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large scale attack in south of the country. stephanie deca is incapable. she says the taliban is starting to realize the scale of the threat for myself. it is a strong message that there was an issue to deal with the or the taliban taking it very seriously. just 2 days ago, the interior ministry giving a press conference warning about infiltration with in taliban ranks. and, you know, telling its fighters to be vigilant and also just moving around the capital. today, we saw it across the ministries that security has been tightened and there is an increased awareness, a certainly of what could be potential attacks in the future. so it is a message from iceland. now the talk, the town about is no longer an insurgency group. they have been fighting each other for quite some time, trying to stabilize it. now, as it tries to govern, thousands of demonstrators have rallied in saddam's capital cartoon to demand greater representation in government. the prime minister, abdullah 100 says the divisions are causing the worst crisis yet in the countries transition to civilian role. tensions happen growing since an attempted coup last
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stay with us. the world is warming, green lens ice sheet is melting, which is changing everything from sea levels to the way people live. and now even exposing the remnants of a cold war, paused greenland are melting of a frozen north on al jazeera and only with day, there is a word that i can describe it between a variety of knowing that i've been a word dictionary. and i've been waking up like that. just 99 seems. i think about it all day every day. afforded no, probably 50 december. so you spend all of your young adult life into now in prison. and you,
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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 chase was not unanimous. 10 years, but a guilty. 2 jurors voted not guilty and 48 out of 50 states. brandon would have had the right to a 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 scout. 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, but these convictions were unconstitutional. but the court later said the ruling
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would not be retroactive, meaning brandon wouldn't get a new trial and you, you'll get it across the julian. boy, you speak really? you know why we know why? because do you eat a victim more african american males than 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? that i look forward to a very they replied deal, my man is probably just devote my mom is in your home. you're just dog, my mom and justin ah whole were and just tell her, you know, a logo and she was she had to say because i had no, she never stopped grand. ah
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ah, happy mothers day. he is your hard headed so you are my mother, father, family and bish green. i'm praying that our will be drying when i go to court. so as you bow ways, don, pray for my release. the remember in his time, night owl this you have a special relationship with brian because he was the one bed needed me most and i didn't love my other kids in the mid. but brandon was always sickly. as a young child, brandon had severe asthma and needed constant medical attention. so he spent his 1st 15 years in house on a breather machine. or else he was in
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a half bedroom. more than less, he was a shared key. when he turned 15, there was able to master his tags. he tried to make go, but the can read. he had now. and that's when he beginning to dear to the male trying of phoebe in a given. what has 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 brothers, haven't visa jam in 25 years. nobody visited hamburg me in all my family has died. and so right now,
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all he has is me to 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 of people, families that are with us today. and was trying to help us in the lane days and have a blessed a cheryl. it's july and there's a hearing at the court house and bowser parish, 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 in 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
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been day old. 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 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 not just hold it in, hold, then hold. so if your sticker tow loma by that you thought that the heart attack because of what happened rather than that. yeah. it,
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it, it was in the cloud, but it help your own go hard. good. take so much. brandon jackson's trial was here at the bowser parish court house. he was accused of robbing an applebee's restaurant at gunpoint. there was no physical evidence that connected him to the crime, but the state had a scar witness. tell me, who is joseph young? oh, josie young was my brother in law. he was all day my sister at the time. 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?
