Expungement For A Conviction Of  Mr. Bolden For A Crime He Did Not Commit
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Expungement For A Conviction Of Mr. Bolden For A Crime He Did Not Commit

    1. Stephen Courts
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      Stephen Courts

      Hilliard, OH

Bolden became a member of the United States Secret Service in October 1960.

 Bolden met President John F. Kennedy in Chicago, Illinois and, after a brief conversation with Bolden, President Kennedy was instrumental in making Bolden the first African American to be assigned to the Secret Service White House Detail in Washington, D.C.

 Bolden traveled with the President; but he became disenchanted with the assignment when a few of  his fellow agents used racial slurs in his presence and engaged in a pattern of conduct that, in Bolden's professional opinion, endangered the life of the President. Bolden's warnings to higher government officials concerning the probability that the president would be assassinated due to his firm stand for equal opportunity for all Americans and the dislike for the president because of his policies went unheeded.

After President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and after having previously discussed his complaints of secret service misconduct with the Chief of the U.S. Secret Service and his immediate superiors to no avail, Bolden threatened to divulge information concerning the President’s lack of proper security to officials who were investigating the President’s death.  Bolden was whisked out of Washington, D.C. under a pretext, returned to Chicago whereupon he was hastily arrested by high administrators within the secret service who charged Bolden with the commission of a federal crime.

After federal trial judge told the deliberating jury that they should find Bolden guilty during the first trial, during a second trial before the same trial judge Bolden and his attorney were locked out of the court building, during jury deliberation, by order of the trial judge. Bolden was convicted at the end of the second trial; however, the case against Bolden began to fall apart when one of the witnesses, Joseph Spagnoli, who testified against Bolden, confessed that he and another witness, Frank William Jones, concocted and fabricated the criminal case against Bolden with the help of an Assistant United States Attorney. In spite of Spagnoli’s confession and the government’s refusal to deny the charges levied by Spagnoli, Bolden was sent away to the penitentiary. Bolden feared that in order to further discredit him, at some point during his confinement, the government would attempt to have him declared insane.

Bolden was subsequently sent to the prison camp at the Springfield Medical Center for Federal Prisoners.  During his imprisonment, Bolden was held in solitary confinement in the psychiatric ward where he was forced to ingest a psychotropic drug. The scheme to declare Bolden insane was unsuccessful and Bolden was paroled in September of 1969 after serving three years and three months in federal confinement.

 After being released from prison, Bolden established himself as a master at quality control administrative procedures in various machining and metal fabricating companies in Chicago.  He retired after serving 35 years in quality control supervisory positions.

For his tireless efforts in the pursuit of justice and equity before the law, Bolden has been the recipient of the 2008 Scottish Hugo’s Companion Tankard Award for Courage, the 2008 African American Arts Alliance Award for Excellence, the 2008 Alpha Phi Alpha Award for Courage.  He has been cited by the National Urban League as one of America’s Outstanding Black Men.

He seeks to have his conviction vacated and the expunging of the unlawfully obtained criminal record.  Please support this petition. "

To:
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Former Secret Service Abraham Bolden -.

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Expunge the bogus conviction from the 1960's for Truth Telling About The Murder Of President Kennedy.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Outstanding Video By Brent Holland With Abraham Bolden

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      Terrific interview with Abraham and Brent Holland. Watch this and see why I am so inspired and motivated by this courageous man. You will not be disappointed. The exact same drinking on the job and womanizing as well as lax protection of the President during the time that President Kennedy served continues to this very day. Thanks for watching and please forward to as many friends and colleagues as you can. Only with tens of thousands of signatures can we get the attention of Obama and Holder. Stephen Courts

      Abraham Bolden video 1st Black Secret Service JFK assassination Part 1of 2 Night Fright Holland

      https://www.youtube.com/user/nightfrightshow http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=48091&refid=stpr "JFK assassination" "JFK conspiracy" "The Echo from Dealey Plaza: The true story of the first African American on the White House Secret Service detail and his quest for justice after the assassination of JFK" "Grassy Knoll" "witnesses" "single bullet" "magic bullet" "JFK Lancer" "government cover up" "FBI" "CIA" "Secret Service" "Chicago plot" "Tampa Plot" "KKK" "pardon" "drunk secret service" Please share all Night Fright Show videos with your friends.

