I post this because:
- Every patriot has a duty to speak out against this fool we have elected President.
and 2. tRump is a disaster for our criminal justice system.
tRump spent over an hour at that rally in PA, trying to defeat Lamb. Of course, the pompous fool spent 95% of the time talking about himself. Well, a clear message has been sent. What is that message? “You, Mr. President, are an incompetent, pompous fool, incapable of restoring America’s greatness. We do not want a lying, cheating, narcissistic bully as our president!”
The way he fired Tillerson, a man who left a position of power and great income to enter public service!? tRump is such an inconsiderate Bozo; to learn why his “base” are such fools, read: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/how-the-science-of-blue-lies-may-explain-trumps-support/
Before you freak out, realize that we all want to keep kids safe. Our “sex offender hysteria” laws are not doing that. READ articles on this issue to get the facts! The FACTS, not all the BS out there!
- Most “sex offenders” are not actually sex offenders at all. They are locked up for looking at pictures, and there is NO evidence that this leads to actually molesting children! They need counseling, not prison.
- The recidivism rate of sex offenders is about 4% … compared with about 76% for all other criminals. They are NOT likely to re-offend!
This video is a good summary of why we should not “tweak” the registry, but should abolish it!
FOLKS – this means YOU! If you know anyone with a criminal justice question, a legal question, tell them to CALL me!!! Not a bunch of type type type… CALL 302-423-4067. I hate to toot my own horn but the FACT is I am able to help most (over 95%) of those who call. Not because I am a friggin’ genius, but because there are few people on this planet (any??) with the experience I have*! Just tell them to CALL me!
Jeez!! I get too many calls from people who have called several idiot lawyers and/or all the wrong people! The right people? Someone who can actually SOLVE THE PROBLEM!
*And what is my experience? Highlights are: Law Clerk to Supreme Court of Delaware, Deputy Attorney General, Defense Counsel and General Law Practitioner, student of the criminal justice system for the past twelve years (think about that- all of law school is 3 years; I have been immersed in learning all about the criminal justice system problems/solutions for twelve years now!), Addict, Prisoner, Member of Rotary International, Entrepreneur (owned and built several very successful businesses), Pres. of Legal Aid, Founder and President of Citizens for Criminal JUSTICE, Inc., Business Broker (Broker’s license in Florida), Teacher, homeless person, and counselor to thousands. NO charge to talk to me.
I have won more than 700 trials, gotten many people out of prison early, prevented many, many more from ever going to prison … I HATE to “toot my own horn”, but what the Hell are you waiting for?? CALL ME! Everything I do is free, unless it is a ton of work!
I am a professional who specializes in Applications for Pardons and for Clemency/Commutation. READ Know Anyone With an Innocence Project Team? Practical Tip: Tell them “Get them out First” kra
All of law school is three years; where we are taught contracts, wills and estates, torts, evidence, and about a dozen other subjects. I spent four years doing nothing but studying criminal justice issues for 18 hours a day, every day, from B4 the sun rose until after it set [the lights are on 24/7 in that isolation cell!] , and I have been IMMERESED in all such issues for nearly eleven years now! Think about it!!
Why am I so successful? READ Practical Tip – There is ONE way to win – Be Prepared!
Politics Has No Role In the Justice System! Our Constitution Demands it, by Establishing Three Branches of Government. kra
This video shows the profound truth that politics should have no role in our justice system. I watched every minute of the Watergate Hearings. Every minute of it. It was the summer of 1973 and I was studying for the Bar Exam. So I watched the hearings, crammed for the Bar Exam during the commercials, and made audio tapes of my notes from law school, which I played in my sleep! What a fantastic education on Constitutional law it was. What a fantastic education on cross-examination it was, watching Senator Sam Ervin and other great Senators tear to shreds the many lies being told to them, under oath, by the most powerful men in government – Haldeman, Mitchell, Erlichman, and many others.
It is a sad, sad state of affairs that today politics has crept into the system in a big way, and the public seems to be tolerating it!
Ken Abraham Summary of Constitutional Law – http://www.citizensforcriminaljustice.net/4776-2/
WATCH THIS VIDEO! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo7KWzOgnf8
This New Zealand video to recruit police was sent my by colleagues at LEAP.
