evans and his family is being requested, that his decades old bondage will soon be over. You can help James Evans in various ways, by first contacting the state of Illinois Attorney General’s Office and request an immediate investigation be conducted into the inordinate delay of Evans’ Appellate post conviction, by contacting local Illinois State Delegates and request advocacy in the interest of justice, for defendants whose rights have been violated pertaining to appeals, and by contributing to the James Evans “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied” relief fund to cover legal expenses to help regain his liberty. On behalf of the entire Evans family, TPC thanks you all for your support. God speed.

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In My Skin Part I: Understanding The Effects Of Colorism Has Been My Greatest Upheaval

The earliest recollection that I have of encountering a race related incident was in a kindergarten class room, when our teacher, whose name I don’t recall, paired all of her students in a classroom dancing exercise, and a white girl name Lydia made it known that she was displeased with me having been assigned as her dance partner. She said, “Eew, I have to dance with a brown boy.” I recall being confused when she boldly exclaimed her dislike. I even began to look around the room to see who she was talking about, because in my mind, I was far from brown .

It bothered me that she classified me as being brown, when I knew that there wasn’t that much of a distinction between her skin color and mine. That subtle form of racism started the process of eroding my innocence as a child, because even though I didn’t have the mental capacity as a kid to fully understand the emotional impact the incident had on me, in reality, it created a stigmatization that left me feeling that I was deficient, abnormal, and an undesirable because of the color of my skin.

I must give my mother credit for having the presence of mind of identifying certain traits displayed by her children that encouraged her to implement character building and social education development, by instilling a sense of pide and end encouragement that we could achieve anything in life. After a while, I forgot about the harmful effect Lydia’s comment had on me, but little did I know, it was just the beginning of a tremendous upheaval that would span well into adulthood, as the very color of my skin became a battle ground of many social settings throughout my life.

You see, long before I had met Lydia as a child, society had already carved out the playing field for race relations, and the elicit comment this little white girl made before our kindergarten class was simply a biproduct of what she had been taught, suspectedly by her family, or through the social environment she had been exposed to. It could also be classified as a prima facia case that illustrates how racism and colorism is taught and not an innate human trait.

My perspective is even heightened by the fact that her comments were so foreign, unusual, and concerning to me because I had never been presented with an issue pertaining to my skin color before. The fact that I have the ability to depict the incident with such detail at this age, should demonstrate how powerful of an impact it had on me as an individual. Unfortunately, there would be other Lydia’s throughout my life, and a volume of them would even be members of my own family.

As I became of age and started interacting with some real brown folks, the experience made the racial remark by young Lydia seem like a scene from a kissing both at the state fair, in comparison. In fact, I became more aware of how people within society reacted when encountering others of different skin color. I mean, there were literally dark skinned girts who would say “you are an ugly yellow motherfucker” straight to my face, and for a while, I developed a complex and dislike for darker complexed people because I thought they were negative and evil.

I have come to realize that such thinking was in direct relations to the Lydia affect that had impacted me from childhood. Dr, King’s philosphy of having his children being judge by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin, was a tremendous life line for me, as it allowed me to foster a different way of thinking early on in life. Yet, the battle of colorism was far from over. I can’t count the number of times I got into it with a classmate, someone in the community, and even family members who tried to victimize me because of my complexion.

Somewhere along the way somebody “got it fucked up” that being light skinned was synonymous with being weak, but as I recall, there were also quite a few of those people who needed a bandaid or experienced having to visit the local hospital emergency room to get sutures, when they tried to victimize me with their racial nonsense. It literally was a battle growing up in poverty and being one of the light skin kids in the neighborhood. Fighting before, during, after, and coming home from school became a right of passage.

In fact, like a scene straight out of the iconic Richard Pryor film “Joe Joe Dancer,” my brothers and I would hide sticks, bottles, and large rocks as weapons along the route to school, so that when we had to fight, we had weapons to defend ourselves. We weren’t just fighting the kids in school, but our mother’s desire to live in a multi racial community within the old Highlandtown section of East Baltimore, created hostile community relations in the early 1970’s. Hell, we were fighting kids from all ethnic backgrounds, as the melting pot of urban socialization was being formed in the immediate post Civil Rights era.

My adolescence coupled with growing up in poverty, violent crime, being exposed to alcoholism and drug usage, and having to literally fight to exist was so surreal, its believed that by the time I ever stepped on a college campus, I was already suffering from an advanced post traumatic stress disorder. Many of us who came up in similar environments across the country probably suffered from some form of PTSD or another and despite all of the talk about racism, how the white man was holding us back, much of what I recall experiencing was self inflicted by the black community itself.

Now, while that was probably a very broad and generalized statement indicting the black community, I can only measure it all and form my opinion based on my personal experiences. People will argue that there were so many social economic variables that has created many of the ills that has and continues to plague black communities, but regardless of the causes, the disease of colorism within the black family is a phenomenon polarizing communities of color.

A continuing Blog Series…

“In My Skin: How The Effects Of Colorism Destroyed My Family For Generations,” next article.

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In My Skin: An Intimate And Provocative Depiction Of The Illness Of Colorism Within The Black Family

The phrase “black lives matter” is increasingly becoming a rallying cry for justice across the globe as society has placed a microscope on the institution of policing, in the wake of the killings of unarmed black people at the hands of police. Yet, some of the very same communities of color who have emerged as victims of a bloody and heavy handed police culture, are facing serious issues of violence, brutality, and a lack of value for human life that continues to persist within black communities throughout the world.

That being said, there are those who will readily claim that the violence within black communities originated from racism that was born out of American slavery, and that the abuses of white America for centuries is the very catalyst of the on going African American self inflicted genocide. While there is no denying that systemic racism exist in this country, there are a seperate volume of social struggles within the black community that largely stems from “colorism,” not racism.

To understand or even graspe the very concept of how colorism impacts the black family, we must first look at the very primitive and fundamental traits of the human family as a whole. We are visual beings and a volume of our thought processes are formulated upon what we view, and the varying degrees of hues within the human race has created a phenomenon of prejudice towards each other based on color. In America dark skin color is demonized and light skin gets the prize.

Its a sickening practice that has divided the human family since the beginning of time, and it even breaks down into various sub cultures, regardless of the ethnic group, colorism is in fact an illness that permeates humanity and despite the racism black people face in America, its impact within the black community remains the foremost destructive trait of black people, as demonstrated by the often ignored culture of black on black violence.

Therefore, this opinion editorial (OpEd) series “In My Skin” is about my intimate and provocative encounters with “colorism” while growing up in poverty, living, and working in America as a light skinned black man with hazel green eyes. My depiction nor my words won’t be welcoming, but rather a raw honest, and perhaps provocative glimpse of my personal journey and struggles over the years. I thank you all in advance for your indulgence.

An Introduction To A Continuing Blog Series…

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A Step Toward Justice In Vanessa “Honey” Malone Murder Case: Dekalb County Police Make Arrest In 2012 Georgia Teen Slaying

It was a typical night on October 23, 2012 in Stone Mountain when Flora Malone got into her car to make a routine trip to the mall and pick up her youngest daughter Vanessa Malone from work. They arrived back home a short time later, and then “Honey” as she is affectionately known to her family and friends, told her mother that she was stepping out of the house for a few, and would be right back. “I love you Mom” she says, as she walked out of the door of her home, which would be the last time the mother and daughter would ever speak to each other again.

Honey was on her way to some friend’s apartment where India Smith lived with her boyfriend Travares Benford. They say that Honey walked in on a home invasion in progress, but while there were three other adults at the apartment at the time, Honey’s life was senselessly and tragically struck down through gun violence. If you are new to this story, you can read about the events of that fateful night when Flora Malone lost her baby girl here: Friends Account Just Doesn’t Add Up In Pretty Georgia Teen Slaying .

While I have raised my own personal suspicions regarding what might have happened to young “Honey,” its apparent that police authorities were also on the same path about who most thought may have been an intricate player in the Malone homicide case. If you’ve read some of the many articles I’ve written about this horrific story, then you most likely already know that this mysterious character they call “Mercy” has always been a person of interest in the Malone killing, in my eyes, and now the police as well.

On April 3, 2020 around 4:30 p.m. EST the Dekalb County police took Donald “Mercy” Ashe (34) into custody for the 2012 killing of Vanessa Malone. Initially the authorities remained tight lipped on what broke the case, but during a recent bond hearing state prosecutors revealed that at least two independent witnesses had told police, Ashe admitted to them that he had allegedly killed the Malone teen. Those statements in conjunction with critical DNA evidence provided by CSI Atlanta, helped link Ashe to the Malone Homicide. Its a sudden turn of events that may now be taking positive steps towards justice for the slain young woman, and may also culminate into the closure her grieving family has long sought after.

