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Shootin’ it: Utah to revive firing squad!?

Utah Firing Squad Revival

Unlike virtually every other method of execution used in the United States, there has never been a so-called “botched” execution when a firing squad was employed.

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 the method of execution is the firing squad if a court determines the state can’t lawfully buy the substances for lethal injection 30 or more days before the date on the death warrant. (more…)

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‘Physically incapacitated’ medical parolee: 51 days and still running

CDCR unable to locate Rolling Blunder (Note: First published November 7, 2014, this post is updated and republished daily as a “counter” to remind CDCR/DAPO this dangerous offender remains in the community.) As previously reported on these pages, Robert Virgil Taylor #D26103, is a ‘medical parolee’ released early due to CDCR’s assessment he was/is ‘physically incapacitated’ as per the ludicrous medical parole statute.  On October 1, 2014, he was apparently cured,

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Mother Teresa Mug Shot by Tony Rubino
Crime: What does poverty have to do with it?

Poverty Doesn’t Cause Crime Progressives won’t admit that Judeo-Christian values, not economics, determine moral behavior. By Dennis Prager | National Review One of the first clues that this Columbia-educated, liberal, Democrat, New York Jew had that there was something wrong at the heart of progressive/left-wing thought was when I read and was taught over and over that “poverty causes crime.” I knew from the first that this was dogma, not truth. How did I know? First, I thought about the world that I knew best — my own. My paternal grandparents were extremely poor immigrants

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Video: Burglar meets 82 Airborne Vet

Vengeance may be the province of the Almighty, but that didn’t stop one Army vet from wailing on this return burglary suspect. The former 82nd Airborne Ranger taped the entire incident, set it to music and posted it for the World to see. THIS IS A MUST WATCH! SEATTLE (FOXNEWS) — A burglar in Seattle got way more than he bargained for when he tried to break into the home of

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Kicking it is OK as long as it isn't a man on the ground.
2 SVSP CO’s charged with manslaughter

Never kick a man when he’s down is no cliche’ Two correctional officers assigned to the Salinas Valley State Prison have been arraigned in the death of a vineyard manager outside a bar in San Miguel.  Sergio Aranda, 35, of Salinas and Travis Woolf, 36 of San Miguel, both SVSP CO’s, were held to answer for the death of Alvaro Jaramillo Medrano, 54. Medrano was the manager of the La Vista Vineyard in Paso Robles. According to the Tribune newspaper of San Luis Obispo, the two defendants and another unidentified person confronted Medrano and 4 others

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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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LAPD: Data based law enforcement

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BestLittleWarehouse
ICE, WALLmart & Eloy AZ’s no-bid, kickback scheme

When ICE cuts an inside deal, the end justify the means When Chris Epps did it, he was indicted NPR reports Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the city government of Eloy, AZ recently signed off on a no-bid contract to operate a new ‘temporary’ immigration camp in SOUTH TEXAS.  The deal is an end-run of the legally mandated bidding process wherein The City of Eloy will receive an annual kickback of $438,000 for providing a mail-drop for CCA to receive $290 million in annual payments from ICE. “The deal between ICE and Eloy is called an Intergovernmental Services

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ElementaryPoop
Inspector General faults high 290 caseloads, GPS

More than 60% of state parole agents’ caseloads exceed policy limits By ADOLFO FLORES | Los Angeles Times ⇒California parole agents have caseloads that exceed their department’s policy, according to a report ⇒State Office of the Inspector General report found little evidence that parolees’ GPS devices deter crime More than 60% of California’s parole agents monitoring sex offenders have caseloads that exceed department policy, a report released Wednesday from the Office of the Inspector General found. An agent can have 20 high-risk or 40 non-high-risk cases, or an equal combination of the two, according to

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CrimeWave
Union-Tribune EDS: ‘California crime wave coming’

Prediction: California crime wave coming By U-T San Diego Editorial Board Here’s an unfortunate but realistic prediction: Six months from now, a year at most, Californians will look at a troubling new wave of crime and ask, “What happened?” Here’s what happened: Last week’s voter approval of Proposition 47 on top of Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison-realignment program… Together, these two public policies will be responsible for the early release of thousands of criminals now behind prison bars, including some serving life sentences under the state’s three-strikes law. Thousands more who commit new crimes, and who

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EppsApples
ACA President-DOC chief indicted, flash-retires

