*Missing in Picture: Demetrius Harper
Meet First Recipient of the H. Lee Sarokin Gavel Award, Presented by A Just Cause ...
Judge H. Lee Sarokin served on the United States District Court (New Jersey), appointed by President Carter, and the United States Court of Appeals (3rd Cir.) appointed by President Clinton. He retired in 1996 after 17 years on the federal bench and now resides in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
In 1985, Sarokin famously overturned the 1967 triple murder conviction of former middleweight boxer Rubin Carter resulting in Carter's release. Sarokin ruled that Carter had not received a fair trial as the prosecution had been based on 'racism rather than reason' and 'concealment rather than disclosure'.
Judge Sarokin has taken an interest in the IRP6 wrongful convictions case and posted a five-part series in the Huffington Post, in which he is an ongoing contributor:
“The Case of the Missing Transcript,” “The Missing Transcript Case Becomes More Curious – Part II”, “The Case of the Missing Transcript Solved – Part III”, "The Case of the Missing Transcript Becomes Stranger Yet - Part IV", and "The Case of the Missing Transcript Faces Another Defeat - Part V."
Judge Sarokin says, Court of Appeal had enough evidence to conclude that IRP6's rights were indeed violated and the court should either reverse or remand for a new trial or dismiss.
Judge H. Lee Sarokin volunteered 2.5 years of his time and service to thoroughly investigate the wrongful convictions of the IRP6. After his findings of 'No Criminal Intent' was demonstrated by the IRP6, he hasn't stopped advocating for their freedom and release from federal prison.
In honor of his ongoing efforts, the H. Lee Sarokin Gavel of Honor Award was created by a non-profit advocacy organization, called A Just Cause. This award recognizes individuals, who possess the qualities of the good Samaritan, crying out against injustice and abuse wherever found, and making extraordinary personal sacrifices to advance the cause of justice for their fellow man and humanity, as a whole.
Appropriately, the first H. Lee Sarokin Gavel of Honor Award recipient was its namesake, the Honorable H. Lee Sarokin, federal judge, good Samaritan, and fierce protector of every human's constitutional rights. He is a true hero!
Judge who freed Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter now helping six imprisoned men, but only Obama can save them
By Tom Jackman, True Crime - Washington Post, July 5, 2016
The judge who freed famed boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter from prison after 19 years, saying his prosecution was based on “an appeal to racism rather than reason,” has taken on another long-shot case with racial overtones: the conviction of six Denver men, five of them black, who launched a software company to help federal, state and local law enforcement agencies communicate with each other after the failures preceding the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
A Just Cause Questions Why Judge Christine Arguello and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Kirsch Fought So Intensely to Keep Intent ouf of the IRP6 Case
A Just Cause Contends That Clarifying Intent in Jury Instructions and Allowing Evidence About IRP6 Business and Software Product Would Have Resulted in a Not Guilty Verdict and Dismissal of the Case
DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - October 23, 2015) - A Just Cause (AJC) remains baffled by the injustices and inequities that occurred in the IRP6 case, particularly the fierce opposition of the court and the government on the issue of intent. The IRP6 argued to allow the jurors to consider intent -- to no avail. "We firmly believe that the decision in this case would have been vastly different had all of the IRP6 evidence, with respect to their business prospects, software product, and expert witnesses had been permitted. Judge Christine Arguello excluded so much of the evidence that she single-handedly debilitated the IRP6 defense and left them facing what turned out to be insurmountable odds in the eyes of the jury," states Lamont Banks, Executive Director of A Just Cause.
The IRP6 are six executives that worked at IRP Solutions Corporation, which was raided by the FBI in February 2005. After the raid, false charges of mail and wire fraud were brought against the six executives -- David A. Banks, Kendrick Barnes, Demetrius K. Harper, Clinton A. Stewart, Gary L. Walker, and David A. Zirpolo -- who were all tried and wrongly convicted in 2011 for failure to pay debts to staffing companies related to completing software development work for sales to law enforcement agencies, specifically the Department of Homeland Security and the New York City Police Department (D. Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA).
Related Press Releases: https://www.a-justcause.com/2018-press-releases.
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The IRP5 Will Never Forget... Lawanna Banks-Clark
On behalf of David Banks, (Lawanna Clark's Brother), Demetrius Harper, Clinton Stewart, David Zirpolo and Kendrick Barnes, along with A Just Cause Bids Farewell to a Dear Sister and Freedom Fighter!
Lawanna Banks-Clark passed away peacefully on November 14, 2018
It's extremely hard to say goodbye to our beloved sister, Lawanna Banks-Clark. We will always miss you and keep your spirit alive as we continue fighting for Justice, just as you did.
Rest in Peace ~ Lawanna Banks-Clark
September 20, 1962 - November 14, 2018
She was a REAL WARRIOR!
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