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While looking for a bank robbery suspect, Aurora P.D. illegally detain over 40 innocent civilians and point a shotgun at a child.
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Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh and his attorneys, Arnold & Miller, have filed a civil suit in United States District Court Eastern District of Kentucky against the Lexington Police and the Lexington Urban County Government.
The lawsuit names Ronnie J. Bastin, former Detective Elizabeth Adams, Mayor Jim Gray, and any other officer or agent of the city who permitted, condoned, assisted in, or otherwise participated in the abuse and violation of Kavanaugh's civil rights.
Kavanaugh is asking for compensatory damages, punitive damages, court costs, attorney's fees and any other relief he may be etitled to. Kavanaugh is also asking for a trial by jury.
Pleas Kavanaugh has been dealing with false arrests at the hands of a few officers since 2004. I detailed two of his most recent arrests and court cases here Examiner.com. Links to those stories can be found below this article.
Kavanaugh has provided me with a copy of the court case:
Continue reading on Examiner.com Kavanaugh files civil suit against Lexington Police and LFUCG. - Lexington courts | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/courts-in-lexington/kavanaugh-files-civil-suit-against-lexington-police-and-lfucg#ixzz1qGPqtEPgPleas Lucian Kavanaugh and his attorneys, Arnold & Miller, have filed a civil suit... more
The American Bar Association has announced a study released Wednesday recommending that Kentucky suspend executions due to serious flaws in the legal system. Those flaws include low pay for public defenders, a lack of protections against executing the mentally ill, no rule to preserve evidence for future appeals, confusion amongst the jurors, prosecutorial misconduct and poor police work, especially involving false identifications and false confessions. A recent local case is a perfect example of this flawed and corrupt system.
Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh was charged with two crimes in a short period of time two years ago. Both cases were recently dismissed.
The first case involved the daughter of Detective William Persley, the partner of Detective Elizabeth Adams. Detective Adams had lost several cases in the past where she had charged Kavanaugh with a crime. Kavanaugh was found innocent of these charges after a trial determined many inconsistencies in the testimonies of Persley, Persley's daughter and former Detective Adams. Detective Adams was demoted to officer position after it was determined that she handled this and other cases questionably. Specifically, her procedure for witness identifications in some cases was flawed. It could be argued these flaws were done by choice.
One of the recommendations by the ABA was that videotaping should take place the entire time someone is questioned, not just part of the time. In the Kavanaugh case, Adams claims that the recorder just didn't work this time. The file seemed to be there but she can't get it to play. The defense asked for this file or access to the computer or to talk to the computer tech at the police department. All of these requests were ignored.
The second case was the infamous bus stop kidnapping that made all of the local news. Kavanaugh was announced on all of the local stations as the suspect. The police claimed that he was to be considered armed and dangerous. Kavanaugh turned himself in at a news station and then to the police station to ensure his safety.
After two years, Kavanuagh's defense team was put in contact with the witness or victim in this case. A short interview with her revealed why the prosecution did not want the defense to speak with her. She reveals more improper police work by Detectives Adams and Persley.
Adams, once again, decided in advance that she would pin this crime on Kavanaugh. Immediately while the victim is filing the report Adams tells her that she knows that Kavanaugh is the man they should be looking for. In order to make sure Kavanaugh is arrested she manipulated the eyewitness identification by first showing a drawing of Kavanaugh to her. She then returned with a group of pictures, one of them being Kavanaugh, and asks the victim to pick the assailant. Of course, she picks the one that looks like the drawing she had recently been shown. This was all done at the house of the victim rather than on videotape at the police station.
Days after this interview the prosecutor, Bobby Gullette, surprises everyone just weeks before the trial by dismissing the case at a status hearing with no explanation. No explanation was necessary. Should the case have been allowed to continue, Kavanaugh would surely have beat the charges and claimed his innocence. This would have also allowed the disciplinary file on Detective Persley to become public. Detective Adams' file had already came out in the previous case. Persley's is rumored to be even more damaging.
These two disciplinary files with two recent false arrests, previous false arrests and a witness testimony with damning information combine to set the stage for a costly civil case against the city.
Kavanaugh realized a few days ago that this case was dismissed 'without prejudice'.
Read the rest of the story at the link: http://www.examiner.com/courts-in-lexington/kentucky-justice-with-or-without-prejudice
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A recent interview with the victim of the attempted bus depot attack 2 years ago proves that Lexington detectives decided to 'pin' the attack on Kavanaugh from the very start. The interview was leaked to LexiLeaks and then passed on to me.
Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh has been dealing with false arrests for over ten years. Detective Elizabeth Adams was involved in Kavanaugh's early arrests a decade ago. Adams does not hide her contempt for Kavanaugh after her loss in those cases.
More recently, Kavanaugh was chosen by Adams' partner's daughter, Morgan Persley, as her attacker on October 24, 2009. Detective Adams and Detective Persley have both been demoted to officer after behavior in Persley's daughter's case and other cases showed lack of integrity. Kavanaugh was found not guilty at trial in the Persley case.
