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Aug 10, 2009

I WAS PLEASED TO SIGN THE PETITION TO HALT SEPTEMBER EXECUTIONS.  PLEASE JOIN ME.  WE NEED TO HALT ALL EXECUTIONS FOREVER.  DEATH TO THE DEATH PENALTY.   Please add your support to this Care2 PetitionOnline link:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/halt-the-september-executions

 I responded thusly:


Mary Neal, Georgia

Before another person is executed in any facility operated under the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, ask them WHAT HAPPENED TO LARRY NEAL.
The USDOJ notified me by letter dated May 28 that it forwarded my Freedom of Information Act request to the Bureau of Prisons and response was due by the end of June. No responsive records came regarding the secret Guantanamo-style arrest and wrongful death of lifelong mentally ill heart patient Larry Neal to date - not from the Bureau of Prisons or the U.S. Attorneys Office. - http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com
 

I called the Bureau of Prisons last week, left a message, and got no return call that I know about.

The truth is there is NO EXCUSE for my brother's murder in Memphis Shelby County Jail in summer 2003. He was incarcerated and held in secret for 18 days while the jail denied having him until he died without his heart drugs. If more was done to kill Larry, his family is not allowed to know despite asking all authorities for SIX YEARS for basic information, arrest records, an explanation as to why the jail lied continuously for weeks and denied Larry was incarcerated.

Why did the DOJ accept perjury in federal hearings to release the jail from overview in 2005 AFTER the DOJ already knew about Larry's secret arrest and death? What on earth would make the DOJ accept the jail's testimony and written reports that omitted Larry's death, when it was clearly mandated in the Agreement for the lawsuit USA v. Shelby County Jail that all inmates' deaths would be reported to the USDOJ?

What has happened to the justice system that the DOJ would knowingly accept PERJURY and help hide a handicapped citizen's death under secret arrest? Is the entire U.S. penal system Guantanamo now? Please do NOT come up with fake records. The USDOJ has already written repeatedly that Shelby County Jail sent no reports, so that is that.


Larry's death is denied any investigation, unlike Michael Vick's dogs' abuse. Thousands of manhours were used to investigate abuse to pit bulls. Then Vick was prosecuted, bankrupted, imprisoned, and fired. But Memphis Shelby County Jail where my brother died has not been asked ONE QUESTION by authorities: WHAT HAPPENED TO LARRY NEAL?

Because I ask it, I get censored and stalked online and in person, but denied 911 emergency police services when cornered by FOUR VEHICLES AND A USDOT TRUCK - See "Cochran Firm Fraud" videos on YouTube. Please halt all executions in the name of "justice" until you develop a sense of justice. Treat others as you wish to be treated. That is the rule. Don't arrest and kill harmless mental patients because you are tired of them singing loud outside and asking folks for quarters! Don't hide the truth.

INVESTIGATE YOURSELVES. Life in prison without parole is enough penalty for prisoners, because their lives will surely be hell in your hands. Human rights are ignored too often in our jails and prisons. Besides that, plenty of condemned people may be innocent, and even one is too many.

DEATH TO THE DEATH PENALTY.

Mary Neal -
http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com
 Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill -
http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI  

Jun 18, 2009
The Case

My name is Darrell Lomax and I have been wrongly incarcerated on death row at San Quentin State prison for over 14 years. I was convicted even though:

  1. I passed a gunshot residue test
  2. even though I have an alibi
  3. even though the eye witness said it wasn't me
  4. even though the fingerprints on the gun weren't mine
  5. and it was found in someone else's car
  6. even though the footprint wasn't mine
  7. My witnesses were never called
  8. and I couldn't afford a lawyer so I had to share a public defender with the man who made a deal to testify against me.
  9. When the situation with the public defender was discovered he was replaced by a former DA who made no effort to find the witnesses for my defense.

Download fact sheet (pdf-file) here...

Detailed case summary My name is Darrell Lomax. I am currently condemned to Death Row at San Quentin, California State Prison. I was judged guilty in September 1996 in the Long Beach Superior Court for the alleged crime of robbery and murder. I did not commit these crimes, nor did I have knowledge of them. I have been wrongfully convicted and condemned to death. I believe the evidence in my case will support my innocence.

On August 29, 1994 I was detained, harrassed, and arrested during an "alleged" routine traffic infraction. stop in which I was a backseat passenger. During the illegal detention I was ordered to participate in a field identification line up and also given a gunshot residue test. Both field identification lineup and gunshot residue tests were negative; providing proof of my innocence. None the less I continued to be illegally detained. After an exploratory search took place of the interior of the vehicle and weapons were found, I was escorted to the Long Beach, California County Jail and booked on CCW (Carry Concealed Weapons) despite being a backseat passenger. My rights were never read to me.

On September 1, 1994, I went to be arraigned on the charge of murder and robbery, no CCW was ever mentioned. The arraignment was postponed for two weeks because I didn't have an attorney.

On March 13, 1995 by order of the Second Appellate Court my case was dismissed for violations of ferrata issue, due process issue, and statutory violation, but was refiled the same day.  I wasn't present for the dismissal although available in the court tank.

I was inadequetly represented by the Public Defenders Office. I repeatedly addressed the Court regarding the attorneys poor performance, misrepresentation, unwillingness to investigate, and file motions, among other things. Additionally he represented an alleged witness for the prosecution while the office represented me, causing a conflict of interest.

