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Vox Populi / Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« on: September 12, 2019, 05:02:56 pm »
Thursday, 12th September 2019
Officers Said They Smelled Pot. The Judge Called Them Liars.
by Joseph Goldstein







Police officers can often justify a search with six words:

“I smelled an odor of marijuana.”

Courts in New York have long ruled if a car smells like marijuana smoke, the police can search it — and, according to some judges, even the occupants — without a warrant.

But in late July, a judge in the Bronx said in a scathing opinion that officers claim to smell marijuana so often that it strains credulity, and she called on judges across the state to stop letting police officers get away with lying about it.

“The time has come to reject the canard of marijuana emanating from nearly every vehicle subject to a traffic stop,”

Judge April Newbauer wrote in a decision in a case involving a gun the police discovered in car they had searched after claiming to have smelled marijuana.

She added, “So ubiquitous has police testimony about odors from cars become that it should be subject to a heightened level of scrutiny if it is to supply the grounds for a search.”

It is exceedingly rare for a New York City judge to accuse police officers of routinely lying to cover up illegal searches, but Judge Newbauer’s decision does exactly that.

Her decision also shows how marijuana’s status as contraband remains deeply embedded in the criminal justice system, even as the police and prosecutors have begun to wind down arrests and prosecutions for marijuana.

At the height of the stop-and-frisk era, nearly a decade ago, the police were arresting some 50,000 New Yorkers a year for low-level marijuana offenses, more than 85 percent of whom were black or Hispanic.

The arrests have since plummeted, but the presence of a marijuana odor — real or purported — still serves as a justification to detain people and search them, sometimes leading to the discovery of more serious contraband, including guns, police officers and lawyers say.

One woman who served on a grand jury in Brooklyn late last year recalled hearing officers in three separate cases claim to have “detected a strong odor of marijuana” and use it as justification for a stop or a search.

“They said it very formulaically,” the woman, Batya Ungar-Sargon, who is the opinion editor at The Forward, recalled.

Such testimony can be the final word on whether a search was lawful or unconstitutional, especially in New York.

Some other states have more stringent rules.

North Carolina, for instance, does not allow the smell of pot to justify a search of the occupants of the vehicle.

In 2016, a federal judge in Rochester concluded that the rule in New York was unconstitutional and that New York judges had been wrong to allow such searches.

But that decision has had little bearing in New York City.

Lawmakers in Albany considered intervening this year:

A marijuana legalization bill under debate specifically forbade officers from relying on the “odor of cannabis” for some searches.

The bill did not pass.

Instead, lawmakers opted to reduce the penalties for possessing or smoking marijuana.

Car stops have become an increasingly important part of the New York City department’s patrol strategy ever since political pressure began forcing the department to back away from stopping and frisking black and Hispanic men in large numbers, police officers say.

Looser enforcement and more lenient penalties have made the open use of marijuana — along with its unmistakable, pungent scent — more common on city streets and elsewhere.

Still, several officers said in interviews that they had doubts their colleagues consistently told the truth about what they had smelled.

“Certain cops will say there is odor of marijuana, and when I get to the scene, I immediately don’t smell anything,” one Bronx officer, Pedro Serrano, said in a 2018 article in The New York Times.

“I can’t tell you what you smelled, but it’s obvious to me there is no smell of marijuana.”

In an interview last month, Officer Serrano said he still believed that to be the case.

Officer Serrano, who currently works a desk job and is not out on patrol, is one of several current and former officers suing the Police Department over what they describe as arrest quotas.

A Manhattan detective, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the department, said it would be very difficult to prove what an officer did or did not smell.

But the detective said he had come to believe that some officers, particularly in plainclothes units, lied about having smelled marijuana because of how frequently he heard it used as justification for a search.

In recent years, at least five other judges have concluded in individual cases that officers likely lied about smelling marijuana to justify searches that turned up an unlicensed firearm, according to court documents.

