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‘Allegations’ of victimhood?

Is this man standing on a ledge or is he allegedly standing...

A man standing on a ledge,  a man allegedly standing on a ledge or an alleged man standing?

Before political correctness reared its ugly head, legal considerations were the guiding light in terms of, well, terminology.  It was this reality which made 555 the prefix of all phone numbers used in television shows and movies — The studios didn’t want the hassle of lawsuits from actual phone users so their “art” could no longer imitate life in that regard.

Also the spawn of legal considerations is the now ubiquitous and adulterated word “alleged.”

Decades ago, news outlets needed a way to discuss criminal defendants without having to include a disclaimer reminding readers of the Constitutional presumption of innocence.  Suspects and the arraigned were no longer the focus of accusations, all crimes were theretofore described as allegations.  And, while the change certainly reflected a sensitivity to the suspect’s rights, it was driven by the media’s desire to avoid nuisance lawsuits.

All roads invariably lead to a slippery slope and the allegation trail is no different — The term has morphed beyond its traditional definition.  It is no longer enough to protect the accused’s reputation with the alleged prefix, crime victims are now alleged victims! (more…)

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Paco's Podium

Mark DeFriest is self-proclaimed idiot who says he made the Florida criminal justice system "look like idiots" by throwing his life away.  He's half right and half-witted.
No Houdini: Life in prison for idiocy, impatience?

Florida inmate Mark DeFriest is a lunkhead who has spent over 35 years in prison due to impatience…and a lot of escapes. In 1979, he received a 4 year prison term for “stealing” his own property, more or less.  His father’s will left him some tools so he took them — Nobody contests the will deeded the items to DeFriest.  However, being an impatient twit, he took the tools before the will was read.  Therefore, it wasn’t yet his to take.  Thus, the original prison term. After relocating to a Florida correctional facility, DeFriest  embarked on a

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LosAngelesJailPatch
LA jails to be overseen by anti-abuse panel

Settlement over violence and abuse in L.A. County Jails LOS ANGELES – Under a settlement agreement with the ACLU, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will adopt a detailed and far-reaching plan – drawn up by a panel of three experts – to reform department policies and practices on use of force.  The corrective plan approved today is subject to federal court oversight and enforcement. “For decades, the sheriff’s department has run the jails without any accountability or transparency,” said Peter Eliasberg, legal director of the ACLU SoCal. “This agreement addresses those problems by establishing clear policies

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The nation's WALLmarts gladly accepts our business as long as it is none of our business how they do it.
Why do private prisons require PRIVACY?

Will Private Prisons Finally Be Subject to the Freedom of Information Act? By Alex Park  |  Mother Jones Anyone can use the federal Freedom of Information Act to request records about prisons owned and operated by the government. Information about prisoner demographics, violent incidents, and prison budgets are all obtainable. But privately run facilities—even those that hold federal prisoners—are exempt from the law. Last week, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) introduced legislation to change that. On December 10, she introduced a new bill, the Private Prison Information Act. If passed, it would force any nonfederal

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SanBernardinoCountyLine
Realignment ‘altered policing — perhaps forever’

Prison realignment changing law enforcement Officials: Theft, rearrest numbers way up since passage of AB 109 ANNELI FOGT | The Daily Press It’s been three years since California legislators passed Assembly Bill 109… The results have been bemoaned by law enforcement and city leaders, and have altered policing — perhaps forever. “We’re in the midst of a fundamental change in law enforcement,” San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Hesperia Station Capt. Nils Bentsen said. In the past three years, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials said theft and re-arrest numbers have increased, fundamentally changing law enforcement and

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Folsom Prison's 1st Annual Freed Felon Fun Run is a healthy, green way to reintroduce those who haven't completed their sentences with the community.
Here come the judged…

Nonviolent felons to be up for early parole in California Bob Egelko | SF Chronicle  State prison officials say 5,000 to 6,000 inmates serving extended sentences for second-time, nonviolent felony convictions will be eligible for parole next year under new procedures ordered by a federal court to reduce prison overcrowding. But a lawyer for prisoners whose 2001 suit against the state led to the court order said the rules announced by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation were one-sided: An inmate up for parole review will have no right to appear in person before the