The bus depot incident happened just five weeks after the Persley incident. However, the victim in this case has been ignored by the prosecution and hidden from the defense for almost two years. Just prior to the upcoming trial in this case the defense was allowed to interview the victim, Laura Baker. Not long after this interview, the prosecution suddenly, after two years, dismissed the case at a status hearing. An investigation into this interview shows clearly why this case was dismissed.
I have taken the interview and divided it into sections to emphasize each piece of evidence proving that Adams decided to pin this on Kavanaugh from the start and did everything she could, regardless of the evidence, to try to convict Kavanaugh of a crime she knew he did not commit.
In order to show that this interview has not been edited in such a way to change the meaning you may listen to the full un-edited interview here. If you would like to listen to the edited version from beginning to end prior to reading you can listen here.
Continue reading on Examiner.com Leaked witness interview proves Lexington detectives set up Kavanaugh. - Lexington courts | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/courts-in-lexington/leaked-witness-interview-proves-lexington-detectives-set-up-kavanaugh#ixzz1fDqHDk1ZA recent interview with the victim of the attempted bus depot attack 2 years ago... more
Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh has been dealing with false arrests, violations of his rights, defamation of character and harassment from certain Lexington Police officers for a decade now. Most recently I chronicled the cases of the attempted bus stop kidnapping and the alledged assault on one of these officers daughters. Both cases were dismissed or dropped due to illegal tactics by the officers influencing witnesses during the photo lineup.
These officers have a history with Kavanaugh after he won cases in the past against them. Detective Elizabeth Adams and Detective William Persley have since been demoted to officer position after behavior in this and other cases showed lack of integrity.
Kavanaugh contacted attorney Johnathan Weatherby after his most recent encounters with these two officers which resulted in dismissals. Kavanaugh and Weatherby detail the information and ask to confidentially settle this case in a letter to Mayor Jim Gray dated October 26, 2011.
Here is that letter:
October 26, 2011
Address withheld for privacy
Lexington, Kentucky 40503
Honorable Jim Gray, Mayor
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
200 East Main Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
Re: Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh
Dear Mayor Gray:
I have been authorized by Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh to negotiate a confidential resolution to his potential claims against Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. Mr. Kavanaugh is an African-American male who has been harassed by the Lexington Police Department for years. Specifically, and most recently, Mr. Kavanaugh has been subjected to a systematic and coordinated effort by the Lexington Police Department to wrongly convict him of crimes that would have caused him to serve up to twenty-five years in prison. This conspiracy, conducted primarily by former Detective Elizabeth Adams, among others, includes documented instances of perjury, witness tampering and evidence tampering. All of which were committed with the obvious goal of framing Mr. Kavanaugh and sending him to prison.
Former Detective Adams and her like-minded colleagues, through the use of the above-referenced illegal tactics, caused two different charges to be brought against Mr. Kavanaugh in 2010. One of these charges has been voluntarily dismissed and the other resulted in an acquittal after Judge Scorsone ruled that the witness identification could not be used at trial because the manner in which it was obtained was unduly suggestive. Prior to the voluntary dismissal in the other case, Special Prosecutor Robert Gullette approached Mr. Kavanaugh’s counsel and offered to dismiss the case in exchange for a stipulation that probable cause existed for Mr. Kavanaugh’s arrest. This offer could only have been made because Gullette became aware of the extreme and illegal police misconduct used to illegally arrest Mr. Kavanaugh.
Mr. Kavanaugh has obtained recordings of witness interviews, grand jury testimony and trial testimony that support the allegations made herein. This voluminous evidence documents perjury on the part of former Detective Adams in grand jury proceedings as well as in a preliminary hearing before Judge Scorsone. Additionally, Mr. Kavanaugh has made contact with at least two police officers who will testify under subpoena regarding the gross misconduct of former Detective Adams among others.
Mr. Kavanaugh knows that you have sought to address some of the issues within the Lexington Police Department and he is aware that I have a friendly professional relationship with you. He therefore has requested that I approach you in order to resolve this issue confidentially and without the necessity of filing suit. Mr. Kavanaugh spent two months in jail for offenses that he did not commit and for charges that were brought against him in bad faith and as a result of the illegal tactics employed former Detective Adams and her like-minded colleagues. Mr. Kavanaugh was forced to surrender to the police while news cameras were rolling. Local news reporters told the public that Mr. Kavanaugh had been twice convicted of sexual assault based upon information provided to them by former Detective Adams who was without question aware of the falsity of this information when she provided it.
Upon information and belief, former Detective Adams is no longer a detective because of other similar misconduct that came to light causing her demotion as well as that of her partner, former Detective William Persely. It would be an understatement to say that the employment files of these two former detectives will not be helpful to you in this matter should it result in litigation. Mr. Kavanaugh and others have been denied copies of these employment files after numerous requests. Litigation in this matter will make these files public record.
