The Sixth Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution states the following,
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
Amendment VI (the Sixth Amendment) of the United States Constitution codifies rights related to criminal prosecutions in federal courts. The Supreme Court has ruled that these rights are so fundamental and important that they are protected in state courts by the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause.
Unless of course you are accused of anything drug related. Then the mere word of a confidential informant can be used against you. These people never have to reveal themselves, therefore if you are accused of a drug offense you NEVER GET TO FACE YOUR ACCUSER! That means that in the Alabama criminal justice system an admitted child sodomizer has more rights than a pot smoker who never sodomized anyone at all. How bout them apples folks?
We have literally prioritized non-violent drug use and possession cases above child sex offender cases. No one should be denied their Constitutional rights in a court of law. Not even those accused of raping a child. How come in drug cases the word of confidential informants can be used against a defendant, which is clearly unconstitutional, but the prosecution in the Jerry Wayne Love case could not read aloud the written statements of the children accusing Jerry Wayne Love of raping them? If we are gonna allow the violation of some peoples rights then why not all? Clearly raping a child is a much more serious offense than smoking a joint.
I think we should bar confidential informants from testifying in drug cases. In my transcript from my original trial we were able to prove that no confidential complaints even existed. So, the cops can just sit around and make shit up on pot smokers, and if the pot smokers wind up in court without adaquate defense and a court reporter then the word of the cop that there are confidential informants will be accepted as unassailable truth. They rarely are asked to produce evidence that backs up their claims and if they are asked to by the defense the judge will very often say that the defense is not entitled to see it because it would compromise the identities of said informants. The rights of the accused non-violent plant consumer be damned.
Another interesting issue that this case has brought up is that for years DHR received complaints of sexual abuse and sodomy from the kids in Jerry Wayne Love's care, but they could never convict him...so they just kept sending him kids to take care of. I wonder how many of those kids were removed from homes where there was nothing going on except perhaps the parents liked to smoke a joint after the kids were in bed? That is what they tried to do in my case...remove my kids to foster care...but, I won that battle, too. Think about that. Because of the dumbass laws kids are removed from homes where their parents love and care for them and never abuse them in any way, simply because their parents choose to ingest plant material instead of drinking a beer or a martini. How many of the kids in Jerry Wayne Love's care came from a good home with pot-smoking parents and were then raped by this scum?
I am really hot about this case and about the fact that the rights of child rapists are routinely granted and protected according to the Constitution, but the rights of a pot smoker are tossed away like so much trash. Whether you agree with me or not on the drug issue you must agree that we have to afford ALL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO EVERY DEFENDANT OR AFFORD THEM TO NONE!
I have raised half the money I need to make the trip to Huntsville on Tuesday to observe the actions of Judge Karen Hall. If you would like to help then me raise the other half click here. If you are in the Madison Co. area and wish to attend with me then click here.
Change must come from the people. Join me in changing these terrible, unfair and unconstitutional laws!