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‘This Can’t Keep Happening’: Top Lawmakers Rally to Help Exonerees

f7214ea80d4a9c647b147f11b8d0f222Annapolis, Md. (Reform Sasscer) – As United States citizens, We must demand more from our lawmakers and a chance for uncorrupted democracy.  It appears the local court system in Maryland is used as a tool for certain politicians and their friends to punish their opponents and those who may disagree with them.

In Maryland, laws are being applied selectively and different based on circumstances to hurt innocent citizens in a wide ranging scheme. Let us demand an end to this practice and more from our lawmakers. When addressing social inequalities, we must remember that bad decisions made by corrupt officials have an affect many citizens. The decisions made by these officials are to benefit the few elected individuals in the communities that they exploit at our expense. A very good example is the role Dr. Charlene Dukes played in Maryland and then Retired Amid Corruption Allegations And Self Dealings. These sort of self dealings and corruption allegations are widespread in Maryland than many people want to believe.

Defeating an entrenched and organized criminal tyrannical enterprise like the one headed by Despots Dr. Monica Goldson and Dr. Alvin Thorton requires fearlessness, ideological clarity and consistent struggle.

Maryland citizens and especially Prince George’s county citizenry must sort out the root causes of our state and county problems by defeating the despots, conmen and their organized cabals, then transform the counties and build a just and democratic society based on the rule of law instead of constantly begging some of our corrupt leaders to do something about it.

As Maryland matters highlights below, a group of powerful lawmakers — including the speaker of the House have become aware of some of these shenanigans and are beginning to review the issues. Viva!


Alfred Chestnut (left) and Ransom Watkins, who spent time in prison for crimes they did not commit, speak at Exoneree Advocacy Day in Annapolis Wednesday. Photo by Bruce DePuyt

By Bruce DePuyt — A group of powerful lawmakers — including the speaker of the House — signaled on Wednesday that they are determined to establish a fair compensation system for people who serve time for crimes they didn’t commit.

Their statements of support come months after the state’s top leaders struggled publicly to come up with a way to compensate five men who served long prison terms after being wrongfully convicted.

Advocates for exonerees say the five cases surely won’t be the last, and they are pressuring the General Assembly to come up with a formula that can be used in the future — and to make improvements to the criminal justice system so that false convictions become less likely.

Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) spoke at an “Innocence Advocacy Day” in Annapolis organized by the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. She then took a seat in the back row and listened as nearly a dozen men — mostly middle-aged, all but one African-American — told their stories.

Afterward, Jones told Maryland Matters there is “more awareness” about the devastating impacts false convictions have on those whose lives are derailed by such injustices.

“The momentum is there,” she said. “I think the timing is right to be able to get something done.”

Last year the Board of Public Works — made up of the governor, comptroller and treasurer — struggled to figure out how to compensate the five men, who spent a total of 120 years behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit.

After the issue bounced around for several weeks, the panel adopted a formula crafted by a top aide to Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) — the median annual state income for the last four years of a person’s incarceration multiplied by the number of years they were in prison.

Del. Kathleen Dumais (D-Montgomery), the vice-chairwoman of the House Economic Matters Committee, is sponsoring a bill that would enshrine a similar formula in state law, so the Board of Public Works doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel with every case.

“The governor claims he wants a process. We’re going to give him a process,” she told the men. “We’re going to create a process where somebody is going to make a decision and then all the Board of Public Works is going to have to do is sign the check.”

“I don’t know how to repay any of you for what you’ve been through,” Dumais added. “The only thing we can do is make sure we get this legislation through.”

Advocates are pursuing two bills this year — one to create a compensation formula for former inmates found to be innocent and another to track the system by which those accused or convicted of crimes can earn leniency by testifying against others.

Sen. William C. Smith Jr. (D-Montgomery), the chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, said policymakers need to know about cases in which individuals become “serial participators.”

“Sometimes the state will offer them incentives [to testify against others],” Smith said in an interview. “Right now we don’t track that. So you have situations in which people [testify] multiple times to get more incentives.”

‘I watched people get raped’

Lawmakers and staff who attended Exoneree Innocence Advocacy Day heard emotional testimony.

One by one, the men described the falsehoods — outright lies in many cases — that were told by trial witnesses testifying under oath.

They described the indignity of being judged guilty of crimes they hadn’t committed. And the horrors they endured during prison sentences that in many cases stretched for decades.

Ransom Watkins walked free in November after 36 years in prison. He was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1983 at the age of 16.

His voice cracking with emotion, he told his story.