Mr. Kavanaugh is prepared to file a federal civil action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 to recover actual and punitive damages. I think you will find that similar cases have produced jury verdicts in excess of Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00). The evidence to support these claims is clear and devastating. It is also quite clear that additional supporting evidence would be revealed after sufficient discovery.
Mr. Kavanaugh would like to put his issues with the Lexington Police Department behind him and also seeks to leave this area largely because of the lies that were spread about him in the news media as a result of the misinformation provided to them described above. The damage to his reputation and his psyche cannot be overstated. Mr. Kavanaugh would agree to a full and confidential Release, Confidentiality Agreement and Covenant Not to Sue in exchange for the sum of $250,000.00. If you would like to speak to Mr. Kavanaugh or to review the evidence that he has collected, please call me and I will facilitate a meeting. Mr. Kavanaugh has also been approached by members of the news media who seek to publicize his story. He plans to take no action for two (2) weeks in order to give you an opportunity to respond to this correspondence.
Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding this matter at xxxxxxxxxxx. I look forward to hearing from you.
Jonathan Weatherby, Esq.
The history of Mr. Kavanaugh's cases is detailed in the articles in the suggested links below.
If the demotion and subsequent denial of the employment files of these officers is any indication of the case the city plans to fight, our tax dollars would be better served with this settlement offer.
Kavanaugh and his attorney will now officially file a complaint and Rico case detailing the harassment he has endured. I will continue to update this case as new information comes out.
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A Lexington, Kentucky judge has placed a man in jail without bond for blogging about his current and most recent court case. Prosecutor, Bobby Gullette, from neighboring Nicholasville, spotted Lucian's blog and immediately filed for a hearing asking that Kavanaugh be detained and punished for expressing his right to freedom of speech. At issue, in addition, was a warrant for Lucian's arrest that was carefully arranged through creative scheduling and re-scheduling by Gullette.
Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh was falsely accused and acquitted of a crime in Lexington, Kentucky. Kavanaugh then filed a civil case against the city of Lexington. From that time Lucian has been keeping a careful watch and low profile due to constant harassment from the police department.
The most recent case is an obvious case of false arrest. The victim described a "6'4", light-skinned black dude with gold teeth, green eyes and hair". Lucian is about 5'10", medium tone skin, maintained natural teeth, brown eyes and bald. The officer who identified Lucian from this description was involved in previous cases regarding Lucian; and lost. She is currently being reprimanded for improper police work.
Here is the Motion to Revoke Bond from Prosecutor Gullette:
It is clear by reading the motion that Gullette wishes to punish Kavanaugh for expressing his opinions about his re-occurring harassment by means of his blog and internet news sources such as Examiner.com.
Please read the First Amendment and subsequent Supreme Court decisions so you may understand why this is a dangerous precedent being set by Lexington Judge Ernesto Scorsone and Prosecutor Gullette.
CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF; OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OR OF THE PRESS; OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE, AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.
The Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on December 15, 1791
“Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime . . . .” — Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, dissenting Ginzberg v. United States, 383 U.S. 463 (1966)
“The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.” — Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)
“First Amendment freedoms are most in danger when the government seeks to control thought or to justify its laws for that impermissible end. The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought.”—Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Ashcroft V. Free Speech Coalition
“Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856–1941), Whitney v. California, 274 U. S. 357 (1927)
Lucian is being held without bond until February 23d, his court date, primarily for expressing his beliefs about his current and past encounters with the justice system online. Freedom of Speech extends to the internet equally the Supreme Court has ruled.
In a 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court extended the full protection of the First Amendment to the Internet in Reno v. ACLU, a decision which struck down portions of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, a law intended to outlaw so-called "indecent" online communication (that is, non-obscene material protected by the First Amendment). The court's decision extended the same Constitutional protections given to books, magazines, films, and spoken expression to materials published on the Internet. Congress tried a second time to regulate the content of the Internet with the Child Online Protection Act (COPA). The Court again ruled that any limitations on the internet were unconstitutional in American Civil Liberties Union v. Ashcroft (2002).
Kavanaugh's incarceration will cost the taxpayers about $60 per day or a total of $5640. In today's financial climate it is not only unnecessary but fiscally irresponsible to incarcerate those that pose no threat to society and are not a flight risk. Lucian's appearance November 19th at 1:00 PM for this hearing shows he had no intent to flee, evade or miss his court dates.
With this in mind it can only be concluded that Prosecutor Gullette's intent is not to ensure that Kavanaugh appears by revoking the bond and incarcerating him until his court date. Rather, it seems, Lucian is being punished for expressing his Freedom of Speech and publishing his story in his blog, Facebook and on various newsites. This effectively makes the First Amendment merely a piece of paper containing ideals that may or may not be followed by our current justice system.
The jail's website has Lucian listed without a release date. In order to view the inmate you must register, enter your name and e-mail address before you are allowed access. Then go to the Public Records link and click on the Current Population drop-down tab. Next, enter Kavanaugh in the search engine.
