mosquito buzz

Strange things are happening in Memphis.

We have still not heard from the judge about our offer of a solution to his problems. That’s no surprise.

“Shouldn’t we be communicating with the judge through James’ attorney?” you may ask. Ideally, yes… unfortunately Claiborne Ferguson is not returning our phone calls. The other day, according to James, Ferguson said he was going to try to get this case moved back to juvenile court “where they can’t help you”—“they” meaning us. Ferguson has told James that he filed a motion to accomplish this. If the case were moved back into juvenile court and then properly waived back into adult court (Judge Lane made some serious errors in the original waiver which denied James due process), then James would lose credit for the two years he has already been incarcerated. Today we heard there’s rumor of a re-trial.

Yesterday Stephen received an anonymous call on his unpublished cell phone number in which the caller said, “If you can raise five hundred thousand dollars, we’ll release him.” (“Him” meaning James.) That caller never called back.

Today as Stephen was leaving the jail after visiting James, he saw Monica Sanders and her mother Pam Croft arriving at the jail, presumably for a visit with James—the first since about a year ago when she showed up, lawyer in tow, to tell James she was finished with him. Why is she visiting James now? We cannot answer that question because Monica and her mother were denied access since James’ visits for the day had been used up.

Monica, James wanted us to tell you to please stay away.

One possibility may have to do with a damage lawsuit against the city of Memphis in which Monica is a plaintiff. Her case is scheduled to begin on July 12, one day after James’ sentencing hearing. Maybe she needs James’ cooperation in some way so that her chances of cashing in on her lawsuit are enhanced.

Another possibility is that Monica and Jefferson Sanders have figured out that we are developing additional information about Sanders. For example, we have learned that the scope of the abuse James allegedly endured is much broader than we had known until now. When we saw the photographs of Neily Shea’s injuries, we were struck by similarities with injuries James has told us he suffered at Sanders’ hands.

Today Steven looked out his window at the motel and saw Jefferson Sanders stalking him. What is Sanders afraid of?

Maybe Sanders and Monica are aware that events are playing out as if according to some plan Sanders might have devised. We surmise that Sanders was nearby when Neily Shea’s assault happened. According to reports, Sanders arrived at Monica’s apartment 20 minutes after receiving the call that Neily Shea had been hurt. At the time, Sanders was living at least 40 minutes away. Maybe they’re afraid this whole thing will boomerang on them.

I just don’t know.

What I do know is that James is scared and believes his life is over. He’s preparing himself for the worst. Yesterday he was asking Stephen about the abuse Blade Reed has endured in adult prison. “How bad does it hurt to be raped?” he asked.

Stephen’s answer was honest and not exactly reassuring.



Groove of the Day 

Listen to The Doors performing “People Are Strange”


7 Responses to “mosquito buzz”

  1. 1 Patrick Murphy
    June 29, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Well… If there might be a retrial in juvenile court… There is some hope.

  2. 2 Ben
    June 29, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Why can’t “they” help him in the juvenile court ?

  3. 3 Frank Manning
    June 29, 2012 at 3:37 am

    The only person in this whole affair who has any understandable motive for deliberately destroying an innocent boy’s life is Jefferson Sanders. He’s hated James since he first laid eyes on him and has wanted the boy out of his life ever since. Now he has the golden opportunity to be rid of the little f**k once and for all. Would you want Stephen and the rest of us poking around in your grand scheme right there on your turf? I wonder if Sanders would be capable of what you’re insinuating above. That would make him a despicably low form of human filth.

    Then there are the obvious suspects, Noah and Micah. They were charged along with James, but got “faciliated” through juvenile court. They’ve been allowed to leave Tennessee; the timing is impeccable. Why were they not investgated more thoroughly as suspects? Is it because if that happened they might talk about who was behind the sexual abuse they were subjected to in Memphis? Has James been framed as part of some coverup, say, about the existence of a pedophile ring in the area? The more we poke the pricklier the folks down in Memphis get. Hmmm. I guess we’ll have to keep digging and poking!

  4. 4 Andy Rich
    June 29, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Quote ” “How bad does it hurt to be raped?” he asked. ”

    i want to cry after reading that, how can anyone be put in a position where they have to prepare to be raped, thats the most degrading thing ive ever heard anyone have to do. period.

    i feel like a coward

  5. 5 Anonymous
    June 29, 2012 at 6:08 am

    “How bad does it hurt to be raped?” he asked.

    How bad can mercifully fade quickly, but how long is far more cruel; it hurts for the rest of your life!

  6. 6 Nico
    June 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    This is a horrorstory. This is too much to understand for me! So very very wrong. Is it a idee for you to write foreign television to invite them to make a story about juveniles like James, Jordan and others. Just to show people outside the US what is happening with your children in your country. When I tell people here in the Netherlands about Jordan or the others, they cannot believe it. They think this cannot be happening in a civilized country like the US. They don’t know!!

  7. 7 Andy Rich
    July 1, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Well i was just doing some reading and came across this http://www.aclu.org/blog/prisoners-rights-criminal-law-reform-womens-rights/justice-department-takes-first-steps-protect

    Quote ” it did adopt a standard that significantly restricts the placement of youth in adult facilities by banning the housing of kids under 18 in adult housing units; prohibiting contact between youth and adults in common areas; and ensuring constant supervision of youth by staff. ”


    Quote ” At the same time, the Department recognized that facilities should not comply with PREA standards by simply placing children in solitary confinement. This is an all too common practice in adult facilities – despite the astonishing rates of youth suicide, self-harm and developmental difficulties such isolation causes. Under PREA, correctional facilities must make best efforts to limit the use of isolation for kids, as well as giving them access to exercise, education and other rehabilitative programming. ”

    But then

    Quote ” Under PREA, states where auditors determine non-compliance with the standards could lose 5 percentof government grant funds. ”

    It makes me wonder if this is such a punishment for only 5% to be lost for failing, if a mother failed to look after her child which resulted in the death of the said child, she would proberbly end up in jail for a very long time and lose everything, where a jail/prison would only lose 5%? so technically a jail/prison doesnt have a lot to lose by losing a child in its care.

    I hope the top two quotes are used to protect james and others within the system.

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