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now we are getting reports that 2 people have been killed, not to one at least 20 injured. now, we also know that all roads leading to, i know remaining are now closed, the army, what the army trays trying to do now before. before moving in is trying to isolate these 2 neighborhoods from each other to actually push the armed men on both sides of the divide further back before they will be able to move in. so you can see people leaving the area. people of course, will be, are afraid they're afraid of whether or not to morrow morning. everything will go back to normal. or if indeed this, this will, this will worsen whether or not that this will be contained in the past. situations like this have been, have been contained. but there is no saying, so now we are hearing from the lebanese red cross. ok, i do the deputies red cross to that 20 injured. so that's the casualty told right
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now. all right. all right, now we're gonna, we're going to let you take a break and take some cover him. sure, we're going to come back to soon, but that's a whole the reporting thompson, a very fluid and dangerous situation in beirut, the lebanese capital to people voted li killed dozens more injured. i let's take you through some of the headlines here. now just there are now at least 2 people have been killed and at least 20 others injured in beirut, during protests against the judge leading the bay route port last investigation has the law and its allies had called for the demonstration. heavy weapons were heard being fired for members of egypt, security forces are going on trial in rome, accused of the kidnapping and murder of an italian student,
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julia janae's body was found in a ditch outside cairo. in 2016. an autopsy showed been tortured. a man armed with a bow and arrow is killed. 5 people in the norwegian town of con berg. the suspect has been arrested. the police are investigating whether it was an act of terrorism roadside bomb enough. canada found is killed 2 people and it's 13 others including women and children. it targeted atalla bon vehicle at the check point in the eastern province of canada. and group of taliban delegates his visiting turkey for talks after meeting us in e. you. envoys in thought that pushing for recognition and support for the thought of on leadership enough gamma stan concerns growing about a humanitarian and economic crisis. the headlines, the news continues after fault lines stay with us in the world's most populous nation, one in every 4 women, the self with domestic bon, one on one east,
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investigate china battleground at on one out 0. i mean with this a were that i can describe it had been fin between abroad. you know that i've been causally something i didn't do. i'm doing that word and addiction here and i've been waking up like dead since 1996. i think about it all day every day. afforded no hobby 50. ready december to night. so you have to spend all of your young adult life into now in prison. and you, you basically see i grew up in prison. brandon jackson was convicted of armed robbery in 1997, a crime. he says he didn't commit and sentenced to life. the verdict and brandon's
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chase was not unanimous. 10 years, but a guilty. 2 jurors voted not guilty in 48 out of 50 states. brandon would have had the right to re trial, but not in louisiana. ready it's important to have a unanimous jury verdict because it is important to make sure that there are not reasonable doubts as to someone skelton. so in one or 2 jurors will say that they have a doubt about guilt. how you can continue to put someone in prison is, is beyond me. brandon has been fighting to get out of prison for years. in 2020, there was hope when the supreme court ruled that these convictions were unconstitutional. but the court later said the ruling would not be retroactive, meaning brandon wouldn't get a new trial. and you, you all did it with julian. boy, you speak really? you know why we know why? because didn't it affect the more african american males than
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indeed any other race fault lines partnered with the lens. a non profit news room in new orleans to investigate the path forward for people locked up on non unanimous convictions. have you thought through what the day would be like the day that you leave prison? don't they? did i look forward during they replied, neil, my mind is probably just to look. wow. is it? you know, it's just dog, my mom and justin. oh we're and just channels, you know, i love and she was she had to say because i had no, she will never stop grad ah ah, happy mother's day. he is your hard headed son. you are my mother,
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father and family, and bish green. i'm praying that our will be drying when i go to court. so as you bow waged on pray for my release, but i remember in his time, not hours you have a special relationship with brian because he was the one that needed me most. and i didn't load my other kids in the live. but brandon was always seagly as a young child, brandon had severe asthma and needed constant medical attention. so he spent his very 15 years in house on the bridge, the machine, or else he was in a half bedroom. more than less, he was a shared key. i, when he turned 15 name was able to master his at tags. he tried to make
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go, but the time that he had now. and that's when he beginning to dear to the male. trying the phoebe and, and given what does it been like for you as a mother to have him be put behind bars for so long is indescribable. you don't bring your child into the world to become a prisoner, and to mean an estate or lose an hour. being incarcerated is just another form of slavery. he hasn't been progress, haven't visa, jam, 25 years. nobody visited him, but me. in all my family has died. and so right now, oh, he hes, is me too 24 years after his conviction. brandon's asking for a new trial based on the fact that the verdict in his case was non unanimous list