For nearly seven and a half years (71/2) Flora Malone along with her oldest daughter Cassaundra Pierce-Kennedy, and a volume of “Honey’s” friends have been beating the streets of Stone Mountain, in an effort to obtain leads from within the community from anyone who knew something about the homicide case. Their efforts had fallen short until just recently, when these two unidentified witnesses came forward. You could make the argument that people knew all along what happened and their silence denied the slain woman and her family justice, but that would be beating a dead horse, and instead, we should all be watching closely to learn as much as when can about this tragic story regarding the untimely demise of one of Stone Mountain’s young people who was just starting out as a young adult in her life, to insure that those who are rightfully responsible for her death are brougt to justice.

In the initial period when her case was fresh in the media, there were rumblings and unfounded rumors that the young lady had met her end because of her own deceitful behavior, which some say was the result of setting people up to be robbed. Those negative comments most likely came from within the community from individuals who apparently sought to justify what happened to the pretty teen, but the perverse hyperbole they spewed failed miserably, as a volume of people who knew “Honey’s” character rallied around her family to dispel these erroneous and false allegations against her.

There were also those in the community who threatened violence against me on social media, for suggesting that “Mercy” had something to do with her killing, and I believe these kind of scare tactics are what may have prevented people with information about her killing, from coming forward sooner out of fear of retaliatory violence from those sympathetic to the killer(s) involved with senselessly snuffing out the young woman’s life. In fact, some of the very same people who promoted violence when the time came for justice in “Honey’s” case, are now facing charges of their own in unrelated homicide cases. The irony of it all though!

In my mind though, I knew that things just didn’t add up and “Mercy” was at the center of it all. The stories given to police during the night of her killing, alone are compelling related to the honesty and credibility of Travares Benford and India Smith who say they were victims of a home invasion, that resulted in young Vanessa being slain. For two people who say they were laying in bed together when the front door of the apartment was allegedly kicked in, their accounts of what actually happened couldn’t be more contrasting. He said that there were three gunman, while she told cops that there were four to six armed masked men who stormed into their Hampton Village Apartments in Stone Mountain on October 23, 2012. The pair also claim to have been tied up and forced to lay down in the bathtub, while the gunmen ransacked the apartment. There was also a third person allegedly in the apartment that night, and we now know that his name is Donald “Mercy” Ashe. Although he was also an alleged victim of the home invasion, the initial account of what allegedly happened that was given to police by Benford and Smith, offered no indication of “Mercy’s” whereabouts while the home invasion was in progress. This aspect of the case has always bothered me. They only offered the rationalization that he fled the scene because he had an outstanding arrest warrant for an unrelated crime.

Donald "Mercy" Ashe
Police authorities believed that Donald “Mercy” Ashe (pictured) is allegedly responsible for the brutal slaying of 100 pound teen Vanessa Malone back in 2012.

Now with state prosecutors claiming to have two independent witness who say Ashe confessed to them of allegedly having killed the young woman, and coupled with DNA evidence allegedly connecting him to her slaying becomes very problematic for Smith, Benford, and potentially others who were living in the Hampton Village apartments that night, around the time that the crime occurred. So, the Dekalb County Police are possibly going to make additional arrest in the Malone homicide case. The possibility of criminal charges for others may stem from the discovery of newly found evidence in the case, that emerged roughly three years after Malone was murdered.

“The rationalization that “Mercy’s” disappearance was surrounding an attempt by him to elude police capture for an unrelated crime is perhaps plausible to an extent, but the willingness of others to aid in this guy’s intentional avoidance of having an encounter with the police that night, may be indicative of him being involved in the crime that took place in the apartment directly below where he was allegedly hiding from cops.”

–The People’s Champion Blog

TPC learned several years after the homicide that “Mercy” had not actually fled the scene that night as originally thought. He was allegedly in the apartment directly above the one where Malone was killed. Its unknown whether this allegation was ever confirmed, but it should have served as a pivotal moment in the case, that reportedly may have shed new light on the entire matter, and should have directly challenged the credibility of Benford and Smith, regarding statements they gave police that fateful night. Let’s face it, did Benford and Smith know that “Mercy” was held up in the apartment directly above the apartment where the Malone teen was killed, while the cops where there conducting their investigation? More importantly, if “Mercy” was also a victim of the alleged home invasion, why would Benford and Smith lie about where another victim in the crime whereabouts was? The rationalization that “Mercy’s” disappearance was surrounding an attempt by him to elude police capture for an unrelated crime is perhaps plausible to an extent, but the willingness of others to aid in this guy’s intentional avoidance of having an encounter with the police that night, may be indicative of him being directly involved in the crime that took place in the apartment directly below where he was allegedly hiding from the cops. Read my article on the newly discovered information in the Malone Homicide here: The Fight For Justice In Georgia Teen Slaying Continues Three Years Later With New Information

Knowing what we all know now, why on earth would anyone believe what these people had to say regarding what went on in that apartment the night young Vanessa was killed? Therefore, if the authorities don’t think that “Mercy” was a victim at all in the home invasion and now believe him to be the actual killer, its more than likely safe to assume that they also know that Benford and Smith may have lied to police about what happened to Malone that night. As a result they both could be criminally charged at the very least, with providing false information, conspiracy, accessory to murder after the fake, and potentially murder itself if its proven that they participated in anyway that resulted in her death (i.e. calling her to lure her to their apartment knowing that potential harm may have awaited her).

Additionally, if the tenant(s) who lived above the crime scene were in fact interviewed by cops that night, and its proven that they held information regarding the case from police, they could be criminally charged as well. Either way, I stand by my original posture regarding this tragic story, that young Vanessa Malone was lured to that apartment, after potentially being accused of something, and for the purpose of violence. Similar perspectives are offerred on the True Crime Daily Podcast embeded below.

The above true Crime video shows a clip of “Honey’s” mother Flora Malone describing the odd manner in which her daughter was behaving prior to leaving the home that last night. The way the mom describes it, it appears almost as if it was a final goodbye, that wasn’t fully realized until she was summoned to those apartments after having been told that her youngest child had allegedly been killed. I can’t personally even imagine the feeling that she must have endured, and nearly 8 years later the family is only at the begining of finding closure.

While the arrest of Donald “Mercy” Ashe appears to be a step toward justice in the Malone homicide, we must be cautioned that he has only been charged and suspected with having killed her. True justice is far from certain in any case, but I believe that once some of the basic questions that I’ve offered surrounding this case are answered, I believe not only will we know exactly what happened, justice will prevail, and young Vanessa “Honey” Malone may finally rest in eternal peace. This is what I believe and this is what we should all pray for. May God continue to comfort the Malone family as they relive this horrible nightmare again while seeking justice. God speed.

To be continued…

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Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied: What Is The Prosecutor’s Office In Madison County Illinois Hiding In The James Evans Conviction Part VII

When young Nekemar Pearson went missing in the town of Alton Illinois back in 1995, he was on court ordered home supervision while awaiting prosecution on criminal charges for murder. The youth was alleged to have killed Willie Nichols. One night when Pearson didn’t return home at the time he was ordered to, his mother filed a missing person report with Alton Police, but on the exact day he was alleged to have gone missing, there were eyewitness accounts that the youth had reportedly been seen running from Nichols’ family members, who pursued him, and were shooting at him as he fled. The police and the prosecutors office knew about this information, but never pursued this aspect of the case. It was even rumored that Pearson was hiding out to avoid becoming a casualty of a retaliatory murder.

There are still to this day a volume of theories about who may have killed Pearson, but back then, the police made a man named James Evans the primary suspect in the Pearson murder case, and subsequently set a series of criminal acts in motion to obtain an indictment and conviction of Evans, which resulted in him being sent to prison for over a century. The motive used by the state was that Evans killed Pearson in retaliation for a home invasion that Pearson and accomplices allegedly kidnapped Evans, beat him, robbed him of his vehicle, and stole expensive speakers from Evans’ truck and sold them within the community.

