When I first started trying to find help for Ky, I tried to contact every civil rights organization in the country. My thought was that his situation was such a huge violation of justice, we would have no problem finding a lawyer to help. I sent Ky’s story to TLC, ACLU, Stonewall Bar Association, Southern Poverty Law Center, Southern Center for Human Rights, GLADD, and the list goes on.
Most of the responses were automated and basically said, “I’m sorry we cannot help you at this time”. While many individuals who work for these organizations are very supportive of Ky and have offered help, we haven’t received any support from the actual organizations themselves. All attempts of direct contact seem to dump us into automated phone or email systems.
Smaller, grass roots organizations helped get us in the door with the SCHR, and they reviewed Ky’s case. They wanted to file a habeas corpus for Ky. After reviewing the case, they eventually came back and said that their would be not point in filing an appeal or a habeas corpus, because the presiding judge, Judge R. Rucker Smith, will deny these motions. Basically, it would be a waste of time and resources.
Then another group came in and attempted to help Ky. In the beginning, they were very helpful, but eventually, they stopped listening to him and refused to talk to me. They showed up at the prison and tried to get Ky to pursue a habeas, and he refused. I got a call from Ky that day asking me why I didn’t tell them about what happened with the SCHR. Since these lawyers refused to speak to me, I had no idea that they were even planing on visiting him. He was furious. By not talking to me, they wasted valuable time and resources. Even after writing a document specifically telling them to speak to me before making any decisions, I was told by one of their lawyers that they do not have to speak to me at all. This continued on with this group for some time. When a member of this organization contacted Ky’s mother, making empty offers to help their family, and then began harassing her, Ky wrote them, and told them that he was no longer interested in his services.
I have managed to speak to several lawyers about Ky’s case. Lawyer after lawyer , they all say the same thing. The problem is the plea deal.
- regardless of the fact that they denied his right to self defense
- regardless of the fact that he was too heavily medicated to make a sound decision
- regardless of the fact that they threatened to lock up brothers away for life
- regardless of the fact that they lied to him about what the charges were
- regardless of the fact that they told him that it didn’t matter that he was raped…
Ky signed a plea deal. It doesn’t matter how they bullied him into signing that deal, all that matters is his signature. By signing this plea deal, he effectively signed away any rights to future actions in regards to his case.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the legal system, “No” does not mean “No”, it means “find another way” . If we can’t get the state to correct the injustices that they committed against Ky, we can make damn sure they pay for it.
So at this point, we are looking for someone who can represent Ky in a federal against the state. I’m not going to list all of the details of what we have, but I will say that we have more than enough evidence to provide grounds for an action against against the state. They violated every civil right Ky had as a human being… he deserves justice.