Black Talk Radio News, 4/13/2012, news,
In response to a FOIA request on the Devontae Sandford case by freedom activist Roberto Guzman, the Wayne Countyprosecutor’s office failed to turn over copies of all the taped confessions of then 14 yr-old Devontae Sanford. For now throw out the fact that Devontae had no legal counsel at the time the tapes were made.
Mr. Guzman who is also a para-legal and works on other cases of injustice, said that the department press secretary Marie Miller and the FOIA officer Suzy Taweel did not provide him with all materials requested in preparation for an upcoming rally April 23rd in front of Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.
Mr. Guzman told Black Talk Radio News that,
“I noticed in reviewing Davontae Sanford's statements and the audio video of his interrogation that they did not provide me one or two other audio videos relative to his interrogation with Detroit Police.”
Mr. Guzman provided a copy of the email inquiry he sent to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s office about the missing dvds exclusive to Black Talk Radio News,
“Ms. Miller and Ms. Taweel:
I had a chance to review everything that was provided to me in the Sanford case.
I believe I am missing a video or two of Davontae's interrogations. In the September 19, 2007 interrogation session, Sgt. Russell makes reference to an interrogation session he had with Davontae earlier that day. As there are two statements from Davontae, there was no doubt two separate interrogations.
I was given two DVDs of Davontae's interrogations, but they are duplicates of his interview with Sgt. Russell.
I will tell you what I have. One DVD entitled Sanford Interview Full Copy. Only one interrogation session is on that interview and that is where Sgt. Russell went over Davontae's second statement on September 19, 2007.
I have another DVD entitled Davontae Sanford Interview with OIC Sgt. C. Edwards and below that is a date of October 1, 2007. However this DVD does not contain an interview with Sgt. Edwards. It is a duplicate of Sanford's interview with Sgt. Russell on September 19, 2007.
Among the documents that were given to me by your office is a drawing of the crime scene showing four stick people done by an officer who had Davontae adopt the accuracy of the drawing by signing his name to it. That drawing was not discussed in the September 19, 2007 videotaped interrogation with Sgt. Russell, which further leads me to believe I am missing a recording of the an interrogation or two.
There is no doubt a videotaped session with Sgt. Edwards, but I don't have it. This appears to have been a copying error. I would gladly show you what was provided to me.
This just came to my attention earlier this afternoon as I attempted to watch the Sgt. Edwards interview for the first time, so I apologize for my lateness in recognizing this.”
– Roberto Guzmon
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