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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Crazy Gun Laws in NJ; Missouri Style Law


from Breitbart
When media consultant Brian Aitken moved from Colorado to New Jersey to be closer to his son in 2009, police found legally-purchased, locked, and unloaded handguns in the trunk of his car. Aitken was arrested, imprisoned, and denied the ability to see his son.
Although Aitken regained a small taste of freedom when his 7-year sentence was commuted after 4 months, he has yet to get his life back. He is labeled a felon, which means he cannot own guns, he cannot vote, and he cannot travel internationally since his passport was revoked. Moreover, because of the firearms charges he faced over his legally purchased guns, he is barred from seeing his son.

Missouri town harassed an alleged rape victim and her family until they fled
Despite solid evidence of a crime, an alleged rapist is never prosecuted. Then the small town turned on the victim

From Salon
After blacking out at a party, a 14-year-old Missouri teenager, showing signs of sexual assault, was abandoned, alone and unconscious, on her family’s frost-covered lawn by a group of her male classmates.

“The low temperature in the area that day was listed at 22 degrees, and the teen had spent roughly three hours outside, wearing only a T-shirt and sweatpants. Her hair was frozen. Scattered across an adjacent lot were her daughter’s purse, shoes and cellphone,” writes Dugan Arnett in a harrowing report in the Kansas City Star on how the small town of Maryville, Mo., turned on the victim, Daisy Coleman (Daisy and her mother elected to be named in the story), after she reported the incident, in which she was allegedly raped by a male classmate while another filmed it.

Melinda Coleman discovered her daughter on the lawn and, after removing her frozen clothes, noticed abrasions on her daughter’s body consistent with sexual assault. She immediately called the police. And, in perhaps the only bright spot in this dark story, the police acted swiftly.
The rapist is the grandson of a powerful state senator. Not only was he not charged, the whole town turned on the girl and her family and ran them out of town and burned their house down.

David Berg's "Run, Brother, Run"'; Texas Judged De-Benched; W. Texas Lawyer on Trial for Money Laundering

David Berg may be the greatest trial lawyer the average "man on the street" has never heard of. He in in his early 70's now, still a practicing trial lawyer and a successful author. His firm is based in Houston, with offices in Washington DC and New York City. He argued and won a free speech case at the Supreme Court at the tender age of 27. The American Bar Association published his book "The Trial Lawyer: What It Takes to Win," which costs $75 and is worth every penny. I go back to it every time I am preparing for trial.

Berg has a new book, Run, Brother, Run published by Schribner, that is part memoir of growing up Jewish in the redneck South of the 1950's, a murder mystery, and a trial story. He worshipped his older brother, Alan, who was murdered in 1968, his body dumped in a drainage ditch in Fort Bend County. David and Alan's father was cheated out of thousands of dollars by people claiming to have information - Alan was alive in Mexico, or Chicago, or somewhere else. The father hired a big name private investigator and former HPD homicide cop named Claude Harrelson, who quickly came close to "solving" the case, reporting that Alan had been murdered over a gambling debt, and the general location of the body. Apparently he didn't think he got enough money, because he never found the body. In fact, he did know where it was, because his brother was Charles Harrelson, a notorious hitman, who later assassinated U.S. District Judge "Maximum John" Wood in San Antonio.

Six months after Alan went missing, an honest investigator found the body, and id'd the killer. Harrelson hired Percy Foreman, then the most successful and famous lawyer in the country. If any lawyer deserves to be in the Judges and Lawyers Hall of Shame, it's Foreman. I don't want to give too much away, but if you want to see the criminal "justice" system at its sleaziest, you have to read this book. In a tight case, he could always call on a stable of "reserve" witnesses who could give the defendant an alibi. Writing of his father, whose feud with a former employee in a carpet selling business may have been the real reason for Alan's murder, Berg says, "We often conspire with our memories to make things come out as we want, not as they did."

My only criticism of the book is that Mr. Berg almost idolizes Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, who wanted to assist the incompetent district attorney prosecute Harrelson. There are reasonable people who think Haynes will do whatever it takes. For example, read Gary Cartwright's "Blood Will Tell: the Murder Trials of T. Cullen Davis," where he describes how Haynes co-counsel Phil Burleson's "witness factory" "found" a surprise witness who saw a man - not Davis - dressed in black sneaking up to the mansion where a 12 year old girl was executed, her mother shot, a man killed and another paralyzed for life.

