Breaking news from Wednesday, Day 7 and final day of the
VICTORY: No conviction, hung jury ending in mistrial!!!
After closing arguments Wednesday, the jury came back
deadlocked, resulting in a mistrial. Andre, Carrington, and
Duane have not been convicted on any charges. PLEASE STAY
ALERT FOR ACTIONS TO TAKE NOW TO PUBLICIZE THIS VICTORY!
Full report from Wednesday’s closing arguments and jury
results coming soon.
Court Report from Tuesday April 12 – Day 6 of the Dallas 6
in Wilkes-Barre, PA
The Dallas 6 are six African American prisoner
whistleblowers in solitary confinement at SCI Dallas
Pennsylvania charged with rioting for peacefully
protesting on April 29, 2010 against widespread
abuse, violence & torture by prison guards of Black,
Latino and white prisoners which they had
documented. The remaining three facing charges –
Andre Jacobs, Carrington Keys, and Duane Peters –
finally have a jury trial after almost six years.
For info or to support:
The judge rejects outrageous proposal by the DA for jury
The judge rejected the prosecutor's outrageous proposed
instruction to the jury that prisoners don't have the
same constitutional rights as other people, along with
other biased instructions.
Re. the prosecution’s claim that Carrington threw feces at
guards during the incident, the judge ruled that both
Carrington's jury instruction regarding the DOC's failure
to produce evidence, and the DA's jury instruction that the
Commonwealth is not required to present "chemical
evidence", can be given.
Defendants take the stand in their own and others' defense
graphic by Molly Crabapple
Andre Jacobs described in detail the abusive conditions he
faced at SCI Dallas, and the lack of avenues for complaint
both inside the prison and outside.
He was transferred to SCI Dallas in retaliation for his
winning a lawsuit against the DOC. He faced further
retaliation for participating in the Human Rights Coalition
(HRC) report documenting abuses, testifying on behalf of
another prisoner, and filing many grievances, complaints and
lawsuits. Several of his grievances and lawsuits, as well as
misconduct reports against him, and a “grievance
restriction” order were submitted as evidence and used to
illustrate the conditions the prisoners faced.
Andre stated that the guards use the grievance system to
trap prisoners into misconduct charges.
He described an absurd process of repeatedly filing
grievances, appealing, and being rejected up to the
superintendent of the prison, which leads to retaliation by
guards, and another cycle of rejected grievances. It got to
the point that he didn’t even go to the grievance hearings –
not only would it accomplish nothing, it was risky to even
leave his cell at this time because guards would attack him
or otherwise trap him into another misconduct charge. He
didn’t come out of his cell for three months straight in
late 2009 for this reason – not even to shower. Some of the
other retaliation he mentioned was deprivation of food, yard
time, water, toilet paper; reading out his mail; and not
respecting his religiously-based diet, citing him for having
cups that the guards did not come by to collect. One
particularly vicious form of retaliation was his "counselor"
telling his aunt who had tried to visit that he was not
allowed visits, which was not true, and prevented him from
seeing loved ones. Guards also slandered him to a nurse and
other inmates totally falsely saying he committed a sexual
offense with a child and that he “liked little boys”.
In early 2010, Andre with the help of HRC filed a criminal
complaint against Dallas prison.
Andre had been in weekly contact with HRC since June 2009,
and he recognized Shandre Delaney of HRC who was present in
the courtroom. (Duane’s aunt was also present.) On April 16,
2010 a judge ordered a hearing on this lawsuit, and after
this point the guards ramped up their attacks. In March
2010, Andre also was placed under a “grievance restriction”
which prevented him from filing any grievances or lawsuits
for 90 days.
Andre testified that after Isaac Sanchez was tortured in the
restraint chair on April 28, Sgt. Buck threatened all the
prisoners mentioned in the HRC report with the same
His intent in covering his cell door was to speak with a
supervisor. He had covered his cell doors “at least 10
times” while at SCI Dallas, and never faced a cell
extraction. The prisoners had no opportunity to confer with
each other ahead of time, nor communicate across their
separate cells, their actions were not planned, but taken in
response to the escalation of the situation by the guards.
graphic by Molly Crabapple
Carrington Keys testified that he had covered his door in
response to Isaac Sanchez’s continuing torture in the
restraint chair, to retaliation and threats against himself
and others, and to get the attention from the outside,
not to coerce cell extraction which he had no expectation of
until it began. He had also been involved in the HRC
investigation of some of the same guards that attacked him
in the cell extraction – they accused him of this while they
were beating him. He had pursued relief not only through
grievances and criminal complaints, but through HRC, his
state representatives, state police, federal
representatives, and US Attorney General, among others.
Guards retaliated against him by destroying his legal
documents, tampering with his mail, denying him access to
the law library, assaulting him on the way to yard and
showers, turning of water to his cell, sometimes for days.
