BLACK ON BLACK CRIME, INC.
SURVIVORS/VICTIMS OF TRAGEDY
BLACK MAN’S ARMY
VIA EMAIL NOTICE TO PRESS
WHERE: Justice Center, Courtroom 19D
WHEN: Friday, 2.10.17, beginning at 9 am
RE: Sheila McFarland
The family of Ms. McFarland came to Black on Black Crime, Inc. a while ago because of their concerns about the unjustified jailing of Ms. McFarland for over a year without any actions being taken on any alleged charges. The trial finally started on Monday of this week. Members of BBCI have attended court proceedings and have seen and heard testimony in court that was ignored and overruled/rejected by the court which included statements made that Ms. McFarland was not present or involved in the alleged crime. The members of BBCI also heard many disparaging comments from the bench about Ms. McFarland, her family and friends.
Attached is a letter from Taneka McFarland, daughter of Ms. McFarland, further outlining their concerns over the actions of Judge Gaul, rulings he has made, and his unwillingness to allow testimony into the record.
Thank you for your attention to this outrageous situation in this courtroom. It isn’t the first and unfortunately probably won’t be the last.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
To Whom It May Concern:
I would like to address racial acts from Judge Daniel Gaul. I noticed from several previous cases that he does not favor Black Americans. Judge Gaul was sanctioned by the Supreme Court for violating the Code of Judicial Conduct during a trial he presided over in 2007. He received a six-month suspension on his license and still remains on the bench. This is not the only time Judge Gaul has been reprimanded for his behavior.
In 2016, I attended the Eddie Brown lee case proceedings. Judge Gaul stated, “The only way you will survive this is if you leave out of prison in a body bag.” That was the most repulsive comment I have ever heard. There are a number of witnesses who can testify this.
My mother, Shelia McFarland, is currently on trial for conspiracy in the murder of Robert Williams, who died on November 14, 2015. During the hearings this past week, both the prosecutor and the defending attorneys agreed to dismiss the case due to lack of evidence that Ms. McFarland played an active role in this murder. The judge overruled and would not allow them to dismiss the charges on two consecutive days. Ms. McFarland requested that Judge Gaul recuse himself from the case several times. Yet again, he dismissed the request.
I am asking that you please look into this case. I am certain that you will find that the circumstances of this case are based upon bias, prejudice, and racism, including rulings from Judge Gaul.