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DECATUR, Ga. — A man who claims a police officer planted drugs on him will have the charges dismissed one day before his case was set to go to trial.
But the DeKalb County Solicitor General's Office said the dismissal has nothing to do with a surveillance video Alphonzo Eleby said proves the officer set him up.
Eleby said his nightmare began in July 2012 at the Chevron gas station on North Hairston Road.
He said he stopped to speak to someone who was sitting in a black SUV when an officer said he smelled marijuana and arrested the driver on charges of marijuana possession with intent to distribute.
"I was searched twice," Eleby said. He said no drugs were found on him and he was told to sit down.
An officer stood guard over him for several minutes and Eleby said he never moved.
His attorney said surveillance video from the location shows the officer call the officer guarding Eleby over to the SUV he had been searching.
As she searches the vehicle, Zenobia Waters said the video shows the officer circle back to her client and toss marijuana next to him. She said the officer then picks the drugs up and repositions them.
Full Story: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/charges-dropped-against-man-claiming-officers-plan/nWjcZ/DECATUR, Ga. — A man who claims a police officer planted drugs on him will have... more
A confidential report released Tuesday from Florida prosecutors shows that George Zimmerman passed a lie detector test the night he shot Trayvon Martin.
The Sanford, Fla., police report shows that the test involved his claim that he did not confront the unarmed 17-year-old on Feb. 26 and that he feared for his life when he shot Trayvon.
According to the police report, Zimmerman was asked nine questions, including two related to the shooting in the gated community.
According to the report, officials conducting the test asked Zimmerman these two questions:
Tester: "Did you confront the guy you shot?" Zimmerman: "No."
Tester: "Were you in fear for your life, when you shot the guy?" Zimmerman: "Yes."
Officials determined that the neighborhood watch volunteer "told substantially the complete truth in regards to this examination," the report said.
The report was part of more audio and video recordings and police documents released by the prosecutor's office.
Full Story: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/06/george-zimmerman-passed-first-lie-detector-test-after-shooting/1A confidential report released Tuesday from Florida prosecutors shows that George... more
Man who spent 25 years behind bars for crime he didn't commit faces losing $4 million compensation to ex-wife who divorced him while he was in prisonA man who spent 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit faces losing his $4m compensation to his ex-wife.
Steven Phillips faces a court battle to keep hold of the money he was awarded for his wrongful conviction.
He was released from a life sentence for rape in 2008 after DNA proved he could not have been the attacker.
Innocent: Steven Phillips, pictured, received $4.1 million as compensation for his time in prison for a rape he did not commit. His ex-wife now wants a cut
But now his ex-wife Traci Tucker, who divorced him three years into his life sentence, has taken him to court in a bid to get a share of the $4m compensation.
She claims he owes her money that she would have been entitled to had they divorced and shared their assets.
But 51-year-old Phillips said he ex has been with another man for over 20 years and has had nothing to do with her.
His lawyer Tim McKenzie described Tucker's claim as more 'like winning the lottery 20 years after a divorce'.
'The overall issue,' McKenzie says, 'is when people come into money, everybody comes out of the walls.'
Phillips said his ex wife rarely visited him in prison and stopped coming altogether after three years.
The couple were divorced in 1991.
Lawyers said Tucker, who has a son with her ex-husband, is attempting to make legal history by going after the compensation paid to a wrongfully convicted person.
Her ex-husband, a roofer, was jailed in 1982 for a two day crime spree involving several sexual assaults.
Investigators later found the DNA matched that of Sidney Alvin Goodyear, who went out to carry a series of further attacks. Goodyear had died by the time Phillips was freed.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2074283/Steven-Phillips-Innocent-man-spent-25-years-jail-lose-4m-compensation-ex-wife.html#ixzz1yiPeh1H0A man who spent 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit faces losing his $4m... more
Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh has always claimed he was innocent of the two charges filed against him by the Lexington Police. He was able to prove his innocence on one charge. The second charge wreaked of the same corruption as the first.
After a long, expensive and drawn out fight, Kavanaugh's attorneys helped him win a verdict of not guilty on August 24 on the first charge. This case involved the daughter of the partner of the former detective who filed the case against Kavanaugh.