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of people, families that are with us today. and was trying to help with our elderly days and have a blessed and i s and jesus a cheryl. it's july and there's a hearing of the court house and bozer perished north west louisiana. brandon's fate is in the hands of a judge in this conservative part of the state, the district attorney, or da here, as opposed brandon's effort to get out how many hearings have you been? oh, to live now. and how are you feeling about the hearing that we're going to today? i just pray for a positive outcome because my hopes have been dash o manage on gone to this core. how brandon ended up with a life sentence for a crime in which no one was hurt is as much a story about the harsh laws passed in the 19 ninety's during the so called war on
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drugs. the prosecutor ceased on 3 previous drug convictions to give brandon life. in 2019, his sentence was reduced to 40 years that made him eligible for parole for the 1st time that his application was denied. his mother was devastated. i had the heart, ju must lay every kiss at our we as wireless dress snatches hold it in hell, then holding. so it's yours, took a toe loma, i'm glad you thought that the heart attack because of what happened rather than that. yeah. it, it, it was in their cars, but it help your own. go. harker and take so much. brandon jackson's trial was here at the bowser parish court house. he was accused of robbing an applebee's
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restaurant at gunpoint. there was no physical evidence that connected him to the crime, but the state had a star witness. tell me, who is joseph young? oh, josie young was my brother in law. he was all day my sister to turn. joseph young worked at the applebees. he initially denied any involvement in the robbery, but later changed his story and told police he planned it with brandon. he said he opened up the back door and let 2 armed men walk in. they tied up the staff and stole more than $6000.00. nobody was injured. young testified that brandon was one of the 2 gunmen and paid him $1000.00 to participate. did you commit the robbery? no. in the ever did show, did none of the description of the individuals looked alive? mean? oh was built like me and all that was brought up. the biggest thing to me is that no physical evidence were found on brandon jackson's person. no physical evidence
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was found in his home. all the evidence of no fingerprints on the guns ord money by him have. they couldn't like any of that to brandon jackson's finger, correct. and so like all they have is the testimony of joseph young. we obtained and reviewed the transcripts of brandon's trial. so right here the prosecutor is questioning joseph young and he asked them so you would hope that this helps you with your sentence. is that correct? in other words, you're testifying against your friend to reduce your sentence and clear as day. joseph young says yes sir. joseph young serve 3 month in jail and was placed on probation for his role in the robbery. we also obtained and digitized a videotape that hasn't been seen in 25 years. it's a statement joseph young gate to brandon's lawyer at the time before the trial. he claimed that neither of the robbers looked like brandon brandon. that's right. yes
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. and you know how he's bill pedro and bill bill knows the judge didn't allow the jury to see this video ruling that joseph young had made the statement in confidence to an attorney. he was a star witness. how common is it that the star witness would be changing his story? more common than you think, but it's still ultimately problematic. but i think even without that video being admitted to evidence, something in the way that the state presented the case convinced 2 years ago not guilty. and so in most states, it would have been a mistrial. in louisiana, though it was a, it was enough to convict him what sticks out with brandon's case is what sticks out with so many other men and women's cases that we have with non unanimous dr. verdicts. and it's that there are serious doubts as to guilt. right. ah,
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the accuracy of these convictions are really in doubt. they involve witnesses who get a benefit for testifying against another. as was the case and brandon's, they involve long sentences. this is not what would happen elsewhere, louisiana laws are unduly harsh. the history of this harsh lawn, louisiana dates back to the gym pro error following the civil war. black americans began to exercise newfound civil rights like access to the ballot box and serving on juries. white politicians responded with poll taxes and literacy test tools to disenfranchise holders. they also implemented non unanimous jury convictions. there was a constitutional convention, billings 1898, and the goal, profess goal. it was said, it was actually written down. its purpose was to ensure the supremacy of the white
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race in perpetuity to the greatest extent permissible under federal law. and so that, you know, they got, you know, that was the purpose of that is what the official journal of the proceedings the states and one of the way they thought they needed to accomplish that mission was to marginalize some of the voices that might wind up on a jury, so as opposed to having all 12 people beside the alter innocence after reconstruction was possible that it could be some black folks who might get on a jury. their intent was to convict more black people and to sounds the voices of black chairs. in practice, they have convicted more black people and have disproportionately silenced factors . there are now more than 1500 people in prison in louisiana, convicted by non unanimous juries. 80 percent of those prisoners are blind.
