BEYOND GUANTANAMO: Louisiana Candidate for Congress blazes trail to freedom for U.S. political prisoners
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture may be the only resort for Reverend Errol Victor, Sr. and similarly situated Americans fairly considered U.S. political prisoners to get that status somewhat officially confirmed with redress for persecution and torture attributable to that status.
By: Committee to Elect Errol Victor, Sr.
Parker-Brown says Reverend Victor is a political prisoner being tortured and at imminent risk of death due to intentional neglect or other deliberate mishap while in the State of Louisiana's custody. Court records confirm that on September 15, 2014, a Louisiana jury convicted Victor of supposedly beating to death his then eight (8) year old stepson, the late M.L. Lloyd, III. Victor was accordingly sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor, without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. Then, on April 27, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Victor's murder conviction and sentence on a technicality of historical significance. Victor was convicted by a less than unanimous jury, an unconstitutional outcome linked to racism per our nation's High Court in Ramos v. State of Louisiana, 140 S. Ct. 1390 (2020). Yet, the State of Louisiana is keeping Victor incarcerated.
In their joint complaint to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Parker-Brown and Crenshaw-Logal explain that M.L.'s April 1, 2008 death was a family tragedy that became "an opportunity for powerful private sector and public sector rivals of Reverend Victor to 'settle scores' with him". Parker-Brown and Crenshaw-Logal promise to prove that "our country's legal system has long been weaponized against Reverend Victor such that before he was even ostensibly convicted of any crime, he lost parental rights as to the minors of his surviving twelve (12) children and was separated from their adult siblings who were also quite young when their brother M.L. died; had vast portions of his then substantial assets seized, reportedly by bankers, for no apparent reason, starting only a day after his arrest, before any cause of M.L.'s death was formally determined; has been jailed, imprisoned, and as of this complaint is literally held hostage, nearly incognito, reportedly exhibiting classic COVID-19 symptoms, supposedly due to a highly disputable, nearly ten (10) year old bail violation".
Professor Nils Melzer – a Swiss academic, author on international law, and current UN Special Rapporteur on Torture – is no stranger to the prospect of a questionable bail violation being used as a ruse to keep some controversial, purported criminal incarcerated. Melzer is known to contend that legendary Wikileaks co-founder, Julian Assange, who America seeks to extradite from the U.K. on espionage charges, remains incarcerated there and perceived by many as a flight risk due to an alleged bail violation Melzer suggests is more fairly considered Assange's lawful quest for asylum at the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Via their complaint, Parker-Brown and Crenshaw-Logal attribute Reverend Errol Victor, Sr.'s alleged bail violation to a "strained (to say the least) analysis of his circumstances and relevant law by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for the State of Louisiana", adding that "(o)n December 17, 2020, in addition to reciting Reverend Victor's previously asserted grounds for bail, Parker-Brown represented to the Twenty-Ninth Judicial District Court for the Louisiana Parish of St. Charles that 'Rev. Errol Victor is reportedly exhibiting multiple, classic, debilitating symptoms of COVID-19 infection' . . . " which legal action was thwarted, reportedly through improper if not criminal maneuvers by certain Parish officials. "And so it seems (to Parker-Brown and Crenshaw-Logal)
Crenshaw-Logal explains that Professor Melzer will not make fact findings like a judge but may press U.S. government to ensure that Reverend Victor has not been and is not being physically or psychologically tortured. Crenshaw-Logal emphasizes that resort to the UN Special Rapporteur is likely the only way for those relatively few, but significant number of Americans fairly considered political prisoners of the U.S. to secure at least somewhat legally binding determinations of that status for themselves, with redress for persecution and torture specifically attributable to that status. Crenshaw-
To attend a related press conference on Thursday – February 25, 2021 @ 11:00 am CT, hosted by the Committee to Elect Errol Victor, Sr., advance register @ https://www.victor4congress.online/
Mr. J.L. Lazu, Campaign Spokesperson