See the video:
New Zealand police recruitment video is the best thing you'll see today
Posted by The Independent on Friday, December 1, 2017
They can only help; Cameras don’t lie. READ Release the Video! – Transparency – Police Shootings – Now with a Letter to Editor for YOU to Send!
Excerpts from the Article:
The Detroit Police Department will have body cameras at all precincts by the end of this year. Along with the roll out, there have been a reduction in officer complaints. From August of 2016 to August of 2017, officer complaints dropped seven percent. Where did they see the biggest reduction? The two precincts where the body cameras were rolled out. So let’s flip the camera and show you what the camera sees.
“I’m placing it on the camera mount,” said one officer. “I’m activating my camera.” Cameras are not just moving on bodies – but also mounted inside the squad cars showing multiple angles. And all the cameras are connected and talk to each other.
“Our system is a watch guard system, it’s cutting edge,” said Assistant Chief A.C. White. “(In the old days) you had a delay from the time the officer exited the vehicle to the time the officer activated the body camera. You didn’t pick up everything.” When officers want to start rolling, “You just press the button in front one time,” said an officer. And press twice to stop it. “If I turn my overhead lights on that activates the dash cam, my camera and my partner’s camera,” said one officer.
But the cameras are also smart enough to just come on at certain times. And all the cameras come on, the dash cam, the body cameras on both officers and a camera facing whoever is in the back seat of the police car.
“There’s a lot of sensitivity around policing matters in urban America,” White said. ““We’re not always going to get it right but here are the facts and circumstances I dealt with when I made that evaluation.”
Those in high office, in the public trust, should do prison time if convicted. Prison serves 4 purposes: 1. Protect the public, 2. Deterrent to others, 3. punishment, and 4. rehabilitation (which we know is practically non-existent. To me, 2 and 3 are paramount in such cases.
I believe Donald Trump himself will be indicted. The indictment of so many around him is another indication of his incompetence. He had no plan for transition to the office, no adequate personnel to vet properly the lackeys he hired, and no interest in checking their financial dealings. This, of course, is not a crime, but I would bet my life that the Donald has committed financial crimes, has already committed obstruction of justice, and once the prosecutors examine his tax returns, will be indicted. There is a reason Trump will not release his tax returns.
Excerpts from the Article:
Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly compiled enough evidence to bring charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., according to NBC News. The evidence relates to Flynn’s lobbying work throughout the latter half of 2016 — while he was a top Trump campaign surrogate — for a businessman with ties to the Turkish government. Flynn did not register with the US Justice Department as a foreign agent until March 2017.
Mueller’s mandate gives him permission to investigate “any matters” that arise out of his investigation into Russia’s election interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow. The possibility of Flynn indictments suggests Mueller’s Russia investigation isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Last Monday, Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s former business associate, Rick Gates, pleaded not guilty after a grand jury indicted them on 12 counts.
Trump waited nearly three weeks to fire Flynn after former acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned him that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail over his conversations with former Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
Trump also ignored advice by President Barack Obama — who fired Flynn as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 — to steer clear of him entirely.
The president asked former FBI director James Comey to “let go” of the FBI’s investigation into Flynn’s activities during a February meeting shortly after Flynn was forced to resign.
Flynn Jr. appears to have been closely associated with his father’s work. In addition to co-founding and working for Flynn Intel Group, he joined Flynn during a trip to Moscow in December 2015, NBC News reported, during which Flynn was paid $34,000 to deliver a speech at an event celebrating the state-sponsored news agency RT. A former business associate of Michael Flynn’s told NBC News that Flynn Jr. had a prominent role in Flynn Intel Group’s day-to-day operations and served as his father’s chief of staff.