    2. Revised Petition For Mr. Abraham Bolden

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      In an effort to increase readership of Abraham's petition we have condensed the original petition to make it more succinct and easier to grasp the important details. I encourage all change.org supporters to please take a few minutes and read the shorten petition and sign it. If you would ask you friends, family, colleagues and Facebook friends to sign, it will increase the numbers on the petition and help us reach the goal we set. It is long overdue that Abraham's falsely obtained conviction is expunged. Any feedback is always appreciated. Thank you, Stephen Courts

    3. New Short Video Of Mark Lane's Movie OF Abraham's Life (Six Minutes)

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      Ran into a roadblock with the film, but the stuff about Bolden is still wonderful.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px-7IRJpMZE

      JFK and his Secret Service Detail: Preview of Mark Lane's new film featuring Abraham Bolden
      An early preview of a new documentary film by Mark Lane, author of "Rush To Judgment" and "Plausible Denial." The new film A...(Thanks to Mark & Sue for the update). Stephen Courts

      JFK and his Secret Service Detail: Preview of Mark Lane's new film featuring Abraham Bolden

      An early preview of a new documentary film by Mark Lane, author of "Rush To Judgment" and "Plausible Denial." The new film A RUSH TO JUDGMENT is still in production with an anticipated release date in 2011. The film updates the watershed 1967 film with new interviews and new findings by Lane regarding the JFK assassination that remains unresolved after nearly 50 years.

    4. More On The Potential Appearance By Abraham Bolden Before The Johnson...

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      At a news conference in Chicago Wednesday, Bolden denied the charge and made his frame-up accusation.
      Bizarre though it is, this accusation-and the story of purported laxity, too-must be investigated.
      The Commission has wisely decided to give Bolden a hearing. If there is any basis for Bolden's charges it should be brought to light. If the charges are fraudulent, that too, should be disclosed. The important thing, as the Warren Commission unanimously agreed, is to "get to the bottom" of the matter.
      Abraham was never called and it was later determined without doubt that many agents drank all night the morning of the 22nd at the Cellar, Thanks to Vince Palamara for providing this excellent article from early 1964. Thanks, Stephen

    5. Rare Article On Mr. Bolden's Appearance Before The Johnson Commission

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      Warren Group May Call Suspended Agent To Testify
      Washington - The Warren Commission is considering calling suspended Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden of Chicago bit has made no decision, a spokesman said today.
      Bolden has said he was framed by the government in a $50,000.00 payoff case because he was going to tell of heavy drinking among agents guarding President John F. Kennedy. He said the government knew he was going to testify before the Warren Commission, which is investigating the assassination of Kennedy last Nov. 22.
      J. Lee Rankin, general counsel, said the commission has not decided whether it will call Bolden.
      Bolden, 29, the first Negro ever to serve on the Secret Service White House detail (chosen by JFK personally-my addition to the article), was suspended Tuesday after he was charged with attempting to sell a top secret government file to a defendant in an alleged crime syndicate counterfeiting operation. More on above update....ran out of space, sorry. Stephen

    6. New Book By Secret

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      In Vince Palamara's new terrific book about the Secret Service, he devotes an entire chapter at the end to Abraham's case. It is not too long, but it concisely sums up the bogus charges and conviction of this courageous
      American Hero and his efforts to protect President Kennedy. Highly recommend this book for the excellent, meticulously researched history of the Secret Service. Thanks, Stephen Courts

    7. Terrific Interview With Abraham Bolden

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      This is a very recent interview with Abraham that will make you cry, laugh and reflect. I encourage you to take 5 or 10 minutes to read this link to the interview....it is not a video, a regular newspaper interview.

      http://www.thenorthstarnews.com/fullstory/story/abraham-bolden-the-first-black-secret-service-agent-assigned-to-the-white-house-tells-the-story-of-racism-in-the-us-secrect-service

    8. Outstanding Interview By German author of JFK: Coup d'etat in America

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      This outstanding article appeared on www.globalreasearch.ca/jfk-assassination-marked the end of the American....., here is the link.
      http://www.globalresearch.ca/jfk-assassination-marked-the-end-of-the-american-republic/5346419. In the article by famed journalist and writer Martin Broeckers, who also authored JFK: Coup d'état in America. In the four page interview he points out on page 4 the following quoted as written. Abraham Bolden, the first Afro-American brought to the White House by JFK in 1961, tells that when he tried to contact the (I detest using Warren Commission, when it was the Johnson Commission) Warren Commission to talk about the supremacist, racist attitude of his colleagues, he was indicted by corrupt false witnesses and brought to prison. This a fantastic read and something you will never, never see from American media. I highly recommend this article and the point about the bogus conviction of an American Hero, Abraham Bolden. Thanks, Stephen

