53,000 Dead Voters Found And Removed From Florida Voter Rolls – Some State’s Election Officials Won’t Remove Voters, Even When Provided With A Death Certificate

May 20, 2012

I have learned that Florida election officials are set to announce that the secretary of state has discovered and purged up to 53,000 dead voters from the voter rolls in Florida.

How could 53,000 dead voters have sat on the polls for so long? Simple. Because Florida hadn’t been using the best available data revealing which voters have died. Florida is now using the nationwide Social Security Death Index for determining which voters should be purged because they have died.

Here is the bad news. Most states aren’t using the same database that Florida is. In fact, I have heard reports that some election officials won’t even remove voters even when they are presented with a death certificate. That means that voter rolls across the nation still are filled with dead voters, even if Florida is leading the way in detecting and removing them.

But surely people aren’t voting in the names of dead voters, the voter fraud deniers argue. Wrong.

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Consider the case of Lafayette Keaton. Keaton not only voted for a dead person in Oregon, he voted for his dead son. Making Keaton’s fraud easier was Oregon’s vote by mail scheme, which has opened up gaping holes in the integrity of elections. The incident in Oregon just scratches the surface of the problem. Massachusetts and Mississippi are but two other examples of the dead rising on election day.

Florida should be applauded for taking the problem seriously, even if Eric Holder’s Justice Department and many state election officials don’t.

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Veteran Broward County Florida Deputy Sheriff Anthony Constanzo Arrested, Suspended, Charged With Witness And Evidence Tampering

May 17, 2012

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – A South Florida deputy is facing multiple charges stemming from a witness tampering case.

Police arrested Broward Sheriff’s deputy Anthony Constanzo, a 12-year veteran. on Wednesday. According to the Broward State Attorney, detective Costanzo is charged with tampering with a witness, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, disclosing confidential information and using a two-way communication device to commit a felony

Federal investigators have accused Costanzo of interfering with an ongoing racketeering and extortion case against two Fort Lauderdale officers.

He was released from jail after posting $5,000 bail.

Costanzo has since been suspended without pay following the arrest.

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Pedophile Long Beach California Police Officer Noe Yanez, Previously Charged With Child Pornography And Suspended, Arrested Again Amid Continuing Investigation And After Additional Victims Located

May 9, 2012

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA – Long Beach police say an officer who was arrested last month for investigation of possession of child pornography has been arrested again for several sexually-based offenses.

A police department statement says Officer Noe Yanez was arrested Wednesday and was being held on $951,000 bail.

Yanez was first arrested and booked April 19 for possession of child pornography following an investigation into alleged inappropriate contact with a minor.

Authorities say Yanez was re-arrested after Long Beach police continued their initial investigation and interviewed additional victims.

The department says Yanez has been suspended without pay since the first arrest, and will remain on suspension pending the outcome of the internal and criminal investigations.

Police declined to release further details about the latest arrest.

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Arizona Hopes To Do Away With 1st Ammendment With Law Criminalizing Internet Comments, Webpages, And Blogs

April 4, 2012

ARIZONA – That endless banter by anonymous commenters on your favorite Internet forum has long been trivial — at least to you. In Arizona, it could soon be downright criminal.

Arizona House Bill 2549, which would make it unlawful for anyone to post messages “with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend,” passed both the House and Senate in nearly unanimous votes last week. The bill is reportedly being tinkered with by legislators before being passed to Gov. Jan Brewer.

The legislation, which has its roots in an antiquated anti-stalking law that targeted phone pranksters and telemarketers, has drawn the ire of free speech advocates who say the legislation is an affront to First Amendment rights.

Bill co-author Chad Campbell told the Arizona Republic this week that legislators hear the critics loud and clear and are addressing their concerns — but don’t think the bill is dead.

“The intent of this bill was to go after stalkers, basically, and people who are making one-on-one conversations that are abusive or threatening in some matter,” he said in a video posted on the newspaper’s website. “There was no intention to trample on the First Amendment. We still believe that it wouldn’t do so, that we as a state legislature can’t override the First Amendment. But let me just say if there are some concerns, we have time to fix it and we’re more than willing to fix it.”

Because of the way the law was written, critics say “fixing” it would require trashing the whole bill.

The group Media Coalition sent a letter to Brewer lambasting the bill for dealing an Orwellian blow to free speech, saying the bill “would update the state’s telephone harassment law to apply to the Internet and other electronic communications. It would make it a crime to communicate via electronic means speech that is intended to ‘annoy,’ ‘offend,’ ‘harass’ or ‘terrify,’ as well as certain sexual speech. However, because the bill is not limited to one-to-one communications, H.B. 2549 would apply to the Internet as a whole, thus criminalizing all manner of writing, cartoons, and other protected material the state finds offensive or annoying.”

The hacktivist Twitter account YourAnonNews was sending “ButtHurt Report Forms” — a pseudo-incident report meant to mock people who are easily offended by what they see online — to Brewer and state lawmakers, reported Russia Today.

Arizona has become a hotbed of constitutional infighting after the passage of a sweeping anti-immigration law in 2010 that drew national attention. In January, the governor was photographed giving President Obama the finger-wag. A petition opposing de-funding Planned Parenthood in the state has more than 5,000 signatures on Signon.org.

Do you think the bill is fair or does it go against your First Amendment rights? Let us know!

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CIA To Spy On And Track American Citizens Who Have Set Top Boxs, Internet Connected Televisions, Web Radios, Etc.

March 16, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – When people download a film from Netflix to a flatscreen, or turn on web radio, they could be alerting unwanted watchers to exactly what they are doing and where they are.

Spies will no longer have to plant bugs in your home – the rise of ‘connected’ gadgets controlled by apps will mean that people ‘bug’ their own homes, says CIA director David Petraeus.

The CIA claims it will be able to ‘read’ these devices via the internet – and perhaps even via radio waves from outside the home.
A Sony internet TV: The rise of ‘connected’ devices in the home offers spies a window into people’s lives – CIA director David Petraeus says the technologies will ‘transform’ surveillance

A Sony internet TV: The rise of ‘connected’ devices in the home offers spies a window into people’s lives – CIA director David Petraeus says the technologies will ‘transform’ surveillance
General David Petraeus, former head of the allied forces in Afghanistan, is sworn in as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency on September 6, 2011 in the White House

General David Petraeus, former head of the allied forces in Afghanistan, is sworn in as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency on September 6, 2011 in the White House

Everything from remote controls to clock radios can now be controlled via apps – and chip company ARM recently unveiled low-powered, cheaper chips which will be used in everything from fridges and ovens to doorbells.

The resultant chorus of ‘connected’ gadgets will be able to be read like a book – and even remote-controlled, according to CIA CIA Director David Petraeus, according to a recent report by Wired’s ‘Danger Room’ blog.

Petraeus says that web-connected gadgets will ‘transform’ the art of spying – allowing spies to monitor people automatically without planting bugs, breaking and entering or even donning a tuxedo to infiltrate a dinner party.

‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,’ said Petraeus.

‘Particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft. Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters – all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing.’

Petraeus was speaking to a venture capital firm about new technologies which aim to add processors and web connections to previously ‘dumb’ home appliances such as fridges, ovens and lighting systems.

This week, one of the world’s biggest chip companies, ARM, has unveiled a new processor built to work inside ‘connected’ white goods.

The ARM chips are smaller, lower-powered and far cheaper than previous processors – and designed to add the internet to almost every kind of electrical appliance.

It’s a concept described as the ‘internet of things’.
The murderous computer Hal in 2001: But it seems that the danger of computers isn’t villainous artificial intelligence – but the information they ‘leak’ about us

The murderous computer Hal in 2001: But it seems that the danger of computers isn’t villainous artificial intelligence – but the information they ‘leak’ about us

Futurists think that one day ‘connected’ devices will tell the internet where they are and what they are doing at all times – and will be mapped by computers as precisely as Google Maps charts the physical landscape now.

Privacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation have warned of how information such as geolocation data can be misused – but as more and more devices connect, it’s clear that opportunities for surveillance will multiply.

