Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Keeping it Simple Part One: False and Defamatory Press Accounts -- Witness ID.

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them."
-Frederick Douglass

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.
He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
-Martin Luther King 

"There is no passion to be found playing small -- in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
-Nelson Mandela

The Darrell Jones Rule 30 Motion for New Trial.

Being from Cleveland Ohio I learned the significance of media at an early age, as F. Lee Bailey obtained a Supreme Court ORDER in his favor See "Media Ethics with a Life at Stake: The Sam Sheppard Murder Trial," by Marah Eakin (Ohio University 2009).
"Did their treatment of the case infringe Sheppard’s right to a free trial? Did their desire to get scoops and sales outweigh their journalistic ethics? To this writer, the members of the media covering the trial checked their ethical knowledge at the door, yielding to public outcry and possibly ruining a man’s life."
With such in mind let us turn to the stories printed on identification that affected the trial including examples of the same newspaper at once claiming:

1. "Witnesses Can't Identify Suspect in Brockton shooting" (The Enterprise, 24 September 1986)

State's Witness Terie Lynn Starks, who had been held on Prostitution charges that were subsequently dismissed immediately after Jones' conviction:

"One was a tall Cuban guy. The other guy was a little taller than I was."
Note: Starks is 5'4" -- Darrell Jones was 6' and the victim was 6'1"

Cunningham asked Ms. Starks to look around the courtroom to see if she saw the man who did the shooting.

"I can't be positive, I don't remember exactly how he looks."

2.  "Five Witnesses Unable to Identify Murder Suspect" (The Enterprise, 25 September 1986) and then --- 

3.  "Witnesses Hedge on Identification" (The Enterprise 26 September 2015)*

"Wednesday five other witnesses who purportedly saw the shooting in D'Angelo's parking lot on Montello Street refused to positively identify Jones as the man they saw gun down Rodriguez, a reputed drug dealer."

Note also for later reference in item 5:
Judge Byron told jurors they will not have to resport to the courthouse today. The Judge ordered transcripts of the police station interview with Starks and said he will spend the day determining which portion of it will be admissible.
When testimony continued Thursday, the few spectators were searched before entereing the courtroom, and then the door was locked behind them. 
*Hedge = confine, restrict, limit, waver :)

4.  Subsequently in the Year End Review -- falsely stating "Seven people said they saw [Darrell] Jones shoot him in the stomach" (The Enterprise, 31 December 1986). 

A year in review of news 1986:

Why would the paper print this information when it was never what they reported on prior occasion? What were they trying to influence?

5.  Moreover, there remains the curious and completely unproved assertion that Jones was actually having drinks with Guillermo Rodriguez: During the trial, on 27 September 1986 the Enterprise falsely reported: 

"According to previous testimony, Jones and Rodriguez were drinking together that night at Pete & Mary's bar on Montello Street."

This testimony never was spoken at trial, was never brought up by any witnesses and was never brought up by the Prosecutor or anyone at all.

What motive did the Enterprise have to make this statement, knowing it did not exist anywhere in the Record?

It was clear that Jones claimed he did not know Rodriguez and had never spoken with him.

Further, in that same article there is a quote attributed to Edna Levine in which she purportedly told Starks:  

"Diamond does crazy things. He'll kill anybody for any reason at all, just for looking at him the wrong way."

But the Court ruled that purported comment inadmissible, which raises the question as to why the newspaper would print this and the other blatantly false statements it in the first place, in a space where jurors would likely be reading the town's leading newspaper at the conclusion of each day at trial when they returned home, as they were not in seclusion.

To add insult to injury, this entire discussion happened behind closed doors: The Court was closed to the Defendant, closed to the Jury and closed to the media. The only people in the Courtroom were the Judge, the stenographer, the Defense Attorney Elias and the Prosecutor and Detective Joseph Smith, who was being questioned about the tape. If those are the only people there, the statement had to have issued from one of them. What was the paper's motivation in printing something that was not part of the public record and that they knew was completely inadmissible. 

And let's look at the purported statement itself:  Not only was it a statement that was based in fantasy, dramatics and lies, it was a statement that didn't have one grain of truth to it....... The simple fact is Mr. Jones had no adult record of violence of any nature. We know today that there were no warrants out against Mr. Jones.

In point of fact, former Chief Richard Sproules specifically stated that "I knew most of the bad guys in the City, and this guy doesn't ring a bell with me at all."

This raises the same ethical concerns cited by the Eakin article, above.

In our next installment we will follow more of the paper trail, including other actions taken by the newspaper that could have only been done with the intent of feeding false information to the public and ensuring that such information would be completely accessible to the Jury in addition to post trial damage control.

