|Sensei Charles "Chas" Ransom|
My name is Charles "Chas" Ransom. In 1983, I was a scared 19-year-old exile from NYS's Foster care system living on the streets of NYC. Physically and emotionally abused as a child, I ran away at 13 years old. Abandoned by family, I stayed in the same school after running away, yet no one came to look for me.
Arrested at 19 for 2nd Homicide I have been imprisoned for more than 29 years. Educated myself in prison. Achievements include College, Program Fund Raiser, Special development of event Program Coordinator and Peer Educator, Facilitator and Motivational Speaker from a Psycho/Social perspective. I use life experiences to tell a story and share what my life is like behind the walls.
Prison Officials punitively target me for teaching other prisoners about their Civil and Constitutional Rights. Prison Officials often levy False Charges against me for helping other prisoners exercise their Rights to Due Process during Administrative Disciplinary, Parole, Temporary Release and other hearings. I'm also capriciously persecuted, with long periods in Solitary Confinement, for Coordinating successful Special Events with outside Community Guest to undermine my character in General Population. Only with consistent outside support and concern will these malicious Administrative Officials of the Department of Corruption be forced to follow Due Process, Correctional Laws and NYS Directives and Policies.
With continued support, I can help others break free of the strangling yoke of oppression and repressive tactics used by the Department Of Corruption to subjugate prisoners. NYS-DOCS uses draconian tactics to abuse prisoners and attempt to break the spirits of individuals whom have realized they've made mistakes and take necessary steps to ameliorate themselves. I will continue to help motivate others, no matter what they attempt to do to me, because... WE NEED HELP! NYS Prison Officials misguided attempts to break my spirit without attention paid to the aggregate human condition are futile. Habilitation comes from within! This system is designed to undermine every real effort to ameliorate and return us to society as productive citizens.
I will continue to teach, motivate and help others educate themselves even if it means my being placed, once again, in Solitary Confinement (SHU) for extended periods. The strength and character of a Warriors Spirit is tempered by the Warriors experiences. "MY SPIRIT IS STRONG BUT, MY KNEE'S ARE WEEK!" I NEED YOUR HELP! To learn more about me, or find out how you can help, please feel free to contact me directly at:
Chas Ransom, 85-A-1643
Also, please make sure to read the areas where supplies and resources are needed in this posting. Thank you so much! Many thanks to the following: Brother Mumia Abu Jamal for his inspiration; The NYS Chapter Staff, Volunteers and Supporters of Free Mumia Coalition; Staff, Volunteer and Supporters of Radio Stations: WBAI-NYC, WRPI-TROY, WPKN-Bridgeport, CKUT-CA, CT and WVKR-Vassar College Radio Stations. May the peace and blessings of the Creator be with you. Always.
|LEGAL ASSISTANCE NEEDED:|
- Any person whose a Registered Lawyer with NYS BAR Association or a Para-Legal may assist with Arguing cases prepared by me before the Court. Legal Research and Dialogue on strategy is also needed.
- All funds or donations will go to paying Court Cost, Index Case filing fee's, Certified Return Receipt Mailings, Typewriter Supplies, Stationary and Copies needed.
- 1983 Highly publicized Criminal Conviction for Homicide 2nd degree. During trial: Flagrant Prosecutor Misconduct, Ineffective Assistance of Trial Counsel, Improper Jury Charge, Excessive Sentence, Ineffective Assistance of Appellant Counsel and more... Issues being fought. NOTE: Court approved trial Lawyer’s Wife to second chair without certification or her being registered by NYS BAR as Paralegal or Lawyer. Also, Prosecution argued facts not in evidence nor charged. Psychiatrist testimony rebutted by District Attorney without The People calling an expert witness to testify.
Inactive - CPLR Article 78 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE: Challenging a 1999 arbitrary administrative Disciplinary sanction resulting in 18 Months Solitary Confinement for being an Elected Liaison Representative and Active in Prison resolution. This arbitrary sanction resulted after I successfully coordinated a "90 Day PEACE Initiative" program which unified the prisoners through Civilian Guest Speakers, Events, Games and Workshops which focused on constructive ways to deter and resolve potentially violent situations. For 90 Days, there was NO VIOLENCE in the prison. Two guards who attacked a prisoner broke the Peace. These Two guards are no longer employed with the NYS Department of Corruption.
