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The Case of Anand Jon Alexander

This should be a very interesting podcast. Anand Jon Alexander is wrongfully imprisoned. Tim Milner is one of his attorneys. Amy Povah founded CAN-DO, and is a clemency advocate. The episode records on Wednesday and airs on Friday.
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Anand Jon Alexander was a rising star in the fashion industry in 2007 when he was arrested and ultimately convicted of one count of rape and many counts of lesser sexual offenses. Although there were no injuries on anyone and he had no history of violence, he was sentenced to 59 years to life in prison.

He has spent over 13 years in prison and barely survived a racial hate crime stabbing in 2019. He is suing the State of California for an undisclosed amount.

Joining Everyday Injustice is attorney Tim Milner, who has been working on the Commutation case.

Attorney Tim Milner explained that he has been a lawyer for 40 years and usually tends to shy away from scandalous sex cases, but this was an exceptional case. “This man is innocent,” he said. “He also had one of the worst trials that I’ve seen.” He noted that he has done at least 80 trials and “this guy did not get a fair shake.”

Also joining is Amy Povah, from the CAN-DO foundation.

Amy Povah herself served nine years in prison before President Bill Clinton commuted her sentence—a 24-year sentence for conspiracy charges in a high profile MDMA (Ecstasy) case dating back to 1989. She now serves as an advocate for mostly federal clemency cases.

She was involved in the three most recent commutations by President Trump.

“What concerns me about Anand,” she said, is that “clemency is about mercy. So many people receive clemency who are not innocent… The sentence he received is so disproportionate to a normal case with the same allegations. He was convicted on very thin evidence.”

One of the incarcerated people on Anand Jon’s yard also joins the show to discuss conditions at Donavan under the specter of COVID-19. By

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Incarcerated fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander has launched a lawsuit after he was reportedly stabbed in prison.

The style guru, whose celebrity clients have included Paris Hilton and Mary J. Blige, was convicted in 2008 on 16 charges of sexually assaulting girls and young women. He was ordered to serve 59 years to life in prison in California.

Alexander has been serving his time at R.J. Donovan State Prison and is now suing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after being repeatedly stabbed in the face by a fellow inmate.

“(Alexander was) waiting by the telephones at R.J. Donovan State Prison to call his mother for her 70th birthday (in May 2019 when) he was the victim of a grievous assault perpetrated by another inmate…,” the lawsuit reads. “(The attack) caused grave bodily injuries, including multiple stab wounds to his face and right eye, (plus) five facial fractures.”

Alexander is seeking punitive damages, alleging jail personnel failed to follow their own protocol or turn over the case to the district attorney’s office, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.

Actualizado:

El diseñador de moda Anand Jon Alexander (43 años), condenado en 2008 a 59 años de cárcel por violación y varios cargos de delitos sexuales menores, ha sido apuñalado en la cara por un recluso en la prisión de California en la que se encuentra.

Al parecer, el que un día vistió a celebridades como Paris Hilton, Ivanka Trump o Michelle Rodríguez estaba esperando a llamar a su madre para felicitarla por su 70 cumpleaños cuando «fue víctima de un grave asalto perpetrado por otro recluso», según se puede leer en los documentos judiciales.

Los abogados del diseñador apuntan a que se trataría «probablemente de un crimen de odio motivado por la raza», recoge Page six. Anand Jon Alexander ha sufrido lesiones corporales graves, incluyendo múltiples puñaladas en la cara y el ojo derecho. El preso que le apuñaló también le golpeó cuando el diseñador se encontraba tirado en el suelo.

En la demanda que han interpuesto sus abogados se asegura que el diseñador había denunciado amenazas de muerte hace unos días y que la prisión tardó diez días en trasladarle a otro módulo de la cárcel más seguro. Por eso piden responsabilidades a la prisión de lo ocurrido.

Mantiene su inocencia

Fue condenado en 2008 por varios delitos sexuales, pero aún así el diseñador de moda sigue aún hoy manteniendo su inocencia, asegurando que los encuentros sexuales que mantuvo con varias mujeres fueron consensuados. Anand Jon Alexander espera que revisen su caso.

