George Boston Rhynes is reporting the retrial of Lula Smart
of the Quitman 10+2
in Brooks County, Georgia, and its serious issues of voting rights,
justice, and education;
his first three videos are linked in below.
First an amusing observation from yesterday, posted here with permission.
I am lounging outside the Brooks County Courthouse and this is just
what I was thinking. We have been here since 8 AM and jury selection
is ongoing. To actually eyeball perceived enemies is an humbling
experience. How pitiful you have to be to live your life consumed
with hatred, venom, bigotry, and a multitude of demonic spirits!
Anyway, the greatest take away from day one of the Lula Smart
retrial aka the Quitman 10 + 2 is the prosecuting attorney’s
question to potential jurors: “have you read or talked to or
followed a blog called “On the Lake Front?” Hilarious for those of
us who knows what that means!! This kind of evil does kill, but I
refuse to allow it to rob me of my joy! Blessed nite. Nite!
-Fannie MJ Gibbs
I’ve always said we had a reader.
I just didn’t know it was the Quitman 10+2 prosecution.
George says witnesses today talked about voter intimidation
and some said they would not vote again because of this
investigation on the Quitman 10+2.
He says the GBI agent was asked how they were trained before
they were sent to Brooks County, and they had little training
in voting investigations, plus they took ballots home from
the Board of Elections, including some with no addresses
for any of the persons they were investigating.
George also reported WCTV had a camera in the courtroom,
after you may recall Continue reading →
Trials for the Quitman 10+2 have finally started.
George Boston Rhynes is covering them every day on YouTube.
The only other reporter George has seen there was
one from the Valdosta Daily Times.
George is waving a copy of the VDT
here as he discusses what the case is about:
the Quitman 10 registered enough voters that several black people
got elected to the school board in Brooks County for the first time ever.
Front Row: Linda Troutman, Lula Smart, April Proctor, Diane Thomas
Back Row: Latashia Head, Sandra Cody, Robert Dennard, Angela Bryant Nancy Dennard, and Kechia Harrison
It’s not so much what you know as what you can prove,
says a concerned father, and the mother wants better representation
for others whose children like her daughter have gotten caught
in a felony with little if any evidence at school.
Mrs. Watkins said after her daughter was
tackled at school be a deputy,
she found “there are a lot of children in the judicial system
that may not have good representation.”
She and Mr. Watkins and George Boston Rhynes
are starting an organization to at least show concern.
George said in one visit to juvenile court
he encountered two families with problems with
probation and law enforcement knocking down doors and searching without
Mr. Watkins wants to help people know their rights.
Things we older folk may have done as children now there
are laws against, and the children and their families
need to know things like the difference between a felony
and a misdemeanor, and the importance of writing things down.
“Details is all that matters.”
Later he noted that Continue reading →
Mrs. Watkins said a sheriff’s deputy used excessive force against her
daughter and despite no evidence her daughter was charged with a felony.
George Boston Rhynes asked:
If your child would have been been caught with what her child have experienced,
wouldn’t you want
somebody in Valdosta and Lowndes County
and the state of Georgia
and the state and the nation
to know what had happened to your child?
According to Mrs. Watkins,
between 11AM and noon on 14 May 2013 she
Watkins was called by the principal of Pine Grove Middle School
saying her daughter had assaulted her.
When Mrs. Watkins got there Deputy Robert Adkins
told her he was going to charge her daughter with several charges,
even though he had no statement from anyone.
When she got home, she found a facebook video of two children
attacking her daughter, who wasn’t attacking anyone, and the teacher
was never struck, which the deputy also confirmed he had not heard happened.
Yet Mrs. Watkins said none of the other children were charged
and her daughter was charged with a felony.
See for yourself what she said, in a lot more detail:
George Rhynes asks if Wal-Mart can fire employees who disarmed
an armed robber for not following procedures,
why can’t the manager he says didn’t follow procedures when
the manager fired him be fired in return?
I wonder why Wal-Mart procedures and profit are more important
than employee safety, well-being, or the drain on public resources
to cover what Wal-Mart does not?
received the Westside Archives Achievement Award for more than two decades
of service as a city councilman to the citizens of Valdosta. Westside
Archives and the Kill-Me-Quick Community sponsored this award.
At the same time, three other people got Westside Archives awards, including
Lowndes County Commissioner Joyce Evans was granted the Citizenship
Award for her services to the county and its citizens.
The death of Kendrick Johnson at Lowndes High School in January
is still considered suspicious by many, and protests continue,
with increasing news coverage.
I hear there’s going to be a vigil at the Lowndes County palace