. . . which is "Black History Month" in the United States.
| February is Black History Month Leon Stanback|
Who is Leon Stanback?
Leon Stanback is a 70-year-old African-American whose record as a now retired Durham County (North Carolina) Superior Court Judge, and current Durham District Attorney should be celebrated this month of February 2013, nationally recognized as Black History Month. Instead, he has brought upon himself profound disgrace with ironically repulsive behavior worthy of making President Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. turn in their graves.
Three's a Charm
In what seams to be a broken municipality, the last two Durham County District Attorneys (Mike Nifong and Tracey Cline) were removed from their positions in disgrace. Moreover, the adage "three's a charm" comes to mind, as this same fate appears to await Mr. Stanback, who continues to abuse his vested prosecutorial authority in a deliberately complicit effort to COVER-UP the extensive FELONIES of a long-time friend and colleague, Judge David Q. LaBarre, and his girlfriend, Leah R. Krier (pictured below).
Behavior Worse Than Mike Nifong
Abused his Prosecutorial Authority
in order to
Cover-Up the Felonies of Judge LaBarre
through the deliberate execution of an
Unlawful Arrest of an Innocent U.S. Citizen,
who was the actual
Felony Victim of Judge LaBarre
and thereby fulfilled a key role in a
Vicious Assault on American Civil Liberties.
| Former DA Nifong Scandal Reported on 60 Minutes|
Oh, The Irony Of It All
Now let's examine how ironic Mr. Stanback's behavior is, particularly in the context of this being "Black History Month", during which time two seminal events are often remembered:
The Emancipation Proclamation in 1862
The 13 Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1865
Had it not been for others who lived one-and-a-half centuries ago, who sought to secure and protect the freedom of ALL African-Americans, Mr. Stanback would have been born a slave and subjected to unimaginable suffering and indignation throughout his lifetime. He would have otherwise NEVER reached his current age of 70, and he most certainly would have NEVER been appointed to the position of District Attorney in North Carolina !!
And how does Mr. Stanback demonstrate his appreciation for the protection of his right to freedom? By taking away the freedom of an innocent U.S. citizen (Spencer C. Young) on FALSE charges in order to protect the FELONIES of a corrupt judge (David Q. LaBarre), who is a friend and colleague of his. As a result of Stanback's reckless prosecutorial behavior, Mr. Young spent 127 days in maximum security jail with violent felons, while being UNLAWFULLY denied bail !! And Stanback has stubbornly refused to drop the OBVIOUSLY BOGUS CHARGES.
So What MUST Done?
To correct this travesty of justice . . .
- Drop the FALSE Charges Against Spencer C. Young
- Recover and Return Mr. Young's STOLEN Property; and
- PROSECUTE the Criminal Complaint Against Judge Labarre & Others
. . . AND THEN conduct a FULL investigation
into District Attorney Leon Stanback's
actions in this matter !!
Disgraced Durham District Attorneys
| Nifong Cline Stanback|
For further historical context to the outrageous irony in District Attorney Leon Stanback's behavior, the Emancipation Proclamation (which declared slaves "forever free") and the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (which abolished slavery) are reproduced below, with the especially relevant sections highlighted.
| The Emancipation Proclamation The Thirteenth Amendment|
The Emancipation Proclamation
Whereas on the 22nd day of September, A.D. 1862, a
proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the
following, to wit:
"That on the 1st day of January, A.D. 1863,
all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State
the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United
States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the
executive government of the United States, including the
military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the
freedom of such persons and will do no act or acts to repress such
persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual
"That the executive will on the 1st day of
January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of
States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be
in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that
any State or the people thereof shall on that day be in good faith represented
in the Congress of the United States by members chosen
thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of
such States shall have participated shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be
deemed conclusive evidence that such State and the people thereof are not
then in rebellion against the United States."
Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of
the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as
Commander-In-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of
actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the
United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing
said rebellion, do, on this 1st day of January, A.D. 1863,
and in accordance with my purpose so to do, publicly proclaimed
for the full period of one hundred days from the first day above
mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States
wherein the people thereof, respectively, are this day in
rebellion against the United States the following, to wit:
Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana (except the parishes of
St. Bernard, Palquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St.
James, Ascension, Assumption, Terrebone, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin,
and Orleans, including the city of New Orleans), Mississippi,
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia
(except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and
also the counties of Berkeley, Accomac, Morthhampton, Elizabeth
City, York, Princess Anne, and Norfolk, including the cities of
Norfolk and Portsmouth), and which excepted parts are for the
present left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.
And by virtue of the power and for the purpose
aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within
said designated States and parts of States are, and
henceforward shall be, free; and that the Executive Government of the
United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof,
will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.
And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to
be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary
self-defense; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they
labor faithfully for reasonable wages.
And I further declare and make known that such
persons of suitable condition will be received into the armed
service of the United States to garrison forts, positions,
stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said
And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act
of justice, warranted by the Constitution upon military necessity, I
invoke the considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious
favor of Almighty God.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand
and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this first
day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred sixty three,
and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty seventh.
The Thirteenth Amendment