Rumors around Alton during that time depicted Evans as a drug dealer who had money, prompting the Pearson youth and others to invade Evans’ home in a robbery that only landed the brazing bandits a net of $35 dollars and the money they received from the sale of his car speakers. While Evans remained clueless regarding the identity of the masked men who had robbed him, he would eventually learn that it was Pearson who had sold his speakers. So, when the Pearson youth went missing, some say one of Pearson’s accomplice and Alton cop Bradley Wells concocted, and spent the theory around Alton that Evans must have retaliated against him for the home invasion robbery.

Strangely though, Alton police (Bradley Wells) obtained the details regarding the robbery from one of Pearson’s accomplices, who not only admitted his involvement along with Pearson, but was even allowed to go home the same day without any criminal charges being filed against him. That aspect of the case has raised eyebrows and sparked suspicion within the community for years, based on what people have conveyed to TPC. Its an unlikely outcome for anyone who admits to police such a violent crime and then is allowed to roam free. The wide speculation regarding how the story that Evans killed Pearson was created, may have been the result of a deal brokered by dirty cops and a violent felon, who conveniently got out of a robbery and abduction beef for essentially playing ball with Wells and the prosecutors office to help frame Evans for the Pearson killing.

With the information implicating Pearson and others in the robbery and abduction of Evans, Alton police, allegedly spearheaded by Bradley Wells, set out to develop a complete fabricated conspiracy of how and why Evans murdered Nekemar Pearson, while the fact that the youth had been pursued after in a violent manner by members of Willie Nichols family, was an extremely pervasive piece of discovery in the case and an incident that just so happened to have occurred on the same day he went missing, and also just happened to be on the one year anniversary of Willie Nichols’ killing that had allegedly been committed by Pearson. Its simply incredulous that this information never made it into the Evans case during the trial.

None of these facts mattered to Alton police, but you would have to understand the culture of policing in the town during that time to fully grasp how Evans’ story became an American Tragedy. Evans’ fate appeared to be sealed when he caught the eer of Bradley Wells, who suspected that Evans was a lowlife neighborhood drug dealer (an allegation, despite testimony from state witnesses who say he was, Evans has never been proven to be a drug dealer) that Wells had a hard on for. People in Alton who have been in Wells’ office back during the 1990’s, say that Wells had two photos on his desk. One of his family and one of Evans.

I’m told that Wells fostered a hatred for Evans that ran so deep, that nearly everyone who got into trouble back then were offered plea deals, money, and even had charges dropped against them in exchange for any dirt they could provide that would help nail Evans with criminal charges in the Pearson homicide. Also, while I have exposed details of individuals who took deals from the state testifying to fabricated accounts that were manufactured and fed to them by the prosecutor’s office, I won’t go in depth by identifying them in this article, to avoid showing Mr. Evans’ hand with his case now being appealed before courts.

However, I will say this. Rarely has there ever been a capitol murder case that resulted in the conviction of a defendant, when there was absolutely no evidence whatsoever connecting the defendant to the crime. The state marched witness after witness into the courtroom and one after the other, they were all dressed in jail or prison garb, and had some sort of plea deal on the table with the state in exchange for their false testimony against Evans in the Pearson murder case. All along while the state knew that Pearson hadn’t been killed on the day they told the Evans trial jury he was. In fact, the state had an affidavit from an Alton School Police Resource officer (Cooley) who had arrested Pearson in the past, indicating that he saw Pearson and another youth walking down the street 10 days after the day the state told the jury that Evans had killed the youth.

The suppression of this highly exculpatory evidence is discovery that was never disclosed to Evans’ defense, and its doubtful that a jury would have found him guilty of murder when the alleged victim was reportedly still alive over a week after the day prosecutors were claiming he was killed. Also, these details were not known by Mr. Evans until years after he had been convicted and was serving a 107 years sentence.

Then there is the issue with the audio tapes the state played for the jury that they say is Evans conspiring to kill his alleged co-conspirators in the Pearson murder. Evans has always contended that the audios were tapes of multiple conversations edited to appear as one. Which is why Evans has for years been seeking to obtain originals of the audios for forensic testing purposes to determine their authenticity. However, for some reason the audios played for the jury during Evans’ trial is an achilles heel for the state prosecutor’s office in Madison County Illinois, who despite several court orders for them to turn over trial audios to the Evans defense, has failed to do so.

The arguments are simple in this case and should have been a rudimentary aspect of post conviction, which is the appellate process in which every convicted criminal has a constitutional right. Despite the fact that Evans was convicted and committed to a state correctional facility to serve out his term, he still has rights under state and federal law. He has been denied many of these rights though. The state of Illinois has long established that post conviction proceedings should take no more than a little over a year to complete. Mr. Evans has been incarcerated for nearly 22 years and his appeal has been available for adjudication since 2001. His case has such an inordinate delay, that its entirely suspicious in terms of how the judge has allowed this process to linger for so long, especially considering such blatant defiance of the court by the Madison County prosecutor’s office by not releasing discovery.

Its highly unlikely that the original trial judge who is also seated over Evans’ post conviction proceedings, would rule adversely against a trial and conviction that he adjudicated. So what exactly is the delay here, and why hasn’t the court under this judge sanctioned prosecutors or held them in contempt for their failure to comply with a volume of court orders directing them to turn over discovery? We must be mindful that without out Evans’ claims being properly adjudicated, he can’t move forward through the appellate process and pray before a higher court. Without those audio tapes that are a very crucial element of his appeal, he is stuck in a holding pattern and can’t move forward. Where are those audios that were played during his original trial? That’s the million dollar question. They are either legitimate recordings or like Evans has claimed, there is some funny business going on.

Therefore, in the minds of the all white trial jury that found Evans guilty without a shred of physical evidence, with possible manufactured audio tapes, suppressed exculpatory evidence, and with only hearsay testimony he must have been guilty of the crimes in the minds of his trial jury. Perhaps if Evans had those test to prove that they are fake or if his defense had that police affidavit, maybe they wouldn’t have found him guilty. Case closed is what the state wants you to believe. They want you to believe that despite never having any criminal history of violence, that Evans retaliated against Pearson for robbing him, and subsequently shot and killed him, and discarded his body in the woods up north in Godfrey Illinois. That’s what the state of Illinois wants you to believe, because in Madison County, which is just a stone’s throw away from the famed Dred Scott case, the life of a black man means nothing, and finding the actual person who killed a black youth is even more insignificant. Rather, its even perceived as a bonus when a black man is killed by another black man. Hell, who even cares if the right person is captured. That’s two for the price of one any way yo look at it.

That’s just all of my rhetoric though, what do I know? I’m just a writer who has been scouring through court records, interviewing people in Alton, and reading affidavits surrounding a bogus murder charge that has some very funky moving parts. The fact that the state has shown a deliberate unwillingness to follow court orders to turn over those original trial tapes, indicates very plainly, that they have no intention on doing so. Why? If the tapes are legitimate and the state believes in their case, that James Evans killed Nekemar Pearson which resulted in his conviction, then:

“Allow my claims to be adjudicated and provide the audio tapes so they can be forensically tested.” — James Evans

What does the Madison County Illinois prosecutor’s office have to hide?

To Be Continued…

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The Growing Impact Of Social Media And The Mellinnial Backlash: Delaware State University White Athletic Coach Under Fire For Perceived Racist Post

Some say it was just a song and are genuinely confused regarding the fall out and outrage related to Delaware State Head Equestrian Coach Jennifer Ridgley’s social media post on Facebook, where the once esteemed University leader who is white, was depicted riding in a vehicle with another unidentified female on her personal time, singing lyrics to a rap song by troubled and controversial gangster rapper “Tekashi 6ix9ine” (real name Daniel Hernandez), which contained lyrics about gun violence, included vulgarity, and some say appeared racist considering the cavalier manner in which Ridgley conducted herself in the short video clip with no regard for her employment at an Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

The offensive video clip was posted on Ridgley’s Facebook page on June 30, 2019, but once it began to circulate a couple of days ago, a growing outcry from within the University’s Alumni and the greater Del State community began calling for her termination from the University and spread onto social media as well. The incident has also sparked growing debate regarding when an employee is actually free from their responsibilities in education and other professional industry. Ridgley has a tremendous record as a leader of the University, while the Delaware State equestrian program has grown to national prominence under her direction, and is a basic fact about her tenure that may serve as a buffer from growing ridicule that is related to her social media post.

“We send shots, shots, shots, shots, shots nigga!
It’s always 6ix9ine this and 6ix9ine that!
Niggas on my d#@k and on my yack.
These niggas lookin’ for me you could hit my jack.”

