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Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis
 
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MIKE GOODWIN SAYS, “SUPERCROSS CHANGED HANDS ILLEGALLY.” 

Citing a 2003 court ruling that was hidden by attorneys and only came to light recently, Michael Goodwin, creator of the sport of Supercross, said,  “The Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group bankruptcy in 1995 was illegal since it did not list the real assets of the company, those having to do with Supercross. It listed only the assets of MTEG’s defunct stadium off-road racing business.” Goodwin made the statement from the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility where he’s serving two life terms without parole.

 

 “It is clear that the specious murder charges against me were orchestrated to protect those involved in that bankruptcy fraud,” Goodwin said. The court valued Supercross at $10 million in that 2003 ruling and said that Goodwin’s attempt to re-open the bankruptcy, in order to properly adjudicate it, was valid and should have gone forward over the objections of the trustee.

Justice on Trial

THE CSI EFFECT:In a TV interview,John Bradley, Managing Director of Justice On Trial since  2002, makes the point of how critically broken the American justice system is.  The non-profit advocacy organization for the wrongfully accused has adopted as its motto, a statement by former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, “Sunshine is the best disinfectant,” in the belief that exposure in  mass media  of corruption  is the only way to “disinfect” malfeasance where it exists.

 

Justice on Trial, a non-profit advocacy organization, has been assisting wrongfully accused persons for more than 13 years.  Currently, the organization is working with Michael Goodwin who was convicted of the 1988 murders of Mickey and Trudy Thompson in 2007 and is serving two life terms.

 


   

FOR THE FIRST TIME, A PROSECUTOR IS PUNISHED AND JAILED FOR WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE IN MURDER CASE

THE CSI EFFECT:

Ken Anderson, a former Texas prosecutor, who later became a judge, agreed to serve nine days in jail and surrender his law license Friday for withholding evidence in his prosecution of a man who was exonerated in 2011 after serving 25 years in prison for his wife’s murder.

 

The hearing took place at the same courthouse north of Austin where Ken Anderson once heard cases as a district court judge.           read more


MICHAEL GOODWIN CLAIMS INNOCENCE.

Michael F. Goodwin, convicted of the 1988 murders of off-road racing legend Mickey THE CSI EFFECT:Thompson is asking the question, “Does anyone know, or care, who really killed Mickey Thompson?” Goodwin stated from his cell at R.J. Donovan State Prison, where he’s serving two life sentences without possibility of parole, “Prosecutors never connected me to the murders because I had nothing to do with them.” Goodwin has always maintained his innocence and his conviction was a surprise to many legal professionals familiar with the case. Regarding the prosecutors’ assertion of who the shooters were, Goodwin says, “If they caught and questioned the actual shooters, it would be obvious that I was not involved. The D.A. alleged that the shooters were two African Americans and, following my wrongful conviction, they promised to pursue the killers but have not, because they can’t be certain that the shooters were Black. In interviews at the time of the murders, every witness stated that the shooters were White.”   read more


AT LEAST 4% OF THOSE SENT TO DEATH ROW ARE INNOCENT.

The 4 percent figure is a conservative estimate, the researchers say in a study published Monday. Some of the innocent on death row are exonerated and freed, but not all, the study says.

  

At least four percent of death sentences in the US send an innocent person to death row, according to new research published Monday in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Some of those people are exonerated and freed – but not all of them, the researchers report.

  

The study follows a broader report earlier this year that found that a record number of people were exonerated for crimes in 2013, suggesting that innocent people go to prison far more often than had been thought.

  

The study authors found that over a 31-year period, 1.6 percent of inmates sentenced to death were exonerated and freed. Of the remaining innocent inmates, some see their sentences reduced to life in prison, while others are executed, the authors say.

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Justice on Trial

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR ADVOCATES JUSTICE SYSTEM AND PRISON REFORMS

Advocacies like The Innocence Project, Justice on Trial and many others are struggling to correct the many miscarriages of justice caused by prosecutorial misconduct throughout the U.S. Few in the American justice system are striving for reform but, at the very pinnacle, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer is strongly advocating for changes in the system that will positively affect prison inmates and the prosecutorial process. Please help us thank her and offer encourage her continued support by clicking here to “Like” her and/or comment on Justice Sotomayor’s FaceBook page or by directly writing to her at:

 

Justice Sonia Sotomayer
Supreme Court of the United St
One First Street, N.E.
Washington D.C.  20543

 

 

JUSTICE OUT OF ORDER.

You’re out of order! You’re out of order! The whole trial is out of order” Al Pacino, as attorney Arthur Kirkland, in the 1979 film, “…And Justice For All,” tells the judge and courtroom.That was thirty years ago; now, in any courtroom in the country, Pacino would be more correct in adding, “…the whole SYSTEM is out of order!.” America must be doing some things right, though, since we imprison more than any country, where such records are available, on the planet. Per 100,000 in population, the U.S. puts away more than 700 while most other countries have imprisonment rates under 200. Even China has only 117 per 100,000; India only 29; Canada, 116; Mexico,169.  The American Justice System has become the most efficient conviction machine in the known universe.

 

Yet, the public’s perception is that crime rates are up; that prosecutors let criminals off all too frequently, that the guilty go free on the whim of a judge or because of a rouge jury, a la O.J. Simpson. What IS going on?

 

All those within the justice system, from law enforcement to those in the highest justice offices, are elected, appointed, advanced, ranked, paid, based on number of convictions. Convictions are the currency of justice. Too many acquittals translates to “soft on crime.”

 

At the core of the system is the trial, by judge or jury.  Conceived as a forum to to dole out justice to seekers of truth, the trial has morphed into a diabolical arena of conflict, where anything goes.  read more

 

 

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