Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Court Orders New Trial for Darrell Jones Based on Detective Lies and Racism Jury Taint.

Note:  All post-release video and other media will be linked here.

Darrell Jones' arrangement skills are legendary. He was able to do more with music from a prison cell than most men can do with a support staff, a sound studio and a gaggle of personal assistants. Take a look, take a listen to the accolades from some of those he has helped over the years.
What Is Beautiful Never Dies from ScenicRoots on Vimeo.
Just one example of the work that Darrell Jones has driven to encourage personal growth, to reduce recidivism and to comfort mothers and loved ones. Video Courtesy of Scenic Roots Productions.

Darrell Jones is now a Free Man.
He just called me from HOME, with his family and Counsel
21 December 2017

KingCast with family, 2017.

Utmost respect for all Counsel involved.
Above Trial Counsel Lisa Kavanaugh and Neil Austin

My Fourth Estate Brother Bruce Gellerman reports that the Commonwealth has been ORDERED to retrial on Darrell Jones's wrongful 1985 murder conviction. I told Mr. Jones a month ago I knew the Court would rule in his favor before Christmas, and indeed it did. 

He was so stoic and so poised and trying to restrain his expectations. I completely understood him even though I looked at this case and thought that a New Trial was obviously the only way the Court could rule with any integrity. And mind you I must say that I saw substantial integrity from His Honor throughout this case if not from the Commonwealth. Much of the Court's ability to address salient issues was undermined by prior decisions that I don't agree with but that is not my space to continually delve into right now. This is Darrell's blog. We have delved into many of these issues together on prior occasion -- including the role of the press -- and he will comment as he deems appropriate.

Now the World will get to understand more about Darrell and his World. That is all I will say for now; Darrell may have more to say himself. Stay tuned. I will post the Judgment/Order as soon as I have it.

Obviously, his team will be filing Motions for his immediate release pending retrial. I will be contacting the Commonwealth and his attorneys for comment shortly. For now watch the encounter with one of the Commonwealth Prosecutors when I asked him about eyeball witnesses.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Darrell Jones Supports Heather Unruh and her Son and Thanks Her for Her Commitment to Truth and Justice.

From CNN:
"Mr. Spacey bought him drink after drink after drink... and when my son was drunk Spacey made his move and sexually assaulted him. I want to make it clear. This was a criminal act. .... Spacey stuck his hand inside my son's pants and grabbed his genitals. And my son's efforts to shift his body to remove Spacey's hand were only momentarily successful. The violation continued...." "A concerned woman asked him if he was ok.... and told him to run." 
"Shame on you for what you did to my son. And shame on you for using your apology to Anthony Rapp to come out as a gay man. It was an appalling attempt to deflect attention away from what you really are. A sexual predator." 
More information and the alleged sexual assault from LA Times.

From this week's phone interview with Darrell Jones (audio forthcoming):
"I saw you on TV today and I watched you have to cry for what you went through and I just want to be as public with my support as you were to me when you went to Chronicle and probably other people tried to convince you not to put me on TV concerning my innocence and you did."
"I can never pay you back for that nor can my family but I can support you... my lawyers, my whole team and I support you.  I have faith that your case will be just like mine and you will get Justice because that is what is supposed to come your way.
"They do not take the kind of offenses lightly here in the Massachusetts prison system that Mr. Spacey is accused of."
Ms. Unruh has covered Darrell Jones (Darrell Jones Innocent blog) for Boston WCVB's Chronicle:

12 April 2016 teaser

One fact is not in question. Someone killed Guillermo Rodriguez in Brockton on Veteran’s Day, 1985. Police and prosecutors say Darrell Jones committed the crime. But for 30 years Jones has proclaimed his innocence. Tonight Heather Unruh joins Chronicle for an in-depth report on a case that’s drawn attention from local media and the state’s Innocence Program.

13 April 2016 video. Screen capture of Reporter Unruah and Juror Eleanor Urbati.
Chronicle Doubts: A Juror Regrets the Verdict A juror regrets the verdict in the murder trial of Darrell Jones; Jones engages in anti-violence efforts in prison

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Darrell Jones' Motion for New Trial Takes Another Unexpected Turn as State's Lead Forensic Expert Takes a Powder.

22 June 2017 Update -- It gets worse. Here is my email regarding the ORDER that the Plymouth DA's Office is attempting to skirt. They were basically supposed to give me a copy of a contract or invoice relative to the purported Expert Witness Jason Latham....  you know, the bloke who failed to appear last week. 

So they respond tersely "we have no invoice."

Good Day Attorney Murray: 

I believe you can see that this is not a Good Faith moment on either end for the Commonwealth: 

If they don't have an invoice or a contract then they were masquerading in Court this month. And if they *DO* have a contract then I need to get it because it is not work product nor is it privileged. There has to be an RFP and related documents discussing the Order or Magnitude, etc. etc. that spells out some form of Contract for Pete's sake. 

It can't be any clearer than that. Please direct the Plymouth DA's office to provide a full, complete and LAWFUL response. I was born some day but it wasn't yesterday. 

