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The Need for a Coroner’s Jury


by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

My first tribute to my lawyering skills did not come from black lawyers such as the National Bar Association, the Harlem Lawyers Association, the National Conference of Black Lawyers or from the Metropolitan Bar Association. Instead, it came from attorney William Kunstler at New York Law School.

After each of my unexpected, legal victories “Bill” would always pen me a note. He would remind me that no other lawyer could have won the case. My legal skills almost emulated those of C.B. King of Albany, GA. “Bill” would have never bought the legal efficacy of a “debarment” and Brady violations.

One of my strengths was my knowledge as a “forensic scientist.” I made an investment in forensic science at Northwestern University and at University of Colorado. No people should allow a predator to write an autopsy and a death certificate for the prey. This is like allowing a lion to draft the autopsy report of a zebra.

In death, there is a presumption against suicide. Far too many Blacks still believe NYS Attorney General Robert Abram’s claim that P.O. Harry Crist, Jr. committed suicide after he had just raped Tawana Brawley. This is a “fish story.” Neither UAM nor Freedom Party would financially support Pagones v. Maddox et. al, Index No. 4595 (Sup. Ct., Dutchess Co., 1988).

Gov. Andrew Cuomo prosecuted a bill of attainder against me for being a forensic scientist and rejecting the cause of death of P.O. Crist, Jr. The only person who sought testimony of a pathologist was defendant Maddox. When asked about the manner of death, Dr. Aplasca testified as follows:

Q. Now, in your autopsy report you listed the cause of death, is that correct?

A. Yes.

Q. All right. But, it would be fair to say that you did not -your autopsy report does not reflect the manner of death, is that correct?

A. Yes that’s correct.

Q. And your autopsy report also does not show that it was a self-inflicted wound, is that correct?

A. That’s correct.

Q. All right. Now, you would agree with me that your report does indicate that he did die of a gunshot wound, is that correct?

A. That’s correct [A. 571].

I have been debarred, for twenty-seven years, for telling the truth about the manner of death of P.O. Harry Crist, Jr. United African Movement and Freedom Party have refused to become a “pressure group.” The kidnapping and rape of Tawana Brawley was the basis for the establishment of United African Movement and Freedom Party as a subsidiary.

Pagones initiated his claim of defamation in 1988. I also initiated my right of discovery under Article 240 of the CPLR in 1988. To this date, Pagones has refused to comply with my right of discovery under Art. 240 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules. I had to conduct my own discovery. A defendant is not supposed to hit the pavement searching for the truth. Discovery is supposed to be automatic.

I had to leave the trial and conduct my own investigation and discovery. Dr. Aplasca was not hiding, although there was no sign pointing out where to find him. Justice S. Barrett Hickman had declared that discovery would happen only over his “dead body.” This is a routine right. He would not allow me an opportunity to consult with a pathologist. MOTION DENIED!

The death of Associate Judge Sheila Abdus Salaam of New York’s highest court, was reported as occurring on April 12, 2017 could very well be a hate crime. She sat on New York State Court of Appeals. Gov. Mario Cuomo defamed me for being the architect of New York hate crime legislation. She became the first Muslim judge in the United States. I have known Judge Sheila Abdus Salaam, personally, for over thirty-five years.

Associate Judge Ted Jones of the New York Court of Appeals, her predecessor, also died under suspicious circumstances. New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams hired her. Her family is from Virginia. Nat Turner was an ancestor. Judge Abdus Salaam is paying for his “sins.”

I will continue to pursue the search for truth surrounding her death, as I am doing for my wife, Leola W. Maddox, Tupac Shakur and Harry Crist, Jr., among others. Sheila had no suicidal tendencies. Judge Abdus Salaam’s death fails the smell test. Black lawyers must also be forensic scientists. I first saw the need in People v. Briggs and People v. Anthony Davis.

I have spent my entire legal career improving the quality of justice for descendants of enslaved Africans. The legal system is opposed to a Black attorney being a forensic scientist. To continue to be effective and to write effectively, I need upgraded tools! There is a cost for freedom.

Send contributions to:
Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
P.O. Box 35
Bronx, NY 10471

Keep the Pressure On!

Black Newspapers
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo – (518) 474-8390
NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman – (212-416-8000)
Mayor de Blasio – pressoffice@cityhall.nyc.gov, – (212) 788-2958
Board of Trustees – CUNY
Chancellor for Legal Affairs – Phone: 646-664-9200
Fax: 646-664-2964

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.

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