   By Ian Mohr January 18, 2020 | 3:44pm

Incarcerated fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander has launched a lawsuit after he was reportedly stabbed in prison. The style guru, whose celebrity clients have included Paris Hilton and Mary J. Blige, was convicted in 2008
Alexander has been serving his time at R.J. Donovan State Prison and is now suing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after being repeatedly stabbed in the face by a fellow inmate.

“(Alexander was) waiting by the telephones at R.J. Donovan State Prison to call his mother for her 70th birthday (in May 2019 when) he was the victim of a grievous assault perpetrated by another inmate…,” the lawsuit reads. “(The attack) caused grave bodily injuries, including multiple stab wounds to his face and right eye, (plus) five facial fractures.” Alexander is seeking punitive damages, alleging jail personnel failed to follow their own protocol or turn over the case to the district attorney’s office, according to the New York Post’s Page Six. https://pagesix.com/2020/01/18/incarcerated-designer-anand-jon-alexander-stabbed-in-the-face-by-fellow-inmate

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Designer Anand Jon poses for a portrait during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 20, 2007 in Park City, Utah. (Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

Incarcerated fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander has launched a lawsuit after he was reportedly stabbed in prison.

The style guru, whose celebrity clients have included Paris Hilton and Mary J. Blige, was convicted in 2008 on 16 charges of sexually assaulting girls and young women. He was ordered to serve 59 years to life in prison in California.

Alexander has been serving his time at R.J. Donovan State Prison and is now suing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after being repeatedly stabbed in the face by a fellow inmate.

“(Alexander was) waiting by the telephones at R.J. Donovan State Prison to call his mother for her 70th birthday (in May 2019 when) he was the victim of a grievous assault perpetrated by another inmate…,” the lawsuit reads. “(The attack) caused grave bodily injuries, including multiple stab wounds to his face and right eye, (plus) five facial fractures.”

Alexander is seeking punitive damages, alleging jail personnel failed to follow their own protocol or turn over the case to the district attorney’s office, according to the New York Post’s Page Six

January 18, 2020 in News 2 min read

Anand Jon Alexander — the once high-flying fashion designer who’s serving 59 years in prison for rape — is suing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after he was stabbed repeatedly in the face by an inmate.

Alexander says he was “waiting by the telephones at R.J. Donovan State Prison to call his mother for her 70th birthday” in May 2019 when “he was the victim of a grievous assault perpetrated by another inmate,” court docs claim. His lawyers say the attack on India-born Alexander was “likely a racially motivated hate crime” and “caused grave bodily injuries, including multiple stab wounds to his face and right eye,” plus “five facial fractures” and various other injuries. Read more.. 

 

 

El modisto ha denunciado haber sido víctima de un supuesto ataque racista.El modisto ha denunciado haber sido víctima de un supuesto ataque racista.
 
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El modisto de origen indio vistió a estrellas como Paris Hilton o Ivanka Trump y actualmente cumple su condena a 59 años de cárcel.

19 enero, 2020 19:15

El diseñador indio Anand Jon Alexander(43 años), condenado a 59 años de cárcel por violación, ha sido apuñalado repetidamente en la cara por un recluso de la prisión estatal RJ Donovan donde cumple su condena.

Así lo ha denunciado el propio modisto ante el Departamento de Correcciones y Rehabilitación de California, a quien reclama medidas contra el agresor. Según informa Page Six, Alexander ha explicado que se encontraba esperando su turno para hacer una llamada a su madre por su 70 cumpleaños cuando “fue víctima de un grave asalto perpetrado por otro recluso”, tal y como consta en los documentos judiciales. 

Los abogados del diseñador atribuyen el ataque perpetrado contra él a un “delito de odio motivado por la raza” que le causó “lesiones corporales graves, incluyendo múltiples puñaladas en la cara y el ojo derecho”, además de “cinco fracturas faciales” y varias otras lesiones”.La agresión se produjo después de que el propio Alexander denunciara haber recibido varias amenazas de muerte, tal y como consta en la demanda, por lo que el modisto tuvo que ser trasladado a un área distinta a la que se encontraba.

