Pigford Lawsuit Frenzy! What Will be Revealed?

Pigford Lawsuit Frenzy! What Will be Revealed?

Thomas Burrell, who given seminars around the country on how to collect $50,000 checks in the Pigford ‘black farmers’ government money giveaway program has announced that he is suing people, including the Attorney General of Alabama and other Pigford advocates. The suit could yeild  a lot of interesting tidbits in the multi-billion dollar scam that was shepherded by President Barack Obama and Eric Holder.

Burrell heads a group called the BFAA. As I’ve shown in a series of blog posts (some linked below) the area around the BFAA’s home office of Memphis, TN is where the vast majority of Pigford claims came from. .

Here’s a ‘heat map’ that shows where the Pigford II claims came from:

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This all comes on the heels of a recent Pigford audit. As this article states:

  • First, the audit found that “the Neutral’s adjudicators reached different conclusions for claims that essentially contained the same information.
  • Second, the audit found that the Settlement Administrator was not adequately identifying multiple claims filed for the same farming operation.
  • Third, the audit found that 20% of the random sample had been preliminarily approved even though they had participated in Pigford I thus making them ineligible for a Pigford II award.

Here’s the email that the BFAA sent out:

 Mississippi AG
On Monday, January 13, 2014, the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, Incorporated, a Delaware corporation, filed, by and through its attorneys, an Amended Complaint (Second Amended) and other documents against several defendants to include, but not limited to, Jim Hood, Attorney General, State of Mississippi (and Alabama’s AG) for, among other things, violating its constitutional right under the First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments and 42 U.S.C. Section(s) 1981, 1982 and 1983 and the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.The original lawsuit was filed on December 5, 2013, in the United States District Court For The Southern District of Mississippi — Jackson Division, Civil Action No., 3:13-cv-763 (TSL- JMR).http://legalnewsline.com/news/246034-black-farmers-group-suing-hood-over-ags-consumer-warning

Moreover, BFAA, Inc. alleges that Mr. Hood and others have engaged in an unlawful confederation and plot to discredit, defame, and slander BFAA, Inc. and its president, Thomas Burrell, under the pretext and guise of an officialWARNING for the benefit of the citizens of their states.

These self-serving warnings  and accusations of scamming and defrauding behavior by BFAA against citizens of Mississippi and Alabama were done for the sole purpose of keeping BFAA from assisting the 43,000 or more of the claimants who were denied a $50,000 payment by USDA in September and October of 2013. Many of the denied claimants live in Mississippi and Alabama and the lawsuit alleges that this concerted action was calculated and intended to harm BFAA, Inc. and its members.

Luther Strange –Alabama AG
BFAA has also named other defendants and co-conspirators, to include, but limited to the following officials, persons and entities:
a.Luther Strange (individually), Attorney General, AL
b.   Attorney Hank Sanders of Selma, AL
c.   Congresswoman Terri Sewell (individually) of the 7th U.S.                 Congressional District of Alabama,
d.   Gary Grant of Tillery, North Carolina
e.   WDAM TV Channel 7) of Hattiesburg, MS
f.    Mayor Johnny Dupree of Hattiesburg, MS
g.    City of Hattiesburg, MS Police Department
h.    City of Dothan, AL Police Department and
i.      Certain banks and financial institutions

BFAA’s Position & Arguments
During the months of October and November of 2013, BFAA, Inc. conducted several meetings and workshops in the states of Mississippi and Alabama.  Several thousand individuals showed up.  These meetings were for the benefit of the thousand of Black farmers, their heirs and administrators who were both claimants and potential claimants in the lawsuit styled:  In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation (Pigford II)  and claimants and potential claimants in the voluntary claims process styled: Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Process (Garcia et al).

Notwithstanding the fact that jurisdiction over the Black farmer’s lawsuits was given to the Federal District Court For the District of Columbia (Washington, DC.) (Judge(s) Friedman, Sullivan and Walton) — not to attorney generals and/or local politicians —these actors took it upon themselves to determine what subject matter BFAA and its members could discuss at public and private facilities within their states.  These actors and their willing aiders and abettors were at best interfering upon BFAA’s First Amendment rights and more specifically, obstructing justice.Astonishingly, several residents in Mississippi have informed BFAA that the attorney general there instructed certain banks and other financial institutions,  “not to honor any check written by them for membership dues to BFAA.”  Some banks did indeed refuse to make the checks good until the members came into the bank branches and acknowledged that they did indeed want to become a member of BFAA.BFAA, Inc. and its members have the right to meet and discuss the dynamics of these lawsuits whether they are closed or not. The endeavor to vindicate rights, advocate lawful ends and petition the government for regress of grievances, while assembled peaceably,  are basic constitutional rights that no state can abridge. The above mentioned defendants took the occasion to interfere, hinder and prevent these claimants from contracting, by making false, defamatory (scamming) against BFAA, Inc. and its president, Thomas Burrell.

Moreover, inspite of the well known fact by certain defendants (Attorney Hank Sanders) that BFAA, Inc. had filed a Motion To Intervene (Fed. Rule of Civil Procedure No. 24 (a) and (b) in Judge Walton’s Court — no weight or hesitation in favor of determining the status of ourstanding in these matters was considered — they proceeded to defame BFAA, Inc. by making knowingly false and misleading statements to the public.

At any rate, “Too many Black farmers and their heirs, who need our help, have not been paid.  We will not stop holding meetings  and advocating lawful ends until all of BFAA, Inc. members have been compensated.” Thomas Burrell.

Go to www.mybfaa.org for further comments and up dates regarding this lawsuit. Thanks!

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