Monday, April 27, 2015

Judge denies motion to dismiss

Jason Flores-Williams
A judge rejected a New Mexico's lawyer's motion to dismiss the case against Charlie Hill, a former militant now living in Cuba.
Jason Flores-Williams said in a statement:
Based upon the Fugitive Disentitlement Doctrine, the Motion to Dismiss has been denied. The Fugitive Disentitlement Doctrine holds that an individual who has escaped a jurisdiction may not seek justice in those courts.

§ In regard to escaped African-Americans, this doctrine has an impressive history. During slavery, an individual could not petition for their freedom until they submitted to the jurisdiction that wanted to enslave them. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. (Here, we have replaced the institution of slavery with the institution of mass incarceration, both highly profitable.) 
From recent events, we know that Americans are the subject of government surveillance (Edward Snowden, another person subject to the Fugitive Disentitlement Act); and that African-Americans are the particular subjects of police brutality. 
Charlie Hill
During the 1960’s, however, these two aspects of American life came together in an especially virulent way under the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program, COINTELPRO, which monitored, harassed and arguably killed people of color struggling for the extension of democratic principles. As an African-American political activist who was part of a group targeted by the FBI, Mr. Hill rightly feared that he would be condemned before receiving a fair trial.

We had hoped that our judicial system would consider the context in which these events occurred. It appears, however, that our system is only capable of considering context with regard to investment bankers, corporations, and other elite entities that it considers too big to fail.
Related: Lawyer: Throw out charges against Charles Hill

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