Friday, 31 May 2013

Davontae Sanford case

To everyone knowledgeable about the Davontae Sanford case. The Michigan
Court of Appeals has still not yet scheduled oral argument. The latest
entry on the docket shows that the Court of Appeals sent Sanford's
attorney a letter a few weeks ago asking for copies of some transcripts.
I suspect once the court receives those transcripts, oral argument will
follow, probably in July or August, after which we will hold a
demonstration calling for his release outside the courthouse. After much
thought about my earlier plan, which was to form a human chain around
the assistant prosecutor outside after oral argument and shout him down
for their crimes in wrongfully convicting Mr. Sanford, so as not to
jeopardize his chances on appeal, it is best we use modesty at the rally
and educate the public about his case instead. We would not want any
acts of civil disobedience be imputed to Mr. Sanfrd in the eyes of the
three judge panel. As much as I wold love to commit civil disobedience
and even risk arrest given the significant constitutional issues in the
case, the risk to Mr. Sanford's appeal are too great to do that. And for
those who doubt my determination, you only need to ask those who have
seen me in action at rallies and demonstrations to know that I cut no
words and do not speak softly at the evildoers. There is a time and
place for civil disobedience, but the oral argument for Mr. Sanford is
not one of them.

 Roberto Guzman

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