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        <span class="datetime__date colorized-text">January 7, 2016</span><br>
        <h1 id="reader-title">Nebraska claims Omaha Two have not asked
          for release from prison</h1>
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              <p>The Nebraska Board of Pardons claims neither <a
href="http://www.examiner.com/article/prison-interview-with-ed-poindexter-on-cointelpro-and-the-omaha-police">Edward
                  Poindexter</a> nor <a
href="http://www.examiner.com/article/prison-interview-with-mondo-we-langa-on-cointelpro-and-omaha-two-case">Mondo
                  we Langa</a>, former David Rice, have asked for
                reconsideration of their sentence. The two men, now
                known as the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank"
                  href="http://crimemagazine.com/j-edgar-hoover-and-framing-omaha-two">Omaha
                  Two</a>, have been imprisoned forty-five years for the
                1970 bombing murder of Omaha Patrolman Larry Minard, Sr.
                Both men deny any role in Minard's death and were
                targets of the illegal, clandestine<a rel="nofollow"
                  target="_blank"
                  href="http://vault.fbi.gov/cointel-pro"> COINTELPRO </a>counterintelligence
                operation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.</p>
              <p>The two former Black Panther leaders have been seeking
                their release since arrest and have exhausted their
                appeal rights trying to get out of prison, which makes
                the state's position sound a bit like doubletalk.
                Spokeswoman Sonya Fauver with the Governor's office
                responded to justice advocate Sandy Shevack on Jan. 6
                that the inmates have to ask for action on their cases.</p>
              <p>Fauver wrote in an email message, “As of to date, Mr.
                Rice and Mr. Poindexter have not submitted an
                application to the Nebraska Board of Pardons requesting
                a commutation of their sentences.”</p>
              <p>Both <a class="inline_link omniture-click-processed"
                  href="http://www.examiner.com/topic/ed-poindexter">Ed
                  Poindexter</a> and <a class="inline_link
                  omniture-click-processed"
                  href="http://www.examiner.com/topic/mondo-we-langa">Mondo
                  we Langa</a> have been repeatedly recommended for
                parole by the Nebraska Parole Board only to be stopped
                by the Board of Pardons which must first commute their
                life sentences to a fixed number of years in order for
                them to be eligible for parole. The Board of Pardons is
                made up of the Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary
                of State.</p>
              <p>Poindexter sought a federal court determination several
                years ago that the composition of the Board of Pardons
                is unconstitutional and that he is serving a defacto
                life without parole sentence. Poindexter withdrew his
                lawsuit over lack of representation and health problems
                before resolution of the issue. Mondo appealed to the
                Nebraska Supreme Court that the composition of the Board
                of Pardons was unconstitutional because the Attorney
                General's office appears in court against him. The
                Nebraska Supreme Court denied Mondo's appeal without
                even issuing a written decision addressing Mondo's
                constitutional claim.</p>
              <p>The news that he needs to file an application for
                commutation may come as a surprise to Ed Poindexter, but
                likely not to Mondo we Langa. Mondo has already
                travelled this road when the Nebraska Supreme Court
                upheld District Judge James Gleason's assertion that
                Mondo had not properly pleaded innocent in his appeal.
                Mondo's attorney, Timothy Ashford, had written:</p>
              <p>“Defendant Rice [Mondo] is entitled to a new trial
                because he did not commit the crime charged and he is
                not guilty of the crime leading to the death of Officer
                Minard in 1970, and further, the defendant’s presumption
                of innocence was lost as a result of the errors alleged
                herein.”</p>
              <p>Neither Judge Gleason, who rejected Mondo's post-trial
                appeal, nor the Nebraska Supreme Court, which upheld
                Gleason, would explain what was wrong with Mondo's
                innocence plea, despite denying him his day in court
                over the alleged defective plea.</p>
              <p>Sandy Shevack, a New Jersey university professor, made
                his query in behalf of the <a class="inline_link
                  omniture-click-processed"
                  href="http://www.examiner.com/topic/omaha-two-1">Omaha
                  Two</a> as part of a new citizen effort to obtain
                medical release for the two ailing and aged prisoners.
                Shevack wrote to Governor Pete Ricketts: “They have
                spent over 45 years in prison. The German Group of
                Amnesty International has extensively reviewed this case
                and has called for their immediate release or retrial.
                Neither men would be a threat to society. It is time to
                free both men on compassionate release.”</p>
              <p>The citizen effort began recently in Omaha. Another
                justice advocate, Cleo Silvers, expressed his motivation
                to help the Omaha Two: “Everyone is now aware of the
                secret conspiracy on the part of J.Edgar Hoover to frame
                and prosecute these brothers in Omaha. They are not now
                nor have they ever been anything but positive
                contributors to the community and the nation. The work
                they did in their community was phenomenal and some of
                it still lingers today. They should be freed, pardoned
                and apologized to by the highest office in the country.
                It is our responsibility to spread the news of the need
                for them to have their freedom.”</p>
              <p>The Omaha Two were targets of J.Edgar Hoover who
                ordered a FBI Laboratory test withheld on the identify
                of the anonymous 911 caller who lured the policeman to
                his death. Hoover was willing to let a policeman's
                killer get away with murder to make a case against the
                two Black Panther leaders. Further, the death penalty
                was sought against Poindexter and Mondo. Although the
                jury, unaware of withheld evidence under <a
                  class="inline_link omniture-click-processed"
                  href="http://www.examiner.com/topic/cointelpro">COINTELPRO</a>
                directives, spared their lives, the two men were
                sentenced to life imprisonment.</p>
              <p>Poindexter suffers from diabetes, hypertension, and
                complications from neuropathy. Mondo ails with chronic
                obstructive pulmonary disease and has been in the prison
                imfirmary for the past several months.</p>
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