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we tried to contact all of the jurors and brandon's case. some of died and some we spoke to didn't remember the trial very well. we did confirm that the 2 jurors who voted against convicting brandon were black. one of the 2 was willing to speak with us, but she asked us not to reveal her name or show her face what are mainly were pamper . that when i presented my case, then i went to liberated dare i was a. why were you having doubts about that? no one say it that they knew what it was brand that they recognized it man a real. no one was able to say enough to if me, if they were sure that it was committed to robert. you did you express your point of view to the jurors? i'm sure i agree. explain one statement and i was blown down and i just missed that . and when they dismissed your concerns, how did that make you feel?
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i felt like ok, i voice my opinion and i was hoping that maybe what are they at as think then i'll some one is made. i'm think about it is that changed your mind even if they did a lot of the down in front of the room. but from the verdict that did not happen. we tracked down one of the jurors who voted to convict random. there was just a multitude of things that made me believe that he was guilty of this crime. did you have any doubts in your mind about his guilt? no, i did not. i remember, and brandon jackson coming into the jury into the courtroom and he was very sure of himself. he seemed to have a very he smiled a law, he seemed very relaxed. but i remember brandon made a lot of our contact with the jurors. and he seemed to be pretty sure of himself
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and like i said, i felt he was real, really over confident. and so there was some news about his doing or something about his demeanor that it was like he was trying to win us over to his side with his, my, all his, he made a lot of i contact i remember and. and so i thank think that was and i remember that real strongly about them and so it was tend to, to conviction i was at tend to attend it. okay. and the to who did not agree were african were both african american l. okay. we actually caught up with the one woman. oh, she didn't think he was guilty or she just wasn't convinced because she said that nobody had, nobody was able to identify him. like because they all had ski mask or they had bandanas on. nobody was able to identify him except for the co conspirator who. how does that make you feel about non unanimous jury convictions?
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do i mean, does that become problematic for you if there's one person or more than one person on the jury that doesn't feel like their voice is being heard, especially someone of color and well, you know, i've, i've been raised, i've lived in the south, my whole life i was born here raised here, and i don't believe that their voice was not heard. i mean, i, i've, i don't think i'm not sure that are. i don't even remember if she explained why she didn't think it is guilty. i don't, i don't even remember that. i don't think that their voices heard. i just think that there were more people that thought he was guilty. one of the reasons why she thought you know that you were guilty was because you were looking at the jury and you were making eye contact with the jury. the only thing that i was do, and at that time was what i was asked to do by my to you see, always give the jury. i heard you know, so you, she beige her decision on the way that i look. you know what,
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what, what does, what did they say about the type of world that we living a look at. you blow me without, without knowing sidwell. you know, so you tell me about the never looked at you with i was in the jewish the whole time. i would be sitting right here because you would a family not guilty. it's very, very telling and it really sort of speaks to the language and that 898 costuming of invention that created this law. a black male making eye contact with a white person years ago could cause him to lose his life. and in this particular situation, it caused him to lose his freedom. and you were a little bit nervous about talking to us on camera. why was that? i would want to get back to my boss. is it good?
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have a negative effect on why is that? okay, great, thanks a lot of the like the bomb the jury yet which is a straight lock. it was very little lock, or maybe even a block, you know, i never forget this bridge or somebody jewish based someone was actually this man before the burden was handed down. but emma, may, emma better? i may, i go to because i'm a, you know, what happened to me to actually to try to sharing some of these logs. ah, if brandon hopes to change the laws, she will likely have to do it at the louisiana state house in baton rouge. in april,
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democratic state, lawmakers proposed to bill that would read visit pass convictions like brandon's, but it was rejected by republicans who said banning the practice moving forward was enough. i can't really look at it through that lens and say, i'm going to look back and see what could have been done. different i'm wanting to look at what can be done forward and try and make changed that way if it was deemed unconstitutional. and we know that is rooted in a racist origin, and there is a, there's 1500 people there that are sitting there. they sleep there at night. and a lot of them are in there for a life. don't they deserve their case to be looked at again, i feel pretty confident the mother because the supreme court said that the way we did it was correct. how was it not unconstitutional for the people there who are there now the supreme court said we were fine. so i can't argue with what, what do you think? i think what we did was bowl monumental and i'm happy that we got that push forward . do you think that those people deserve a remedy? i think there is a remedy. what is the remedy?
