Equal Justice Under the Law – American Style

By E.P.Dixon

Case #1

WILLIAM MITCHELL Race: Black, Sex: Male, Release Date: 02/23/2024

PRESS RELEASE (excerpt) Friday, January 22, 2016

Repeat Bank Robber Who Struck from Coast to Coast Sentenced to 10+ Years in Prison

Defendant Robbed Banks in Vermont, New Hampshire, Florida, Mississippi, California and Washington

A 57-year-old repeat bank robber was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 127 months in prison and three years of supervised release for multiple bank robberies and the armed robbery of the Nordstrom fine jewelry department, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.

MITCHELL has an extensive criminal history in Canada and the U.S. dating back to the early 1980s. In 1990 MITCHELL was sentenced to 207 months (10 years 4 months) in prison for eleven (11) armed bank robberies in Florida, Wisconsin, California and Washington.

According to records filed in the case, MITCHELL was identified as a serial bank robbery suspect following the robberies of Homestreet Bank in Seattle (July 28, 2014), Wells Fargo Bank in Seattle (July 29, 2014), Timberland Bank in Olympia (October 30, 2014) and Numerica Federal Credit Union in Spokane (November 7, 2014). Seattle police also used DNA evidence to connect MITCHELL to the armed robbery of the Nordstrom store. DNA evidence also connected MITCHELL to bank robberies in Naples, Florida on April 4, 2014 and in Santa Barbara, California on October 2, 2014. MITCHELL admitted he also committed bank robberies in South Burlington, Vermont on July 5, 2014, Ocean Springs, Mississippi on May 23, 2014 and Manchester, New Hampshire, on May 30, 2014.

Despite irrefutable evidence and numerous prior convictions, career criminal Mitchell only received 127 months (10 years & 7 months) in prison.

NOW COMPARE: Case #2 In 2016

GHOST DANCER, Race: American Indian, Sex: Male, Release Date: 04/22/2030

When Ghost Dancer was arrested and charged with two Florida bank robberies in 1994, he was out on parole on two attempted robbery convictions in the State of Alabama for which he was given two (2) LIFE SENTENCES (These two convictions were proven illegal and vacated in 2015).

Ghost Dancer has steadfastly maintained his innocence in these two bank robberies! He had no fewer than seven (7) witnesses who testified as to his whereabouts on the days of the robberies, which occurred 128 and 185 miles away.

The actual perpetrator confessed to the robberies, but his testimony was not allowed in court. He withdrew his confession as part of a plea agreement with the prosecution.

The FBI and the federal prosecutor had absolutely no direct evidence or accurate eye-witness identification to prove his guilt. They had no proof at all! Nothing. Ghost’s court appointed attorney totally failed to vigorously defend his client’s interests.

In court Ghost was found guilty and sentenced to 420 months (35 years) plus an additional 60 months (5 years) because he refused to plead guilty to crimes he did not commit.


Published by Edna Peirce Dixon

I am an elder in my 9th decade. I have lived an ordinary life, I’ve done all the ordinary and expected things, went to school, got married, raised a family, tried to be a good person. Throughout this life I have also been a seeker, an outsider by nature, always looking through cracks in the fences of life, questioning, challenging, learning, trying to make sense of the world and its conventions. Then in my golden years, as I sought to find meaning in my existence, some unexpected things happened and I’ve since learned it took a lifetime to prepare me for the challenge to come. My journey – indeed my calling - led me to come to know a remarkable man who happened to be an inmate in federal prison. Nothing could have been more foreign to my personal experience. GHOST DANCER Communicating daily for nearly nine years I had the opportunity to walk many paths with Ghost discussing our thoughts on many common interests with candor and respect. With enormous generosity Ghost has allowed me to share his wisdom and knowledge of his Native American heritage on Journeys of the Spirit. Over time, Ghost gradually revealed his life story in small bits, like scrambled pieces of some gigantic puzzle. Now, after spending more than 40 years in prison, Ghost Dancer is at last free and ready to tell his amazing personal story. As the saying goes, “you can’t make this stuff up” and as his friend and editor I can say this is a story so big that even after working with him for nearly nine years, I continue to be astonished as he shares new details my mind simply could never imagine. From the very first chapter, Ghost leads us on his journey and invites us to walk with him on his Nene Cate (Red Road). From the day he was born, a happy, loving gifted child, he endured heartbreaking sorrows, betrayals and exploitations. Through it all, Ghost fought a system determined to destroy him by any means, as he struggled to remain true to his calling. Through Ghost Dancer I also met and came to know Walks On The Grass, another federal prisoner whose story is also compelling even though very different. In Journeys of the Spirit, Walks has shared his decades-long journey from deep addiction to wholeness in LONG ROAD HOME and shared other bits of his story in ALONG THE WAY. Now as he approaches his August release into this crazy world of 2022 Walks shares his the thoughts and misgivings as he counts down to the big day in LIGHTS IN THE DISTANCE.


  1. We had a very similar case presented in the 1992 Georgetown hearings by the US DOJ Task Force on State and Local Government Corruption. A Native American veteran with an artificial leg from stepping on a mine in Vietnam, complained in newspaper op-ed column about some local cops selling drugs. Keep in mind that in Virginia almost all Native Americans are tri-racial . . . if you get my gist. He was framed for robbing a bank, when he had multiple witnesses placing him elsewhere. Of course, both he and his witnesses were “people of color.” The Commonwealth’s Attorney presented two witnesses, who had been arrested in other unrelated cases . . . but then released mysteriously before going to trial. They claimed to have seen the Native American veteran run away from the bank. Obviously, someone with an artificial leg can’t run so fast to escape police chasing him. With no criminal record, he was sentenced to 7 years in prison. The man had already served over a year of the sentence before the DOJ was able to get released . . . not because of the fact that an amputee can’t run . . . but because there was racial profiling in the jury selection.

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