In October of 2006, the Jackson family of Solomons, Md., would be rocked, when their 21-year-old son, Brandon, was reportedly jumped by 7 to 8 White males. Six years later, Brandon would be sentenced by a nearly all-White jury to 12 years in prison for attempted murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for defending himself against one of the “victims.” Struck down but buoyed by faith, Brandon’s mother, Gloria Fisher, spoke with NewsOne about how she won’t stop until she gets justice for Brandon.
While Brandon helped his employer move furniture at her house in Jackson, N.J., he allegedly noticed that a fight had broken out at a party across the street. After walking toward the altercation to investigate the melee, one of the individuals involved, who is said to have been visibly intoxicated along with the raucous group, began fighting with him.
According to Gloria, Brandon quickly shut the aggressor down and attempted to return to the house he came from.
The aggressor — now allegedly armed with 7 to 8 other White males in tow — followed Brandon and then reportedly began stomping and kicking him while yelling, “Kill the n*gger!”
According to Gloria, Brandon pulled out his 3-inch work pocket knife in self-defense, forcing the group back, but it was the homeowner’s call to police that would finally force the motley group to stand down.
On the police report, even though the officer would list the incident as a “racial offense” and Brandon would sustain injuries to the back of his head and knees and even had a fingernail bitten off, he would later be the only one charged with aggravated assault and illegal weapons possession.
To gain insight in to how often Black males are forced in to taking plea deals, NewsOne spoke with Managing Attorney of Guster Law Firm Eric L. Welch Guster, and according to Guster, this type of court shenanigans is par for the course.
“All too often, young men are forced to take plea deals because of incompetent or unprepared lawyers. What we find in many major cities is that there is a lack of competent, qualified counsel and these young men are told that a plea deal is their only option. I have seen cases where defendants were NEVER visited by their attorneys, the attorneys never reviewed police reports or other documents, and the defendants were told that a plea deal is their only option,” Guster said.
“Statistically, only 15 percent of lawyers ever have a jury trial during their career. 15 percent!!! So many urge clients to enter guilty pleas because they are afraid of going through a trial. There are so many public defender offices with lawyers who are either overburdened with cases or who do not care.”
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