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April 30, 2008

2008.04.30: RE: Black Bar Association Honors Defense Attorney in Sean Bell Case

From: Arafa, Noha
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 5:19 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Black Bar Association Honors Defense Attorney in Sean Bell Case

Take a good look around you in Criminal Court the next time you’re there.  If we can’t acknowledge that part of being a public defender is that we must deal with the inherent racism of the criminal justice system, then I don’t know why we’re here.  Just let me ask you, when was the last time a white man was gunned down by the NYPD and the police got away with it?


From: [A.]
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 4:54 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Black Bar Association Honors Defense Attorney in Sean Bell Case

I do not  represent  poor people of color. I represent poor people period. I refuse to treat my clients who are not of color differently than my clients of color. To do so, is a violation of the Code of Ethics.   If one looks at the Supreme Court’s decison in  Gideon w hich was the basis for Public Defender’s throughout the United States, it does not refer to poor people of color. It refers to indigent people period.


From: Arafa, Noha
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 4:46 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Black Bar Association Honors Defense Attorney in Sean Bell Case

No one is suggesting we should not defend the indefensible.  No one is saying that the police officers do not deserve due process.   But I am a PUBLIC DEFENDER, not  just a criminal defense attorney.  I represent poor people of color.  I do not represent people in power, especially police officers.  What I am outraged over is how the scales of justice are imbalanced once again  in favor of those in power.  My role as a public defender is to work against that, to make sure that the law is applied equally to everyone, and what this decision shows us once again that it is not. What this decision shows us is that police officers will never be made held accountable by the law.  That they are above the law. No one of our clients, or my clients since I am a public defender and not a criminal defense attorney, will ever be granted that privilege.  I am sure that Mr. Ricco is not blind to this fact.  Just to leave you with some words of one of Bell’s friends; “If I shot fifty one bullets, I would be facing 25 to life.”


From: Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 2:52 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Black Bar Association Honors Defense Attorney in Sean Bell Case

Let’s not forget that Ricco was the defense lawyer who really distinguished himself in this trial by outrageously suggesting that it wasn’t Sean Bell and his friends who were being racially profiled by the cops, but rather that Bell and friends were guilty of racially profiling Det. Isnora.  Speaking of Bell and friends’ reaction when they saw Isnora: “They see a Negro with a gun… Just another Negro on the street with a gun.”   Speaking of Bell allegedly striking Isnora with the car “He intended to run the black man into the ground.”

Pretty outrageous stuff if you ask me.


From: [R.]
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 12:43 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Black Bar Association Honors Defense Attorney in Sean Bell Case

I also agree. However, this is very poor timing on the part of MBBA. Unnecessarily insensitive. I have to ask – like Rev. Wright – couldn’t they just wait?


From: [A.]
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 12:35 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Black Bar Association Honors Defense Attorney in Sean Bell Case

I agree..


From: [M.]
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 11:18 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: RE: Black Bar Association Honors Defense Attorney in Sean Bell Case

I’m not sure we should be setting a precedent of punishing defense attorneys for defending unpopular clients.  Kind of a slippery slope, don’tcha think?  I don’t know anything about Mr. Ricco, but he is a fellow defense attorney.  He did his job and got an acquittal.  Protest the DA’s office for a sloppy prosecution, but let’s not lash out at our colleague for doing his job.


From: Arafa, Noha
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 9:35 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Black Bar Association Honors Defense Attorney in Sean Bell Case


From: Lisa Jenkins
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 9:16 AM
Subject: Black Bar Association Honors Defense Attorney in Sean Bell Case

Good morning,

It was good meeting all of you last evening at the meeting held at Local 1199 regarding our next actions in the wake of the unfair verdict in the Sean Bell Trial.  Please see the attached letter and press release issued by the Young Pastors & Ministers of Metro NY regarding the Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s decision to honor Anthony Ricco, Esq., defense attorney in the Sean Bell case.  We realize the track record of Mr. Ricco prior to the November 25, 2006 shooting of Mr. Bell, however, we believe that it is a poor decision for the Metropolitan Black Bar Association to consider him as Lawyer of the Year  during such a challenging period for our community.  Our city is in mourning and we feel that now is not the time to throw a party, particularly with a member of the Defense Team in the Sean Bell Trial.  Last night Nicole Bell came up to me and thanked me and expressed her gratitude for mentioning this event and for us – the community –taking on this task.  She stated that Mr. Ricco, repeatedly disrespected her and her family throughout the trial.  We ask your support in this matter.  Please have your people email the MBBA with letters and emails.  Comments can be addressed to:

Mr. Xavier R. Donaldson, Esq.

President

Metropolitan Black Bar Association

299 Broadway – Suite 910,

New York, New York 10007
Email:   president@mbbany.org

Also, the internet lists the ticket/publicity coordinator as Sonia Wilson who can be contacted at  thewilsongroup2000@yahoo.com.  Please let this sister know how we feel as well.    Thank you for your support.

Yours, in God’s Power & Purpose,

Rev. Lisa Jenkins

Rev. Lisa D. Jenkins, M.Div.

El DiJae Ministries

P.O. Box 70-1179

East Elmhurst, NY  11370

718-440-9430 | http://www.ElDiJae.org  |  www.myspace.com\ldjenkins

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge….(Hosea 4:6)

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