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FairPlay is an original discussion series from JustcieNews.Net where a "Fair" dialog takes place from the vantage point of the one being accused, and brings forward those voices that are mostly ignored. Hosted by Justice News managing editor Imran Siddiqui FairPlay sheds light on the injustices in the U.S. justice system, based on facts, data and ground realities, without any fear to speak the truth. FairPlay Conversations@Justice News un-covers a wide variety of issues ranging from criminal justice reform, to racial discrimination, bias, corruption, punishment, rehabilitation and seeking justice for the wrongly convicted. FairPlay guests come from all walks of life sharing their perspectives and real-life experiences that are directly impacted by decisions made within the U.S. judicial systems.

FairPlay music credits at SoundStripe. Views expressed by the guests in this program are their own views and are not endorsed by Justice News.

Justice News.Net highlights and uncovers the Injustices taking place in communities across America today and provides analysis on how the United States Justice System ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. Our focus is on “Justice for all” and particularly for those individuals who are incarcerated, in captivity or convicted and imprisoned wrongfully. Check out the The JPaper read The JBlog listen to the audio series FairPlay and discover FreeCaptives. At Justice News we report the under-reported through the eyes of justice, ears of mercy, heart of compassion and we are armed with the truth.

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FairPlay is an original discussion series from JustcieNews.Net where a "Fair" dialog takes place from the vantage point of the one being accused, and brings forward those voices that are mostly ignored. Hosted by Justice News managing editor Imran Siddiqui FairPlay sheds light on the injustices in the U.S. justice system, based on facts, data and ground realities, without any fear to speak the truth. FairPlay Conversations@Justice News un-covers a wide variety of issues ranging from criminal justice reform, to racial discrimination, bias, corruption, punishment, rehabilitation and seeking justice for the wrongly convicted. FairPlay guests come from all walks of life sharing their perspectives and real-life experiences that are directly impacted by decisions made within the U.S. judicial systems.

FairPlay music credits at SoundStripe. Views expressed by the guests in this program are their own views and are not endorsed by Justice News.

Justice News.Net highlights and uncovers the Injustices taking place in communities across America today and provides analysis on how the United States Justice System ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. Our focus is on “Justice for all” and particularly for those individuals who are incarcerated, in captivity or convicted and imprisoned wrongfully. Check out the The JPaper read The JBlog listen to the audio series FairPlay and discover FreeCaptives. At Justice News we report the under-reported through the eyes of justice, ears of mercy, heart of compassion and we are armed with the truth.

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    FairPlay EP11 Charmon Sinkfield | Cattle for The U.S. Prison System.

    FairPlay EP11 Charmon Sinkfield | Cattle for The U.S. Prison System.

    FairPlay EP11 Charmon Sinkfield | Cattle for The U.S. Prison System.

    What Happens To The Innocent While The Judges Defecate On Their Oath.

    October 9 2021 | Imran Siddiqui | Justice News.

    Could it be possible that for over a decade, most people in America and their dogs have been screaming at the top of their mouths and blaming the wrong guy for the 2009 murder of the Olympic boxer Vernon Forrest?

    What are the odds of this occurring? Think about it. Even if it's 1 percent of the total U.S. prison population, that would be around 20 thousand people.

    Now imagine if your family member is one of them.

    Check out more at The Jblog and listen to the full show at FairPlay

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    FairPlay EP10 | Leonard Coleman - Not Done Yet

    FairPlay EP10 | Leonard Coleman - Not Done Yet

    Explicit Content Warning | 18 + | For Mature Audience

    September 8 2021 | Imran Siddiqui | Justice News

    Isn't it the responsibility of the prosecutors, the judges and the police officers to seek the truth, to seek justice? Or are they in it just to seek convictions?

    Many argue that now in America, you are first presumed guilty rather than innocent, and after getting wrongfully convicted, you can spend the rest of your remaining life, fighting for your freedom.

    They call it, The Prison Industrial Complex, a state of the art human algorithm of banking on other peoples misery. It’s an industry that needs to be fed, so they say, so it can feed them. But what they don't understand is they are only feeding a false narrative that will eventually come to bite them as it comes to a collapse because it’s fundamental foundation is based on injustice.

