St. Louis based criminal defense attorney, Terrance Niehoff, Anthony Williams lawyer during his 1995 trial that resulted in a wrongful conviction. Bad lawyering was said to have contributed to Anthony’s wrongful conviction.
Criminal law is filled with complex rules and procedures that most people do not understand. To effectively defend yourself against a criminal charge you must take an interest in your own case. It is absolutely imperative!!! Why? Simply put because it is your life that is at stake. You are the one who is going to be left with the consequences whether you are exonerated or wrongfully convicted. You are the Master of you own defense. [Read more…]
Each year Missouri locks-up more and more non-violent/first time offenders. This costs the tax-payers millions of dollars each year. Additionally) these non-violent/first time offenders are now being incarcerated in Level 5 (Maximum Security) prisons – these types of prisons do not have the Programs needed to return them to society Vocational Training} Computer Classes, etc. This makes it more likely for them to re-offend once they are released.
William Ray Price, former Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, stated in his State of the Judiciary Address that we need to: “Rethink our strategies dealing with non-violent offenders} which includes crimes for alcohol and drug abuse.” He also said that harsh sentencing laws have cost the State billions of dollars in revenue, yet “We have just as much crime now as we did when we started. ” [We may even have more crime now.] [Read more…]
FREE Todd Bland!!!
Charge: Dis/Del/Manf/Produce Or Attempt To Or Possess W/Intent to Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance (B Felony RSMo 195.211)
Case No: 08A9-CR01311-02 State v. Todd Bland
Trial: 06/28/2010 (guilty)
Sentence: 25 years DOC
Occupation Prior Arrest: Worked for a Furniture Factory
Evidence Obtained In Barn Outside of Residence by Task Force Officer M.D. Flett. This evidence was used to suggest that Methamphetamine Manufacturing was taking place in William F. White’s residence. (NOTE: I did not reside in the residence and had NO KNOWLEDGE of any illegal activities going on there):
- One (1) quart of Sunnyside brant muriatic acid, approximately one-half(1/2) full.
- One (1) plastic shopping bag containing new, unused, coffee filters.
- One (1) plastic “Mountain Dew” bottle used as gas generator with plastic tubing
- One (1) Plastic “Gatorade” bottle used as the receptacle for the acid generator with plastic tubing
- One (1) blue funnel that appeared to be unused.(Located inside a red, Chevrolet, truck parked in the driveway)
- One (1) white pouch, wrapped with masking tape. Pouch contained a used, but empty, syringe and a burnt piece of foil and a spoon.
- Two (2) Lithium “AA” size batteries, which had been partially peeled open.(Located inside the residence, downstairs in the basement/garage)
- One (1) gallon can of Coleman brand camp fuel, almost empty.
- One (1) liter clear plastic bottle containing an unknown clear liquid, believed to be solvent.(Located inside the residence, upstairs in the master bedroom)
- One (1) package of OHM Brand prescription strength “Claritin D”. Each tablet contains ten (10) milligrams of Loratadine and two hundred forty (240) milligrams of pseudo-ephedrine. The package contained twenty (20) tablets.
- One (1) plastic bag with a doctor’s prescription label Junetta White was listed as the patient and the doctor was listed as David Giem. According to the label on the bag, as well as the individual sealed pill blister packs, the pills were also a generic version of “Claritin D”. The date filled was listed as October 17, 2008, and the quantity was thirty (30) tablets. After counting, I found there were thirty (30) tablets in the package.
Ex-Offenders Struggle To Defy The Odds & Overcome
I wrote this to express how blessed my life has been since my release and to share some of the struggles I have had as well re-entering society after a wrongful conviction. In writing this I don’t mean to dwell on the past – I have no regrets. I am looking forward and forging forward! This has been my mission from day one of my release.
Re-entry has not come without difficulty for me as it doesn’t for most ex-prisoners reentering our society. I learned quickly, as most ex-offenders and exonerees do the difficulty of recapturing a life after an extended period of incarceration. It’s so because everything in our society is based off of your past and for an ex-prisoner of any sort this is a major barrier.
Everyone wants to know where have you been living the last year, two years, five years…. How long have you been on your job? How many years of school have you completed? How long have you been paying on your credit cards? Questions like these that follow you every where you go in this society tend to hold a lot of ex-prisoners back who have good intentions. Many of these barriers have hindered me although I have maintained full-time employment for the past two years.
The question is, how do we expect ex-prisoners to get a fresh start and have the opportunity to integrate into our society having to overcome such crippling hurdles to finding housing, employment, etc.? [Read more…]