If you go to Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc. annual convention, lawyers like Foreman, Haynes, and Gerry Spence are worshipped like gods. I've heard Haynes do what is in effect a standup comedy routine a number of times, always the same stories, several about his great friend Percy Foreman. Like the one where Haynes represented Foreman in a personal injury case, and Foreman got caught lying that he had never had back pain until the wreck, and the defense lawyer pulled out a stack of medical records where Foreman had been hospitalized for back injuries. When Haynes told the jury that Foreman didn't remember because he was getting senile, Foreman jumped up and called him a son of a bitch. The crowd of adoring lawyers loved the story about the two colorful old trial lawyer legends.

Notwithstanding my minor criticism, Run, Brother, Run gets 5 out of five stars. It took courage to write it.

Texas judge forced to resign after caught texting instructions to assistant DA during trial
Elizabeth E. Coker may forever be known as the "texting judge," but her notoriety will soon be all that is left of her days on the bench of the 258th District Court of Polk, Trinity, and San Jacinto Counties. Coker signed an "AGREEMENT TO RESIGN FROM JUDICIAL OFFICE IN LIEU OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION" with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct…
The agreement comes in the wake of a recent investigation revealing Coker texted instructions from the bench to a Polk County Assistant District Attorney who was assisting in the prosecution of a case in Coker's court.

Houston couple suing Carnival over stranded ship were never on the ship
Last week, attorney John Bruster Loyd filed a lawsuit on behalf of his clients Luke Cash and Ami "Summer" Gallagher stating that that couple had been aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' ill-fated Triumph excursion in February.

An engine-room fire on the Triumph left 3,100 passengers stranded at sea for days with limited food and toilet service, quickly becoming a media and business problem for the cruise line.

The only problem is that the couple wasn't aboard the Triumph.

Carnival weighed in on the suit that the Cash couple is bringing to their doorstep, with spokesperson de la Cruz saying in a statement that the cruise liner is baffled as to why they are even suing Carnival.

"That this lawsuit was filed, alleging the plaintiffs suffered injury and mental anguish during a cruise they weren’t even on, is truly shameful and reprehensible. Further, the fact that the suit also alleges misrepresentation and fraud is quite ironic."

Ex-Texas soldier sentenced in child abuse case
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An ex-Texas soldier who blamed post-traumatic stress disorder for sexually assaulting a 3-year-old boy has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

Former Army Sgt. Wade Allen Perkins acknowledged to authorities that he coerced his girlfriend, also a former soldier, into sex acts with the child.

The San Antonio Express-News reports (http://bit.ly/16ag6Lt ) that at a sentencing hearing Friday in San Antonio, Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery said he wished he could have given Perkins more time for the production of child pornography charge.

Testimony ends in Texas lawyer's laundering trial
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Testimony ended Friday in the trial of a West Texas lawyer and former Carnegie Mellon University trustee accused of conspiring to launder drug money, and closing arguments are scheduled for Monday.

Marco Antonio Delgado is accused of devising a scheme to launder up to $600 million for a Mexican drug cartel in 2007 and 2008.

Delgado testified on Thursday and Friday, saying he never knew the funds he handled were illegal. Prosecutors argue he conspired with Lilian De La Concha, the ex-wife of former Mexican president Vicente Fox Quesada, and others to launder money for the now disbanded Milenio cartel.

3 jailers quit for smuggling drugs to inmates
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The Nueces County sheriff says three of his jailers have quit after an investigation shows they were smuggling synthetic marijuana to inmates at the jail in Corpus Christi.

Monday, October 7, 2013

When will Obama speak out on the New York black motorcycle gang?

The New York Post has an article about the motorcycle thugs who attacked the family in New York last week. It starts:

Biker in SUV assault caught prison break from soft judge
"The motor psycho charged with starting the biker-mob attack that left a young Manhattan dad beaten to a pulp flipped off photographers in court Sunday — as it emerged that earlier this year, he caught a break from a judge.
Career criminal Reginald Chance, 37, extended both middle fingers as he was hauled into Manhattan Criminal Court on gang-assault and other charges tied to the Sept. 29 beatdown of Alexian Lien."
Chance and several of his fellow thugs are black; the young family they attacked are Asian. Question: will Obama say anything about hate crimes in this case?
New York has the toughest gun laws in the country. It pretty much leaves law abiding citizens at the mercy of career criminals.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Motorcycle Thugs, Second Amendment

I watched one of the clips on Youtube of the motorcycle gang terrorizing a family in New York City. My reaction was visceral. I wanted to have a machine gun and kill them all. Imagine how that man and his wife and little girl felt. But if he had a pistol and shot them, Obama and Bloomberg would have tried to get him indicted. Now it is coming out that there were several cops who were part of the pack. Which leads to these links that show that not every policeman is a hero.