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the remedy is the da can review it. but if the da decides not to review, then they don't, they don't ever em. and how do you feel about that? you think that's right. i feel confident in what we did, but i look, i don't look at it from a racial lens. what we did was not about race was about normal was right. they did exactly what has been done so many times before. when we say we've fixed the law, we've called it a jim crow law. but we refuse to acknowledge that there are people who are carrying the weight of this. and we refuse to take that laid off of their shoulders. there are no black republicans here, right? so when they note it, that the people that this would benefit don't look like the unlikely, big groping enable who is likely don't know anyone. they could contact them. they'll care about it, so i'm, you can eliminate that the racial element because our guarantee you, if 80 percent of the folks that we were talking about were white, the bill would have passed period if brandon jackson can't get help with the state
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legislature, his only hope is back in bowser parish. the district attorney here could agree to look at his case again, but very few days throughout the state have agreed to re examine all cases. so we are back at the voter court house. we've been trying to get in touch with sta multiple times and he's not returning any of our messages. so we're gonna see if he's here, maybe we can find them here and ask him a few questions. is he here today? no, ma'am, you're not. he did not. okay. well, so he is out of town. i just spoke with his daughter. so she took down my name and number and said she would tell him to call me ah old case of a gentleman named brandon jackson. i don't know if you remember the details of that case. i'm not familiar with this particular case level with this convention. rather,
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this wasn't very long sir. this was in bowser it was a 997 to you know, to realize that in united states supreme court for 75 years told it was okay, non or not all the years constitution. and so now in 2020 to tell us is not okay. we know that the origins of this law go back to, you know, jim crow times and, and in this case these it was, it worked exactly like it was it intended to, to, to, to mute the voices of these black jurors. well, i have one here. i'm not disputing the original the law. well, i think all of that got a lot of action with the legislature and in order to grow you know. ok, so i don't have any time in our history and i get all that and i do believe in our
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jury's is to thank you for the both card. they give you the right you scores. what the facts on i'm giving you details about this one particular case because this is the one that i've been looking at. and then i'm interested in does this sound like the kind of case that you would be willing to go back and look at and retry sure? sure, i don't have a problem with that. his name was randon jackson, brandon jackson jacks. and if you could look into brandon jackson's case, and give me a call back, i would really appreciate that. i'll call you back. thank you, sir. have a great, i have a great weekend, bye bye bye. more than 3 weeks later in a letter to fault lines, bozer parish district attorney skyler, marvin said, quote, my office will not vacate and retry convictions solely because of a non unanimous verdict back at the bowser paris court house. brandon still has one last possible remedy. i've been up here so many times at deer like i need
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to give me or how in the judge in his case still needs to one his application for a re trial. but it's not going to happen to day. even though the state had months to prepare. ready the judge decided to give them even more time to respond. it's like we're in a holding pattern. vegas are longer turn him loose. it is lives lagged. me is a good oh boy make we're 0 and there was a waiting again. i don't have laurel mass said my heart surgeries on 6 months and i'm trying to stay up it's god allowed me to live longer than there to see him go free lead disarray. i'm not gonna make me. ah, how does it make you feel to see that confederate monument might outside of the court house and both your parents? i think in seeing the convent or is that you is like that constant reminder that
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the system was not built for black people. this same jury system ways erected in the way that that statue was this. and in order to send a message to black defendants that this isn't a place for you. i was gonna ask you one more question. when you, you said to me the other day that was very important to you, you've made it all. brandon's hearings, even if you have to drive, however far you go to everything. why is it so important to you to be there for every single one? i'll never warm brown enter fee a good he has been for gag. i want him to know that he's worried. no matter how long he's gonna be in prison or what else is gonna have. he would never be forgotten. his mom, mom, when never. ready ever forgive him? well you be able to get out in time to have that cup of coffee with her
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immediate floors or hill? yes. as more to say there's this, there's something on the go. i know, you know, she don't been to everything. dad is to go to heart attacks their kidneys, council, colgate, and guess what? a return our call the she always say, jen, am i going to? well, joe, i see him come room. and as, while friday, every day, you know, and i will continue to fight until i get there would because i know she need the me, i know with the world
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