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I am a close friend of the FreeTheIRP6 and I work with A Just Cause (AJC), a 501(c)3 organization that was established in 2005 by a group of concerned citizens, who were witnesses to a federal criminal case that was grossly overcriminalized.

The IRP6 children needs your immediate help in taking care of their basic household needs, ongoing medical, dental & vision expenses, school supplies & books, and rent for housing. Their Fathers were the sole bread-winners of their homes and have now been wrongfully impriosned for almost three years!

AJC is extremely concerned and focused on the Racial targeting and Unequal Justice aimed towards this minority African American community, as well as many others across this country in regards to blatant and Unfair Sentencing. The IRP6 is a prime example of this disparity. As a result of Racial Bias in Sentencing of these six business professionals to 7-11 years each in prison for conspiracy to commit mail/wire-fraud, their families are suffering a great loss during this Holiday Season. So today, we encourage you to help these six families by donating $1.00 - $1,000 or wherever is laid on your heart to do. Together, we can and will make a difference!

The children you will be donating towards and helping are Kyle, Kea, Tiffany, Kayla and Braylon. 


Kyle... suffers constantly from having grand mal seizures, which have gotten progressively worse due to the added stress brought on by the  imprisonment of his father Gary.

Kea... graduated from high-school and started college to become a Lawyer after her father David was sent to prison.

Tiffany... is an only child and is in the care of a close relative, after her father Clinton was imprisoned.

Kayla... was diagnosed with high-blood pressure at the age of 12, shortly after her father Demetrius was sent to prison. She has to be monitored on a regular and ongoing basis, by her Primary Care Physician to keep her blood pressure under control.

Braylon... is the youngest of all of the children. He has been having some psychological issues, which have resulted back to him wetting his bed at 8 years old. He really doesn't know how to express his feelings about his father Demetrius being sent to prison.

Background Information: 

In 2005, the IRP6: David Banks, Clinton Stewart, Kendrick Barnes, Demetrius Harper, David Zirpolo and Gary Walker were alleged to have committed  mail/wire-fraud against staffing companies. After the allegations were made public, none of the IRP6 men were able to find employment. In 2012, they were convicted and sentenced to 7-11 years each in prison for conspiracy to commit mail/wire-fraud. All of these men were the sole providers for their homes! Their families were soon left behind to fend for themselves!

For the past 9 years, relatives and very close friends of the IRP6 have been working together without any assistance from others to provide all personal needs for these six families. Within these past 9 years, there have been several people who took advantage of these families' desperation to regain freedom for their loved ones... the IRP6. One high-profile attorney took money from these families and never provided the services, he was paid for! This was money that the IRP6 families didn't have, but had to scrape together borrowing from other family members and friends in hopes of getting justice and freedom for the IRP6.

To learn more about the IRP6 case, please read article below:

Judge H. Lee Sarokin, Retired federal judge
The Case of the Missing Transcipt
Posted: 05/05/2014 7:10 pm EDT Updated: 07/05/2014 5:59 am EDT

Defendants in a Colorado case, United States of America v. Banks et al., claim, in addition to asserting their innocence, that their Fifth Amendment rights were violated when the trial judge compelled them to testify. Following a jury trial, all six defendants (five black and one white), known as the "IRP6," were convicted of mail fraud or conspiracy, were sentenced to terms of imprisonment ranging from 87 to 135 months beginning in July 2012, and are presently incarcerated pending appeal. They represented themselves during the trial, and although they were aware of their right against self-incrimination (and named themselves on a potential witness list), they contend that the judge compelled waiver of that right. Apparently the judge was frustrated by their failure to produce witnesses in a timely fashion, and they claim the judge said something that led them to believe that at least one of them had to testify in order to keep their defense open. The case is now on appeal. Usually out of deference to the circuit court handling the matter, I would not comment. However, there is one aspect of the case that intrigues me, and since the matter has been pending for a considerable period while the defendants languish in prison, I thought some general airing might be appropriate.

Resolving the issue should be a no-brainer, right? Look or listen to the transcript; read or hear what the judge said and decide whether or not the defendants reasonably concluded that at least one of them had to testify. But here's the rub. There apparently is no record or transcript of the conversation available to either the defendants or the appellate court. The advocates for the defendants (a-justcause.com), who have asked me to review and comment on this matter, claim that efforts to obtain the record of the conversation between the judge and the defendants on this issue have been met variously with claims that there is no record (the reporter missed the conversation), that it exists but is missing, that it existed but has been destroyed, or that "we have it but won't turn it over." They also claim that all informal and formal attempts to obtain that critical exchange between the court and the defendants have been denied either by the court reporter or the court. They advise that the relief was even denied in a separate civil suit brought against the reporter for the turnover of the transcript.

Because there is always a danger in these matters of hearing one side, I insisted that I be furnished with the government's version of what transpired in this disputed exchange. The government's brief (U.S. Answering Brief) summarily dismisses the claim by stating, "Because nothing in the record other than the defendants' own self-serving assertions supports their claims of compulsion, the exact language used by the district court during the sidebar conference is immaterial" (emphasis mine). Roughly translated, the statement should read, "There is nothing to support the defendants' position on the record, because there is no record." It is an obvious concession by the government that the record before the court of appeals does not contain evidence of what the trial judge said to the defendants -- which they claim caused them to believe that they had to testify or be foreclosed from proceeding with their case.

Although the defendants vehemently proclaim their innocence, I do not have sufficient information to comment on their convictions. But I have no doubt that whether or not they felt compelled to testify depends exclusively on what the judge said to them at that precise moment. To suggest that the court's "exact language" is immaterial is ludicrous, particularly since the court and the defendants disagree as to what was said.

Certainly no judge would direct a criminal defendant to testify against his or her own will, but it is conceivable that something was said that reasonably led them to that conclusion. The answer lies in the record, which apparently does not exist, for reasons that seem to be elusive. The case raises numerous other serious questions about the prosecution, conviction and incarceration pending appeal of these defendants, but my comfort level limits me to this one strange mystery: the missing transcript. The case does raise the question of why six respected businessmen would engage staffing companies to hire and pay workers for a project that (as the government contends) defendants had no intention of completing and selling. Were they just interested in increasing the level of employment in their community? Or were they merely a typical company whose goals were delayed in fruition, did some puffing in the process and owed money as a result?

To read additional articles written by, Retired Judge H. Lee Sarokin, visit:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/236180821/Judge-H-Lee-Sarokin-Speaks-Out-on-Wrongful-Convictions-of-IRP6-in-Colorado.

To all donators, we appreciate your kindness and generosity demonstrated through your personal gift and sacrifice!

Sincerely,

Olivia on behalf of the IRP6 families

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