 

Posted: 6:33 PM, Jan 15, 2020
Updated: 8:03 AM, Jan 16, 2020
 
 

 

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – An inmate at R.J. Donovan State Prison has filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Anand Jon Alexander filed the complaint on Monday, alleging prison officials failed to keep him safe and to provide adequate medical care after he was assaulted behind bars.

In the complaint, Alexander claims he was attacked by another inmate while waiting to make a phone call on May 18, 2019. He was allegedly stabbed multiple times in the face and kicked on the ground.

After the attack he sustained “five facial fractures, a lower orbital floor blowout, sinus and nasal fractures, a deviated septum, a 50% abrasion to the right cornea, long term impairment of his vision and respiration, serious nerve damage, PTSD” according to the complaint.

Alexander is 12 years in to a 59 year sentence after he was convicted of rape in 2008.

An up and coming fashion designer, Alexander had been featured on “America’s Next Top Model” and was listed in Newsweek’s “Who’s Next in 2007.” Read more..

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In 2008, Anand Jon Alexander, a rising star in the fashion design world, was convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault and received a life sentence in prison. He is widely believed to have been wrongfully convicted of these crimes.
As his petition for commutation filed by his attorneys notes, ‘Mr. Alexander’s tainted trial and unreliable verdict and subsequently disproportionate prison sentence has resulted in a travesty of justice.’
Jeffrey Deskovic, himself an exoneree and head of the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation, told the Vanguard, ‘Anand Jon’s case is fraught with prosecutorial misconduct and bad lawyering. It is no wonder he was wrongfully convicted.’
In a letter, Mr. Deskovic, who will be the Vanguard’s keynote speaker in a few weeks, added, ‘I have never seen a wrongful conviction case as broad and complex as this one. It’s absolutely stunning!’
Similarly, having reviewed the evidence of factual innocence that was withheld by the police for over a decade, Exoneree Obie Anthony, founder of Exoneratednation.org, and former California Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, the author of Assembly Bill 1909, described the injustice against Anand Jon Alexander as ‘one of the worst cases of police misconduct…utterly shocking…poster boy victim of 1909 violations.’
Corey Parker, Counsel for American Justice Alliance, argues in his amicus curiae brief, ‘Unless this Court rectifies this wrongful conviction, minority groups and individuals in the State of California will live in fear of being subject to such similar state-sponsored discrimination and underhanded, unconstitutional tactics by the very law enforcement tasked with protecting them.’
Appellate Attorney Julia Anna Trant adds, ‘I am convinced that Mr. Alexander’s conviction is one of the worst miscarriages of justice I have ever encountered in my work as a legal professional. While working on Mr. Alexander’s case, I could not stop being astounded by the amount of violations of Mr. Alexander’s constitutional rights, the rules of criminal procedure, and the rules of evidence.’
While there are a number of complaints, including juror misconduct, Brady violations and police misconduct, a lesser-known but serious problem with his trial was the subtle but overt and egregious appeal to racial and religious prejudice.
In pretrial motions, the defense was able to get the judge to keep race and religion out of the case. However, they kept coming back in.
For instance, in a debate over whether a book would be admitted into evidence, the defense argued that ‘the court already said we’re keeping religion out of this case.’
During voir dire, Deputy DA Young noted, ‘I thought earlier when the court ruled we wouldn’t delve into religion, it wouldn’t touch on that area, so I didn’t object to it originally, but I thought it got into the moral, religious, spiritual areas we were trying to stay from.’
The judge noted, ‘I’m not going to permit it,’ and later clarified, ‘No, it’s out, I’m not going to allow it.’
However, despite the court’s admonishment, Ms. Young on behalf of the state was able to get racial issues before the jury during her closing arguments.
Mr. Parker writes, ‘Mr. Alexander’s conviction has been tainted by myriad due process violations and inescapable prejudice. The role that race, religion, and national origin played in his conviction has shaken the belief of Amici that South Asians, Middle Easterners, and other minorities can receive equal protection under the laws of this state.’
We can see these appeals in the transcript of Deputy DA Frances Young’s rebuttal closing arguments. The alleged victims are 19 girls – who are white.