I assume this technology could be used to track visitors to inmates accused of crimes and then perform intel on their friends (associates). I assume this because I visited Lucian's page twice yesterday and attempted to perform a screenshot for my story. I have now been locked out of the inmate page on the site. This may be temporary but it sure caught my attention.
Lucian needs your help. America needs your help. Justice needs your help. We cannot sit idly by while our freedoms and rights are continually trampled on by a government gone astray.
Don't think this can't happen to you? It happened to me, Debbie Wardlaw, Glenn Doneghy and Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh to name just a few.
Please make your voice heard. I have contacted Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rainbow Coalition and the NAACP. I will continue to contact civil rights organizations and legal representatives until justice is served.
Will you do your part and contact these organizations and others and let them know that the First Amendment must not be violated?
Freedom of Speech is essential in a free country and punishing the accused for voicing their case is a gross violation of this right.
“Almost all human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” — Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World
Don't take your freedom for granted. We must stand up for our rights even when we are not directly involved. Make a call or write a letter and demand that Lucian be set free until he can prove his innocence in a courtroom.
Lexington City Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
Judge Ernesto Scorsone: 859-246-2531 or write
Robert F. Stephens Circuit Courthouse
120 North Limestone
Lexington, KY 40507
Rev. Al Sharpton: email: email@example.com (on subject put: Attention Reverend Al Sharpton.)
Phone # 212-690-3070
Write a letter:
National Action Network
106 W. 145th St.,
Harlem, New York 10039
Rev. Jesse Jackson: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rainbow PUSH National Headquarters
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I have been following the false arrests of Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh for some time now. I recently re-posted Lucian's blog detailing the shenanigans that he has dealt with in his most recent attempt at freedom. This has led to some interesting new developments.
The police officer that accused Lucian has been reprimanded. Detective Elizabeth Adams was charged with unsatisfactory performance and violation of DOP Gen. Order 73-2H Operational rule 1.11. Her punishment is 40 hours suspension without pay and an employee development program to be completed within 6 months. I don't know about you but that leads me to question the reliability of her testimony and decision to single out Mr. Kavanaugh.
Bobby Gullette just filed a motion to put Lucian in jail until trial (February 23) because of what he wrote in his blog and I re-posted. He even submitted a photocopy of his blog into the record. Lucian has court today, November 19, at 1pm to decide what Scorsone is going to do. Lucian has the right to air his case and/or write about it on the internet. Gullette's attempt to punish him for this should be considered a First Amendment violation.
What follows is a letter from Mr. Kavanaugh to the judge in this case, Ernesto Scorsone:
Wednesday, November 17, 2010A Letter to the Judge
While bias is understood to be an intrinsically human characteristic, that urge to presume on the basis of often erroneous information such as criminal history and passing innuendo, one can only hope that Lady Justice’s eyes remain shrouded as they should and implore that the prosecution and the defense be regarded equally so that no quarter be provided Mr. Gullette which isn’t summarily endowed upon myself as well. It seems a most humble and reasonable request; a mere reiteration of the most fundamental inherence of any worthwhile legal system.
Which isn’t to suggest that one good foul deserves another or any such twist of illogic, but only that in the totality of this specific circumstance, it is difficult to fathom how one could arrive at the conclusion that my incarceration is the proper remedy for an isolated incident of inconvenient scheduling by arbiters.
Furthermore, if the respective sides are to be held to an even remotely comparable standard, then it is noteworthy that Mr. Gullette has failed to appear at multiple appointments during the course of the last year without so much as a verbal reprimand or even an apology.
This most recent mishap, for which I am currently held responsible, is more accurately, a hybrid of both the prosecutor’s failure to appear on November 4th and a rather perplexing failure to acknowledge my lack of availability on November 8th.
If the court will pardon the insistence, I deliberately submitted that I would be out of town in order to avoid the very dilemma in which I presently find myself. That the point has gone unnoticed and that I came to be regarded as the primary culprit of this mishap contradicts even the most unrefined conception of fairness and alludes to a major point of concern in my mind—
It has been the experience that my extensive involvement with the Lexington Police Department has served to disrepute me among certain members of the local establishment.
Read the rest of the article at the following link: http://www.examiner.com/courts-in-lexington/open-letter-to-lexington-judge-ernesto-scorsoneI have been following the false arrests of Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh for some time now. I... more
Oh the games the courtrooms play.
In my article, Please ponder this plea from Pleas, I offered you the first tale from Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh. Lucian details the continual history of his encounters with false arrests stemming from a failed attempt to convict him on an original charge. This is a tale I personally know too well. Unfortunately, the continuing story also details courtroom tricks and harassment techniques that I have also personally experienced and documented others experiences.
Lucian has given me permission to re-post his most recent blog detailing his current situation with the Central Kentucky legal system. Here is Lucian's current struggle:
There must be something in the water at the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government.
