Saturday, 8 April 2017

Caged Crusader Won't Be Silenced

Despite Florida Department of Corrections' continuing attempts to rob 'Miami Harold' Hempstead of his Freedom of Speech, he continues to speak out fearlessly about the killing of Darren Rainey in a locked chamber of super-heated steam in Dade prison, 2012. His latest statements, published 8th April, 2017, criticizing the attempted suppression and cover-up by Florida D.C. and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle's office are signed under the name by which he's becoming increasingly known these days - 'Caged Crusader.'  

I believe that one of the reasons I was transferred from the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) on 3/17/17 to the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) was to hinder my communications with the media on the Darren Rainey murder case.  Why else would I have been sent outside of Florida 2 states away from Florida on the same day the Dade County State Attorney released their decision to not prosecute in the Darren Rainey case?
The Dade County State Attorney and FDC knew this would extremely hinder my ability to communicate with the media about the Dade County State Attorney’s decision and about their extreme twisting of the facts.  They knew that I would challenge their statements and twisting the most, so they decided to send me to another state on the same day they released their decisions.  By doing what they did it has made it where the State Attorney can tell their twisted facts on why they aren’t going to prosecute and the person who knows this case the best (me) (other than the media) is extremely hindered in challenging their statements.  Because I was deposited into another state prison system with none of my property on the day the State Attorney released their decision. 
The things that FDC will do to cover up their evils and try to discredit their witnesses.
Please share this blog with your friends.  Please share this blog with anybody you know that can help with getting justice for Darren Rainey.  Please sign our petition on entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.

Caged Crusader

If you go to the Pinellas County, Florida Clerk of Court records for the case I’m in prison on (Case No.: CRC 99-05695 FANO) it’ll show that my State Attorney used the following in Voir Dire as a way to tell the jury to not focus on small irrelevant facts that have no bearing on the trial.  The State Attorney said “Ladies and gentlemen, imagine if you would, you were at the Superbowl with fifty thousand people watching it in the stadium with you.  A man jumps out of the sitting area on to the field and kills a player.  Everybody watched the killing, you were all eyewitnesses, but none of your statements will be identical.  All the eyewitnesses will say the man who went on the field killed the player, but outside of that, to some degree or another, all the statements will be different.  Some might say it was sunny, others might say it was cloudy, many will say the killer was wearing clothing that he wasn’t wearing;  and so on and so forth.  The important thing about their statements is not the irrelevant facts, but that they all agreed that the man who went on the field killed the player”
Now the foregoing to some degree was improper in my trial because I wasn’t on trial for murder.  I was on trial for burglaries and dealing in stolen property.  However, what the State Attorney was in essence telling the jurors in my trial was to not focus on the small irrelevant facts but focus on the relevant facts.
From my 18 years of reading case law I have learned that it is a common thing for State Attorneys to tell jurors to not focus on the small, irrelevant facts but only on relevant facts.  As a certified paralegal I also learned the reasoning behind this in my college studies.  Small irrelevant facts have no bearing on a case. 
Now please keep these things in mind as I explain something important the Dade County State Attorney stated in their 3/17/17 written decision to not prosecute anybody for murdering Darren Rainey.
Multiple inmates that the State Attorney can verify were in the wing on the night Rainey was murdered gave statements during the investigation.  All of these inmates agreed on the following relevant facts: 
(1)  Officer Roland Clark placed Rainey in the shower. 
(2)  The shower had very hot water in it. 
(3)  Rainey screamed while in the shower trying to get out of the shower. 
(4)  Rainey died in the shower. 
There are the important relevant facts.  The State stresses in their written decision that the witnesses didn’t agree on the actual time Rainey was placed in the shower and when he started to yell.  The witnesses agreed he died at night on 6/23/12 and that he yelled while in the shower, but the State Attorney nit-picks and blames witnesses to a brutal murder that happened months shy of 5 years ago for not keeping accurate time of when everything happened.  The majority of people in this world don’t think about documenting the time of when they are witnessing a brutal murder and the details that lead to that murder.  They are usually in shock and try to block out what they witnessed.
The inmate witnesses all agreed on the important facts:
(1)  Officer Roland Clark placed Rainey in the shower. 
(2)  The shower had very hot water in it.
(3)  Rainey screamed in the shower trying to get out of the shower.
(4)  Rainey died in the shower.
I’m sure most (if not all) would agree with me that these are the important facts.
Why did the Dade County State Attorney focus on irrelevant facts and not these important facts?  Because to Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Darren Rainey was a poor, black, mentally disabled, Muslim prisoner, and his life did not matter.  If Ms Rundle would have filed charges against Officer Clarke
(1)  She would have been prosecuting an officer who is a member of the PBA – a group strong enough to get her out of office.
(2)  The State Attorney would’ve had to pay a large quantity of money to prosecute the case and Rainey’s life to Ms Rundle wasn’t worth what it cost. 
(3)  She would’ve broke the pattern her office has had for a very very long time of not prosecuting law enforcement officials who unlawfully murder African Americans. 
These are the reasons why Ms Rundle in her 3/17/17 decision decided to focus on small irrelevant facts and not relevant facts.
Please share this blog with your friends and whoever you think could help with obtaining justice for the murder of Darren Rainey.  Please contact Revs. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the founders of Black Lives Matter and ask them for help in getting justice for Darren Rainey.  Please sign our petition on entitled THE LIFE OF BLACK, MENTALLY DISABLED MUSLIM PRISONER DARREN RAINEY DOES MATTER.
Caged Crusader


Here's an interview between Cat Watters of People's Internet Radio 
and Jeremy Schanche, 5th April, 2017:

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