Gordon Matthews, whose regular correspondence has kept us informed about the travesty of justice taking place in Berrien County, Michigan and surrounding the incarceration, then house arrest, of Rev. Edward Pinkney. Now he writes with good news!
“[On] October 16, Rev. Pinkney received a 3-way phone call from Judge Butzbaugh and the Berrien County probation officer assigned to him. [Judge Butzbaugh issued a brief order and opinion which vacated the tether condition thus assuring] his freedom from house arrest and tether!!!
Pinkney is finally free. Many thanks for all your phone calls to various authorities.
Many thanks to all attorneys working on Pinkney’s behalf.
He was told, however, to pay immediately the $1700.00 he owes for the tether.
Pinkney stopped paying for this control mechanism weeks ago. But for a long time he paid
$105.00 each week. Of course, it should be the other way around: Berrien County owes Pinkney
a lot of money for a variety of reasons! Both the house arrest and tether were illegally enforced.
One of his plans is to immediately continue as court observer in the Berrien County Courthouse. “The war goes on,” he said.
To congratulate Rev. P., ask him about his plans, etc., call or email: 269-925-0001, <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Go to <http://bhbanco.org>bhbanco.org for a new article by Dorothy Pinkney.”
Rev. Edward Pinkney:
How BANCO Started: “Many years ago I was going about my life believing that the justice system was just that until I started going to the court house to observe all the wrong convictions. There are numerous factors for wrongful convictions in the Berrien County court system. Most of the problems are in the local judicial system.”
“It’s hard to believe that in the year 2008 we have a county in Michigan with a legal system this antiquated and racist. What’s harder to believe is that no one at the State or National level is taking any action to remedy the situation.”
“We cannot run society for the privileged and allow a significant proportion of the population to be marginalized. It impacts the quality of life for all of us. If we have throwaway people, a justice system which tolerates injustice is doomed to collapse. I am truly ready for action.” Call or write me anytime about anything!