Pastor Vizion B. Jones: Do Not Use Our Tax Dollars to Imprison the Innocent - James F. Mathis
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"MR. MATHIS IS TO REPORT TO PRISON ON THE 16th FOR CONJURED "CONSPIRACY TO DESTROY THE ENVIRONMENT-EPA" VIOLATION. THEY TRIED TO GIVE HIM 25 YEARS, THEN 14 YEARS. WHEN I GOT INVOLVED THEY COULDN'T RAILROAD HIM AS BADLY (FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST BEING A BLACK CONTRACTOR IN TENNESSEE AND NOT GETTING ANY OF THE FEDERAL FUNDED CONTRACTS) SO THEY GAVE HIM 18 MONTHS TO SERVE IN PRISON. THIS MAN DOES NOT DESERVE TO SERVE NOT ONE DAY!!! THIS IS A MEANS OF SHUTTING HIM UP --HE KNOWS TOO MUCH. MR. MATHIS IS A DEACON, A FAITHFUL HUSBAND -MARRIED 31 YEARS, A MILITARY VETERAN AND THE SON OF A SHARE-CROPPER. HE HAS LIVED AN HONORABLE LIFE AND DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE CAGED FOR PROFIT."
"Mr. Mathis is a contractor who had done work for many years on several well-known projects (Morehouse College Gym, Atlanta. Georgia; The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Mead Paper Products Co. Chattanooga, Tn.; The Villages at Alton Park; Chattanooga, Tn.; South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, S.C.; 2nd Phase Student Housing Project -Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga to name a few). He has been married for as long as he's been in business (31 yrs.). A deacon in his church and a long standing community leader. Mr. Mathis has always had a good reputation --at least--until he did work for the "Fillers." Contracted to do their demolition James Mathis found that the building needed asbestos abatement. He contacted the owners and provided them with an estimate and the information of the company that he has used (over many years) to do previous work in abatement. The Fillers chose a different company and the work was performed.
Upon completion of the abatement by the company the Fillers chose Mr. Mathis was contacted and commenced the demolition. At some point during the demolition additional hazards were found Mr. Mathis then stopped demolition; informed the owners and did not return to the property. The Fillers were instructed to have the waste removed before work could commence. At that point he continued on other projects. The site sat vacant for a long period before (providing a space for illegal dumping to occur) environmental agencies were called to the site. Small quantities of asbestos was found and Mr. Mathis was charged and found guilty (and has been sentenced to self-report to prison by November 16th, 2012) of conspiracy and environmental damage -leaving a fiber of asbestos, which he was not responsible for, in the air (a level of responsibility the Federal Government said was negligible for in demolition New York after 9-11). The company that did the abatement was never charged. Although Mr. Mathis was not responsible for the asbestos abatement, an expert witness of NESHAP's Laws during sentencing said that "the majority of the waste was properly dumped in a certified landfill;" she went on to say, "it was documented in the waste disposal manifest and that the Federal Prosecutor needed to consult it.'" The expert then continued to testify in court that she believed that "collusion and omission of evidence was done to gain a wrongful conviction.""
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