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Google Denys Screwing Android Application Developers While Continuing To Screw Android Application Developers

March 9, 2012

CALIFORNIA – Google has denied penalizing developers for using third-party payment services, contesting claims that it told Android app makers they risked marketplace rejection for using PayPal or others instead of Google Wallet. Despite reports earlier this week that Google had contacted developers using PayPal, Zong, Boku or other payment providers, and threatened to suspend their listings in the freshly-renamed Google Play marketplace, the search company says its policy on payments is unchanged.

Reuters was first to blow the whistle, based on developer feedback including one supposedly threatening email sent to the coders behind social gaming app Papaya. “They told people that if they used other payment services they would be breaking the terms of use,” Si Shen, founder and chief executive of Papaya, said. “Whether it’s right or wrong, we have to follow the rules.”

Google’s warning, so it was claimed, was that Papaya needed to ditch PayPal and Zong and instead adopt Play In-app Billing, giving the developers thirty days to make the changes.

However, a Google spokesperson told both TechCrunch and The Verge that in fact its policies on in-app payments were unchanged from the original rules of March 2011. Those mandate that in-app purchasing be done through Google’s own system, with the spokesperson saying that it was likely just serendipitous timing that saw Papaya get a warning. “If [a developer] had been in breach of that, and we had only just noticed, that’s when we would send out a letter.”

If purchases within apps are for non-app-related goods or content – such as a hotel booking, or some sort of online shopping order – then developers are free to use their payment provider of choice, the spokesperson explained. However, if they are offering new app content, then they must use Play In-app Billing, complete with its 30-percent tithe to Google.

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Nutcase Seattle Washington Police Officer Brad Richardson Beat, Arrested, And Threatened To “Make Stuff Up” About 2 Innocent Men – Dash Camera Video Missing…

February 16, 2012

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – Two friends who had planned to visit a Seattle sports bar claim they ended up being kicked, arrested at gunpoint and held in jail for several hours by a cop who said he intended to “make stuff up.”

Part of the arrest of Josh Lawson, 23, and Christopher Franklin, 22, on Nov. 16, 2010 is caught on tape by the officer’s dashboard camera.

But key moments of the arrest that should have been captured on video are missing and it was unclear whether the officer intentionally neglected to turn on the dash cam. None of the released footage shows the officer in the moments he made the stop or kicked Lawson.

The accusations against Richardson are among many that have put a spotlight on the Seattle Police Department and it comes after the release of a Department of Justice report in December that said “serious concerns about practices that could have a disparate impact on minority communities” were raised by its review.

The recording of the arrest was released after ABC News affiliate KOMO began an investigation into missing police dashboard camera videos.

The recording of the arrest of Lawson and Franklin — who were picked up for allegedly assaulting and robbing a man a short time earlier — shows the suspects being helped from the ground and into the patrol car of Officer Brad Richardson.

The officer’s uniform microphone also records Richardson telling the suspects, “Yeah, I’m going to make stuff up.”

The Seattle Police Department called Richardson’s comment “banter” and the officer was exonerated of any wrongdoing after a use of force review was conducted, along with an investigation by the Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability.

“Clearly if the officer had made stuff up he would have been in hot water,” Sgt. Sean Whitcomb of the Seattle Police Department told ABCNews.com.

Lawson and Richardson said the dash cam did not record crucial moments of the arrest that they said left them with facial bruises and swelling. They claimed they were manhandled and kicked in the face by Richardson, while the officer maintained that he only kicked Lawson in the chest to make him comply with an order to get on the ground.

“I don’t know who was recording what,” Whitcomb told ABCNews.com. “Officers should record, [but] it’s not a violation not to.”

Lawson and Franklin, who are African-American, were arrested after a 911 call came in from a few blocks away alleging a man had been the victim of an assult and robbery. The two suspects were described as black males in their late twenties, tall, skinny and wearing jeans.

Franklin is 5-foot-9. Lawson, who is six feet tall. Instead of jeans, he was wearing white sweat pants.

“The only thing they had to fit the description was black males,” said the pair’s attorney, Lizanne Padula. “This was like a meteor dropping down on them.”

When they found out why they were being arrested, the two men became alarmed.

“It felt like no one was going to believe us,” Franklin told ABCNews.com. “We were just going to be another statistic.”

Richardson’s written report described a different situation. The officer wrote in the police report that the men continued to approach his car even after he yelled at them to stop.

“The male wearing the hoodie continued to keep his hands in his hoodie pockets. With the strong possibility both of these males were the assault suspects and they were ignoring commands to stop, I again advised, ‘Stop, Police, show me your hands and get on the ground.'”

According to Richardson, the two men got closer, so he drew his weapon.

Lawson said they complied with the officer’s order.

“I got on the ground. I sat with my hands up frozen because I had a gun pointed at me,” Lawson said. “I had to come back into myself and understand there was a gun on me. I was in shock.”

Richardson said that Lawson stayed in a crouch position, not fully laying on the ground.

“I used a flat foot, front push kick to the center of the male chest knocking him backwards and flat to the ground,” he wrote.

The robbery victim positively identified the two men, while a witness said she was uncertain. No charges were filed at the victims’ request.

The two men want changes in the Seattle Police Department. They have also filed a complaint for damages, possibly the first step in a lawsuit.

“We’re terrified of hanging out in our own city,” Franklin said. “These officers have seen our faces. They know our names. We can’t trust people.”

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Brain-Dead Glendale California Officials Ban Artificial Grass In Front Yards, Saying Plastic And Chemicals Are Bad – But Allow It In Back Yards – Promise Residents Will Face CRIMINAL Charges

November 21, 2011

GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA – The city of Glendale is imposing a ban on artificial grass. Notices are going out to homeowners whose front yards are covered in turf.

Geneva Dotson says she was forced to pay crews $3,000 to rip up her brand new front yard after receiving a notice from city hall.

“There’s enough drama in life without having the city breathing down my back,” says Dotson. “I’m very angry about it, to tell you the truth.”

So, what’s the gripe?

City officials say the concern is related to the plastic and chemicals used in the artificial turf.

When asked why the fake grass would continue to be allowed in backyards, officials had no answer.

A turf company contacted by KCAL9 said some artificial lawns contain lead, but there is no harm posed to children or adults.

City officials say they plan to press criminal charges against those who do not comply with the ban.

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Mob Of Black And Hispanic Savages With Bats And Pipes Hunt White Youths, Attack White Man Who Tried To Help Victims

September 27, 2011

PORT RICHMOND, PENNSYLVANIA – About 11 P.M. on Sept. 9, dozens of youths with bats and pipes descended on a tidy residential area of Port Richmond looking for white teens who allegedly had attacked an African-American kid at Stokely Playground a couple of hours earlier.

Two fearful white teens spotted Mark LaVelle on Indiana Avenue near Belgrade Street and asked for help. Suddenly, the mob appeared. LaVelle, who said that he didn’t know the two kids, who looked to be 13 or 14, ran with them into his nearby house.

” ‘We got you, you white mother——-!’ ” LaVelle said he heard someone yell in the “mob” of black and Hispanic youths.

Inside his house, LaVelle, 37, called to his wife, Kim, 30, to go to their bedroom with their twin 13-month-old boys, Mark and Mason, and to call police. He also ordered his two other sons, 11 and 17, and his nephew, 7, to stay upstairs.

With the two teens hiding in the house, LaVelle, 5 feet 10, 220 pounds, a well-known sports-league organizer and coach in the community, went outside to try to calm the angry mob.

They were standing on his steps. One shouted, ” ‘Something’s going to happen now!’ ” LaVelle recalled in an interview Friday at his house. LaVelle got nervous and went back inside, locking his door with a deadbolt.

But the attackers pounded on his front windows and kicked his wooden door so hard, it flew open and some of them entered his house.

“The first guy hits me with a pipe. The second guy knocks me in the face. All I’m hearing is my wife and kids screaming,” said LaVelle, who feared that the next time they saw him, he would be in a casket.

He said that he was able to push the attackers out the door, but then a third man – who had a gun – tried to extend his arm. LaVelle grabbed onto the gunman’s lower arm and shoulder so he couldn’t raise the weapon. Then, police sirens screamed in the neighborhood, and the mob turned and ran.

LaVelle was able to identify three of the people from the melee. He said he did not know if they had been chasing the white teenagers, or if they were just trying to find someone to attack.

