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Home for Christmas — Jeremy Marks Freed

Thumbnail image for jeremy-home.jpgVerdugo Hills High School student Jeremy Marks was freed late Thursday after being jailed for eight months on felony “lynching” charges on an LAUSD police officer — charges the District Attorney’s Office filed and pursued despite compelling evidence of his innocence.

It took a courageous citizen like Lydia Grant, a tenacious reporter like Katharine Russ, the love of his mother Rochelle, visibility of the case in the LA Weekly and a Good Samaritan in Google software engineer Neil Fraser who put up his bail.

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14 Responses to Home for Christmas — Jeremy Marks Freed

  1. Katharine Russ says:

    Merry Christmas, Jeremy and all those who came to Jeremy’s aid.This is truly a happy day!!

  2. In Eagle Rock says:

    Some good work by Katherine and Lydia.
    It sounds like some over-charging by the D.A., but to be so tenacious in this case with what the facts appear to be really makes me wonder what else is going on at other levels here. (Steve Cooley might consider making some statement here).
    For now, this is good news. This accomplishment is a result of a lot of work and expense. The stories show how much that is. Congratulation on that effort to all.
    I hope that the case is resolved justly, and if there is any blameworthy conduct on the prosecution’s side, that it likewise will be justly handled.

  3. Celes King IV says:

    While I agree that Lydia and Katharine are great it must also be pointed out that this is the result of a community effort that began when Lydia informed the Congress of Racuial Equalty of California of the Marks case, Katharine’s ensuing article, the Youth Defensse Coalition’s 50 mile march for justice across Los Angeles and many other other organizarions making phone calls, gathering statistics, tracking witnesses for statements. Then Neil Fraser supplying 1/3 of the collateral for a $155,000 Bail in conjunjuction with the Grandfather placing a Trust Deed on his home. There was the ongoing efforts of Attorney Mark Ravis & Karen Travis to remove obstacles that prohibited Bail. Last but not least Celes King III Bail Agency, the historic Civicl Rights Bail Agency collaborated with Bail USA and Seneca Insurance Company to waive all except $2,375 of $15,500 in fees. This is a community coming together to adress what has to long been swept under the rug, CRIMINALIZATION of BLACK and BROWN YOUTH. Yes Jeremy Marks is home home in time to enjoy Christmas with his family for which we rejoice. Yet we ask how many other Jeremy’s are languishing in some detention center as the result of similar LAUSD Police abuse of Power Under Color of Law It must STOP

  4. Celes King IV says:

    While I agree that Lydia and Katharine are great it must also be pointed out that this is the result of a community effort that began when Lydia informed the Congress of Racuial Equalty of California of the Marks case, Katharine’s ensuing article, the Youth Defensse Coalition’s 50 mile march for justice across Los Angeles and many other other organizarions making phone calls, gathering statistics, tracking witnesses for statements. Then Neil Fraser supplying 1/3 of the collateral for a $155,000 Bail in conjunjuction with the Grandfather placing a Trust Deed on his home. There was the ongoing efforts of Attorney Mark Ravis & Karen Travis to remove obstacles that prohibited Bail. Last but not least Celes King III Bail Agency, the historic Civicl Rights Bail Agency collaborated with Bail USA and Seneca Insurance Company to waive all except $2,375 of $15,500 in fees. This is a community coming together to adress what has to long been swept under the rug, CRIMINALIZATION of BLACK and BROWN YOUTH. Yes Jeremy Marks is home home in time to enjoy Christmas with his family for which we rejoice. Yet we ask how many other Jeremy’s are languishing in some detention center as the result of similar LAUSD Police abuse of Power Under Color of Law It must STOP

  5. Celes King IV says:

    While I agree that Lydia and Katharine are great it must also be pointed out that this is the result of a community effort that began when Lydia informed the Congress of Racuial Equalty of California of the Marks case, Katharine’s ensuing article, the Youth Defensse Coalition’s 50 mile march for justice across Los Angeles and many other other organizarions making phone calls, gathering statistics, tracking witnesses for statements. Then Neil Fraser supplying 1/3 of the collateral for a $155,000 Bail in conjunjuction with the Grandfather placing a Trust Deed on his home. There was the ongoing efforts of Attorney Mark Ravis & Karen Travis to remove obstacles that prohibited Bail. Last but not least Celes King III Bail Agency, the historic Civicl Rights Bail Agency collaborated with Bail USA and Seneca Insurance Company to waive all except $2,375 of $15,500 in fees. This is a community coming together to adress what has to long been swept under the rug, CRIMINALIZATION of BLACK and BROWN YOUTH. Yes Jeremy Marks is home home in time to enjoy Christmas with his family for which we rejoice. Yet we ask how many other Jeremy’s are languishing in some detention center as the result of similar LAUSD Police abuse of Power Under Color of Law It must STOP