    9. New Information From JFK vs CIA by Michael Calder

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      I recently finished a fabulous book, actually a thesis turned into a book by noted researcher Michael Calder. It came as news to me that Abraham was so well thought of by CONGRESS that during the 1977-79 House Investigation of the murders of President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, that Abraham was called before the committee to tell his side of the failed Secret Service Protection of President Kennedy. Not only did Abraham help to break up the attempt of JFK's life in Chicago in early November 1963, he warned his supervisors of plots to kill the President from FBI internal memos. Of course those disappeared after the murder of JFK because they were an embarrassment to the director Hoover. But they were issued less than 10 days before November 22, 1963 and Abraham TRIED HIS BEST to get the higher ups to be more alert. They did not take his advise and later attempted to destroy the teletypes that warned of the impending slaughter in Dallas. Bravo to Abraham.

    10. Reached 500 signatures
    11. Great Feedback From Another Informed Supporter

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      JFK & The Unspeakable is the seminal book on Why President Kennedy was murdered. It is a 10 STAR read and considered by most researchers the best book on the Coup d'etat. Stephen Courts

      Abraham Bolden is a hero. He was set up by his own Government as they knew he KNEW about their involvement in JFK's assination.

      They tried to break him. They tried to destroy his family and it not work. Abraham and his wife, Barbara, prevailed. As will the truth.

      Abraham Bolden served his Government, God and humanity and in return, his Government assassinated their leader and tried to take out all of those they considered a threat, including Abraham.

      Isn't enough enough?

      Please read JFK & The Unspeakable to learn the honest truth about JFK's assasination and about Abraham's plight.
      our latest development here.

      Aaron Lacey CHILLIWACK, CANADA

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    12. Yet Another Great Comment From A Supporter On Why They Signed

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      Here's why I signed:
      It is time for this heroes name to be expunged. Had he been allowed to do his duty and work with others who were not bent on treason, JFK may not have met his demise. To keep him quiet and to punish him for integrity, honor and morality he dealt with trumped up charges and false conviction. It is long past time to make some, albeit minor restitution to this decent human being and cleanse his record. Mr. Bolden experienced racism and trumped up phony charges, conviction and imprisonment nothing can make that right. The least that can be done is to clear this good mans name. Let's get it done!

      Sincerely,
      Laura Marie Flynn
      Landing, New Jersey

    13. Great Contribution From Bruce Nevin With A Great Link

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      This good and righteous man speaks to me. http://whowhatwhy.com/2012/05/02/secret-service-vet-with-very-strange-jfk-story/

      Much Thanks to Bruce. Stephen

      Secret Service Vet With Very Strange JFK Story - WhoWhatWhy

      PODCAST: Abraham Bolden, the first African-American Secret Service agent on the White House detail, in a talk from 2008. Recalls his astonishing experience with JFK, with his fellow agents, and the ominous goings-on prior to and after Kennedy's assassination. A must-listen. Chilling. Also see our recent piece on the Service.

    14. Review of The Kennedy Detail Written By Abraham Bolden

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      This is the real hero of ANY efforts to save the life of President Kennedy in 1963, not the boys like Blaine and company. Here is a great link to the review by Abraham.
      http://bit.ly/boldenreview

      Former Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden's Scathing Review of The Kennedy Detail

      I just finished reading former Secret Service Agent Blaine's 448-page cover-your-ass memoir, The Kennedy Detail . As a former agent myself and the first African-American to be appointed to the White House detail personally by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, I have been dismayed by the continual at

    15. Awards Abraham Has Been Honored With

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      *A partial list of Bolden's awards:

      Citation from US Senator Roland W Burris for Courage in Challenging Injustice
      Alpha Presidential Inaugural Award for Exemplary Leadership, Service,
      Commitment, and Courage
      Carter G. Woodson Award for Living Black History
      St Louis Classics Walk of Fame Inductee
      Sodexo Lifetime Achievement for Excellence and Outstanding Service
      Baker Street Tankard Award for Pursuance of Truth and Justice

      Again my thanks to Cantara for contributing this vital and important material thatrecognizes just some of the awards Abraham has been the recepient of.