These judges came to doubt the police testimony for a range of reasons, such as discrepancies within an officer’s account or among officers, according to a review of the five decisions.

These judges have generally questioned only the credibility of individual officers in individual cases.

Judge Newbauer’s claim was much broader:



that there is widespread lying.

A Police Department spokesman, Al Baker, rejected that assertion as untrue.

He noted that marijuana “gives off a distinctive and pervasive odor.”

“We recognize that judges arrive at their decisions with their own sets of values and insights informed by life experiences,”

Mr. Baker said in a statement.

“Nonetheless, we categorically reject the judge’s baseless assertion in this case and refute her sweeping assertion that police officers routinely fabricate that the odor of marijuana is present in every vehicle they stop.”

The case that led Judge Newbauer — who was a public defender before ascending to the bench — to make this claim involved a car stop in the Bronx on March 24, 2017.

A plainclothes officer, Daniel Nunez, testified that “he noticed a strong odor of burning marijuana” while approaching the vehicle, according to the decision.

Officer Nunez testified that he observed three small bags of marijuana perched atop the center console — which the police photographed, according to the decision.

While searching the trunk, Officer Nunez discovered a gun.

Judge Newbauer concluded that Officer Nunez’s account was riddled with falsehoods.

She decided the photograph of the bags of marijuana neatly arranged was likely staged.

She noted that one of the two defendants, Jesse Hill, had testified that the marijuana had been discovered when officers searched the pockets of the other man who had been in the car with him.

Gaynor Cunningham, a Legal Aid lawyer who represented Mr. Hill’s co-defendant, said the ruling “recognizes an all-too-common practice of dishonesty that police officers employ to circumvent the law to manufacture a ‘legal search.’”

Mr. Baker, the Police Department spokesman, said Officer Nunez had acted lawfully.

Barry Kamins, a former New York City judge and an authority on search and seizure law in New York, said Judge Newbauer was “the first judge to really express an opinion about this type of scenario.”

He said the opinion brought to mind a court decision from 1970, in which a judge accused New York City police officers of lying in a similar fashion.

That case dealt with “dropsy” testimony, in which officers testified they had seen the defendant throw down a small bag of drugs in an attempt to ditch the evidence as the police approached.

Such testimony spiked after a landmark Supreme Court decision required courts to suppress evidence gained from an illegal search.

Officers no doubt did catch people trying to discard evidence.

But there was widespread suspicion that officers sometimes made up “dropsy” testimony rather than admit they had searched someone unlawfully.

Yet even though officers were likely lying at least some of the time, it was all but impossible to figure out if they were lying “in any particular case,” one judge, Irving Younger, wrote in the 1970 opinion.

“Our refusal to face up to the ‘dropsy’ problem soils the rectitude of the administration of justice,” he concluded.






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Vox Populi / Re: Trump moves toward repealing Obama EPA water rule
« on: September 12, 2019, 04:17:38 pm »
Thursday, 12th September 2019
EPA repeals Obama-era water regulation in event at DC trade group
by Rene Marsh and Gregory Wallace





(Washington, D.C.) - The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced the repeal of the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule that extended federal authority and protections to streams and wetlands.



EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said repealing the rule was "at the top of the list" of items the administration wanted to roll back, because it was an "egregious power grab."

Wheeler made the announcement at the National Association of Manufacturers, a trade group in Washington, DC, that has lobbied against the Obama rule and whose legal arm previously sued to block it.

Jay Timmons, the CEO of NAM, introduced Wheeler and said the rollback is a "big accomplishment for manufacturers."


The 2015 regulation, commonly known as WOTUS, defined what bodies of water are protected under the federal Clean Water Act but was a favorite punching bag of Republicans, who ridicule it as government overreach.

Democrats defended it as necessary to ensure waterways remained pollution-free.
 
The next step for the puppetine empire is finalizing its proposal for a replacement regulation.