    You can call it, The Justice Industrial Complex, in the guise of pretending to be just, where everyone is mostly after making some money while some are after freedom and justice.

    Take a Deep Dive in to the case of Leonard Coleman, he’s serving a life sentence at the St Clair Correctional facility in Alabama. For the past decade, he’s been trying to fight what he calls, his unjust conviction of the murder of Kimberly Mixon who was found dead in December 2010 with a gunshot wound to her eye. Kimberly is also the mother of Leonard’s son, Xayvion who was 4 when his mother died, and they allege it all happened in front of him.

    But what you or I say or think is the truth doesn't really stand in front of the facts, the ground realities, and no matter how much you would hate it or how hard you try to accept it, or not, the truth does not have your or my versions, nor does it need any of our permissions, the truth is simply just the truth.

    In the case of Leonard Coleman, the biggest element that is missing is the whole truth. It’s a story riddled with holes that would make you want to gasp for air. If you have the patience to go through a conversation of over 2 hours, which I highly doubt that you would do, not because you would rather want to watch or listen to the latest flick on your chosen streaming platform to kill time, but because you don't want to know what is actually going on in your own country, in your own backyard. And if you don't know it, and if it comes to you too, then you won’t know what to do and would fall victim to this joke being played upon us. Leonard Coleman has been fighting back attacks all his life and he even fought another case from inside the prison and actually won and was acquitted. Can he do it once again?

    This is the first time in over 10 years Leonard has spoken about what really happened in great detail and after listening to this, to me it feels like this may not be the last time you hear from him.

    How can you accuse anyone of murder and send him to a life in prison, and get away with it, when that person was in reality not even there?

    Did Kimberly Mixon get Justice?

    Did anyone else involved in that case do Justice?

    Find out on this episode of FairPlay on Justice News.Net.

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    FairPlay EP9 | Trinity Milford Matthisen - Time and Circumstance

    FairPlay EP9 | Trinity Milford Matthisen - Time and Circumstance

    At the Wrong Place. At the Wrong Time.

    Explicit Content Warning | 18 + | For Mature Audience

    August 19 2021 | Imran Siddiqui | Justice News

    Trinity Matthisen has spent the last two decades of his life inside a prison. Right now he is somewhere in Michigan, behind bars, in a small, very uncomfortable cage, for something, he says, he did not do, for a crime, evidence may prove, he did not commit.

    Can you imagine what I just said, does it sound so repetitive that it has become acceptable to hear this? Have we become accustomed to this, so used to it by now, is it something normal? We have been desensitized to the fact that we love to incarcerate people who probably are innocent of the crime for which they have been punished for, and punitively, unjustly, wrongly, wickedly punished and for what? Prison as Rehabilitation, Matthisen says, is a lie.

    Trinity Milford Matthisen, originally from Colorado, is at Chippewa Correctional Facility in Kincheloe, Michigan doing time for convictions of assault with intent to murder, felon in possession of a firearm and three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was sentenced as a third habitual offender to 40 to 70 years imprisonment for his assault conviction, 57 months to 120 years imprisonment for his felon in possession of a firearm conviction, and two years’ imprisonment for each felony-firearm conviction. The felony-firearm sentences run concurrently to each other, but consecutively to his other sentences. That sounds terrifying, in many ways, and especially when you hear the word felon, but you need to hold the judgements until you know both sides of the story and especially coming from someone who is actually living that kind of a reality. Matthisen is in for “at least 40 to 70 years”. In his own simple words, they have destroyed his life and he was railroaded by a few friends, the prosecutors and lies from false witness testimony.

    But Trinity Matthisen is not giving up that easily, he argues that the obliteration of his rights, just because he had a prior record, is evident in his court records and you don't need much to find out how he was denied his basic constitutional rights even before his trial began and during it. He says, to get to that conclusion, all you have to do is go through his entire case files, and probe the police reports that are not publicly available, along with more than 30 eyewitness accounts that are missing or have been lost or hidden. He is also stunned at the jaw dropping denial of his FOIA requests. Trinity argues that evidence is being kept away from him, evidence that can potentially exonerate him and that he has enough material to push for a retrial of his case, as long as an attorney has the courage to seek the truth, without prejudice.