Mueller’s additional focus on Flynn Jr. is likely an attempt to coerce his father’s cooperation in the investigation, legal experts have said. This possibility may be especially significant given that Flynn declined a new request in September to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Jens David Ohlin, a criminal law expert and vice dean at Cornell Law School, told Business Insider in September that while it’s difficult to evaluate “the factual or legal strength” of a possible case against Flynn Jr., it’s clear that Mueller “is following a classic prosecutorial strategy: start along the perimeter and work your way to the center.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent Vice President Mike Pence a letter in November 2016 requesting more information about the potential conflicts of interest posed by Flynn’s lobbying work. But Pence told Fox earlier this year that he first heard about Flynn’s undisclosed lobbying work after reports surfaced in March that Flynn had registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department.
Flynn was paid $530,000 last year by the businessman, Ekim Alptekin, who is a member of a Turkish economic-relations board run by an appointee of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Alptekin is also the head of Inovo, a consulting firm.
Flynn’s firm was tasked with fomenting dissent inside Turkey, and with lobbying the US government to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania, who Erdogan believes is responsible for planning last year’s attempted coup.
Mueller’s team also subpoenaed the lobbying firm SGR LLC in August after Flynn Intel Group hired the firm to ostensibly “promote a good business climate in Turkey,” The Washington Post reported. Flynn’s firm hired SGR as part of its work with Inovo. Although Flynn’s group’s initial stated goal in hiring SGR was to foster a stronger business climate in Turkey, it was later forced to indicate that it brought SGR on to “raise concerns” to the US about Gulen.
Flynn’s op-ed seemed out of place amid his work with Trump’s campaign, where he was national security adviser at the time. His work for Inovo did not come to light until after he registered as a foreign agent with the Department of Justice in March — four months after his contract with Alptekin ended.
Alptekin paid the Flynn Intel Group half a million dollars to produce a documentary about the dangers of Gulen that he had hoped would be “a small, ’60 Minutes’ kind of a thing, where these conclusions are brought to the public,” the businessman told The Wall Street Journal in May. “We thought that might have a good effect.”
In his Foreign Agent Registration Act filing, Flynn said his firm had conducted research for Inovo that “focused on” Gulen. But it may have gone further than that: Flynn met with Turkish government ministers in September, where he discussed removing Gulen from US soil, according to former CIA Director James Woolsey, who was at the meeting.
Trump is merely “jumping on the political bandwagon”, joining countless politicians who see the crisis and do not see the solution!
Trump is so ill informed, I am a bit surprised he did not say something like “Opioids are right up there, just as dangerous as Marijuana”! The federal law classifies both as in the same category – a “Schedule 1 drug”. Ridiculous.
Without funding, his declaration is virtually meaningless. Addicts need treatment, not prisons.
Excerpts from the Article:
President Trump on Thursday directed the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency, taking long-anticipated action to address a rapidly escalating epidemic of drug use. But even as he vowed to alleviate the scourge of drug addiction and abuse that has swept the country — a priority that resonated strongly with the working-class voters who supported his presidential campaign — Mr. Trump fell short of fulfilling his promise in August to declare “a national emergency” on opioids, which would have prompted the rapid allocation of federal funding to address the issue.
His directive does not on its own release any additional funds to deal with a drug crisis that claimed more than 59,000 lives in 2016, and the president did not request any, although his aides said he would soon do so. And he made little mention of the need for the rapid and costly expansion of medical treatment that public health specialists, including some in his own administration, argue is crucial to addressing the epidemic.
To combat the epidemic, the president said the government would produce “really tough, really big, really great advertising” aimed at persuading Americans not to start using opioids in the first place, seeming to hark back to the “Just Say No” antidrug campaign led by Nancy Reagan in the 1980s.
Congressional Republicans as well as law enforcement and physicians’ groups said the president’s announcement was a crucial first step in building awareness about the opioid crisis and confronting its causes and devastating effects.
“America is hemorrhaging lives by the day because of the opioid epidemic, but President Trump offered the country a Band-Aid when we need a tourniquet,” said Senator Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts. “Instead of a commitment to emergency funding for our states and communities, President Trump offered empty words and half-measures.”
“What we need is for the president to seek an appropriation from Congress, I believe in the billions, so that we can rapidly expand access for effective outpatient opioid addiction treatments,” Dr. Kolodny said in an interview. “Until those treatments are easier to access than heroin or fentanyl, overdose deaths will remain at record-high levels.”
