Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Friday, September 10, 2021
Rakeem Baskerville died either on Friday, September 3, or Saturday,
September 4, 2021. What happened in the week prior to Rakeem's death is
in dispute and therefore I will not discuss it here. Anyone else with
knowledge is welcome to discuss the situation in comments, though I
would advise that you comment anonymously. The only thing that we know
for certain is that Rakeem Baskerville died of COVD-19 in the custody of
the federal Bureau of Prisons.
Rakeem was a good man. We were not in contact often in the last few years, but I would like to tell you how I came to know Rakeem Baskerville. It should be obvious to anyone that I know Rakeem from this case. In the first couple of years our messages were short and basic. To me he was just a polite man who had a case connected to the Paul Bergrin case. By later 2013, our contact was frequent as an attorney on the Bergrin case needed the files and transcripts from the Hakeem Curry and Rakeem Baskerville case and trial. No one would give this attorney access to all of the files. Rakeem desperately needed specific documents and transcripts for his 2255 and any attempt to obtain the stuff only resulted in games from one party or another. An idea was born.
Yes, I was the one with the idea that failed on a grand scale, but I'm not sorry that I tried. I really tried. The attorney on the Bergrin case also tried. Maybe Rakeem's trial attorney tried. One of Rakeem's brothers tried. Nevertheless, the idea failed. This great idea was for Rakeem to allow this attorney to get custody of everything ---- all of the documents and transcripts ---- and then pull the specific listed items that Rakeem needed for his 2255, copy, and then send to him in the mail. Sounds simple enough, right? Ha.
First, we all underestimated the size of this massive trove of
documents. The attorney, Rakeem and I were all thinking that we were
talking about a car full of boxes at most. Nope, closer to a large van
or bus would be needed. At first it looked like Rakeem's brother could
pick it all up, but then the attorney and I realized that he wouldn't be
able to pick the specific items on Rakeem's list. And then the trove of
documents was in Pennsylvania and the attorney and Rakeem's brother
were in two entirely different areas of New Jersey. It was not workable
on his one day off to accomplish this mission.
The law office offered to have it all delivered for a price. Deal. First big hurdle was over. The next major issue was pulling and copying the specific documents on Rakeem's list. Way more complicated than most could imagine, though eventually it was done.
The next hurdle was getting the stuff on Rakeem's list into his hands at Victorville USP out in California. This proved to be impossible, even with the attorney from the Bergrin case delivering the large, heavy box to Rakeem's trial attorney's law office in Pennsylvania to ship. Someone, and I believe it was the law office partner, made the colossal error of shipping this big heavy box via UPS to a warehouse address for staff package receiving in Victorville. Do you think the CO that answered the main phone at Victorville USP or Rakeem's counselor in the facility would help to get these important documents to Rakeem? We should all know better than to believe in fairytale endings.
To add to the issues, before long Rakeem was transferred to Yazoo City USP in Mississippi. I have no clue where the box ended-up. It was not shipped back to the law office. Huge fail on the entire fiasco. There was so much arguing between the attorneys and I by that point that I don't even remember if the massive trove of documents and transcripts made it back to the original law office, and actually I do not believe they wanted any of it returned.
Through all of the events I've described here there was never so much as a harsh word from Rakeem Baskerville. He was always polite and a perfect gentleman. Rakeem was truly a unique individual. He never blamed any one of the rest of us for this massive failure.
After the big fiasco I was only in contact with Rakeem infrequently; perhaps 5-6 times a year by messages or by phone occasionally. However, I did get to know Rakeem and the details of his case in the process of all the mess and that's the main reason why I am not sorry I tried.
Rakeem will truly be missed. He was a good man. Rest In Peace Rakeem Baskerville.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
See y'all soon!
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019
The man was able to convince everyone commenting except me that he is a friend to the family and hated to see them go through more pain over this murder and Jones possibly getting clemency thanks to Kim. The brief research showed me how the courts had whittled down the case to the one tainted juror and then denied Julius Jones any relief. I am copying my comment here because I am seeing a pattern of these whittle down effects and how they sway public opinion with it. I am coining the term whittle down effects as I have never heard it anywhere. Suddenly I realized that this is what Judge Peter Sheridan has done to William Baskerville's case. On a side note: William's friends and relatives need to reach out to Kim on Twitter to help him!
This is mainly addressed to a man who is disparaging Kim's choice to help Julius Jones:
I do know something about these petitions and because you're arguing with anyone in favor of clemency here, this is directed to you. More often than not, last chance appeals come down to an issue that barely touches the actual case, which often has many issues. Somewhere some judge whittled the entire case down to one point, but that definitely doesn't mean there are not many more important points.
This is what was done in a federal case I'm close to. The government tried to get William Baskerville the death penalty, but the jury said no, so the sentence is LIFE. Problem is that William had nothing whatsoever to do with the murder of the government witness in drug cases. The best point in the case is that the description of the shooter given by several witnesses, including the victim's stepfather who was walking down a Newark street with him when he was murdered, is of a light skinned man with dreadlocks. The government had a man who was dark skinned and bald claiming to be the shooter.
So how much sense does that make? Well, thanks to the last court decision, the case now comes down to an FBI 302 and a Brady violation because the government never gave it to the defense. But is the case actually about this one technical issue, with the government claiming the 302 was irrelevant and forgotten? NO. The claims in William's petition are many, but the court whittled it down, not William or one of his attorneys.
