Former Judge and Prosecutor in Newark Confesses To Arranging False Confession By Innocent Man To Clear Career Criminal

Former prosecutor and judge Clifford J. Minor has confessed to taking a bribe, procuring a false confession, lying to investigators, and falsifying documents. Before serving as a prosecutor and a judge, Minor was a police officer. He later ran for mayor of Newark.

At the heart of the case is a confession by Jamal Muhammad to a gun charge. The actual culprit was Abdul Williams, but Williams had a much longer record and would have received a long sentence. Minor took $3,500 in two payments from Williams to act as Mr. Muhammad’s lawyer and arranged the confession (which Minor knew to be false). Remarkably, Muhammad was paid only $1,500 to take the fall. If this were a legal transaction, Minor would have been accused of ineffective counsel to boot.

Minor, 68, pleaded guilty to six criminal charges.

He was at one time the chief administrative judge in Newark.

Source: New York Times as first seen on ABA Journal

141 thoughts on “Former Judge and Prosecutor in Newark Confesses To Arranging False Confession By Innocent Man To Clear Career Criminal”

  1. 288 Bdaman , April 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm
    Mike Spindell 1, April 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    I feel your pain.
    Kay, I’ll second that. I was gonna post this earlier today before family activities began.
    I don’t have the complete thought i had and I am happily under the influence at the
    Kay you may have been completely wronged and if you were I am sincerely sorry for you. I hope and pray that I never find myself wearing an orange jumpsuit standing in
    front of someone who controls my freedom. Obviously you feel strongly about what has happened to you. Through history we’ve seen time and time again that people who
    refuse to give up sometimes become vindicated. With all the things that have transpired in this thread, one thing for sure, you one tough cookie.
    I hope that one day you will reach a point where you may find peace within yourself.
    Hope it all works out.

    Mike Spindell
    288 April 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    I feel your pain.

    Anon Nurse
    294 April 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm
    Mike S., In reading your first comment, any errors went unnoticed by this reader. The
    content is what jumped off the page. All good points…
    Kay, I echo the sentiment about feeling your pain.

    Dear Anon Nurse, Mike S. and Bdadman
    I really appreciate your emotional support. Thank you.
    kay sieverding

  2. The statute of limitations for almost all federal crimes is 5 years.

    The FBI website discusses Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law 18 USC 245

    This statute makes it a crime for any person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom to willfully deprive or cause to be deprived from any person those rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution and laws of the U.S.

    This law further prohibits a person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation or custom to willfully subject or cause to be subjected any person to different punishments, pains, or penalties, than those prescribed for punishment of citizens on account of such person being an alien or by reason of his/her color or race.

    Acts under “color of any law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the bounds or limits of their lawful authority, but also acts done without and beyond the bounds of their lawful authority; provided that, in order for unlawful acts of any official to be done under “color of any law,” the unlawful acts must be done while such official is purporting or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. This definition includes, in addition to law enforcement officials, individuals such as Mayors, Council persons, Judges, Nursing Home Proprietors, Security Guards, etc., persons who are bound by laws, statutes ordinances, or customs.

    Punishment varies from a fine or imprisonment of up to one year, or both, and if bodily injury results or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire shall be fined or imprisoned up to ten years or both, and if death results, or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.


    The Prosecution Rests, but I Can’t

    April 9, 2011

    (begin excerpt)

    I don’t care about the money. I just want to know why the prosecutors who hid evidence, sent me to prison for something I didn’t do and nearly had me killed are not in jail themselves. There were no ethics charges against them, no criminal charges, no one was fired and now, according to the Supreme Court, no one can be sued.

    Worst of all, I wasn’t the only person they played dirty with. Of the six men one of my prosecutors got sentenced to death, five eventually had their convictions reversed because of prosecutorial misconduct. Because we were sentenced to death, the courts had to appoint us lawyers to fight our appeals. I was lucky, and got lawyers who went to extraordinary lengths. But there are more than 4,000 people serving life without parole in Louisiana, almost none of whom have lawyers after their convictions are final. Someone needs to look at those cases to see how many others might be innocent.

    If a private investigator hired by a generous law firm hadn’t found the blood evidence, I’d be dead today. No doubt about it.

    A crime was definitely committed in this case, but not by me.

    (end of excerpt)

    John Thompson is the director of Resurrection After Exoneration, a support group for exonerated inmates.

  4. Kay sez: “OS
    Where would the descendants of American slaves be if they allowed their identity to be determined by others?”

    WHAAAAA????? said the scribe as he wanders off down the wooded path mumbling to himself…….

  5. OK, you admit to setting up sockpuppet accounts at Wikipedia. There is one reason, and one reason only, for sockpuppet accounts. That is to mislead site administrators and other readers into thinking you are a new and unique entity. Anyone who sets up sockpuppet accounts without revealing the fact to the site administrators is dishonest at best.

    Since you are willing to set up sockpuppet accounts at one site, how do we know you have not done it here. There have been a couple of previously unknown commenters who tried to come to your rescue that sound awfully suspicious to me. Kay, or should I call you User “Anon899989,″ you are now a fully admitted liar. I have said before you had no credibility, but now your credibility level approaches the square root of minus one.