Environmental groups are panning the move and promising further legal challenges.
 
"The puppetine empire's wild-eyed attempts to reward polluters," the Natural Resources Defense Council's Jon Devine said,

"knows no bounds, so it is repealing these important protections without regard for the law or sound science."
















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In The News / Re: THE "WHO CAUGHT A CASE TODAY" THREAD
« on: September 12, 2019, 03:27:04 pm »
Thursday, 12th September 2019
CAPTURED!
by Rebekah L. Sanders and Chelsea Curtis







(PHOENIX, AZ) – Two days after murder suspect Blane Barksdale was named one of the country’s most wanted fugitives, he and his wife were taken into custody without incident in Arizona.

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office announced late Wednesday that it had assisted the U.S. Marshals Service in locating and arresting the Barksdales.

Authorities did not specify where they caught Blane Barksdale, 56, and his wife, Susan, 59.

They had been on the run since Aug. 26, when they commandeered a prison transport van in Utah and escaped into rural Arizona.

An intense search for the couple had been underway in the county, which runs from the Utah state line south in a narrow strip to the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

The Barksdales are suspects in the death of Frank Bligh, a 72-year-old Tucson man who has been missing since April.

The couple was being transported from New York state to Tucson when they overpowered their guards and escaped custody.

They abandoned the van, with the guards and another prisoner bound inside east of Navajo County in Apache County, according to officials.

They had been last seen driving a red GMC Sierra truck with an Arizona license plate and damage on its front passenger side and rear bumper.

The U.S. Marshals Service offered no additional details Wednesday night, and a news conference was planned Thursday morning in Phoenix.

On Monday, Blane Barksdale was elevated to the U.S. Marshals Service's 15 Most Wanted List, with the reward for information leading to his capture raised to $25,000.

A reward for information leading to the capture of Susan Barksdale was set at $10,000, and up to $5,000 was offered for information leading to the red pickup.

Residents Wednesday night quickly began posting their thanks and relief on the Navajo County Sheriff's Office website.

The search for the couple had sparked concern among residents throughout the area.
 
Locals said there were a million places they could have laid low among a labyrinth of dead-end roads, cattle ranches, trailers and bushy juniper trees in the high-desert backcountry of northeastern Arizona.

The couple and the red pickup seemed to have vanished into the teardrop-shaped expanse between Snowflake, Concho and Show Low.

"Who knows where they could be?" said Verlinda Adams, 65, just hours before the Barksdales were caught.

"There's so much forest around the Rim Country ... and there's so many roads," Adams added, as she ate lunch at a cafe in Taylor, not far from the area the marshals and deputies repeatedly had combed.

Navajo County Sheriff David Clouse said he cut his teeth as a young deputy on the rutted, gravel paths east of Snowflake.

The routes lead to survivalist compounds, family cabins, drug dens, horse properties, hunting grounds or sometimes nowhere at all.

"Some describe it as No Man’s Land," he said.

"But that's our backyard, and we're very familiar with it."

A typical patrol through the area could take hours from end to end, he said — let alone a manhunt for a couple assisted by a local criminal network in a territory where law enforcement cellphones and radios didn't always work, Clouse said.

"It's so remote, it's hard to make contact. So we're offering our knowledge of the roads, the people and the local lay of the land," Clouse said before the arrests. "
(The Barksdales) may have driven down their exact road, and they'll never know it because there's so many trees and their houses are set back so far. ... Your urban searches are so much easier."

Authorities searched by air and land for any sign of the couple or pickup, made warrant sweeps, property searches and arrests, Arizona U.S. Marshal David Gonzales said.

"(We were) beating the bushes," he said.

"Nothing was popping."

To ensure authorities didn't suffer from tunnel vision, they expanded the search from California to Texas in recent days.

One of the first places law enforcement swarmed was the property the Barksdales own near Vernon, about 20 miles east of Show Low, according to neighbor Joe Ferreira.