I had a court appearance last Thursday. This time before presiding Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone regarding the instance where I was that 6'4" light-skinned black dude with gold teeth, green eyes and hair who tried to kidnap some pregnant chick in the middle of the Downtown Lexington Transit Center in broad daylight, but managed to avoid every single one of the sixteen cameras comprising their multimillion dollar, state of the art security system.
You heard me...Somebody remind me to add shapeshifting ninja to my resume. Here's a refresher for you amnesiacs. (Attached video)
So I'm standing in front of Scorsone with my two public defenders, Chris Tracy and Chad Butcher.
My previous attorney, David Zorin and I parted ways for reasons we most certainly won't agree upon. He thinks we parted ways because I couldn't afford his tab. And I think we parted ways because I was better off with the public defenders.
Incidentally, I got drunk with him a couple of weeks ago and he expressed some interest in pursuing another civil suit against the City of Lexington for ruining my life the last five years. I indulged the conversation because he's good company - plus, he was buying the drinks, so what the hell - but I'm pretty sure I'm better off seeking competent representation elsewhere.
Anyway, we're standing before the judge; me and my two guys, but the specially assigned prosecutor from Nicholasville, Robert Gullete Jr., otherwise known as plain old Bobby Gullette, is nowhere to be found, which isn't, actually, unusual. I used to think it bizarre that he could just elect not to appear like he was skipping first period, but have since come to expect his absences because he's only attended maybe two appointments since I got charged with this nonsense last December and it's starting to get under my skin because every time he doesn't show, Scorsone just shrugs and schedules another appointment for me as if I have nothing better to do with my time than brighten the courtroom with my pretty face.
Where in the hell did my speedy trial run off to?
Follow the rest of the story at: http://www.examiner.com/courts-in-lexington/another-close-encounter-of-the-judicial-kind-by-pleas-lucian-kavanaughOh the games the courtrooms play.
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Ironically I had changed my company name in ads to American Dream Talent Mangagement when I crossed criminal elements in the police force. So, you could say my American Dream was destroyed.
VI: An American Dream Destroyed
In 1986 I was twenty-one years old, a college student, with a part-time job at Zondervan Family Bookstore in the Fayette Mall in Lexington, Kentucky. On 05-22-86 there was an article in the Lexington Herald-Leader written by Don Edwards about Musical Messengers and its owner, Lynn Richardson. Shortly after reading the article I started to supplement my income at the Family Bookstore by doing singing telegrams for Musical Messengers. I was the kissing bandit.
In January 1989 Lynn Richardson offered to sell Musical Messengers to me and my girlfriend, Denise Pate. Denise and I started to make payments to Lynn and in l991 she handed over the costumes, client list and routine descriptions and moved to Florida.
On 08-14-91 Articles of Incorporation were filed for Playful Entertainment Network, Inc. and on 02-17-92 the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Business Monday announced the opening of its office at 3101 Richmond Road, Suite 313 and noted that Playful Entertainment, like its predecessor, Musical Messengers, offered a number of services: bartenders, clowns,. dancers, magicians, costume characters, singing telegrams, dance-o-grams, and strip-o-grams, as well as party planning for birthday and bachelor parties, etc. On 02-21-92 Senator Mitch McConnell sent a letter congratulating me on the opening of this business.
We were a legitimate business and we never at any time offered to anyone or provided to anyone any illegal service. From the very beginning I was determined that the public would know that we did not provide call-girl or call-boy services. In fact, because we wanted to ensure the legality of all of our offered services, my attorney Gary Matthews completed and on 10-02-91 had delivered to me a report on the legalities of the strip-o-gram part of the business, specifically, on the rules governing strip-o-grams in public places.
Playful Entertainment and its successor company Dream Team Management flourished and within a few years our clients included: Anita Madden, Joe Namath, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith, Rex Chapman, Bill Curry, Special Olympics of KY., Somerset School System, Estil County School System, Lexington Public Schools, Fayette County Sheriff's Dept., Lexington Police, Fraternal Order of Police, DEA, White Hall State Shrine, Spindletop Hall, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington Parks and Recreation, Maury Povich, Jenny Jones, HBO, Ricki Lake, Toyota Manufacturing, St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Church, Kentucky Utilities, Immanuel Baptist, Central Baptist Hospital, Brand Consulting, Geddes Pools and Fencing, Webb Brothers, Tom Gentry, Payson Stud, and Calumet Farms.
In 1993, however, evil reared its ugly head. Christopher Hignite and his company collided with corrupt officers of the law. In May of that year and again in January of 1994, Detective George Doyle of the Lexington Police Vice Squad suggested to Christopher Hignite that people who offer to provide strippers for money were perceived or known to be people who provide prostitutes. When Hignite told Doyle that he was not one of those people, that he ran and would continue to run a legal business, Doyle questioned his wisdom. On the one hand, if he continued to operate legally, the police would pursue him as if he were operating illegally. On the other hand, if he would begin to provide the services of prostitutes and pay Doyle and his associates protection money, he and they would flourish indefinitely. Hignite refused to play Doyle’s game. [Today, Doyle and his partners are, as I understand it, the owners of Lexington limousine service, Gold Shield Limousines.]