Police arrested Bergson Morin, 21, of Rosehill Street near Wyoming Avenue, Feltonville, as the man with the gun. They arrested Enrique Delgado, 32, of Rockland and C streets, Feltonville, as the man who hit LaVelle with the pipe. And they arrested a 17-year-old juvenile as the one who punched LaVelle in the face, giving him a black eye.

LaVelle said that the next day the mother of the juvenile came back with some other people, banging on his door, screaming. LaVelle, who was at a charity sports event, was called back to the house by one of his sons.

When he got home, LaVelle said, the mother yelled at him, ” ‘You white mother——, you got my kid locked up! You got my son locked up because he’s black, you’re white!’ ” The mother claimed that her son had been “a witness,” not an attacker. To that, LaVelle said if that were true, it would come out in court.

But the mother, according to LaVelle, then yelled: ” ‘If you make it to court! I know where you live!’ ”

Police public affairs could not confirm yesterday if the mother has been arrested for making threats.

Patty-Pat Kozlowski, president of the Port Richmond on Patrol and Civic Association, said that police told her that the attack on LaVelle stemmed from the incident at Stokely Playground, Indiana Avenue and Thompson Street, a few blocks from LaVelle’s house.

She heard that an African-American “kid got knocked off his bike or fell off” and white kids were laughing at him. The group of African-Americans and Hispanics came back for retaliation, Kozlowski believes.

She said she didn’t know any of the people involved in the playground incident or in the attack on LaVelle. LaVelle said he also did not know anyone involved.

Morin and Delgado, who face charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy, burglary, weapons and related offenses, were scheduled to face a preliminary hearing in Municipal Court today, but the hearing got postponed to Nov. 7. Delgado, who is in state prison, was not brought down to the city. Also, both defense attorneys requested a lineup in the case, which the judge granted. Morin is in custody in county prison. Their family members could not be reached for comment Monday.

Freddy Godoy, Delgado’s attorney, said yesterday that someone Delgado knows “was probably related to the child” who was attacked in the playground. But he contends that Delgado was not one of the people who attacked LaVelle.

Richard Patton, Morin’s attorney, declined comment yesterday.

Kozlowski, a legislative aide to City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski and a lifelong Port Richmond resident, wrote about the attack in The Spirit community newspaper, which serves the river wards. Since then, the story has created a lot of buzz in the predominantly white neighborhood.

Kozlowski and Maryann Trombetta, president of the Port Richmond Town Watch, both recalled the murder of Sean Daily, a white teen who was beaten and shot by bat-wielding youths, mostly Latino, in May 1989.

They don’t believe that the attack on LaVelle started as a racial incident, but believe that there was a racial element to it when the mob “called him a white mother——” and when the juvenile’s mother allegedly threatened LaVelle.

LaVelle, who runs sports leagues composed of youths and adults of different races, said he doesn’t want any retaliation on the people who attacked him. But the attack has instilled fear in him and his family, and he hopes that there will be more of a police presence in the neighborhood.

His wife is afraid to stay at home, and “every time I hear a car, I’m looking out the door,” he said.

“It’s not a good way to live.”

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Obama – Worst President Ever – Job Rating Drops Below 40% In Latest Poll

August 14, 2011


WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama’s summer woes have dragged his approval rating to an all-time low, sinking below 40% for the first time in Gallup’s daily tracking poll.

New data posted Sunday shows that 39% of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance, while 54% disapprove. Both are the worst numbers of his presidency.

Obama’s approval rating has hovered in the 40% range for much of 2011, peaking at 53% in the weeks following the death of Osama bin Laden.

But Americans’ view of his job performance continued to tick downward as the debt-ceiling debate heated up. By the time he signed legislation averting a federal default, he was mired in the low-40% range.

The polling setback comes as the Republican race to unseat him has kicked into overdrive. The past week has been dominated by the activity in Iowa ahead of the Ames Straw Poll, and the entrance of a new contender in Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The candidates have routinely assailed Obama’s leadership in appealing to conservative activists who dominate this stage of the nominating contest.

Obama is set to launch something of a counter-offensive on Monday with a three-day bus tour of the Midwest, a trip that includes two stops in Iowa. The White House denied that the itinerary was politically motivated, however.

The three-day tracking poll was conducted from Aug. 11-13.


Guns From Botched South Of the Border Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco And Firearms Operation Used In Arizona Crimes

July 1, 2011

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – Weapons linked to a questionable government strategy are turning up in crimes in Valley neighborhoods.

For months the ABC15 Investigators have been searching through police reports and official government documents. We’ve discovered assault weapons linked to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ controversial “Fast and Furious” case strategy have turned up at crime scenes in Glendale and Phoenix communities.

THE HISTORY

Phoenix ATF agents recently testified during a Congressional hearing that they knowingly allowed weapons to slip into the hands of straw buyers who would then distribute the weapons to known criminals.

The strategy was designed to lead ATF officials to key drug players in Mexico, but some agents admitted they never fully tracked the weapons after suspicious buyers purchased them.

“It made no sense to us either, it was just what we were ordered to do, and every time we questioned that order there was punitive action,” Phoenix Special Agent John Dodson testified.

According to the testimony of three Phoenix ATF agents, including Dodson, hundreds of weapons are now on the streets in the United States and Mexico, possibly in the hands of criminals.

Dodson estimated the number could be as many as 1,800 weapons.

“…Fast and Furious was one case from one group in one field division,” he testified. He estimated agents in the Phoenix field division “facilitated the sale of” approximately 2,500 weapons to straw purchasers. A few hundred have been recovered.

THE ABC15 INVESTIGATION

Dodson guessed the majority of the missing weapons are in Mexico.

“I believe that these firearms will continue to turn up at crime scenes on both sides of the border for years to come,” testified Phoenix Special Agent Peter Forcelli.

Weapons linked to the strategy have been turning up at dangerous and deadly crime scenes near both sides of the border, including the murder scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was killed last December.

The ABC15 Investigators uncovered documents showing guns connected to at least two Glendale criminal cases and at least two Phoenix criminal cases also appear in the ATF’s Suspect Gun Database, a sort-of watch list for suspicious gun sales.

All four cases involve drug-related offenses. In one Glendale police report dated July 2010, police investigators working with DEA agents served search warrants at homes near 75th and Glendale avenues in Glendale, and 43rd and Glendale avenues in Phoenix as part of a “large scale marijuana trafficking” investigation.

Police investigators reported they “obtained information that members of the (trafficking) organization were using the homes…as stash houses used to store large amounts of marijuana temporarily.”

They reported finding hundreds of pounds of marijuana, more than $63,000 in U.S. currency and three guns inside the homes. One of the recovered weapons, a Romarm/Cugir WASR-10 rifle, appeared in an official ATF Suspect Gun Summary document in November 2009, proving agents knowingly allowed the suspicious gun sale, months before the weapon turned up at the crime scene.

In a separate Glendale Police Department case, dated November 2010, detectives discovered “bulk marijuana and weapons” inside a residence near 75th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Glendale. Investigators recovered nearly 400 pounds of drugs and several firearms from the home.

One of the recovered weapons, another Romarm/Cugir WASR-10 rifle, appeared in an official ATF Suspect Gun Summary document in February 2010.

PHOENIX CASES

The two Phoenix cases, also connected to drugs, occurred in March and August 2010.

In the August case, Phoenix officers conducted a traffic stop near 83rd Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix. They discovered marijuana and an AK-47 in the driver’s trunk as well as other weapons.

One of the suspects explained he purchased the Romarm/Cugir Draco weapon for $600 on the street, but he wouldn’t reveal from whom he purchased the gun. ATF documents show the weapon had been entered into the ATF Suspect Gun Database in January 2010.

Officers recovered an FN Herstal Five-Seven weapon in the March case. During that ongoing drug investigation, near 43rd Avenue and Camelback Road in Phoenix, officers had been conducting surveillance after receiving information that a suspect was selling methamphetamine and marijuana.

CONGRESSIONAL LEADER RESPONDS

“With people like you down there in Arizona investigating this,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa), “and with Congressman Issa and this Senator on the case, they know we’re not going to give up.”

Grassley has been demanding information from ATF leaders, trying to determine who had knowledge of the controversial strategy and when they knew.

His staff also sent public records requests to every sheriff’s department in Arizona and several local Valley departments, requesting information about weapons that have turned up at Valley crime scenes that may have been connected to the Fast and Furious operation.