A SWAT team stormed the property a month ago or more, Ferreira estimated, some time before the couple hijacked the van.

A white RV and plywood lean-to sat nestled on their land Wednesday against a hill overlooking Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

The couple purchased the property in August 2018, county records showed.

Ferreira, 64, a local chef who raises chickens and ducks three doors down, joked having a neighbor on the FBI's "Top 15 Most Wanted" list was "different."

Normally, the small clump of homes is quiet and peaceful, he said.

Wind chimes and a few dogs barking were the only sounds Wednesday afternoon.

Violet and yellow wildflowers nodded in the breeze.

"No Trespassing" signs stood beside every driveway.

"That's what it's about: Do your own thing," Ferreira said.

The manhunt added some worries, he admitted.

"How can you not? You get a little nervous about it."

Every time a vehicle drives by, Ferreira said,

"We stick our nose in the window."
















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In The News / Re: THE "WHO CAUGHT A CASE TODAY" THREAD
« on: September 12, 2019, 07:01:44 am »
Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Edgecombe County science teacher charged with possessing meth
by CBS 17 Digital Desk




(TARBORO, N.C.) – An Edgecombe County science teacher was arrested after deputies found meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in her possession, the sheriff’s office said.
 
On Sept. 3, the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office was called to Suggs Road near Colonial Road where they found 31-year-old Christina Hazel Cuthrell.

Deputies said Cuthrell reported her boyfriend had taken their infant child and run into the woods.

An investigation revealed that to be fabricated and the sheriff’s office said the child was never in danger during the incident.

Deputies searched her and her vehicle and found methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, the sheriff’s office said.

Cuthrell was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Pitt County for felony obtaining property by false pretense and was charged with possess methamphetamine, possess more than ½ oz. marijuana, and possess drug paraphernalia.



She was placed under a $3,500 secured bond.

Cuthrell works as a science teacher at Southwest Edgecombe High School.
 
The school district confirmed she is currently suspended pending the completion of an investigation into her arrest.
 
The district also released the following statement in response to the arrest:

"Edgecombe County Public Schools conducts background checks on all of its employees as a part of its pre-employment requirements. The safety of our students and staff remains a top priority. As this is a personal matter, further information can not be released at this time."

---Susan Hoke, Edgecombe County Public Schools Communications Coordinator

















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In The News / Re: THE "WHO CAUGHT A CASE TODAY" THREAD
« on: September 12, 2019, 06:42:41 am »
Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Man accused of kidnapping woman in Rolla, almost running over officers, stealing several cars

by KMOV4 (CBS News affiliate)





(ROLLA, Mo.) – A suspect is facing charges, accused of kidnapping a woman, almost running over an officer, leading officers on a chase and stealing several cars.

Timothy Vance, 33, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child.

The incident took place just before 7:00 p.m. on September 1.

Police said Vance was holding a woman at gunpoint at a home in the 1200 block of Turkey Run Drive.

When they arrived, they said they heard a disturbance and a woman crying from inside the garage.


Police said they pounded on the garage door to announce that they were there before Vance started a car with the woman inside and drove out of the garage, almost hitting an officer.



Police said an officer then fired a shot at the car.

Vance and the woman later abandoned the car in rural Phelps County and stole another car, police say.

An officer later spotted the car they stole on I-44 near St. James and started to chase it into Crawford County where police say Vance and the woman abandoned the car and stole another vehicle.

Police said the two got out of the second stolen car before stealing a third.

The two then wrecked the third car and fled on foot before being captured while trying to break into a home in Crawford County.

Officers later determined the woman was not an active participant in any of the crimes.

She was released after being questioned.

Vance is being held in the Crawford County Jail.















