Advocacy Group, A Just Cause, To Push for Judicial Reforms Following Public Outrage in Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and IRP6 Cases
A Just Cause Seeks Accountability and Legitimacy for Investigators and Prosecutors in IRP6 Case
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December 30, 2014 (FPRC) -- The advocacy group, A Just Cause, calls on Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice to take swift action in implementing reforms that would change the “get a win at any cost” mindset among some prosecutors, and hold them accountable. “The matter of blanket immunity is a major concern that must be examined," exclaims Sam Thurman, A Just Cause.
“We ask Attorney General Eric Holder to take a look at the events in cases like Michael Brown, Eric Garner and the IRP6 as examples that warrant more oversight and accountability during the investigative/prosecutorial stages of a case," argues Sam Thurman, A Just Cause. “This year, the public has seen case after case in the media where there are indications that the time is right for judicial reforms," says Thurman. “Cases have raised questions about conduct by prosecutors, problems with the grand jury process, racial disparity in policing, and disproportions among races when it comes to sentencing," Thurman adds. “Prosecutors in the United States must move away from this notion of ‘win at any cost,’” Thurman emphasizes.
A Just Cause continues its advocacy for six Colorado executives of the black-owned IRP Solutions Corporation, which developed the Case Investigative Life Cycle criminal investigations software for federal, state and local law enforcement. Court records indicate that the six executives, David A. Banks, Kendrick Barnes, Demetrius K. Harper, Gary L. Walker, Clinton A. Stewart and David Zirpolo, known as the "IRP6", were convicted in 2011 on mail and wire fraud charges. According to the indictment, the IRP6 made false statements to staffing company representatives about having "current or impending contracts with one or more large law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security" that induced staffing companies to enter into contractual agreements to provide staffing services. (D. Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA)
“When cases like Brown, Garner, Rice and IRP6 are compared to other like cases, disparity is exposed as evidenced by the outcome," argues Thurman. “In the IRP6 case, court records show that Judge Christine Arguello chastised the IRP6 for making positive comments to potential vendors and business partners about IRP’s business strategy and prospects," says Thurman. “Court records show that in another, similar case, Judge Arguello commented, ‘A corporation’s self-praise about its business strategy plays no serious role in market participants’ evaluation of potential investments. Reasonable investors do not normally rely on vague, optimistic statements in making investment decisions,’” concludes Thurman. (http://www.law360.com/articles/477411/delta-petroleum-execs-shake-securities-fraud-class-action). (Delta Petroleum, Darwin v. Taylor et al., case number 1:12-cv-01038, and the consolidated case is Nakkhumpun v. Taylor et al., case number 1:12-cv-01521). "Judge Arguello's visible disparity between the IRP6 and the Delta Petroleum case concerning optimistic statements certainly makes me wonder if she possesses some hidden racial or class bias," says Banks
“There were several opportunities in our case where if the judicial system had operated as designed, I’m convinced that there would not have been a prosecution or conviction,” says David Banks, Chief Operating Officer, IRP Solutions (IRP6). “There seemed to be a ‘win-at-any-cost’ attitude prevalent in our case as evidenced by two grand juries, the IRP6 not being allowed to talk about ‘criminal intent’, expert witnesses not being allowed to testify at trial, and the harsh sentences,” adds Banks. “Disparity in the judicial system is a hot subject right now, and one doesn’t have to look very far into our case and question some of the actions that took place,” says Banks.
"There are several cases in the United States that substantiate the need for reform as well as greater oversight by the feds,” suggests Thurman. "The extensive media coverage related to the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice has raised questions about the conduct of some law enforcement officials, especially as it relates to African-Americans," adds Thurman. “The public must question if certain officials are properly executing the duties they have been entrusted to carry out,” ponders Thurman.
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