Alexander Otis Matthews
The author, Alexander Otis Matthews, is a native of Washington DC, from a respected African American family involved in local government and education. He is the author of two books: " My-America: A Memoir On Justice And Race In The U.S. Federal Legal System", and "Of What Race Were The Ancient Egyptians." In addition to being a writer and amateur Egyptologist he has an M.A. in clinical psychology and is a trained clinical therapist who became a real estate broker and developer in the early 1990s in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. In 2006 he purchased a project in an exclusive suburb in Clifton VA for 4.5 million dollars, and the lawyer for the seller disliked the author's racial and religious characteristics and began a four year campaign to have him investigated and prosecuted by his friends in federal law enforcement as a means of punishing him for owning a home in the private subdivision. The author was convicted in 2011 of wire fraud, but used his formal education to learn federal law and appeal his conviction on his own without an attorney. After litigating his appeal for five years, on November 5th, 2015 the Fourth Circuit finally vacated and remanded the case back to the lower court's district judge in Fourth Circuit Appeal 15-6656. The author has written this memoir to bring to the public's attention the grave issues of racial bias and injustice currently plaguing our nation's federal legal system. His story is an incredible one that he hopes will add to the public's knowledge about the very grave issues we face in our federal legal system. The hard copy book will be published and available in April 2017 by a London publisher, the paperback book will be published by Amazon on January 31st, 2017, and Smashwords is also publishing the ebook on January 31st, 2017 to its platform and all major ebook platforms. Most Americans have no idea what federal judges, prosecutors, and agents are getting away with against criminal defendants. Our current federal system system is generally not interested in winnowing truth from falsehood in the cases brought against defendants, this system wants convictions only, and is not interested in the other side of justice, the side which subjects the government's case to the rigorous scrutiny of habeas, which the U.S. Supreme Court has called a court's highest duty under law under our constitutional system. The few chapters on the author's website deal mostly with his family and educational background, but the remaining parts of the memoir addresses the issues of procedural and racial injustice carried against our nation's citizens when they find themselves entangled in the current system.. Our legal system was designed as a two-way street, not a one-way street; we In this nation are subject to the penalties of the law when accused of breaking them, but we are also subject to relief from those penalties when our constitutional rights are violated during the criminal process. Habeas lies at the center of that critical guarantee, and was instituted by our wise Founding Fathers as an essential thread in the very fabric of our legal system. Habeas was put in place as a necessary counterbalance to the human error, bias, evil design, and negligence that all humans are prone to. The Founding Fathers knew of the dangers of unchecked power, and designed habeas to even and balance our legal playing field. The power we as a society currently vest in our federal prosecutors and judges has far exceeded the reasonable bounds the system was designed for. The author demonstrates in a painstaking manner in the memoir how the prosecutors and judge in his case tried at every turn to avoid his habeas claims, acting in square violation of their own law, and soiling the judicial soul of the legal system we ask others around the world to practice with us. If we could trust federal prosecutors, agents, and judges, the Founding Fathers wouldn't have felt the need to give us habeas. When confronted with the author's habeas claims, the government and the judge acted to brazenly obfuscate and avoid adjudication of those claims, knowing the claims had laid bare the illegality and corrupt nature of the case against him . The author encountered untold men in the system subjected to these and other types of legal charades, and realized it is all too common, thus he decided to write this memoir not only for himself, but for the many whose stories would never be told. Read a first hand and in-depth account of what our federal legal system has come to represent far too often for our nation's citizens.
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