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Re: “Local filmmaker Cash Michaels on Obama, Wake schools and race in N.C.

I am going to add one thing to this well written article on my friend's accomplishments. I'd like to add how this man does not shy away from issues close to his heart, right or wrong he is committed, steadfast, armed to the teeth with a bright mind and a courageous backbone to keep his head held high.

I'd like to say I wish there were more like him but then that would dilute the brightness of his star that shines so brightly. We need that bright light, we need someone with his character rewarded, blessed, so that we can all strive to his level.

God Bless you Cash!

Posted by Tre Benson on 09/09/2010 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Stolen youth

When I met with Alan Gell just after his release from Death Row, he told me he was going to shove a very simple message down the high school kids throats, "Don't do nothing you can get in trouble for. It will give you a reputation you won't be able to live down later on." Gell said he was on death row not so much because of the illegal activities by a couple of corrupt prosecutors but because he had a reputation of a guy that "could" have done what he was accused of doing. I'm inclined to believe that there is truth in that message. You are what your reputation is. And in some circumstances you fulfill that prophesy down the road. I say that because in looking at Mr. Daniels disciplinary record while incarcerated you will find he has been found guilty of 10 infractions, including theft and failing to return from leave. Whereas the Duke 3 have a well documented situation of wrongful prosecution, Erick Daniels has nothing. There is no evidence to free him. The problem is in the eyewitness testimony of the victim and the jury. The problem also is that Erick Daniels was a 12 yr. old drug dealer, who as a condition of his probation was to remain drug free and he consistently failed. His mother lived with a drug dealer who was shot and killed (has the murder been solved?) and a best friend that was a 20 yr. old drug dealer, a Few Gardens Don who refuses to give a statement he claims can free Daniels. Others can offer the same statement, claims of the identity of the true robber that will exonerate Daniels. But their street cred is worth more than another human being's freedom. Erick Daniels would have, perhaps, benefited from Alan Gell's counsel. Had Erick not have stood out like a sore thumb in a project full of gangbangers, drug dealers and thieves, he may have never been fingered as the one with the eyebrows.

Posted by Tre Benson on 05/25/2007 at 7:03 PM

Re: “The Hounddog "controversy" and a celebration of Screen/Society

Otto my evidence is 3 eyewitnesses. My evidence is a script that reads like child pornography, a script shown to an 11 year old Dakota Fanning, agent and parents. A script read by all those who were asked to invest, a script read by the parents of other children cast or wanting to be cast in the film. And of course Otto another thing you'd have no idea about is the "investigative" part of the saga. Production furnished an EDITED copy of the film to the Assistant District Attorney and made a teleconference call to answer any questions the ADA may have had regarding the work conditions on set 5-7 months earlier. Remember this was reported to authorities, by me, 5 months before the ADA got around to make any contact with the production company. An official complaint of allegations of the sexual exploitation of a minor child and it took 5 months to have a phone conversation with the accused. Even Mike Nifong knows it isn't a good idea to have a conversation with someone you may face in court because you will end up on the defense team's witness list and cannot prosecute the case. Dakota Fanning is a victim in this crime, her parents put her there, her agent make money off of her being there, the producers paid for her to be there, the director used her and the other children while they were there on set, they should be held accountable. The law is the law, change it and I'll have only a personal, moral issue with the sexual objectification of a child. But since there is a law or two against using children in this manner I will submit to you that I did as I was required to do by State law. I have no other agenda. This case concerns provisions in the North Carolina General Statutes, N.C.G.S. 7A-543 (1995) (repealed and recodified as N.C.G.S. 7B-301 (1999)),that require anyone suspecting child abuse or neglect to report that behavior to the Department of Social Services. Further, this case examines the rigor of statutory immunity from civil or criminal liability for a person reporting such abuse or neglect, as well as that of a statutory presumption of good faith, codified in N.C.G.S. 7A-550 (now N.C.G.S. 7B-309 (1999)). It is clear that the legislative intent of these statutes is that citizens are to be vigilant in assuring the safety and welfare of the children of North Carolina. Pretty simple huh?

Posted by Tre Benson on 02/08/2007 at 11:26 AM

Re: “The Hounddog "controversy" and a celebration of Screen/Society

Marc we wish everyone were as accurate as you pretend to be as "we" report news and events. The Hounddog controversy is and has been much more than a rape scene that involved a 12 year old actress portraying a 9 year old who gets raped by the milkman after doing a strip show for him in order to receive tickets to see Elvis in concert. I am the Executive Producer of Blue Line Radio. I also work in the film business in Wilmington and because of my connections and friendship with many of those working on the crew of Hounddog I was made aware of the various sexually explicit scenes in which minor children were compromised into playing. I obtained a copy of the script, which if you haven't had the opportunity to read I will be more than happy to pass along to you. In that script were scenes that, if shot as the script called for, suggested criminal acts of the sexual exploitation of a minor children. We made our report and left the investigation in the hands of law enforcement who seem to believe it is the final edited print of the film that is the evidence of what transpired on set 5-7 months earlier. If you had any interest in understanding the truth in this you should have emailed me. That would have been the professional thing to do. By the way, Blue Line Radio is a show that deals with crime and crime related issues, the host is a 24 year veteran law enforcement officer and an FBI National Academy graduate. The radio station carrying our show has one 2 hour Christian oriented program in the entire weekly lineup. Otherwise it is all talk, all news format, just as it says it is on the website. Now please say your sorry for being so lazy.

Posted by Tre Benson on 02/07/2007 at 6:18 PM

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