by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
John White has causes of action against New York and Gladys and Jamie Scott have causes of action against Mississippi. When Gov. David Paterson commuted White’s unconstitutional sentence, the motivation was to mitigate damages. This was the same motivation in the case of the Scott sisters who were subject to cruel and unusual punishment.
There are laws against pain and suffering, false imprisonment and malicious prosecutions. Similarly, these laws are bottomed on constitutional protections; namely, the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth amendments. New York and Mississippi are nominally subject to these constitutional protections.
Leading Blacks are particularly off the mark for patting Haley Barbour and David Paterson on the back for denying these nominal rights to White and the Scott sisters. The sentences of the Scott sisters were unconstitutional ab initio. A life sentence for a petty offense is patently and facially unconstitutional. The Scott sisters should never have been sentenced unconstitutionally and, afterwards, wrongfully imprisoned.
White was denied the right to present a defense. This is a clear violation of the Sixth Amendment. Self-defense is not only a civil and constitutional right but also a human right. No animal, for example, would ever be punished for exercising the right of self-defense. Blacks refuse to accept the fact that whites have perennially defined them as “heathens”.
This is why “The Holy Bible and the Law” is an important topic for not only descendants of enslaved Africans but also persons of African ancestry. This topic is necessary in explaining why whites will never give Blacks a second chance. Michael Vick is also included in this class despite the applause of President Barack Obama for the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and the applause of the NAACP for Haley Barbour.
United African Movement will recognize John White and reaffirm its commitment to his struggle for the on Wednesday, January 5. White and his family will be present. White deserves to be made whole. This commutation amounts to a continuing wrong. It must end.
I went to Jackson, MS on behalf of UAM in September to demand the immediate and unconditional release of the Scott sisters from prison “or else”. This plea fell on deaf ears. The conditional release of these sisters is unconstitutional. It is conditioned on the exchange of body parts. This is a dangerous precedent.
These cases and the case of Bill Borders will be highlighted this Wednesday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Elks Plaza, 1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) nr. Classon Ave. in Brooklyn. Take the “C” train to Franklin Ave. Two blocks to Elks Plaza. This past Wednesday, UAM had an excellent Kwanzaa celebration at the Elks Plaza despite the snow.
John White deserves a massive Kwanzaa celebration. This was intended for this Wednesday, December 29, at the Elks Plaza in Brooklyn but due to inclement weather, this celebration will be postponed until the first Wednesday evening in 2011 at the same venue. The feast will be put over to January 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
This celebration was intended to raise the question as to whether a person who has not committed any crime should receive more than executive clemency. As Father Lawrence Lucas correctly points out, New York owes White more than a pardon because the right of self defense negates any criminal culpability.
The official celebration of Kwanzaa started on December 26. It is a time for people of African ancestry to reinforce and give deference to the Nguzo Saba instead of Blacks mindlessly following leading Blacks. Adherence to principles is a necessity.
Umoja is the first of the seven principles. It calls for Unity. Without the presence of whites, I am certain that all well-meaning Blacks can achieve unity. As long as white supremacy is the overriding principle in the United Sates, Blacks have no permanent friends nor any permanent enemies.
Twenty years ago, I was the first person to shoulder responsibilities for all of the defendants in the Central Park 6 case. I was also the only attorney to secure the dismissing of an indictment against a defendant. UAM also led the effort to secure bail money for the defendants. All four Black attorneys who stood up for the “Central Park Boys” were disciplined. Three were disbarred and one was suspended.
In April 2009, UAM led the effort to recognize twenty years after the infamous date in April 1989. During this period, all of the “Central Park Boys” have been exonerated except one. In the one exception, the defendant pled guilty but it should not serve as a technicality. His judgment of conviction should also be vacated.
Since April 2009, a white man had received compensation of millions of dollars from the New York City Council for a wrongful arrest and a malicious prosecution. The “Central Park Boys”, on the other hand, have been ignored by the City Council. Council Speaker Christine Quinn controls the City Council and Blacks will not be fooled by a “Mutt and Jeff” routine.
I have asked UAM members to invite all members of the New York City Council to attend a Town Hall meeting at Elks Plaza, 1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) nr. Classon Ave. in Brooklyn on December 29 at 7:30 p.m. to inform our community of what must be done forthwith to erase this double standard. This is a necessary and important meeting.
This should be of a great concern to all Black and Latino members of the City Council in the spirit of the Nguzo Saba to make these young men whole. They are hurting economically. It makes no sense for all Black, Latino and Asian members of the City Council to kowtow to Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
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. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471