We have long suspected that Jefferson Sanders had more to do with James Prindle’s trial and conviction than is generally known.
Now we have learned from a knowledgeable source that the prosecutor’s office would never have taken the charges forward in adult court were it not for Sanders’ relentless pressure and insistence. Sanders’ alleged efforts to introduce false evidence and testimony into the trial (the “planted” second drawing and the “smile” from the back seat of the police cruiser) are consistent with Sanders’ presumed motive to get James put away behind bars where he would likely be harmed.
Our source told us that James’ mother Monica Sanders and her mother Pam Croft did not want to testify against James. They reportedly did so only as a result of being pressured by Jefferson Sanders.
Our source also told us that prosecutor Jennifer Nichols was always in favor of prosecuting the case, but prosecutor Teri Fratisi is said to have harbored doubts based on the lack of any solid evidence connecting James to the crime.
People with access to the water cooler scuttlebutt in the prosecutor’s office will know this to be true. People are talking about it among themselves. They know James received an ineffective defense in a flawed trial under ethically troubling circumstances. They know a miscarriage of justice was engineered.
What’s the best thing to be done right now? Keep up the public pressure!
A petition has been started at http://www.change.org/petitions/james-prindle-help-set-aside-the-verdict-pending-an-investigation. I encourage you to please go there and sign it. If you know people in Tennessee, please make a special effort to get them to sign, too. Judge Bobby Carter can try to ignore letters from outsiders, but not from Tennessee voters.
The more pressure we apply, the more people will talk and the whole truth will come out. Cracks are already beginning to show in the state’s case. People are seeing the trial and verdict for the travesty they are.
They can see that the only person who has “won” is Jefferson Sanders, the bad guy in this story. This is not justice, but the bad guy’s trial. No one will admit it, but Sanders was in virtual control. This isn’t right.
People with information want to come forward and tell what they know. With your encouragement through this petition, they will summon the courage and speak up.
Sign the petition and help the truth set James free!
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