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Thousands of anti-government demonstrators rallied in Tehran today to demand the release of opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi who have disappeared from public view since February 14th. Iran security forces and plain clothes police attacked demonstrators with tear gas.
Iranian news agency Fars has denied that the men have been secretly transferred to Heshmatiyeh jail in Tehran. However, the two men's websites stated that they had in fact been taken to prison. Kaleme.com, Mr. Mousavi's site said that both men were arrested and imprisoned with their wives.
I visited the website to look for evidence, and found this post, translated from Farsi: (the English is not perfect, but it is clear that the Karoubi parents are not home:
Continue reading on Examiner.com: Iran's opposition leaders transferred to Heshmatiyeh jail - National Foreign Policy | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/foreign-policy-in-national/iran-s-opposition-leaders-transferred-to-heshmatiyeh-jail#ixzz1FPbExDfZThousands of anti-government demonstrators rallied in Tehran today to demand the... more
Lindsay Lohan will go to jail if she accepts plea bargain for grand theft felony charge
http://gossipbees.com/gossip/lindsay-lohan-will-go-to-jail-if-she-accepts-plea-bargain-for-grand-theft-felony-charge/Lindsay Lohan will go to jail if she accepts plea bargain for grand theft felony... more
This is like some judicial (BS) at it's best..This should
Lindsay looked chic as she entered the courthouse today.
We have had more Lindsay Lohan court appearance outfits than episodes of Jersey Shore. If MTV would piece together the amount of footage and hearsay related to Lindsay Lohan’s court appearances, they would have a Roots-long docu-drama that would garner endless ratings because whether you love her or a hater…Lindsay Lohan is fascinating. Quite honestly, Lindsay should have taken my advice as mentioned in Crushable, when asked how she should handle her post jail comeback. But what do I know?
FROM CRUSHABLE: As for her post-prison plans, Abe advised her to keep a low profile, attend theater classes or maybe go to college like Jodie Foster. “I would love to see her do theater and strip away that facade,” Abe advised. At the very least, Lindsay should avoid going out for at least six months after jail and rehab, Abe said.
Not knowing the outcome of this newest drama, my recommendations still stand.
Read more: http://imeanwhat.com/#ixzz1EoJIcwnXLindsay looked chic as she entered the courthouse today. We have had more Lindsay... more
A West Georgia Sheriff is defending his deputy’s decision to arrest, handcuff and jail a mentally challenged student who acted up in the classroom.
Tessie Collins, 17, was booked into the Haralson County Jail on Tuesday on charges of simple battery and obstruction of a law enforcement after a school resource officer witnessed her pinch a student and a teacher at Haralson County High School.
“The officer had to do something,” Sheriff Eddie Mixon told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik. “In my opinion, it was handled with kid gloves. You got to stop it. That’s our job, it’s to stop the violence.”
Mixon said Collins was released from jail on her own recognizance several hours after her arrest.
“I’m furious,” said Tessie’s mother, Ann Collins.
Collins told Petchenik that her daughter has developmental delays that give her the mental capacity of an 8-year-old child. She said the school system is well aware of her daughter’s tendency to pinch people when they “invade her space.”
“She should be secluded by herself or a parent is called to come pick her up,” she said. “It’s just a misunderstanding. She doesn’t know what she’s doing and that should have been taken into consideration.”
Haralson County School Superintendent Brett Stanton wouldn’t discuss the particulars of the incident but told Petchenik he would be investigating what happened.
“I feel I have a responsibility to look into that concern and make sure that, from my standpoint, it’s been reviewed and examined,” said Stanton.
Stanton said there were 150 special education students at the high school. He said the district has procedures in place to deal with each one’s behavior. But, he said, if a student broke the law, it would be up to the school resource officer to handle the situation.
“Just because the student falls into that category of being special education or a student with disabilities, doesn’t mean they are given carte-blanche to break school rules or anything like that,” he said.
