When an attorney is unable to get a witness to recall an event, he or she is allowed to refresh the witness’ recollection. For example, the attorney may put a ham sandwich under the witness’ nose to refresh recollection. This is why I would refrain from letting my Black clients take the witness stand in his or her defense. They generally suffered from post-traumatic slavery disorders. In criminal cases, the Fifth Amendment would shield a suspect from the police, provided the Fifth Amendment could be stretched to reach a Black suspect. The Fifth Amendment is inapplicable to enemy combatants. Chief Justice Roger Taney, in effect, defined enslaved Africans as enemy combatants. This arose from his fictional belief that enslaved Africans were prisoners of war.
If the social sciences were routinely permitted to be used in adversarial proceedings, Blacks might be permitted to enjoy a level playing field. Social sciences have been employed to negatively impact the progress of Blacks. See, for example, Brown v. Board of Education: an unscientific doll test was employed to aggravate the post-traumatic slavery disorders that Black children were suffering from in the United States. Amnesia still plagues Blacks in the United States. Even though the lynching of Emmett Till occurred in Money, Miss., on August 28, 1955, there was no 50th anniversary ceremony in Money on Aug. 28, 2005. If Black leaders had gone to Money on Aug. 28, 2005, they might have never lived to talk about it. Hurricane Katrina was ravaging the Gulf Coast.
Thus, it is not surprising that many Blacks had failed to remember the upcoming 20th anniversary of the arrests of Black and Latino youth in the Central Park jogger case. This was Scottsboro Boys revisited. These horrific experiences have only complicated our ability to recall social injustices. Most Blacks have never heard of the Colfax Massacre, the Camilla Massacre or the Fort Pillow Massacre.
Fortunately, there will be a remembrance of the injustices in the Central Park jogger case on the steps of City Hall on Monday, April 20,at noontime. Councilman Charles Barron will present petitions to Council Speaker Christine Quinn and submit a resolution demanding that New York City immediately compensate the “Central Park Six” for their false arrests and wrongful convictions.
This was the approach that many enslaved Africans had to pursue to gain emancipation. They had to present petitions to state legislatures. This was under the jurisdiction of states’ rights. Blacks never enjoyed federalism. Blacks are still striving for freedom. Before my civil rights lawsuit was dismissed in Brooklyn Federal Court, a federal magistrate asserted that I would have to petition the New York Legislature to be reinstated to the practice of law in New York. After I refused to follow the petition route, the court invoked Dred Scott to dismiss the lawsuit.
This judicial advice seemed strange until you consider that white members of the New York Legislature filed the disciplinary complaint against me. The executive branch of government investigated the complaint and the judicial branch of government sanctioned it. This is the opposite of the separation of powers doctrine, which militates against conspiracies.
The two leaders of the New York Legislature who initiated the disciplinary complaint were the late Assemblyman Neil Kelleher and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, who is now seeking to represent the 20th Congressional District, the seat which was vacated by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
This election between Tedisco and Scott Murphy is still undecided after the March 31 special election. It is a referendum on the length of President Barack Hussein Obama’s coattails. Kelleher and Gov. David Paterson were “close friends.” This friendship failed to undermine Kelleher’s political agenda.
An argument does exist for the City Council to settle claims by the Central Park jogger defendants. To avoid the heavy costs of litigation, Congress has been asked to pass legislation to settle the claims of 9/11 victims. New York City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo has adopted this approach.
The “Central Park Six” is similarly situated. Judicial bias may suffocate their claims in Manhattan Federal Court. Their legitimate claims seem to be mired in quicksand, while whites are pursuing judicial-lite claims of wrongful convictions and are enjoying hefty judgments and settlements.
For damages, New York City Council should study the $15-million verdict in Newsome v. McCabe. A federal jury in Chicago awarded James Newsome $1 million for each of the 15 years he spent behind bars. The “Central Park Boys” should enjoy similar compensation.
