Support Rev. Pinkney, Send Letters To Court Of Appeals NOW!
Rev. Edward Pinkney and his lawyer Tat Parish (Photo: John Madill)
On August 4th, a 3-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals in District III (Grand Rapids) issued a 2-1 decision denying Rev. Edward Pinkney bond pending appeal.
This outrageous decision by two of the judges keeps Rev. Pinkney locked behind bars for even longer than the 8 months he’s already served. The entire appeals process could take many months more. The ACLU of Michigan wrote in a brief supporting bond pending appeal that the trial court conviction against Rev. Pinkney is “almost certain” to be reversed on appeal. That means he’s “paying a debt to society” he doesn’t owe.
We know that the Berrien County trial court is a corrupt and racist institution. We had higher hopes for the state Court of Appeals! Yesterday Rev. Pinkney’s attorney filed a motion to the Court of Appeals for “Reconsideration” of their decision. The Reconsideration motion points out that the prosecution made a false legal argument regarding the appeal bond issue that may have misled two of the judges to make the wrong decision.
YOU CAN HELP!
We need you to write letters immediately to the three Court of Appeals judges regarding the Reconsideration decision. Please mail a separate letter to each judge at the District III address listed below. If you only have time to write two judges, focus on Judges Hoekstra and Sawyer, the two who decided against bond pending appeal for Rev. Pinkney.
Below is a sample letter. Copy it to three separate blank documents, add the appropriate name for each judge, print, and sign. If you wish, personalize it with your own voice and thoughts.
Letters must be mailed AS SOON AS POSSIBLE in order to reach the judges before they decide. Ask your friends and family to send letters right away too.
Legacy of Racism and National Oppression in Michigan by Abayomi Azikiwe
No Justice For Rev. Pinkney—Again! by Philip A. Bassett
Names of the three judges:
Hon. Joel P. Hoekstra (decided against bond pending appeal)
Hon. David H. Sawyer (decided against bond pending appeal)
Hon. Douglas B. Shapiro (would have granted bond pending appeal)
Sample letter text:[Date]
Hon. [judge’s name]
Michigan Court of Appeals, District III
State Office Building
350 Ottawa NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2349