A couple days ago I told you I was keeping my fingers crossed about something that was about to happen in James Prindle’s hearing, held yesterday morning in the Criminal Court Division 3 courtroom of Judge Bobby Carter, a former prosecutor and new judge who, curiously enough, was sworn in on the day James was arrested.
Now I can speak.
James has been under intense pressure from the prosecutor (whose name the General Sessions court clerk refuses to release to us) and his court-appointed public defender Jane Sturdivant to accept a plea deal and admit to a rape of his baby sister—a crime he did not commit. Their latest inducement for lying about the crime is a sentence of 9 years versus 60 years if the case goes to trial.
But James is adamant that he will not confess to a crime of which he is innocent and be forever labeled a sex offender. James is convinced his public defender is not working in his interest, but playing along with the corrupt practices of the justice system in Memphis.
Yesterday James bravely stood up and asked Judge Carter to replace his public defender with an attorney who would actually defend him rather than being a participant in the perversion of justice that is presently underway.
James told us that he got the impression Judge Carter seemed to stifle a scoff at the request, even though the judge said he would take it under advisement and announce his decision at James’ next hearing on July 22nd.
If the judge denies James’ request for a lawyer who will work for James and not against him, James will have no choice but to defend himself pro se. Wouldn’t that be a media spectacle, for a young boy to be forced to defend himself alone against the abusive power of the state?
The way this bizarre case has been going from the start, it may just come to that.
At every turn, in large ways and small, the authorities have prevented James from defending himself. We still haven’t received the “discovery pack” file of papers which are sitting with James in his cell. His commissary order for an envelope and stamps arrived without the stamps.
The authorities are also suppressing the names of key people involved in this case in their public records—even the prosecutor (only his ID number, AT8866, appears)! I just spoke to both the adult and juvenile sex crimes units of the Memphis Police Department, and no one can tell me who “T. Edwards” is, who was supposedly the detective who interviewed James and his mother on the night of the incident and told James they were “throwing away the key.” Isn’t this strange?
You can see how this is going. Our appeals for local help are still falling on deaf ears.
We are all very proud that James is standing up for himself in his belief that the truth can and must prevail. James may well be the only person in this whole disgraceful affair who is committed to the truth.
Groove of the Day
I would be true for there are those that trust me.
I would be pure for there are those that care.
I would be strong for there is much to suffer.
I would be brave for there is much to dare.
I would be friend of all, the foe, the friendless.
I would be giving and forget the gift.
I would be humble for I know my weakness.
I would look up, laugh, love and live.
Lyrics: Howard Walter