Imagine that people viciously attack you for a comment made online.
What would you think your comment should be to "invite" this particular attack?
That's about me.
You know what kind of comment actually triggered it?
My comment regarding presumption of innocence was made about comments of members of the potential jury pool in this case, members of the local community, about the defendant charged with arson that resulted in a death of a beloved local person, a white person, a former firefighter, who has saved his young nephews and his fiancée before perishing in the fire himself.
Charges were filed on the 31st of December, 2018, against this man who is, unmistakably, a person of color,
in a town and county with the all-white police force, all-white District Attorney's office, everybody in the local government intermarried and related to one another, and in a town and county with a long and disgusting history of racial profiling in criminal proceedings.
By the way, this is the picture posted by the police and prosecution of the defendant in the local newspaper:
The picture provided to the newspaper portrays the defendant as a white man with a tan.
The picture provided by the defendant's brother clearly shows that the defendant has African American or Middle Asian ancestry.
And, the GoFundMe Legal Defense Fund campaign filed on the Internet by the defendant's brother Timothy Truitt was DELETED by the GoFundMe site - so, GoFundMe allows fundraising of accusers like Christine Blasey Ford, but not of indigent people who are presumed innocent and charged with crimes.
Still, I was able to regain what Timothy Truitt published about his brother and about his case from the cached file. Here it is:
That means that the defendant's brother:
- was not satisfied with the defense provided to Terrence Truitt by his assigned counsel James Hartmann, husband to a law clerk of a criminal court judge (Nancy Deming, law clerk to judge Gary Rosa, Delaware County), I will concentrate on the quality of James Hartmann's representation a little further;
- already found a private attorney to represent Terrence Truitt better, and that attorney asked for a $5,500 retainer - as shown by the fundraising goal, and
- in the first 6 hours of the fundraising campaign, 5 people donated $225 total, so the goal was doable,
I have listed some of those racial profiling cases in the civil rights lawsuit I have filed on behalf of my now-former client Timothy Baron, the text is available here.
I have lived in the area from 1999 to 2015, for 16 years, and during all of those years I worked in a law office, first as a legal assistant to a criminal defense attorney, then as a criminal defense/civil rights attorney myself.
Upon my memory alone, there were several cases of racial profiling in Oneonta, NY.
- The parking garage case, when smaller black young males were attacked in the Oneonta parking garage by bigger white male students, the black males defended themselves and, as a result of their self-defense, one of the white attackers ended up with a sever brain damage. The attackers were not charged, but the attacked were. One pled guilty at the urging of his brainless assigned counsel, one (represented by my husband) had his indictment dismissed and not reinstated, and the other three, I believe, were acquitted by the jury;
- A case where a black law professor was grabbed just because he is black by the police who were looking for a "young black male", that was all to the description of the potential criminal;
- And another black professor was grabbed by police, Dr Ibram Rogers, because a student complained about alleged stalking by a "young black male", that was enough to grab any black male that the police put their tired (of drinking) eyes upon;
- A case where the City of Oneonta, the Otsego County and its police department was sued in federal court for detaining all black students of SUNY Oneonta - and even one black female who, the police thought, looked like a black male - because a white old lady complained that a black young male burglarized her. That case as taught to me in law school - where the New York State Court of Claims, a white judge, Thomas J McNamara, actually found no problem with such racial profiling and dismissed the lawsuit (but for the woman who was arrested as a black man).
A year after I have filed this lawsuit, coincidentally or not, the Mayor, Dick Miller, one of the main defendants in the lawsuit, committed suicide.
Here is what he was accused of in the civil lawsuit by my client - with witnesses available of what Dick Miller said:
My client also provided information about Oneonta city officials denying people of color opportunities to own businesses and forcing businesses owned by people of color, at a loss, to white people, on contrived fabricated pretexts:
Here is how a racially profiled criminal case develops in Otsego County, New York:
As to the rampant police, prosecutorial, judicial and assigned defense attorney misconduct in this case (all white people, as well as the potential grand jury and jury pool will be), as well as the way potential jurors in Otsego County New York perceive the concept of presumption of evidence and choose ways to grieve, I will tell you in my next articles about the criminal case against Terrence Truitt.