I'm seeing the same problem with this case. Julius Jones had many claims, but somewhere it was all whittled down to this one racist juror. And by the way, William's case also has a Batson issue, but every judge who has touched it has denied William on that claim too. I'm willing to bet that you already know all of this and are here to move public opinion against Kim and against Jones! You are doing this intentionally. Here's a quote from one article on the Jones case:
"At the time of Julius’ trial, the eyewitness description of the shooter did not fit Julius. Instead, it described his co-defendant who served 15 years and is now a free man. Julius’ attorney was an overworked public defender who failed to cross-examine Christopher Jordan, (Julius’ co-defendant,) on the six inconsistent statements he gave to police upon arrest. Christopher Jordan was later overheard bragging that he set-up Julius and was incentivized to testify for a shorter prison time. The evidence used to convict Julius was inconsistent and several eye-witnesses provided an alibi for Julius,” Oklahoma County One Commissioner Carrie Blumbert wrote."
I knew there was way more to this than you want anyone to see, so I looked. Kim Kardashian is involved for very good reasons!
From Kim Kardashian West's Twitter account (to help Julius Jones):
Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board
2915 N. Classen, Suite 405,
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
405-521-6600 (press 0) / 405-522-9227
The Pardon & Parole Board Members are:
C. Allen McCall,
Robert Gilliland, J.D.
Governor Kevin Stitt
The Office of Governor Kevin Stitt
Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
So I am getting a better idea of why the court issued the November 2018 Opinion that knocked down almost all of William Baskerville's claims and then followed up with this ridiculous October 8, 2019 Opinion, leaving him a little bone. Interesting how things work. We learn something new every day!
The Court Opinions:
William Baskerville Court Opinion November 15 2018
William Baskerville 2255 Opinion October 8 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Friday, August 2, 2019
William Baskerville 2255 Defense Brief July 30 2019
UPDATE ON 7 AUGUST 2019 AT 1:10AM -
The government filed a brief responding to the defense brief linked above. They also filed two letters, one of which basically calls the judge's Opinion a farce. The government is in full threatening mode at this point and there's no telling what they're doing behind the scenes. As the government's case against William Baskerville could easily be unraveled at this time, which also threatens their case against Paul Bergrin, this was to be expected. It is the reason my statement above was so short and really said nothing much.
The bottom line is that this case is one big farce - good word choice on the government's part, but applied differently from me. The additional documents:
William Baskerville 2255 Defense Letter August 5 2019
William Baskerville 2255 Govt Brief August 5 2019
William Baskerville 2255 Govt Letter August 5 2019
William Baskerville 2255 Govt Letter no 2 August 5 2019
In government letter no 2, they state:
Dear Judge Sheridan: William Baskerville seeks an adjournment of Thursday’s oral argument because the Government submitted a 1200-page Appendix with its post-hearing brief. Baskerville neglected to mention, however, that the Appendix mostly contains trial transcripts from the Bergrin case – i.e., the very transcripts Baskerville cited in his § 2255 motion and Traverse and mentioned in his post-hearing brief. This farce has dragged out long enough. The requested adjournment should be denied.
So the government views the judge's Opinion and due process as a farce. But we already knew that, didn't we?
UPDATE ON 18 AUGUST 2019 @ 11:25AM -
Bruce Throckmorton filed a brief responding to the government's brief linked above and the government filed two letters. While the government's brief included everything but the kitchen sink, they chose to attack William Baskerville's attorney for including one (1) short telephone call transcript, referring to it as not within the scope of the hearing. The documents:
William Baskerville 2255 Govt Letter August 14 2019
William Baskerville 2255 Govt Letter August 15 2019
William Baskerville 2255 Defense Brief August 15 2019
As far as I am aware, the judge will rule soon. There could be a second part to the hearing as it was bifurcated and all of this is about the first part. It is also possible that the judge will rule on the case and there is no need for the second part of the hearing. I will update as soon as I get more information.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
UPDATED on JANUARY 24, 2019 with government response to William Baskerville's letter:
W Baskerville Govt Letter Jan 23 2019
So it is beginning to look like the government shutdown is interrupting the intended sabotage of William's evidentiary hearing. We shall see what happens next.
Friday, November 23, 2018
W Baskerville Letter November 30 2015
Sunday, September 9, 2018
The real problem is not necessarily "flipping" as Trump refers to it. Often the major problem is government prosecutors giving defendants the choice of a long mandatory minimum sentence or say what they need stated about a target. More often than not, prosecutors are well aware that the information is false and it takes LE / FBI / DEA feeding certain facts to these defendants so it all sounds viable when it's regurgitated repeatedly over a period of years if necessary. Sometimes the LE agencies collude with media to get the story they want published the way they want it and simply hand defendants a newspaper. When all of that still sounds questionable because it's a false narrative coming from the defendant, the agents and prosecutors will play the memory refresher game.
Need proof? Loads of cases, but one of the worst in history is that of Paul Bergrin. For whatever reason, The Intercept has always ignored the Paul Bergrin saga. However, I will attest to the fact that all it takes to dismantle the entire massive case against Paul is reading and researching. The Intercept and just about any other non-mainstream media instead finds it easier to ignore or skip. I get that because my reading and research on the case has continued for close to 8 years now and I frequently come across information I was previously unaware of. It's daunting, no doubt, but it cannot be glossed over or ignored by everyone.
Paul Bergrin has been suffering in the H-unit of Florence ADMAX with a SAMs designation for over two years now! It's like everyone forgot (conveniently or otherwise) who Paul Bergrin actually is and what he accomplished, and tried to accomplish, in the War on Terror. Why do you think he's incommunicado? It sure isn't for the reasons stated by the government!
Here is a link to a letter that Paul mailed to the court and was filed on September 25, 2018. The letter concerns gun evidence relating to the Kemo McCray murder:
Bergrin 2255 Letter September 25 2018
EDIT on October 1, 2018 to add a document.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
Monday, December 4, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Tuesday, February 7, 2017