White lawyer defames Brawley and Maddox
Jr. | , Alton H. Maddox | 4/12/2011, 4:40 p.m.
I appeared in Manhattan Housing Court this past Friday with a group of activists, including consumer rights activist Florence Rice, to address a scandalous or prejudicial matter that the landlord's attorney, Kevin Cullen, had inserted in his pleading attacking me and my "disgraceful" representation of Tawana Brawley.
New York has reduced Tawana and me to fugitives. This is akin to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. Anyone can take a shot at us with impunity. All whites were required to participate in a manhunt for a fugitive slave. Black men should be taking good notes. Dred Scott is still alive.
Before we left the courtroom, Judge Jean Schneider informed the landlord's attorney that these extrajudicial comments were unwelcomed. This attorney has to answer my moving papers seeking an order striking scandalous and prejudicial matters in court on October 16.
Calling me a person of "low moral character and turpitude so as to be unfit to be licensed" to practice law for having represented Tawana Brawley is defamatory and actionable. Moreover, he also wrote that my representation of Brawley was "disgraceful." In other words, a Black, female rape victim is not entitled to legal representation.
These words are actionable without proof of damages, and under CPLR 3024, these words have no import nor relevance and should be stricken from the pleadings. Since this law was written by the New York Legislature, all Black elected officials should be in court on October 16.
In addition to attempting to illegally evict me and my wife from our residence of 33 years, the landlord is also attempting to ruin my reputation. This is not only double jeopardy, but it is also an abuse of the legal process and amounts to judicial coercion.
This misconduct started in 1999 after Eliot Spitzer was elected state attorney general and a change of ownership of the apartment building. The landlord had to submit a conversion plan to the state attorney general for the sale of condominiums. Apparently, my demise was in the deal. I do not believe in coincidences.
On March 13, 1988, I publicly fingered Steven Pagones, an assistant district attorney in Dutchess County for the kidnap and rape of Tawana Brawley. The white media and officials of New York State went ballistic. New York already knew that Pagones and Harry Crist, Jr., a white policeman, were suspects.
State Attorney General Robert Abrams stated publicly after New York convened its first non-secret grand jury that he had no suspects. A state-sponsored coverup was afoot and Abrams was lying. Since no white man could rape a Black female, according to Abrams' published statement, I was supposed to keep quiet.
Dutchess County Court Judge Judith Hillery informed a representative of Gov. Mario Cuomo in late January 1988 that the district attorney of Dutchess County would have to be relieved of his duties with respect to the Brawley investigation because Pagones was a suspect and he had refused to step down from his position.
New York wanted to know how I knew that Pagones was involved in the kidnapping and rape of Tawana and the murder of Harry Crist. There was a leak. The public had been told that Crist had killed himself. This is obstruction of justice.