David Kirkpatrick

January 12, 2008

Doing good in Dallas

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:11 pm

I must give some praise for my hometown district attorney — Dallas County DA Craig Watkins. He won the job in a recent municipal election that swept Democrats into what had previously been a very GOP-centric judicial system.

He’s a trailblazer in many ways, not least of which is being the first black DA in Texas. What really sets Watkins apart, though, is alongside fighting local crime he’s also focused on undoing the past wrongs of his office (link goes to Google search).

Watkins is working with the Innocence Project to set free the innocent sent behind bars by DAs past. Thirteen people have been exonerated in Dallas County since 2001 and Watkins has a task force looking into more than 350 additional past convictions.

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  1. Martin Niemoeller, a Dachau concentration camp survivor, wrote these haunting words after his release:

    “I didn’t speak up!
    In Germany, the Nazis? came? for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then, they came for me? and by that time there was no one left to speak for me.”

    It is the belief of many within society and the justice system that poor and working class black, brown and yellow people aren’t committed enough to make a difference.” Lets prove them wrong. Get involved, act today. If you are not doing something to change the system and the process, you have no right to complain. So, let’s get to work.

    “Let The Truth Be Told, Another Legal Lynching In Dallas, Texas”

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/longterm/stories/010308dnmet14cases.312a9d5.html

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/pt/slideshows/2008/01/010308_exonerated

    State of Texas v. Lakeith Amir-Sharif
    F0525061, F0559639, F0600180,MA0521971,MA0425257

    This letter is an update by MTWT-Texas Chapter, about the case of Lakeith Amir-Sharif (“Sharif“) who is currently awaiting trials April 21, 2008 on trumped up charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, to wit: a car, and stalking; the latter charge is 3 year old and has not been reset for trial as of this date due to the fact the indictment obtained by the racist and corrupt administration of former D.A. Bill Hill is unlawful and statutorily invalid because the requisites for charging Sharif with Stalking don‘t exist. Newly-elected District Attorney Craig Watkins has been made aware of all of these facts prior to and since his election, but nothing has been done to uphold the law and U.S. Constitution by ending this miscarriage of justice, and thus prevent another innocent man from being railroaded to prison like so many others have been done.

    These charges against Sharif lack a lawful or factual foundation because they’re based on lies, revenge, police, prosecution and judicial misconduct, yet with the complicity of various other court officials, local and state politicians (many of whom are defendants in federal civil right lawsuits filed by “Sharif” filed over the horrible conditions and treatment of prisoners while he was in the Dallas County jail during the past 16-months) the Dallas County DA’s Office, headed by Craig Watkins, the first African-American elected to this position, continues to pursue this malicious prosecution at a cost to taxpayers that now exceeds a quarter of a million dollars, and counting.

    It is becoming more and more obvious with each passing day that Sharif’s prosecution has nothing whatsoever to do with him supposedly having broken the law, but rather he is being persecuted for his constitutionally protected activities (i.e. his free speech found on numerous web sites & blogs, plus his federal civil right lawsuits that exposes and challenges the injustices within the Dallas County judiciary, the County Commissioners Office, the Dallas Sheriff’s Department, and the Dallas County Jail).

    Few, if any, Texas media outlets or elected leaders in Dallas County or the Texas State Legislatures in Austin, have not heard about the persecution of Sharif and the wasteful spending of taxpayers money, the unethical acts and abuses of power by the judges, police, and others involved in Sharif’s cases in order to carry out this travesty of justice, yet none of them have had the courage nor decency to take a principled stance in the name of truth and justice and demand answers and an end to this egregious injustice.

    To find some of the answers as to why there was a Fake Drug Scandal in Dallas, and why 15 recently exonerated citizens were railroaded to prison and why 400 plus others imprisoned citizens from Dallas County alone are claiming they were railroaded and that DNA testing will prove their innocence, you need to look no further than the case of Sharif and the many things we’ve pointed out to the world via MTWT’s website

    Comment by Making The Walls Transparent(MTWT-Texas) — February 19, 2008 @ 9:11 pm

  2. […] dallas, Reason Magazine, Texas Innocence Project — davidkirkpatrick @ 2:49 am I’ve posted before about the excellent work being done by the current Dallas district attorney, Craig Watkins. Reason magazine has a great […]

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