I have always loved to receive an invitation (summons) to appear in court. It goes back to the “Coweta Judicial Circuit.” Judges in the 1950’s were circuit drivers. Earlier, they had packed their law books into saddlebags. These judges were circuit riders. A judicial circuit was necessary to entertain court business statewide. In New York, today, it is “judicial gerrymandering,” a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
Of course, there were many uses for courthouses. During slavery, they had been used as auction blocks. White men would use the courthouse to plan racial zoning and segregation, among other things. It was referred to as the “county seat.” Lynchings occurred on courthouse lawns. Confederate statues dotted the landscape.
When I attended University of Georgia Law School, I learned that April was “Confederate Month.” It is still “Confederate Month” in the South. It was a reenactment of slavery. On April 9, 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. Under military law, the Confederate flag should have been “furled” on April 9, 1865.
It is of considerable interest to me that Steven Pagones chose Surry County, Virginia to enforce theFugitive Slave Act of 1850 on a bogus judgment. When I first visited the courthouse, there was a statue of a “Confederate hero” and a Confederate flag in front of it. No black person, including Tawana Brawley, can receive justice in a Confederate courthouse.
Michael Vick, an NFL quarterback, was charged and prosecuted at this courthouse. He was sent to prison for promoting dog-fighting. Gov. Andrew Cuomo authorized the enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 against Tawana Brawley. Blacks have allowed Pagones to rape a fifteen year-old child in 1987 and again in 2012 for profit. He never served her with legal papers once. No guardian ad litem was ever appointed.
I had envisioned acquiring a law degree, taking and passing the Georgia bar and getting a law license. I did get a law license in Georgia, afterwards, but my busy schedule in New York kept me away from the state. My plan was to represent a client and refuse to enter a Confederate Courthouse in Georgia. This would have been in 1972.
Plan B is to get reinstated to the New York bar and refuse to enter the Surry County Courthouse, this year, as an act of defiance and civil disobedience. Virginia still honors the Confederate States of America. Black defendants and black attorneys are still three-fifths of a person. So far, there has been no objection.
My desire is to take Virginia to the U.S. Supreme Court and require the “High Court” to suppress, throughout the land, all symbols of the Confederacy as “badges of slavery” in violation of the Thirteenth Amendment. The “High Court” would also be able to review Gov. Cuomo’s misuse of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 as violating the Full Faith and Credit Clause.
P.S. Pam Africa and Razakhan were “First Responders” to my call for HELP! They will be in Manhattan Civil Court, 111 Centre Street in Manhattan on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in CPW Towers, LLC v. Maddox, L&T Index No. 86146 (Civ. Ct., N.Y. Co. 2014) (Part C).