Ms. Young sets the scene, noting that all of the girls described the same scene – an assault on a ‘cruddy air mattress… with dirty sheets, dirty towels, smelly t-shirts.’
She argued, ‘You know that Ferrari T-shirt that the clerk has. I don’t know if you want to do that, take a whiff of it. It’s not pleasant. It corroborates exactly what they said. He smelled. His apartment was disgusting.’
Later she added, ‘They all told you he smelled.’
As Mr. Parker points out, this is not an accident. He writes, ‘Mr. Alexander was a filthy outsider to the community, a ‘dirty’ and ‘smelly’ ‘Hindu from India,’ who read foreign Hebrew symbols ‘from right to left’…’
Mr. Alexander, from India, also has a Christian background.
Mr. Parker argued, ‘The gratuitous remarks made in Mr. Alexander’s case served no purpose other than to ‘inflame and prejudice the minds of the jurors against the defendant because he happened to be a [South Asian immigrant].’’
But perhaps more egregious, Ms. Young played on racial stereotypes as well.
She noted in her rebuttal, ‘Being a minority, I noticed that they were all white.’
She was able to work in the reference subtly, despite official judicial admonishment not to bring race into the equation.
Here the DA uses that longtime racial dog whistle, the fear of the white jurors that innocent, young, white girls or women will become the victims of a predatory person of color.
Mr. Parker argues, ‘Insinuating that a minority defendant preys upon white women is a highly inflammatory tactic that has been consistently treated as prosecutorial misconduct warranting relief.’
He notes that Florida’s high court reversed a death sentence because the prosecutor’s inquiry into the race of past victims was a ‘deliberate attempt to insinuate that appellant had a habit of preying on white women.’
Previously, courts found this to be a prejudicial error in a case where the prosecution argued that the black defendant told the white victim ‘something about white people having been taking advantage of the colored people and, of course, he wanted to get even with the white people.’
Argues Mr. Parker, ‘Statistics have shown decisively that a victim’s race can powerfully sway a jury, even to the extent that the race of a victim can play a dispositive role in whether a defendant lives or dies.’
Mr. Parker adds, ‘After portraying Mr. Alexander as a mystical and smelly foreigner, the prosecution maximized the prejudicial impact by presenting a contrast with the whiteness of the alleged victims. Beyond merely insinuating that Mr. Alexander had a preference for white women, the prosecution directly told the jury that he preyed specifically and exclusively on white women. This tactic presents a clear case of misconduct, and its prejudicial impact cannot reasonably be questioned.’
In a recent Supreme Court case, the court ruled, in reviewing the history of the state of Mississippi’s peremptory strikes in the Flowers case, that evidence ‘strongly supports the conclusion that the State’s use of peremptory strikes in Flowers’ sixth trial was motivated in substantial part by discriminatory intent.’
Indeed, the state attempted to strike all 36 black prospective jurors over the court of the first four trials – Curtis Flowers has been tried six separate times for his alleged role in the murder of four employees of a Mississippi furniture store.
Mr. Flowers is black; three of the four victims were white. The US Supreme Court ultimately found that the trial court ‘committed clear error in concluding that the State’s peremptory strike of black prospective juror Carolyn Wright was not motivated in substantial part by discriminatory intent.’
In this case, the prosecutor has improperly injected race into a trial, as Mr. Parker argues. This would tend to ‘undermine [the courts’] strong commitment to rooting out bias, no matter how subtle, indirect or veiled.’
As Patty Lopez, a former California Assemblymember noted in her letter to US Judge Dean Pregerson in January, in support of the writ of habeas corpus, the trial judge on the record stated he was ‘troubled’ with this case and ‘not happy with the way the [prosecutors] handled this case.’’
Obie Anthony, another exoneree, told the Vanguard, ‘In any case prosecutorial misconduct is egregious and in my opinion bad acting prosecutor should be held accountable, and where there are echoes of misconduct, one should want to take a look, such is the Anand Alexander case.’
There are a lot of problems with the case of Anand Jon Alexander, but appeals to racial and religious prejudice were clear and overt during his trial and need to be rectified during the post-conviction process.
—David M. Greenwald reporting

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In 2008, Anand Jon Alexander, a rising star in the fashion design world, was convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault and received a life sentence in prison.  He is widely believed to have been wrongfully convicted of these crimes.

