Cases of Injustice

Robert Allen

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Cases of Injustice | 0 comments

Robert Allen

Reginald Braggs, a.ka. Robert Allen, was tortured by Chicago Police Detectives and convicted of three armed robberies and attempted murder based on the detectives’ testimony, inconsistent testimony by witnesses, and a coerced confession given by a friend who was also tortured. He was sentenced to a total of 125 years in prison, some concurrent. Robert Allen has been wrongfully imprisoned since 1990. His expected discharge date is 2055.

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Angela Davis urges freedom for Howard Morgan

Posted by on Sep 14, 2013 in Cases of Injustice, News, Stop Police Crimes | 0 comments

Read more about Howard Morgan’s case March 2, 2012 Howard Morgan urgently needs our expressions of solidarity. He is clearly a victim of the persisting practices of racial profiling by the Chicago Police Department. I urge all who value democracy and human rights to join with me and his Chicago supporters in demanding his freedom. When Howard Morgan was stopped by the police on February 21, 2005, he had been a full time police officer for the BNSF Railroad for thirteen years, and previously had spent over eight years on the Chicago Police Force.  I understand that although he immediately identified himself as a policeman, he was pulled from his mini-van and repeatedly shot until the police thought he was dead.  He took 21 shots in his back as he lay supine on the street, but miraculously, he did not die.  It is hard to believe that after enduring this attack, he was charged with attempted murder of the police officers who tried to kill him.  After his 2007 trial, the jury found him not guilty of firing a weapon and was hung on the remaining charges.   However, in apparent violation of the Fifth Amendment prohibition against double jeopardy, he was retried and on Jan. 27 of this year was found guilty on all four counts of attempted murder of a police officer. Howard Morgan insists on his innocence and an eyewitness confirms his version of the events that led the police to shoot him. His attorneys have filed motions for setting aside the verdict. Meanwhile, he faces 40 years to natural life in prison on each of four counts of attempted murder of a police officer.  The most urgent need is for bail pending his appeal.  Morgan is 61 years old and in very poor health as a result of the almost fatal attack by Chicago Police.  He has never missed a court date and this outrageous and unjust verdict will almost certainly be reversed.  His $2 million bail, which was revoked upon his conviction, should be reinstated and he should be released so that his family may care for him. Please act now Please go to http://www.FreeHowardMorgan.com and join me in signing the petition for his freedom.  For more details on the case go to http://www.naarpr.org. Free Howard Morgan!  Release Howard Morgan on bail.  Demand that the verdict be set aside.  Free Howard Morgan NOW. Angela Davis Oakland,...

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Michael D. Smith

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Cases of Injustice | 0 comments

Michael D. Smith

Tragically, on May 19, 2011, Michael D. Smith died from prostate cancer at Dixon Correctional Center. He had been in prison over 30 years for a crime he did not commit. Although diagnostic tests had revealed the disease years earlier, the failure of the Illinois Department of Corrections to correctly diagnose and properly treat Smith resulted in his death, which would have been completely preventable with the appropriate medical care.

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Howard Morgan

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Cases of Injustice | 0 comments

Howard Morgan

Howard Morgan, a former Chicago Police Officer before spending 13 years as a Railroad Police Officer for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, pulled over on his way home the morning of February 21, 2005, because he saw a police car behind him and was letting it pass. To Mr. Morgan’s surprise, he discovered that the police had stopped him for an alleged traffic violation.

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Jacqueline Montanez

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Cases of Injustice | 0 comments

Jacqueline Montanez

Jacqueline Montanez is a 35-year-old woman who has been in prison for 20 years for a murder she committed in 1992 when she was 15. Her sentence of juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) violates the basic principles of the juvenile justice system that children should be treated differently than adults. Teens are both more impulsive than adults, but also have more of a capacity for change. Jacqueline Montanez today is a mature, caring woman, accepts responsibility for what she did as a 15 year old, but, in her words, is “trapped in a cement casket.”

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Jarmain Merritt

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Cases of Injustice | 0 comments

Download Fact Sheet JARMAIN MERRITT Sentenced To 35 Years For a Crime That He Did Not Commit. On September 6, 1997, Jarmain Merritt, a tire repair specialist, was organizing a block party for his son, Jockess’ sixth birthday. Detectives drove up to his home with guns drawn. Moments later, Merritt found himself in a squad car heading to Forest Park where he was told he was wanted for a carjacking and other crimes, even though he claimed that he had never been there. In Forest Park, Merritt was placed in several lineups, approximately 4-5 in each district. No one could identify him. Frustrated, the police told Merritt that he would be released if he signed some papers. Merritt realized it was a confession and he refused to sign. He was held by false drug charges while the police attempted to ID him with a different carjacking in Oak Park. Merritt was held without bond. After six weeks, Oak Park Police took Merritt from Forest Park to Oak Park where he was again placed in several lineups. Eight hours later, he was charged with aggravated kidnapping and vehicular hijacking and was taken back to Cook County Jail. The Kidnapping and Carjacking of Ida Vanessa Dorantes On Saturday, August 30, 1997, Ida Vanessa Dorantes was the victim of an attempted carjacking. Dorantes told the police and the court that at about 1:15pm, she went to the St. Paul bank branch at 6020 W. Roosevelt Rd. to make a deposit for her mother. When she got back into her car, a man who had been hiding on the floor behind the seat grabbed Dorantes around the neck and ordered her to drive, threatening to kill her. Dorantes caught only a glimpse of his face. After driving two blocks, she pulled up in front of her house. Dorantes honked the horn, parked the car and turned off the ignition, leaving the key in place. The man began hitting her in the head with his left fist while holding her in place with his right arm.  Dorantes escaped and the perpetrator turned on the car again. Raul Martinez, a bystander, saw the incident take place and tried to detain the attacker. Martinez was able to hit him a few times and turn off the car. The perpetrator started the ignition again and drove off. The police found Dorantes’ car three blocks away. The car was immediately searched for evidence and fingerprints. Merritt’s Trial Counsel Was Ineffective Julie Harmon, Merritt’s public defender, had Investigator Paul Rossi interview Martinez in person. Martinez said that the incident lasted twenty-five seconds, he was not sure about the ID and that he could not be sure if the man was African American or Puerto Rican.  Dorantes said that the whole thing lasted five minutes or less, that the offender was sitting behind her, and that she had not gotten a good enough glimpse of her attacker’s face to make a positive ID. When asked if she could be wrong about Merritt, she said she did not get a look at him. Public Defender Harmon submitted at least two motions to get the case against Merritt dismissed. His family pooled enough funds to retain Attorney Anderson J. Ward to represent him. P.D. Harmon told Ward that if she were called to testify, she would say that she had never felt so compelled to prove someone’s innocence as she has been in Merritt’s case. She highlighted the fact that she spoke to the victim who was unable to identify the perpetrator as Mr. Merritt. Ward did not conduct a thorough investigation...

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