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No Houdini: Life in prison for idiocy, impatience?

Dec 18th, 2014 | By
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.
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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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LA jails to be overseen by anti-abuse panel

Dec 17th, 2014 | By
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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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Why do private prisons require PRIVACY?

Dec 16th, 2014 | By
The nation's WALLmarts gladly accepts our business as long as it is none of our business how they do it.
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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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Realignment ‘altered policing — perhaps forever’

Dec 15th, 2014 | By
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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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Here come the judged…

Dec 11th, 2014 | By
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.
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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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Execution by calendar: Killer of faceless victim dead

Dec 10th, 2014 | By
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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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Obamacare for parolees to ‘keep communities safe’

Dec 9th, 2014 | By
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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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Fiddling with death: Israeli CO muled phones, SIMS to HAMAS, FATAH

Dec 8th, 2014 | By
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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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FemCon’s misdemeanor spree ends in lock up?

Dec 4th, 2014 | By
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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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‘Hands up, Don’t shoot’ a good start?

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By
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“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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Dope mules step it up at county jails

Dec 1st, 2014 | By
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California Jails See Surge in Drug Smuggling GILLIAN FLACCUS | Associated Press Drug smuggling is up at many California county jails and one reason, sheriff’s officials say, is that some parolees are getting arrested just so they can try to sneak narcotics behind bars. Sheriff’s departments, which run county jails, report more illegal drugs in the three years since an overhaul of the state corrections system started sending lower-level felons to county lock-ups to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. Officials say the “prison realignment” law generally has brought tougher inmates into jails and they point

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Ethnic lockdowns to be slammed

Nov 25th, 2014 | By
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The End to Race-Based Lockdowns in California Prisons BY JESSICA PISHKO. | Pacific Standard …CDCR has reached a tentative settlement, not yet approved by the court, with the Berkeley-based Prison Law Office over the subject of race-based lockdowns, a CDCR policy that, the lawsuit contends, punished inmates on the basis of race or ethnicity. A CDCR spokesperson said that it began implementing policy changes, including revision of their rules, in May, as settlement talks were on-going. An academic at King’s College in London provided anecdotal evidence from inmates that they did not enter prison “racist,”

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‘Incapacitated’ absconder spotted at Brooklyn Marathon

Nov 24th, 2014 | By
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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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San Francisco’s crime rates soar

Nov 21st, 2014 | By
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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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Shootin’ it: Utah to revive firing squad!?

Nov 20th, 2014 | By
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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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Crime: What does poverty have to do with it?

Nov 19th, 2014 | By
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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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Dead man wedding: Manson issued marriage license!

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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Nuts’ nuptials nearing Convicted mass-murderer and former death row resident Charles Manson has been issued a license to wed.  As previously noted on these pages (Charlie Manson to get married11/22/2013 ), the 81 year old killer, who rightly have been killed decades ago, is now set to marry 26 year old Afton Elaine “Star” Burton in the Corcoran Prison visiting room. Star, an insane cult-killer groupie, has been claiming for over a year that she and the living-proof- justice-is-dead-in-California would wed — Murderer Manson consistently denied her claims, until now.  Reportedly attracted to her murderous mate based upon his

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Video: Burglar meets 82 Airborne Vet

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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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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2 SVSP CO’s charged with manslaughter

Nov 17th, 2014 | By
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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

Nov 16th, 2014 | By
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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

Nov 14th, 2014 | By
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Los Angeles police use data to target crime By TAMI ABDOLLAH | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police are increasingly relying on technology that not only tells patrol officers where crime is most likely to occur but also identifies and keeps track of ex-cons and other bad guys they believe are most likely to commit them. Police say the effort has already helped reduce crime in one of the city’s most notorious and historically gang-ridden neighborhoods. “This is a tremendous step forward. Without this, I couldn’t do my job,” said Capt. Ed Prokop,

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

Nov 13th, 2014 | By
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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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Inspector General faults high 290 caseloads, GPS

Nov 12th, 2014 | By
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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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Union-Tribune EDS: ‘California crime wave coming’

Nov 11th, 2014 | By
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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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ACA President-DOC chief indicted…(Reloaded)

Nov 10th, 2014 | By
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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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‘Physically incapacitated’ medical parolee ON THE RUN since 10/1/2014!

Nov 7th, 2014 | By
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CDCR unable to locate Rolling Blunder   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, abandoning his wheelchair outside the San Diego “skilled nursing facility” where he was housed (CDCR: Medical Parolee Missing from Skilled Nursing Facility 10/2/2014).  Taylor remains

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ACA President-DOC chief indicted, flash-retires

Nov 7th, 2014 | By
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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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California executes another killer with calendar

Nov 6th, 2014 | By
Steven Homick, 74, lived on death row long enough to surpass the ages of his senior citizen victims,  who died at 63 and 67.
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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

Nov 4th, 2014 | By
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Proposition 47 a cruel fraud Dean D. Flippo |  Monterey County District Attorney   As district attorney of Monterey County, I and our staff have worked diligently to prosecute dangerous people such as child molesters, rapists, murderers, drug traffickers, gangsters committing violent crimes, and defendants who burglarize our homes and steal from senior citizens. The convictions of these dangerous individuals has had a positive impact on the public safety of our community. Three years ago, the Legislature passed a law resulting in a dramatic change on how California would hold people accountable for violating our

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AB109: Turnstile spinout in Alameda

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By
For "non-serious, non-violent " offenders" like Daniel Frary, a jail hand-stamp system would  really save time.
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‘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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WALLmart guard delivers deportation-escapee’s spawn

Oct 31st, 2014 | By
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RAZING Australia: Dirty faux CO aided, abetted and THEN SOME! Serco prison guard gave birth to runaway detainee Aziz Ali Abdulkader’s love child News.com A RUNAWAY asylum seeker was arrested yesterday at the home of his female Serco prison guard lover who had just had his baby. Detainee Aziz Ali Abdulkader is alleged to have fled from detention in Brisbane just over nine months ago and was ­rearrested at his lover’s home in Greenacre yesterday morning. According to a Serco whistleblower, who informed 2GB’s Ray Hadley, immigration officials raided the home of the female prison guard

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FBI commits more crime on your behalf

Oct 30th, 2014 | By
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Can Authorities Cut Off Utilities And Pose As Repairmen To Search A Home? Nina Totenberg  |  NPR.org Some legal cases do more than raise eyebrows…The question is whether federal agents can disrupt service to a house and then, masquerading as helpful technicians, gain entry to covertly search the premises in hopes of finding evidence that might later justify a search warrant. The defendants in this case are not your everyday Americans. They are, in fact, Chinese gamblers who were staying in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace earlier this year. Caesar’s, and other gambling casinos, thrive

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