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ExecitionByCalendar
Execution by calendar: Killer of faceless victim dead

CDCR Today TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2014 Condemned inmate Michael Lee Elliot dies of unknown causes SAN QUENTIN –Condemned inmate Michael Lee Elliot, 55, who was on California’s death row from Sacramento County, was pronounced dead yesterday, December 8, 2014, at 3:46 p.m., at a nearby hospital. The cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy. Elliot was single-celled. Elliot was sentenced to death on October 31, 1996, by a Sacramento County jury for the June 1, 1994, murder and attempted robbery of bartender Sherri Gandy, who was killed during the early morning

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TidwellOnHealthcareForParolees
Obamacare for parolees to ‘keep communities safe’

CDCR Today MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 CDCR helps parolees find health coverage SACRAMENTO — Emphasizing its commitment to offender rehabilitation and long-term success after incarceration, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has ramped up efforts to ensure that parolees obtain health coverage. “The benefits of receiving health care services, including primary health care, dental care, mental health and substance abuse services, are immeasurable for our parolee population,” said Dan Stone, Director of CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO). In July, DAPO and the Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) began robust outreach efforts

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HolesaleRetailCellphones
Fiddling with death: Israeli CO muled phones, SIMS to HAMAS, FATAH

Fatah Terrorist, Jail Guard Arrested in Cell Phone Sting Prison guard transferred cell phones to terrorists for thousands of euros in latest contraband issue in Israeli prisons. Tova Dvorin  | Israel National News The National Unit for Prison Investigations arrested a 20-year-old prison guard on Friday, after the jail guard had planned to pass a cell phone to a Fatah terrorist jailed in Israel. …the guard admitted that the had planned to transfer the device to the security prisoner, and that he had made similar transfers between terrorist prisoners and their organizations in exchange for thousands of

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ParoleePackageThief
FemCon’s misdemeanor spree ends in lock up?

PAROLEE BACK BEHIND BARS, ACCUSED OF STEALING PACKAGES FROM HOMES Steve Garfield | San Diego 6 SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A parolee was back behind bars Wednesday for allegedly stealing mailed packages from the front yards of East County homes. Martha A. Lampley, 37, was arrested over the weekend in connection with the thefts, which occurred over a roughly weeklong period in late November in Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and unincorporated areas near El Cajon, sheriff’s officials said. Total losses were estimated at about $1,000. Home surveillance video provided by one of the victims led

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JustSayYesOfficer
‘Hands up, Don’t shoot’ a good start?

“Hands up, Don’t shoot” a good starting point. Next stop: Civility Ely S. Cummin | Townhall.com In the aftermath of the Ferguson Missouri grand jury decision, African Americans across the nation are raising their hands and yelling “Don’t shoot” when confronted by law enforcement officers.  Well, I’m here to say, Right On! Law enforcement officers also welcome the new urban greeting.  Perhaps conservatives should embrace this social phenomenon. I recently had the opportunity to interview a sampling of city police officers, sheriff deputies and state troopers at the local Waffle House. It took a little doing

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MedicalParoleeTaylorSeenAtBrooklynMarathon
‘Incapacitated’ absconder spotted at Brooklyn Marathon

California’s medical-parole absconder seen at Brooklyn Marathon, no arrest Mumbi Al Fresco | New York Post Paroled late last year under California’s new policy of releasing chronically ill inmates, Robert Virgil Taylor absconded from an assigned San Diego care facility, leaving his wheelchair in the parking lot…NYPD officials report a man photographed standing near the finish line in last week’s Brooklyn Marathon was the purportedly wheelchair-bound parolee.  Video tapes later revealed Taylor was able to walk with apparent ease. Unfortunately, Taylor’s parolee at large status was not uncovered until day after the event, when a California Department of Corrections and

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SFCrimewave
San Francisco’s crime rates soar

San Francisco sees sharp rise in property and violent crimes By JON SCHLEUSS, RONG-GONG LIN II  | Los Angeles Times As San Francisco booms thanks to the tech industry, one side effect has emerged: an increase in crime. The city saw more than 20% jumps in both the rate of property crime, such as thefts and burglary, and the rate of violent crime, such as robbery and assault, between 2012 and 2013… The rate of larceny and thefts per 100,000 inhabitants jumped 27%. Burglary rates rose 10%, and the rate of motor vehicle thefts was

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UtahFiringSquadRevival
Shootin’ it: Utah to revive firing squad!?

