The 13th Amendment states that a person convicted of a crime can be forced to work involuntary as punishment.
Unfortunately, this loophole in the amendment has created a systemic pipeline in which mostly Blacks and brown groups are convicted and imprisoned for even petty crimes & made to perform prison labor which is essentially, re-enslavement.
The new law amendment, spearheaded by Missouri House representative William Lacy Clay, is heavily co-signed by Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) as well as MA & MD senators.
This video has been floating around social media for a while and it’s plum hysterical.
In the short clip from 2016, a man who appears in handcuffs and shackles uses his allotted time to address the court with a melodic song. It is unclear what offenses he is “sorry” for but he definitely seems sincere.
I have no idea how those people sat around stone faced during this spectacle. The lawyer shuffling those papers is my favorite part.
No word on if the serenade worked in his favor, but I must admit, he does have a nice voice though!
Florida rapper Kodak Black is not only requesting a presidential pardon, he is also requesting fans write him to help ease the time of his incarceration.
The Haitian-born Bill Kapri, had his legal team reportedly reach out to Trump in hopes of getting the rapper’s sentence commuted back in September. He is serving time on federal weapons charges.
Kodak vowed to give $1 million to charity in his first year, should he be pardoned. The rapper tweeted, “If The President Them Free Me , I’m Gonna Spend 1 million on Charity within The First Year I’m Out. That’s on Everything,” on Friday.
Kodak also posted his new address for fans to reach out to him and made it clear that only letters with photos will get a write back.
Do you think Donald Trump will give Black a pardon prior to his White House exit in January 2021? Or will Trump be too busy pardoning his gangster pals & more importantly, himself?
Lisa Montgomery is petitioning Donald Trump for a stay of execution prior to her scheduled execution date of December 8, 2020.
Lisa is hoping that her past traumas, horrific life experiences & mental illness would move the president to give her a second chance at a better life.
Here is her letter:
Dear President Trump,
We ask you to extend mercy to Lisa Montgomery, a victim of multiple rapes, child sex trafficking, and domestic violence. Lisa was sentenced to death by a jury that was never informed of the full extent and impact of the sexual violence and physical abuse she endured. As a result of her trauma, she is now so mentally ill that she must receive multiple medications to prevent full-blown psychosis.
We also ask you at a minimum to grant a stay of execution. We believe Lisa deserves a full and fair opportunity to petition the courts to stay her execution, as well as an opportunity to present comprehensive arguments to you and your administration as to why her death sentence should be commuted to life imprisonment. This cannot happen in the midst of a global pandemic.
The story of Lisa’s life is worse than a nightmare. She was born with permanent brain damage caused by her mother’s drinking during pregnancy. A child of extreme poverty, she was repeatedly raped by her stepfather. She was routinely beaten and terrorized by her mother. Lisa’s mother trafficked her to men who were allowed to rape Lisa in exchange for utilities and other services. Although this was suspected or known by teachers, police, and the courts, nobody intervened to protect Lisa.
This horror continued when she married her stepbrother at the urging of her mother at the age of 18. He continued the cycle of abuse, raping and beating her. Not surprisingly, this lifetime of torture exacerbated Lisa’s genetic predisposition to mental illness, and caused her to develop a dissociative disorder in addition to complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Her severe trauma and mental illness led directly to the crime for which she was convicted – the murder of a pregnant woman and the kidnapping of her child.
At her trial, prosecutors used gender stereotypes against Lisa, repeatedly casting her as unfit mother and homemaker, telling jurors that she didn’t go to her children’s events, and that “[s]he didn’t cook, and [s]he didn’t clean,” and kept a “filthy home.” The prosecution trivialized the evidence of her being repeatedly raped as a child, calling it the “abuse excuse.”
The lifetime of rape and sexual torture that Lisa endured is not an ‘abuse excuse.’ It was her horrific life story that the jury should have considered in deciding whether she was someone who deserved to live or die. The jury was never given that opportunity. President Trump, please consider this evidence and spare Lisa Montgomery’s life. Spending the rest of her life in prison is more than adequate punishment for this crime given Lisa’s traumatic history and mental illness.