    But what is there to hide? And how much truth is there in the online docs?

    Late in the evening on March 7, 2003, Quincy Olds and his cousin, Deandro Sweet, went to Pablo’s Bar in Battle Creek. Mr. Olds met his friend, Paul Heise, at the bar, who invited Mr. Olds and Mr. Sweet to an after-hours party at his home. Mr. Olds and Mr. Sweet arrived shortly after 2:00 a.m. on March 8, and joined a party of twenty-five to thirty people in Mr. Heise’s living room. At some point, a fight erupted in which Trinity, a friend of the owner of the house, became involved to help his friend. And the rest is history.

    Could this be a case of mistaken identity, screwed up eyewitness testimony resulting from actions that came about as an unconscious act of defence. This situation is complex and it cannot be understood just by going through the court documents or by listening to what the media says, judgements on scenarios like these can only be made when the entire case is reconstructed from the very beginning in order to understand what exactly occured. Here, out of the Who, What, When, Where and Why, we have answers to none except one, and that is where we begin as we unload the f

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    FairPlay EP8 | John Ortiz Kehoe. 25 Years and Counting

    FairPlay EP8 | John Ortiz Kehoe. 25 Years and Counting

    FairPlay EP 8 | John Ortiz Kehoe | Justice for an Accuser a Defendant and a Missing Girl - 

    Explicit Content Warning | 18 + | For Mature Audience Only.

    August 14 2021 | Imran Siddiqui | Justice News.Net

    What do you do when out of three the people you have, the only one who can tell you exactly what happened, is dead?

    How much truth can you find in the remaining two people, one of whom is an accuser and the other one, a defendant.

    Michigan resident Rose Larner was killed, or overdosed on cocaine or murdered somewhere between the late afternoon and evening of a December day in 1993 and all this occurred between three friends. Bill Brown, Rose’s childhood friend, accused another friend John Ortiz Kehoe of the murder, three years after it allegedly occurred. Bill’s account given to the prosecutors was the only eyewitness testimony used to convict John Ortiz Kehoe and it sent him to life behind bars without any possibility of parole. But a new hearing on John’s case raises many questions about what really occurred on that day in December of 1993.

    Since the past 25 years while incarcerated John has maintained his innocence, and according to him, it was Bill Brown who was the last person left with Rose because John left the two together and went to Mcdonalds to get some food and upon his return found a highly nervous Bill Brown and the dead body of Rose in the bathroom.

    Too much has been said about this case in the past two decades. I accidentally stumbled upon John’s case while listening to the FreeMe Podcast hosted by Thomas Herold. In the case of John Ortiz Kehoe not a single witness was presented from his side. The more you read some of the actual case files the more bizarre the case looks, not because of what the actual accusations were, nor by what the prosecutors were trying to do and not by what was being reported by the media, it looked bizarre because it has so many holes in it that it is now impossible for it to hold any water.

    This could probably come out as one of the most erroneously reported cases in the history of journalism in the United States of America, and if and when that occurs, it can help address the allegations being made in this case that big media took spoon fed information from the prosecutor's office and ran with it without even taking an independent look at the facts and then made a business out of that lie for decades. More digging may even show, how some of the media companies, thinking they might have f****d up big time, are trying to now carefully inject, that final argument from the sidelines, that oh, maybe this guy didn't do it after all, and maybe they played a huge role in sending the wrong man to prison for life. Prosecutors caught lying is nothing new, it's just people don't give a damn anymore and thus corrupt officials mostly get away with it.

    If you are a human being, and you are reading this, then you understand, that when a person accuses the other of harming someone, especially of things like murder, incineration, dismemberment and cannibalism, they have to show some kind of an evidence to prove that in a court of law and they must also provide the other side the right to freely present their case, their witnesses, their alibis and their testimony impartially and without any fear of bias,  harassment, lying, coercion and intimidation. If this is missing then understand that it's unfair from the start, and there is no other moral way to look at it.

