(AMERICAN FREE PRESS) – Michael Miselis, one of the defendants in the Charlottesville Rise Above Movement (RAM) prosecution, could make a strong case that he has been the victim of a flagrant miscarriage of justice.
Much of Miselis’s ordeal has arisen because of the plea agreement he signed. No fair-minded person, however, who is familiar with the Heaphy Report about the Charlottesville Unite the Right Rally and knows the nature of the charges and ambiguous evidence against Miselis, his harsh conditions while incarcerated, and his dismal prospects for a fair trial would give much weight or credence to that plea agreement. In the agreement, Miselis admitted to participating in violence during the Rally.
But the reality is that, amid a general melee, he was involved in a few minor scuffles with aggressive counterprotesters. They were never charged with any crimes. These scuffles easily could have been avoided if the Charlottesville police had done their job, as the Heaphy Report makes clear. Miselis did not seriously injure anyone, but, nonetheless, was sentenced to 26 months in prison, which he has now served.
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