Justice for Kenneth McGriff aka "Preme"
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The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees defendants the right to testify on their own behalf in criminal cases.
Kenneth McGriff aka "Preme" who was on trial on a Capital Punishment Death Penalty Case, was denied his Constitutional Right to testify in his own defense. His defense attorney David Ruhnke worked with the prosecuting ADA Carolyn Pokorny to violate Kenneth's rights. Beyond that Judge Frederic Block recognized multiple violations during the trial, yet refused to acknowledge them in Mr. McGriff's appeals.
What the family wants and what Kenneth deserves is to be heard in court and to testify in his own defense. Surely in a trial where a man was about to be put to death, the least an attorney should be required is to allow the defendant to give his testimony. We want the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the unethical practices of the attorneys both Prosecution and Defense as well as the then presiding Judge.
Kenneth McGriff has asked for his day in court with the same penalty if found guilty, sentence to death. A man is willing to put his life on the line for his right to testify. Surely this is deserved and his right according to the US Constitution. There were numerous red flags in this trial and the U.S. Department of Justice must be made aware of them. The President of the United States must be made aware of the discrepancies that occurred during this trial. When people are opposed to injustice they should be opposed to all injustice, not just the ones that offend their own personal sensibilities. Give Kenneth McGriff his day in court, and send the message that the constitutional right to testify in one's own defense must be preserved in all criminal cases.
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