Thursday, April 24, 2014

William Potts still angry

A field near the José Martí International Airport
In an April 18 letter, ex-hijacker William Potts complains of racial discrimination and announces he plans to sue the U.S. Attorney.
Such a lawsuit, he contends, "would take the fight to them live and in color on CNN rather than simply be herded like a steer in the stockyard of a meat processing plant."
Intent to file a lawsuit isn't news. A lot of people announce such intentions and never follow through. In any case, I am posting Potts' letter here for the record.
Potts, a former member of the Black Panther Party, hijacked a plane to Cuba in 1984. Back then, he was a black militant known as Lieutenant Spartacus or William Freeman. These days, he's being held at the Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale. He wrote the letter shortly after we spoke by phone.
Since then, he has agreed to plead guilty, evidently as part of a likely plea bargain with prosecutors.
A change of plea hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. May 2 before U.S. District Court Judge Robin S. Rosenbaum in Fort Lauderdale.

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