Firing squads could be legal again in Utah Dennis Romboy | Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Firing squads could become legal again in Utah. A legislative committee approved a bill Wednesday that would allow the state to convene a firing squad when the drugs necessary for lethal injection are not available. Pharmaceutical companies in Europe that oppose the death penalty refuse to sell the drugs to prisons in the United States. “This bill just says we have a backup,” said Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield. “Hopefully, we never have to use it.” Ray’s legislation says

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Budget

flag upside down National debt

Just in case you are interested the national debt passed 18 Trillion dollars this week.  The bean counters are saying it will hit 20 before the God-King, Emperor Barack I, leaves office.  That $18 billion figure is more or less equal to the GDP of our country. Have a nice holiday season.  

bankruptcy3 San Berdoo will cough up to CalPERS

The bankrupt burg of San Bernardino has decided that it WILL pay CalPERS the $13.5 million it owes in order to keep city pensions intact.  Besides being a reasonable thing to do it will also make it possible to recruit and retain decent employees, a situation that would not be possible if their connection to CalPERS goes down the drain. The city began installment payments of the debt in July. 

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bankruptcy3 Stockton officially toes-up

The crime-ridden and gang-infested burg sometimes known as Mudville is now officially bankrupt per the federal bankruptcy judge, at least if the noon news is to be believed. The judge took longer than originally thought as one creditor (Franklin-Templeton) decided to fight the matter to the wall.  They think it is wrong that the city continue to do things like pay retirees rather than pay creditors. The judge had earlier

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Bob's Blotter

BobsNewsflash[1],jpg CHP officer shoots and kills 17-year old

A CHP officer shot a 17-year old to death in Humbolt County on Thursday in an incident that left the officer hospitalized with serious injuries. The first officer was responding to a traffic accident call of a car hitting a pole in the teeming metropolis of Willow Creek.  The cop got there and found the young man, presumably the driver of the car.  They both stepped to the rear of

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BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Richmond PD Sgt. fired for tipping off bad guys

Sgt. Michael Wang of the Richmond PD is still Michael Wang but is no longer employed by the city of Richmond. Wang is being accused of informing drug dealers of police interest in them.  He is also believed to have fingered an informant, Jose Hernandez, who was shot and wounded in 2005.  He is further accused of taking bribes from Jose Vega Robles, a suspected drug dealer. Sgt. Wang’s lawyer

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iStockPhoto SLC Minilypse-Judicial Court SF Deputy arrested for thumping man in hospital

A San Francisco Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested yesterday for opening up a can of whoop-ass and giving a substantial helping to a man in the waiting area at SF General Hospital. Michael Lewelling, 33, is facing multiple felony charges including perjury, filing a false police report, filing a false instrument and assault under color of authority as well as simple battery in the case. It seems that the other party

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Katz Litterbox

katz-litter4 Al Sharpton The ‘Race Pimp’ And ‘Disgusting Pig’

Actor James Woods blames Shapton, Mayor de Blasio and President Obama for the ambush slaying of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu James Woods has been one of my favorite actors ever since he starred in The Onion Field, the 1979 movie based on Joseph Wambaugh’s book about the 1963 kidnapping of LAPD officers Ian Campbell and Karl Hettinger by two parolees and the subsequent killing of Campbell. James

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katz-litter4 Death Penalty: Jordan Outdoes Texas

After an 8-year moratorium on the death penalty, Jordan hangs 11 murderers The Kingdom of Jordan instituted a moratorium on the death penalty in 2006. That moratorium has now been lifted much to the consternation of human rights groups. Sunday at dawn, 11 Jordanians were hanged at a prison 45 miles from the capital Amman. They were mostly in their 40s and had been convicted of murder in 2005 and

