State of Texas vs.
William Christopher Brosky
"The Skinhead Murder of Donald
Attorney Edmonds gained notoriety
when she represented Carolyn Jean
Thomas, the widow of Donald Thomas,
American male who was the victim of
a hate-crime murder committed by
three (3) teenaged skinheads on June
6, 1991 in
William Trey Roberts and Joshua
Hendry pled guilty to the murder and
received 40 years and 20 years in
prison, respectively. William
Christopher Brosky pled not guilty.
Subsequently, in March of 1993, the
juvenile skinhead, William
Christopher Brosky, was found guilty
of murder by an all-white jury. He
was sentenced to 10 years probation.
As a result of the light sentence
for such a heinous murder, the
public displayed a strong outcry for
justice. Three days later, more than
15,000 people marched in downtown
Texas, to exhibit their dismay over the
punishment, and protested the flaws
Tarrant County justice system. Later
in November 2003, Brosky was
indicted and tried for Engaging in
Organized Crime and with the Intent
to Commit Murder. He was sentenced
to forty (40) years in prison. The
case received wide-spread media
coverage from CNN, Court TV, NBC,
ABC and CBS, Donahue Show, Inside
Edition, Impact, print media and
radio stations across the country,
and including the British
Attorney Edmonds prepared Mrs.
Thomas’ for her breathtaking
testimony before the Texas
Legislature on the Hate-Crime Bill.
The Bill passed unanimously. Then,
on June 19, 1993, the Late Governor
Ann Richards invited Mrs. Thomas and
Attorney Edmonds to the Texas State
Capital for a special signing
ceremony of the Hate-Crime Bill,
which became law on September 1,
Attorney Edmonds also filed a civil
lawsuit against the criminal
defendants, their parents and
Chevron U.S.A. for the wrongful
death of Donald Thomas and received
a monetary recovery for Mrs. Thomas.
Rio Hair Litigation Class Action
"A Consumer Class Action Lawsuit"
In December 1994, Attorney Edmonds
filed a federal consumer class
action lawsuit on behalf of Linda
Wilkerson, Ollie Faggett and others
against World Rio Corporation, the
manufacturer and distributor of a
defective hair relaxer product, Rio
Hair Neutralizer. The hair product
caused extensive hair loss, scalp
damage, baldness, hair discoloration
and mental anguish to thousands of
African American woman, men, and
children. It was promoted through a
compelling infomercial which aired
in the United States and Canada.
Attorney Edmonds was one the
steering committee attorneys for the
national class action. In 1996,
Honorable Gerald A. Rosen, federal
judge for the U.S. Eastern District
in Michigan approved a limited fund
settlement in the amount of $4.5
million for the class members and
attorneys. The case received
national and international media
Lisa Courtney et.al. vs.
Michael Helms et. al.
"A Prisoner's Death Case"
In June 1997, Attorney Edmonds filed
a lawsuit in federal court on behalf
of Lisa Ann Courtney Crenshaw, the
widow of Gary Lee Crenshaw and his
children for his wrongful death and
violations of his civil rights
against several Texas Correctional
Officers at the French Robinson Unit
in Abilene, Texas. The case received
intense media coverage because
portion’s of the inmate’s death were
videotaped and revealed that little
or no medical care was provided to
inmate Crenshaw prior to his death.
In 1999, Federal Judge Sam Cummings
approved a settlement for his heirs.
Shena Murphy vs.
Fort Worth ISD
"A School Law-Student's Rights Case"
In January 2003, a graduating honor
student, Terry Carter, was suspended
from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High
School, and referred to an
alternative school for 40 school
days for reciting an original rap
poem in an Open Mic contest during
his Creative Writing Class. A female
student took offense to the lyrics
of the poem and interpreted them as
a threat towards her. Terry appealed
the decision and received a 10-day
suspension. Pending his appeal,
Superintendent Thomas Tocco, held
meetings with others and failed to
provided Terry and his lawyer notice
before he permanently banned Terry
from returning to his home school.
In April, 2003, a federal lawsuit
was filed alleging violation of due
process. Honorable John McBryde
reversed FWISD’s board decision and
ordered Terry’s immediately return
to his home school.