[Pnews] Prosecutor Don Kleine refuses to reopen 1971 case of Black Panther leader Edward Poindexter

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Wed Jul 31 14:32:03 EDT 2019


  Prosecutor Don Kleine refuses to reopen 1971 case of Black Panther
  leader Edward Poindexter

Michael Richardson - July 31, 2019

Edward Poindexter 
will not get another day in court if Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine 
has his way. Kleine was recently asked to reopen the 1971 conviction of 
Poindexter for the murder of Patrolman Larry Minard 
by the author of /FRAMED: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO & the Omaha Two 
/The book details as never before the inside story of the murder 
investigation manipulated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to 
obtain a conviction of Black Panther leader Poindexter and co-defendant 
David Rice, later Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa 

Poindexter and Mondo were targets of a clandestine counterintelligence 
operation of the FBI code-named COINTELPRO 
and both men were on a secret detention list known as the Security 
Index. Mondo was also marked for ambush in Carter Lake, Iowa, while 
returning from Eppley Airport with copies of the /Black Panther/ 
newspaper. Poindexter was the victim of two FBI bogus letters written to 
defame him in the black community and with the national headquarters of 
the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California.

In December 1969, after deadly raids in Chicago and Los Angeles against 
the Black Panthers, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover ordered Omaha Special 
Agent in Charge Paul Young to get “imaginative” with a plan to get the 
Omaha Two off the streets. In August 1970, Young was able to carry out 
Hoover’s order with the arrest of Poindexter and Mondo for the murder of 
Minard. Hoover ordered FBI Laboratory head Ivan Willard Conrad to not 
issue a lab report on the identity of the anonymous 911 caller who lured 
Minard to his bombing death in a vacant house.

A fifteen year-old, Duane Peak, planted the bomb but got a deal from 
Knowles in exchange for implicating Poindexter and Mondo and never 
served a day a prison. Peak claimed he made the call, protecting an 
accomplice with a deep gravelly voice. A audiological test of the tape 
could have proved Peak was lying about the 911 call and thus was never 

The jury that convicted the two men never heard the 911 recording that 
captured a killer’s voice. Nor was the jury told about COINTELPRO or the 
Omaha Police Department harassment campaign against the Panthers which 
was documented in a confidential FBI file.

Kleine began his long career of public service working as a new 
prosecutor for Donald Knowles, who prosecuted Poindexter. Kleine was not 
hired until after the Minard case and was unaware of the extent of 
involvement of the FBI in both the investigation and prosecution.

Ignoring the fact that /FRAMED /put the previously untold story of FBI 
subterfuge together in one place from primary sources, Kleine did not 
respond to the request to reopen the cold case. When asked by the /Omaha 
/for an answer, Kleine claimed he is always willing to take a second 
look if new evidence arises. However, Kleine dodged the request by 
saying the courts had already given “intense scrutiny” to the case.

“There’s a lot of people who have looked at this. But I’m not aware of 
anything that leads me to believe these people are completely innocent.”

Kleine’s refusal to consider the federal tampering with the case leaves 
Ed Poindexter stuck in his maximum-security cell at the Nebraska State 
Penitentiary, serving a life without parole sentence and without further 
recourse to the courts. Poindexter has steadfastly maintained his 
innocence. Mondo died at the prison in March 2016.

FRAMED: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO & the Omaha Two story 
print edition at /Amazon 
in /ebook 
Portions of the book may be read free online at /NorthOmahaHistory.com 
/The book is also available to patrons of the Omaha Public Library./

Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 https://freedomarchives.org/
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://freedomarchives.org/pipermail/ppnews_freedomarchives.org/attachments/20190731/9a2cf4b5/attachment.html>

More information about the PPnews mailing list