You might remember the second case as the infamous Lextran kidnapping attempt. Kavanaugh, out of fear for his safety, turned himself in to a news station prior to accompanying them down to the police station. The police had put out an announcement that Kavanaugh was to be considered 'armed and dangerous'.
Both detectives involved in these cases have now been demoted down to officer status.
Read the rest of the story at the link: http://www.examiner.com/courts-in-lexington/breaking-news-second-kavanaugh-case-dismissed-at-status-hearingPleas Lucian Kavanaugh has always claimed he was innocent of the two charges filed... more
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies. As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. .... read more http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43010-declaration-of-the-occupation-of-new-york-cityAs we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must... more
's-Abuse-on-Human-rights An open letter from The Mourning Mothers of Iran to the United Nations special Rapporteur regarding the investigation of the human rights in Iran's-Abuse-on-Human-rights An open letter from The Mourning Mothers of Iran to the... more
This is quite possibly the most horrific story I have ever had to write about. TMZ is reporting that Markice “Kesan” Moore is a wanted man in Georgia for beating his baby girl.
http://backseatcuddler.com/2010/01/20/mtv-markice-kesan-moore-beats-breaks-his-infant-daughters-bones-photos/This is quite possibly the most horrific story I have ever had to write about. TMZ is... more
SPRINGFIELD — A former western Massachusetts police chief who organized a gun fair was found not guilty of all charges in the 2008 death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the head with an Uzi submachine gun.
Edward Fleury cried and hugged his attorney and family Friday after he was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter and three counts of furnishing machine guns to minors in the death of Christopher Bizilj on Oct. 26, 2008. Several of Christopher’s relatives quickly left the courtroom without commenting.
The former Pelham, Mass., police chief said he regretted holding the machine gun shoot and will never do it again.
Full Story: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1309678SPRINGFIELD — A former western Massachusetts police chief who organized a gun... more
An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"
"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern."
—Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006.
An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko.
What does this map mean?
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night.
But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map below aims to refute that notion.
How to use this map
Click on each marker on the map for a description of the incident and sources. Markers are precise in cases where the address of an incident was reported. Where media reports indicate only a town or neighborhood, markers are located at the closest post office, city hall, or landmark. Incident descriptions and outcomes are kept as current as possible.
Other map features:
--Using the "plus" and "minus" buttons in the map's upper left-hand corner, users can zoom in on the map to street-level, as well as switch between street map and satellite views. In some large metropolitan areas, there are so many incidents in such close proximity that they tend to overlap unless viewed on a small scale (try zooming in on New York City, for example).
--Users may isolate the incidents by type by clicking on the colored markers in the key (see only "death of an innocent" markers, for example).
--The search function just below the map produces printable descriptions of the raids plotted on the map, and is sortable by state, year, and type of incident.
Death of an innocent.
Death or injury of a police officer.
Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect.
Other examples of paramilitary police excess.
Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
http://www.cato.org/raidmap/An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents" "If a widespread pattern of... more
I didn't forget the night when one of my relatives rang up to me to tell me the saddest news which i can ever had to hear. ''the boy is no more '' they said.
i couldn't believe what i heard ,this was the reality that shook me up.with tears in my eyes i asked with a heavy voice ''when did it happen''
'yesterday at 5 p.m when the parents went to their office after their usual quarrel at home,the boy hang himself on the fan'.
i have nothing to ask more as the burden secret of his death was opening slowly at that movement.
but again the greediness in me of knowing the boy death was forcing me to ask again question.
''than did he left a suicide note over their,
yes there was a suicide note which state as follow;
dear mom -dad i love u,i really love u
i like to see u both together ,i always wonder why i can't have a happy family like all my friend have
i am really afraid of seeing the fight between u too.
i want to have a happy life so ending my life.
u r son;
i was shocked to hear the suicide note and felt ashamed on being any relations with the boy's parents,a question that again and again arising was can't they keep their only son happy and didn't they ever imagined that their quarrel will one day take their child life.
i can only convey u all that please they are the innocent lamb who tries to manage and make the things the best possible way they can,so please take care of our future and build a happy and healthy society.it will start from u so from today take pledge to take care of our future which all of us have in our hope with a innocent smile.