— Gangster Rapper 6ix9ine

The core of the debate as depicted on threads within social media appears to be predicated on the fundamental argument of our constitution’s first amendment, the “freedom of speech and expression.” A basic freedom for which every American is entitled to based on the nation’s original charter, but in the age of digital technology coupled with a millennial societal code, such freedoms aren’t exactly guaranteed anymore depending on your personal conduct that some within society may deem offensive. Its a trend sparked by young people in the 21st century that has powerful backlash and consequences when private life meets the age of digital technology.

Those who criticize Ridgley’s action say she should have known better when you consider the political climate in our country, our current President, and his white supremacist political base. Although it really was a song that Ridgley was singing on her own time, those lyrics have a disturbing and controversial stigmatization, and is troubling to many Americans considering the epidemic of gun violence in our country. “We send shots, shots, shots, shots, shots nigga! It’s always 6ix9ine this and 6ix9ine that! Niggas on my d#@k and on my yack. These niggas lookin’ for me you could hit my jack,” certainly aren’t the kind of words you would expect to hear coming from a leader in higher education.

In the below attached undated communication to the Delaware State University community that was signed by President Dr. Wilma Mishoe and Provost Dr. Tony Allen, the public was advised that Ridgley had been placed on administrative leave pending an ongoing investigation into the social media post from her Facebook page. While some applauded Mishoe’s swift action related to the incident, others were disturbed that Ridgley would in fact be paid while on leave from her job with the University, but its not that simple. While her actions may have been alarming and offensive to many, unless there was a social media or code of conduct clause in her employment contract or within the University’s collective bargaining agreement with its employees, the institution has no just cause to just simply terminate her. She is in fact entitled to due process under the University’s policy practices. It almost seems more beneficial for the University to simply payout her current contract, to just simply rid itself of her. That’s an action I’m sure may be plausible and legal.

Now that the University has spoken and taken action to at the very least, temporarily remove Ridgley from her coaching position, those who have looked into her actions more closely like most, are probably concerned and wondering why a song by a 22-year-old rapper, singing about gun violence and other explicit language referring to the nether regions of the human anatomy would be interesting enough to an NCAA athletic coach, that it not only appeared humorous to her, but allowed it to motivate her to post the content on social media. Its probably very logical reasoning to consider if at any point Ridgley ever thought about the potential backlash that the content contained in her personal video would create, or if it even mattered to her at all.

A volume of posters on social media simply referred to Ridgley’s behavior as a brief lapse of judgement, but its important to note that after the video was created, there is another process, like actually uploading the clip to Facebook that has to occur before it can be viewed by anyone else. So, what part was actually the moment of poor judgement? Not just that though, after all of the controversy related to rap music over the years since its inception into mainstream music in the early 1970’s, it suddenly became a music genre that drew widespread concern from parents when their children began singing musical lyrics that contained vulgar terms such as “nigga”, “bitch”, and “hoes.”

Since Ridgley’s job requires her to interact with a volume of very impressionable young adults, perhaps its an aspect of cultural etiquette that Ridgley was ignorant to, but regardless, as a leader at an Historically Black College and University, Ridgley should more than reasonably have known better than to allow such behavior to be as widespread on social media as it has become. It was extremely arrogant and disrespectful for her to make such a video public. Her posting the video was no coincidence and likely was deliberate. Why though? More importantly, why would any middle age working adult professional allow themselves to be cast in such negative light, especially related to music by “Tekashi 6ix9ine” who was convicted in January of this year for federal crimes after confessing to racketeering, illegal firearms possession, and aiding in attempted murder as part of a violent crime ring, the Trey Nine gangsters. Also, in a separate 2015 case, Hernandez pleaded guilty to criminal sex acts with a 13-year-old after claiming he believed she was in fact 19-years-old.

There are a volume of students who come to Del State from various inner city communities to escape the kind of violence depicted in the song that Ridgley was singing, in pursuit of higher education which could lead to better financial opportunities for them. Its simply counter productive for a leader in higher education of any capacity to not only allow themselves to be scrutinized in such a fashion, but also become such a distraction in the workplace that it may cause them to lose their employment, which in many cases is completely justified when such an unnecessary negative image is brought to the doorstep of any institution of higher learning.

Also, some say that the writing was on the wall and Ridgley should have been dealt with years ago after a student protest on campus back in 2010 regarding the disbanding of the University’s Equestrian team that was announced by then University President Dr. Harry Williams. The students rode the school’s horses onto the main campus and blocked the entrance to the administrative building, in protest of the equestrian program being disolved, and allegedly at the behest of Ridgley. Yet, while Ridgley has come under fire for her social media post that some called racist, the coach may be a problem of Delaware State’s own making.

Several decades ago when HBCUs began suffering financially, a growing trend emerged where institutions that were historically black had to reinvent themselves to keep their doors open. The former Morris Brown College collapsed under the financial struggles described, and even South Carolina State nearly went under. In Dover the lack of funding forced Del State along with other HBCUs to diversify as a sound strategy to survive economically. While those running the respective HBCUs won’t readily admit it, the takeover of black Colleges and Universities began several decades ago. When diversification was ushered in as a business marketing strategy, Del State and others began aggressively recruiting white students, white faculty, and white staff out of necessity to simply survive. For those who don’t believe its true, do your own research, and you’ll discover how the demographics of a volume of historically black institutions of higher learning have flipped.

While Delaware State’s student body is still composed of roughly 73% of its enrollment, 65% of the faculty and staff are now white. A fact which supports the argument of diversification in an effort to attract more white students. Unfortunately, when you recruit staff for a specific and limited criteria, often times the result is obtaining educators who don’t foster the kind of pride that once existed in an HBCU like Del State, and many of these same educators often feel empowered to do essentially what ever they please. Ridgley’s video clip was despicable on its face, but the outright gull to post it on social media was as if she dared the University to do something about it.

That’s why I’m glad that Dr. Mishoe didn’t even flinch in making the decision to take corrective action in this incident, as it has become a distraction, is disrespectful to our young people, and is exactly the kind of poor judgement that should never be indicative of the caliber of educator employed at Delaware State University. I join my Hornet family who applaud Dr. Mishoe’s swift action related to this matter, and only hope that the necessary process begins to govern this kind of behavior in the future for anyone associated with the University. This kind of disrespect for the legacy of Delaware State should never be tolerated. Needless to say, financial support by Alumni will always serve as a remedy to help prevent such dire measures that the University may be forced to pursue for financial stability at the expense of losing its cultural identity in an effort to survive economically.
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“When They See Us: Mini Series On Central Park 5 Was A Prelude To The O.J. Simpson Case, And Highlights Historic White Outrage & Fear”

Film maker Ava Duvernay’s Netflix series about the wrongful conviction of five black and latino boys in the late 1980’s for the beating and rape of a white New York investment banker, is perhaps one of the most gut wrenching, soul stirring and provocative stories appearing on film regarding race in America since Alex Haley’s “Roots.” The writer captured the essence of what many criminal defendants of color have been claiming for decades. While the vast majority of their cries regarding police brutality, coercion of statements, and other illegal police tactics seem to always fall upon death ears, in a rare fashion the “Central Park 5 case” was textbook in supporting these claims, but only after the real perpetrator of the crime came forward and confessed.

As depicted in the “When They See Us” series, the evidence initially didn’t fit a multiple suspect scenario, but prosecutor Linda Fairstein pressured police investigators to round up any black person in the park on the night of the attack. In a wide dragnet similar to how mobs of angry whites would gather up any black person in sight when the mere implication of disrespect, assault, or any perceived harm of a white woman was alleged to have happened, police set out and did just that at the behest of Fairstein. The fact that none of the “Central Park 5” knew each other, is a clear indication of just how random police were in their selection of potential suspects.

With the exception of Corey Wise who was 16 years of age at the time of the crime (Considered an adult at age 16 in the State of New York), none of the youths’ parents were present during the initial police interviews and interrogations, which police and prosecutors should have known would be problematic from the gate. Then add food and rest deprivation along with alleged police brutality to the mix, and even the most hardened or resilient kid between the ages of 14-16 could potentially say what ever police authorities wanted them to say. The kids cracked under this kind of pressure after being hounded for 12 of more hours, in an effort for no other provocation but to simply get out of there, and while not fully understanding the consequences of implicating themselves in a felony crime of this nature.