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/26808869/detail.html?cxntlid=cmg_cntnt_rssA West Georgia Sheriff is defending his deputy’s decision to arrest, handcuff... more
According to the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, eight nurses have been handed a jail term ranging from five months to 30 months for adopting unprofessional medical practices and swindling a health care provider of $18.7 million dollars in South Florida.According to the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, eight nurses... more
A day once existed in America when a woman like Dena Long-Christensen, 44, would have been celebrated, admired for her “can-do” spirit, and held up as a role model for others.
That day is sadly past. Now Long-Christensen—and others like her—are treated by the new America as criminals to be fined and jailed.
Dena Long-Christensen was discovered selling flowers from her home.
A struggling entrepreneur, Long-Christensen was unceremoniously trundled off to jail over a dispute with authorities who accused her of not having acquired the proper permits to start and operate her small business.
In other words, she didn’t obtain the government’s permission to have her own business—any kind of business—in the first place.
Land of the free
Long-Christensen case is just one of the latest in a long string of cases of attacks on liberty and an oppressive government that is hamstringing people and eliminating choices until a once-free society will be bound within a straitjacket of rules, regulations, laws meant to limit instead of protect, social engineering schemes and a burgeoning, mindless bureaucracy that has become so overbearing that Franz Kafka himself would be shocked.
Over the past decade outrageous episodes of innocent citizens’ encounters with authorities have filled daily newspapers. The 12-year old girl who was handcuffed because of eating a candy bar comes to mind, and so do dozens of other similar cases across the country.
Justice in America is fast vanishing replaced by civil courts that have become adept at interpreting laws in such a way to mutate them to their own advantage. Many of the legal machinations churned out by the people running such state-sponsored entities—such as the notorious “justice courts” in Utah—seem to exist mainly to confiscate, intimidate and generate as much cash as possible through fines and fees.
Real justice and common sense—if any—are side-effects.
Wild, wild injustice
“Unfortunately, the ‘wild, wild West’ is alive and well in justice courts,” Kent Hart admitted to Utah’s KSL-TV. Hart is the executive director of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He was one of the few the TV station news team could get a comment from as most were afraid of retribution or a political backlash from the authorities.
That’s how bad it’s become as the system of legal justice in the U.S. continues to slowly creep towards the type of justice meted out in the old Soviet Union.
Hart agrees that some cities and counties priorities are to generate revenue rather than concern themselves about defendants’ rights.
“Without checks and balances, we’re going to have abuses,” he told KSL-TV.
There’s something wrong with our country
Dena Long-Christensen knows all about abuses. After being tossed into jail for selling flower baskets she shared a cell with career criminals. One cellmate of hers was charged with aggravated assault.
“Instead of being further in shock, it was like, there’s something wrong with our country,” she told the TV news crew.
“Fighting the city got me put in jail,” Long-Christensen asserted. “We were doing everything we could to comply with what we were told by planning and zoning.”
The small business woman and her husband were careful to conduct their growing business according to the dictates laid out by the West Jordan Planning & Zoning board in Salt Lake City, Utah. The board is another typical, top-heavy government entity designed to inhibit the creation of businesses and then make the ones that do overcome all the bureaucratic hurdles pay a price to stay in business.
In years past it was known as graft and blackmail. Mafia thugs were prosecuted for such behavior. Now such activities have been re-named “government.”
“We were not allowed to sell anything other than what we grew, except for once a month as a garage sale or bazaar,” she said.
How did America, who’s citizens built the country through innovation, risk-taking and starting small businesses, reach the point where the government decides who can and cannot have a business and how what the current rate is for the legal bribe to be “allowed” to start a business?
The bureaucrat who testified against Long-Christensen via an affidavit—the West Jordan business license coordinator Marsha Lancaster—testified she “personally observed the defendant selling hanging baskets out of her home.”
Such government malfeasance would have precluded some giant companies today from ever having existed. Many entrepreneurs decades ago literally started in kitchens and garages—Microsoft, for one and the telecommunications giant of the 1970s and 1980s, MCI.
None needed any government’s permission. Nor did they have to pay a Mafia-style “vigorish” to fend off the bureaucratic parasites.