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A colleague of mine on another news site, Alicia Bryner, found these stats regarding police corruption and prostitution. From the Alternet article by Melissa Gira Grant titled " Hypocritical legal crusade against Craigslist will not solve violence against sex trafficking victims.
People involved in the sex trade still face discrimination, harassment and violence from the people charged with helping them. A 2009 study of Chicago girls in the sex trade, conducted by the Young Women’s Empowerment Project, paints a stark picture of what keeps girls isolated and vulnerable. Even when girls sought out the support they needed – from drug treatment and foster care programs to hospitals and the police – they were denied help because of their involvement in the sex trade. Girls describe hospitals discriminating against them and not providing full care, being physically and sexually assaulted by foster parents, and being accused of lying by the police when they seek help after being raped. In fact, girls’ reports of abuse by police outnumbered the stories of other forms of institutional violence that girls encountered by far.
More at the link:
http://www.examiner.com/courts-in-lexington/update-human-trafficking-made-worse-by-corrupt-police-officersA colleague of mine on another news site, Alicia Bryner, found these stats regarding... more
How do you get a murder investigated when the most likely suspects are police officers? I don't know, you tell me. I tried an experiment after ten years of trying to get officers investigated for the murder of a prostitute. I decided to run for city council and use the opportunities that brings to bring attention to this unsolved murder. The day after receiving this letter Lexington Mayor, Jim Newberry, explained why the officers involved had never been investigated. His answer, "Some people live their lives and nobody really notices them. Their lives...don't matter much. Police officer's lives....they matter." I will be attaching a video of Mr. Newberry with a recording of his answer to me.
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Lexington, Ky city council : 200 E. Main St, Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 258-3010, Internal Affairs: 150 East Main Street Lexington, KY (859) 258-3625 and the Kentucky Attorney General : 310 Whittington Parkway, Suite 101. Louisville, KY 40222. Phone: (502) 429-7134. Fax: (502) 429-7129How do you get a murder investigated when the most likely suspects are police... more
A reader questioned my claim that I had received a virus from a Facebook invitation and other claims in a recent article. I stated in the article that I would be gathering the information and posting it in an update to the article. Due to the possibility that others may question my claim I decided to post the update sooner rather than later.
The first example is a copy of the Facebook invitation that contained the virus (keylogger) from a person intimately involved with the Lexington police department. The first link is the one that contained a virus so DO NOT click on that link. I am not a computer expert and therefore I do not know if the link would continuously infect anyone who clicks on it.
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I make my return to writing here with some rather intriguing news of criminal harassment by the Lexington Police on several levels. My 'vacation' was not by choice but rather by cyber-attack. After my campaign bringing up implications of murder committed by Lexington Police officers and the coincidental death of an officer on the job during that time I was sent a virus. The virus and a key-logger attack were done to my computer by way of a Facebook invite by a member of the slain officer's family and the key-logger attack came straight from the Lexington Police Department forensics department. More recently, my articles here bringing attention to racism and corruption in the local court system invited more cyber-attacks. I will continue to fight against corruption in government and to bring you all of the information; the truth no matter where that leads.
Recently, I received a letter I had requested from Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh describing the police corruption and harassment he has gone through in Lexington. His story is identical to mine and others. The stories just take place with different people in different places but the patterns are the same. Lexington has a fraternity type of police force that has gotten away with too much for too long and now believes it can do as it pleases to anyone it chooses.
Please listen to this plea from Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh and do what you can to help him. Feel free to contact me with any information you might have to help his case, my past cases or the murder of Deborah Wardlaw. Confidentiality, as always, is assured.
Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh:
While it might be beyond my ability to convey a respectable version of my dilemma in this small allotment, I wish to emphasize from the onset that the affects of what has happened to me cannot be understated and that if this account is somewhat beyond the standard length, it is so for the depth of the actions taken against me by a power well beyond my capacity to contend with.
As such, I would implore that my circumstance be given attentive and thorough consideration as I am, quite literally, under the most oppressive and sweltering attack at the hands of the Lexington Police Department; an attack which I fear will not end until either I have been unjustly incarcerated, murdered or until such time as responsible parties are held accountable for a most egregious affront to liberty, justice and all things idealized by civilized humanity.
Let the facts be submitted to an impartial eye.
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With 2.3 million people in America's prison system, we've literally become our own jailers. It's time to call for a compassionate -- and more effective -- judicial system.
June 16, 2010 |
Editor's Note: This article is based on the author's new book, Beyond Vengeance, Beyond Duality, published by Hampton Roads.
Our criminal justice system is based on a curious set of rules and a double moral standard. The state’s burden of proving guilt is pitted against the accused’s right to thwart such proof. The state claims to be the victim because its law has been broken, but if the accused lacks the resources of O. J. Simpson or Paris Hilton to defend himself, he feels victimized by the state, and too often is.