I AM INNOCENT AND SMALL
DON'T LET ME FALL
DON'T KILL THE CHILD IN ME
I BEG ON MY KNEESI didn't forget the night when one of my relatives rang up to me to tell me the... more
Taylor Swift new song started with the lines, “Who you are is not what you did” and she expressed everything bad she felt during the last year disruption by Kanye. She also sang that “32 is still growing up now, you are still an innocent”.
http://www.buzztab.com/entertainment/taylor-swift-new-song-you-are-still-innocent/Taylor Swift new song started with the lines, “Who you are is not what you... more
the marriage of Macaulay Culkin and Rachel Minor is valid and in actual Macaulay Culkin’s wife is Rachel Minor. Macaulay Culkin played the role of Kevin in “Home Alone”, the comedy movie released back in 1990.
http://www.buzztab.com/entertainment/macaulay-culkin-wife-still-home-alone/the marriage of Macaulay Culkin and Rachel Minor is valid and in actual Macaulay... more
To demonstrate the effectiveness of Cold Fire, Anthony Sully set himself on fire and then Cold Fire extinguished his fire. As a product Cold Fire is an extinguisher that can be helpful in putting out fire to save human lives.
http://www.buzztab.com/entertainment/cold-fire-pitchmens-new-product/To demonstrate the effectiveness of Cold Fire, Anthony Sully set himself on fire and... more
Rape shield laws are rules of evidence intended to protect a rape victim from being discredited by her sexual history. They prevent a defendant in a rape trial from impugning the character of the victim through the "slut defense." In cases where there is clear, physical evidence to convict a rape suspect, rape shield laws work very well as a tool of justice. Where they can work against the interests of a defendant, however, is when evidence is either circumstantial or non-conclusive.
Maine's Rape Shield Law was improperly applied in the case of a homeless man convicted of a sexual assault in which no credible physical evidence was introduced. The most damning piece of evidence in the trial was a jacket found in Drewry's belongings 2 days before the issuance of a search warrant and identified by the victim as hers 13 months after the assault but differing widely from her original description.
I met Brandon Drewry in the Protective Custody Unit at Maine State Prison in the winter of 2008 and became so intrigued by his case that I spent 1 ½ years studying volumes of material, eventually writing a 200-pg manuscript that is now in the hands of the Innocence Project.
Drewry, a homeless man who had lived in a shelter for 3 days in Bayside – Portland, ME's answer to the Bowery, was arrested for gross sexual assault on a married woman with 2 children. The victim called police on the morning of August 30, 2004, and said she met a stranger around midnight and went on a walk with him to smoke marijuana. While the 911 transcript clearly claims rape, she later told police and testified that she was dragged down an alley with tall weeds and broken glass, choked, punched, forced to have oral sex for approximately 15 seconds and was digitally penetrated but not vaginally raped. In 2006, after 28 months in county jail, Drewry was convicted and sentenced to 30 years.
DNA was recovered from semen samples (possibly 2) taken from the victim - no match to Drewry, her husband or another individual with whom she was known to be having sex. The trial court, while allowing testimony that the semen was not a match for Drewry, refused to permit that it did not match the other 2 men. Their reason was that since there was no allegation of vaginal rape, its source was irrelevant. By allowing this "irrelevant" vaginal DNA evidence in the first place, however, the court introduced the character issue but left unresolved its possible link to other assailants.
Drewry suffers from PTSD and a social disorder. On the first day of his 4-day trial he suffered a heavy nose bleed in front of the jury. His attorneys asked the judge, on the record in chambers, that he be removed from the courtroom as a biohazard. In the sentencing hearing, the prosecutor derided him as a person with a GED high school diploma and "…having no redeeming qualities."
This case is a chronicle of suburban ethos, evidence tampering by the Portland Police Dept and elitism among Maine's judicial brotherhood. The Innocence Project currently is considering accepting Drewry's case for federal appeal. We can only hope.