When asked how it can be that a couple that was only making and selling legal products from their own property call fall into the categories of criminals—and worse, a 44-year old American who committed no serious crime could be locked up with dangerous felons—Hart responded, “The judges have basically unfettered use of the jails,” Hart said. “In other words, nonviolent people are being sent to jail where there are many violent people.”
The astonished investigative reporters from KSL-TV took it upon themselves to go back and dig up all the Salt Lake County Jail records for every individual incarcerated from 2004 through 2010. What they found was deeply disturbing.
Walk a dog, go to jail
They report that although “…the vast majority of defendants who are sent to jail from municipal courts commit drug-related crimes, there are others who do go to jail for business license violations as well as other petty crimes such as jaywalking, lack of a dog license or having tinted windows.”
So the moral of the story is don’t get caught selling flowers while walking an unlicensed dog outside of a cross-walk after stepping out of your vehicle with tinted windows.
If you do, the justice system may well sentence you to life imprisonment.
http://island-adv.com/2011/02/utah-woman-jailed-for-selling-flowers-from-her-home/A day once existed in America when a woman like Dena Long-Christensen, 44, would have... more
An Ohio mom has been convicted and sent to jail for lying about her address so she could send her daughters to a better neighboring school district. School officials said she was cheating the system by having her daughters receive an education she hadn't paid the taxes for. "Those dollars need to stay home with our students," said school officials. To snare her, the school hired a private investigator, who videotaped her driving the children into the district.
They confronted her with the video tape and demanded that she pay $30,000 in back tuition. She refused and they pressed charges. She was sentenced last week to 10 days in jail, three years of probation, and additional community service.
The school district admitted they wanted to make an example of her. Presiding Judge Patricia Cosgrove said, "I felt that some punishment or deterrent was needed for other individuals who might think to defraud the various school districts."
http://consumerist.com/2011/01/mom-jailed-for-forging-address-to-send-kids-to-better-school-district.htmlAn Ohio mom has been convicted and sent to jail for lying about her address so she... more
Pianka has been sentenced to five years in prison during a hearing this week. In addition to incarceration, Pianka will be required to register as a child sex offender for the remainder of her life.
The victim was not present during the hearing; however, prosecutor Jennifer Rothschild read a written statement to the court on behalf of the teen.
“The situation has impacted my life by my family not understanding me anymore and not being involved in my life, students at school bullying me and knowing too much information, the people that I don’t even know, knowing this stuff about me (because of what’s happening). I used to cut myself, my anxiety was heightened and I blame myself.”
http://naughtyneighbors.zoeoez.com/2011/01/21/candace-pianka-salisbury-maryland-updated-with-sentencing/Pianka has been sentenced to five years in prison during a hearing this week. In... more
An HIV-positive airman and swinger party organizer David Gutierrez has been sent to jail after a military court found him guilty of a slew of charges.An HIV-positive airman and swinger party organizer David Gutierrez has been sent to... more
Canoe man freed after serving just half his sentence for insurance swindle... and he could get £20,000 benefitJohn Darwin, the man who faked his death in a canoeing accident as part of a £680,000 insurance swindle, has been freed from jail.
Link : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1348095/Canoe-man-John-Darwin-freed-serving-half-sentence.html#ixzz1BNAOERkFJohn Darwin, the man who faked his death in a canoeing accident as part of a... more
Yep it's one of the strangest headlines I've seen in a while.....
Judge rules inmate 'bitten on penis by rodent' may sue
Mr Solomon and county officials disputed whether the culprit was a rat or mouse
A New York man who says a rat bit his penis during a jail stay may sue county officials, a judge has ruled.
Peter Solomon, who said he later had to endure a course of rabies jabs, says jailers knew the ward in which they placed him was infested with rodents.
He says the jail was negligent and mistreated him because he is black.
Lawyers for Nassau County sought to have the suit dismissed. Among other arguments, its experts said they saw no evidence of serious injury.
Rodent problem disputed
In February 2007, Mr Solomon, a Vietnam veteran who says he has been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, was jailed in the Nassau County Correctional Center near New York City, pending trial on charges he had menaced his wife.