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Los Angeles California Parking Bureau Issued “Gold Card” To City Offices And Officials – A Thousand Parking Tickets Fixed Over Two Year Period As Part Of Gold Card Operation

May 21, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Los Angeles residents are up in arms over the existence of the “Gold Card,” a plastic parking bureau card distributed to city offices that includes a special phone number.

The obscure Gold Card Services Desk allowed the mayor and other elected officials to expedite citation reviews.

On the back, the card notes that the holder may have an “urgent need to resolve any parking citation matter which requires special attention.” It promises “you will be immediately connected to our Gold Card Specialist.”

A report released Thursday by City Controller Wendy Greuel found that about 1,000 Los Angeles city parking citations were dismissed over a two-year period — some without justification — as part of the Gold Card operation.

The program was started about 20 years ago to permit officials and their staff to expedite constituents’ appeals of parking tickets and possibly have fines reduced or eliminated.

“I wish they did let us know about it,” said Donny Legans, 55, who arrived at the city’s parking enforcement office Thursday to pay an $88 ticket. “The system is so unfair. Sometimes the meters aren’t even working and they give us tickets.”

Most of those interviewed said they were angry about the program’s existence — and will be even more upset if it turns out that elected officials used the program to get special treatment for themselves and their friends.

John Torres arrived at the parking enforcement office in a fury. He said he got his ticket after the enforcement officer accused him of spending 90 minutes at a meter in the 1400 block of West Washington Boulevard.

Torres said he put money in the meter, and had been there for 10 minutes. Since being cited, his fine doubled from $75 to $150 because he had been away on business and didn’t have the opportunity to pay it immediately.

Torres, who was surprised to hear about the “Gold Card Desk,” said he’d like access to the program himself so he could contest his fine.

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Miami Florida Police Officer Juan Aviles Otero Shot Dead In Puerto Rico – Found With “Little Baggies” Of White Powder

May 21, 2011

MIAMI, FLORIDA – A Miami-Dade police officer on vacation in Puerto Rico was shot and killed Thursday morning, as was his sister who was with him, authorities said.

Juan Aviles Otero, 34, a Miami-Dade police officer since 2006, and his sister, Jasmin Plaza Otero, 21, were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds about 3:10 a.m. in the Puerto Rican town of Villalba, according to Agent Angel Feliciano-Torres, director of homicide investigations for the municipality of Ponce, which includes Villalba.

“When the forensics team arrived at the scene, they verified that on the body of Juan Aviles they found three little bags with white powder,” Feliciano-Torres said. Investigators did not immediately determine what the powder was but the substance will be analyzed, he added.

Such “little baggies” are often used to distribute drugs, Feliciano-Torres said.

The two victims were driving a rental car from San Juan, about an hour away from where the bodies were found. Aviles was found inside the car and his sister was found dead just outside the car door.

The bodies were transferred to the medical examiner, Feliciano-Torres said.

Miami police confirmed the slaying of the officer, with police Director James K. Loftus saying in a statement that Aviles “was murdered in the early hours … from apparent gun shot wounds in Villalba, Puerto Rico.”

CNN Miami affiliate WSVN reported that Aviles’ wife, also a police officer, recently gave birth to twins.

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NJ State Police Panties Get All Twisted After Rapper Is Invited To White House

May 12, 2011

NEW JERSEY – The invitation of rapper Common to the White House this week is drawing the ire of the union representing New Jersey state police.

While even casual hip-hop fans wouldn’t characterize him as a controversial rapper, Common found himself under the microscope after First Lady Michelle Obama invited him to the White House for an arts event. In question: the lyrics to “A Song for Assata,” about convicted cop-killer and former Black Panther Assata Shakur.

The White House said Wednesday it stood by the decision to invite Common. Press Secretary Jay Carney said the conservative backlash distorts what Common stands for, and added that the president appreciates Common’s work with children in Chicago.

FOX News and Sarah Palin condemned the decision after the Daily Caller published some of Common’s lyrics, including some that criticize former President George W. Bush.

For New Jersey police, the outrage centers on “A Song for Assata” lyrics like “Your power and pride is beautiful. May God bless your soul.”
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Shakur, formerly known as Joanne Chesimard, was convicted for the 1973 slaying of Trooper Werner Foerster on the New Jersey Turnpike. She escaped prison in 1979, and is living in asylum in Cuba.

“The young people who read this stuff, hear this stuff, are getting a very dangerous and deadly message,” David Jones, president of the State Troopers Fraternal Association union, said on Tuesday.

After the union made the case on Tuesday, the New Jersey State Police itself issued a statement on the controversy on Wednesday.

“We cannot dictate who is invited to the White House, but we will always view Joanne Chesimard as a fugitive who killed one of our own,” Major Gerald Lewis, spokesman for the state police said in a statement. “We will continue our pursuit of her until she is brought to justice.”

Known for being more of a brainy poet type than a thug or a gangster, Common seemed to be amused by the dust-up Tuesday, tweeting and retweeting the various news items, such as FOX News’ description of him as a “vile rapper.”

He also tweeted, “So apparently Sarah Palin and Fox News doesn’t like me.”

The White House appearance comes during the same week that lawmen from across the nation, including Jones, make their annual trek to Washington to honor their fallen comrades at the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

Sal Maggio, a retired troop commander with the state police, said his colleagues still talk about Shakur and the million dollar bounty the FBI has put on her capture.

“Hopefully someday she’ll be caught,” Maggio said in reaction to news of this invitation.

Common, who is also a successful actor, is known as one of the most lyrically poetic rappers. Last month he appeared in Chicago for a charity event for his foundation, honoring legendary author and poet Maya Angelou.

Neither Jones nor Maggio believe the president or first lady are fully aware of Common’s song about Shakur, though the rapper did appear at campaign events for Obama when he ran for president.

“I like the president and first lady,” said Maggio. “I think he’s doing a pretty good job lately.”

A representative for Common could not be reached.

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Channahon Illinois Police Officer And Three Other Officers Arrested After Brawl At Strip Club While Attending Narcotics Conference

April 16, 2011

PEORIA, ILLINOIS – A Channahon police officer was arrested Tuesday night after getting into a brawl at a strip club.

Three police officers, including the 26-year-old male Channahon officer, were arrested as a result of the incident, said Officer Doug Burgess of Peoria police. The names of the officers were not released to protect their identities since they are involved in undercover work, he said.

The officers were in town for a Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad conference, said Burgess, and were attending Big Al’s strip club socially.

“There were three arrested. We had one (more) in custody because he was being outspoken, but he was released without charge,” said Burgess.

The Channahon officer was charged with two counts of battery. Another officer was charged with battery and the third with battery and criminal trespass. Burgess said he could not confirm the departments the other two officers worked for, but published reports said the other two were Bolingbrook officers.

Several Peoria officers arrived on scene at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when they were called by the strip club.

When the men arrived at the club, one of them did not have identification and was not allowed in.

“He left and the rest went inside, but were seemingly upset about it and were saying things to security,” Burgess said. “They were asked to leave and one guy said ‘make me,’ basically.”

The Channahon officer then shoved the bouncer over a chair and jumped on top of him, he said. The brawl migrated from the main room, through the hallway and to the outside sidewalk.

“It certainly took some time and a lot of time to sort it out,” Burgess said. “After all was said and done, it was determined the officers had grounds to arrest them.”

Everyone refused treatment at the scene.

Channahon Police Chief Joe Pena said his department is conducting an internal investigation, but that the officer is still currently working.

“We know about what occurred, now we need to do our homework to see exactly what action we need to take, if any,” said Pena.

Pena said he did not have a timeframe for how long the internal investigation would take and could not comment further since it is an open investigation.

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Iowa Police Officer Sgt. Bill Dropinski Gets A Special Plea Deal – No Criminal Record After A $250 Donation To Charity

April 16, 2011

IOWA – Sgt. Bill Dropinski was arrested at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs in February. Investigators said he got into a fight with casino employees. His attorney said the confrontation was verbal only and occurred while Sgt. Dropinski was off-duty.

In Iowa, some defendants with no criminal record can make a charitable donation and the case is dropped as part of a plea deal. Dropinski donated $250 to Children’s Square.

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Malaysia Police Recover 700,000 Stolen Condoms Valued At $1.5 Million…

March 17, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Malaysian police say they have recovered about 700,000 condoms that were stolen while being shipped to Japan two months ago.

