Rev. Austin Miles
D.A. refuses to toss fabricated case against minister
By Rev. Austin Miles
January 28, 2015

MARTINEZ, CA (1/27/15) – An intriguing case in 1994 was and still is closely watched. A minister was charged with "assaulting a police officer with a fax machine." I kid you not. When I saw it on the front page of The Contra Costa Times, I read it and came to realize, to my astonishment, that my name was there. I was that minister being charged!

I had been served no papers, or had any clue. I called the court house to ask when and where the 'hearing' would take place since the charge was not true. They would not tell me. I wanted to see the charges but they told me I would have to come in to get them. I did, but had to pay them $25.00 to find out exactly what I had been charged with and where the case would be heard. The staff at the Contra Costa County Court House was hostile.

I was to learn that I had been charged with faxing the name and home address of a sheriff who had forcibly taken a child from his mother for Child Protective Services (CPS). Indeed, the D.A. said it was a 26 page fax that was sent to thousands of people throughout the U .S. They refused to let me show three months of my phone and fax records which I had brought in my defense, to prove that this did not happen. Indeed, I was prohibited from speaking, defending myself or challenging "evidence" throughout that "trial."

The case evolved from a mother who wanted to have a second opinion about her child's cancer treatment, but CPS demanded total control, seized the sick child and took him away screaming from his mother.

CPS receives a government grant for every child they take. I had brought attention to the seizure of that child in my church newsletter, The Connecting Link, but that was it. The rest never happened. But this was a perfect vehicle for an ambitious D.A. to hook onto for a publicity driven action with CPS giving him total support.

The out-of-left-field case was filed by then District Attorney, Gary Yancey who charged me with being a threat to police officers. Mr. Yancey ruled the county with in iron fist, but did not have the support of police officers for his upcoming re-election. Plus he had come under scrutiny due to many controversial actions including a bogus case against County Supervisor Gail Bishop.

This minister provided the ideal case for the politician who needed public and police support, and stated to the newspapers: "I am so supportive of the police that I will even charge a respected minister if he is a threat to the safety of law enforcement."

A card carrying ACLU judge, Lowell Richards, whose wife was the attorney for the Child Protective Services, was appointed to 'hear' the case. Of course, no conflict here.

The "defense lawyer" that they provided for me threw the case for the D.A. who brought in a false witness (a school teacher from San Clemente, whom I had never seen before who said I had sent him the fax. It was proved that Neal Hogan, the "lawyer" was not a lawyer, nor a member of any Bar Association even though he signed a statement under oath that he was. His business was, Opposition Research. Judge Richards knew this.

The D.A. got his conviction against me, loads of publicity, and won the re-election. What is worse, the D.A. I was told, had made a contract to have me killed when I was sent to prison so that nobody would know the truth about how he got re-elected.

How did I know that for sure? A rookie cop, who was a friend of mine who heard this at headquarters, came to my house to talk to me, telling me that he had quit the police force over this, saying that he would have no part of any organization that would do such things.

The Assistant D.A. who made the case in court against me knew that what he was doing was wrong, quit the DA's office after the trial and admitted to me later that "You were railroaded."

The only reason I was not sent to jail, where I would have been killed, was because the court room was packed with people who subscribed to my newsletter and knew full well that I had not published a sheriff's home address plus others who had heard about this case on talk radio. The judge sensed that there would be a riot had they cuffed me and tried to take me to jail as intended. So I was given 300 hours of community service which was easy since that is all I do anyway.

Last year I went to the newly formed, Conviction Integrity Commission at the office of Contra Costa County District Attorney to ask for a re-examination of that case and to rightfully declare it, "null and void." I met with them with all the paperwork proving everything about that case was connived and false. After several months they suddenly went silent and would not even acknowledge my emails or phone messages. Then, this morning, I received the email which is below:

Subject: RE: Status of Case Requested

Rev. Miles,

I apologize for the delay in responding. I can assure you that we have carefully reviewed our files and the materials you have provided. After discussing the matter with our Chief Deputy Doug MacMaster, our office is respectfully declining to take any action with respect to your criminal matter. I do understand your concerns and I can appreciate why you are frustrated with the criminal justice system. Nevertheless, our office considers the matter closed.

Brian Michael Feinberg

The Law & Motion

SCOTUS Bar Number 291266

I immediately responded to his email:

Dear Mr. Feinberg,

Thank you for getting back to me. While greatly disappointed and disillusioned regarding the legal system, please accept my sincere appreciation for the courtesy extended me as I came to you in full trust that the right thing, the moral thing and the ethical thing would take place. I know you did your best.

In any case, I wish you nothing but the best.


Rev. Austin Miles

The purpose of the office of the District Attorney is to gain convictions. They are given government grants for every person they file a charge against and a full amount when they secure the conviction. It is not about justice, but...convicting everyone they can, guilty or not.

I have forgiven everyone who had a part of this Prosecutorial Misconduct. Meanwhile, The Antioch Ledger-Post Dispatch, the newspaper that partnered with Mr. Yancey to help convict me (the word 'alleged' was never used-according to them I did it), went belly up. Thousands of subscribers who were well acquainted with me and my work in the area began cancelling subscriptions, and their major advertisers pulled their ads which supported them. And they crashed.

The editor of the paper, Clay Kallam, a homosexual who automatically considered me the enemy since I was a Christian minister, wrote such vicious attacks against me that I had every right to sue him and the paper. I had always been cordial with him and officiated at the marriage of one of his staff. There was no reason for his conduct against me. He was literally run out of town.

I am told that Gary Yancey has been battling skin cancer. And I believe God is dealing with everyone who used their power to try and destroy a minister of God, even to the point of contracting to have me killed.

Meanwhile, God is greatly blessing this ministry that He has entrusted into my hands. I am now 81 years of age and still working full time as a chaplain 24/7 as well as training chaplains. Oh yes, ironically, I was once a police chaplain, saved a cop's life in New York and still have my badge, which I was restricted from showing at my "trial" since that would conflict with my being a threat to police officers.

EXTRA NOTE: Adrian Chavez, the little boy that was grabbed from his mother and prevented from leaving the county...died. Marlo Thomas of St. Jude Hospital in Memphis had called me after seeing the publicity and offered to take him there for treatment. If he had been able to go there, he would no doubt be alive today. But Child Protective Services prevented it, tragically ending a little boy's life.


Photo Caption: Clay Kallam Former Newspaper Editor

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Rev. Austin Miles

Sadly, Rev. Austin Miles passed away on April 12, 2023, at age 89. His memorial service was held June 3, 2023. His obituary can be read here.

He has broken many major stories including the required study of Islam in the public schools, and reviews books, movies and concerts which brought him an award from University of California at Fullerton for Critical Review. He was a writer/researcher and technical consultant for the multi-award winning series "Ancient Secrets of The Bible," which debuted on CBS TV and has been in constant re-runs since.


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