Now that the Netflix series has gone viral, many of the law enforcement officials involved in the prosecution of the Central Park case have come forward and denounced Ava Duverney’s version of the case as “complete fabrication,” despite to the contrary that there was no physical evidence linking any of the boys to the crime. The only evidence that investigators had was circumstantial in the frivolous confessions extracted from the youths during their initial interviews with the police, and without the presence of their parents or legal counsel which was a direct violation of their constitutional rights. Yet Fairstein and others pushed the prosecution of these juvenile subjects, when in fact the confessions should never have been permitted to be entered as evidence on the grounds that they were illegally obtained. This is the American justice system version when people of color lives are in the balance.

During a CNN interview former police officer Eric Reynolds claimed that Duvernay’s version was marred with inaccuracy, and chiefly the claim that the youths were interviewed without their parents present. Reynolds claimed that the parents were in fact there during the interviews, and implored viewers to watch the interviews in their entirety for themselves. Reynolds claims are nothing more than an attempt to gain support from the white American public in the belief that the “Central Park 5” were in fact guilty. However, when you watch the confessions you see that the youths were asked if they had previously made a statement to police regarding what they were about to tell prosecutors. Law enforcement never talk about the police interviews or reveal those recordings, and when you consider the fact that known of them knew each other, juxtapose to the confessions where they implicate each other and fail to align their statements with the evidence or the correct location of the crime, its clear that something doesn’t add up. (Eric Reynolds CNN interview)


— Donald Trump

The official’s consistent posture of pointing to the youth’s being guilty isn’t just preposterous considering the facts we now know, but it points to a sickness that could have only derived from the kind of blood thirst mob mentally that permeated the New York media at the height of the “Central Park Jogger” case. Since the crime involved a brutal rape and attack of a white woman by an alleged group of savage black youth, even wealthy business tycoon Donald Trump couldn’t contain his personal outrage at the time. In fact, Trump took out full page ads in all of the major New York newspapers calling for the death penalty to be reinstated in the state. “BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY. BRING BACK OUR POLICE,” the ads read. Trump’s public and personal posture fueled outrage within the white American public, and made the alleged confessions appear even more damning and believable.

Although years later when the real perpetrator emerged and confessed, we learned the true extent of the facts in the case. It was a complete shame what prosecutors and the police did to those boys, and the emotionally charged film left many viewers readily admitting that the series brought them to tears. The anger within the black community mostly stem from how these youths lives were snatched away from them at such a young age, when prosecutors and officials may knowingly have aggressively prosecuted them for crimes they may have known they didn’t commit. Also, the constant denial by officials despite glaring elements of the case to the contrary, is simply a common practice by law enforcement around the country, in what appears to be a national public policy by police agencies regarding people of color within the criminal justice system, so much so that it seemed to be a prelude to so many other highly publicized cases with black defendants.

Just six years later the “mob mentality” would rear its ugly head once again during the O.J. Simpson case. Known as the trial of the century, Simpson’s murder trial for the killing of his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman was also heavily publicized within the media, and just like in the “Central Park 5” defendant’s case Simpson was crucified in the media long before the case even went to trial. The circumstances of the cases did differ in terms of the actual crime and criminal charges, and Simpson had an alleged history of domestic violence that may have helped elevate the public’s belief in his culpability in the killings. Yet, both cases involving violence toward at least one white female in each case seem to trump (no pun intended) the presumption of innocence for all defendants in the subject criminal cases.

Let us also not forget that just 7 years prior to the “Central Park” case, the American public had a wake up call and an extremely harsh look at the policing culture in our nation that unfolded before the entire country, when an amateur video surfaced showing the brutal police beating of motorist Rodney King. Despite the clear and convincing evidence of police brutality, Los Angeles police along with the news media, painted a haunting image of King’s criminal history. Its a tactic widely utilized today to some how justify the brutality against criminal suspects of color, in an effort to overshadow the wrong doing and often criminal conduct of the police, and aid in soliciting these cultural police practices to the American public that the defendants deserved it because they are bad people.

Like the “central Park 5” and O.J. Simpson cases, the Rodney King beating in 1992 was a highly publicized incident as well, but the irony of it is, even with video footage of a seemingly docile and non-combative Rodney King being pummeled by police, King was made to be the villain in a case where the officers involved in the beating were initially acquitted of any wrong doing. The media and a bold, apathetic, and sick white American public sided with police, while claiming King was a big violent dude, and even though he lay subdued on the ground under vicious attack by police batons, he was still some how a legitimate threat to a volume of police officers at the scene.

Moreover, as the number of police shootings of unarmed black people continues to rise in a national epidemic, its clear to many within the black community, violence and criminal persecution that once openly plagued blacks, when in an instance and for no other provocation other than mere suspicion or false allegations of a crime against society’s code of conduct for blacks, that while its not as overt like during slavery or the time of Jim Crow, its more organized, sophisticated, and still has the approval and backing of the white American public. When you look deeply in to the annals of history in the American criminal justice system where black people are concerned, you’ll discover a consistent pattern of unfairness in comparison to their white counterparts when similarly situated when facing criminal prosecution.

What is it that has caused such an unbalanced scale of justice in the United States along the lines of race? Some say its white fear, white supremacy, and white privilege. No matter what the cause actually is, there is a plethora of cases historically, that sheds light on the treatment of black people who find themselves embroiled with the law. The “Central Park 5” case is indicative of how our children are not immune from white American injustice.

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Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied: Statements & Documents Show That Murder and Conspiracy Charges Against James Evans Stem From Contempt Of Cop Style Justice Part VI

(Many of the facts contained in this article were derived from and are supported by the Appellate Brief of Larry Greer)

As in any criminal case, whether the process involves felony or misdemeanor crimes, the burden of proof always falls upon the prosecutor and the police officials who brought the criminal case before the courts. The law is suppose to deem all defendants innocent until proven guilty. I believe our justice system has proven countless times over, that the supposed perception of innocence perhaps, leaves much to be desired by those who find themselves standing before the courts in judgement with their lives in the balance.

Long before the gavel lands upon the courts final disposition of criminal cases, the people will have spoken in a trial where by the defendants were afforded a jury of their peers, and the entire process should have been an impartial adjudication governed by the laws of the respective jurisdiction for which the defendants have been tried. Those of us who hail from marginalized communities know all to well that such a process hasn’t exactly ever been fair to poor and indigenous people (of all races) within this country, who also know that the word of a police officer holds far more weight than any credible eyewitness a defendant could ever produce.

It wasn’t until the early 1990’s that the American public began to see the disparity and unfairness of policing in this country, when the shameful Rodney King beating case was unveiled for all to see, which depicted a culture of police violence that had long permeated our nation without scrutiny from the American public. Despite the emergence of surveillance footage of the incident being captured by a citizen, which clearly showed indisputable police brutality and excessive force, many of the officers involved were initially and shockingly acquitted of any wrong doing in the case.

Other high profile cases of police violence (excessive force), corruption, and police involved shootings of unarmed black men that have made national headlines, has placed bright lights and a microscope on police agencies around the country, which was born out of public fear, distrust, and the lack of transparency by police agencies when civilians come in contact with police officials. Also, depending upon the demographic of the communities that certain police agencies serve, the cops can do no wrong and often times a prosecutor in many of these jurisdictions can indict, prosecute, and convict a ham sandwich because the allegiance to the police is just that strong within certain sub-cultural settings in modern society.

“They harassed me so much that when ever they showed up at the door, I just started to asking them if they had a warrant, and when they said they didn’t, I just politely closed the door,” the source said.

Now in the instance case (People of Illinois vs. James Evans) over 20 years later, a mountain of information has been uncovered, with witnesses who are no longer afraid of alleged corrupt cops and the county prosecutor’s office, are now speaking up and helping formulate a classic horror story of injustice and showing exactly how ruthless, moralless, and lawless policing allegedly operated in some counties in the United States, such as Madison County Illinois during the early 1990’s.

Latosha White-Hamilton who was an alleged former co-defendant of James Evans, told TPC during a telephone interview that police officials and a prosecutor allegedly attempted to pressure her into making false statements that would implicate herself and Evans in a murder for hire conspiracy. White’s comments regarding police intimidation and coercion was not the first person who told TPC that former Alton Detective Bradley Wells, prosecutor Keith Jensen, and others used the same tactics to hold their personal criminal troubles against them, in an effort to pressure them into making false statements against James Evans.