Mohamad Shukri Dahlan, police chief of Malaysia’s northern Perak state, says authorities found hundreds of boxes of condoms at a warehouse and a home last week. Police arrested six men who allegedly were storing the condoms in hope of eventually selling them.

Mohamad Shukri said Thursday some of the suspects work for a company that was transporting the condoms from a factory to a port. They face 10 years in prison if convicted of corruption.

He says the condoms will be returned to Sagami Rubber Industries, one of Japan’s biggest condom makers. The merchandise is estimated to be worth $1.5 million.

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Georgetown County South Carolina K-9 Deputy Sheriff William Roger Baxley Arrested, Suspended, Charged With Animal Cruelty

March 16, 2011

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA – Georgetown County Deputies arrested one of their own after they received a complaint about three dead dogs at a residence.

Deputy Russell Goodale, spokesman for the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies received the complaint on March 4. Upon arrival at the residence on Dennis Drive, deputies found three dead dogs in fenced kennels, all in various stages of decomposition.

When deputies attempted to make contact at the residence, they also found a female lab with nine puppies on a porch.

Upon further investigation, deputies determined the dogs belonged to Deputy William Baxley. Baxley was placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation.

According to Goodale, Baxley worked with the K-9 unit for a little over a year.

When the investigation was completed, Baxley was placed on administrative leave without pay and charged with four counts of cruelty to animals.

Baxley’s wife, Miranda Baxley, has also been charged with four counts of cruelty to animals.

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Troubled Clayton County Georgia Deputy Sheriff Alicia Parkes Under Investigation For Illegally Recording Co-Worker In Bathroom

March 10, 2011

CLAYTON COUNTY, GEORGIA – Channel 2 Action News has learned that a Clayton County sheriff’s deputy is the subject of a criminal investigation regarding whether she made an illegal recording with her cell phone of a co-worker in the bathroom.

The Clayton County District Attorney’s Office will bring a proposed indictment to the grand jury next Wednesday charging Sheriff’s Deputy and Public Information Officer Alicia Parkes with unlawful eavesdropping while on the job.

An official confirmed the D.A.’s office is also investigating another unrelated incident involving Parkes after its initial investigation turned up allegations Parkes obstructed fellow officers during a 911 call.

Investigative reporter Mark Winne sat down with Clayton County Police Officer Jeff Burdette, who told a compelling narrative about an incident in April of 2008 involving the conduct of Parkes when she was a fellow Clayton County police officer.

Burdette told Winne he wanted to arrest and charge Parkes with obstruction, but a supervisor instructed him not to.

Almost three years later, Burdette was recently interviewed by the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office about that incident as it pertains to Parkes’ behavior.

Burdette said,”When the district attorney’s office called me, I was glad it was being looked into. I was very happy it was being looked into.”

Burdette told Winne he is so by-the-book when it comes to law enforcement that he wrote a seat belt citation for his own mother on Christmas Day.

“If you are doing something wrong, it doesn’t matter who you are. I have written citations to my own mother; I have written citations to an Atlanta Falcon,” Burdette said.

But for the particular incident in 2008 involving Parkes, it did matter who the person was.

Burdette told Winne, “Because she was a member of Clayton County Police Department, I was requested not to seek charges against her and not to seek warrants against her.”

Burdette said he was one of several officers who responded to a 911 call involving a runaway juvenile relative of Parkes. Burdette said the juvenile fled from police, was tackled to the ground, and Parkes tried repeatedly to pull the juvenile away from officers before and after the relative was handcuffed.

According to records, Parkes expressed concern that the juvenile was having an asthma attack, which was why she was pulling him from the officers. The police reports state that officers asked him if he was having difficulty breathing, but the juvenile said he was fine.

Burdette told Channel 2 that Parkes jumped on his back to prevent him from handcuffing the juvenile. The incident report and supporting documents corroborate the claim that Parkes tried to pull the teenager away, but there was no mention of her jumping on Burdette’s back. Burdette said a supervisor requested he leave that part out of the report and instructed he not arrest Parkes for obstruction.

A Clayton County sergeant who was called to the scene of the incident corroborated Burdette’s allegation of obstruction in an internal memo Channel 2 obtained. The sergeant wrote, “I believe that Officer Parkes did obstruct the on duty Officers as they were attempting to complete the task she called 911 for.”

In a memo written on the date of the incident, Burdette stated, “Had Officer Parkes been a member of the general public or from another police department and not the Clayton County Police Department, I would have immediately placed Officer Parkes on the ground and arrested her for Obstruction of an Officer.”

Burdette told Winne he had no idea the memo he authored about the incident was part of an internal affairs investigation of him. Burdette said he was under the impression Parkes was being investigated, but Parkes actually filed an internal affairs complaint against Burdette.

In a follow-up e-mail pertaining to the complaint, Parkes wrote, “I am very ashamed to even say I work with this department and humiliated with how those officers treated us.”

Records show the internal affairs case against Burdette was found not sustained, and Parkes voluntarily resigned a few months later.

A Clayton Police Department representative said, in this current administration, Parkes would have been dealt with differently.

Channel 2 also obtained records from College Park Police Department that indicate she was terminated in 2009, during her probationary period.

Parkes was dismissed from College Park Police Department when an internal affairs investigation sustained the complaint of a citizen who alleged she was assaulted by Parkes, while on-duty, at the apartment of a man they were both romantically involved with. The citizen claimed she stopped by the apartment of her on and off boyfriend, a College Park police officer, while Parkes was there. According to police records, Parkes told the citizen to leave and threatened to put her in jail when she refused, then the situation escalated into a fight.

The investigation found that Parkes unlawfully threatened the citizen and grabbed her by the throat, although the citizen was the initial aggressor. The internal affairs case report states, “Officer Parkes was not professional in the way she handled herself as she was on-duty and in uniform.”

The internal memo notifying Parkes of her termination reads, “You had no reason for your actions, other than ‘emotions and poor judgment.’”

Parkes was charged with violating four policies of the College Park Police Department’s Standards of Conduct, including abuse of authority and failure to report use of force.

An official confirms she is employed at the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy and public information officer.

When Winne asked Burdette how he felt about Parkes’ employment at the Sheriff’s Office, he responded, “As a law enforcement officer, I was disappointed. Her mannerisms on the scene, her actions were not professional. They reflected poorly on any law enforcement agency. And I was disappointed that she would be representing law enforcement in any capacity, at that point.”

Sheriff Kem Kimbrough told Winne he does not believe any of these incidents involving Parkes merit the scrutiny they are getting from the D.A’s office. Kimbrough said that is one of several factors between him and the D.A.’s office leading him to restrict their credentials and key card access through his office.

Parkes declined our request for an interview.

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20 Motorists Hit Moron Wandering On California Freeway

March 7, 2011

JEFFERSON PARK, CALIFORNIA – Police now know how a man’s body got onto the 10 freeway early Monday morning.

Authorities said the man wandered onto the 10 Freeway near Crenshaw Boulevard and was reportedly struck repeatedly by cars before a motorist pulled over and called the police and a sigalert was issued.

California Highway Patrol Officer Brent Leatherman said troopers received a call about the body of man in his mid-30s lying in the slow lane on the westbound 10 freeway at around 3:41 a.m.

A witness reported seeing a car stopped in front of the body.

That vehicle left the scene, according to the witness, who remained behind to try to divert traffic.

Even if it was an accident, Leatherman said drivers should always stop if they have struck a pedestrian.

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He said there were no suspects in the possible felony hit-and run.

Investigators say they think the body was hit at least 20 times.

Leatherman said the man, who was not identified, was believed to have last lived at a rehabilitation center on 6th Street.

It is not known why the man wandered onto the freeway.

The coroner was called around 4 a.m., police said.

The CHP issued the Sigalert. The three right lanes were closed, as well as the Crenshaw Boulevard off-ramp. All the lanes were re-opened as of about 7 a.m.

Authorities say the victim is a male and is possibly White or Hispanic.

There was an earlier report of a pedestrian on the freeway, according to police, but it’s not clear if that was the same person as the victim.

Investigators are still trying to figure out if the man was dead before he was struck by the first of the vehicles.

