Reading Sidney Powell's book "Licensed To Lie" on the top bed of my bunk in federal prison, chills ran up my spine as Powell recounted shady court room and legal proceedings that sounded so familiar. Detail-by-detail she reveals the gruesome behavior of power struck, heartless judges and prosecutors, who disregard the law and snatch away many years of human lives, all done in the name of what they call justice.
Powell, who served in the Department of Justice for ten years in Texas and practiced appellate law for the past twenty years, describes disturbing events, missteps, cover-ups, malfeasance, and corruption in the U.S. judicial system, which she says has caused her to question the system she was once apart of. Now that Powell and other skilled criminal practitioners, who have an inside view of what really goes on are speaking out, I hope the American people will listen and cause something to be done. If not, it could be you, your family members or loved ones next!
It is dangerous to entrust humans with power to play the role of God Himself; especially when they lack character and integrity to uphold the standards of such a position. When judges and prosecutors turn a blind eye to egregious injustices, who is there to watch or punish the watch dogs? Oftentimes their malicious acts are overlooked or excused. Consequently, many individuals have had to pay a very high price for misdeeds that do not warrant such severe punishment. How do I know? I am a victim of injustice!
While not one high level banker has served a day in prison for the events that spiraled the 2008 financial crisis, I am serving a 12 1/2 year sentence. I was accused of being the 25 year old mastermind who devised an elaborate scheme to defraud the now defunct Lehman Brothers Bank. Just 59 days after I was sentenced to over a decade behind bars, the bank collapsed. Lehman's bankruptcy findings revealed that the bank's lending practices were premised on fraud. Congress itself conducted an investigation into Lehman's practices and concluded the bank knowingly and willfully funded billions of dollars in fraudulent mortgage loans, and their collapse spiraled the 2008 financial crisis. Geared with the Congressional reports in hand, I just knew my conviction would be immediately overturned. With the newly discovered evidence there was no way the government could say I was the mastermind of a scheme that was now proven the bank originated. With the turn of events on my side and tons of legal errors in my case, I stood confidently awaiting my immediate release. But, it never happened!
The Honorable Jose Linares, the judge who presided over my case, decided to disregard the law and made up his own rules, denying my motions. This might seem farfetched to some, yet I have the facts to prove my statement is true! It is easy to get convicted, but almost impossible to have a conviction overruled. Even with the turn of events as big as the 2008 financial crisis which tore the mask off the Wall Street bankers who claimed they were victims. The problem is no one wants to admit they were wrong, so judges and prosecutors continue to cover up their false allegations, even when the evidence contradicts them. This is crazy, yet true! Powell also reveals several accounts of this kind of behavior in her book. In a legal culture that promotes throwing people's lives away to climb up the political ladder, there is no room to admit fault. Thereby, prosecutors and judges hold the pass no other Americans have. Like Powell stated, they are "licensed to lie!"
At first, I assumed it was an error or oversight on his part, so I filed a Motion of Reconsideration on both of his denials, citing the correct law. Despite the Supreme Courts recent Lafler ruling, which contradicted the judge's basis for denial, Judge Jose Linares once again denied my motions using an incorrect standard of the law.
I thought my case was rare or unique, until I started reading books' like Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow." Just like Powell, Alexander once worked on the other side and didn't want to believe such deep rooted corruption existed within the U.S. judicial system. Yet, when she discovered the truth, she courageously spoke out about it and skillfully cited numerous accounts of injustice, similar to what I have endured. It's courageous advocates such as Powell and Alexander who have inspired me to speak out!
I have sat behind bars for close to 7 years. Not because my crime warranted it, but because of improper denials of my motions to the court, based on the rulings of a biased judge. I don't expect you to take my word for it, so in the next post I will detail the facts in an easy-to-read summary, quoting my judge's words. It is my hope this information will one day get in the right hands and justice will finally be rendered on my behalf.
Until then, I will continue to do the work God has for me behind bars and patiently wait for the tables to turn. One thing for certain, I know what happens in the dark eventually comes to light and certain things are allowed for a greater purpose. My encounter with injustice has turned me into an active prison reform activist, even from behind bars. I have made a vow, until the day I die or change comes, that I too will be an advocate for justice. I realize without speaking out, change will never come!