An informant has come forward and told us who the perpetrator is of the crime for which James Prindle was found guilty in Judge Bobby Carter’s kangaroo court.
Just as I predicted two days ago, the perpetrator has been bragging to his friends that he committed this crime, got away with it, and that James will be serving the prison time for it. We are in the process of trying to identify an honest cop to whom the information can be turned over so the suspect can be taken into custody, questioned, and the case reopened.
Because the wrongful prosecution of this innocent child began with inadequate and recklessly indifferent police work by the Memphis Police Department, we hesitate to turn our information over to an agency that just may bury it and fail to use it in order to cover up its earlier errors and failings. We have seen this happen before.
In the meantime, the clock is ticking as it nears the July 11 sentencing hearing Bobby Carter has scheduled. Is Carter so confident in the verdict of the jury, arrived at without the full facts about the case having been presented to them, that he would go ahead and sentence an innocent boy to prison?
Presuming the police follow up on our new information about the perpetrator without delay, and presuming this information checks out, Judge Carter could throw out the jury’s verdict on July 11, dismiss the charges, and release James.
Failing this—that is, if Carter should force us to pursue an appeal that, in the light of so much new information we are discovering, we would surely win—it is essential that James’ safety be assured while the appeal runs its course. The one truthful thing that we believe James’ attorney Claiborne Ferguson told us is that “if James goes to an adult prison, he will be dead within a month.”
This possibility must be avoided for the benefit of everyone concerned.
James has been abandoned by his entire family, and the designation of Boys Town as his intermediate home would present no negative consequences for him and would, in fact, enhance James’ chances of receiving world-class mental health and rehabilitative services to help him heal from the trauma of the last two years. He would be safe and happy there.
We need your help to encourage Judge Carter to do the right and just thing. Please write to him now so your letter will reach Judge Carter before July 11.
Here is the judge’s address:Judge Bobby Carter 201 Poplar Street Suite 519 Memphis, TN 38103
Remind him nicely that he is no longer a prosecutor and is now a judge. Tell him the right thing to do is to delay sentencing until the police have an opportunity to pursue our new information and get to the bottom of who really committed this crime. Tell him he has a responsibility to protect the innocent, and that the best way to do this is to either dismiss the charges against James and release him, or to send James to Boys Town where he will be safe and well cared for.
There is still a chance for Judge Carter to salvage his reputation and restore public faith in the criminal justice process in Memphis and Shelby County.
But he needs your encouragement now.
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