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Florida US Marshals Save Images From Body Scanners

November 15, 2010

At the heart of the controversy over “body scanners” is a promise: The images of our naked bodies will never be public. U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner. These are those images.

A Gizmodo investigation has revealed 100 of the photographs saved by the Gen 2 millimeter wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc., obtained by a FOIA request after it was recently revealed that U.S. Marshals operating the machine in the Orlando, Florida courthouse had improperly-perhaps illegally-saved images of the scans of public servants and private citizens.

We understand that it will be controversial to release these photographs. But identifying features have been eliminated. And fortunately for those who walked through the scanner in Florida last year, this mismanaged machine used the less embarrassing imaging technique.

Yet the leaking of these photographs demonstrates the security limitations of not just this particular machine, but millimeter wave and x-ray backscatter body scanners operated by federal employees in our courthouses and by TSA officers in airports across the country. That we can see these images today almost guarantees that others will be seeing similar images in the future. If you’re lucky, it might even be a picture of you or your family.

While the fidelity of the scans from this machine are of surprisingly low resolution, especially compared to the higher resolution “naked scanners” using the potentially harmful x-ray backscatter technology, the TSA and other government agencies have repeatedly touted the quality of “Advanced Imaging Technology” while simultaneously assuring customers that operators “cannot store, print, transmit or save the image, and the image.” According to the TSA—and of course other agencies—images from the scanners are “automatically deleted from the system after it is cleared by the remotely located security officer.” Whatever the stated policy, it’s clear that it is trivial for operators to save images and remove them for distribution if they choose not to follow guidelines or that other employees could remove images that are inappropriately if accidentally stored.

To the point, these sample images were removed from the machine in Orlando by the U.S. Marshals for distribution under the FOIA request before the machine was sent back to its manufacturer—images intact.

We look forward to seeing your next vacation photos.

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Crazed Hamilton-Wenham Massachusert

November 2, 2010

HAMILTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A teen’s spirit week stunt has landed him in hot water.

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Senior Dan Depaolis, dressed in medieval garb, rode a horse into the school’s parking lot as part of spirit week.

What he, and his parents, thought was a good-natured stunt, the school deemed dangerous. Depaolis was suspended from school for two days.

The vice principal allegedly suspended the 17-year-old even after the boy’s father explained that the horse was brought in on a trailer and that no one was in danger.

The father tells FOX25 the school compared the stunt to bringing a “loaded firearm” to school and that he and his wife were shocked to hear about the suspension, saying that the 1100-pound horse, named Pierre, would never hurt a fly.

The school would not comment, saying that they do not talk about any aspect of student discipline.

The family says they plan to contest the suspension.

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Warren County Ohio Jail Worker Convicted And Sentenced To 30 Days In Jail After Sex With Inmate In Walk-In Cooler – Tax Dollars Will Be Pissed Away Tracking Her As A “Sex Offender” For The Rest Of Her Life

June 10, 2010

LEBANON, OHIO – A former food service worker at a southwest Ohio jail has been sentenced to 30 days after authorities say she and an inmate engaged in sexual activities in a walk-in food cooler.

The Warren County prosecutor’s office said Wednesday that 25-year-old Samantha Shannon of Lebanon also was sentenced to three years of community control on the sexual battery conviction and must register as a sex offender. If she violates terms of the community control, she faces up to two years in prison.

Authorities say Shannon was employed by a company that provides inmate meals at the Warren County jail. Investigators say she was a kitchen supervisor in November when she engaged in sexual activities with an inmate under her supervision.

A message seeking comment was left for her attorney after business hours Wednesday.

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Washington DC To Release Prison Inmates Early To Save City Money

April 2, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty wants to help balance the District’s recession-squeezed budget by allowing as many as 80 percent of the city’s inmates to qualify for early release, borrowing a tactic that has stirred controversy elsewhere in the nation.

The city hopes to save $4.4 million in fiscal 2010 under the plan, which would reduce the prison population by 2 percent from its current daily average of 3,000 inmates.

Current law permits sentenced inmates to earn up to five days off their sentences each month by completing specified academic and vocational programs. The new proposal would extend the program to pretrial inmates and allow them to earn time off simply by participating in the programs.

Officials said about 2,400 inmates would be eligible to receive good-time credits under the proposal. If each eligible inmate earned an average of five days of good time, it would reduce the average inmate population by about 65 people.

The plan has drawn at least initial concern from a key D.C. Council member, who stressed the importance of ensuring it would not be detrimental to public safety if enacted.

“This is pretty fundamental to public safety, that if we’re going to release people early, we need to know that we’re doing it right and for a good cause,” said Phil Mendelson, at-large Democrat and chairman of the council’s Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary.

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The proposal in the District – where city leaders have faced an $800 million revenue shortfall – echoes the approach of other jurisdictions attempting to tackle fiscal problems in part by trimming correctional spending.

More than 2.3 million people are housed in U.S. prisons and jails, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, while a January report by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) showed that two-thirds of the states were projecting a cumulative shortfall of $84.3 billion for fiscal 2010.

Ryan King, a policy analyst with the criminal justice lobbying organization the Sentencing Project, said states have considered or adopted measures granting some inmates early release to help cut costs, while other proposals are similar to the District’s program of shorter stays.

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Washington DC To Release Prison Inmates Early To Save City Money

April 2, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty wants to help balance the District’s recession-squeezed budget by allowing as many as 80 percent of the city’s inmates to qualify for early release, borrowing a tactic that has stirred controversy elsewhere in the nation.

The city hopes to save $4.4 million in fiscal 2010 under the plan, which would reduce the prison population by 2 percent from its current daily average of 3,000 inmates.

Current law permits sentenced inmates to earn up to five days off their sentences each month by completing specified academic and vocational programs. The new proposal would extend the program to pretrial inmates and allow them to earn time off simply by participating in the programs.

Officials said about 2,400 inmates would be eligible to receive good-time credits under the proposal. If each eligible inmate earned an average of five days of good time, it would reduce the average inmate population by about 65 people.

The plan has drawn at least initial concern from a key D.C. Council member, who stressed the importance of ensuring it would not be detrimental to public safety if enacted.

“This is pretty fundamental to public safety, that if we’re going to release people early, we need to know that we’re doing it right and for a good cause,” said Phil Mendelson, at-large Democrat and chairman of the council’s Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary.

RELATED STORY:
• Md. Senate makes deeper spending cuts
• Senate puts brakes on Obama’s energy plan

The proposal in the District – where city leaders have faced an $800 million revenue shortfall – echoes the approach of other jurisdictions attempting to tackle fiscal problems in part by trimming correctional spending.

More than 2.3 million people are housed in U.S. prisons and jails, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, while a January report by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) showed that two-thirds of the states were projecting a cumulative shortfall of $84.3 billion for fiscal 2010.

Ryan King, a policy analyst with the criminal justice lobbying organization the Sentencing Project, said states have considered or adopted measures granting some inmates early release to help cut costs, while other proposals are similar to the District’s program of shorter stays.

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Dumb As Dirt Sussex UK Police Officer Rob Johnston Quits In Disgrace After Crazed Blog Posts

January 9, 2009

SUSSEX, UK – A SHAMED cop has quit after posting foul-mouthed rants and racist slurs on his blog.

Rookie policeman Rob Johnston, 22, said “Muslims and chavs” annoyed him and issued threats to a love rival.

The blog was littered with swear words as he said he “loved watching teenagers squirm” by “eyeballing” them as he patrolled.

Sussex Police said the comments were “wholly inappropriate”.

In a post dated October 3, 2007, he wrote: “Things that annoy me. In no particular order.”

Number one on the list was “Americans (all of them)” while number four was “teenagers with an attitude problem, chavs or emo’s or whatever – I love eyeballing them and making them squirm”.

Also on the list were Muslims, taxi drivers and Mercedes and BMW drivers.

Threats

In another post he directed violent threats to an individual believed to be a love rival.

He said: “I will do anything, no matter what it takes, to protect what matters to me, and my interests.”

Mr Johnston, who was accepted as a special constable in January 2007, added: “I am going to be watching you. Every move, every word, every look and every thought.

“You will not breathe a word in her direction without me knowing about it. Nothing will go behind my back and I will act on any suspicion.”

He instructs the person to “keep out of my way”.

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A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “We find the comments on the website wholly inappropriate and recognise they do not reflect the views of hard working special constables, police officers and police staff employed by the force.”