      Stephen

    16. From Screenwriter and Avid Abraham Supporter Cantara Christopher

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      ABRAHAM BOLDEN: HIS EXONERATION, OUR HONOR

      A hundred years ago, the French government dishonored themselves when
      they framed Alfred Dreyfus, an innocent military officer, and sent him
      to die in a stinking hellhole called Devil's Island. They regained
      their honor when they totally exonerated Dreyfus, years later.

      Fifty years ago, agencies of the US government dishonored themselves
      when they failed to heed the warnings of a young and dedicated Secret
      Service agent named Abraham Bolden. Result: President John F. Kennedy
      was brutally assassinated. These agencies then conspired to frame
      Bolden for a totally fabricated crime and sent him to disappear into
      our own hellhole, the American prison system.

      But Bolden survived, and in the eyes of American people, he is a hero.*

      Sign the petition for the US government to formally exonerate Abraham
      Bolden. Let's regain our honor.

      Cantara has created an easier way to link to this petition. The URL is:

      http://bit.ly/boldenpetition Stephen

    17. Essay On Q&A About The JFK Murder By Retired Civil Liberties Attorney

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      My good friend Michael Schweitzer has written a brilliant essay on the facts about the murder of President Kennedy. The first few pages are crucial in how Allen Dulles, deposed CIA director, fired by President Kennedy in 1961, was able to infiltrate the Secret Service and remove at the last minute the protection that should have been available by law to the late President. As a student of the Assassination of President Kennedy for over 20 years, this is one of the most consise and best written explanation of why, who and how President Kennedy was murdeered. It also colloborates Abraham Bolden's autobiography, The Echo From Dealey Plaza. Please feel free to post to your face book page. Mikie's has authorized anyone to read and share this masterpiece as long as it is not for porfit.

      https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UnX4ceS6LZ-Ib88pjYVo5R9j8izZpfK7dzq3JSzdbnI/edit

      You may have to cut and paste the essay to your browser, again my apologies. Stephen Courts & Dr. Greg Levitt

    18. Fantastic Interview With Abraham and Patricia Murray On TV Skywriter

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      This is a fantastic interview, just over an hour with a journalist from North Carolina with Abraham Bolden. Must see video that explores Abraham's life, his youth and the tragic, egregious misconduct by the United States government to silence him in 1964. By miles, the best of all of the videos. Credit to Pat for this wonderful American hero.

      Stephen Courts

      All: Cut of recent interview done on 1-13-13.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7OIE3WvqyQ&feature=em-subs_digestlook at the life of an American hero.

      TV Skywriter - Abraham Bolden Sr

      patricia A murray interviews Abraham Bolden Sr, who wrote "The Echo from Dealey Plaza." The byline of the book reads: "The true story of the first African-American on the White House Secret Service detail and his quest for justice after the assassination of JFK."

    19. An Excellent Comment From Another Supporter On Why He Signed

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      I just signed Stephen Courts's petition "Expungement For A Conviction Of Mr. Bolden For A Crime He Did Not Commit" on Change.org.

      Here's why I signed:

      I have read Mr. Bolden's book on the events surrounding his engineered conviction for a crime he did not commit. I believe his account to be accurate and, unfortunately, completely in keeping with the tenor of those times. That this travesty continues uncorrected to this day is unconscionable. President Obama please show that our country has become enlightened enough, wise enough and just enough in the last four decades to erase this horrible institutional mistake.

      Sincerely,
      Clifford Bottin

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    20. Outstanding Essay by a retired Civil Liberties Attorney

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      This is a rather long essay for this forum, so I am going to cut and paste the part relating to the Secret Service corruption in the murder of President Kennedy.
      Q&A ABOUT THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY:
      An Attorney’s Evidentiary & Historical Analysis

      By Michael B. Schweitzer, Attorney at Law (retired)
      November 22, 2012

      Introductory note: Today marks the 49th anniversary of the coup d’état that changed the United States of America forever: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the assassination of the presidency itself as an office of national leadership. I post today this essay about the assassination in tribute to both the man and the nation lost.
      WHO ASSASSINATED PRESIDENT KENNEDY?

