It’s been nearly three years since Wanda Madison’s son, Henry, went on trial for stabbing a fellow student to death during a brawl on the campus of Mercury State University (“MSU”) a prominent HBCU. He was found not guilty of the “bogus” murder charges, but guilty of “accessory after the fact,” a charge added during the trial. The pre-sentencing investigator recommended probation and/or a suspended sentence for the accessory charge because Henry was in his THIRD year of college at the time of the incident and had no prior arrests, but the racist judge gave him the maximum ten-year sentence (suspending two).
The "Aftermath" of "The AboveGround Railroad" picks up at Henry’s sentence modification hearing before Judge Maxelton, an MSU alumni, just like the mother and grandfather of the victim, which was clearly a conflict of interest, therefore, she should have recused herself from the case, instead she denied his request. One week later, the Court of Special Appeals overturned Henry’s conviction, but the day he was to be released he was remanded to the custody of Baltimore’s Booking and Intake Center where he was unlawfully held for months without being booked, charged, or arraigned on new charges, nor given a bail review hearing, violating his constitutional right to due process. Wanda wrote Maryland’s Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and States Attorney’s office, as well as her local Congressmen, however, they all seemed to be more concerned with winning the next election, than the fate of an innocent black man being wrongfully incarcerated. Wanda was relentless in her ongoing quest for justice and vowed to never give up. This poignant story of one mother’s fight for justice and her undying love for her only son is a must read.