Before he resigned on Monday, Mr Johnston ran the Sussex Police user group on Facebook.

And he wrote about the danger of posting things on the internet which could get you into trouble.

He said: “We are living in an age where anything we do, anything we say, who we talk to, where we go, what we buy, what we watch, which websites we go on, whom we email, everything and anything is monitored.”

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Dumb As Dirt Sussex UK Police Officer Rob Johnston Quits In Disgrace After Crazed Blog Posts

January 9, 2009

SUSSEX, UK – A SHAMED cop has quit after posting foul-mouthed rants and racist slurs on his blog.

Rookie policeman Rob Johnston, 22, said “Muslims and chavs” annoyed him and issued threats to a love rival.

The blog was littered with swear words as he said he “loved watching teenagers squirm” by “eyeballing” them as he patrolled.

Sussex Police said the comments were “wholly inappropriate”.

In a post dated October 3, 2007, he wrote: “Things that annoy me. In no particular order.”

Number one on the list was “Americans (all of them)” while number four was “teenagers with an attitude problem, chavs or emo’s or whatever – I love eyeballing them and making them squirm”.

Also on the list were Muslims, taxi drivers and Mercedes and BMW drivers.

Threats

In another post he directed violent threats to an individual believed to be a love rival.

He said: “I will do anything, no matter what it takes, to protect what matters to me, and my interests.”

Mr Johnston, who was accepted as a special constable in January 2007, added: “I am going to be watching you. Every move, every word, every look and every thought.

“You will not breathe a word in her direction without me knowing about it. Nothing will go behind my back and I will act on any suspicion.”

He instructs the person to “keep out of my way”.

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A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “We find the comments on the website wholly inappropriate and recognise they do not reflect the views of hard working special constables, police officers and police staff employed by the force.”

Before he resigned on Monday, Mr Johnston ran the Sussex Police user group on Facebook.

And he wrote about the danger of posting things on the internet which could get you into trouble.

He said: “We are living in an age where anything we do, anything we say, who we talk to, where we go, what we buy, what we watch, which websites we go on, whom we email, everything and anything is monitored.”

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Vindictive Prosecution: Lane County Oregon Pursues Sex Charges Against Man After Previous Botched Prosecution And Conviction – First Prosecuted After Grand Jury Refused To Indict – Now Charged With Same Offenses A Second Time In A Second Court – $3.5 Million Lawsuit For Wrongful Conviction And Imprisonment

December 17, 2008

LANE COUNTY, OREGON – One of the most bizarre cases in recent state history is now in the hands of a Lane County Circuit Court judge.

Criminal proceedings against David Lee Simmons began more than two years ago in Jefferson County, when Simmons was 18. Court officials there have since agreed to withdraw from the case over a botched 2006 prosecution and conviction, however, so Lane County Circuit Judge Karsten Rasmussen agreed to hear the case in his Eugene courtroom.

Simmons’ attorney, Steven Richkind, has asked Rasmussen to dismiss the state of Oregon’s second criminal prosecution of Simmons for having sex with his girlfriend when she was younger than the age of consent.

After brief oral arguments Tuesday morning, Rasmussen told Richkind and an assistant state attorney general now prosecuting the case that he will rule early next year on Simmons’ motion to dismiss the charges.

In court documents, Richkind argued that six misdemeanor charges of third-degree sexual abuse filed against Simmons in April should be dismissed because his first prosecution for the same alleged criminal episodes was illegal and “conducted in such manner as to shock the conscience” and “violate a universal sense of justice.”

Richkind’s dramatic rhetoric was inspired by what was by all accounts a dramatic chain of events back in 2006.

In a nutshell, the Jefferson County district attorney’s office prosecuted Simmons that fall on four counts of felony third-degree rape and two counts of felony sodomy for sex with his girlfriend dating back to September 2005, when he was 17 and she was 14. Prosecutors in Madras filed the charges after receiving a complaint from the girl’s parents, and took the case to a Jefferson County grand jury for indictment.

But that grand jury declined to indict Simmons. A copy of the Oct. 5, 2006, indictment clearly shows that Grand Jury Foreman James Greer checked a box labeled “Not a True Bill” on the document, rather than the “True Bill” box designating the jury’s authorization of the criminal charges.

Apparently, however, nobody read that section of the indictment.

“Not the prosecutor, even though he signed the document 1 inch below the line that said ‘Not a True Bill,’ ” Richkind said outside the courtroom Tuesday. “Not the court clerk, who filed it. Not the judge, not Mr. Simmons’ defense attorney.”

Instead, all proceeded as if the 18-year-old had been indicted.

Simmons, who should have been released from jail and had his charges dismissed, instead accepted a plea deal. On the advice of his attorney, he pleaded guilty to one count each of third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy in exchange for his temporary release from jail before serving the remaining days on his 30-day sentence.

Simmons might have spent the rest of his life with two wrongful felony convictions on his record. But Greer, the jury foreman, happened to read a newspaper account of the plea deal. Shocked, he confronted prosecutor Steven Leriche, who in turn contacted Simmons’ then-defense attorney Jennifer Kimble.

On Oct. 31, 2006, Jefferson County Circuit Judge George Nielson responded by vacating the conviction. But he also told Simmons that the prosecutor’s office planned to file new, misdemeanor charges against him for the same sexual activity, and that the court had appointed another attorney, Brandon Alexander, to represent him.

Instead, Simmons retained Richkind, who filed a motion for dismissal of the charges on the grounds that they constituted double jeopardy. But another judge for the Oregon Circuit Court serving Jefferson and Crook counties denied that request. Judge Gary Thompson agreed with Assistant Attorney General Darin Tweed that the second prosecution was legal because the first one occurred in a court that lacked jurisdiction over Simmons — if only because the Jefferson County Grand Jury had not indicted him.

Richkind appealed that decision to the Oregon Supreme Court, which declined to take the case.

Meanwhile, he also sought relief for Simmons in federal court, seeking an injunction against the new state prosecution and filing a civil lawsuit seeking $3.5 million for Simmons’ wrongful conviction and imprisonment in 2007.

Richkind, in asking Rasmussen to dismiss the misdemeanor charges, claims the two prosecutions have violated Simmons’ due process rights and that the new prosecution exacerbated the harm from the first one.

Richkind also charged that the state special prosecutors who took over the case have “vindictively” attempted to retaliate against Simmons for asserting his constitutional rights.

Richkind expressed disappointment Tuesday that Rasmussen rejected his request to compel the Jefferson County officials to testify — and face his cross-examination.

Simmons, who now lives in Texas, listened in on the court proceeding by telephone, but did not comment.

Deputy Attorney General Pete Shepherd, the spokesman for the prosecution, said he was happy with Rasmussen’s decision to “get to the merits of the case.”

Shepherd said it is not unusual for the attorney general’s office to handle cases on behalf of county prosecutors, but he acknowledged that the facts of this case are highly unusual.

“What’s different about this case is that everybody involved (in the first prosecution) didn’t read the charging instrument, and the point at which the error was discovered, after he served his sentence.”

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Vindictive Prosecution: Lane County Oregon Pursues Sex Charges Against Man After Previous Botched Prosecution And Conviction – First Prosecuted After Grand Jury Refused To Indict – Now Charged With Same Offenses A Second Time In A Second Court – $3.5 Million Lawsuit For Wrongful Conviction And Imprisonment

December 17, 2008

LANE COUNTY, OREGON – One of the most bizarre cases in recent state history is now in the hands of a Lane County Circuit Court judge.

Criminal proceedings against David Lee Simmons began more than two years ago in Jefferson County, when Simmons was 18. Court officials there have since agreed to withdraw from the case over a botched 2006 prosecution and conviction, however, so Lane County Circuit Judge Karsten Rasmussen agreed to hear the case in his Eugene courtroom.

Simmons’ attorney, Steven Richkind, has asked Rasmussen to dismiss the state of Oregon’s second criminal prosecution of Simmons for having sex with his girlfriend when she was younger than the age of consent.

After brief oral arguments Tuesday morning, Rasmussen told Richkind and an assistant state attorney general now prosecuting the case that he will rule early next year on Simmons’ motion to dismiss the charges.

