Rev. Edward Pinkney, a renowned human rights activist, faces election fraud charges after organizing a recall petition to remove the mayor of Benton Harbor, MI, on the supposition that James Hightower would represent major corporate interests, not the people. Call-in at (347) 857-3293 to support Rev. Pinkney.
"With absolutely no evidence, I was charged with voter fraud and bound over for trial. The USA proclaims itself the 'land of freedom,' but the reality is we live under the world's most corrupt legal system. It has rigged courts, bribed judges, phony trials, extortion by lawyers, and over two million prisoners - more prisoners than any other country, in real numbers and proportionately," said Rev. Pinkney. "You can be sent to prison and even put to death with absolutely no evidence. The truth is hidden by America's corporate owned media ... They are afraid to tell the truth about Michigan's Emergency Manager system where rule is without the consent of the governed."
An all-white jury was selected for Pinkney's trial, which began on Rev. Pinkney's birthday in Berrien County. Pinkney is from Benton Harbor, an area that is 96% African American, but his jurors are from surrounding white towns. We hope his jurors recognize that "an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" (MLK).
Rev. Pinkney reports that Prosecutor Mike Sepic asked the jury pool several times, "Could you convict someone without evidence?" Sepic nodded his head each time, indicating that they should answer affirmatively. Sepic told the jury pool that evidence is not necessary to convict someone.
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