One alleged defendant in the conspiracy to commit murder indictment, who understandably, doesn’t want to be mentioned on record, told a story which details how Detective Wells and former Detective John Lakin allegedly and repeatedly appeared at their residence harassing them to make false statements on record about Evans and a $10,000.00 murder for hire conspiracy they wanted them to falsely implicate Evans in. The story they (Wells and Lakin) allegedly wanted told was a complete fabrication, the source said. “They harassed me so much that when ever they showed up at the door, I just started asking them if they had a warrant, and when they said they didn’t, I just politely closed the door,” the source said. Then one day they in fact showed up at their residence with an actual arrest warrant which charged them with conspiracy to commit murder anyway. The source gave other statements also regarding the case, but those comments won’t be mentioned on record in fear that the information might compromise the sources identity which TPC has agreed not to disclose.

White and the unnamed source’s comments are not just intriguing because it relates to serious cases of violence and murder, its just that their individual perspectives contain similar details on how police and the county prosecutor’s office went about attempting to obtain damning statements against James Evans, and more importantly though, the comments made by them are not the only people who are now saying nearly the exact same thing. During the phone interview with White, she also pointed TPC in the direction of Mr. Larry Greer’s case, which prosecutors alleged was in fact connected to the Evans cases, and TPC has obtained a copy of Greer’s Appellate Briefing which petitions the courts to overturn his conviction in a murder case for which he received a 40 year sentence. Depending on who you believe, the brief outlines a disturbing tale where by Greer changes the comments he made to police so many times, that its disturbing and highly suspect the authorities even used his testimony during the Evans trial.

Also, when you read the Greer Appellate Brief you learn that Greer’s interaction with authorities were suspicious at the very least. It describes how Greer (an alleged known “crackhead”) gives a story pertaining to the murder of Brian Warr (an alleged co-defendant of James Evans in the Nekemar Pearson slaying) on September 12, 1998, and when the cops didn’t belief his version they initially charged him with obstructing justice, arrested him, and placed him in the county jail on those charges). Greer summonses the authorities back to the jail where he changes his statement, and implies that Evans might be involved buy saying that Warr and Evans were having problems, but didn’t identify Warr’s shooter even though he was seated right next to Warr in the vehicle when the shooting occurred. Then on October 7, 1998 Greer was arrested on a substance charge. He asked to speak to a detective Adams to whom he gave a third statement regarding the Warr killing.

During the interview with Adams Greer identifies a man name Robert Fletcher (a Crip Gang member) as the person who shot and killed Brian Warr, and admitted that he had not been truthful in his previous statements to police because he was “scared.” Following that interview with Adams, Larry Greer was released from custody. On October 29, 1998 Greer testified during Robert Fletcher’s indictment hearing while again identifying Fletcher as the person who shot and killed Warr. Greer went on to testify that Warr had a gun with a laser sight on it. The gun didn’t work but Warr (according to Greer) had been pointing it at Fletcher. Greer would later admit that he made up the story about the gun and the laser sight at Fletcher’s request in exchange for Fletcher posting his bond.

Greer wouldn’t speak to police officials pertaining to the Warr killing again until March 31, 1999 (detectives Simmons and Wells conducted the interview) after Greer allegedly received a threatening note from Fletcher. Greer, Simmons, and Wells would speak the very next day (April 1, 1999). Greer testified before the Grand Jury again later that same day, telling the same story about having lied about the gun and laser, but then stated that in 1996 Fletcher believed that James Evans had arranged to have Nekemar Pearson (Fletcher’s best friend) killed. Greer then proceeds to tell a story about Evans and Warr dealing drugs together, as Evans, Warr, Fletcher, and Greer go back and forth regarding who actually killed Pearson (Greer’s account). This is where the story becomes confusing. Fletcher allegedly tells Greer that he was offered $3000 dollars by Evans to kill Warr (a very interesting fact is, that while Greer’s alleged stories indicate that Evans and Warr sold drugs together, there was never a motive established regarding why Evans wanted Warr killed, and more importantly, it seemed to be a conflict of interest for Evans to want to hire a Crip gang member to kill any one, when the Crips were supposed to have allegedly had a hit out on Evans for the killing of Fletcher’s friend Nekemar Pearson) then there was the story that Evans gave Greer $5,000 and 4 1/2 ounces of crack cocaine to be used to pay Fletcher for the hit on Warr. The state would even produce a witness later (Jody Wesley, who was a convicted felon, who served time in federal prison, and was facing state charges at the time) who didn’t know Fletcher or Warr, but alleged that they both spoke to him at length at the county jail about the murder for hire plot on Warr. Wesley also alleged that Greer said that he was paid $1500 dollars to set up his best friend to be murdered, and that Fletcher was the person who carried it out. The brief highlights rambling details that go on and on, and really doesn’t make a lot of sense when you try to understand all of the moving parts. I won’t spoil the rest of the intricate details contained in the Larry Greer Appellate Brief, which makes good reading for a cop drama television show, except this is about the lives of real life people who allegedly went to prisoner based on very shady information allegedly fabricated and cooked up by police authorities.

Its also important to note that while Greer was simply seated in a car with Warr when he was allegedly killed by Robert Fletcher, the cops and the prosecutor’s office kept him under constant scrutiny over the Warr killing, eventually began pressuring him to falsely implicate James Evans, and it was like a cat and mouse game between Greer and the authorities. When ever he told the cops something they wanted to hear he was rewarded with his freedom, and when ever he refused, or didn’t give information that satisfactory supported the the version they wanted conveyed, he was punished with criminal charges (fact), but you’ll have to read his Appellate Brief to discover how that all played out in an extremely sickening diatribe of varying allegations contained in the Greer Appellate Brief.. (read the Larry Greer Appellate Brief in the link below)

Larry Greer Appellate Brief

“That’s their version. What they made up and wanted me to say when they held my freedom over my head, you know, and money and different things like that.”

–Larry Greer

Larry Greer would deny receiving $5000 dollars and 4 1/2 ounces of crack cocaine from James Evans. That story was created by detective Simmons and prosecutor Jensen (also corroborating allegations regarding the authorities attempting to pressure potential witnesses who were facing criminal charges of their own, into making false statements to implicate James Evans in crimes that were alleged by Ms. White and others). To highlight the irregularity and potential criminal actions taken by police authorities, when Greer testified during the Grand Jury and was released, he was paid the $1500 dollars that was used to post his bond on the obstruction of justice charges (essentially paying him for his testimony). Also, court documents based on testimony given, Greer had also been given $100 dollars in early October by a Captain Spaul and detective Bradley Wells (a gesture that was problematic and some say was done to help him feed his drug habit, and make him willing to go along with future false statements).

Larry Greer was once again arrested for a look alike substance charge from October of 1998 to February of 1999. Greer would again speak to detectives Simmons and Wells in March. At that time Detective Simmons instructed him to change his story to “this murder for hire plot that Jason Simmons orchestrated.”

Court documents indicate that Greer Stated: “He (Simmons) told me he wanted me to say that Raven (James Evans) paid me and Fletcher to have it done (Warr killing), and it ain’t what –nothing like that, and then he said, well, there’s going to be a lot of people in the near future that’s going to get on the band wagon and go along with this story. You might as well get on. I said I’m not innocent. I said this statement that I gave to the Alton Police was the true statement. It’s really what happened. He didn’t want the truth. He said innocent people go to jail all the time. That’s what he told me.”

Greer testified that he was arrested again in of June 1999 for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. While in custody on that charge Greer says he had a meeting with prosecutor Kieth Jensen during the first week of July at the Madison County jail. According to Greer Jensen attempted to persuade Greer into adopting the $10,000 dollar murder for hire plot, and when Greer told Jensen he would not go along with such a story the meeting abruptly ended. Greer remained in the county jail for over six months on the pistol charge. Crumbling under pressure, Greer sent word that he was prepared to admit his involvement in the Warr murder. “Yeah, I wrote a letter. They broke me down. They broke me,” Greer allegedly stated. He also allegedly said “okay I’m ready to do it y’all way.” Then another meeting was arranged, and Greer was promised that he would not be charged with murder.”

“We just want you to go along with this story because, you know, we want to get Raven (James Evans) — we’re trying to get Raven convicted on this,and we need you. The only way we’re going to get Raven tied in for this murder is we need you.”

— Prosecutor Keith Jensen, as alleged in court documents by Larry Greer

Then on January 18, 2000, Greer communicated to another detective (Golike) that the statement he made previously to authorities regarding the conversations he had with Fletcher prior to the Warr murder, and what happened on the night of the murder was not true. According to court documents once again, Greer admitted to authorities that he had not been truthful in previous statements, but while his recantations were continuously changing, they also suddenly began to remain on a consistent theme (the attempted coercion of testimony and false statements pressure from police and the prosecutor’s office). Court documents also demonstrate that Greer testified:

“No, it was — it was Keith Jensen and Jason Simmons’ story put together. Every time that — every time I gave them a story, they let me go. They wanted me to — then I’d get locked up again. They say, well, you want — you want to go, just give us a little bit more. Give — just make yourself a little bit more involved.We’re not going to charge you, but they would always say we’ve got enough evidence to charge you with murder right now, but we’re not. He’d say we are not going to charge you with murder. We just want this. We want this $10,000 dollar murder for hire story.”

