Thursday, February 25, 2016

Brandeis, Innocence Project and WBUR Expose Angel Echavarria and George D. Perrot Wrongful Imprisonment; Darrell Jones is Next.

George D. Perrot is Free at Last after 30 years in prison. Justice finally came to him as it did last year for Angel Echavarria and as it must for Darrell Jones. Poor representation, bad facts and bad decisions ruled the day in all three of these cases.

Globe coverage: Echavarria’s conviction in the 1994 murder of Daniel Rodriguez in Lynn was overturned this spring when a judge ruled that the prosecution’s case was flawed and that Echavarria had not had adequate representation. Prosecutors said it was not feasible for them to retry the case. 

Brandeis George D. Perrot coverage.
WBUR Angel Echavarria coverage.

Angel Echavarria, 2015
Jim Davis/Globe

In his decision overturning the conviction, Judge Kane wrote that “justice may not have been done,” and cited newly available evidence that the testimony of FBI hair analyst Wayne Oakes in Perrot’s trial was not supported by science and should not have been admitted. 

“It is not a close call,” Kane wrote. Without the FBI hair analyst’s testimony, it was unlikely that Perrot would have been convicted, he wrote. Experts believe Kane’s groundbreaking ruling marks the first time a U.S. court has made a decision based solely on the unreliability of microscopic hair analysts’ testimony that went beyond the limits of science, and is expected to influence jurists across the country looking at similar cases. 

Judge Kane also said today that he had confidence that Perrot has the support he needs to adjust and successfully reenter society. Kane said that after a "rigorous review" he is "reasonably sure that George Perrot did not physically or sexually assault Mary Prekop," the 78-year-old victim who, despite pressure from police and prosecutors, never wavered from saying that Perrot did not meet the description of her attacker. 

 "It was Mary Prekop who possessed the human integrity to refrain from joining the movement to say it was George Perrot who physically and sexually assaulted her," Kane said, telling Perrot that he would be "in her debt forevermore."

First Post: Introducing Darrell Jones.
Fraudulent Press Coverage.
WBUR: Reasonable Doubts
NECIR: Reasonable Doubts

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Greetings from Darrell Jones Today, 20 February 2016.

Scarface - God (feat. John Legend) (Official Audio) 2015

"This is how I am feeling today.... I've got my head up and I know that no lie can live forever!"

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Keeping it Simple Part Two: False and Defamatory Press Accounts -- Lead Witness Terie Lynn Starks.

Let us resume our discussion of State's Witness Terie Lynn Starks, who had been held on Prostitution charges that were subsequently dismissed immediately after Jones' conviction as aptly noted by the WBUR and NECIR reporting. We know that she did not actually identify Jones in the trial testimony:

"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."


Now lets pick up on the media coverage from the Enterprise on September 18, 1986, "Prostitution Suspect Held Without Bail."

"Terie Starks, 20, of 93 Stillman Ave., Brockton, was picked up on a default warrent Tuesay by Detective Joseph W. Smith....In setting the heavy bail Tuesday a Brockton District Court judge mentioned that[sic] fact that Ms. Starks' presence is desired at an upcoming murder trial, but he stressed the Defendants' default record."

In making a bid for Ms. Starks freedom, attorney Melvin Dworet of Brookline turned to the woman and said: "Could you assure the judge you would be back here if he put on a reduced bail?"

Judge Chris Byron -- the same Judge who presided over Mr. Jones' trial -- answered the question before Ms. Starks had a chance to respond.

"Of course she would," the judge snapped. Then, he added: "Petition denied and she is held without bail."

So we now know the following: 

1. That Detective Joseph W. Smith once again picked up witness Starks. See thumbnail above.

2. That Ms. Starks was being held on bail because the Judge knew she was needed for Mr. Jones' trial.

3. That her bail had been denied because of her prior bail defaults.

And by way of the transcript page 22 we also know that Darrell Jones' attorney knew that she had been released as a favor for her testimony in the case.

Q:  Do you know that she was released that day?
A:  No

The Court: You mean the judge release her or the police released her?

Elias:  At the request of the police, I'm suggesting there may have been a recommendation to the judge.

Cunningham (prosecutor): I suggest there is no evidence of that.

Elias:  I'm asking if he knows; I've got evidence of it.

The Court: The question wasn't put in that form.

Elias: I indicated released by the Court after being brought before the Court on a default warrant."


We know further:

4.  Attorney Elias never used this information to impeach the witness or to weaken the State's case in any way.

5.  Sure enough, as WBUR and NECIR reported, Ms. Starks had all of her pending charges, both from prior to trial and during his trial, handled in her favor about two weeks after the after the trial. This happened on or about 20 October, 1986 shortly after Darrell Jones was wrongfully convicted and sentenced on 2 and 3 October, 1986 respectively.

Why on Earth would the City's leading news source omit these crucial facts in its coverage of the case?  Who was feeding the paper the information and guiding it on what to print and what not to print?

See further the NYTimes article from 1 March, 2010 "If the Lawyer Fails...." in which the 11th Ciruit Court held that "Bad Faith, dishonesty, divided loyalty and mental temperament" can provide a basis for a habeas corpus petition to be heard after the lawyer engages in Malpractice or Ineffective Assistance of Counsel.

Stay tuned for the next installment in which we will further address..... the issues of Ms. Starks' list of defaults and how they were handled as well as the material and continued misconduct of Attorney Elias.