Mississippi’s Chris Epps: Corrections’ BIG BAD APPLE It is inevitable in the career of every law enforcement officer–Sooner or later, a trusted co-worker turns dirty.  It may be a former fellow academy cadet or a trusted officer with whom you work, bad apples eventually go rotten, stinking up everything.  In the case of (now) former Mississippi DOC Commissioner Chris Epps, the entire profession gets a big whiff of the stink–Epps was, for lack of a better term, the poster-child for correctional professionalism. The longest serving commissioner in Mississippi DOC history, Epps is also the president of the American Correctional Association, president of the Association

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Steven Homick, 74, lived on death row long enough to surpass the ages of his senior citizen victims,  who died at 63 and 67.
California executes another killer with calendar

Death row: Killer dies of old age, natural causes Hit man in ‘Yom Kippur murders’ dies of natural causes on death row Adolfo Flores |  Los Angeles Times A San Quentin State Prison inmate convicted in the murder-for-hire deaths of a Brentwood couple in 1985, dubbed the “Yom Kippur murders,” died Wednesday of natural causes, authorities said.Steven Homick , 74, died at a nearby hospital… The former Los Angeles police officer was sentenced to death in 1995 for the murders of Gerald and Vera Woodman. They were gunned down Sept. 25, 1985, while parking their Mercedes after a

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Proposition 47: The lie is calling

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For "non-serious, non-violent " offenders" like Daniel Frary, a jail hand-stamp system would  really save time.
AB109: Turnstile spinout in Alameda

‘Stupid’ parolee arrested twice in one day By Matier and Ross | San Francisco Chronicle When it comes to riding the jailhouse merry-go-round, you’d be hard-pressed to beat 29-year-old Daniel Frary. Within a single day, he managed to get booked into Santa Rita Jail on a petty-drug charge, catch a break and be released the same afternoon — then get locked up again at night after allegedly trying to rob the jail’s commander on a downtown Livermore street. Frary, who has a string of convictions for assault, burglary, weapons offenses and car theft dating back

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Budget

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

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bankruptcy3 Detroit water shutoff in bankruptcy court (Updated)

It is hard to see what the nexus is to the bankruptcy proceeding, but the federal judge who is handling the Detroit municipal bankruptcy is holding a hearing today (09-25)  on the Detroit water shutoffs.  It seems that there are about 19,000 residences in Detroit that are substantially in arrears on their water bill.  The city has been shutting them off.  There are groups now who are asserting that access

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Bob's Blotter

BobsBlotter Florida State shooting

A gunman shot and wounded three people at the main library at FSU in Tallahassee shortly after midnight this morning.  The gunman, a lawyer who had graduated from FSU, was killed by responding police.  They do not yet have a motive for the shooting, but I am sure they will. Clicking here will link to a NYTIMES piece on this story.

justice Courts says fleeing cops in vehicle is violent

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made a ruling last Friday that was both reasonable and significant.  The court held that fleeing the cops in a motor vehicle is, by definition, a violent crime which can bring appropriate enhancements to the sentence of the miscreant involved. Under consideration was the case of a career felon who was, at the time, in possession of ammunition.  He also had a prior for

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iStockPhoto SLC Minilypse-Judicial Court San Mateo County deputies busted for smuggling

Two San Mateo County (CA) Correctional Officers and one Deputy Sheriff have been charged with smuggling goodies into the jail. Deputy Juan Pablo Lopez, Officer George Ismael and Officer Michael Del Carlo were arrested last week on felony warrants charging them with suspicion of smuggling cell phones and drugs to gang members in the Maguire Correctional Facility n Redwood City All three are on paid administrative leave at this time. 

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Katz Litterbox

katz-litter4 A Leopard Cannot Change His Spots

A robber is a robber is a robber, despite a judge’s declaration that he is a ‘good man’ In 2000, Cornelius ‘Mike’ Anderson, upon his conviction of armed robbery, was sentenced to serve 13 years in a Missouri prison. He remained free on bail pending an appeal. When his appeal was rejected, he continued to remain free due to a clerical error. Missouri prison authorities believed he was already in

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katz-litter4 Jose Canseco Gives Us The Finger

No, Jose is not giving us the birdie On October 28, former homerun slugger Jose Canseco was cleaning his 45 caliber Remington 1911 at his Las Vegas home when he accidentally shot off the middle finger on his left hand. Canseco told the cops he thought the gun was unloaded. Doctors were able to reattach the severed finger. However, on November 13, as he was playing in the middle of

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katz-litter4 This Is Not A Dumb Blonde Joke