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Vox Populi / Re: Arizona no like Latinos
« on: September 11, 2019, 06:54:20 pm »
Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Supreme Court backs puppetine on asylum crackdown
by Lawrence Hurley and Daniel Trotta




 
The U.S. Supreme Court granted a request by puppetine's administration to fully enforce a new rule that would curtail asylum applications by immigrants at the U.S.- Mexico border, a key element of his hardline immigration policies.

The court said the rule, which requires most immigrants who want asylum to first seek safe haven in a third country through which they had traveled on their way to the United States, could go into effect as litigation challenging its legality continues.


Liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented.


The rule, unveiled on July 15, requires most immigrants who want U.S. asylum to first seek asylum in a third country they had traveled through on their way to the United States.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 16 limited a federal judge's injunction blocking the rule to the nine Western states over which it has jurisdiction including the border states of California and Arizona.

That had left open the possibility that the rule could be applied in the two other border states, Texas and New Mexico.

The American Civil Liberties Union and others who challenged the administration's policy in federal court said it violates U.S. immigration law and accused the administration of failing to follow the correct legal process in issuing the rule.


















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In The News / Re: 40 YEARS LATER... AN ARREST
« on: September 11, 2019, 08:32:25 am »
Wdnesday, 11th September 2019
Ohio white man, 75, charged with slayings of 2 women from 1970s
by Associated Press




(AKRON, Ohio) — A 75-year-old Ohio man faces murder charges in the unsolved slayings of two women outside Akron in the 1970s.

Authorities say Gustave Sapharas was arrested Friday by Tallmadge police for the stabbing deaths of 18-year-old Louise Bentz in 1970 and 21-year-old Loretta Jean Davis in 1975.

Both were killed in Tallmadge.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Tallmadge Police Chief Ron Williams says police began re-investigating Bentz's death in 2013 and eventually connected both slayings to Sapharas, who also faces kidnapping and attempted rape charges.

The newspaper reports Sapharas was convicted of raping a Cuyahoga Falls woman in the 1970s and was acquitted in the 1991 slaying of a Columbus woman.

Sapharas is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Summit County.

It's unclear whether he has an attorney.













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Education / Re: Black Student is gifted $100,000 to re-enter college
« on: September 11, 2019, 08:13:07 am »
Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Representative AOC makes student loan payment during congressional hearing on loans

by Nicholas Wu



(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her bank account to make a point during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on student debt.
 
Ocasio-Cortez opened her remarks by telling the witnesses and audience that she had made a student loan payment while attending the hearing.

"I literally made a student loan payment while I was sitting here at this chair, and I looked at my balance, and it was $20,237.16," she said.

"I just made a payment that took me down to $19,000 so I feel really accomplished right now."

She called for action on the nation's student debt.

“I’m hearing people on this committee say it’s not our job," Ocasio-Cortez said, referring to congressional Republicans' testimony during the hearing.

"This is our job.”

The committee had been discussing ways to address the nation's estimated $1.5 trillion in student debt and featured testimony from consumer advocates and experts.
 
Comedian Hasan Minhaj, whose Netflix show "Patriot Act" had run an episode about student debt, talked about how student debt had become a "paywall to the middle class."

Ocasio-Cortez is one of many members of Congress with student debt burdens.

Roll Call reported in March 2019 that 68 members of Congress had their own student loans or loans for a dependent, with an average debt burden of $37,000.

Eight members had more than $100,000 in student debt. 





















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In The News / Re: LIFE, LIBERTY...GETTIN AWAY WITH S_____!
« on: September 11, 2019, 07:49:04 am »
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Judge in Brock Turner Case Hired as High School Tennis Coach
by Gonzalo Rojas, Michael Bott & Kristofer Noceda





The controversial judge in the Brock Turner case is now a high school tennis coach in San Jose, California.

Lynbrook High School officials on Tuesday confirmed Aaron Persky was hired as a tennis coach at the campus for this school year.

Persky was recalled by Santa Clara County voters in 2018 for his handling of the Turner case.

