Investigate Superior Court Judge Larry Goodman's defiance of Penal Code 1405 and Senate Bill 980. Investigate why evidence is being switched or destroyed without being accountable. Allow me a right to fair DNA testing so that I may prove my innocence.
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Why is this important: African American men are being maliciously denied DNA testing on the basis of race (especially in cases involving white or non-minority victims). County Prosecutors and their crime lab employees are tampering with and, in some cases, destroying exculpatory biological evidence while (some) State Court Judges help conceal such acts or ignore the fact that it's happening. The problem is so pervasive in Northern California Courts and Prosecutor's offices that DNA is code for "DENY NEGRO - DEFENDANTS ACCESS" TO TESTING! They'll literally switch or destroy it rather than allow black defendants to prove their innocence with it. Last September California Law Makers attempted to "FIX" the problem(s) of defendants being denied POST CONVICTION DNA TESTING by over zealous and/or unscrupulous Judges and Prosecutors (See Senate Bill 980). What followed in Alameda County Superior Court recently underscores the need for additional action and accountability. Judge Larry Goodman (known for being pro-prosecution), denied my request for DNA testing on the grounds that: (a) "He denied a previous DNA motion of mine based on the fact that all crimes charged were 'SIMILAR IN NATURE' (see 2002 Denial attached)"; and (b) He denied my February 19, 2015 motion for DNA testing on the grounds that "It was previously alleged in court documents that the ALAMEDA COUNTY D.A.'s office had lost or destroyed the evidence now sought to be tested." However in 2011, said evidence was discovered in the D.A.'s possession for which I've continuously sought access and testing (aided by THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA INNOCENCE and DNA PROJECTS until the recent change in State Law (SB 980), when again I petitioned (IN PRO PER) for DNA testing (see petition and denial attached). Because Judge Goodman and prosecutors DO NOT WANT ME TO PROVE MY INNOCENCE in a 37 year old cold case that's riddled with constitutional errors and unauthorized sentences (addressed in greater detail in pages 1-4); Judge Goodman shields this matter from Judicial review of any kind by manufacturing his recent denials for DNA testing and sanctions in violation of both LANGUAGE and SPIRIT of SB 980.
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