80-year-old Charlie Manson’s upcoming nuptials to a 26-year-old pretty raven-haired woman proves that too often women think with their genitals instead of their brains By now, unless you’ve been dwelling under a rock, you’ve learned that 80-year-old Charlie Manson and 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton have obtained a marriage license and plan to be married in Corcoran State Prison. No, this is not a dumb blonde joke. Burton, a pretty raven-haired

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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

Through the prophet Isaiah, God described His chosen champion Peerless Prophet

Isaiah and the Identity of the Incredible Incarnation To my mind, one of the most enigmatic figures of the Old Testament writings was the prophet Isaiah. According to Jewish history, he lived at a time when the people of Israel were in severe decline (2 Chronicles, Chapters 26-32.) By the time Isaiah appeared in his role as a prophet (sometime around 740 B.C.), the northern kingdom (called Israel) had fallen under the rule of the Assyrian kingdom. Isaiah served during the successive reign of four kings (Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah) of the southern kingdom

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Is the legacy of the Obama Administration one of incompetence? Course Correction

November 4, 2014: A Vote of No Competence On the eve of an election, there are often wishes, desires, hopes, and needs riding on the consensus of the majority. More often than not, the candidates and party faithful—not the electorate—are doing most (if not all) of the wishing, desiring, hoping, and needing. What I mean to say, is that the general voting public is generally not as engaged in the political process as the candidates. Very few voters, if any, research the voting records of candidates. Most voters rely upon watchdog groups, political advertising, and

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Mid-term elections are Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Please vote! No One in Government

Political Shell Games As we approach the mid-term Election Day, this November 4, 2014, I was disturbed by two stories that have received little attention in the press during early voting. The first story surfaced in the State of Illinois, sourced here (FoxNews). The second story occurred in Maryland and can be read at this link (TownHall.com). Is this merely coincidence? What I find perplexing about both stories concerns the electronic voting apparatus used in two different States, which did exactly the same thing. When a citizen cast a vote for a Republican candidate, the machines recorded a vote

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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

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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justice Court orders CDCR to cough up parole records

A Sacramento County judge issued an order Friday to CDCR to kick down records relating to Steve Gordon and Franc Cano, who are accused of  murdering four women in Orange County while they were both on active parole, including electronic monitoring.  The department said that details on how they monitor sex offenders is confidential.  The judge didn’t buy it. The order gives the lawyers for the department a month to go through

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GoldStarLogo Parolee about to contribute

A former guest of the state is about to make a major contribution to the future employment of civil service correctional officers. Jason Barton Kirkpatrick, 44, was sentenced yesterday to 300 years in prison for six robberies committed in 2013.  He was on parole for robbery when he robbed a series of small businesses staffed mostly by female employees.  He was armed with a replica pistol at the time.  The

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Bad Apples

Kicking it is OK as long as it isn't a man on the ground. 2 SVSP CO’s charged with manslaughter

Never kick a man when he’s down is no cliche’ Two correctional officers assigned to the Salinas Valley State Prison have been arraigned in the death of a vineyard manager outside a bar in San Miguel.  Sergio Aranda, 35, of Salinas and Travis Woolf, 36 of San Miguel, both SVSP CO’s, were held to answer for the death of Alvaro Jaramillo Medrano, 54. Medrano was the manager of the La Vista Vineyard in Paso Robles. According to the Tribune newspaper of San Luis Obispo, the two defendants and another unidentified person confronted Medrano and 4 others

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EppsApples ACA President-DOC chief indicted…(Reloaded)

Mississippi’s Chris Epps: Corrections’ BIG BAD APPLE In the interest of not burying what SHOULD be a NATIONAL ISSUE, this post is republished from Friday’s Spotlight–To date, only Mississippi news outlets are reporting on Epps’ corruption indictment.  Yet, it is a NATIONAL story in that Epps drives the American Correctional Association (ACA), which receives federal and state funds to provide prison and jails  “ACA accreditation.”  The all-too-cozy between ACA and prison vendors is laid bare for all to see–A comment attached to the original post provides personal testimony to the corruption: “I’ve been convinced for years

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EppsApples ACA President-DOC chief indicted, flash-retires

Mississippi’s Chris Epps: Corrections’ BIG BAD APPLE It is inevitable in the career of every law enforcement officer–Sooner or later, a trusted co-worker turns dirty.  It may be a former fellow academy cadet or a trusted officer with whom you work, bad apples eventually go rotten, stinking up everything.  In the case of (now) former Mississippi DOC Commissioner Chris Epps, the entire profession gets a big whiff of the stink–Epps was, for lack of a better term, the poster-child for correctional professionalism. The longest serving commissioner in Mississippi DOC history, Epps is also the president of the American Correctional Association, president of the Association

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