Support Manny Lagunes: Show Up to Court!

Tue, Nov 27, 2018 - 8:00am to 11:00am


Support Manny Lagunes at his bond hearing by packing the court room!

*description will be updated with what to bring and potential risks*

CARPOOL SUPPORT - if you can provide a ride or a car, or if you need a ride:

Manny, like so many people of color and undocumented people in Washtenaw County and across the United States has been targeted by the criminal legal system, despite posing no threat to this community. The only threat of harm here is harm to Manny (through social, psychological, and financial costs of detention and deportation) and to his family and community. In 2016 Manny (Manuel Lagunes-Hernandez) was sentenced to one year of probation by Washtenaw County courts related to incidents that happened during the years of 2014 - 2016. Manny served his sentence of one year of probation without incident or violation. At his final meeting with his probation officer in August 2018, he was told that there was a warrant out for his arrest on three new charges for the same incident(s) he had just completed probation for. We believe that these are trumped up charges that the prosecution does not have proof of, in order to intimidate Manny into taking a plea deal (pleading guilty to a charge in exchange for a lesser sentence). Manny was offered a plea deal in October 2018, which he declined. Manny being re-charged was “conveniently” timed with the expiration of his DACA status (November 13, 2018). Due to these charges, Manny faces deportation and with the charges on his record he is ineligible to renew any form of legal status.

The cost of going to trial for these charges with a private attorney is estimated at $15,000 - $20,000. Manny, like so many low-income people of color in Washtenaw County, cannot afford these costs. While in court, we witnessed a seemingly endless routine of men of color being processed through the court without adequate legal representation. Manny has been assigned a public defender, who he has only been able to speak to for ten minutes while in the courtroom--how can anyone establish a powerful defense under these conditions? If given adequate resources and time, Manny is convinced that he would be found innocent of these charges at trial.

Manny is a survivor in the face of racial oppression waging violence through the criminal-legal and immigration systems; Manny and the community surrounding him are harmed every day that we lose precious moments of love, friendship, generosity, and support that we would have if Manny were free today. His family will lose so much more if he is forced to return to Mexico.

Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building
477 Michigan Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48226

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