Among the questions left unanswered by the president’s announcement is whether the Department of Health and Human Services will use its authority under the public health declaration to negotiate lower prices for naloxone, a drug that quickly counteracts the effects of opioid overdoses. Lawmakers and public health and anti-addiction organizations have argued that such a measure is crucial to expand access to the drug.
“That undercurrent that if all of you just decided not to do this, we’d be in a better place — I can tell you, my son did not decide that he wanted to become addicted, much less die,” Mr. Hood said. “We might have been much better served by framing this as a very serious illness, a very serious health issue.”
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Immigrant Prisons — 440,000 Locked Up Each Year, Billions In Profit = Obscene, Unjust, and Cruel! kra
Jaws dropped when I gave a short talk in Wilmington, DE, a few months ago, about the inhumane conditions of “detainment” in ICE private prisons. Most folks have no idea what really goes on, but you should, because IT IS YOUR GOVERNMENT AT ITS WORST!
Excerpts from the Article:
Few Americans know about our nation’s system of immigrant detention centers. Each year, the U.S. government locks up roughly 440,000 immigrants in over 200 immigrant prisons. These facilities have grown into a highly privatized, lucrative and abusive industry that profits off the misery of immigrants awaiting deportation. Here at Brave New Films, we’re doing everything we can to expose the abuses of the deportation industrial complex. In our new film, Immigrant Prisons, we explore conditions inside the detention centers, exposing substandard medical care, widespread physical and sexual abuse, virtual slave labor working conditions and more. These abuses happen behind closed doors with little to no oversight.
Our film, created in partnership with advocates for detainee rights, is shining a light on a particularly dark corner of the American justice system. Watch now and share with friends.
It’s important to remember that immigration detention is a civil form of confinement. “This is not criminal custody, this is not someone who’s been convicted of a crime,” says attorney James Fife of the Federal Defenders of San Diego. “This is just someone who’s being held for the government’s convenience so that the person’s available” for processing, said Fife.
Unlike with criminals who have been convicted of a crime, there’s no time limit on how long people can be held at immigration detention centers. It’s hard to believe, but immigrants can be locked up indefinitely without a criminal offense or bond hearing. In the film we highlight the case of a Kenyan immigrant, Sylvester, who spent 9 years and 4 months in immigration detention. Another immigrant describes her time in detention as being “like a legal kidnapping.”
Immigrant detention centers are overseen by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, a division of the Department of Homeland Security. Since ICE was created in 2003, there have been 177 confirmed deaths in detention centers. Medical neglect is the greatest contributing factor.
In the film, we speak with Gerard, a former detainee who almost died during his 11 months at a California facility. He was denied medical care for two weeks as a severe infection spread in his body. The private facility managers kept ignoring his requests until it was nearly too late. Such medical neglect contributed to nearly half all of deaths in immigrant prisons.
Adding insult to injury, detainees at for-profit detention centers are often coerced into working for virtually no money. The for-profit companies that run the facilities have all the wrong incentives and a captive workforce at their disposal. The food they provide detainees is frequently so inadequate that detainees feel they have no choice but to work for $1 a day to buy additional food from the commissary, often at inflated prices. Fialho doesn’t mince words about this practice: “Detention centers are starving people into working in order to then cut staff salaries.”
The two largest private detention center operators, CCA and Geo Group, got started in the 1980s. In fact, CCA’s very first contract was for locking up immigrants. In the past twenty years, the two companies have made over $12 billion in profits, largely from immigrant detention.
Wrongful death lawsuits and class action lawsuits alleging forced labor have helped expose abuses at private immigrant prisons, but systemic reforms are needed. Stock in CCA and Geo Group slid after the Obama administration moved to end the use of private prisons by the federal government, but the stocks rocketed up after the 2016 election. President Trump, who received major contributions from the private prison industry, reversed President Obama’s order on private prison use and has proposed a 25% increase in ICE’s budget.
Immigrant Prisons is our first film on the deportation industrial complex. In future films we’ll explore how private prison companies promote policies and procedures that line their own pockets and profile the individuals who are working to perpetuate our abusive immigration enforcement system.
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