As his petition for commutation filed by his attorneys notes, “Mr. Alexander’s tainted trial and unreliable verdict and subsequently disproportionate prison sentence has resulted in a travesty of justice.”

In 2008, Anand Jon Alexander, a rising star in the fashion design world, was convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault and received a life sentence in prison. He is widely believed to have been wrongfully convicted of these crimes.
As his petition for commutation filed by his attorneys notes, ‘Mr. Alexander’s tainted trial and unreliable verdict and subsequently disproportionate prison sentence has resulted in a travesty of justice.’
Jeffrey Deskovic, himself an exoneree and head of the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation, told the Vanguard, ‘Anand Jon’s case is fraught with prosecutorial misconduct and bad lawyering. It is no wonder he was wrongfully convicted.’
In a letter, Mr. Deskovic, who will be the Vanguard’s keynote speaker in a few weeks, added, ‘I have never seen a wrongful conviction case as broad and complex as this one. It’s absolutely stunning!’
Similarly, having reviewed the evidence of factual innocence that was withheld by the police for over a decade, Exoneree Obie Anthony, founder of Exoneratednation.org, and former California Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, the author of Assembly Bill 1909, described the injustice against Anand Jon Alexander as ‘one of the worst cases of police misconduct…utterly shocking…poster boy victim of 1909 violations.’
Corey Parker, Counsel for American Justice Alliance, argues in his amicus curiae brief, ‘Unless this Court rectifies this wrongful conviction, minority groups and individuals in the State of California will live in fear of being subject to such similar state-sponsored discrimination and underhanded, unconstitutional tactics by the very law enforcement tasked with protecting them.’
Appellate Attorney Julia Anna Trant adds, ‘I am convinced that Mr. Alexander’s conviction is one of the worst miscarriages of justice I have ever encountered in my work as a legal professional. While working on Mr. Alexander’s case, I could not stop being astounded by the amount of violations of Mr. Alexander’s constitutional rights, the rules of criminal procedure, and the rules of evidence.’
While there are a number of complaints, including juror misconduct, Brady violations and police misconduct, a lesser-known but serious problem with his trial was the subtle but overt and egregious appeal to racial and religious prejudice.
In pretrial motions, the defense was able to get the judge to keep race and religion out of the case. However, they kept coming back in.
For instance, in a debate over whether a book would be admitted into evidence, the defense argued that ‘the court already said we’re keeping religion out of this case.’
During voir dire, Deputy DA Young noted, ‘I thought earlier when the court ruled we wouldn’t delve into religion, it wouldn’t touch on that area, so I didn’t object to it originally, but I thought it got into the moral, religious, spiritual areas we were trying to stay from.’
The judge noted, ‘I’m not going to permit it,’ and later clarified, ‘No, it’s out, I’m not going to allow it.’
However, despite the court’s admonishment, Ms. Young on behalf of the state was able to get racial issues before the jury during her closing arguments.
Mr. Parker writes, ‘Mr. Alexander’s conviction has been tainted by myriad due process violations and inescapable prejudice. The role that race, religion, and national origin played in his conviction has shaken the belief of Amici that South Asians, Middle Easterners, and other minorities can receive equal protection under the laws of this state.’
We can see these appeals in the transcript of Deputy DA Frances Young’s rebuttal closing arguments. The alleged victims are 19 girls – who are white.
Ms. Young sets the scene, noting that all of the girls described the same scene – an assault on a ‘cruddy air mattress… with dirty sheets, dirty towels, smelly t-shirts.’
She argued, ‘You know that Ferrari T-shirt that the clerk has. I don’t know if you want to do that, take a whiff of it. It’s not pleasant. It corroborates exactly what they said. He smelled. His apartment was disgusting.’