Read more: http://www.articlesbase.com/criminal-articles/maines-rape-sieve-law-2771945.html#ixzz0x9Yb5Z1E
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Recently I was contacted by a person who had read my articles on the kangaroo courts in Lexington, Kentucky. This person commented that Ray Larson's website proudly displays information on plea bargains and convictions but mentions nothing about those found not guilty. Solution: a Not Guilty website. I loved the idea so I immediately registered http://www.thenotguiltysite.com.
The Not Guilty Site will celebrate those who have been falsely accused of a crime and beat the odds by winning their innocence. Many people who are falsely accused of a crime must plea bargain a lighter sentence due to the extreme cost of going to court. In addition, there is always the danger of losing in court, even if the person is innocent. The rules for the prosecution to present evidence are more lenient than the rules allowing you to defend yourself. Worst of all, most prosecuting teams will fight to exclude any evidence that would point to your innocence. Sadly, prosecutors are in it for a win and not to find the truth if that would mean losing the case and exposing the city to prosecution.
Article continued at the link above:Recently I was contacted by a person who had read my articles on the kangaroo courts... more
(CNN) -- A Texas state board is set Friday to revisit questions surrounding a controversial 2004 execution, with supporters of the man's family warning the panel is trying to bury its own critical review of the case.
Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004 for a fire that killed his three daughters. Prosecutors argued that Willingham deliberately set the 1991 blaze -- but three reviews of the evidence by outside experts have found the fire should not have been ruled arson.
The last of those reports was ordered by the Texas Forensic Sciences Commission, which has been looking into Willingham's execution since 2008. But a September 2009 shake-up by Texas Gov. Rick Perry has kept that panel from reviewing the report, and the commission's new chairman has ordered a review of its operating rules. Critics say that may kill the probe.
"They are attempting permanently to keep the investigation from continuing and moving on, and I do believe it's because they don't like the direction the evidence is leading," Willingham's cousin, Pat Cox, said Thursday.
The Forensic Science Commission's chairman is now John Bradley, an Austin-area district attorney with a reputation as a staunch supporter of the death penalty. Bradley has pledged to state lawmakers that the Willingham investigation "absolutely" will continue -- but said the panel needs better rules to guide its work, and could not say when the Willingham issue would move forward.
Thursday, he told CNN that concerns of Willingham's supporters were based on "a lot of misinformation."
"I think that's being used very much as a side issue to politicize, through some New York lawyers, the work of the commission," Bradley said. "The commission has been very clear that the commission is going to address the merits of the Willingham case."
The panel meets again Friday in Houston, and one of the items on its agenda is a legal opinion arguing that the panel has "relatively narrow investigative jurisdiction." The unsigned memorandum argues that the commission's mandate covers only cases on which a state-accredited forensic laboratory worked.
But because Texas started accrediting crime labs in 2003, Cox and others who have backed the family say that would mean cases such as Willingham's and that of another inmate, Ernest Willis, would be dropped. State Sen. Rodney Ellis, who pushed for the commission's creation, calls the opinion flawed.
The Forensic Sciences Commission "was operating within the language and intent of the law when it determined that it had jurisdiction to investigate the case the first time in August 2008," Ellis said in a written statement to CNN. "Frankly, I am surprised that the commission is even questioning whether or not it has jurisdiction, since it unanimously decided -- with the attorney general's representative in the room -- to review the cases over two years ago."
Ellis, a Houston Democrat, serves as the chairman of the board of The Innocence Project -- the "New York lawyers" that have supported efforts by Willingham's stepmother and cousins to clear his name. The group advocates for prisoners it says are wrongly convicted, and Ellis said the commission's work "is too important to be bogged down in political bickering."
"Texans need the FSC to perform its work in a timely manner, so the public can once again have confidence in forensic evidence and confidence that the truly guilty are behind bars and the innocent are free," he said.
But Bradley said the commission has never decided to apply the logic of the legal opinion to the case on Friday's agenda.
Bradley was named the panel's chairman two days before the Forensic Sciences Commission was to hear from Craig Beyler, a Maryland-based fire science expert. Beyler concluded the arson finding at the heart of the Willingham case "could not be sustained," either by current standards or those in place at the time.
