Texas attorney Victoria Broussard has a mission to seek out cases of obvious judicial injustice and champion the underdog who has been over-charged with a crime, over-sentenced, over-punished, and in dire need of an advocate.
That commitment is why many were shocked that the University of Texas and Texas Southern University graduated would on the case of Dr. Malachi York, who is imprisoned on money charges, and accused of child molestation.
“Several of the RICO charges accused him of transporting minors across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity, to which he has steadfastly and vehemently maintained he is innocent of,” Broussard said.
A victim of childhood sexual abuse, Broussard says many are stunned to find that she would represent someone accused of that crime.
“I have serious doubts about the guilty verdict, which was actually a hung verdict before the judge informed the dissenting juror, who believed Mr. York was being framed, that she could easily be replaced.”
As the fight for York’s freedom intensifies, so do threats to her well-being and livelihood. She is often trolled and threatened on the Internet. Yet, Broussard remains steadfast in her legal belief that York’s sentence should be reduced – whether innocent or not of the crimes he was accused of – in light of the recent trends toward rational, corrective, and reformative sentencing advocated by the Obama Administration.
Prior to his conviction, Broussard describes York as a pillar of society, consistently giving thousands of dollars to charity, feeding the homeless, and transforming downtrodden communities. Today, he is 71 years old and suffers from a life-threatening illness, for which she says prison officials neglect to provide him with any of the prescribed medications to lessen and prevent the attacks, leaving him frequently found by unsympathetic guards unconscious on his concrete cell floor.
Broussard is in the midst of her formal presentation to the White House Pardon Attorney’s office.
“I get how unnerving my representation of Dr. York may be for many,” she says. “I took such a controversial case because I am an attorney who took an oath of office that I would discharge my duties to my clients to the best of my ability, which means serving them with integrity and all the intestinal fortitude I possess.”
She has created a petition on Change.org and hopes people will read the facts of the case and be inspired to sign in support of York’s freedom.