Inactive - CPLR Article 78 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE: Challenging an arbitrary administrative Disciplinary sanction in 2004 after I successfully coordinated and MC'd a Cultural Kwanzaa Event for 275 members of population. Charges brought to retaliate against me for Filing Formal Assault Charges against Green Haven State Prison administrators for abuse of discretion, violation of Constitutional rights to be free from harm and Deliberate indifference to my medical needs by forcing me to Double Cell against Valid Medical Restrictions months before Event. The Green Haven Administration directed a Prison Doctor to alter my Medical records changing restrictions to read that I COULD double cell on the bottom bunk.
This was done without appropriate test: MRI's, CAT Scans, etc., to appease a prison policy purely for economic reasons. This contradicts and violated existing medical restrictions on DOCS state-wide computer NOT BE DOUBLE CELLED, per medical specialist and DOCS Doctors, since December 2001. The administrations punitive and malicious abuse of authority clearly violates my Rights to be Free from Harm and Cruel and Unusual Punishment and not to have false charges levied against me for retaliatory purposes.
Inactive - NYS State Court of Claims: NYS Claim for damages resulting from being forced to double cell against valid Medical Restrictions, which caused additional injuries and exacerbated existing injuries to Lumbar region of spine. Causable action resulting from Deliberate Indifference to existing Medical Treatment Plan and Needs. New MRI taken in 2004 after removal from double cell showed New Spinal Injury to Disk.
Inactive - USC 1983 Civil Suit: Violation of my Constitutional Rights to be Free from Harm in forcing double bunk, Deliberate Indifference to Medical and Injuries and damages sustained as a result of Retaliatory actions having false charges levied against me for exercising my Rights under the U.S. Constitution. Deliberately transferring me to Double Bunk SHU Confinement prison further violating Medical. Property Damage to Clothes, Property, Legal Materials, Books and Typewriter. Also, Property Loss, intentionally stolen and destroyed by guards in a misguided attempt to suppress my spirit without attention paid to the aggregate human condition.
These inactive casa were issues some ofsome of being pursued. Many of these arose from my helping other prisoners to educate and empower themselves. Administrators and Guards DO NOT want me to teach, assist or otherwise help prisoners to learn about and begin to exercise their rights!
For this reason, I have been politicised and targeted as an antagonist against administrative arbitrary policies and abuse of prisoners. I- will continue to teach, empower and speak out against abuses at all cost. The fight against oppression behind the walls, over the past 29 years, has exacted a costly toll on me physically.
Unjustly being thrown in Solitary Confinement for speaking out against injustices, starved of nutritious food portions, intentional mass property damage and property loss by vindictive and abusive guards when they take you to Solitary (SHU), physical abuses, assaults and withholding appropriate Medical attention and treatment are the more serious abuses.
Continued harassment by charging indigent prisoners massive postage encumbrances to mail personal property (usually legal work or personal affects) from prison to prison when transferred which seizes up your prison account so you can't buy the food, stamps, stationary, toiletries and cosmetic s needed to survive in here. These are only some of the ways the Department of Corruption harasses and attempts to break the spirits of those who exercise their Rights. "My Spirit is Strong, but my Knee's are weak!"
Deciding to help a prisoner whose aware and fights against these abuses will help to make sure that they DON'T get away with it! Help us to keep the fight against oppression Strong, Focused and with Spirit "Behind The Walls!" Anyone wishing to contact me directly can do so.
Rev. McCloud, Chas Ransom
The points I find merit with are:
1983 Criminal Conviction
POINT ONE: JURY'S REJECTION OF APPELLANT'S DEFENSE OF EXTREME EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCE WAS AGAINST THE WEIGHT OF THE EVIDENCE WHERE THE AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE WAS SUFFICIENTLY ESTABLISHED BY APPELLANT'S DESCRIPTION OF HIS LOSS OF CONTROL AND BY HIS PSYCHIATRIC EXPERT'S EXPLANATION OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS THAT CAUSED THAT TEMPORARY LOSS OF RATIONALITY.....
