Justice for Lester Alford

Organized by: Edward Heyburn

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In 1996 Lester Alford stood trial for ordering the murder of another person. The Court discovered and permitted the victims aunt to sit on the jury. The witness linking Alford to the murder recanted four years later, explaining that the actual murders were gang members who were a threat to his life.

After being caught with a cell phone at Norther State Prison in June 2006, prison officials decided to put Mr. Alford in the "Galvan" cell at East Jersey State Prison. The cell was designed to deprived inmates of all human access until they broke. Prison officials told Mr. Alford that they would let him out of the "Galvan" cell if he gave up the name of the corrections officer that provided him with the phone. If Mr. Alford turned the officer in, his life would have been in serious jeopardy by the fellow corrections officers.

When Mr. Alford refused to snitch on the officer, prison officials planted a letter in Mr. Alford's cell that threatened the security of several NJ prisons and the life of Corey Booker. Mr. Alford could not have written the letters because he was not permitted to have a pen and paper. At the institutional hearing, Mr. Alford was not allowed to see the letter or have an inmate paralegal represent him. An officer signed a statement that Mr. Alford confessed but no proof of any confession was ever presented.

Prison officials used this charge to embark on a three year nightmare. Mr. Alford was denied visitation from friends, family and attorneys. Prison officials refused to honor court orders granting him visitation. They gave him one set of clothes which were not permitted to be washed for three years. He was denied access to all attorneys, inmate paralegals or the law library. Prison officials refused to let Mr. Alford clean his cell over the three years despite the fact that the toilet backed up onto the floor with sewage.

Once Lester Alford was released from the "Galvan" cell he filed a Pr Se law suit for the deprivation of his Constitutional Rights. He was unable to obtain an attorney during the 5 years of litigation which saw the New Jersey Attorney General's Office hide valuable discovery such a videos and logbooks. Jean Ross, a prison Rights advocate contacted trial attorney, Edward Harrington Heyburn, Esq. who agreed to take the case two weeks before trial. After a three week trial that exposed a massive coverup by the New Jersey Department of Corrections, Judge Kenneth Grispin, P.J.Cv. refused to let the case go into the jury. Judge Grispin dismissed Mr. Alford's case ruling that he had failed to appeal his inmate remedy forms to the very men that were holding him captive in the "Galvan" cell. Judge Grispin refused to consider the fact that the prison officials had denied him all legal access and Mr. Alford had no way of knowing that he had to appeal the denial of his constitutional claims to the very men violating them.

Edward Harrington Heyburn, Esq. is taking on the appeal to obtain Justice for Lester Alford without charge. We are seeking money to pay the cost of the transcripts and court costs.



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Edward Heyburn

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Donor Comments

Jean Ross

Jean Ross

To all the courageous individuals who fight for justice from prison cells. 5 years ago

Joseph Naughton

Joseph Naughton


5 years ago

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