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by Denis O'Brien, PhD

Who killed hundreds of Syrian children in Ghouta, Aug21|2013? How, and why?

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--  Justice American Style Potpourri --

More cops, lawyers, and judges who seriously need their butts kicked. 

Here are some of my notes on recent "Justice American Style" cases.  These people need to be seriously prosecuted and locked up if found guilty.  Cops, DAs, and judges who abuse their positions should get double-time.

1.   Texas Judge Ken Anderson  Also

  • Texas judge Ken Anderson now can’t remember if he had exculpatory evidence on case he prosecuted against Michael Morton in 1987. Morton has been freed on DNA evidence after 25 years.
  • Anderson now under investigation for withholding the evidence that would likely have kept Morton from a guilty verdict. Anderson is also being sued by the state bar for his conduct in the Morton case.
  • Mark Alan Norwood was the actual killer. Norwood also has been indicted in a separate 1988 slaying of another Austin woman who lived near the Mortons. This is the family that ought to be suing the judge’s ass big time.
  • Here is the official Probable Cause Order against Anderson setting out the facts and charges.  His trial is set for Sep30.2013.

2.   Matt Wiggins et al. Florida SWAT pigs.  

  • Cops aim gun through lady’s kitchen window. We're the f------ police; open the f------ door."
  • Goldsberry family remains cuffed for close to half an hour as the apartment was searched for a wanted man who wasn't there, never had been, and who was totally unknown to them. Then they were released, the police left, and that was that.
  • "Matt Wiggins was the man at the door. He's with the U.S. Marshal's fugitive division. I asked him what happened. He said they had a tip that a child-rape suspect was at the complex. That suspect, Kyle Riley, was arrested several hours later in another part of Sarasota. The tip was never about Goldsberry's apartment, specifically, Wiggins acknowledged. It was about the complex.
  • "But when the people in Goldsberry's apartment didn't open up, that told Wiggins he had probably found the right door. No one at other units had reacted that way, he said"

Prosecute these morons and lock them up. 

3.   Pittsburgh SWAT pigs end up federal law suit defendants: Reddy, Nicholas, Friburger, Epler, Gorham, Novakowski, Kolarac, Hairston, Marabello, Tersak, Brutt, Englehandt, Sarver, Morosetti -- Also -- USDC Case Civ 12-615 Docket

  • On SWAT pigs' motion to dismiss, USDC judge Nora Berry Fischer ruled these facts
  •   no-knock attack on Morenos' home w/ percussion
  •  sought to arrest William Moreno for quarreling with a drunk, off-duty police officer [IOW, this is a SWAT pay-back] at a local veterans club early that morning, the family says that their "terrorization" continued for another 45 minutes after William was apprehended. 
  •  officers threw William to the floor, kicked and handcuffed Georgeia, her stepfather and her adult son Billy. They also injured Mark's shoulder and forced Billy to lie face down in broken glass, according to the complaint.
  •  The family says the police proceeded to drag Georgeia's 10-year-old son Trentino violently from the bathtub, injuring his ankles. They allegedly then made the boy stand naked at gunpoint next to his 4-year-old sister Briseis.
  •  Officers have continued to harass and threaten the family since the raid, telling them "that's how we do things here" and that they should move out of Pittsburgh, the complaint states.
  •  Judge Fischer refused to dismiss the case Monday, holding that the plaintiffs' claims are not time-barred, and the officers knew or should have known that the action would be brought against them. 
  •  See Holland ex rel. Overdorff v. Harrington, 268 F.3d 1179, 1194 (10th Cir. 2001) (explaining that "[t]he ‘SWAT’ designation does not grant license to law enforcement officers to abuse suspects or bystanders, or to vent in an unprofessional manner their own pent-up aggression, personal frustration or animosity toward others"). 
  •  Pigs' Answer states "[i]t is admitted that the SWAT officers came through the rear sliding glass door and it was broken, however this was performed in accordance with SWAT practices and procedures." 
  •  See also Perez v. Borough of Berwick, 507 F. App’x 186, 192 (3d Cir. 2012) (failing to knock-and-announce, unreasonable scope and length of search, and excessive force in entering the home are all grounds for constitutional violations).