What about repairing the harm done to the other victim, the person who was robbed or raped? The prosecutor’s job is to win the case and punish the accused, not make the victim whole. This means the victim’s role is reduced to that of a mere witness for the state in its battle to win by making the accused lose. For the accused to win, defense counsel must try to make the victim appear as untruthful as possible. Caught in the middle of the attorneys’ battle to win and make their adversary lose, the victim often feels revictimized. If a plea agreement makes a trial unnecessary, this victim becomes irrelevant.
Is this a good system for getting at the truth? About 130 death sentences have been commuted since 1973 because evidence later proved these people were innocent. Is the prosecutor’s win more important than the truth about the guilt of the defendant? In many of these 130 cases, the answer was yes. Sam Millsap, a former Texas prosecutor, now speaks openly of having sent an innocent man to death by presenting weak evidence that later proved to be false. Does this deserve to be called justice?
There is a better way, a form of justice that delivers fairness, mends broken relationships, and helps us get at the root causes of crime. There is, in fact, justice beyond vengeance.
Becoming Our Own Jailers
“Get tough on crime” has been a common mantra in the U.S. since the 1970’s and, indeed, we have. We now have over 2.3 million people locked up on any given day, approximately the same number as China and Russia combined. More than one in every one hundred adults in America is presently in jail or prison. Nationally, our prison industrial complex is a $60 billion-a-year industry.
This incarceration binge is destroying the fabric of our communities, some more than others. One in every 15 African American men lives in a prison or jail cell. If you are an African American male between the ages of 20 and 34, the ratio is one in nine. Hispanics are disproportionately affected as well. As of 2006, one in 36 Hispanic adults was behind bars.
Over the last 30 years more acts have been classified as crimes, many prison sentences have become mandatory, as well as longer, and early release for good conduct has been all but eliminated. Some defense attorneys advise their clients to plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit, reasoning that a short sentence for a lesser crime is better than risking decades behind bars that would be mandated if convicted of a more serious offense.
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A former police commander accused of overseeing the torture of more than 100 African American men goes on trial today in Chicago. Former Lieutenant Jon Burge is accused of lying when he denied in a civil lawsuit that he and other detectives had tortured anyone. He faces a maximum of forty-five years in prison if convicted of all charges.
The accusations of torture date back forty years, but Burge has avoided prosecution until now. For nearly two decades, beginning in 1971, Burge was at the epicenter of what's been described as the systematic torture of dozens of black men to coerce confessions. In total, more than a hundred people in Chicago say they were subjected to abuse, including having guns forced into their mouths, suffocation with bags placed over their heads, and electric shocks inflicted on their genitals.
The police department fired Burge in 1993 for mistreatment of a suspect, but did not press charges. A decade later, then-Illinois-governor George Ryan released four men on death row he said Burge had extracted confessions from using torture. Public outcry eventually led Cook County to appoint two special prosecutors to look into the allegations. In 2006, prosecutors found there was evidence to show beyond a reasonable doubt that torture had occurred, but the statute of limitations had expired.
Two years ago, federal prosecutors finally brought charges against Burge, though not for torture. They say he lied in a civil suit about the torture, and they've charged him with perjury and obstruction of justice. The trial is expected to last six weeks.
We go now to Chicago, where we're joined by two guests. Darrell Cannon, one of dozens of men to come forward with allegations of abuse at the hands of the Chicago police -- Darrell says police tortured him in 1983 and forced him to confess to a murder he didn't commit. He spent more than twenty years in prison, but after a hearing on his tortured confession, prosecutors dismissed his case in 2004. Now he's suing Chicago for wrongful conviction. We're also joined by Flint Taylor, an attorney with the People's Law Office in Chicago. He has represented many of the torture victims and was directly involved in spearheading the special prosecutor's investigation.
Flint Taylor, let's begin with you. Just lay out the scope of what is about to happen today in a Chicago courtroom.
FLINT TAYLOR: Well, it's very significant what's finally happening, decades after it should have. This trial, although it will not deal with allegations of torture itself, will deal with obstruction of justice and perjury. The reason that it won't deal with the crime of torture itself is because the mayor of the city of Chicago, who at that time was the chief prosecutor, Richard Daley, back in 1982, when evidence was presented to him that definitively showed that there was police torture under Burge and by Burge, he chose not to prosecute Burge and not to move to have him released from the police department, but rather continued to prosecute men for many years after that who had been falsely accused of torture.A former police commander accused of overseeing the torture of more than 100 African... more
"In jail for eight hours -- sleeping on a concrete floor next to a toilet," Kelly said. "It was a nightmare," Brook said. "I was in there thinking I was just dreaming and waiting to wake up." (wbaltv.com)
Baltimore City police arrested a Virginia couple over the weekend after they asked an officer for directions.
WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team reporter David Collins said Joshua Kelly and Llara Brook, of Chantilly, Va., got lost leaving an Orioles game on Saturday. Collins reported a city officer arrested them for trespassing on a public street while they were asking for directions .
"In jail for eight hours -- sleeping on a concrete floor next to a toilet," Kelly said.
"It was a nightmare," Brook said. "I was in there thinking I was just dreaming and waiting to wake up."
Collins reported it was a nightmare ending to a nearly perfect day. He said the couple went to a company picnic and watched the Orioles beat Kansas City. It was their first trip to Camden Yards and asked two people for directions to Interstate 95 South when they left.
Collins said somehow they ended up in the Cherry Hill section of south Baltimore. Hopelessly lost, relief melted away concerns after they spotted a police vehicle.
"I said, 'Thank goodness, could you please get us to 95?" Kelly said.
"The first thing that she said to us was no -- you just ran that stop sign, pull over," Brook said. "It wasn't a big deal. We'll pay the stop sign violation, but can we have directions?"
"What she said was 'You found your own way in here, you can find your own way out.'" Kelly said.
Collins said the couple spotted another police vehicle and flagged that officer down for directions. But Officer Natalie Preston, a six-year veteran of the force, intervened.
"That really threw us for a loop when she stepped in between our cars," Kelly said. "(She) said my partner is not going to step in front of me and tell you directions if I'm not."
Collins reported the circumstances got worse. Kelly pulled 40 feet forward parking next to a curb and put his flashers on while Brook was on the phone to her father hoping he could help her with directions. Both her parents are police officers in the Harrisburg, Pa., area.
"(Brook's father) was in the middle of giving us directions when the officer screeched up behind us and got out of the car and asked me to step out. I obeyed," Kelly said. "I obeyed everything -- stepped out of the car, put my hands behind my back, and the next thing I know, I was getting arrested for trespassing."
"By this time, I was completely in tears," Brook said. "I said, 'Ma'am, you know, we just need your help. We are not trying to cause you any trouble. I'm not leaving him here.' What she did was walk over to my side of the car and said, 'Ok, we are taking you downtown, too.'"
Collins said the couple was released from jail without being charged with anything. Brook is now concerned the arrest may complicate a criminal background check she's going through in her job as a child care worker.
Collins said police left Kelly's car unlocked and the windows down at the impound lot. He reported a cell phone charger, pair of sunglasses and 20 CDs were stolen.
Baltimore City police said they are looking into the incident."In jail for eight hours -- sleeping on a concrete floor next to a toilet,"... more
Nicholasville, Kentucky jail tells me to return, for the third time, and talk to Major Lisa Brumfield. I would not normally stress over $25 this much but I have been through this dozens of times. After a while it tends to add up a little. Besides, it's also the principle of the thing.Nicholasville, Kentucky jail tells me to return, for the third time, and talk to Major... more
A head Mistress in Indian Uttar Pardesh locked 350 students in school for ten hours. The students were locked inside their class room without being allowed to eat or drink.A head Mistress in Indian Uttar Pardesh locked 350 students in school for ten hours.... more
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"Prosecutors charge 8 alleged leaders of RNC WC with Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism: “In what appears to be the first use of criminal charges under the 2002 Minnesota version of the Federal Patriot Act, Ramsey County Prosecutors have formally charged 8 alleged leaders of the RNC Welcoming Committee with Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism. Monica Bicking, Eryn Trimmer, Luce Guillen Givins, Erik Oseland, Nathanael Secor, Robert Czernik, Garrett Fitzgerald, and Max Spector, face up to 7 1/2 years in prison under the terrorism enhancement charge which allows for a 50% increase in the maximum penalty...
"The criminal complaints filed by the Ramsey County Attorney do not allege that any of the defendants personally have engaged in any act of violence or damage to property. The complaints list all of alleged violations of law during the last few days of the RNC -- other than violations of human rights carried out by law enforcement -- and seeks to hold the 8 defendants responsible for acts committed by other individuals...."Prosecutors charge 8 alleged leaders of RNC WC with Conspiracy to Riot in... more
Almost killed the wrong guy!!
MOBILE, Alabama (AP) -- The Alabama Supreme Court postponed executing a man after an inmate claimed in an sworn statement to defense attorneys that he committed the murder that sent the condemned man to death row.
The justices in a 5-4 vote late Wednesday stopped the execution by injection of Thomas Arthur "pending further orders of this Court."
Arthur, 66, was scheduled to die Thursday, more than 26 years after he was convicted of killing Troy Wicker Jr. of Muscle Shoals.
It was the third time Arthur received a stay on the eve of his execution.
"My reaction is we finally look forward to the opportunity to examine fully Mr. Arthur's claim of innocence by assessing witness testimony and DNA evidence," said defense attorney Suhana S. Han. "That is the right result."
State Attorney General Troy King called the stay a serious setback for the prosecution.
Almost killed the wrong guy!!
MOBILE, Alabama (AP) -- The Alabama Supreme Court... more