When they cut off the water, prisoners had to pass water to
each other under their doors.
Carrington explained that he had smeared his clothes with
feces to keep the guards from carrying out their threat to
pull out his hair (which was in dreadlocks) and bash his
He said he knew from experience that these were not idle
threats. He never threw anything. He was trying to block the
pepper spray by blocking the door. He didn’t put his hands
through the door slot to be cuffed as commanded because the
guards were already pepper spraying. Like Andre, he had
covered his cell door many times before (20 times or more)
and never had faced cell extraction.
Duane Peters, graphic by Molly Crabapple
Duane Peters testified that there were two separate times
they had covered their cell doors on April 29.
First, Isaac Sanchez was being tortured in the restraint
chair and they had covered their doors to get the attention
of Lt. Mozier to release him. Isaac was screaming through
the night that his arms were turning purple, and that he was
freezing. He was naked, it was cold outside, and they had
the outside doors to the prison opened.
Once Isaac was released from the chair, the prisoners took
down the coverings from their doors.
Duane was helping calm down the other prisoners, when Sgt.
Buck came by and escalated the situation, accusing him of
giving legal advice and threatening him and others. The
prisoners put up the coverings again to defend themselves.
Prior to his extraction, Duane had called out for the public
defenders, as they were supposed to be their guardians,
according to the DA who had refused to act in relation to
their complaints and grievances – but to no avail.
Duane also added to the list of retaliations
by saying that Sgt. Buck had read out aloud to all the
prisoners a letter Duane had written to his mother, and then
ripped it to confetti in front of him. He had also tried to
cut off Duane’s arm in the door slot.
Day 2 /
of the trial by NBC 28 Scranton (Note: exact link may
have changed, you may have to search video on website)
leads to mistrial for members of ‘Dallas 6’
Jury seated for
trial of 3 inmates accused of instigating prison riot
‘Straightforward’ charges against members of ‘Dallas 6’
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Post (Luzerne County):
arguments made in trial of “Dallas 6” inmates
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Video - March
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Truthout article by Shandre Delaney:
Prisoners Face Trial for Protesting Abuse in Solitary
Luzerne County District Attorney
to dismiss the charges against the Dallas 6, endorsed by the
PA Council of Churches and signed by over 75 representatives
of faith-based organizations.
Contact: Shandre Delaney,
mother of one of the Dallas 6; Human Rights Coalition 412-403-6101
Phoebe Jones, Justice for the Dallas 6 Support Campaign;
Global Women’s Strike 610-505-4944
Justice for the Dallas 6 Support Campaign:
Abolitionist Law Center; Every Mother is a Working Mother
Network; Fight for Lifers West; Germantown Friends Meeting
Mass Incarceration Working Group; Global Women’s Strike &
Women of Color@GWS – US; Human Rights Coalition – Fed Up;
Human Rights Coalition – Philadelphia; Marcellus Shale Earth
First; Mishkan Shalom New Jim Crow Study-Action Group;
Payday men’s network; Peacehome Campaigns; Shalefield
Organizing Committee. Endorsements: Art for Justice;
Brandywine Peace Community; California Families Against
Solitary Confinement (CFASC); The Center for Returning
Citizens (TCRC); Decarcerate PA; Defending Dissent
Foundation; Global Women’s Strike & Women of Color@GWS – UK;
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP); Human Rights Defense
Center – Lake Worth, Florida; Jewish Voice For Peace -
Philadelphia; People’s Opposition to War Imperialism and
Racism (POWIR) – Hollywood, Florida; Philadelphia Coalition
for REAL Justice; San Francisco Bay View newspaper; Sin
Barras – Without (Prison) Bars – Santa Cruz; T'ruah: The
Rabbinic Call for Human Rights; WHAT’S UP?! Pittsburgh;
Welfare Warriors; Women’s International League for Peace and
Freedom (WILPF) – Philadelphia. Individual Endorsements:
Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of
Mumia Abu-Jamal; Patrice Armstead, Building People’s Power
and Coalition Demanding Reinstatement of Dr. Monteiro; Malik
Aziz, Founder, Men United for a Better Philadelphia and
Chairman, National Exhoodus Council; Pastor Antoinette
Johnson, King Solomon Baptist Church; Dr. Anthony Monteiro;
Rev. Bob Moore, Executive Director, Coalition for Peace
Action (for id purposes only); Margaret Prescod, host of
“Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio; Dr. Heather Ann
Thompson, Professor of African American Studies & History,
Temple University; Dr. Cornel West, Princeton University;
Dr. Carla Willard, Africana Studies Program, Franklin &
Marshall College. Partnering with: AFSC Prison
March for Freedom for the Dallas 6 at the Luzerne County
Courthouse, March 18, 2016