The Innocence Project requested the investigation after a report it commissioned reached the same conclusion. Death-penalty opponents say an impartial review of Willingham's case could lead to the unprecedented admission that the state executed an innocent man.
Perry, who signed off on Willingham's execution, is up for re-election in November, and his critics have accused him of trying to short-circuit that review. Perry has said he remains confident of the condemned man's guilt, and police in the town of Corsicana, where the fire occurred, say other evidence beyond the arson testimony Beyler criticized supports the prosecution.
Cox, a retired nurse in Ardmore, Oklahoma, told CNN that spiking the commission's investigation would be a "blatant miscarriage of justice."
"The reasonable people of this country and the state of Texas can see through what this is," she said.(CNN) -- A Texas state board is set Friday to revisit questions surrounding a... more
In this episode of Vanguard, correspondent Kaj Larsen investigates the alarming rise in the number of soldiers who have been traumatized by war and are now accused of bringing the violence home. Of the more than 2 million men and women who have served in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as many as a third of them may now have post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. A growing number of these vets are being charged with violent crimes, and Kaj travels to prisons and mental health facilities in Arizona, Colorado and Oregon to hear their stories.
"Vanguard" is a no-limits documentary series whose award-winning correspondents put themselves in extraordinary situations to immerse viewers in global issues that have a large social significance. Unlike sound-bite driven reporting, the show's correspondents, Adam Yamaguchi, Kaj Larsen, Christof Putzel and Mariana van Zeller, serve as trusted guides who take viewers on in-depth real life adventures in pursuit of some of the world's most important stories.
For more, go to http://current.com/vanguard.In this episode of Vanguard, correspondent Kaj Larsen investigates the alarming rise... more
Hmmm. Another Black Guy. Innocent. Didn't do it. TWENTY NINE YEARS. Forget about pizza, how about love ? Sex ? Family ? Conversation ? Barbecues ? Birthdays ? Christmases ? Sitting on his couch having a beer ? Friends ?
We stole his life. We, Americans, have stolen ANOTHER life.
We will go down in history as a horrid Nation. Just look at what we did to the Indians, Japanese, Blacks, and now Hispanic.
If I was walking down the street and some random black person were to just shove a sword clear through my chest, I would understand completely. I would hope he'd understand we aren't all Klansmen and that I wish him the best but how would he ever know that from our feeble gestures of justice ?
Have we no shame ?Hmmm. Another Black Guy. Innocent. Didn't do it. TWENTY NINE YEARS. Forget... more
Southern Indiana mom accused of hosting sex parties for teens and participating- WAVE 3 - Louisville, KYJEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A 38-year-old mother is in jail after allegedly holding and taking part in sex parties for teenagers. It is a case that officials in southern Indiana call "sickening."
Prosecutors in Clark County, IN say Mary Dennis took advantage of the classmates of her own children. Dennis is accused of providing alcohol for the kids and then allegedly having sex with at least seven minors, including oral sex with a 15-year-old.
According to prosecutors, they found out after the teens, who attend Silver Creek High School, started talking about Dennis and her parties. They say the news got around and Dennis was reported to Child Protective Services.
Dennis' own 13-year-old daughter told police she walked by her mother's bedroom at one point, and saw her having sex with a boy while two others watched. A 17-year-old boy told police he had a two-month relationship with Dennis. Prosecutors say Dennis admitted having oral sex with two different teens and said it was because she was going through a "crazy time in her life" and a rough divorce.
"I've been a prosecutor for over a decade now and, unfortunately, I still get amazed by some of the things that I see some people do," said Jeremy Mull, Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor. "And this is one of those cases where it's just really hard to believe what she was doing."
Mull says parents have so much to worry about with their children that one of the last things they should not have to worry about is their child going over to the home of a classmate and being victimized by the classmate's parent.
The legal age of consent in Indiana is 16, but Dennis still faces two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor in the case of the 15-year-old and charges of neglect of a dependent.
Even though Dennis is cooperating with authorities and allegedly admitted to the crimes, Paige Gabhart, her attorney, told us his client is innocent until proven guilty.
Dennis is being held in the Clark County Jail on $50,000 bond. She currently has a trial date set for September.JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A 38-year-old mother is in jail after allegedly holding... more