First Post: Introducing Darrell Jones.
WBUR: Reasonable Doubts

NECIR: Reasonable Doubts

Monday, January 18, 2016

Father Barry and Chronicle's Mary Richards' Speak About Their Friendship, Care and Concern for Darrell Jones.

Father William Barry discusses his ongoing friendship with Darrell Jones. Mary Richardson, award-winning journalist of the acclaimed show “Chronicle” included her interview with Darrell Jones as one of her favorite moments of her 20+ year-long career. Forward to 18:00 minutes for the interview. First Post: Introducing Darrell Jones
Second Post: Keeping it simple. Interview #1
WBUR: Reasonable Doubts
NECIR: Reasonable Doubts

The Soundtrack of Darrell Jone's Life: Songs of Inspiration for a Man Wrongfully Convicted.

"When you listen to these songs.... you have to realize that it is more than just the lyrics on the page. For example it might not be just about a woman or a specific relationship.... it's all about the overall feelings that the song brings to you."

Above is Bob Marley & the Wailers, "Rat Race."
Here are nine (9) others to be posted throughout the day:
I Feel Like Going On -- L.A. Mass Choir
Stairway to Heaven -- The O'Jay's 
The River -- Noel Gourdin
I Cry -- Anthony Hamilton
I Miss You Part One -- David Ruffin
You Are my Friend -- Patti Labelle -- for Sis :) Testify -- August Alsina
Done Crying -- Lyfe Jennings (Not *ALL* of these lyrics directly pertain to me," chides Darrell).  I think you'll see what he means.....
Where Have All the Flowers Gone -- Earth, Wind & Fire (Peter Paul & Mary cover)
*"This song in particular is about all the brothers and sisters and children who are losing their lives out here for no good reasons..... we have to do better for our society."
Lyric Advisory -- The following songs contain language that may be offensive to some. However Darrell finds that a younger generation may extract a positive message from them.

Window of my Eyes -- Boosie Badazz
Black Zombie -- Nas
Be This Way -- Ghostface

First Post: Introducing Darrell Jones
Second Post: Keeping it simple. Interview #1
WBUR: Reasonable Doubts
NECIR: Reasonable Doubts

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Darrell Jones Reasonable Doubts Keeping it Simple: Prison Interview Part One.

This is an exclusive series with Darrell Jones, in his own words, broadcast from the Souza Baronowski Maximum Security Correctional Facility in Shirley, MA. As the title of this journal entry indicates, it is part one: An introduction. We will be highlighting key points for laypeople to understand his innocence and how our system of Jurisprudence failed us on so many levels.

Everyone who has touched this project stands in solidarity with Darrell Jones. Enjoy this first episode, which was taped ironically or coincidentally -- perhaps both -- on Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday.

"Because No Lie Can Live Forever," says Mr. Jones.

First Post: Introducing Darrell Jones.
WBUR: Reasonable Doubts
NECIR: Reasonable Doubts

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Introducing Darrell Jones.... an Innocent Man.

Reasonable doubts: In upcoming exclusive interviews, Darrell Jones speaks frankly from a maximum security prison in Massachusetts.

Here is the Rule 30 Motion for New Trial. We appreciate former Chief Sproules' candor when he states: 
"I knew most of the bad guys in the city and this guy doesn't ring a bell with me at all.... I've seen strong cases and this...this isn't one of them."
That's because Darrell Jones was not a "bad guy" in the sense that would make anyone believe he could or would commit a murder, and in point of fact he did not have any outstanding warrants as alleged. More on this to follow in the coming days, along with a series of exclusive interviews/podcasts with Mr. Jones that will be featured on YouTube in the coming weeks. 

More than one injustice occurs when an innocent man is framed and wrongfully convicted of murder. There is the wrongly convicted prisoner. There is the grieving family and the decedent. And there is the collective society of citizens who place their faith in our systems of law and jurisprudence. I have followed this case for the past six years, helping him on various aspects of his case: 

We sought public information requests from EOPSS/DOC, we hunted for Terie Lynn Starks (the prostitute whose video interview was spliced) and we gathered information on the disbarment of his attorney Kenneth Elias, who had substantial ethical challenges for representing several Brockton Policemen. As a former Assistant State Attorney I blanche at what this case reveals. 

From Greater Boston Massachusetts this is the audio story of Darrell Jones, an Innocent Man. Stay tuned and see the 
Voices from Behind the Wall video.

WBUR: Reasonable Doubts
NECIR: Reasonable Doubts

PS: I understand that they are going Mr. Jones a really hard time in prison now. Here's my public records request per MGL §66-10.