  6. Dan says:

    Ron, you are as wrong about this story as you were about Carmen “The Clown” Trutanich. This school boy is a documented Pacoima Piru Blood gang member who was kicked out of his last school for violent conduct. Trutanich is trying to inject himself into this to suck up to the African American community as he is about to renege on his campaign promise to serve a full first term as City Attorney and announce that he’s running for District Attorney. Your buddy Nooooch is going to try to throw Steve Cooley under the bus and blame him for “over filing” the case against Jeremy “PPB” Marks. Nice bunch of people you hang out with Ron. Do your research.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Serves Cooley right for depicting his Clown Carmen as the Second Coming. Some just of character he is since he knew and worked with the guy for years. Guess he was handy when he needed him, for the power of the DA’s office to get clients and seem important, even special access to Rocky’s office doing “special assignments” where he came and went between there and his own private practice in Long Beach like a revolving door.
    All that intelligence he was to gather to knock Rocky out of the race must have been helpful too.
    Seems like now he and Cooley are blaming each other for Cooley’s failure against an outsider.
    But how can Trutanich think he’s going to get the backing of the same people Cooley got to back him last time if he bites the hand that not only fed him, but made him from nothing? And he has no strong supporters except the core of Republicans like the head of PPL Weber and their $2000/ hour “consultant” who calls the shots, some guy called Don Novey, Zine, maybe one or two of the Republican BOS. Too many know the real him now.
    If he’s going to accuse Cooley of favoritism and turning a blind eye to cases like this, what about his own history with Cooley? Sounds like his campaign would be to spin that he doesn’t mind throwing other politicians and even his bosses under the bus as long as he believes in his pure heart that he’s doing the right thing. (And the tooth fairy is real.) I was wondering why this sudden turning on Cooley by Ron, but if he’s supporting Trutanich still, that might explain a lot. Or maybe Ron’s just a devil’s advocate here, which we know he is in general.
    Sorry Cooley, but just for pushing this guy on us when you should have known better, you gets what you gets. His own former supporters are the ones who will make sure he never becomes DA, they’ve got a site with his letter promising not to run for DA. And they’re keeping score of his betrayals.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Pretty underwhelmed. Marks remained in jail because his lawyer kept him there.
    You’ve got two big issues here that this story glosses over entirely:
    1. Out of control kids at Verdugo HS
    2. Poorly trained LAUSD cops.

  9. Tom says:

    Ron, I cannot figure out what to believe here. If this kid (?) Jeremy Marks is so innocent, how come even the LA Weekly have said he’s a gang member and he was thrown out his last school for violence?
    According to the LA Weekly report (which was a little one-sided), decent people should be on the side of the cops who have to put up with the abuse they get from these teenage gang bangers. I saw the YouTube video showing the cop being threatened by the gang member with the joint, and it certainly looked to me like it could have developed into a really dangerous incident. If this Jeremy Marks (what’s his gang name?) said “Kick her ass!” then that is a crime, a serious crime. So I don’t know how you can say he did nothing?
    It is disgusting that Carmen Trutanich is interfering in this case just to make a name for himself with people of color in the valley. It’s exactly the sort of low ball trickery that you are supposed to be reporting on. I am not surprised that Cooley is having buyers remorse over Carmen the Clown, the rest of LA is too!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Remember that Carmen Trutanich also signed onto the “Environmental Racism” group led by Damion Goodman (or Goodwyn, something like that) claiming it was racism for the MTA/ Expo Authority to want to put at-grade rail crossings at Crenshaw High.
    When in fact it was fiscally irresponsible of Trutanich to do this and try to meddle, again just to get the black vote. ALSO this group was backed up by the Tract 7260/ WLA people and their cohorts who also want to stop at-grade crossings at Overland, oppose using the right of ways through Cheviott Hills, etc. – and have recently filed another of their mischief lawsuits. They’re a big part I’ll bet of why the Expo Line is so far over budget and schedule.
    Trutanich signed on with anybody and said he’d support them on virtually anything to get their support last time, ask Chick and the pot people, and why is it surprising he’d do it again? Except this time even some of the people in these HOA’s are onto him and keeping score with a pretty sophisticated web site. “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me,” is their motto.

  11. Markus says:

    I don’t care what you say, Carmen Trutanich, the Los Angeles City Attorney, is absolutely right. The Jeremy Marks case is a misdemeanor not a felony, and has been over-charged by the DAs Office. It is a disgrace that this boy has been in prison for 7 months without a fair trial. At least Trutanich has the guts to say what needs to be said, and he has made a lot of friends in the community by taking Jermey’s side in this tragedy.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I feel bad for the officer who is being attacked and having people think that a student yelling to beat up the officer is okay. It isn’t. Sounds like over protection of a bad kid.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I support the Officer over the gang member.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I also feel bad for the cop – it must have been very frightening to be surrounded by those “kids” all of whom were bigger than her. But at the same time I do think Trutanich has a point – it was wrong but “it ain’t no felony” is what he said. Even if Jeremy Marks used to be a gang member, that doesn’t mean this was a gang crime. It was just the way that kids behave these days, and at least Trutanich is wise enough to recognize that. If you treat a kid like a criminal, guess what? They become criminals.

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