–Larry Greer

On the very next day that Greer refused to testify to the story related to the $10,000 dollar murder for hire plot, at the trial of Robert Fletcher, that the state had allegedly pressured him to do, Greer was subsequently charged with murder in the killing of Brian Warr.

“My attorney Batemen then stated that Larry Greer had already signed up for the deal and told me to think about it. I replied that Larry was a ‘crackhead’ and would do and say anything to obtain drugs to get free to smoke some more, and that I was not going to lie for the state, and I wanted nothing to do with being a ‘lying snitch’. “

–Robert Fletcher

Something had change inside Larry Greer though. Some people who know him say they believe he grew a conscious after learning that the state wanted Evans eligible for the death penalty. Greer had been willing to change his story for the authorities it seems, on multiple occasions, and even implicating himself in a murder that the state never proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he was involved in. The state of course produced rebuttal witnesses denying that they ever tried to solicit the murder for hire plot to Greer, and if it wasn’t for the fact that a volume of other people had already said essentially what Greer stated about being pressured and coercion of testimony, he might simple have been dismissed as a basic “crackhead” as described by Robert Fletcher. Despite all of Greer’s recantations about crimes to the police, he still appears credible in a notarized affidavit composed on September 28, 2012, when you juxtapose the affidavit to his testimony contained in the Appellate brief, and when he admits that he couldn’t lie for the state anymore when considering the state was trying to make Evans eligible for the death penalty. (read the affidavit of Larry Greer in the link below)

Larry Greer Affidavit

There are those who will highlight Larry Greer’s consistent story retractions as a viable means to discredit his allegations against law enforcement officials ( most likely, those within sub-cultural groups who have traditionally supported police as a cultural practice), but his claims are an echoing perspective that has consistently dogged authorities involved in these serious crimes, and the list of people who say that they were coerced into telling untruths against people that officials wanted prosecuted (like James Evans), is continuously growing. The state even allegedly solicited the murder for hire plot to Robert Fletcher, according to Fletcher’s own affidavit, which was composed on June 3, 2002. In the document Fletcher claims that he was offered leniency for an actual murder, that all indications suggest he did commit, if he would just testify to James Evans being the mastermind to all of the murders surrounding the related cases. (read the affidavit of Robert Fletcher in the link below)

Robert Fletcher Affidavit

Why such visceral hatred for Evans though? To add true and proper discernment to even began rationalizing what court documents obviously depict, nothing short of a potential witch hunt by law enforcement for one man, the premise for the alleged malicious pursuit of James Evans must be resolved. Prior to his arrest, indictment and subsequent convictions, Evans had no previous history of violent crime (one drug charge that was eventual dismissed). His reputation of allegedly being a “drug dealer” that I have mentioned from the onset of shedding light on this story, might be the source of the alleged pursual coveting of one man, that is completely obsessive, even for an alleged despised drug dealer, as the crime of drug solicitation is entirely different from a murder case.

The stories surrounding Bradley Wells having a picture of James Evan’s family on his desk in his office might also shed some light on perhaps, a deep perverse sickness, obsession of capturing an unjustly targeted suspect, or a contempt of cop mindset, which some studies related to policing indicate, is typically developed by some police who deem recidivist (re[p]eat criminal defendants) as a measure of disrespect, ultimately resulting in the defendant being arrested or charged with hyper policing tactics, to get them off the street once and for all regardless if sufficient evidence exist to prove criminal activity, and by any means necessary. Whether its “contempt of cop,” corruption, or that they just simply didn’t like Evans, it isn’t the type of policing conducive for any community, any society, any civilization, and it certainly isn’t justice when law enforcement can function in this manner to maliciously send citizens to prison for decades for crimes in which they haven’t committed.

Could any of this that’s now being revealed through court documents possibly be true? Then again of course, there is still the issue of the three (3) court orders, that still hasn’t produced those tapes.

To Be Continued In A Series…

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Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied: The Emergence Of Witnesses And Case Files Illuminates How James Evans Never Received A Fair Trial Under The U.S. Constitution Part V

The American criminal justice system is suppose to be a vehicle in which the law governs our democracy to insure the regulation of actions by citizens within our society at large. Often times the process fails to achieve impartiality (especially when young black men become embroiled in the criminal justice system) as the law was meant to exhibit in the legitimate pursuit, attack, or ridicule of those whose actions are alleged to have infringed upon, or broken established rules created for specific aspects of the law in general. Therefore, the court system serves under an umbrella of the law where criminal cases are heard, tried, and given final disposition at an beyond a reasonable doubt standard. The case of James Evans has failed miserably to achieve adjudication of the law based on such a standard.

“If found to be true, this would not only be grounds for, at the very least a new trial for Evans, but potentially criminal consequences (for prosecutorial misconduct such as subordination of perjury) for authorities involved in the Evans prosecution. Such a discovery would also establish that prosecutors, whether intentionally or not, introduced manufactured evidence against Evans, which would be a direct violation of his right to a fair and impartial trial under the U.S. Constitution.”

Now that the list of independent eyes viewing the Evans case outside of Madison County Illinois (site of original trial) has began to grow, more scrutiny has been placed on the Evans trial and conviction as a whole, while many questionable actions allegedly taken by police officials and the state attorney’s office that prosecuted the Evans case are starting to raise eyebrows, the abnormality and inordinate delay of Mr. Evans’ post conviction appellate process serves as a reminder, if not an exacerbation of the fundamental claims of many who see the lack of impartiality by the courts in the Evans case as an established policy to deny Evans due process under the law.

The appellate ruling of Mr. Evans’ convictions establishes a higher court’s affirmation of Madison County Illinois decision of guilt, based on the evidence presented at trial where a jury of Mr. Evans’ peers in fact found him guilty of 1st degree murder, and three counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Now Evans has been pursuing his appeals to the next level, but his claims have been stalled by the court in Madison County, where by the state prosecutor’s office has failed to turn over crucial items of discovery in which Evans is rightfully entitled to under the law, and the state has failed to turn over the requested materials despite three (3) separate court orders instructing the state to do so. Not just that though, it has been well established through case law, that post conviction processes in Illinois should take just over a year and a half to be completed, but Mr. Evans has been fighting the Madison County Courts for nearly eleven years now to obtain discovery necessary to support his claims within his eventual post conviction petitions. (see the complete James Evans Appellate Rulings below)

James Evans Murder Conviction Appellate Ruling

James Evans Conspiracy Conviction Appellate Ruling

The discovery that Mr. Evans seeks is in the form of audio tapes that were played before the jury during the trial and were believed to be a crucial aspect of the case which has led to Evans’ convictions (Evans has always made his claim known, that the tapes played during trial were recordings of multiple conversations that were edited to appear as just one). If found to be true, this would not only be grounds for, at the very least a new trial for Evans, but potentially criminal consequences (for prosecutorial misconduct such as subordination of perjury) for authorities involved in the Evans prosecution. Such a discovery would also establish that prosecutors, whether intentionally or not, introduced manufactured evidence against Evans, which would be a direct violation of his right to a fair and impartial trial under the U.S. Constitution. Some experts familiar with Illinois state law have conveyed to TPC, that such inaction by the courts regarding “these type of appellate issues, while they are highly irregular, seem to be the norm down in Madison County.” The state’s failure to turn over the tapes and the court’s failure to sanction state officials who have repeatedly disobeyed a court order, in many regards is what has caused a rally behind Mr. Evans by a growing support base who see him as being a political prisoner of Madison County Illinois. What’s on those tapes that has caused such an inordinate delay by state officials to obey three separate court orders to turn over the requested tapes? (view Evans’ petition for discovery related to the audio tapes below)

Evans’ Petition For Discovery (surrounding audio tapes related to his trial)

Also, suppression of highly exculpatory evidence by the state during the trial (in the form of a police affidavit, where the officer establishes that he in fact saw the murder victim in the Evans case, alive ten days after when he was allegedly abducted and subsequently killed by Evans and co-defendants), and ineffective counsel by the late Charles Shaw (former Defense counsel who some say was literal asleep at the wheel during court proceedings) who failed to impeach testimony during the trial, of those who claim that the victim Nekemar Pearson was last seen with Evans on the day he disappeared (although Shaw had evidence in his possession that disputed such allegations, where a witness name Lakiesha Steele told authorities that Pearson had in fact been chased and fired upon with guns by members of the family of Willie Nicholes on the day he disappeared, and that Pearson held up at her home to escape his alleged assailants). Pearson was in fact on house arrest for the murder of Willie Nicholes, and the date of his alleged disappearance was the one year anniversary of the Nicholes slaying. All of this evidence clearly lay out in documents of the case discovery as a matter of record. Yet, state authorities call the Evans conviction a solid case of justice, despite the fact that many who testified against him were either paid for their testimonies, given leniency, or granted immunity for their own personal criminal strife (fact). Some of these problematic issues of the Evans conviction are so rudimentary to established case law where Evans is similarly situated, that his case entirely appears to be a blatant violation of not just laws governing the state of Illinois, but some admit could be direct violation of federal statute, and more than likely the primary premise for the abnormality or inordinate delay of his appellate process by the Madison County courts.

