My name is Zekaia Smith, and this is my son, Maurice Brown Jr.
In March of 2018 I received a call that my son was arrested for 30+ counts of felony robbery. My son, who has never been in trouble with the law, is a US Army veteran and has a well documented history of mental illness.
Los Angeles DA Jackie Lacey refuted the status of Maurice’s mental health and increased his sentence from 20 to 96 years after Maurice refused a plea bargain and instead chose to go to trial and fight. This is equivalent to a murder charge. They want to take his life away. He is also facing fraudulent charges of additional, unsolved robberies - crimes he did not commit - and the DA used poor quality photos of black men (who are not Maurice) as their only evidence. We have been fighting this case for two years now and my son has still not been sentenced.
Every public defender assigned to Maurice’s case dropped it without reason. As his mother, I noticed that he wasn’t receiving the fair legal representation he deserved, so I am reaching out to our communities for monetary support to help cover the cost of a private lawyer for my son. Maurice goes to trial on September 15th, his 29th birthday.
If you have it in your hearts and wallets, we are asking for any help to get us to the $20,000 needed for this new lawyer. Thank You and Please Donate and Share.
The lawyer’s name and address: Matthew Lombard 11400 W Olympic Blvd Suite 1500 Los Angeles, CA 90064.
- Jessica Beard
- Allison Chow
- Terry Palmer
- Marianna Caldwell
#1 fundraising platform
More people start fundraisers on GoFundMe than on any other platform. Learn more
In the rare case something isn’t right, we will work with you to determine if misuse occurred. Learn more
Expert advice, 24/7
Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more