NEW FEATURE: MemphisTruth.com’s Hammer Award. For decades, Shelby County’s DA office has awarded their Hammer Award to prosecutors who go too far in securing convictions. Now, we have our own Hammer Award, for court officials who break the rules to get convictions. Our first award goes to ADA Chris Scruggs, who gets three strikes and is outed. We already have our eye on a judge who has achieved the necessary three strikes for our next Hammer Award.
NEW: Draft Candidate Questionnaire. Amy Weirich presides over a DA’s office which promotes mass incarceration and is deeply unfair to defendants, especially if they are Black. But Amy had $470K of contributions in her 2014 campaign. This is a ton of money which allowed her to handily defeat a dreadful candidate. An opposition candidate can tap into national funding to out-spend Amy. Let’s assume an ad-hoc
host committee forms to recruit national funding to get rid of the worst DA in the country. They’ll need to find a superb candidate who will commit to dismantling mass incarceration and addressing the unfairness in Amy’s office. This questionnaire is taken from the new wave of reforming DAs and provides a draft for the questionnaire to be put to candidates to find the most likely reform DA candidate in 2022. Also see our review of Emily Bazelon’s book, “Charged”, which is a manual for removing Amy, and our remix of the Fair Punishment report Amy Weirich: Recidivist.
Thorne Peters: Weed messiah. Marijuana activist framed in Millington.
Jason White framed in Bartlett Meth Case Bartlett detectives relabel a meth shipment to frame White and Kristina Cole.
Amy Weirich: Recidivist Weirich is the national poster girl for prosecutorial misconduct. We repackage the Fair Punishment report from 2017 with the focus on Amy.
Our focus on prosecutorial misconduct continues. It is no secret, with Amy Weirich’s private reprimand for hiding exculpatory evidence in the Nuora Jackson case, that she is “one of the most problematic prosecutors in the entire country.”
In our deep dive into prosecutorial misconduct, we find prosecutors not only hiding evidence from the defense, but actively working with MPD and deputies to fabricate evidence, while judges give the nod to gross miscarriages of justice. This did not start with Amy Weirich, we also show that the culture of “winning at all costs” was endemic during Bill Gibbons tenure as Shelby DA.
April and Celitria.
Our story includes April Malone and Celitria Watson, who are suing the City, three prosecutors and three MPD cops for falsified evidence, a death row inmate whose trial featured a paid confidential informant who gave contradictory statements to media, and six other defendants whose prosecutors used the same unreliable CI to obtain false convictions. One of the defendants in these cases was mysteriously killed.
Cover-up Conspiracy at Sheriff’s Dept
Six defendants, including three jailer deputies, were arrested in 1997 for faked pot sales to a CI and subsequently prosecuted. Earley Story is still fighting his conviction after twenty years.
Alfredo Shaw, CI#2282 featured in these cases, and also in the case of death row inmate Tony Carruthers. We found seven defendants embroiled in his testimony and we think there are up to ten other defendants we have not found yet. We followed up this feature with a sworn court record and a TV appearance in which the snitch retracted grand jury and court testimony. The evidence Carruthers provided was a Confidential Informant ledger for Shaw, where there were no transactions for the days he allegedly bought pot from the deputies.
Cover-ups tied to deputy murder and jobs for cash.
The third cover-up we fund was related to the murder of Deputy Sherry Goodman in 1996. Roderick Cobb was framed for this murder and is still doing life without parole. His custodians at 201 Poplar were Bernard Kimmons and Victor Campbell, whose possible testimony was invalidated by their bogus prosecution with Earley Story and false testimony from Alfredo Shaw.
The 600-lb gorilla in 1996 at the Sheriff’s department, where the FBI indicted Alton Ray Mills, second in command at the Sheriff’s office, and grocer Stephan Toarmina, a political appointee at the Sheriff’s Office. A probability analysis of the likelihood of the murders of Deadrick Taylor, the day after the Mills / Toarmina indictment came down, and Sherry Goodman, who was murdered 98 days later, being unconnected suggested the murders were linked, and the link was that the two were potential witnesses in the upcoming Mills / Toarmina trial. The Federal trial had unindicted co-conspirators and unnamed victims that the Federal authorities could not use, and the Federal judge was openly calling for the Shelby DA, Bill Gibbons, to indict others. In the event the local DA failed to indict anyone and the problem went away.
The brass at the Sheriff’s Office was actively discouraging cooperation with outside investigative agencies and instilling a climate of fear among deputies.
Authorization of Agency
See also: our post about how Memphis Shelby Crime Commission, Amy Weirich and MPD invented a totally illegal new entry point into the criminal justice system with Authorization of Agency, which has hooked children as young as eleven into the criminal justice system.
CI#2282 Alfredo Shaw. The snitch who lied on death row inmate Tony Carruthers, and the six defendants in the 1997 arrests of three officers and three civilians. We added a sworn statement and a TV tape of Shaw saying how he had been coached and paid to give false evidence.
Three related coverups, including the murder of a sheriff’s deputy.
Witnesses in Sheriffs Dept. Jobs for Cash scheme murdered?