Article by Stephen Maddox Sr.

Kalief Browder

Kalief Browder

Young Kalief Browder was murdered by New York City’s corrupt Justice System. Yes, I know he hanged himself at his parent’s home, but the damage done by his imprisonment at one of the Rikers Island Prisons was the cause.

Police and Prosecutors get ahead in their professional lives by piling up big body counts of bad people they nailed, and that supposedly shows how good they are. The more, the better.

Arrested and accused of stealing a backpack when he was 16 years old, Kalief Browder insisted on his innocence. Instead of bringing him to trial, Prosecutors chose to leave him incarcerated because he would not take a plea bargain.

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To me, that equals being convicted for a crime because you are forced to do the time. And, of course, this practice primarily affects poor Whites and Minorities who can’t hire good lawyers.

Prosecutors often say they offer Plea Bargains as a way to cut down the case load in the overcrowded courts. That’s a bogus argument.

Why have a Bill Of Rights if you can choose to ignore it? The People orchestrating the Plea Bargaining system are all Law School Graduates who have been corrupted into cooperating with a practice which ignores the need for Real Justice. These Lawyers and Judges are willing to push arrested people to confess in order to ease their own work loads.

If cities and states do not have sufficient Court personnel and space then they must provide it or stop arresting people and shoving them into an unworkable rats nest.

The professional legal people who rob Citizens of their freedom and their right to a speedy trial should be arrested and prosecuted for their crimes.


I am a former teacher, marketing representative, labor negotiator and small business owner. As a black man born and raised in New York City I learned how to survive in the "neighborhood" and in business. Hearing about and witnessing the trials, tribulations, hopes and fears of my extended family and the people in their lives helped mold my life. Helping others with their own life journeys is my goal.

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