Later she added, ‘They all told you he smelled.’
As Mr. Parker points out, this is not an accident. He writes, ‘Mr. Alexander was a filthy outsider to the community, a ‘dirty’ and ‘smelly’ ‘Hindu from India,’ who read foreign Hebrew symbols ‘from right to left’…’
Mr. Alexander, from India, also has a Christian background.
Mr. Parker argued, ‘The gratuitous remarks made in Mr. Alexander’s case served no purpose other than to ‘inflame and prejudice the minds of the jurors against the defendant because he happened to be a [South Asian immigrant].’’
But perhaps more egregious, Ms. Young played on racial stereotypes as well.
She noted in her rebuttal, ‘Being a minority, I noticed that they were all white.’
She was able to work in the reference subtly, despite official judicial admonishment not to bring race into the equation.
Here the DA uses that longtime racial dog whistle, the fear of the white jurors that innocent, young, white girls or women will become the victims of a predatory person of color.
Mr. Parker argues, ‘Insinuating that a minority defendant preys upon white women is a highly inflammatory tactic that has been consistently treated as prosecutorial misconduct warranting relief.’
He notes that Florida’s high court reversed a death sentence because the prosecutor’s inquiry into the race of past victims was a ‘deliberate attempt to insinuate that appellant had a habit of preying on white women.’
Previously, courts found this to be a prejudicial error in a case where the prosecution argued that the black defendant told the white victim ‘something about white people having been taking advantage of the colored people and, of course, he wanted to get even with the white people.’
Argues Mr. Parker, ‘Statistics have shown decisively that a victim’s race can powerfully sway a jury, even to the extent that the race of a victim can play a dispositive role in whether a defendant lives or dies.’
Mr. Parker adds, ‘After portraying Mr. Alexander as a mystical and smelly foreigner, the prosecution maximized the prejudicial impact by presenting a contrast with the whiteness of the alleged victims. Beyond merely insinuating that Mr. Alexander had a preference for white women, the prosecution directly told the jury that he preyed specifically and exclusively on white women. This tactic presents a clear case of misconduct, and its prejudicial impact cannot reasonably be questioned.’
In a recent Supreme Court case, the court ruled, in reviewing the history of the state of Mississippi’s peremptory strikes in the Flowers case, that evidence ‘strongly supports the conclusion that the State’s use of peremptory strikes in Flowers’ sixth trial was motivated in substantial part by discriminatory intent.’
Indeed, the state attempted to strike all 36 black prospective jurors over the court of the first four trials – Curtis Flowers has been tried six separate times for his alleged role in the murder of four employees of a Mississippi furniture store.
Mr. Flowers is black; three of the four victims were white. The US Supreme Court ultimately found that the trial court ‘committed clear error in concluding that the State’s peremptory strike of black prospective juror Carolyn Wright was not motivated in substantial part by discriminatory intent.’
In this case, the prosecutor has improperly injected race into a trial, as Mr. Parker argues. This would tend to ‘undermine [the courts’] strong commitment to rooting out bias, no matter how subtle, indirect or veiled.’
As Patty Lopez, a former California Assemblymember noted in her letter to US Judge Dean Pregerson in January, in support of the writ of habeas corpus, the trial judge on the record stated he was ‘troubled’ with this case and ‘not happy with the way the [prosecutors] handled this case.’’
Obie Anthony, another exoneree, told the Vanguard, ‘In any case prosecutorial misconduct is egregious and in my opinion bad acting prosecutor should be held accountable, and where there are echoes of misconduct, one should want to take a look, such is the Anand Alexander case.’
There are a lot of problems with the case of Anand Jon Alexander, but appeals to racial and religious prejudice were clear and overt during his trial and need to be rectified during the post-conviction process.
—David M. Greenwald reporting