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no. in the ever did show that none of the description of the individuals looked alike 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 is found in his home. all the evidence of no fingerprints on the guns or 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
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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 gave to brandon's lawyer at the time before the trial. he claimed that neither of the robbers looked like brandon, you know, ready? that's right. yes. and you know how he's built the their own bill. now 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 the 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 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 in miss trial in louisiana, though it was a, it was enough to convict him what sticks out with brandon's case as what sticks out
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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, the accuracy of these convictions are really in doubt. they involve eye 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's 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 voters. they also implemented non unanimous jury convictions. there
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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 race in perpetuity to the greatest extent permissible under federal law. and so that i know that was the purpose, an ad, 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 guilt or innocence after reconstruction was possible that i could be some black folks who might get on a jury. their intent was to convict more black people and to silence the voices of lecturers. in practice, they have convicted more black people and have disproportionately silenced factors
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. there are now more than 1500 people in prison in louisiana, convicted by non unanimous juries. 80 percent of those prisoners are black. 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 i mainly were pamper . that when i presented my case, then i went to liberated death. i was my dad it with why were you having doubts about that? no one say it that they knew it was brand that they recognized. they think it made a real no one was able to say enough to gave me that they were sure that it was
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committed to robbery. you. did you express your point of view to the jurors? i'm sure i agree. explain one. very good. and i was blown down and i just missed it . and when they dismissed your concerns, how did that make you feel? i felt like ok, our voice, my opinion. and i was hoping that maybe what are they it has. thank then i'll some warning made him think about it. is that changed your mind even if they did a lot of the down in front of her. but now from the verdict that did not happen, we tracked down one of the jurors who voted to convict brandon. there were 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 am brandon jackson coming into the jury into the courtroom and he was very sure of himself. he seemed to have
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a very and 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. and like i said, i felt he was real, really over confident. and so there was some dentist about his doing something about his demeanour that it was like he was trying to win us over to his side with his smile. his he made a lot of eye contact. i remember and. and so i think think that was, and i remember that real strongly about it. and so it was tend to, to conviction i was at tend to tended, okay. and the 2 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,
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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? do you know, 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 rice, 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 voice isn't 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. don't
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a day 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. did i look, you know, what, what, what does, what does it say about the type of world that we living a look at. you blow me with. i know what he said, well, you know, so you tell me about the never looked at you with i was in the bid to do it the whole time. i would be sitting right here because you would have found me not guilty. it's very, very telling and it really sort of speaks to the language and that 1898 costing you haven't mentioned 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
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a little bit nervous about talking to us on camera. why was that? what was it to get back to it? good. have a negative effect on why is that? ok, thanks a lot of the like the jury yet which is a straight to lock it with the lock or maybe even if you please provide me and let you know, i never forget this person 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,
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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, 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 it's rooted in a racist origin, and there's 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 my vote 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
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now the supreme court said we were fine. so i can't argue with a 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? 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 didn't exactly let, 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 baby girl been unable as likely don't know anyone, they could contact them,
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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 passed period. if brendan jackson can't get help with the state 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 bowser 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
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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 or rather, this wasn't both longer. this was in bowser and it was in 1097 to you know, to realize that in united states supreme court for 75 years told it was okay, non you are not carmen. you this 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 haven't, you know, i'm not disputing original law. well, i think all of that got
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a lot of action. what's the legislature and in order to enroll? you know, so i'm hearing time in our history and i get all that. i do believe in our jury's is too late use for the most part they get it 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
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a non unanimous verdict back at the bowser paris court house. brandon still has one last possible remedy at been up here so many times at the year. like i need to give me a hotel room. 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 were 0 and there was a waiting game. i don't have laurel mass said my heart surgeries on 6 months and i'm trying to stay as, as god allowed me to live longer than there to see him go free. but it is ray.
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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 convention that you is like that constant reminder that the system was not built for black people. this same jury system ways erected in the way that that statue was and in order to send a message to black defendants that this isn't in 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 to 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 forgotten. i want him to know that he's worried
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no matter how long he's gonna be in prison or what else is gonna have. he would never be forgotten. his mama, we'll never. ready ever forgive him? well, you'd be able to get out in time to have that cup of coffee with her immediate floors or hill. yes. as more to say there's there's there's some didn't want to go and know. you know, she don't been to abraham dane, did years to go to, you know, heart attacks there, kidneys, council colgate. and guess what? a return our call the she always say, jeremiah go, no, well joe, i see him come room. and as while friday, every day, you know, it will contain right. good. did i get there will because i know she need. thank
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