He was transferred to a medical observation unit amid worries he was mentally ill. He claims at night a rat "or similar rodent" emerged from a hole in his mattress and bit him on the penis and hand, drawing blood.
Mr Solomon, who is in his 50s, claimed the county was indifferent to his treatment and failed to protect him from the vermin, and sued for damages.
County officials said they were shielded from lawsuits because they had acted in an official capacity, they were unaware of substantial risks, and they disputed the notion that a rodent problem existed in the jail.
They also noted the wound did not require stitching and that his injuries were merely psychological.
"The parties dispute whether the rodent was a mouse or a rat, whether Solomon was bitten or scratched, and the nature and extent of his injuries," Judge Arthur Spatt wrote.
He ruled on Thursday the suit may proceed.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12187409Yep it's one of the strangest headlines I've seen in a while..... Judge... more
James Stevenson was an IT worker for Sainsburys, but is to face 20months in jail for fraud after creating fake accounts to give himself Nectar points worth £81,000 in the store.
The report states he created 18 accounts between 2003 and 04, but only started using the points in 2007 and 08.
"When Stevenson's fraud was discovered by Sainsbury's, he told them he had "discovered a loophole in the system", the court heard.
He was ordered to repay the £8,120 he stole to pay for goods."-BBCJames Stevenson was an IT worker for Sainsburys, but is to face 20months in jail for... more
A Hernando County detention sergeant hired four months ago is out of a job after he was caught hitting an inmate in the face on the jail’s security camera.A Hernando County detention sergeant hired four months ago is out of a job after he... more
A man reportedly faces five years in jail for reading his wife's email to see if she was having an affair. The man, Leon Walker, 33, had access to his wife's laptop at home and logged on to her Gmail account which led to the revelation that his wife, Clara Walker was having an affair...
http://bit.ly/iiTGu4A man reportedly faces five years in jail for reading his wife's email to see if... more
GA Prisoner Strike Continues a Second Day, Corporate Media Mostly Ignores Them, Corrections Officials Decline Comment | Black Agenda ReportOffices of the wardens at Hay's, Macon State, Telfair, and Augusta state all referred our inquiries to the Department of Corrections public affairs officer, who so far has declined to return our repeated calls.
The prisoner strike in Georgia is unique, sources among inmates and their families say, because it includes not just black prisoners, but Latinos and whites too, a departure from the usual sharp racial divisions that exist behind prison walls. Inmate families and other sources claim that when thousands of prisoners remained in their cells Thursday, authorities responded with violence and intimidation. Tactical officers rampaged through Telfair State Prison destroying inmate personal effects and severely beating at least six prisoners. Inmates in Macon State Prison say authorities cut the prisoners' hot water, and at Telfair the administration shut off heat Thursday when daytime temperatures were in the 30s. Prisoners responded by screening their cells with blankets, keeping prison authorities from performing an accurate count, a crucial aspect of prison operations.
As of Friday, inmates at several prisons say they are committed to continuing the strike. “We are going to ride it,” the inmate press release quotes one, “till the wheels fall off. We want our human rights.”
The peaceful inmate strike is being led from within the prison. Some of those thought to be its leaders have been placed under close confinement.
The nine specific demands made by Georgia's striking prisoners in two press releases pointedly reflect many of the systemic failures of the U.S. regime of mass incarceration, and the utter disconnection of U.S. prisons from any notions of protecting or serving the public interest. Prisoners are demanding, in their own words, decent living conditions, adequate medical care and nutrition, educational and self-improvement opportunities, just parole decisions, just parole decisions, an end to cruel and unusual punishments, and better access to their families.
It's a fact that Georgia prisons skimp on medical care and nutrition behind the walls, and that in Georgia's prisons recreational facilities are non-existent, and there are no educational programs available beyond GED, with the exception of a single program that trains inmates to be Baptist ministers. Inmates know that upon their release they will have no more education than they did when they went in, and will be legally excluded from Pell Grants and most kinds of educational assistance, they and their families potentially locked into a disadvantaged economic status for life.