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katz-litter4 Lawless Protesters Now Rule The Day With Impunity

1,500 police brutality protesters overran the Mall of America, preventing people from shopping and forcing some stores to close down, but only 25 were arrested An estimated 1,500 protesters Saturday overran the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. They prevented people from shopping and forced some stores to close down. The protest was organized by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, a group that is part of those protesting the deaths of

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Krupp Files

Dr Dick Pan's Capitol Caper Paying big for Pan’s tiny travels

The Political Dance Claims Another Politician Shouldn’t talk about it? Richard Krupp, PhD While reading the newspaper the other day I was not surprised to find another story about political corruption in California. We have already heard about the Los Angeles area senator who was convicted of crimes associated with living outside of the district he represents. Now this criminal behavior appears to be found in the California Assembly as well. Why would anyone expect anything different? Obviously members of the legislature don’ t think they need to live in the district they represent. So

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Former CDCR Secrattorney Matt Cate. Krupp Files: Bad law’s Cate’s specialty–And prop 46 is bad!

Taxpayers on the hook for billions, Matt Cate knows what he is talking about Giving the taxpayers what they want, not what they need Richard Krupp, PH.D While watching TV a couple of nights ago I was at first startled to see the face of Matt Cate, former Secretary of Corrections speaking on behalf of some political group opposing Proposition 46. Though he did not introduce himself to the viewing audience, his name did appear in the right hand corner at the bottom of the screen. He looked very serious. He was saying something about

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Down but not out: Secretary of State Debra Bowen continues to work out of her new Sacramento digs. Krupp Files: The state of Secretary Bowen

More Trouble in the California Capitol Building The Secretary of State– Spend my days locked in a haze Richard Krupp, PhD Back in June 2007 when I was appointed by governor Schwarzenegger to the Assistant Secretary position, suitable for framing documentation, was signed by Arnold and the Secretary of State, Debra Bowen. I’ve never met the lady, but I did read an article about her in the Los Angeles Times on September 5, 2014. Turns out the California Secretary of State, who is being termed out after eight years in office, has some problems. Bowen said

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GADFLY Open

In the midst of upheaval Peace on Earth?

O, That Christmas Yuletide memories, “Bold thugs warming by a riot’s fire…”   O, That Christmas   In the midst of upheaval, in the presence of evil, Live these times when dread news fills our ears. Terrors dreadful and frightening, pierce hearts swiftly as lightning, Culminating the sum of all fears.   Every con, thug, and hellion bent on rage and rebellion, Stir the cauldrons and cast in the stews. Fiery words, hateful spewing meant to be our undoing, Courtesy of our six o’clock news.

Freedom of speech at the University of Michigan campus is only free for the left Satire puts MI leftists in a bad Mahmoud

The First Amendment and Institutional Irony Where in all of the United States (bastion and symbol of individual rights and freedoms) has the principle of free speech been most highly touted, yet egregiously and systematically suppressed? Ironically, it is on our university and college campuses, most of which are funded by American tax dollars. In yet another example of leftist suppression of free speech, a professed conservative and practicing Muslim

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I was working in my field when a messenger appeared On Christmas Cheer

I was Working in my Field In my personal experience, I have concluded that the notion of Christmas cheer is, in some respect, an oxymoron. All too often the Christmas holiday season can be depressing for many, especially for those serving in our military who are separated from their loved ones through deployment. For others, the recent passing of a loved one can make this time of year seem hardly bearable. Some folks are unemployed and cannot afford to give presents. Christmas is generally experienced as a time of celebration and family gatherings. Yet loss,

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Unions

bankruptcy3 San Berdoo will cough up to CalPERS

The bankrupt burg of San Bernardino has decided that it WILL pay CalPERS the $13.5 million it owes in order to keep city pensions intact.  Besides being a reasonable thing to do it will also make it possible to recruit and retain decent employees, a situation that would not be possible if their connection to CalPERS goes down the drain. The city began installment payments of the debt in July. 

