Mary Sue Shields – Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:
My name is Mary Sue Shield #R7703. I’m currently housed in MDOC for a life sentence on a murder charge that I didn’t commit. I’m not going to tell the public that I didn’t fight Larry Martin, because I did. There are several things that need to come out in my case that the communities don’t know. First, I didn’t start that fight between us, Larry did! Second, after I was sentenced Judge Kitchens saw my mother at McDonald’s and told her that he was aware of Larry Martin passing the first lick. I’m not here to criticize Larry but I do want to talk about the unjust sentence that I received by both the court system and the attorney. The attorney which was court appointed failed to do his job for several reasons. First, he didn’t want to represent me because we had a bad disagreement at the county jail and I told him that I was going to fire him. Second, he failed to do a background check on Dr. Steven Haynes to see if he was qualified to testify on the stand. Not only that, but this attorney was also standing there when the dishonorable Judge Kitchens and I were having a verbal argument. I now know the reason he didn’t ask for a change of venues is because Kitchens was taking up for him because I had filed a motion for dismissal of counsel. Okay, now I need to know, since Judge Kitchens took out the time to sentence me unfairly for the crime that I didn’t commit, who’s going to sentence him for committing perjury on the stand? I’m sure if you look it up it’s also called Bias! I’m now aware that Judge Kitchens should have stepped down from my case when he and I had that verbal argument, which was enough to get me a change of venues! Not only that, but Judge Kitchens and the Court system has been using Dr. Steven Haynes on all the cases that they want to go their way because they know he isn’t qualified to testify in any of these cases. You can look back all the way from Devon Brooks and Kenny Brewer on how unjust the court system is. You can also see they use Dr. Steven Haynes to help with all of their dirty work. Now that Judge Kitchens has been found to have lied on the Quintez Hodges case and to have erred in the Newell case. It’s time for the Supreme Court to step up and say enough is enough and go back and look into any cases that the Lowndes County Judges and Dr. Steven Haynes were involved in. We all deserved to have a fair trial. I’m for justice not injustice and that’s what the Lowndes County Court room has given me. I’m asking Judge Kitchens to correct his wrong.
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  1. Johnny Phillip Morris

    I would like to comment on the letter from Mary Shields. She claims malicious prosecution and judicial misconduct by the Lowndes County court system. I agree. How is that the drunken, juke-joint fistfight on the dance floor at a New Years eve night party–the fight allegedly triggered heart stress that led to Larry Martin’s death– be ruled murder, punishable by life in prison? Where is the INTENT to commit murder? Where is the MOTIVE? According to Ms. Shields, Judge Kitchens admitted to knowing that Larry Martin “threw the first punch.” That was before the case went to trial! Is that not a clear case of self -defense? As I recall there were no weapons involved, just a broken barstool. IMHO, there was lack of evidence proving a motive to commit murder– not even the crime of “felony murder.” It was a clear case of self defense and I cannot see how the jurors would vote to convict on such specious claims by the prosecution.
    But there is plenty of blame to go around. I fault the jurors and the ineffective counsel provided by Mississippi’s “public defenders” who just want to “get it over with and do a plea deal.” It was not stated in her letter, but I assume that Ms. Shields’ request to dismiss her court-appointed counsel is because he wanted her to plead guilty to a crime she did not commit. A plea deal, too, was offered to Julian Mingo in what Roger referred to as “the case of the Heritage High School student being rubbed through his pants.” Mingo claimed his innocence of the molestation charges and refused the plea deal but ended up with a thirty-year prison sentence. The “ineffective defense counsel” in that case never even bothered to cross-examine the “victim” when the prosecution placed him on the witness stand! And, Judge Kitchens ruled that testimony from an expert witness for the defense , who could have provided exculpatory evidence as to where the “diaphram” is located on the body, could not be given in court, because “the defense delayed the introduction of the witness to gain a tactical advantage.”

    But back to the problem of malicious prosecutors, hanging judges , ineffective counselors and uninformed jurors. I watched OJ Simpso’s so-called “kidnapping” trial via Court TV back in 2009. OJ was charged with “kidnapping,” for holding at gunpoint, thieves who had broken into his house and stole his football memorbalia. The thieves were “hawking’ the loot at a Vegas Hotel and OJ and his friends went in to recover “his stuff.”
    It was an audio-taped, Vegas mob-set up and OJ was found guilty by an all white jury of “kidnapping.” Judge Jackie Glass sentenced him to twenty-years in prison. His appeal earlier this year was denied by the Nevada Supreme Court. OJ was no more guilty of “kidnapping” than was Columbus’ Ronnie Mitchener. Mitchener admitted to holding Lee Boterf at gunpoint because he perceived him as a threat to his life. Mitchener got twenty-years in prison. Mitchener’s case never came to trial;his “ineffective counsel” convinced him to plead guilty, because he claimed he had a deal with Judge Kitchens to sentence him “to time served.” Mr. Mitchener’s appeal to the Mississippi Court of Appeals was denied, too.

    I had heard of the practice of “jurors questions” used in some courts, but I had never seen the practive in action until the Simpson trial in Vegas. “Jurors questions” is a way for jurors to get at the truth–that is their mandate– when ineffective counsel fails to ask the right questions. Or when Judges fail to assure that a defendant receives effective counsel.

    But, I discovered through my online research that the State of Mississippi is the ONLY STATE IN THE UNION THAT DOES NOT ALLOW JUROR’S QUESTIONS.

    WHY?

    http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-6558547/Look-who-s-talking-now.html

  2. JohnnyPhillipMorris

    A lawsuit against Dr Steven Haynes could be an option for Ms. Shields to drew attention to her plight as a victim of Lowndes county’s malicious prosecution, judicial misconduct by Judge Kitchens and the Mickey Mouse forensic testimony by Dr. Haynes.

    And an alleged rapist/arsonist walks free–the torching of the Rufus Richards home in Crawford–and the LCSO refuses to investigate! Not only does Lowndes county have a sheriff that sits behind the desk,but a Chief Investigator,too! Now what was the name of that courthouse shyster that claimed Lowndes county needed a sheriff that sits behind the desk?
    We got’em for a least three more years.

    Officer Luckey’s looking good. And he doesn’t sit behind the desk.

    http://altoonaherald.desmoinesregister.com/article/DB/20130321/NEWS01/303210015/Acquitted-woman-sues-forensic-pathologist

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