The Chicago Police Department knew that Newsome was innocent. Nonetheless, it manipulated the lineup and suppressed exculpatory fingerprints. His lead trial counsel was Philip S. Beck, who was also the lead trial counsel in Bush v. Gore. He represented Bush 43.
Last week, James Patnaude, a consummate activist, and Kharey Wise, a victim in the Central Park jogger case, took advantage of this year’s annual conference of the National Action Network to secure signatures for the petition drive. A plethora of celebrities and public officials were in attendance.
Some of these high-profile personalities, including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Daily News mogul Mort Zuckerman, television personality Judge Mathis, Councilman John Liu and James Mtume of WRKS-FM, supported the demand for immediate compensation for the “Central Park Six.” Rev.Al Sharpton and his wife, Kathy Sharpton, also signed the petition.
On the other hand, there were dissenters, including most Black politicians and preachers. Comptroller William Thompson refused to sign it on the grounds that he would have to decide the legitimacy of their claims. This is obviously a misreading of the General Municipal Law.
Under New York law, a claimed victim has to file a notice of claim with the comptroller of New York City as a condition for either receiving compensation or initiating litigation. Presumably, Thompson denied the claim many moons ago. He could have granted the claims.
Several years ago, I hypothesized that as we put more Blacks in political offices, our condition would worsen. This hypothesis is supported by the scientific method. The base period is 1965. The seeds of our destruction can be found in Brown v. Board of Education and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Statistics and graphs demontrate the worsening of our condition over this period, and it correlates with the increase in Black elected officials. The U.S. Supreme Court, given its philosophical make-up, would be foolish to end the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No.1 on April 29.Why commit homicide when a person will commit suicide?
Other than Councilman Barron, no other politician has given the proposal to immediately compensate the “Central Park Six” a nod. Councilman Al Vann did make an inquiry. “Our” politicians are political proxies. Blacks would be no worse off electing whites to political offices. Hon. Elijah Muhammad said that only Cong. Adam Clayton Powell was worthy of his vote.
Black churches and Black organizations have also been asked to support this case. Hundreds of dollars in postage and envelopes have been spent. The response has been less than one would expect from prodding a person in a coma. Hon. Elijah Muhammad was correct: “Negroes are deaf, dumb and blind.”
It is also apparent that Blacks are unable to remember Donald Trump’s call for these innocent boys to be subjected to capital punishment, while Black preachers were holding prayer vigils outside the hospital where the rape victim, Patricia Meili, was receiving treatment. Posttraumatic slavery disorders lead to mentacide. This is worse than AIDS.
I still need your support and letters in filing a petition for writ of certiorari in Maddox v. Prudenti et al in the U.S. Supreme Court on the questions of two-tone justice in the United States and denial of free speech for Blacks. Also, the invocation of the no-citation rule is threatening the doctrine of stare decisis. Send letters and support to Alton Maddox,16 Court Street, Ste.1901,Brooklyn,NY 11241. April 15:UAM Weekly Forum at Elks Plaza,1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) near Classon Avenue in Brooklyn at 7:30 p.m. Take the “C” train to Franklin Avenue. Three blocks to Elks Plaza. Admission is free.
The focus will be on the April 20 rally on the steps of City Hall acknowledging the 20th anniversary of the “Central Park Six. “No justice! No peace! April 25-26:UAM’s “Egypt on the Potomac” field trip to Washington, D.C., and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Md., with a major rally in D.C., on Saturday night with Alton Maddox and Drs. Leonard and Roslyn Jeffries as keynote speakers.
May 22-25:UAM’s bus trip to the Gullah Festival in historic Beaufort, S.C. July 5-August 1: Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls for children ages 7-15 in the Catskill Mountains. Call UAM at (718) 834-9034 for further information.
See:www.reinstatealtonmaddox.net for “Tiempo v.Like It Is: Public Affairs Program,” “Post- Traumatic Slavery Disorders, Pt. I,” “Plea to Help the Central Park Six” and “Obama Administration and Secret Societies.”