“I watched people my age get raped in prison. And I watched police watch it happen. The only thing we had in prison was each other,” he said of his friends. “No one else cared.”

“But we knew the truth. And no one can change that,” he continued.

Watkins conceded his “lack of remorse” hurt his chances for parole; But his lack of guilt meant he had nothing to feel remorseful about — except his own circumstance.

“Our word meant nothing,” he said. “But we never gave up. We kept fighting. And we knew one thing. We knew the truth and we had each other.”

Men who spent decades behind bars described the difficulty they have faced in re-entering society after years in prison. In some cases they had little family, no belongings and no money.

In many cases loved ones died while they were in prison. And they had few skills to offer employers in a world they scarcely recognize. They struggle even to obtain a legal ID.

As the men spoke, several family members and staff dabbed their eyes with tissues.

Via Maryland Matters



Charges dropped against Largo teacher caught on camera in brawl with student: Teachers’ Union Reacts


Charges against a Largo High School teacher who was caught on camera allegedly attacking a student have been dismissed, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Charges against a Largo High School teacher who was caught on camera allegedly attacking a student have been dismissed, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Vivian Noire was initially facing charges including second-degree assault and physical child abuse.

The video appears to show Noire repeatedly striking a 17-year-old student.

In the beginning of the video, you hear the teacher advising the 17-year-old to talk to a third party or a parent before the student walks forward and bumps the teacher. That’s when the teacher appears to swing at the 17-year-old from behind.

A violent scene erupts.

At the time, Police Chief Hank Stawinski called the nature of this assault “extraordinarily violent” and “criminal.”

The president of the teachers’ union says they are relieved tonight but feel this incident never should have been posted on social media.

It’s a violation of school policy.

Theresa Dudley, President of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association who has been governing through a cloud of corruption, tells FOX 5, “Hindsight being 2020 I think cooler heads would have prevailed and she would not have been arrested and thrown in jail like a common criminal when you can see in the video who provoked the attack.”

The Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s office declined to elaborate on the outcome, offering only this statement:

“The charges against Vivian Noire have been dismissed.  The Office is still investigating the facts surrounding the incident to determine if future charges are appropriate.”

via Fox News.Fox News.

In the meantime read more about the drivers of the corruption in this county and demand changes from the officials. >>> Charlene Dukes to Retire Amid Corruption Allegations And Self Dealings.



‘Corruption in Plain Sight’- Prince George’s County Cannot Afford the Kirwan Plan – Or Much Else


Dr. Alvin Thornton (far left), Board member Curtis Valentine, Theresa Dudley (Center in red), Dr. William E. (Brit) Kirwan and unidentified union official are pictured during Kirwan commission hearing at Oxon Hill High School. Most union executives are involved in Public corruption and driving the federal bribery statute, 18 U.S.C. § 201(b) at will in Prince George’s County.

LARGO (Reform Sasscer) – History has a tendency to repeat itself in Prince George’s County.

This November, several state lawmakers announced a plan to reintroduce a $2.2 billion school construction and renovation spending bill in the upcoming legislative session. An identical measure failed in the Senate last session because of fiscal concerns.

The same lawmakers have failed to address a myriad of concerns involving the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) which are ongoing. CEO Dr. Monica Goldson and several union officials are engaged in conflicts of interests together with senior staff members led by chief of staff Christian Rhodes in “quid pro quo” deals.

The latest from Dr. Monica Goldson’s administration involves secretive union investments deals with Kirwan commission saga and a company in which the Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has a stake.

Hogan is the founder of the Annapolis-based Hogan Companies, which has completed more than $2 billion in real estate deals since 1985 and has continued to thrive since Hogan took office in 2015.

The governor has stepped aside from running the company and turned his assets over to be managed by a trust. Hogan Companies is now run by the governor’s younger brother, Timothy Hogan. The current Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) CEO Dr. Monica Goldson was in charge of the closure of many schools in the county. It is common knowledge that her becoming a CEO, a quid pro quo reward for dirty work in the midst of significant corruption, was a part of the “pay to play” deal that is a major issue to the public.

From drinking dirty water, asbestospublic corruption to embarrassing test scores, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) has repeatedly made international headlines for having one of the worst school systems in the country.

As a solution, the Kirwan Commission proposes that PGCPS double its share of education spending by 2030, which would require the Prince George’s County to generate an additional $360.9 million in annual revenue by that date. Unfortunately, this recommendation is not only fiscally infeasible but would fail to solve underlying inequality problems that further contribute to Prince George’s County’s education crisis due to a lack of accountability.