Conroe Police Officer Indicted for Shooting Unarmed Teen
excerpt from Texas Observer

Russell Rios was 19, attending college, and working at a bank. He was also accused of stealing two iPhone cases from a Conroe Walmart in the early evening on July 31.

Conroe Police Sgt. Jason Blackwelder wasn’t on duty. He was in plain clothes but carrying a gun. When Rios broke away from Walmart staff and ran into a wooded area beside the store, Blackwelder chased him.
here, Conroe police say the two got into a “violent struggle” in which Rios choked Blackwelder until he was afraid he would pass out.

“This young man, he’s five-foot-seven, 140 pounds,” says Cade Bernsen, a lawyer for the Rios family. “String bean. And this cop is about six-foot, 190, 200 pounds. [Conroe police] said, ‘Oh, you know, he was choking the officer and the officer had to fire in self-defense.’ I just don’t see any scenario where that happens.”

Especially, Bernsen says, since Rios was shot in the back of the head.

And while Obama and Bloomberg want to gut the Second Amendment, here's a story that shows why law abiding Americans should have the right to carry. At least the driver of the car took one of the thugs out with his car - broke both legs and maybe paralyzed him.
How New York City’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Terrorized a Young Family
From Newsweek - by Michael Daly Oct 2, 2013 6:39 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — An unauthorized motorcycle rally featuring hundreds of bikers parading through the streets took a bloody turn when a large group of riders surrounded a man driving with his family, then chased his SUV for miles after he plowed through a blockade of bikes and beat him.

One biker suffered broken legs and apparent spine injuries when the SUV ran over him and may be paralyzed, police said. A second biker suffered a leg injury. The driver, who was traveling with his wife and toddler, needed stitches to his face at a hospital.

The frightening assault on the man began Sunday afternoon on Manhattan's West Side Highway and was partially captured on a helmet-mounted video camera worn by one of the riders involved in the chase.

Several cops may have watched biker beatdown
An off-duty undercover NYPD cop was among the pack of bikers who chased a family up the West Side Highway — and he stood by as the dad was hauled from his car and beaten, sources told The Post.
The unidentified officer waited three days to come forward Wednesday night. He has been placed on modified duty and turned in his gun and badge on Friday, the sources said.
He rides with the New Rochelle-based Front Line Soldiers, a club that also counts several other cops among its members, a source said.

Meanwhile, our government arms the Mexican cartels:

Fresh DOJ loss in ‘Fast and Furious’ docs fight from Politico
A federal judge has rejected Attorney General Eric Holder’s attempt to keep the courts from wading into the “Fast and Furious” documents dispute that led to him being held in contempt by the House last year.
In a ruling Monday night, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned down the Justice Department’s request to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege to prevent some records about the administration’s response to the “Operation Fast and Furious” gunrunning scandal from being turned over to Congress.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/fast-and-furious-doj-documents-97604.html#ixzz2gTGromAM

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/fast-and-furious-doj-documents-97604.html#ixzz2gTGZJqYK

Two former U.S. soldiers have been arrested and charged as part of an international conspiracy to distribute cocaine and assassinate a U.S. DEA agent. Several foreign former military members were also arrested as part of the same organization.


Mexican cartel recruitment among members of the U.S. military was detailed by Fox News in a recent article titled, “Mexican cartels hiring US soldiers as hit men.”
Mexican cartels are recruiting hit men from the U.S. military, offering big money to highly-trained soldiers to carry out contract killings and potentially share their skills with gangsters south of the border, according to law enforcement experts.
The report details the stories of several U.S. servicemen who were involved in separate incidents of murder-for-hire in the service of Mexican cartels.
“The involvement of three American soldiers in separate incidents, including a 2009 murder that led to last week’s life sentence for a former Army private, underscore a problem the U.S. military has fought hard to address,” says FOX News. Stratfor’s Fred Burton was quoted stating:
Burton said some soldiers become corrupted by gangs after joining, while others are gang members who enlist specifically for the training they can get. "There has been a persistent gang problem in the military for the past six to eight years," Burton said, adding that cartels greatly value trained soldiers from the U.S., Mexico and Guatemala as sicarios – hit men.

Conroe Police Officer Indicted for Shooting Unarmed Teen
Russell Rios was 19, attending college, and working at a bank. He was also accused of stealing two iPhone cases from a Conroe Walmart in the early evening on July 31.

Conroe Police Sgt. Jason Blackwelder wasn’t on duty. He was in plain clothes but carrying a gun. When Rios broke away from Walmart staff and ran into a wooded area beside the store, Blackwelder chased him.