Many people were enraged when Turner, an ex-Stanford University swimmer, was sentenced to six months in jail in 2016 after his conviction for felony sexual assault.

Persky, who imposed the sentence, was recalled by voters in 2018, the first judge to be recalled in California since 1932.


Meanwhile, the woman sexually assaulted by Turner revealed her identity last week by announcing an upcoming memoir,

"Know My Name."

Chanel Miller, known for years only as "Emily Doe," is sharing her story in the memoir set to be released on Sept. 24, 2019

"Late last week, it was brought to our attention that the coach of Lynbrook High School’s Junior Varsity Girls Tennis team, Mr. Michael Persky, was previously in the news in connection with this prior job as a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge.

Mr. Persky is in his first year as an athletic coach in our District.

He applied for the open coaching position over the summer and successfully completed all of the District’s hiring requirements before starting as a coach, including a fingerprint background check.

He was a highly qualified applicant, having attended several tennis coaching clinics for youth and holds a high rating from the United States Tennis Association.

In response to concerns from some members of our community, we held a meeting with the parents of both the JV and Varsity Girls Tennis teams on September 9 to provide parents with background on the situation.

Our focus remains on ensuring that our students have the best possible educational experience - both academically and athletically.

As this is an ongoing personnel matter, we are unable to comment further at this time."





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Feel The Funk / Re: KANYE
« on: September 11, 2019, 06:52:55 am »
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Kanye West’s Domed Homes In Calabasas Torn Down
by CBS Los Angeles (KCAL)




(CALABASAS, Ca) — Kanye West knows well how it all falls down, and so goes his hope for a community of domed homes in Calabasas.

The rapper had been building the structures on his 300-acre property in Calabasas.

Neighbors in the mountain community began complaining last month of construction noise and extra vehicles parked on the streets.

The domes were reportedly inspired by the fictional planet of Tatooine in the Star Wars films and were being built as possible low-income housing units or housing for the homeless.

However, West apparently did not have building permits and was ordered to stop work and was fined by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

Open spaces once occupied by the domed structures were spotted by Sky 2 Monday.










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Books / Re: Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II
« on: September 11, 2019, 06:08:22 am »
Tuesday, 10th September 2019
Help hurricane victims, but also fight to stop climate change
by Eugene Robinson



(Washington, DC) -  “It is impossible to prepare for an apocalypse,” Dr. Duane Sands, the health minister of the Bahamas, told reporters Sunday.

Somehow, though, we all had better try.

Those who have witnessed the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama, Great Abaco and Little Abaco islands struggle to describe it.

"Some places it's like nothing happened," Mark Green, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, told The Washington Post after an aerial tour.

"Other places, it's like they were hit by a nuclear bomb."

Dorian, then a Category 5 storm bearing sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and gusts even stronger, stalled over the northern Bahamas and barely moved for nearly three full days.

The result was the kind of damage more commonly seen from tornados, except that a tornado touchdown typically lasts just minutes.

In the town of Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco, entire neighborhoods were smashed into rubble and then the broken pieces were blown around like confetti.

Journalists who have reached those places say the smell of death is everywhere.

The official toll stood at just 45 on Monday, but authorities have understandably prioritized the care and feeding of thousands of bereft survivors over the counting of the dead.

It is assumed that the final number, or estimate, will be orders of magnitude higher.

Sands, who oversees the grim tally, has used the word "staggering" to describe the loss of life.

An exact number of casualties will likely never be known because Dorian's tsunami-like storm surge carried many victims away.

Survivors have told wrenching stories of how they watched helplessly as loved ones were swept out to sea.

Tens of thousands of people who remain in the devastated areas, and who have lost everything, desperately need food, shelter, clothing and medical attention.

This slow-motion catastrophe is unfolding barely 100 miles off the coast of Florida.

