Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Robert "Cotton" Kirkland: Boulder County Jail Abuse

Above is a photo of Robert "Cotton" Kirkland upon his release from Boulder Co. Jail, Colorado. His right leg was broken and his left ankle was badly sprained. He must return to court in Boulder County on February 20, 2014, for a probation violation hearing. Kirkland invites concerned people to meet him there and report back if he is again arrested in the jail where he nearly died of shock after abuse but was denied medical treatment. Robert has filed a federal lawsuit against his arresting officers. The U.S. veteran did not take money out of his measly $600/mo income to pay probation fees related to the plea deal he agreed to sign in order to get released from jail and finally get medical attention for the injuries he suffered during his arrest. Robert said he was held eight days without medical care for his legs, which were hurt when he was arrested for making excessive noise.

You can read about Robert's abuse and Boulder County Jail in these two articles
1. Lawsuit: Boulder County Jail Deputies Broke Inmate's Leg

Former inmates report that Boulder County Jail maintains a "torture room" where inmates are placed in a restraint chair. There was no camera in that room until former inmates fought for it.

2. The Chair and the Camera

RADIO INTERVIEWS WITH VICTIMS - Robert Kirkland and Joshua David Johnson, another former inmate at Boulder County Jail, appeared on the "Human Rights for Prisoners March" Blogtalkradio program twice in February 2014. These men and Holly Alston, mother of a Pennsylvania inmate Terrell Scott, discussed torturous incarceration and enforced plea bargaining. The broadcasts are at the two links below:

Human Rights for Prisoners March (on "Human Rights Demand" channel) Sunday, Feb. 16
Human Rights for Prisoners March (on NNIA1 channel) on Monday, Feb. 17

Joshua David Johnson reported that at least 14 inmates died in recent years in Boulder County Jail, 13 of whom died under the present jail administration. Naturally, Kirkland is concerned about the possibility of being arrested again in Boulder County Jail after having filed a lawsuit against police officers for his brutal treatment. Joshua manages a Facebook site called "Torture in Boulder County Jail."

See entertainer Sean Levert being killed in a restraint chair like the one Boulder County Jail uses in the video embedded below and at YouTube


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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Justice for Juan Rojas: Release the Innocent

Announcing a new Blogtalkradio channel: HUMAN RIGHTS DEMAND. Our Saturday shows are entitled "Release the Innocent" and feature wrongful convictions.

Janice Howe invites help for her wrongfully convicted cousin, Juan Rojas. She and Juan's mother, Sharlene Rojas Howe, his uncle and sister were guests on our first "Release the Innocent" broadcast on February 8, 2014. "Human Rights Demand" BlogTalkRadio channel presents testimony that was never heard in trial. We hope that an attorney or innocence project and prisoner activist organization will contact Rojas's cousin, Janice Howe, and offer help. Contact Janice Howe at or Mary Neal at if you want justice for Juan Rojas. Everyone can help by sharing the link to this radio broadcast with your friends and online organizations.
Juan Rojas is pictured below with some of his family members. He is wearing brown.

Thousands of innocent people are released from incarceration every year. Most of them are released because they served their sentences. Between 5k and 10k people are wrongfully convicted each year. The Univ. of Mich. Law School Innocence Clinic says most wrongful convictions are caused by:

Eyewitness Misidentification - This is the single greatest cause of wrongful convictions nationwide.
Junk Science - Many forensic testing methods are applied with little or no scientific validation and with inadequate assessments of their significance or reliability.
False Confessions - Innocent defendants sometimes make incriminating statements, deliver outright confessions, or plead guilty.
Government Misconduct - Sometimes government officials take steps to ensure that a defendant is convicted despite weak evidence or even clear proof of innocence.
Snitches - Often, statements from people with incentives to testify help convict the innocent.
Bad Lawyering - The failure of overworked or corrupt lawyers to investigate, call witnesses, or prepare for trial.

The U.S. Supreme Court has not determined that actually innocent people have a right to have their post-conviction evidence considered by courts. We will consider it on this show and make a human rights demand to "Release the Innocent" every Saturday at 3:00pm EST. Contact MaryLovesJustice Neal to discuss a wrongful conviction for an inmate who you care about.

The family set up a defense fund for Juan Rojas. Please send even a few dollars. It all adds up!
Juan Rojas Defense Fund
P.O. Box 818
Oahe Federal Credit Union
Pierre, SD 57501

Please listen to our first broadcast of "Release the Innocent" on "Human Rights Demand" at the link below, and share the link with your family, friends, and social networks.

Also on the "Human Rights Demand" channel, please hear "Law Enforcement and Corrections with Integrity" every Thursday at 1:00pm EST. The host, Britton Mosley, is a veteran, a former police officer and prison guard. His guests are persons with a background in law enforcement and corrections, or persons with re-entry programs, and former inmates. is his email address.

First paragraph repeated: Announcing a new Blogtalkradio channel: HUMAN RIGHTS DEMAND. Our Saturday shows are entitled "Release the Innocent" and feature wrongful convictions. 
MaryLovesJustice Neal
email / Phone (678)531-0262
Human Rights Demand - Release the Innocent
Human Rights for Prisoners March