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Davenport Supplimentary Motion for New Detention Hearinger

Davenport Supplimentary Motion for New Detention Hearinger

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLANDUNITED STATES OF AMERICAv.WDQ 09-183DIETRA DAVENPORTMEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTIONFOR RECONSIDERATION OF DETENTION STATUSBackgroundMs. Davenport has worked for 20 years with the same company, raised twochildren, purchased a home, lived a life outside the criminal milieu and is wellrespected by those who know her. Her employer in the email set out below sayseloquently how different she is from the normal set of defendants that appear  before this Court:Dear Mr. Saunders:Per your request, I am writing to provide my personal and professionalcomments as they relate to Dietra Davenport and your efforts to have her relocated from incarceration in Washington, DC to a half-way facility inBaltimore.As you are aware, Ms. Davenport has been an employee of The Joseph E.Shaner Co. for nearly 20 years. We consider her to be a valuable part of our "family." Ms. Davenport has always been a loyal and dedicated employeewho has willingly taken on new responsibilities and who is always availableto assist others with special projects or needs. In addition to her regular daily administrative responsibilities, Ms. Davenport also directly serves oneor two of our smaller client associations and has been instrumental to themin keeping them organized and addressing the needs of their members. At no
time during her employment with us have we ever felt anything other thangreat affection and pride in having Ms. Davenport on our staff. Needless tosay, we are all devastated by the recent events which have led to Ms.Davenport’s incarceration. We firmly believe that Ms. Davenport was naiveand was misled by Eric Brown.Personally, we have watched Ms. Davenport raise two well-disciplinedchildren. The oldest, Martasia, was just born when Ms. Davenport joinedour firm. Only three months ago, we added Martasia to our staff. Ms.Davenport’s son, Dante, was born while she was working with us. I’ve beendelighted to watch how Dietra has sternly, but lovingly, raised her childrenand how she’s managed to keep them off the streets in a community whereothers have failed in this challenge. She is a mother that any child would be proud to call "mom".I’m not sure what else I can add that will help you in your efforts. As wediscussed, it hurt me deeply to have to have filled Dietra’s job here, but ithad to be done. When the present situation is finally resolved (in what I canonly pray will be to Dietra’s favor), I will do everything I can to assist her infinding new employment.If I may be of any further assistance, please feel free to call upon me.Thomas C. Shaner, CAEThe Black Book It would be easy for a person to view the "Black Book" as a naïve political statement meant to learn from the mistakes of criminal experienceand jail time with the intent to further oneself within his community through political action. It is interesting to note initially that the book is endorsed byDr. Audrey Bundley, Leslie Parker Blyther, Professor Anne ArundelCommunity College, Tyrone Powers, PhD, Institute for Criminal Justice,
Bridget Smith, Executive Director of Partners in Progress, and Mike Jones,author of Black Son Rising.A quick Internet search of, for example, Tyrone Powers shows that hewas a past member of the Baltimore City Police Department and the FBI. Hewas also a speaker at a conference held by the Department of JuvenileJustice in 2005 at the Anne Arundel Community College along withKenneth C. Montague Jr., Secretary,Department of Juvenile Services.Dr. Powers states as follows in his endorsement:These are difficult days that require concrete, specific, effectivesolutions. This book provides that and more. If we want to win,to change our condition, our situation and the life chances of this generation, of our children and of our children's childrenthen we must read, analyze, think, learn and apply the lessons,concepts and practical solutions that are a part of thisextraordinary volume written by four extraordinary insightfulmen and leaders.
In its preface the book describes itself as a "changing lifestyles living policy book." The book goes out of its way to describe itself as appealing toa political organization and not a gang. The book references the gangmentality as "the backdrop to the chaos that we face in our neighborhoods."1 Ms. Davenport's husband, Eric Brown, is one of the authors of this book 

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