One thing the United States government can do is avoid a repeat of what happened Sunday night, when scores of refugees were forced to disembark from a ferry about to head from Grand Bahama to Fort Lauderdale because they did not have visas to enter the country.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection blamed the ferry company; the ferry's crew reportedly blamed CBP.
Whoever was responsible, such cruelty must not happen again.

Republican Senators marco rubio and rick scott of Florida have asked the acting-president to waive all visa requirements for Bahamians with relatives in the United States.

In other respects, U.S. officials seem to be doing everything they can to help the Bahamas cope with the immediate tragedy.

Sadly, however, our government is willfully blind to the bigger picture.

Climate scientists have predicted that human-induced global warming will make hurricanes stronger, more laden with rainfall and, possibly, more likely to stall — just like Dorian.

Rising sea levels, due to climate change, make low-lying coastal communities more vulnerable than in the past.

puppetine may believe climate change is a hoax, but the next hurricane could potentially do to his Palm Beach estate what Dorian did to Marsh Harbour.

Our government should be moving on two fronts.

First, it should join the rest of the world in acknowledging the need to try to limit climate change by reducing the use of fossil fuels.

It is insane that while the puppetine administration sends resources to help the Bahamas, it is simultaneously throwing a legal fit over the decision by California and major car manufacturers to make their vehicles emit less heat-trapping carbon than puppetine would prefer.



The acting-president refuses to see the contradiction.


Perhaps some could draw it for him with a Sharpie.


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In The News / Re: THE "WHO CAUGHT A CASE TODAY" THREAD
« on: September 11, 2019, 04:44:49 am »
Monday, 9th September 2019
White woman drives DUI with 3 kids in car, then offers sexual favors to police
by Ted Czech




A Penn Township woman allegedly tried to bribe police officers with sexual favors Saturday after her arrest for DUI with her three children as passengers, according to charging documents.

Rebecca Sue Doody, 29, faces one count each of bribery - benefit, indecent exposure and DUI, and three counts of recklessly endangering another person.

She was released on $2,500 unsecured bail and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 19 before District Judge Jeffrey A. Sneeringer, according to dockets.

Doody could not be reached for comment.

At 3:11 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to Doody's home in the first block Beachfield Lane for a domestic dispute.

Once there, they spoke with Doody's boyfriend, Jacob Angolia, who said Doody had been driving drunk with their three children as passengers, documents state.

Police spoke with Doody, who smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on her feet and had slurred speech and bloodshot, glassy eyes.

She then "performed poorly" on a field sobriety test, according to documents.

Officers arrested Doody on suspicion of DUI, believing that her alleged conduct placed her children in danger of death or serious bodily injury, documents state.

"While on the way to the hospital Doody was trying to bribe me with sexual favors in an attempt to avoid criminal charges," an officer wrote in documents.

These alleged offers continued at UPMC Hospital, in front of hospital employees and police.

Police took Doody back to their headquarters and while processing her, handcuffed one of her wrists to a bench, according to documents.

"While on the bench Doody used her free hand and pulled up her shirt and bra exposing her breast," in front of two officers, documents state.

"She continued to request several different sexual acts from police in an attempt to get out of criminal charges."


















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Vox Populi / Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« on: September 11, 2019, 04:20:22 am »
Monday, 9th September 2019
Dallas County DA’s Office Disqualified From Austin Shuffield Case
by CBS Dallas Fort Worth







(DALLAS, Tx) — A district judge has disqualified the Dallas County District Attorney’s office from a case that caught national attention earlier this year amid allegations of bias.

In a statement released by former Deep Ellum bartender Austin Shuffield’s attorneys, Scott Palmer and Rebekah Perlstein said they filed a motion to disqualify the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office due to the “bias” shown during the prosecution of the case.

"Due to the bias the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office has shown in the prosecution of this case, the defense filed a motion to disqualify the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

The District Attorney’s Office has demonstrated that their office is unable to make objective decisions on this matter by their actions of clearly intending to enforce laws only when it benefits their cases.

