[act-ma] 3/24 7pm - Framing the Innocent

Sergio Reyes sreyes1 at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 19 08:17:03 PDT 2011


***Please forward***

Framing the Innocent:
Crimes Under Color of Law at the Massachusetts US Attorney's Office

When: Thursday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Northeastern University School of Law
240 Dockser Hall (65 Forsyth St., Boston)

Speakers:

Chuck Turner--Five-term Boston City Councilor representing Roxbury
and Dorchester, and a lifetime activist for social justice,
recently targeted by the FBI and the Massachusetts US Attorney

Bob Boyle--Attorney representing many activists and political
prisoners targeted by the FBI's infamous Counter-Intelligence
Program (COINTELPRO)

Laila Murad--Organizer from the Tarek Mehanna Support Committee

Michael Avery--Professor of Law, Suffolk Law School, won a landmark
civil suit against the Boston FBI on behalf of four men wrongfully
convicted of murder

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Over the past few years, an atrocious history of government
misconduct at the Massachusetts US Attorney's office has emerged in
the court record, but few people have heard about it.

In the case Ferrara v. US, the court found that US Assistant
Attorney Jeffrey Auerhahn worked with an FBI agent to coerce a
witness into maintaining false testimony, withheld evidence of the
witness's recantation from defense counsel, and perjured himself in
court. Other members of the office have

--Withheld information about misconduct by FBI agents

--Consistently and deliberately withheld evidence of the innocence
of defendants from defense counsel and from the court

The head of the Massachusetts US Attorney's office has shielded
assistants and acted to cover-up government misconduct. Auerhahn
was given responsibility to prosecute "terrorism" cases, where he
continues to handle government informants and "cooperating
witnesses."

The Massachusetts US Attorney has also demonstrated a clear set of
political priorities: contempt for basic civil liberties and due
process rights; an anti-immigrant agenda; selective prosecution of
black political leaders; and the prosecution of an overwhelming
number of indigent defendants and people of color.

Although the US Attorney's office has extraordinary power, people
who are concerned about government abuses have paid comparatively
little attention to its role within the criminal justice system.

Come participate in a public discussion about the Massachusetts US
Attorney's Office and what we can do to hold it accountable to our
concerns.


For more information, contact usattywatch at hushmail.com

Sponsored by

The Northeastern School of Law Chapters of the NLG (National
Lawyers Guild), EPIC (Ending the Prison Industrial Complex),
and BLSA (Black Law Student Association)

and byCommunity Church of Boston, Boston ABC, Black and Pink


 
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