[ Update ] Links have been updated as well as a new link to a comment from a person who claims to be representing Cotton.
On the Shaquanda Cotton mess, I've held off writing anything because something didn't seem right with the initial details that came out. Now, more is coming out and I still don't think enough information.
See P6 for some details. (I'll give links to his specific post later).
See Black Informant for some additional details. He gives the "other" side.
See Cobb for his initial support and then about face. The comment section there is good because of additional information. [ Update ] This link goes directly to a comment from a person stating he is representing Cotton.
First, Shaquanda was never offered probation from the DA's office. You don't have to take my word for that, it's in the trial transcript. I filed a motion for new trial as part of the appeal. I called the trial lawyer and asked him if a probation offer had been made. He answered "no." This was never disputed by the DA's office. Later, after trial , I specifically asked if a probation offer had been made. The DA said "no." That ended my enquiry into the plea bargain part of the case, and I filed my appeal with the Texas sixth Court of Appeals. My grounds , among others, are ineffective assistance of counsel and insufficient evidence to remove her from her mother's home to place her in TYC.
One of the things that is disturbing about the release from the DA's office is the apparent lack of knowledge about juvenile law. A juvenile cannot, I repeat, Cannot, be sentenced by a jury. Only the judge can set the punishment.
Some of my thoughts are:
- Who cares whether it's "seven years" or "up to seven years"? Since when has that distinction made a difference?
- She had HADD and was going to the office to take her medication.
- Her mother hasn't released her daughter's information to the public, and I don't blame her for not doing so.
- The mother is said to be "uncooperative" but I want to know what that means in this case.
- The mother is part of a group that sued the school district over the system's "failure to educate Black students." If the child has been written up many times, could some of the write ups be in retaliation?
Why haven't local groups gotten involved?Some local groups are involved, but not the ACLU.
- I found out this morning that a member of my wife's Mocha Moms chapter is from that town in Texas and the member said the mother is being targeted for her advocacy and she isn't the only one.
There is more to the story.