by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
“If a man does not have anything to die for, he has nothing to live for.” These are the words of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. who was a philosopher and an advocate. Every “human being” has a belief system. Only a slave will avoid death or torture at all costs. More importantly, a “slave” avoids all human relationships with other persons in his or her ethnic group. Frederick Douglass described a people without a belief system as follows:
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blow, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
Tawana Brawley is our Rosa Parks. The rape of Tawana and the enforcement of rape laws against white perpetrators is a test case. The Brawley family made it clear that it was seeking justice and not money. Justice would hopefully deter other white men from engaging in “legitimate rape.”
New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams wrongfully referred to her claim of rape as a “hoax” in 1988. He was unaware that a petit jury would review the accusation of a ”hoax” in the defamation case. A grand jury is an accusatory body. On the other hand, the petit jury is the final arbiter of the facts and the law.
Although Abrams claimed, in 1988, that the grand jury accused Tawana of perpetrating a “hoax”, the petit jury found that Steven Pagones was “involved in the kidnapping and rape of Tawana Brawley.” This definitely meant that Tawana had not perpetrated a “hoax”. This was the final word. It came in July 1998. Pagones, however, wants his cake and to be able to eat it also.
A finding by a petit jury that Pagones was involved in the kidnapping and rape meant that sufficient evidence was available to indict him for kidnapping and rape. To be sure, the petit jury found that Pagones was not eligible for any damages. Justice S. Barrett Hickman was assigned to the defamation case to punish Tawana regardless of the jury finding. To require the victim, twenty-six years later, to compensate the rapist and perpetrator is a “miscarriage of justice”. Rev. Herbert Oliver said that this is “unacceptable.” (bold letters ours-cs)
Even if Pagones had properly served Tawana with a summons and complaint, Justice Hickman would have been unable to award Pagones $141,000 in damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Pagones admitted in the New York Post of December 23, 2012 that Tawana has always remained silent. This is a damaging and final admission.
Black’s Law Dictionary defines intentional infliction of emotional distress as follows: “The tort of intentionally or recklessly causing another person severe emotional distress through one’s extreme or outrageous acts.” Silence will never qualify as conduct amounting to intentional infliction of emotional distress.
This is the reason that Justice Hickman dispensed with an inquest. Pagones would have had to testify to outrageous conduct on the part of Tawana. Tawana said nothing publicly about Pagones. There was certainly no outrageous conduct. In an inquest after a default judgment, Pagones would have to give false testimony to support a prima facie case of intentional infliction of emotional distress. This testimony was unavailable. With no inquest, there is no proof of damages. This is even basic in landlord-tenant cases.
To stick it to Tawana in the pocketbook, Justice Hickman had to involve himself personally in criminal activity. He filed a false instrument for a default judgment even though he knew that Tawana has never been properly served with a summons and complaint. She was a minor in Virginia.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have turned their heads away from this criminal activity while Pagones picks Tawana’s pocket. Andrew Cuomo was with his father in framing Tawana in the first place in 1988. Andrew Cuomo is continuing the frame-up.
After the state’s grand jury investigation started on February 29, 1988, I asked both C. Vernon Mason and Al Sharpton to not become involved in the Tawana investigation. They saw the cameras and forgot about what I had said. You could not keep their mouths shut. This continued for Sharpton until before November 1997. It continued for Mason until July 1998.
Now, they are as quiet as church mice. Sharpton is the “right hand man” of Andrew Cuomo. Schneiderman promised in 2010 that if Blacks made him the next state attorney general of New York, he would put a desk in his office for Sharpton. This promise was covered in the white media.
Tawana now needs the help of Sharpton and Mason to expose the truth. They both have daughters. Sharpton, however, is on the run from the Black community. White supremacists own him lock, stock and barrel. He is not a “freedom fighter.” His job is one of pacification and censorship.
In 1987, law enforcement officials said that Henry Crist, Jr., a police office who was also involved in the kidnapping and rape of Tawana Brawley had committed suicide. Abrams said that my well-publicized statements of “murder” warranted my disbarment. New York “barred” me from all courtrooms in 1990. This is “obstruction of justice.” I was never disbarred in any sense of the word.
During the grand jury investigation in 1988, Abrams avoided asking for the testimony of the pathologist who had examined Crist’s body. I asked him to testify about Crist at the defamation trial ten years later. He testified that Crist’s death was a homicide and not a suicide. Abrams had not only made a false statement but he had also filed a false instrument in a legal proceeding.
In the New York Post article, Pagones said that Sharpton “should at least come clean and admit that, after the trial, that now he knows Steven Pagones had nothing to do with Tawana Brawley.” It is too late for Sharpton to come “clean.” A jury of Pagones’ peers found that he was involved in the kidnapping and rape of Tawana. This decision is now final. Pagones should have appealed it. He did zero.
President Barack Obama is chauffeured around the nation’s capital with a license plate which reads “TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.” This means that the American Revolution is still incomplete. “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” These are the words of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
This is an issue of sovereignty. No person who is unfree can form a free association. The United States denies the right of people of African ancestry to enjoy sovereignty. The Reconstruction Amendments fall far short of giving sovereignty rights to descendants of enslaved Africans.
If Black people throughout the United States were able to enjoy freedom of speech, our license plates would also read “TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.” Blacks in New York have never enjoyed full political representation. When “emancipation” took full effect in 1827, there were restrictions on voting rights. In 1847, only one Black person was allowed to practice law in the state.