Although initially denied, records later proved that the same alleged witness recieved the benefit of a deal between the prosecutor in my case (and or others acting on his behalf) and Compton judge to have a PC 1385 Case against him dismissed. Additionally, he recieved a dismissal of 1,600.00 worth of traffic tickets, and suspended licence reinstated. The fact that he carried a concealed weapon on the night he was questioned was ignored. This "witness" was manufactured to further the case. Not only was this witness caught in numerous lies, he admitted on cross examination to being a liar. It is my strong belief that serious misconduct took place between the prosecutors, his detectives, and the Public Defenders Office. The appointed public defender did nothing to ensure my rights were protected at any point of his representation.

My alleged co-defendant admitted to and tested positive as being under the influence of PCP. An investigation revealed there was an eyewitness inside the business where the crime took place who says he saw the perpetrators. The same eyewitness cleared me at a filed investigation line up of being involved with the crime. According to reports, he in fact identified the shooter. My attorney failed to secure this witness for my trial, claiming he was unable to locate him. A later investigation by an outside attorney about the possibility of a conflict of interest between myself and the Public Defenders Office revealed this eyewitness was in fact locatable. He appeared in person for a pre-sentencing investigation report on my alleged co defendant who took a deal for ten years to implicate me in this crime.

My public defender made no effort to preserve the eyewitness that motioned to exonerate me, contact other witnesses who could have verified my whereabouts, nor bring forth the information regarding the numerous favours offered to the "manufactured" witness. These errors caused irreperable damage to my defense.

Upon conclusion of the investigation the Public Defenders Office was dismissed; the conflict was regarded as egrious. The public defenders replacement, a private counsel hired by the Court, went to trial unprepared. He failed to call what had become my most important witness who could have verified my wherabouts the night of the incident, and informed him of the whereabouts of another witness. He claimed he could not find / locate her when in fact she was on probation and routinely reporting to her probation officer.

During the trial no physical evidence pointed toward me. The alleged murder weapon had prints; but not mine. There was a footprint on a bag inside the crime scene which was not mine. I was ordered to participate in a field identification line-up and a gun residue test; both resulting in the negative. There was an eyewitness that not only exonerated me, but identified the shooter.

My case if full of inconsistencies, and a prime example of a prosecutors over zealousness to present a conviction for a horrific crime. I have been condemned for death for something I did not do. I am indigent and I need help. If you can provide any kind of assistance to me; know of anyone who may, or have any referrals please contact me at the address above. Thank you for your time.

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DEATH TO THE DEATH PENALTY!

~ It targets the poor
~ It is racist
~ It kills the innocent
~ It does not deter crime
~ It is barbaric
~ It is expensive (additional $90,000 per year per condemned inmate)


Apr 17, 2009

MARY'S COMMENTARY

Hopefully everyone will look at the Troy Davis case for what it is - evidence that we need to repeal the death penalty all across America.  The likelihood of innocent people being executed is too great.  If the justice system is so convinced, unlike most other people, that Troy Davis shot Officer MacPhail, why not have a new trial and allow the evidence to speak for itself? 

I do not think that courts in Georgia care a whit about guilt or innocence, right and wrong.  They make judicial decisions based on a completely difference criterion that has ZERO to do with the law and justice.  I do not base this assessment on the Troy Davis matter, but from my own dealings with courts in this state.  When the judges know that you would win before a jury and they don't want you to win for whatever reason, the judges simply refuse to allow your case to go to jury trial.  That is the Georgia way. 

The same thing happened in our case against The Cochran Firm for its fraud against my family after the secret arrest and wrongful death of Larry Neal in Shelby Co. Jail in Memphis. The Cochran Firm contracted as our wrongful death attorneys, then it worked with the jail and held our lawsuit against the jail INACTIVE FOR 10.5 MONTHS while writing us lying letters about the case going forward, while they did zero. What jury would have trouble deciding in our favor? None.  So Judge Batten of USDC did not allow it to go to jury, because he knew any jury would give us the case - ANY JURY.

The first judge to deny us a trial by jury (an American "right"), was Judge Shoob, in Georgia Superior Court.  She dismissed our case by claiming The Cochran Firm did not exist in Georgia - with the law firm open for business every day not three blocks from her courtroom and advertising on television, MARTA (public transportation), and all over the Internet.  See the information here:

Updated 4-3-09 - The Cochran Firm Fraud Continues Unchecked by the Courts
http://my.nowpublic.com/world/cochran-firm-fraud-continues-unchecked-courts-updated-4-3-09

Troy Davis is to be pitied.  His lawyers researched laws and drafted pleadings and probably did a fine job arguing in Troy's defense, but they failed to realize that it would not matter if Troy could produce irrefutable proof that he was on the moon when the officer was killed.  If Georgia has decided to execute this man, the judges would not pay one bit of attention to proof that Troy Davis was on the moon when the officer died.  None.  Truth matters none in Georgia courts.  None.  The more proof one has, the less likely one is to get before a jury if they do not want you to win.

Support for new trials for convicted persons with substantial new evidence, like Troy Davis, and opposition to the death penalty are two of the 25 justice concerns that will be addressed at the first annual HUMAN RIGHTS FOR PRISONERS MARCH in Atlanta, Georgia on May 16.  See information about that event at this link:

Human Rights for Prisoners March Planned for May 16 in Atlanta

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/human-rights-prisoners-march-planned-mid-may-atlanta 

Background information, videos, and photographs regarding the Troy Davis case and his numerous close calls with execution are available at this link, including a heart-wrenching appeal for a new trial from this condemned man: 
http://my.nowpublic.com/search?fulltext=1&type=story&keys=troy+davis+mary+neal

Other justice articles by this writer are available by clicking the dogs icon or using this link:  http://nowPublic.com/duo

Your viewpoint is invited in the comments area below.

Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
http://care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI

For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death. ~ Psalm 102


 

 
 
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