      THE SHORT ANSWER: The CIA, at the directorate level, assassinated President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, to replace him with CIA-friendly Vice President Lyndon Johnson. Former CIA director Allen Dulles issued the Kill Directive to the Agency’s Deput

    21. Another Salient Comment From A Supporter

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Stephen Courts,

      I just signed Stephen Courts's petition "Expungement For A Conviction Of Mr. Bolden For A Crime He Did Not Commit" on Change.org.

      Here's why I signed:

      It strains credibility that Mr. Bolden was able to pass tests for the Secret Service, only to end up in a mental institution. Mr. Bolden had no mental problems before going in, and no problems after his release.

      Sincerely,
      David Janello
      Chicago, Illinois
      atest development here.

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    22. 49th Anniversary of the murder of President Kennedy Tomorrow

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      Now is the perfect time to refect on the loss of our beloved President, the 49th anniversary of his murder. Please take a few minutes and sign the petition to exonerate Abraham Boden, the patriot who foiled the attempt on President Kennedy's life in Chicago in early November 1963. Abraham was later railroaded and imprisoned for TRUTHTELLING, or better attempting to truth tell about the lax security around President Kennedy. Here is the link: "Expungement For A Conviction Of Mr. Bolden For A Crime He Did Not Commit". If you have troube with the link you can always go to www.change.org and search Abraham Bolden to sign. Please take this opportunity to help right the wrong done to Abraham and please pass it on to your friends, family, fellow church members and co-workers and neighbors. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. Stephen Courts

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    23. Comments From Another Supporter

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Stephen Courts,

      I just signed Stephen Courts's petition "Expungement For A Conviction Of Mr. Bolden For A Crime He Did Not Commit" on Change.org.

      Here's why I signed:

      Mr. Bolden was accused, tried, and convicted based on false evidence & lying witnesses in order to silence Abraham. The past needs to be made right.

      Sincerely,
      Deb Galentine
      Lubbock, Tennessee

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    24. Comment From A Supporter and Signee To Abraham's Petition

      Stephen Courts
      Petition Organizer

      This is a quote from one of our supporters. If President Obama does not do the right thing, add his name to the ones mentioned in the quote below. I would also add Bill Clinton, no stranger to illegal activities and to unfounded pardons.

      Future generations will wonder how we let the bad guys win. Shame on Rather, Cronkite, Jennings, and Bradlee. Shame on LBJ, Nixon and Ford. Shame on those, like O'Reilly, who perpetuate the lie to this day. Shame on the people who know and are still afraid to talk as if taboo.

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    Reasons for signing

    • samantha turnbull NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 20 days ago

      That a. good man's name is cleared

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    • Alan James L.A.,CA., USA, THAILAND
      • 24 days ago

      I hereby urge the President & Congress to expunge the bogus conviction of Mr. Abe Bolden for a Federal Crime he did not commit in 1964-65.

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    • Kathleen Matesic JOPPA, MD
      • 28 days ago

      The truth is deserving to the people who are citizens of this great country in which we live. My father's cousin was a Secret Service agent at this time, also. I remember when we were told that he was so upset that morning when he called his mother, my dad's aunt, to tell her the news. Something was bothering him about that morning.....

      From my understanding, he was supposed to be on duty that morning. And then, he was called & told that he would not have to report for duty that morning. From my understanding, he called his mom from a bar after watching the assassination on TV. He was very upset & supposedly crying very hard as he told his mom, my dad's aunt, the news.

      The documentary with those Secret Service Agents serving at that time shows the sensitivity and the pain which is still with him & those he served with during this tragic incident. I feel there is more to this story that we as citizens of this great country have been told. Let's get to the truth at last while these agents are still able to tell us what they know.

      Set the truth free!

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    • Sonya Trippett PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • about 1 month ago

      To:

      President of the United States

      U.S. Senate

      U.S. House of Representatives

      I just signed the following petition addressed to: Former Secret Service Abraham Bolden -.

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      Expunge the bogus conviction from the 1960's for Truth Telling About The Murder Of President Kennedy.

      Sincerely,

      Sonya Trippett

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    • Loriann Bennett GAINESVILLE, FL
      • 2 months ago

      Requesting the exoneration for Mr

      Abraham Bolden

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