Despite the single biggest predictor of successful reintegration into society being sustained contact with family and community, Georgia's prison
authorities make visits and family contact needlessly difficult and expensive. Georgia no longer allows families to send funds via US postal money orders to inmates. It requires families to send money through J-Pay, a private company that rakes off nearly ten percent of all transfers. Telephone conversations between Georgia prisoners and their families are also a profit centers for another prison contractor, Global Tel-Link which extracts about $55 a month for a weekly 15 minute phone call from cash-strapped families. It's hard to imagine why the state cannot operate reliable payment and phone systems for inmates and their families with public employees at lower cost, except that this would put contractors, who probably make hefty contributions to local politicians out of business.
Besides being big business, prisons are public policy. The U.S. has less than five percent of the world's population, but accounts for almost a quarter of its prisoners. African Americans are one eighth this nation's population, but make up almost half the locked down. The nation's prison population increased more than 450% in a generation beginning about 1981. It wasn't about crime rates, because those went up, and then back down. It wasn't about rates of drug use, since African Americans have the same rates of drug use as whites and Latinos. Since the 1980s, the nation has undertaken a well-documented policy of mass incarceration, focused primarily though not exclusively on African Americans. The good news is that public policies are ultimately the responsibility of the public to alter, to change or do do away with. America's policy of mass incarceration is overdue for real and sustained public scrutiny. A movement has to be built on both sides of the walls that will demand an end to the prison industry and to the American policy of mass incarceration. That movement will have to be outside the Republican and Democratic parties. Both are responsible for building this system, and both rely on it to sustain their careers. The best Democrats could do on the 100 to 1 crack to powder cocaine disparity this year, with a black president in the White House and thumping majorities in the House and Senate was to reduce it to 18 to 1, and then only by lengthening the sentences for powder cocaine. On this issue, Democrats and Republicans are part of the problem, not the solution.
As this article goes to print Saturday morning, it's not known whether the strike will continue a third day. With prison officials not talking, and corporate media ignoring prisoners not just this week but every day, outlets like Black Agenda Report and the web site upon which you're reading this are among the chief means inmates and their families have of communicating with the public. The prisoners are asking the public to continue to call the Georgia Department of Corrections, and the individual prisons listed below to express concern for the welfare of the prisoners.Offices of the wardens at Hay's, Macon State, Telfair, and Augusta state all... more
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has release this short video clip showing an inmate being transferred to the psychiatric unit. On the video, a man deputies identified as the 31-year-old Gerster walked onto a table and put his foot down on the inmate's neck, holding him down.The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has release this short video clip showing an... more
If you're facing a lengthy prison term and you're a follower of the Pagan or Wicca faiths, there's good news! Well, as good as news can be when you're facing months of playing mummy to the D Wing Posse's daddies...
Pagans and druids will soon be given the same religious rights as Christian and Muslim inmates. They'll be able to choose to take four of the eight Pagan festivals off, meaning they won't have to do any work on days like Hallowe'en and, um, the 'festival of the lactating sheep'. Oh my.
And in a move that sounds ever so slightly risky, Pagan prisoners will also be allowed to keep 'wands' or 'sticks' in their cells.
Steven Gillian, general secretary of The Prison Officers' Association, is not a happy man. He warned that some prisoners would 'simply jump on the bandwagon' to gain extra privileges and added:
"I don't know how this fits in with the 40 hours of work the justice secretary wants prisoners to do."
If you're facing a lengthy prison term and you're a follower of the Pagan... more
From infanticide, murdering husbands to robbing banks, these 10 women have become famous for all the wrong reasons.
Link : http://www.criminaljusticedegreesguide.com/features/10-most-infamous-female-criminals.htmlFrom infanticide, murdering husbands to robbing banks, these 10 women have become... more
Prison libraries range from institutions that are open every day to books-by-mail programs, but these 10 U.S. prisons are well-known for their contributions to literacy, education, and rehabilitation.
Link : http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2010/12/10-u-s-prisons-with-impressive-libraries/Prison libraries range from institutions that are open every day to books-by-mail... more