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State Prison Whistleblower Says Oregon Corrections is Blocking Federal MailTim King Salem-News.com
The first video in our ongoing series on racial corruption, Civil Rights violations and highly integrated government retaliation in Oregon.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Corruption under the color of law is a tough beast. It comes in layers because that is the way it has to be; lies always only lead to more lies, and that is the path some strike out on in order to conspire against their fellow man and the notion of justice itself.
As an Oregon Corrections Officer in the state prison here in Salem, William Coleman was set up, lied about, slandered, faced charges for crimes he didn't commit, framed as a philandering homosexual, and somehow came out on top with his life ahead of him, and his dignity.
He lost his career, but that is OK for a guy who was framed on "cigarette smuggling charges" (that was the best the state could come up with, after they interviewed a thousand inmates trying to find the dirt on this man that ultimately didn't exist) and suddenly found himself no longer a law enforcement officer, but a suspect in a contrived smuggling case.
Even though a state public defender representing Coleman refused to call two of his three witnesses, the ones who could really indict their keepers, he still won a unanimous not guilty verdict by the 11 white and one black jury.
What he has been feeling is the sharp sting of overt racism so obnoxious and pervasive that it takes on a character of its own. This is the good old boys club, where black men are considered lesser than... but in William Coleman this system is meeting its match.
He has been trying to reach three former inmates who were instrumental in helping him prove his defense against the state by mail, and learned this week that not a single letter he sent, of many, have reached these men.
The state of Oregon appears to be in violation of mail fraud and it is only a matter of time before Coleman and these men are in touch. As you will learn by watching the two-part video, the state has good reason to try to keep them apart, but that is only a part of Oregon's continuing stream of corruption tied to his particular case and many others.
You can't talk about William Coleman's story without taking racism into account, and there is also extremely clear evidence of state collaboration to frame him. If you mention collaboration and corruption, then the historic murder of a prison director who tried to expose corruption ultimately comes up.
The Oregon officials tied up in this series of efforts to thwart accountability over racism in the Oregon State Prison are in many cases, longtime employees.
This is interesting. Many of the people who tried to take down Coleman, were also in place in the late 1980's when Oregon's prisons were so rampant with corruption, that an out of state prison director was hired by then-Governor Neil Goldschmidt, to "clean up the corruption in Oregon's prisons".
As mentioned in previous reports, Michael Francke, who had cleaned up New Mexico's prisons after deadly riots in the early 1980's, went to work, gaining evidence on various officials from the Dept. of Corrections and the Dept. of Justice, after arriving in Oregon in 1988.
He lasted about one year before he was stabbed to death.
A drug addict's testimony was used to convict a man widely considered to be innocent.
When Francke died, all of his accumulated investigative work; a laptop and computer files, reportedly containing information on Oregon DOC corruption, mysteriously disappeared also. The following twenty years have been a free ride for many. All of Francke's work died with him. This alone should be the clearest signal of all that his Murder was an inside job.
We have advised Oregon Attorney General John Kroger's office of the serious nature of this case. At this point we have been informed that because Mr. Coleman has pending litigation against the state, they can not comment on the story. Once again, it seems like we should be talking about separate issues; one involving liability and the other regarding criminality, in essence totally unrelated.
Coleman like Francke, is a determined individual. He has a stronger moral code than most men I have ever known, and in consideration of his unanimous not guilty verdict against a case we now conclusively know was based on false testimony, only possible because of so many state agencies working together, I see him in a light with men who once fought lions in Rome, and occasionally won.
Previous Installments in this series:
Great resources on the Michael Francke Murder:
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