The racism of Donald Sterling should not be a shock to the conscience. Bishop Henry M. Mitchell, Jr., the founding pastor of Family of Christ Worship Center and a former leading pastoral candidate for St. Mark Baptist Church in Long Beach, knows all too well the face of racism with the criminal justice system.
The arrest of numerous Sheriff Deputies by Federal Authorities came as no surprise to Mitchell, an inmate at Lancaster, who was forced to endure racist treatment during his confinement at Twin Towers Correctional Facility. Black elected officials, self-proclaimed civil rights advocates, the NAACP, Democracy Now, and other Christian Organizations continue to disregard or turn a blind eye to their commitments to men of color, like Mitchell, who seek needed support from wrongful racist convictions.
There is an unseen under-current of conspiracies against people of color for crimes they should be cleared of. Please pray for Bishop Mitchell, who Mitchell filed a civil rights lawsuit under the Ku Klux Klan Act to overturn his conviction.
During Mitchell’s pretrial proceedings, members of the Los Angeles County Department of the Coroner had critical forensic specimens collected and analyzed at the direction of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to create a time line of death theory to be presented to Mitchell’s jury trial.
Unknown to the District Attorney and Mitchell’s defense team, Dr. Jeffrey Gutstadt and the then-Chief Medical Examiner/Coroner, Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, did not disclose that they discovered evidence that would have brought reasonable doubt to the time of death testified to at Mitchell’s trial.
Dr. Gutstat testified under oath at a post-conviction discovery hearing in July 23, 2010, that it was he and Sathyavagiswaran who decided not to tell anyone, even with his knowledge that under the Government Code, sec. 27491.4(a), they were legally obligated to do so.
Mitchell filed a claim with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. That multimillion-dollar claim expired the day he was convicted; even knowing that Mitchell was unaware of the fraudulent actions of coroner’s personnel when he was convicted.
Federal statute, 42 U.S.C. sec. 1985(3), states that: “If two or more persons in any State conspire for the purpose of depriving, either directly or indirectly, any person or class of persons of equal protection of the laws, or of equal privileges and immunities under the law, or for the purpose of preventing or hindering the constituted authorities of any State from giving or securing to all persons with such State the equal protection of the laws…”
Mitchell’s civil rights lawsuit under the Ku Klux Klan Act was reviewed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case entitled, Mitchell v. Gutstat et al., No. 13-57051. It was dismissed by the district court without proper review of the merits of the Ku Klux Klan Act provisions applicable to Mitchell’s case in chief.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have been asked to review criminal statute 18 U.S.C. sec. 242 which is the counterpart of 42 U.S.C. sec. 1985(3) civil statute for their consideration for filing criminal charges against Gutstat and others.
As Mitchell argued in his briefs to the Ninth Circuit, it should be no surprise that a 143-year-old law, the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, was intended to have long-term solutions for generations of Negroes to vindicate unjust action by individuals and state courts lacking the will to grant them justice under the laws of the United States.
Again, I solicit your prayers for Bishop Mitchell or write him at Henry M. Mitchell, Jr. aka Henry Hayes, #V16058, CSP- Los Angeles County, P.O. Box 4430 (A1-145), Lancaster, CA 93539-4430.