Maryland localities have two main sources of revenue: income taxes and property taxes. Since Prince George’s County already levies a state maximum local income tax of 3.2 percent, the primary way to generate additional revenue would be to increase its property tax rate. Five Maryland counties cap their property tax rates or receipts but are allowed to exceed their charter limitations on local property tax hikes for the purpose of generating education funds.

Prince George’s County currently levies a property tax of $2.248 per $100 of assessed value, a rate that is already more than twice as high as any jurisdiction in Maryland. To generate an additional $360.9 million, by how much would Prince George’s County’s property tax rate have to rise?

This fiscal year, Prince George’s County’s net property tax receipts are expected to total approximately $913 million. To generate an additional $360.9 million for its schools, the county would need to collect approximately 42 percent more in property taxes. This would require an increase in Prince George’s County’s property tax rate to about $4.12 ($2.248 x 1.39) per $100 of assessed value, roughly triple that of other Maryland counties.

This is a rough estimate, of course; elected officials must be hoping that the Prince George’s County’s tax base will grow enough to make the necessary tax hike somewhat smaller, except that’s counter to recent history: Since 2010, Prince George’s County total property tax base has fallen in reality, inflation-adjusted terms. Unless that trend is reversed, the necessary hike might be even greater than 42 percent; clearly, Kirwan is asking the Prince George’s County to spend money it does not have — despite clear evidence that money is not going to fix the Prince George’s County school problems without a proper oversight of all the activities going on involving the corrupt Union officials.

In fact, Prince George’s County is already the seventh most spendthrift school district among the 100-largest school districts in the country. Prince George’s County spent $15,560 per pupil in 2019, only trailing New York City, Boston, Baltimore City, Montgomery, and Howard. Yet less than 15 percent of Prince George’s County’s elementary and middle school children are proficient in math, and only 13 percent are proficient or advanced in English. This puts Prince George’s County at the bottom three in the nation and competing with Baltimore city, ahead of only Cleveland and Detroit.

There are, however, more evidence-based and cost-effective ways to help struggling children improve their learning outcomes without bankrupting Prince George’s County.

According to a study by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes, students at Maryland’s charter schools, especially those who are Black or Hispanic, outperform their counterparts in traditional public schools. The study found that Black charter students made math gains equivalent to 47 extra days of learning, and Hispanic charter students made reading gains equivalent to 77 additional days of learning. However, Charter schools in Maryland are poorly managed and the majority of them are engaged in embezzlement schemes.

Some 81 percent of Prince George’s County schools have student populations characterized by concentrated poverty; roughly 40 percent of students are eligible for reduced-price meals. This explains why Prince George’s County education reforms should be, first and foremost, strategically designed to address deep-rooted inequality problems and corruption driven by senior management. This can be done by working closely with victims of major corruption and whistle-blowers such as Josephat Mua who have been hurt deliberately by current CEO Dr. Monica Goldson and her minions. Expanding charter school options when public corruption is so high in Prince George’s County and many parts of Maryland is not the answer!

The investments may be legal, but the murky source of the cash and Monica Goldson’s lack of disclosure, in addition to other ethical issues surrounding her governance of the school system (some of which involve a breach of contract, conspiracy, advancement of fraud inter alia), make the entire situation look bad.  One parent who did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation told Reform Sasscer secretariat, “It will cause people to wonder whether she is being improperly influence.”

There are reports some despots connected to public corruption in Maryland are channeling their ill-gotten wealth through financial services conglomerate Goldman Sachs via the Cayman Islands and elsewhere by other means, making the original sources impossible to track. Neither Cadre nor Goldman is required to make the investors public and neither company has expressed an interest in doing so.

In any case, Prince George’s County as a District simply has no choice but to resist the Kirwan plan and the higher property tax rates necessary to fund it. This year, Prince George’s County saw its biggest population loss in a single year since 2001. Driving more taxpayers to the surrounding suburbs by taxing them even more aggressively is neither a viable nor advisable option for fixing the Prince George’s County’s broken school system which continues to get worse due to corruption at plain sight facilitated by officials working under color of law and corrupt union officials. It’s time to say NO to the despots.


Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years! Her lack of disclosure, in addition to other ethical issues surrounding her governance of the school system (some of which involve a breach of contract, conspiracy, advancement of fraud inter alia), make the entire situation look bad. #DespotsMustFall


The Kirwan Commission proposes that PGCPS double its share of education spending by 2030, which would require the Prince George’s County to generate an additional $360.9 million in annual revenue by that date.