Respectfully submitted, 


Darrell Jones moves for new trial in Massachusetts as forensic experts show how Brockton MA cops falsified evidence. The State's forensic expert failed to appear. The Court has ordered the original witnesses to the 1985 case to come to court on 13 July 2017. That will be interesting because I want to see Detective Smith maintain his posture about how that tape came to be altered when the prostitute had just stated "the little guy had the gun..." when in fact there was no little guy. They were 6' ad 6'1" respectively. 

 Then in comes Sergeant Bilko.... that's because Smith crash edited the prostitutes' statements over the existing original Bilko tape and excised that parts he didn't want people to hear. That is my opinion, supported by expert testimony.

You all may recall seeing a certain Plymouth Prosecutor running from KingCast cameras last year on this case involving a man who claims that he has spent thirty (30) years behind bars for a murder he did not commit.  
Many of us find it inexplicable how such a fundamentally flawed case could make it not only to trial but get sent to a Jury and on to a conviction for murder using only the alleged identification from prostitute Terie Lynn Starks. The alleged identification shown to the World was arguably the result of a tainted photo array. 

All images in the photo array except for Mr. Jones were neighbors of Ms. Starks, and, further, the State failed to show her images of other possible suspects.  Here is the colloquy between the Court & Attorney Lisa Kavanaugh as the case takes another turn to the bizarre.

 Before you read it, know that in the thumbnails to the left the DOC/EOPSS were ORDERED to provide a thorough rationale to me that could in any way support their refusal to provide me the payment arrangement between the Commonwealth and expert Jason Latham of DME Forensics

Counsel:  This information is indeed relevant to the scope of this hearing today:

Court:  What you are looking to show is that some of the people in the array were known to Ms. Starks. Does it go further than that? 

Counsel “It does. The other arrays [shown to other people] included others who the police had identified as suspects.  She was not even given the chance to identify them." 

Court:  "There is no factual dispute as to that."   

Counsel:  "At trial none of this was exposed.   We have filed a Motion to Exclude testimony of Commonwealth’s Expert.  The Expert who had prepared the report was inexplicably gone from the lab. They then found the technical reviewer. This is entirely inappropriate given the role that this individual plays in this case.”  

Counsel for the Commonwealth attempts to explain this phenomenon as they sought to have a technician testify: 

"Jason Latham had done the work. We had a phone conference with him on the 31st. They are required to have peer review. He was going to finalize it. I received a phone call from him later that day. He was on verge of tears. 

His wife had called him with a family emergency and he said he could not complete it. I was not given any other details. The next morning I received the report. Then last Monday I received a call from the President indicating that Mr. Latham had taken a leave from the company. I just assumed it was related to the matter the week prior. 

There was not time for him (the technician) to generate his own report. He has not reviewed the original VHS tape reviewed by Mr. Latham.  He may assist and help in cross examination and may be cross-examined." 


Attorney Barter chimed in regarding the Motion in Limine:

"We know that the tape reviewed by Mr. Latham was not even the tape used at trial:

It is tantamount to an autopsy of a mannequin as opposed to one on the victim of a homicide." 

Marisa T. Dery was called as expert witness for Mr. Jones. She basically testified that the edits to the tape were not accidental and that there were at least two distinct activities that rendered the tape in the condition as we now know it. Here is the colloquy between Ms. Dery and Counsel for Mr. Jones:

Dery:   He said he was playing it then he pushed record by accident then when he saw his mistake he corrected it. There were two over recordings not one as he stated. The over recording was when he placed the interview over it.

Counsel:  So there were two over recordings not one?

Dery:   Correct

Was it an original?

It was not an original tape because it was placed on top of Bilko … it’s sort of the reverse of what he said. You had Bilko then the original was used to make this.


OK so when Attorney Barter walks out of the Courtroom I'm sitting there slack jawed:

"Counsel, anything the technician has to say... is derivative and is basically hearsay. What else can he testify to other than general business practices, which gets them nowhere."

As I finish my sentence we both look at each other and he says "That's my point."

Good because I thought I was going crazy. On this issue the Court indicated that it would allow his testimony but also noted that he may entertain a Motion to Strike.

KingCast:  With all condolences as warranted for Mr. Latham and his family, I just want to know how much the taxpayers got fleeced for this nonperformance, right. I am entitled to know that, and I will sue for that if necessary.  We are all entitled to know that much at least. Stay tuned for video and better stills as the hearing continues tomorrow in Fall River at Bristol County Superior Court.

PS:  I suppose the $64,000.00 question is this: Will the prosecutor's office sue for specific performance or unjust enrichment or any other contractual rubric(s)?  Because otherwise it's just another case of public fleecing in my humble opinion.

PPS:  There is a tussle about the scope of this hearing given the new test articulated by Commonwealth v. Rosario. 

Attorney Kavanaugh: "Under Commonwealth v. Rosario (SJC 12115) – a confluence of factors demonstrates that Mr. Jones is entitled to a new trial. Not a single witness came into court and identified Mr. Jones.  This videotape was THE evidence against Mr. Jones.  Detective Smith was the lynchpin and the use of the attorney (Elias) was all [dispositive]."

Note:  Lisa Kavanaugh was co-counsel in Rosario. Perhaps her word should carry substantial weight in this instance, no?