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Kangaroo court convicts Occupy protester

DA Cyrus Vance Jr., Prosecutor for the Rich

Vance was aided in his persecution of McMillan by a judge, Ronald Zwiebel, who brazenly sided with the prosecution from the get go, refusing to allow the defense to present evidence of the officer’s prior brutal behavior, refusing even to allow jurors to get a clear view of a video showing how McMillan was assaulted and how her elbow was directed at someone she couldn't have even know was a police officer, as he was behind her.

As Knefel wrote:
 

“In the trial, physical evidence was considered suspect but the testimony of the police was cast as infallible. Despite photographs of her bruised body, including her right breast, the prosecution cast doubt upon McMillan's allegations of being injured by the police -– all while Officer Bovell repeatedly identified the wrong eye when testifying as to how McMillan injured him. And not only was Officer Bovell's documented history of violent behavior deemed irrelevant by the judge, but so were the allegations of his violent behavior later that very same night.

"To the jury, the hundreds of police batons, helmets, fists, and flex cuffs out on March 17 were invisible – rendering McMillan's elbow the most powerful weapon on display in Zuccotti that night, at least insofar as the jury was concerned.”
 

McMillan, who has displayed extraordinary courage as she faces a potential seven-year sentence she doesn't deserve, will hopefully have her absurd conviction overturned on appeal, but in today’s massively corrupted legal system, in which judges increasingly side with the state, there’s no assurance of that happening. Meanwhile, she is locked up for defending herself against a police assault which, from the looks of the video and her bruise should have had him fired from the force.

The McMillan prosecution, and the Abacus Bank prosecution as well, are black marks that will forever mark DA Vance as a quentessential defender of wealth and privilege instead of justice. But the two cases are also emblematic of a wider crisis -- the utter corruption of the US legal system -- as the nation continues its slide towards a totalitarian future.
 

McMillan's attorney Marty Stolar tells TCBH! he is already lining up a team of appellate specialists to handle McMillan's appeal, and has asked an appellate court judge to authorize bail to get McMillan released from Riker's Island detention at least until her sentencing hearing. Contributions to support her defense can be sent to: Justice for Cecily

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