    This is the first time John Ortiz Kehoe is speaking with Justice News and freely describing what really happened on that dreadful day in December of 1993. This conversation intends to seek the truth and justice for all parties involved, especially for Rose Larner, who is no longer here to defend herself.

    There are 3 core elements to this case, Bill Brown, Rose Larner and John Kehoe.

    A lot has been said about the three in a very chaotic and psychotic manner, most of which was actually based on hearsay, prosecution

    • 1 hr 17 min
    FairPlay EP7 | Luke Wirkkala, Acquitted

    FairPlay EP7 | Luke Wirkkala, Acquitted

    FairPlay EP 7 | Luke Wirkkala, Acquitted

    The Right To Defend Myself

    July 22, 2021 | Imran Siddiqui | JusticeNews.Net

    You have got to seriously pause for a few seconds and put yourself in this situation, after I ask you this question...

    What do you do in a moment when you are under assault?...

    Should you give in.

    Should you run?

    Or Should you fight…

    There’s not much time left for other questions here.

    But what if the attack is also a sexual assault

    A man to another man... Someone in your home...

    Would that make you think twice about what to do next?

    Are you thinking that this is something that cannot happen to you?

    If you do, then you live in a dreamworld, like most of us do.

    But if you think that you can also be a victim, under assault by a person who was known to have a record and history of aggressive assaults, but you didn’t know about it, then you are not alone.

    Luke Wirkkala was also asking himself the same questions, when he was under a sexual assault by someone he had trusted and had invited him to his home after a day of super bowl drinking, but after Luke passed out on his couch, he was awoken at 2 am while David Ryder was assaulting him. It was a moment of reckoning, thus activating the instinct to defend himself.

    Luke was wrongfully convicted of murder in 2013 and after a long, exhausting and cruel battle, he was acquitted of that murder in 2021.

    In this episode of FairPlay Luke Wirkkala takes you through a weird reality that can turn anybody’s dream into a nightmare and then witness the power of principles, persistence and faith.

    Read more at The JBlog on Justice News.Net

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    FairPlay EP6 | Lydell Grant Is Exonerated

    FairPlay EP6 | Lydell Grant Is Exonerated

    FairPlay EP 6 | Lydell Grant Is Exonerated

    How to convict an innocent man in America, but not get away with it, this time.

    June 10, 2021 | Imran Siddiqui | JusticeNews.Net

    Justice for Lydell has finally been achieved but not without a hard fight. In our previous episode of FairPlay we spoke to Mike Ware the defense attorney for Lydell Grant and we discussed Lydell's extraordinary case of wrongful imprisonment and its following consequences. In this week's episode we speak to Lydell Grant himself as he unloads some facts about his case and lays bare the injustices within the U.S. criminal justice system that can completely decimate an innocent man's life forever.

    God is in control, says Lydell, and the truth is always enough to stand on its own. And that he is not looking for apologies, though he deserves it, from all parties involved that wrongfully convicted and incarcerated him for life, only if they could, because he got exonerated within a decade. According to Grant, there was a higher power watching over him. "It was God", says Lydell Grant, "Who took him out of the clutches of an unjust criminal justice system".

    The question is, how can you proceed to charge an innocent man in a court of law for a crime he did not commit and when there is no evidence proving that he committed that crime? Shouldn't this be outlawed. What happened to the "innocent until proven guilty" part? Currently Grant is working on his music career and he also plans to launch his own non profit organization that will seek to exonerate other individuals who are innocent but incarcerated and still left behind, but not for long. The times have changed, so the system must change as well, says Lydell.

    Lydell wants a law enacted that can hold those prosecutors and investigators and judges accountable who act maliciously against a defendant. Grant talked about something he says he never mentioned before, how he had to fight major conflicts of interests in his case and how he endured his decade long nightmare in prison where the odds were already stacked up against him from the beginning. He says the truth is not biased and DNA does not lie. Humans lie.

    Find out how they can so easily convict an innocent man in America, but not get away with it, this time.

    Listen to the full episode of FairPlay on Justice News.net or check out FairPlay.show for more.

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