[Ppnews] Ed Poindexter appeal denied

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Wed Aug 25 15:51:28 EDT 2010

COINTELPRO dirty deeds protected by court order in Omaha Two case

August 25th, 2010 3:18 pm ET

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kopf denied Edward Poindexter a 
hearing on a new trial request exactly 40 years after the funeral of 
the Omaha, Nebraska police officer he is accused of killing.

Poindexter was head of the Omaha chapter of the Black Panther 
affiliate group National Committee to Combat Fascism and a COINTELPRO 
target when patrolman Larry Minard was killed responding to a 911 
call at a vacant house where a bomb waited.

J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had 
demanded the Omaha FBI office get Poindexter off the streets along 
with Mondo we Langa (formerly David Rice) as part of the clandestine 

The day of the bombing, Special Agent in-Charge Paul Young of the 
Omaha FBI office met with Deputy Chief Glen Gates of the Omaha Police 
Department and conspired to withhold evidence about the identity of 
the 911 caller that lured Minard to his death. Instead of a vocal 
analysis report on the 911 tape recording the FBI crime lab was to 
only provide an informal review of the killer's voice.

The presence of an unknown killer, the 911 caller, would complicate 
Hoover's plan to get the two Panther leaders and Hoover wanted no lab 
report that would end up in court.

When Ivan Willard Conrad, the FBI crime lab chief, got the COINTELPRO 
memo about Minard's killing, Conrad spoke with Hoover on the phone to 
verify the killer of the policeman was not to be identified in a 
report. Conrad made a notation on the memorandum of Hoover's 
directive and initialed and dated the entry.

Larry Minard was buried the next day on his 30th birthday leaving a 
widow with five young children.

The jury that convicted Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa never got to 
hear the voice of the Minard's killer and the tape was later 
destroyed by a police lieutenant, James Perry.

Years later a copy of the 911 recording emerged, secretly recorded by 
a dispatcher, The tape recording has since been subjected to modern 
testing that shows the voice is not that of 15 year-old Duane Peak, 
the confessed bomber, thus leaving an unknown killer at large.

Secret COINTELPRO files about the bombing also came to light years 
after the crime including the incriminating memo initialed by Conrad 
about Hoover's personal role in withholding evidence.

Judge Kopf left room for an appeal of his order denying a new trial 
based on new evidence about the 911 tape recording. Poindexter will 
need to obtain permission of the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to 
proceed further.

Previously the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled against Poindexter on the 
same issue telling him that it did not matter whose voice was on the 
911 tape recording.

Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa are both in their 40th year of 
imprisonment for the crime while both continue to deny any role in 
Minard's death.

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