In further discourse regarding the subject audio tapes, Mr. Evans’ claims are supported by an alleged co-defendant of his conspiracy to commit murder cases. In a recent interview with Ms. Latosha White-Hamilton, she conveyed that she was charged along side Mr. Evans for conspiring to kill Brian Warr, his father Lester Warr, and Clifton Wheeler (Brian Warr and Clifton Wheeler were also supposedly co-defendants of Mr. Evans’ in the murder case of Nekemar Pearson). Her alleged involvement in the murder conspiracies are related to her selling a firearm to a man name Tommy Rounds (Mr. Evans’ first cousin), who she says Detective Bradley Wells and state prosecutor Kieth Jensen attempted to pressure her into falsely stating that Evans had directed her to sell Rounds a gun, for the purpose of killing Lester Warr, and others who were alleged to have been targets of the murder conspiracy. White said the allegations were completely fabricated, and one of the reasons that she refused to falsely testify to the false allegations against Evans, because she learned that Rounds (an alleged known career confidential police informant) was wearing a wire for police authorities at the time she made the gun sale. White stated that she was never concerned about the murder conspiracy charge due to the entire story being a fabrication by an alleged corrupt detective name Brad Wells, but admitted that she was guilty of selling Rounds a firearm for which she legally had no license to do. White was so contrite with her involvement in the selling of a weapon, that she says she had even prepared to go to prison for her actions related to the firearm.

During the interview White went on to describe how she had no knowledge of the murder case for which Evans was convicted of killing Nekemar Pearson, because when she first met Mr. Evans, Pearson had already gone missing. “There were already posters around town seeking information about his disappearance when I met James,” she stated. She told TPC that she refused to tell a lie in court against Evans because despite pressure from Wells and the prosecutor’s office, she knew that their wasn’t anything on the wire recording (if they had a good connection) warn by police CI Tommy Rounds that could implicate her in any conspiracy to commit murder on anyone. White says she was embroiled in the case for over five (5) years until she finally plead out for the felony conviction of selling a firearm without a state license, a charge she willingly admitted she was guilty of.

“There was something F***** Up about those tapes. Wells and them did something to those tapes, that’s exactly why I never worried about the conspiracy charges. I kept telling my attorney to listen to the tapes, because I knew they were lying about the conspiracy charges.”

— Latosha White-Hamilton

However, when I discussed the allegations that Wells alleged regarding the gun sale being a directive given to her by Evans, she said that Evans did contact her regarding Rounds, but it was for a request to give Rounds money because he had just got out of prison. White went on to say that she simply thought Rounds needed monies to get back home to where he was from, but when she met Rounds (unsuspectingly by her) he was wearing a wire for police officials, and he asked her if she could help him get a gun. White said that her late ex who had been killed in a shooting involving the St Louis police, had a gun that was contained inside a shoe box that had been stored in a closet at her home. White alleges that she didn’t want the gun in her house and was willing to sell the weapon to Rounds, which she in fact did. White said that the audio tape that was probably produced from the wire Rounds wore would reflect what she described to TPC regarding her sale of the firearm to Rounds (she was never worried about conspiracy to commit murder charges because she knew that the tape didn’t record such a transaction, and deemed the murder conspiracy charges as a mere scare tactic by Wells and the state to force her to play ball in their fabricated story of supposed murder conspiracy crimes against James Evans).

The interview of Ms. White also revealed some other interesting parts of the case. White who had just recently spoken to Mr. Evans prior to her interview with TPC, hadn’t done so for over 20 years, as part of her plea agreement and condition of probation was to not have contact with Evans. Her comments regarding the alleged inculpatory tapes against her, Evans, and others were in fact inaudible she recalls, a claim that Evans has also consistently made regarding the tapes. Like Evans, White who states that she had the tapes for years before they were lost during her family’s move to another residence, describes the tapes as having a fuzzy sound during certain parts of the recordings (white noise), which made them inaudible and not understandable to an objective listener of the tapes. “There was something F***** Up about those tapes. Wells and them did something to those tapes, that’s exactly why I never worried about the conspiracy charges. I kept telling my attorney to listen to the tapes, because I knew they were lying about the conspiracy charges,” White told TPC during the interview.

At times during the interview White also voiced her anger, at the top of her voice at times, regarding the allegations of conspiring to kill Lester Warr. “Why on earth would we conspire to kill Lester? Why would we do that, and for what reason, White conveyed. It is a shame of what Wells and the state did to James,” she said. Her comments also supported claims outlined in testimony documents regarding Mr. Larry Greer who was convicted for involvement in the murder of Brian Warr. White says that Greer was simply sitting in a vehicle with Warr when a man name Robert Fletcher, a known Crip gang member and personal friend of Nekemar Pearson, shot and killed Brian Warr for his alleged involvement in the Pearson slaying. White explains that Greer drove Warr to the hospital and was subsequently charged and convicted in the Warr killing. She says that despite Greer’s efforts in a failed attempt to save Warr’s life by driving him to the hospital after he was shot, Wells initially charged him with obstruction of justice, then solicited him to make false statements against Evans pertaining to the Pearson murder. She says Greer played ball, testifying against Evans at his trial, but then Wells and state officials reneged on Greer’s immunity promise, and pursued charges against Larry Greer surrounding the Warr killing which resulted in a conviction and a 40 year sentence. White conveyed that anybody in Alton around that time who were connected to James Evans, that ran into criminal trouble, were pressured into making false statements against James. “Everyone who did were given deals on their charges, and like me, those who didn’t, were punished with aggressive prosecution that resulted in convictions and in some instances, lengthy prison sentences. Because of Brad Wells I have that felony gun charge over my head to this day because I wouldn’t lie against James Evans. I’m sorry, that’s something I just couldn’t do,” White said.

“true justice can only be served in the form of Bradley Wells being indicted for the crimes that he allegedly committed while he was a detective for the Madison County Sheriff Department.”

— A source on conditions of anonymity

Along side the comments made by Latosha White-Hamilton during her interview with The People’s Champion Blog, are comments made by others who spoke on conditions of anonymity out of so much fear of retaliation from police authorities and Crip gang members for what they know, that I am not even authorized to publish their comments regarding the case. I can only say that their comments are aligned with what has already be revealed regarding the coercion of false statements and testimony under duress while being pressured by Detective Wells and others.

Some of what people said under anonymity was very forthright and critical of the Alton Community for their belief in Evans’ guilt as outlined in local media. They argue that Evans was convicted long before his trial had ever began. Also, the Crip gang was harshly criticized for the violence within the community, and “for all of the tough guy, macho, gang banging persona that many of the wannabe thugs attempted to display around Alton, when those white cops like Brad Wells got whole of their a**es, they turned into little bitches. Its one thing to tell police what you know in an effort to save your self from a lengthy prison sentence, while you might be considered a snitch, people might understand why you did it. Crumbling under pressure for petty shoplifting theft charges, or allowing yourself to be pressured into making up some stuff to send a person to jail for sh*t you know he didn’t commit, is not even snitching. That’s being a bitch plain an simple,” the source told TPC. Others have also said that they hope the truth finally emerges about what happened to Nekemar Pearson, and that “true justice can only be served in the form of Bradley Wells being indicted for the crimes that he allegedly committed while he was a detective for the Madison County Sheriff Department.”

To Be Continued As Part Of A Series …

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