 4.   Taze-happy pigs Sgt. William Galvin Jr. and Officer William Coleman 

  •  A couple cops who need: A) to get their asses kicked, and B) some additional training 
  •  Video of them tazing disabled man and throwing him off the bus. 
  • The taze was not to protect the cops or anyone else.  It was clearly punishment for not jumping when told to jump. 

 5.  Pig named Crow goes postal beats shop-lifter senseless.   And Here,   Here,   Here,    Here. 

  • Vid of the cop, Scott Crow, beating Brandie Redell detained for shoplifting in the store’s office.  Better vid.
        ○    Attack looks unprovoked.  The woman is on the phone.
        ○    Crow not criminally charged “for lack of evidence.”
        ○    Cops dropped assault charge. 
  • She was busted for stealing $388 worth of goods and taken to store office.  Crow and other cop arrives. 
  •  Davenport Police Officer Scott Crow, seen on the video punching Redell, was disciplined for using excessive force, says Police Chief Frank Donchez
  •  Crow was not criminally charged and remains in his $65,580-a-year job
  •  In Crow's version, he rushed Redell because her "hands were clenched" and she appeared "willing to fight,"  [From the vid it is clear Crow is a fucking liar.  The woman's hands are visible and were not clenched or threatening.]
  •  Scott County, Iowa, prosecutor Michael Walton reviewed a video of the beating but decided not to press charges against Crow, citing a lack of evidence. "I don't think the video disputes" Crow's claim that he hit Redell because she bit him, Walton says.  [OK, well that's a fact for a jury to decide.  Crow clearly initiated the assault and Redell cleary had a right to protect herself.  A person is not required to stand or sit still while some filthy pig beats on them.]
  • When Crow heared Redell’s boyfriend’s name, he tells Redell, “This is going to get ugly, real quick.”  According to Free Republic.  
  • Redell’s boyfriend, James Gibson, is a community activist who had done some sensitivity training with the department when it comes to race and officers dealing with the public. 
  • The video is clear enough for any fair-minded jury to conclude Crow needs to get his ass thrown into a slammer.

 6.    New Yorker article by Sarah Stillman Pig Barry Washington and DA Linda K. Russell -- need to be at the butt end of a federal prosecution real bad.