In court documents, Richkind argued that six misdemeanor charges of third-degree sexual abuse filed against Simmons in April should be dismissed because his first prosecution for the same alleged criminal episodes was illegal and “conducted in such manner as to shock the conscience” and “violate a universal sense of justice.”

Richkind’s dramatic rhetoric was inspired by what was by all accounts a dramatic chain of events back in 2006.

In a nutshell, the Jefferson County district attorney’s office prosecuted Simmons that fall on four counts of felony third-degree rape and two counts of felony sodomy for sex with his girlfriend dating back to September 2005, when he was 17 and she was 14. Prosecutors in Madras filed the charges after receiving a complaint from the girl’s parents, and took the case to a Jefferson County grand jury for indictment.

But that grand jury declined to indict Simmons. A copy of the Oct. 5, 2006, indictment clearly shows that Grand Jury Foreman James Greer checked a box labeled “Not a True Bill” on the document, rather than the “True Bill” box designating the jury’s authorization of the criminal charges.

Apparently, however, nobody read that section of the indictment.

“Not the prosecutor, even though he signed the document 1 inch below the line that said ‘Not a True Bill,’ ” Richkind said outside the courtroom Tuesday. “Not the court clerk, who filed it. Not the judge, not Mr. Simmons’ defense attorney.”

Instead, all proceeded as if the 18-year-old had been indicted.

Simmons, who should have been released from jail and had his charges dismissed, instead accepted a plea deal. On the advice of his attorney, he pleaded guilty to one count each of third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy in exchange for his temporary release from jail before serving the remaining days on his 30-day sentence.

Simmons might have spent the rest of his life with two wrongful felony convictions on his record. But Greer, the jury foreman, happened to read a newspaper account of the plea deal. Shocked, he confronted prosecutor Steven Leriche, who in turn contacted Simmons’ then-defense attorney Jennifer Kimble.

On Oct. 31, 2006, Jefferson County Circuit Judge George Nielson responded by vacating the conviction. But he also told Simmons that the prosecutor’s office planned to file new, misdemeanor charges against him for the same sexual activity, and that the court had appointed another attorney, Brandon Alexander, to represent him.

Instead, Simmons retained Richkind, who filed a motion for dismissal of the charges on the grounds that they constituted double jeopardy. But another judge for the Oregon Circuit Court serving Jefferson and Crook counties denied that request. Judge Gary Thompson agreed with Assistant Attorney General Darin Tweed that the second prosecution was legal because the first one occurred in a court that lacked jurisdiction over Simmons — if only because the Jefferson County Grand Jury had not indicted him.

Richkind appealed that decision to the Oregon Supreme Court, which declined to take the case.

Meanwhile, he also sought relief for Simmons in federal court, seeking an injunction against the new state prosecution and filing a civil lawsuit seeking $3.5 million for Simmons’ wrongful conviction and imprisonment in 2007.

Richkind, in asking Rasmussen to dismiss the misdemeanor charges, claims the two prosecutions have violated Simmons’ due process rights and that the new prosecution exacerbated the harm from the first one.

Richkind also charged that the state special prosecutors who took over the case have “vindictively” attempted to retaliate against Simmons for asserting his constitutional rights.

Richkind expressed disappointment Tuesday that Rasmussen rejected his request to compel the Jefferson County officials to testify — and face his cross-examination.

Simmons, who now lives in Texas, listened in on the court proceeding by telephone, but did not comment.

Deputy Attorney General Pete Shepherd, the spokesman for the prosecution, said he was happy with Rasmussen’s decision to “get to the merits of the case.”

Shepherd said it is not unusual for the attorney general’s office to handle cases on behalf of county prosecutors, but he acknowledged that the facts of this case are highly unusual.

“What’s different about this case is that everybody involved (in the first prosecution) didn’t read the charging instrument, and the point at which the error was discovered, after he served his sentence.”

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Supporters Of Three New York City Police Officers Who Beat And Sodomized Man Taunt Victim In Court

December 10, 2008

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – A Brooklyn tattoo artist clapped sarcastically and blew kisses Tuesday after being taunted by supporters of the NYPD officer accused of sodomizing him with a baton.

Michael Mineo, 24, faced off with cops when they berated him with an anti-gay epithet in a courtroom.

“I relive this every day,” Mineo said. “I’m too young to be going through this. Nobody should be going through this.”

Police Officer Richard Kern was formally charged with attacking Mineo and two other cops were accused of covering up the Oct. 15 subway station attack.

Mineo, who stared down the three accused cops at their arraignment, got into a standoff with plainclothes cops, who called him a “f—-t,” said Mineo’s lawyer, Kevin Mosley.

“That’s when Mike blew the kisses,” Mosley said. “I would have done something more forceful.”

The baby-faced Kern faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of aggravated sexual abuse and assault. He was freed on $15,000 bail.

Officers Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales were charged with hindering prosecution and obstructing justice. They face four years in prison if convicted and were freed without bond.

Two other cops testified against the officers before a grand jury, and authorities said Mineo’s DNA was found on the baton.

Defense lawyers insist the cops did nothing wrong.

“It’s just an allegation,” said Kern’s lawyer, John Patten.

“They don’t even have a paper-thin case,” added Stuart London, Cruz’s lawyer.

Police union chief Patrick Lynch urged the public to withhold judgment until all the facts are in.

“We have earned the benefit of a doubt with our blood and sacrifice,” Lynch said.

Prosecutors say the cops approached Mineo outside the Prospect Park station in Prospect Lefferts Gardens because they spotted him smoking marijuana.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said Mineo fled into the station and jumped a turnstile before he was pinned down and handcuffed near a token booth.

Mineo claims cops pulled down his pants and one of the officers sodomized him as he screamed out in pain. He was given a ticket for disorderly conduct and released.

Hynes said cops warned Mineo he would be charged with a felony if he reported the attack.

They ignored Mineo’s complaints, even after he showed them his hand covered with blood from the sodomy attack, which he first believed was inflicted by a police radio antenna.

The NYPD defended its probe into the attack, noting that detectives continued an “aggressive investigation” even after two witnesses said they didn’t think Mineo was assaulted.

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Supporters Of Three New York City Police Officers Who Beat And Sodomized Man Taunt Victim In Court

December 10, 2008

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – A Brooklyn tattoo artist clapped sarcastically and blew kisses Tuesday after being taunted by supporters of the NYPD officer accused of sodomizing him with a baton.

Michael Mineo, 24, faced off with cops when they berated him with an anti-gay epithet in a courtroom.

“I relive this every day,” Mineo said. “I’m too young to be going through this. Nobody should be going through this.”

Police Officer Richard Kern was formally charged with attacking Mineo and two other cops were accused of covering up the Oct. 15 subway station attack.

Mineo, who stared down the three accused cops at their arraignment, got into a standoff with plainclothes cops, who called him a “f—-t,” said Mineo’s lawyer, Kevin Mosley.

“That’s when Mike blew the kisses,” Mosley said. “I would have done something more forceful.”

The baby-faced Kern faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of aggravated sexual abuse and assault. He was freed on $15,000 bail.

Officers Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales were charged with hindering prosecution and obstructing justice. They face four years in prison if convicted and were freed without bond.

Two other cops testified against the officers before a grand jury, and authorities said Mineo’s DNA was found on the baton.

Defense lawyers insist the cops did nothing wrong.

“It’s just an allegation,” said Kern’s lawyer, John Patten.

“They don’t even have a paper-thin case,” added Stuart London, Cruz’s lawyer.

Police union chief Patrick Lynch urged the public to withhold judgment until all the facts are in.

“We have earned the benefit of a doubt with our blood and sacrifice,” Lynch said.

Prosecutors say the cops approached Mineo outside the Prospect Park station in Prospect Lefferts Gardens because they spotted him smoking marijuana.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said Mineo fled into the station and jumped a turnstile before he was pinned down and handcuffed near a token booth.

Mineo claims cops pulled down his pants and one of the officers sodomized him as he screamed out in pain. He was given a ticket for disorderly conduct and released.

Hynes said cops warned Mineo he would be charged with a felony if he reported the attack.

They ignored Mineo’s complaints, even after he showed them his hand covered with blood from the sodomy attack, which he first believed was inflicted by a police radio antenna.

The NYPD defended its probe into the attack, noting that detectives continued an “aggressive investigation” even after two witnesses said they didn’t think Mineo was assaulted.

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