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  • Writer's pictureDonald V. Watkins

Inmate 36223-001: The Story of a Political Prisoner

Updated: Apr 20

By: Donald V. Watkins

© Copyrighted and Published on December 6, 2019

Many readers have asked why I have not written articles about my imprisonment in the federal prison system. Actually, I am writing two books based upon my personal experiences inside the federal criminal justice system.

As an attorney with an extensive litigation and journalistic background, I have seen, first-hand, how politically corrupt and racist this system really is. President Donald Trump described the system as "corrupt" and "rigged" during his endless tweets about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's two-year investigation into Russian meddling with the 2016 Presidential elections. However, Trump only scratched the surface on the corruption aspect and never touched on the racial component. Once Trump was out of harm’s way, he stopped bashing the system altogether.

In my first book, titled "Inmate 36223-001: The Story of a Political Prisoner," I expose the infestation of the federal criminal justice system by prosecutors and judges who are nothing more than political hacks on an ideological mission to roll back or minimize individual rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, particularly for people of color. Among the many topics discussed in the book are these:

1. The impermissible targeting of political dissidents by federal prosecutors;

2. The eagerness of prosecutors to manipulate and completely control the grand jury system;

3. The ability of prosecutors to impermissibly "twist" evidence and get away with it;

4. The cozy, incestuous relationship between prosecutors and trial judges;

5. The ex parte (or one-sided) private meetings between trial judges and prosecutors in particular cases, even after the defendants in these cases are represented by legal counsel;

6. The undisclosed, unreported, and totally inappropriate interference with the criminal justice system by powerful U.S. senators who sponsored prosecutors and judges for their presidential appointments;

7. The strategic collaboration between prosecutors and sympathetic local media reporters;

8. The manipulation of the trial jury by trial judges;

9. The complete lack of impartial trial referees during the grand jury process and trial phase of the proceedings;

10. How seemingly polite, mannerable, highly-educated whites with extremist racial views have contaminated the federal criminal justice system by using their judicial and prosecutorial positions to impose a white supremacy agenda under the color of federal law.

None of these actions are new. All of them occurred during the height of the FBI's COINTELPRO program, which used the same despicable techniques and approach from 1956 to 1971 to destroy political dissidents and civil rights leaders in America. Now, COINTELPRO is back under the label of "judicial conservatism," and it is in full swing. In

recent years, it has been practiced by both Democratic and Republican appointees to U.S. Attorneys positions and judgeships, particularly in the South.

Manifest Injustice

My second book, titled "Manifest Injustice," profiles the cases of five inmates at the Talladega Prison Camp who are truly innocent of the charges against them. Collectively and individually, these five cases spotlight the gratuitous acts of judicial fluffery that too many federal magistrates and trial judges (male and female) perform on federal prosecutors during the criminal proceedings. They also document the way prosecutors are allowed to perpetuate "fraud upon the court" in the name of law enforcement.

Not one of the federal magistrates and trial judges in these five cases gave a damn about the U.S. Constitution's protections of individual rights or its guarantee of a fair trial during the judicial proceedings. Not one of them deserves to be respected.

In one case, the "fraud upon the court" and prosecutorial misconduct were so gross and offensive that they literally made me sick. Rather than getting to the bottom of this fraud, the trial judge actually tried to assist prosecutors in covering it up.

This particular defendant, who is black, has been wrongfully imprisoned for five years, with another five years left on his sentence. The prosecutorial fraud in his case was perpetrated in front of five different judges, none of whom cared about it.

My books will be published after I am released from federal custody. They will tell the cold, hard, ugly truth about the federal criminal justice system.

Stay tuned.

PHOTO: Lady Justice...blindfolded


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