    You got banned from Wikipedia for sockpuppetry, not an editorial disagreement. Quit while you are behind, because you surely are not going to get ahead.

  6. Abusively used one or more accounts.

    That sounds a lot like a spammer or a troll, kay.

  7. “This account has been blocked indefinitely because CheckUser confirms that the operator has abusively used one or more accounts.”

    Why . . . they’re talking about you, kay!

  8. OS

    Where would the descendants of American slaves be if they allowed their identity to be determined by others?

  9. I was “banned” for supposedly editing the pro se article without “agreement from the group” as to what the article should consist of and then for creating another name and posting summaries and links to USDOJ documents. I did that again last week under a pseudo- name “Anon899989”. I posted on the prostitution in the United States two sentences and I just checked and they are still there.

    “The federal government also prosecutes some prostitution offenses. One man who forced women to be prostitutes received a 40-year sentence in federal court.[26] Another was prosecuted for income tax evasion.[27]”

    After posting those I wrote to DOJ and suggested that they get a DOJ Wikipedia account and post about criminal acts as much as possible, to discourage crime.

  10. Kay, Robert Burns wrote a poem about spotting a louse on a woman’s bonnet in church one day. The last verse of the poem could have been written expressly for you:

    O would some Power the gift to give us
    To see ourselves as others see us!
    It would from many a blunder free us,
    And foolish notion:
    What airs in dress and gait would leave us,
    And even devotion!

  11. That’s funny. Because that’s not the reason listed for your banishment from Wikipedia, kay. You were banned for abusing your account privileges. But please . . . lie some more. It helps your credibility so much, you delusional parasite.

  12. O.S.

    When I was posting on Wikipedia I was sourcing ever sentence.

    There are interesting observations on prisoner litigation in the Third Branch, a magazine for federal judges.

    I provided about half the content still existing on the Wikipedia article on Pro Se litigation.

    I had a disagreement with other writers about how long the pro se article should be. They thought it should be short. It is shorter than many Wikipedia articles about television shows.

  13. ” Ravens_Nest
    A place in which many enter as unsuspecting victims, and are drawn in by an unsensible force, “

  14. Kay sez: “Almost two years have lapsed and no such article was ever written.”


    Wikipedia is not the Encyclopedia Britannica, but they try hard to have some editorial and factual credibility. You have neither facts or credibility. They bounced you because you are full of that famous barnyard product, and they are not going to publish the ramblings of your fevered imagination as fact. As long ago as August 2008, Seneca Doane, a respected attorney who chooses to blog under a pseudonym, told you exactly the same thing as the lawyers who blog here. You are wrong about almost everything and tiresome to boot.

  15. Buddha,

    What the hell does facts and truth have to do with what we are talking about….I am talking about being extorted…..

    That was mean….but funny….Do you need to see the Video by the Avalanche? The Boy Needs Therapy…

    Fuuny…but mean…. You are going to have to watch Cheech and Chong Movies all day….with the Sound of Music soundtrack playing in the background…

  16. Actually many people complain about Wikipedia’s editors and control of content.

    I put a lot of effort into the Wikipedia article about pro se litigation. I proposed in the administration section that we jointly write an article about prisoner litigation and I proposed an outline and sources. The anonymous users said they were opposed to my participation in such an article and claimed that they would write one. Almost two years have lapsed and no such article was ever written.

  17. Evidence on my shoulder makes me happy,
    Evidence in my eyes can make me cry,
    Evidence on the water looks so lovely,
    Evidence almost always makes me high.

  18. I looked on Wikipedia for Kay’s name and found the following:

    User:Kay Sieverding
    This account has been blocked indefinitely because CheckUser confirms that the operator has abusively used one or more accounts.

    (Account information: block log · suspected sockpuppets · confirmed socks · sockpuppet investigations casepage)

    This confirms that Kay is a serial blog abuser. You have to work at it to get banned from Wikipedia.

  19. If you are going to make statements about a blogger or about contempt law they should be true statements. Your statement conflicts with the Judge Wood opinion that

    We read § 401 to permit either a fine, or imprisonment, or both, as a penalty for criminal contempt, but not to permit any other penalty.

    The link to the Daily Kos states the anonymous bloggers opinion that there is an entity in federal procedure allowing imprisonment for civil contempt. That conflicts with the Judge Wood opinion.

    The Daily Kos blog was my blog. In fact, I became aware of Professor Turley when he wrote an article about another Daily Kos blog I wrote and called me a tenacious cheesehead.

    I tried doing a word press blog and it didn’t show up on Google at all. No one could see it.

    I looked at the blogging as a form of confrontation and service through publication. When I started it, there was absolutely nothing on the Internet that recounted my side of the story at all.

    When the Denver Post wrote the articles about me, they didn’t come to interview me. They later said that the defense counsel provided the names of the people that they interviewed. Then it turned out that my defense lawyers were also their lawyers. I think that they may have bought insurance from the same Mutual Insurance of Bermuda. I never got a copy of that insurance agreement but I think it might have had something in the contract or in informal agreements about joint efforts to stop defamation cases through damaging the credibility of the plaintiffs.

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