Mother of four kills daughters ….

Banita Jacks a mother of four is being held in the connection of their deaths in their Washington, D.C., home.

According to Medical Examiner Marie-Lydie Pierre-Louis, the bodies were in the home for as many as 15 days based on the insects that were also found there.

Washington, D.C. Mayor,  Adrian Fenty remarked, “I don’t think anyone in the city can remember a case involving this many young people who have died in such a tragic way.”

Former Mayor and present councilman Marion Barry who represents the poverty riddled neighborhood where Jacks and her four daughters resided stated, “Some systems have failed somewhere.”

U.S. Attorney Jeff Taylor said Jacks faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison on each count if convicted. A maximum penalty of life in prison without parole is also a possibility.


A matter of rights? …

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on whether or not to follow a World Court ruling to strike down the sentencing of a Texas court in the death penalty judgment against Jose Medellin and 50 other Mexican National prisoners being held in U.S. penal institutions on similar charges giving them new trials.

The Mexican government sued the United States in the World Court siting that Jose Medellin and others were not allowed a phone call to Mexican officials after his arrest on the murder charges thus violating their rights to proper counsel.

Jose Medellin an illegal immigrant was 18 when he confessed and was found guilty of capitol murder. He was then sentenced to death for his participation in the gang rape and murder of two teenage girls that took place in Houston, Texas on June 24, 1993.

Elizabeth Pena 16 and Jennifer Ertman 14 were brutally raped and murdered as part of a gang initiation. Six other gang members including Medellin’s younger brother Venancio Medellin were eventually found guilty and sentenced as part of this horrific crime.

Venancio Medellin 14 at the time escaped the death sentence due to his age but is serving a 40 year sentence for his part in the crime. The other participants that were 17 years of age all had their death sentences stayed due to their age.

One of those found guilty that didn’t was Sean Derrick O’Brien an African American who was 18 when the crime took place. He was sentenced to death and the judgment was carried out on July 11, 2006.

During an interview on “The Factor” with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, former Mexican President Vincente Fox laughed out loud at the idea of immigration control or building a fence.

He told O’Reilly that, “the U.S. needed to go back to the way it once was …” What he was referring to was not clear to this writer.

The African American community has long been a leader when it comes to fighting for civil rights. It is appalling to me however that this year alone there has been at least four deaths that can be traced to illegal Mexican immigrants perpetrated against African Americans. The three college students in New Jersey and a Florida law enforcement officer. Who calls for justice and rights for their families?

What should be made clear to those who come here illegally is that you have already broken the law and if you break any others you suffer the consequences. There should be no special treatment for illegals who break our laws now or ever.

Phylicia Moore’s Death:Months go by and still no answers …

In case you haven’t heard … Phylicia Moore was an 18 year old high school honor student that went to Ghana, Africa with members of her class to do some humanitarian work and was found dead in the hotel pool April 15, 2007.

As I listened to Phylicia’s mother today (almost 6 months after this tragedy) it was disturbing to me how the mainstream media had swept this story under the rug.

The FBI is involved in the investigation and that is good but all media outlets that play to a readership of color need to keep this story in the eyes of our website visitors.

Her parents and family need justice and closure.

Thomas & Knicks lose to “full court press”…

Isiah Thomas and Madison Square Garden (the parent company for the New York Knicks basketball team) lost the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by plaintive Anucha Browne Sanders.

Brown Sanders claimed she was fired from her $250,000 a year job when she complained of verbal abuse and sexual harassment from Thomas and the Knick organization.

The 11 million dollar verdict was arrived at after two days of deliberation.

Browne Sanders is a married mother of three and a former college basketball star at Northwestern University. She testified that Thomas initially called her a “B” and a “ho,” then made unwanted advances toward her and encouraged her to visit him “off the work site.”

Thomas denied all her allegations. His attorneys portrayed Browne Sanders as incompetent which is what led to her firing.

Thomas in his testimony did however acknowledge trying to kiss Mrs. Browne Sanders in December 2005. She claimed he asked her at that time, “No love today?”

MSG and Thomas will appeal the verdict.

W. Virginia authorities to seek convictions on state charges …

Authorities have decided not to pursue hate crime charges in the kidnapping and weeklong torture of a black woman. They will instead go after the suspects, who are white, on state charges that carry stiffer penalties.

While federal civil rights or state hate crime charges remain an option, a state kidnapping count that carries a sentence of up to life in prison will provide the best chance for successful prosecution, officials have said.

Six people face charges, including kidnapping, sexual assault and lying to police in the torture of Megan Williams, 20, at a remote hillside home in Big Creek.

The woman’s captors forced her to eat rat droppings, choked her with a cable cord and stabbed her in the leg while using a racial slur, according to criminal complaints. They also poured hot water over her, made her drink from a toilet, and beat and sexually assaulted her during a span of about a week, the documents say.

Ms. Williams was not a random target according to prosecutor Brian Abraham. She had a “social relationship” with one of the suspects, he said.