Vern Braswell verzuz Noura Jackson & Michael Rimmer- Hiding Evidence of Innocence
“It don’t matter if you’re Black or White”
-Michael Jackson, 1991
“Try telling that to the statistics on sentencing”
-Vern Braswell, 2020
In the Noura Jackson case, a White defendant was charged with premeditated first degree murder after prosecutors said she stabbed her mother to death. Jackson had the same prosecutor as Braswell, Amy Weirich, and Ms. Jackson’s case occurred about the same time as Braswell’s.
Braswell on the other hand choked his wife during asphyxiated, consensual sex. She was alive, although not felling well, when it was over and eventually died that night while in their Jacuzzi tub.
Jackson was charged with first degree murder and found guilty of second degree murder.
Braswell was charged with first degree murder and found guilty of second degree murder. Braswell received more time than Jackson (#WhitePrivilege)
In the Jackson case her trial attorney repeatedly requested helpful statements from witnesses that were in the prosecutor’s possession.
In the Braswell case his trial attorney also requested helpful statements from witnesses that were in the prosecutor’s possession.
In the Jackson case, after the trial it was discovered that there was an extremely helpful piece of evidence
in an envelope that Weirich did not give to Jackson’s trial lawyer before the trial.
In the Braswell case, after the trial it was discovered that there was an inch and a half thick stack of evidence in the form of documents in an envelope that Weirich did not give to Braswell’s trial lawyer before the trial.
In the Jackson case, the evidence from the envelope was a new statement from the witness who had originally placed guilt on Jackson. This new statement erased that guilt from Jackson.
In the Braswell case, the evidence from the envelope was never revealed to any of Braswell’s lawyers. It later vanished from the Braswell case file. All of the prosecutors said they never saw what was in it and they don’t know what happened to it. Apparently the envelope removed itself from the case files.
In the Jackson case, the Courts said the additional one witness statement that Wierich withheld “put the whole case in a different light”.
The White defendant was granted relief
In the Braswell case the Courts refused to acknowledge that the 10 new evidence witnesses
that testified at the Braswell appeal, put his case in a new light after many of the witnesses totally backed up Braswell’s trial testimony. The Black defendant was denied relief.
In the Jackson case, the Courts said the one new witness statement could help the jury determine if Jackson was telling the truth.
In the Braswell case, the Courts refused to say that the 10 or so new witnesses that testified at the Braswell appeal that totally backed up Braswell’s trial testimony could help the jury determine if Braswell was telling the truth.
In the Jackson case the prosecutor turned over evidence that they held back and the White defendant got relief.
In the Braswell case the prosecutor did not turnover evidence that they held back so that the Black defendant would not get relief.
In the Jackson case it was evident that in the eyes of the Tennessee courts, White defendants matter.
In the Braswell case it was evident that in the eyes of the Tennessee Courts, Black defendants do not matter.
Vern Braswell verzuz Michael Rimmer: BONUS ROUND (If we were on Wild N’ Out, this would be the Wild Style)
In the Michael Rimmer case, a White defendant was charged with first degree murder, fnst degree felony murder, and aggravated robbery. The Shelby County DA’s office, the same office that charged Braswell, did not provide Rimmer’s lawyers with a witness statement which “identified a man other than the (Rimmer) as the person he saw at the scene of the crime”. Although the Court acknowledged that the evidence against Rimmer was strong, the post conviction court granted him relief and a new trial.
In the Braswell case, even though there were about ten new evidence witnesses and about seven or so errors, the Courts said because “of the strong evidence supporting [Braswell’s] conviction” they were not granting relief.
Vern Braswell verzuz Jackson & Rimmer: THE LAWYER BOARD
In the Jackson & Rimmer cases, when it was discovered that the Shelby County prosecutors withheld helpful evidence in the cases of these two White defendants, the evidence was given to the defendants’ lawyers.
In the Braswell case, when it was discovered that the Shelby County prosecutors withheld an entire inch and a half thick envelop of evidence in the case of a Black defendant, the evidence was not given to the defendant’s lawyer. Prosecutors would not acknowledge other obviously helpful evidence they withheld from Braswell.
In the Jackson & Rimmer cases, when the Shelby County prosecutors withheld evidence that they should have given to the lawyers the prosecutors were punished by the lawyer board.
In the Braswell case, when the Shelby County prosecutors withheld evidence that they should have given to the lawyers, the prosecutors were not punished by the lawyer board. The mysterious disappearance of the evidence basically insured that they would not be punished.
In the Jackson & Rimmer cases, it was clear that in the eyes of the courts, White defendants matter. They both got relief and new trials.
In the Braswell case, it was clear that in the eyes of the courts Black Defendants do not matter. No relief. No new trial.
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