Monthly Archives: November 2008

Day 1: Tempe Jail and “The Matrix”

by Brian A. Wilkins

This is Day 1 of the 55 days I spent in Maricopa County Jail.

It was about 4 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22 when I was put into a cold, empty cell; not knowing what was going to happen next. I assume it was located at the Tempe police complex near 5th Street and Mill Ave. I was really tired, but had no intentions of sleeping in there. I went down to my knees, faced a wall, and just stared blankly at it for who-knows-how-long. 

An hour or so later, a female cop came by and opened … Read Entire Article

Who are 11 Tempe Police Officers on “Brady List?”

By Brian A. Wilkins

Maricopa County had a total of 328 officers on its “rogue” list at last check in May 2007. Tempe Police Department did not allow county to release the names of its 11 officers on that list. T. Johnson (#18490) and M. Wallace (#16814), if they aren’t already on it, will be after all this.

I guess I should first clear up that 2000-pound pink elephant in the room…what is the “Brady List?” It’s an interesting question with a simple answer.

In a 6-2 Supreme Court decision (1963; Brady vs. Maryland), Justice William O. Douglas wrote … Read Entire Article