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April 2019 Anand Jon painting Mahatma Gandhi portrait Projectpaint.org covered by photographer Peter Merts
Photograph by Peter Merts

California Welcomes“REFORM-A-NATION” Campaign to Reverse Wrongful Convictions and UCLA Law School’s Call to End Mass Incarceration. LOS ANGELES, CA, April 23, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — The California State Capitol building in Sacramento was the epicenter for the “REFORM-A-NATION” panel where preliminary meetings with the legislative teams from Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Nancy Skinner, Senator Holly Mitchell, Assemblyman Ash Kalra, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, and Assistant Majority Whip Assemblyman Rob Banta discussed the epidemic of wrongful convictions and its potential solutions.Read more..

Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi by Anand Jon
This class is conducted by Project PAINT; students are working on individual projects, as well as a communal class project.

Dallas prosecutors move to dismiss all charges against Anand Jon

Anand Jon

Dallas prosecutors move to dismiss all charges against Anand JonAfter indicting (June 2007) Anand Jon on three felony counts and dragging those charges for more than a decade, the Dallas District Attorney’s Office has now dismissed ALL   charges in response to Anand Jon’s demand for immediate trial at the Dallas Court Room of the Honorable Judge Brandon Birmingham. Anand Jon has suffered 11 years of a draconian 59 years to life prison sentence and continues to hold steadfast to his innocence. There was neither physical evidence (not a single “scratch” on anyone), nor were there any percipient witnesses to corroborate any criminal conduct. Additionally, Anand Jon passed a lie detector test to further prove his innocence. In April 2007, despite finding that Anand Jon had no history of violence, he was not a flight risk, and he was not a threat to anyone, Judge Elden Fox of the Beverly Hills’ court set Anand Jon’s bail at $1.3 million dollars, which was promptly paid. However, Beverly Hills Police Department (“BHPD”) re-arrested Anand Jon during a court hearing (Jun. 12, 2007) by convincing the Dallas Police to file these Dallas charges (the same claims that had already been investigated and rejected earlier in Dec. 2006) which in turn revoked Anand Jon’s California bail and crippled his defense. Beverly Hills Police Department Det. George Elwell testified, and the L.A. prosecution assured the L.A. trial court, that they had “met their burden” and turned over everything and had run background searches on all prosecution witnesses wherein they found no criminal records or impeachment evidence whatsoever. However, at least five criminal convictions, multiple acts of moral turpitude, and impeachment involving the prosecution witnesses has since been confirmed to have existed during that time but was withheld from Anand Jon’s defense team and the trial jury. The Brady errors and subsequent prejudice is self-evident because the jury found Anand Jon “not guilty” and/or “hung” on those complainants for whom similar criminal records or impeachment were revealed to the jury. Despite providing substantial amounts of newly discovered and previously withheld evidence by the BHPD that pointed not just to Anand Jon’s factual innocence, but showed he was the victim of a conspiracy among scorned women and disgruntled business associates, the Dallas District Attorney moved to dismiss all charges against Anand Jon for “neutral” reasons without further justification. Dallas defense counsel Rajish Jose of the Beltz Law Firm noted that the Dallas prosecutor’s purported reasons to drop all three accusers and all charges are due to Mr. Alexander’s convictions in California and the “cost of transport” from California. Such excuses are absurd and if anything, an attempt to cover up the litany of transgressions by law enforcement that caused the conviction of an innocent man in the overlapping California case.Read more

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Contact: Info@AmericanJusticeAlliance.org Free Anand Jon Alexander @Change.org

 
By a Correspondent Nov 7, 2018

International Innovators Panel Takes on Case of Anand
Jon, Others

Speakers and guests, including many from the Indian American 
community, attend the International Innovators Forum Fight for
Social Justice and Human Rights on Nov. 4, 2018 in Malibu,
California.(Charley Galley/Getty Images for InternInnovators
of Justice/American Justice Alliance) Read more..

Worldwide Innovators Panel Takes on Case of Anand Jon, Others – Mehndi Simple News Bollywood Stars

Mehndisimple.com Worldwide Innovators Panel Takes on Case of Anand Jon, Others The Worldwide Innovators of Justice Discussion board and Documentary Collection was held Nov. four in Malibu, Calif., with a plethora of leaders headlining the occasion.

Just this Past Weekend, the Who’s Who of Social & Justice Activism, Entertainment, Fashion and Politics Converged in Malibu, CA for the International Innovators of Justice forum & Documentary Series 

ANGELES, CA, November 09, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — Just this past weekend, the who’s who of social & justice activism, entertainment, fashion and politics converged in Malibu, CA for the International Innovators of Justice Forum & documentary series to take on solving the epidemic of false allegations, police misconduct, and wrongful convictions like Jeffrey Deskovic, Bill Bastuk, and Anand Jon Alexander.

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