  • Story of Jennifer Boatright, Linden, TX, busted in Tenaha, TX, pop 1170
  •  Cop Barry Washington 
     ■    former state trooper from Carthage, TX, sold Tehaha mayor on asset seizure for Rt. 59.
     ■    black, rep for establishing forfeiture seizure in TX  
     ■    says he saw a light and God called him to Tenaha
     ■    “pretextual traffic stops”
  •  one stop busted $620,000 cash – program grabbed $1.3M in first 6 months - split between DA office, Tenaha marshal’s office, county constable.  
    ■    one man’s car ripped apart looking for drugs
  •   warrentless searches 
  •  DA Lynda K. Russell 
  • Boatright filed class action lawsuit 
  •  Russell contends she “repeatedly” told them they did not have to sign waiver – threats to take the kids were in writing 
  •  local lawyers in Tenaha wouldn’t take cases – like kicking a basket of rattlesnakes 
  •  David Guillory, nearby Nacogdoches, civil-rights lawyer, sues cops
    ■    found dozens of forfeiture cases in Shelby County clerk’s office – even where no ticket issued. 
               *    roadside property waivers improvised by Russell threatened criminal charges unless property turned over.
    ■    found written record of threat to take Boatright’s kid – exchanging the kid for assets.  
    ■    problem w/ class-action is DA immunity 
    ■    teamed up with Tim Garrigan    
    ■    Jul24.2008  filed class action of James Marrow v. Shelby County and Tenaha authorities
    ■    Civil Rights Div of US Justice launched criminal investigation – obtained dash-cam evidence  
             *    Most of Washington’s stops absent. from film evidence 
             *    Most of the vid blurred, useless  
     ■    Jul.2009 anonymous woman leaves envelope for Garrigan.  
              *     It included chain e-mails that Russell had forwarded. “Be proud to be white! It’s not a crime YET . . . but getting very close!” one read. A second joked, “Danger: you are entering a no Obama Zone. Mention his name and I’ll drop you where you stand!” More revelatory was a nine-page spreadsheet listing items funded by Tenaha’s roadside seizures. Among them were Halloween costumes, Doo Dah Parade decorations, “Have a Nice Day” banners, credit-card late fees, poultry-festival supplies, a popcorn machine, and a thousand-dollar donation to a Baptist congregation that was said to be important to Lynda Russell’s reëlection. Barry Washington, as deputy city marshal, received a ten-thousand-dollar personal bonus from the fund. (His base salary was about thirty thousand dollars; Garrigan later confirmed reports that Washington had received a total of forty thousand dollars in bonuses.)
      ■    Washington deposed May03.10  
               *     “God didn’t make me a piece of junk,” Washington said. “He made me to go out there and do my job.” He explained his interdiction strategy, which relied on pulling over out-of-state cars for minor traffic violations, then looking for indicators of drug trafficking.
                *    he said, “we go on smells, odors, fresh paint.” In many cases, he said he smelled pot. In other cases, things smelled too fresh and clean, perhaps because of the suspicious deployment of air fresheners.
                *     Why did Washington think he was entitled to seize the Agostini family’s cash?  “It’s no more theirs than a man on the moon,” Washington said. “It belongs to an organization of people that are narcotics traffickers.” 
                *    Washington, rather than hiding behind legalistic justifications, proudly outlined his vision of forfeiture: that its scope was boundless, that mere “indicators” were enough to trigger it, and that warfare was an apt analogy for the pursuit of cash, cars, and even iPods from drivers whom he deemed suspicious. If that were a fair characterization of Texas policy, a judge’s sympathy for the plaintiffs seemed likely. So did a public outcry for reform.
                 *    Said they didn’t find drugs and have no evidence of dealing -- "not yet". 
                 *    “Do you, for some reason, think people driving up and down 59 owe you an explanation for why they might have money?”  “Sure they do.”  
        ■     The Texas US district judge presiding over the suit said that he wouldn’t certify the class of plaintiffs until the United States Supreme Court had announced its decision in the case of Wal-Mart v. Dukes, a class-action suit pressing claims of sex discrimination.    
                *    June, 2011, the Supreme Court agreed, tossing the class of plaintiffs out of court. Two months later, the Texas district judge issued a fifty-six-page ruling that certified the Tenaha plaintiffs after all. In light of the Wal-Mart decision, the judge would not allow the plaintiffs as a class to ask for money: compensatory or punitive damages were out. But the plaintiffs could at least seek “declaratory and injunctive relief”—a legal finding of fact in their favor, and a reform of the forfeiture program.
       ■    Tenaha and Shelby County officials agreed to settle,  The town and the county have agreed to twenty-one policy changes, including using video and audio recordings to capture “all traffic stops,” allowing canine sniffs only “when a police officer has reasonable suspicion of criminal activity,” and training police in “compliance with racial profiling laws.” [Sounds like a fucking loss to me.]    
       ■    Inspired in part by the class action, Texas legislators banned the use of roadside waivers and modestly restricted the use of forfeiture funds:  
        ■    “ The victory was distinctly partial. “ [No shit]
           -    [Odd that Stillman never names the mayor – Geo. Bowers]
    ○    Story of Dale Agostini busted for being in wrong lane Sep.2007
         ■    Russell arrived -  sent Agostini and fiancee to jail, took the kid and cash.  No contraband.
    ○    Asset seizure via civil forfeiture
           ■    no conviction req’d
           ■    no charge or accusation of crime req’d
           ■    the civil suit is filed against the property seized
           ■    Louis Rulli, law prof UPenn – leading expert
           ■    the property defendant has no rights
           ■    cost of defending is greater than value of seizure
    ○   legal history
            ■    colonial writs of assistance – customs officers could enter homes and take contraband
            ■    new congress passed civil forfeiture vs. pirate ships b/c the pirates fled  – fell into disuse
            ■    federal statutes, 1970's [Nixon and Democrats]– seizure of money or property purchased by money obtained by illegal activity
            ■    1984 Comprehensive Crime Control Act [Reagan] – forfeitures turned over to the cops who did the bust
            ■    US Justice Dept figures.  1985 – $27M.  1993 – $556M  2012 – $4.2B. 
            ■    2000 Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act – cops must show nexus between property and offense.  
     Innocent owners can keep property.
            ■    Patriot Act overturned many CAFRA provisions.
           ■    since 2012 Justice has turned over $1.5B to 400,000 crime vicitms. [<$4000 each]

  • Tenaha Police Department Phone: (936) 248-5942 Fax: (936) 248-5942
    CBS story on how filthy Tenaha is



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