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FPPC CCPOA fined for unreported political donations

Prison officers’ union accepts fine for lobbying violations Jon Ortiz | Sacramento Bee California’s state prison officers’ union has agreed to a $5,500 fine for failing to disclose gifts it gave to state lawmakers from 2009 to 2011 and a corresponding failure to give gift notifications to the recipients. Fair Political Practices Commission investigator Gary Winuk and counsel Dave Bainbridge signed off on the stipulated penalty that now goes to

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DERRY Endorsement flies as well as union’s Prop 47 punt

Last week, Paco chastised CCPOA for failing to take a position on Proposition 47, a measure that will render so-called non-violent crimes misdemeanors.  The union deserves the criticism as it is indicative of political cowardice — The prioritization of political patronage over the good of the membership and the public its members serve. Now, CCPOA has taken the bold stance of endorsing a candidate for Redlands City Council, a position completely irrelevant to the union’s mandate.  To make matters worse, the candidate, former San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry, is a shady character at best.  He is a criminal

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Gold Star Parolee

ParoleePackageThief FemCon’s misdemeanor spree ends in lock up?

PAROLEE BACK BEHIND BARS, ACCUSED OF STEALING PACKAGES FROM HOMES Steve Garfield | San Diego 6 SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A parolee was back behind bars Wednesday for allegedly stealing mailed packages from the front yards of East County homes. Martha A. Lampley, 37, was arrested over the weekend in connection with the thefts, which occurred over a roughly weeklong period in late November in Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and unincorporated areas near El Cajon, sheriff’s officials said. Total losses were estimated at about $1,000. Home surveillance video provided by one of the victims led

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MedicalParoleeTaylorSeenAtBrooklynMarathon ‘Incapacitated’ absconder spotted at Brooklyn Marathon

California’s medical-parole absconder seen at Brooklyn Marathon, no arrest Mumbi Al Fresco | New York Post Paroled late last year under California’s new policy of releasing chronically ill inmates, Robert Virgil Taylor absconded from an assigned San Diego care facility, leaving his wheelchair in the parking lot…NYPD officials report a man photographed standing near the finish line in last week’s Brooklyn Marathon was the purportedly wheelchair-bound parolee.  Video tapes later revealed Taylor was able to walk with apparent ease. Unfortunately, Taylor’s parolee at large status was not uncovered until day after the event, when a California Department of Corrections and

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GoldStarLogo Is murderous sex offender also a liar?

Steve Gordon is not a nice man.  He is a convicted sex offender suspected in recent multiple murders in Orange County.  These murders were allegedly committed in the company of another previously convicted sex offender, Franc Cano. Gordon is in the county slammer, and recently talked extensively with Keegan Kyle from the Orange County Register.  That led to the article linked here from the Register. In that interview Gordon is

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Bad Apples

BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Richmond PD Sgt. fired for tipping off bad guys

Sgt. Michael Wang of the Richmond PD is still Michael Wang but is no longer employed by the city of Richmond. Wang is being accused of informing drug dealers of police interest in them.  He is also believed to have fingered an informant, Jose Hernandez, who was shot and wounded in 2005.  He is further accused of taking bribes from Jose Vega Robles, a suspected drug dealer. Sgt. Wang’s lawyer

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iStockPhoto SLC Minilypse-Judicial Court SF Deputy arrested for thumping man in hospital

A San Francisco Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested yesterday for opening up a can of whoop-ass and giving a substantial helping to a man in the waiting area at SF General Hospital. Michael Lewelling, 33, is facing multiple felony charges including perjury, filing a false police report, filing a false instrument and assault under color of authority as well as simple battery in the case. It seems that the other party

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HolesaleRetailCellphones Fiddling with death: Israeli CO muled phones, SIMS to HAMAS, FATAH

Fatah Terrorist, Jail Guard Arrested in Cell Phone Sting Prison guard transferred cell phones to terrorists for thousands of euros in latest contraband issue in Israeli prisons. Tova Dvorin  | Israel National News The National Unit for Prison Investigations arrested a 20-year-old prison guard on Friday, after the jail guard had planned to pass a cell phone to a Fatah terrorist jailed in Israel. …the guard admitted that the had planned to transfer the device to the security prisoner, and that he had made similar transfers between terrorist prisoners and their organizations in exchange for thousands of

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