Today, Blacks in New York are still barred from forming a political party. In 2010, New York chose to dump 190,000 votes rather than to allow Blacks to exercise political expression. To this date, New York has refused to explain the whereabouts of these votes. “Might makes right” is the slogan of the white ruling class.
In February 1989, New York arbitrarily “barred” me from exercising the right to represent the Brawley family. It wanted to run roughshod over the Brawley family. Effective legal representation would prevent this legal onslaught. Afterwards, the late Hudson Reid sought to represent Tawana. New York decided that Reid might provide effective, legal representation.
New York next decided to appoint Matthew Strong as her guardian ad litem even though she was living with her natural mother, Glenda Brawley. Strong had married Juanita Strong, Glenda Brawley’s sister. He was a police officer in Monticello, New York. He smelled a rat and refused to consent to the appointment.
This would become a problem for Pagones because the service of a summons and complaint on a minor requires a guardian ad litem. There was no guardian ad litem. To make matters worse, Tawana had to be served in New York for a New York court to have jurisdiction over her. She was allegedly served in Virginia. New York is allowing Pagones to “pickpocket” Tawana’s pocket for over Three Hundred Dollars every pay period for the rest of her life.
The scheduling of Dr. Melva Jackman to be the keynote speaker at the weekly UAM forum at the Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. could not come at a better time. In addition to Women’s History Month, there is also a financial crisis amid the Tawana Brawley struggle against legitimate rape in New York which affects over a million women of African ancestry.
Dr. Jackman is not only a retired educator but also a commercial pilot. She has taken an interest in the Brawley case. This has led her to write a play about the ordeal and she is in the process of publishing a book about this struggle which stared in 1987 and continues to this very day with the legal aid of New York.
Dr. Herbert Oliver will also be present. Since New York and Virginia have allowed Steven Pagones to attach her wages to the tune of over Three Hundred Dollars every two weeks, Rev. Oliver has established a fund through his associated organizations to help defray the illegal bill of Tawana Brawley which will amount to more than Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00).
Hopefully, the generosity and sacrifice of Rev. Oliver will become contagious to myriad Black organizations. Tawana has a daughter. Only a white supremacist would devise a scheme which allows the white perpetrator to collect from the Black victim. Pagones is illegally using the U.S. Constitution to perpetrate the heist.
At the end of the lawful enslavement of Africans in the United States, the question of settlement arose. It was proposed that the slavemaster receive restitution for the emancipation of the slaves. Stated differently, when the slavemaster has to stop enslaving Africans, the slavemaster is proposed to be entitled to restitution even though slavery is a “crime against humanity.”
On March 20, 2013, Alton Maddox, at the forum, will highlight and explain New York’s abuse of the legal process to show that crime always pays when the perpetrator kidnaps and rapes a person of African ancestry. The lips of leading Blacks and Black selected officials have been sealed. The Black media is practicing censorship which is also adversely affecting the financial status of Tawana Brawley.
Nearly twenty-six years ago, Steven Pagones, Harry Crist et. al. kidnapped and raped fifteen-year-old Tawana Brawley in Dutchess County, NY. Crist was the victim of a homicide within forty-eight hours after Tawana was found. There is no statute of limitations for murder. This is why Robert Abrams insisted that it was a suicide. It was not.
She had been missing for four days. Ten years later, a predominantly, all-white, petit jury in Dutchess County, after nearly a year-long trial, found that Pagones had indeed kidnapped and raped Tawana Brawley. This finding discounted any claim that it was a “hoax”. With this finding, Pagones is prohibited, by law, from picking Tawana’s pocket.
During the grand jury investigation, which lasted from February 29, 1988 to October 1988, New York subpoenaed Glenda Brawley to testify against her daughter, Tawana, despite the parent-child relationship. She refused. New York held her in contempt. She bypassed a police roadblock and initially went to Georgia. This was in July 1988. If she touches New York soil, she would be arrested today.
New York courts simply ignored the findings of a petit jury and belatedly crafted a bogus, foreign judgment under the Full Faith and Credit Clause to dock Tawana’s pay every two weeks in Virginia for approximately Three Hundred Dollars starting on February 8, 2013. It will continue for the rest of her life if Pagones and New York are not stopped. This is criminal activity and public officials in New York are subject to criminal prosecutions.
I only have a license to practice law but the right of representation belongs to the people. New York has refused to disbar me. Instead, it is waiting to see if Blacks will enforce their right to competent and zealous representation. A license to practice law is meaningless if Blacks lack the courage to demand competent and zealous representation. The first move belongs to Blacks.
I was “barred” from representing Tawana on February 29, 1989. I was “barred” from representing Blacks on May 21, 1990. It was simply “might makes right.” Most Blacks believed that if you are white you are right. Stated differently, leading Blacks and Black selected officials had decided that I was on my own. Most Blacks had fled Tawana after December 12, 1987. This is not a personal matter. Legitimate rape is a matter of public concern.
Tawana Brawley will join Glenda Brawley-King and Ralph King in Washington, DC on April 6-7, 2013. United African Movement will be in Washington, DC for a support rally for the Brawley family in addition to the touring Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, MD; a “Nile Valley on the Potomac” tour to be conducted by Anthony Browder in Washington, DC, and the African-American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC.
Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please support the movement to Reinstate him. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471