Thompson Hearing Yields Documents

Thompson Hearing Yields Documents October 13, 2006 by Chris Evans URBANA- Patrick Thompson, local activist and founder of V.E.Y.A., returned to court yesterday to settle a brief dispute over some documents lawyers for Thompson had subpoenaed with regard to Thompson's 4-month incarceration in 2004 at the Champaign County Jail. Bob Kirchner, Thompson's attorney, had requested all documents relating to Thompson during Thompson's stay at the county jail from August 2004 to December 2004. Thompson was in custody on a $250,000 bond for two Class X felonies, and three Class 1 felonies, as charged by then-State's Attorney, John Piland. Thompson has been free on his own recognizance since early December 2004, after newly-elected State's Attorney, Julia Rietz; ignored her own claims of a conflict of interest, and reduced Thompson's bond to a mere $5000 despite the serious allegations against Thompson. Special Prosecutor Michael Vujovich, objected to the release of Thompson's own county jail records on grounds that the defense, "...didn't need them."; this according to Ruth Wyman, a lawyer representing the Kirchner office. Despite that objection, Wyman said today that Vujovich had later withdrawn his objection, and the documents would be forthcoming. Indeed, Sherriff Dan Walsh personally walked the paperwork over to the courtroom while a dozen supporters waited with Thompson for the hearing to begin. Since the documents were released, no hearing was necessary and prosecutor Vujovich was not in attendance. Wyman described the issue over Thompson's jail records as mostly procedural. "Most of the time, the sherriff's department insists that in criminal matters, all documents need to be subpoenaed to insure everyone's right to privacy. " Thompson then thanked his supporters for their diligent witnessing to his case. "Support is always good. I appreciate everyone coming out here today," Thompson said, as he left the courthouse to continue his semester at Parkland College in the criminal justice program. Attorney Wyman also thanked the group gathered to watch the hearing, and reminded them they are still needed, saying the Thompson case is an important case. Wyman explained that she had heard of innocent people going to jail, but the Thompson case is the first time Wyman has "personally met someone who is innocent but was still convicted." Patrick Thompson was convicted of one count of home invasion and one count of criminal sexual abuse in a second jury trial on July 7 of this year while being represented by private counsel, Harvey Welch. Thompson was originally tried in July of 2005, where Thompson represented himself in front of an all-white jury (Thompson is black.). That trial was declared a mistrial as jurors were split 6-6 and could not reach a verdict. Shortly after Thompson's conviction this year, citizens, including C-U Citizens for Peace and Justice, members of A.W.A.R.E. and Community Courtwatch, and members of local African-American churches all rallied behind Thompson to hire attorney Bob Kirchner to represent Thompson. Supporters have claimed that there exists no evidence to convict Thompson; and that the prosecution of Thompson represents a retaliation for videotaping local police officers during the making of the controversial 2004 documentary, Citizens Watch. Critics of the Thompson prosecution also suggest that the $15 million dollar civil lawsuit filed by Thompson and E. Martel Miller in federal court, (Miller also worked on the film) against 12 local law enforcement officials may be the driving motivation to frame Mr. Thompson and send him away to prison for something he did not do. In the federal lawsuit, Thompson and Miller are claiming that their constitutional rights were violated when in August of 2004, law enforcement officials attempted to criminally prosecute Thompson and Miller with Class 1 felony eavesdropping charges. Prosecutors had claimed the act of videotaping police officers without the individual officers' persmission, was an act of criminal eavesdropping. Those charges against Miller and Thompson were later dropped by both John Piland and his successor, Julia Rietz. Rietz has issued a public statement regarding her decision to drop the eavesdropping charges against Thompson that said in part, "....Perhaps, technically, I should not have done so because Patrick Thompson and I had an attorney/client relationship with regard to other unrelated matters. However, given that similar charges had been dismissed against Martell Miller [by Piland], [and] public sentiment was clearly in favor of dismissal; and morally, I believed it was appropriate, I dismissed the eavesdropping charges." Thompson and Miller's civil lawsuit also contends that the eavesdropping charges represent a malicious prosecution. Another claim in the lawsuit is that officials who attempted to bar the public-access television channel, UPTV, from airing the film Citizens Watch violated Thompson and Miller's first amendment rights. There exists in the lawsuit further claims of racial profiling during some traffic stops of Mr. Thompson. The 15 million dollar civil lawsuit remains pending against those 12 law enforcement officials. Thompson and Miller are representing themselves, pro se, in that case. In the criminal case against Thompson, Attorney Bob Kirchner has filed a post-trial motion asking the court to grant Thompson a new trial. That hearing is scheduled for November 27, 2006, 1:30pm in Courtroom A.

Anyone know were michele renee franklin is.

She is the mother of quadruplets and was tricked or deceived by many men and

i Vankelford lee am the father of Michele Renee Franklin a black nurse and ex-girl-

friend of mine and the state of illinois we never got married she was deceived by

my closest friend better noted as associates so they could profit off her and government agents trick me and my family since a child myself i still want to tell

her i can`t be sorry because i did try to get our love back and pastors should learn

from our deceased son Jarvis Franklin or Jarvis benson or Jarvis lee many men

have came forward to claim fatherhood of michele r franklin or michele renee lee

or whom ever she my have married it was hate and jealiousy that separted us

because after my brother Elca Lee threaten me with a bad heart condition i let

go not because i was afraid of the law but because i thought my  15 year old brother would have a heart attack from screaming and threating me . The result

a 30 something man in evanston IL in spring of 1988 came from newyork buffalo

dark skinned and three hundred pounds won her heart on a rebound and i did`nt

know but the girl went to evanston township high school  so did my brother

in 2008 i as my brother El  new of a 300 pound new boy friend and he simply

stated i don`t have to answer that question. I did everything i could to be a brother

he could be proud of and not to mess with his so called school reputation some of

her tiles are baby mama drama or stripernamed coffee or coffey and was educated in champaign urbana and university nursing courses. Gods ways are not like ours but there is no easy way to say the state of illinois was right for allowing

her to be punished and rewarded with the false hope of life stealing theives or children hiders at DCFS in illinois if you want to have more why couldnt we be

together and got my kids calling another man daddy. saddest story ever i tried

many times to get information i saw her around august 15 2008 and january 2009

on the train CTA at the Ohara Airport trainstop her eyes were in a bulging stare

without blinking almost as if zombetic.I would protect here any way i could if only

i could find her once again i could never be jealous of a minor but i can stay away

from family that did`nt mean me no good even as Elca Lee grew older. God knows the heart of every man and woman an reacts when displeased lets be good too oursevles and each other .


                                              P.S. i stole that last line from JP show


correction from P.S the ending phase of JP sh

 Hi again i meant the Jerry Springer show ending line quote, ourselves and each other.




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