I submit to you this chilling, frightening indictment of the totalitarian lengths to which Massachusetts judges, prosecutors, police, and other authorities, will go to in their zeal for a conviction at any cost. I submit to you the case of James Rodwell (81-1712-1714 Middlesex) in which you will clearly see the complete misuse of authority, cover-ups, Perjury, Subornation of Perjury, Prosecutorial Misconduct, Withholding of Exculpatory Evidence, PRIs (promises, rewards and inducements), and Judicial Misconduct. (http://www.angelfire.com/pro/rodwell/index.html).
I include here excerpts from letters, briefs, arguments, etc., in hopes that you will help correct an injustice while following the constitutional laws which others have flaunted.
This is the case of James Rodwell who in 26 years has never had an evidentiary hearing to disclose withheld evidence. The "system" convicted James 2 ½ years after the actual crime of murder by using the testimony of a "paid" informant David Nagle, who in turn used James Rodwell to play what he refers to as a "Get Out of Jail Free" card (http://www.angelfire.com/pro/rodwell/snitch.html) card, and Francis X. Holmes, Jr., an immunized witness.
“There was no physical evidence linking James Rodwell to the crimes. There was no claimed eyewitness other than Holmes himself – the same immunized witness whose “testimony blaming someone else could secure his release entirely from criminal responsibility for a murder he had committed; his motivation to lie could not have been greater. There was no forensic evidence linking James Rodwell to the charged offenses, no fingerprints, nothing. The Commonwealth’s case relied on two witnesses: an immunized witness who drove the victim to the murder scene and who drove away after the shooting, and an inmate who had the opportunity to confer with the immunized witness prior to trial, when the two were incarcerated together.”
Neither probation records, nor complete criminal records, nor a complete accounting of rewards or inducements to either Holmes or Nagle, ever was provided to the defense. The Middlesex District Attorney's Office did not turn over to the defense photographs taken the night of their crime scene investigation which would have revealed conditions dramatically at odds with its immunized witness's testimony.
In addition, notwithstanding court orders to do so, prosecutors never disgorged to the Petitioner-Appellant either probation records, or complete criminal records, or a complete accounting of rewards or inducements to either of the two men whose testimony comprised the entirety of the Commonwealth’s case. To the contrary, prosecutors defrauded the court by permitting Nagle to lie outright to the jury about his own criminal record.
James Rodwell has never been given an opportunity to appear in any courtroom to present evidence of insidious, intentional misconduct, including the use of perjured testimony and the suppression of exculpatory evidence that deprived him of a fair trial, and resulted in his continuing incarceration.
This link http://www.angelfire.com/pro/rodwell/index.html will provide you with some of the documents and briefs, and important investigative news articles. You will see a recent handwritten letter from David P. Nagle (http://www.angelfire.com/pro/rodwell/nagleletter.html) to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office stating that he wanted to revoke and revise his sentence otherwise he would have to go back on his deal that the government gave to him. Also see Nagle’s probation record (http://www.angelfire.com/pro/rodwell/Nagle_s_Probation_Record2.htm).
As is with James Rodwell’s family, I believe that no one is above the law. Jurors are the trier of facts” and when the facts are purposely withheld such as in this case, bad decisions result. How can any defendant have sealed documents exposed to show PRIs and attorney client privilege notes when the defendant did not even know that they existed. The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office kept this information even from the Superior Court Judges until recently when Judge Carol Ball opened the sealed file on David Nagle and allowed James Rodwell’s Attorney Kevin Reddington to view the contents.
Please take some time to review the website and the facts of this case. There are grave constitutional violations here that the State of Massachusetts has continued to cover up. With no evidence to convict James Rodwell other than the word of a Snitch who admits he made a deal, why then is James Rodwell still in prison? Why does the State of Massachusetts continue to keep an innocent man behind bars?
This injustice has gone on for too long. Attorney Kevin Reddington is James Rodwell’s Attorney. James Rodwell’s father has been helping Attorney Reddington in doing some of the background research. All documents are available for your review, copies gladly provided. Also, please go to the James Rodwell web site www.angelfire.com/pro/rodwell/index.html and please read the brief (01-2411) Rodwell v Pepe which includes “Statement of the Case”, “Statement of the Issue”, “Statement of the Facts”, “Post Conviction Proceedings”, and “Summary of the Argument” which I have excerpted here. This will give you a good understanding of what has happened.
As for me, I would like to see Jimmy go home to his family, that’s all. Thank you for your time.
Should you have any questions, comments, or would like further information, please use the contact information below.
Sincerely for Justice,
55 Sullivan Street
Revere, MA 02151
PO Box 466
Gardner, MA 01440
John R. Rodwell
6 Princeton Road
Burlington, MA. 01803-2306
or his Attorney: