(NOTE: In the first of this 3-part series concerning my case and charges, I spoke briefly of my arrest by SEMCO (SouthEast Michigan Criminal Org task-force) in Detroit, February 11th, 1989, and the year leading up to it. In the second article, I reference the two-week trial by jury in August of 1990.
Certain commentators have remarked on my admission of being involved in the drug business while also denying guilt. Circa 1983, when the CIA and its contractors popularized crack on the West Coast to finance the White House Contra War, most of us on the left soon got out of that business.
Crack cocaine* was devastating to the black and poor communities; there was no longer any political justification for including cocaine in our fund-raising and certain leadership made the decision to forbid further Movement involvement in that trade.
By the time 1989 rolled around, we had been out of that business over 5-yrs. This conspiracy case involves the gov’t (failing to entrap me with their informant) inserting me into a conspiracy of which I was never a member. I make no other claims of “innocence.” more…