POINT TWO: APPELLANT WAS DEPRIVED OF HIS DUE PROCESS RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL BY THE PROSECUTION'S
LINE OF QUESTIONING WHICH SOUGHT TO CONVEY THE IMPRESSION THAT APPELLANT WAS OF AN ASSAULTIVE CHARACTER;
INTRODUCTION INTO EVIDENCE OF PROOF OF UNCHARGED CRIMES; AND
PREJUDICIAL USE OF UNCHARGED CRIMES ON SUMMATION AMOUNTING TO PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT. U.S. CONST., AMEND. XIV; N.Y.
CONST., ART. I, B6....... .
POINT THREE: APPELLANT WAS DEPRIVED OF HIS DUE PROCESS RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL BY THE PROSECUTOR'S SUMMATION, IN WHICH SHE MADE DISPARAGING REMARKS ABOUT APPELLANT'S DEFENSE, MIS-REPRESENTED PROOF, ENGAGED IN UNWARRANTED SPECULATION AND ARGUED FROM FACTS NOT IN EVIDENCE AMOUNTING TO PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT. U.S. CONST., AMEND. XIV; N.Y.
CONST., ART. I. B6..............
POINT FOUR: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS TO LIFE SENTENCE IMPOSED UPON THE MENTALLY UNSTABLE APPELLANT IS EXCESSIVE AND AGAINST THE WEIGHT OF THE EVIDENCE WHEREAS NO INTENT WAS PROVEN BY PROSECUTION.......
POINT FIVE: APPELLANT WAS DENIED EFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE OF APPELLATE COUNSEL ON AN APPEAL AS OF RIGHT IN VIOLATION OF HIS STATE AND FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. N.Y. CONST. ART 1, B6; VI AND XIV AMENDMENTS OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION.
POINT SIX: TRIAL COUNSEL WAS INEFFECTIVE IN VIOLATION OF DEFENDANTS RIGHT TO ADEQUATE REPRESENTATION WHEREAS TRIAL COUNSEL WAS HEAVILY MEDICATED AND WAS SLEEP DURING IMPORTANT PORTION OF MOTIONS, HEARING AND TRIAL. DEFENDANTS ATTORNEY HAD TO BE AWAKENED BY HIS WIFE WHO WAS ALLOWED TO SIT AT DEFENSE TABLE.
POINT SEVEN: DEFENDANT WAS DENIED BY COURT A FAIR TRIAL WHEREAS DEFENSE ATTORNEY'S WIFE WAS ALLOWED TO SIT AT DEFENSE TABLE AND ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN DEFENSE PLANNING AND STRATEGY WITHOUT BEING A REGISTERED AS AN ATTORNEY OR PARALEGAL.
POINT EIGHT: APPELLANT COUNSEL WAS INEFFECTIVE FOR FAILING TO RAISE A MERITORIOUS ISSUE OF INEFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE OF TRIAL COUNSEL WHEN TRIAL COUNSEL FAILED TO PRESERVE ISSUES OF MERIT FOR FEDERAL REVIEW AND WAS DERELICT IN ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION.
CHECK*** OTHER ISSUES FROM THE RECORD.
DIVISION OF PAROLE
NYS DIVISION OF
NECESSARY TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE OVERSIGHT
In all honesty, I wish I could turn back the hands of time to erase the
trauma and pain that my actions caused, --all concerned-- but it is not
possible! Yet, with all that I have learned --and with all that I have
accomplished-- I just hope that God will grant me an opportunity to once
again be at liberty to actualize my full potential through positive
endeavors. I shall always keep the memory of the life lost in the
forefront of my mind to remember my purpose to help others!
Or, if you want to support other eligible candidates for parole release you can make your voice heard and do so by contacting a official NYS Representatives at:
The State Senate
are invited writing letter or email to:
Let them know that you support Chas Ransom and those eligible candidates for parole release.