District Judge Lela Mays granted the motion and former Dallas County Prosecutor Russell Wilson has been assigned as a special prosecutor.

The motion to disqualify was granted by District Judge Lela Mays.

Former Dallas County Prosecutor Russell Wilson has been assigned as a special prosecutor.

Mr. Wilson will now take over the case and the presentation of charges to the grand jury.

It is our sincere hope that Mr. Wilson will not be swayed by public pressure and will seek justice, rather than a conviction by any means necessary, as is required by law."

Shuffield, 30, was arrested on March 21, after a brutal assault over parking in Deep Ellum was caught on camera.

The video showed Shuffield and the victim, 24-year-old Daijohnique Lee, in a heated argument.

Initially, Shuffield was arrested on three misdemeanor charges — assault, interference with 911 and public intoxication.

But after activists began to demand the DA’s office to increase his charges, command staff reclassified Shuffield’s charge to a felony, making it a high-profile case.

Almost two weeks later on April 2, DPD issued a warrant for Lee for the destruction she caused to Shuffield’s car the night of the assault.

Before the warrant issued, Lee admitted to damaging Shuffield’s car after he provided documentation that the damage was over $3,000.

That same day, activists protested the decision to prosecute Lee.

One day later, District Attorney John Creuzot made the decision not to prosecute Lee for the felony offense.


















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In The News / Re: THE "WHO CAUGHT A CASE TODAY" THREAD
« on: September 11, 2019, 04:06:14 am »
Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Cross burning: Mississippi white man pleads guilty, sentenced to 11 years
by Lici Beveridge




(JACKSON, Miss.) – A man who pleaded guilty to burning a cross outside the home of a black family in Mississippi was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in federal prison.

Louie Revette, 38, of Collins pleaded guilty in April to one count of interference with housing rights, a federal civil rights violation, and one count of using fire during the commission of a federal felony for the 2017 incident.

In his plea, Revette admitted he went to what he knew to be a predominantly black neighborhood in Seminary, about 70 miles south of Jackson.

He and another man, Graham Williamson, who also pleaded guilty, built a cross to burn near the home of a juvenile.

The two men placed the cross near the youth's home and lit it on fire.

Revette said he built and burned the cross to threaten, frighten and intimidate the teen and other black residents because of their race and color.

But in court Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett said the crime was not entirely based on race, although he did not elaborate on what else motivated Revette to burn the cross.

Regardless of motive, Starrett said "cross burning is a big deal" and as a child in McComb "in the cross burning capital of the South," he was fully aware of the fear and intimidation elicited by cross burnings and church fires."

"It is not an act of courage to come in the night and try to intimidate somebody," the judge said.

Revette's family and friends wept as he told Starrett he was sorry for what he had done and wished the incident never happened.

"I want everyone to know I'm not proud of what happened," he said.

"I hate what I did. I can't even believe I did that. I never done anything like that before in my life."

Attorneys for the government sought a longer sentence for Revette, saying he was instrumental in perpetrating the crime and recruiting others to join him in the commission of the cross burning.
 
In addition, the government said, the intended victim was particularly vulnerable since he was a 16-year-old in the 10th grade.

None of the victim's family was in court for the sentencing, but the victim's grandmother, Rose Marie Shears, conveyed through the U.S. Attorney's Office that it brought back a lot of the fear and terror of the past.

She said she is afraid now that Revette and Williamson or others "will come back to get them."

Shears asked the court to give Revette a long prison sentence – between 20 and 40 years – so he could not come back and further terrorize her family.

"I thought that 'those days' were over," she told Julia Gegenheimer, an attorney for the government, on Monday.

"This act has brought it all back."

Revette said he wished he could take it all back.

"I wish the family was here," he said.

"I don't want no hatred between his family and myself."

He told Starrett he agreed when the judge said sometimes you have to be locked up to be set free and wants to put the incident behind him.

"I hate that I had to hurt (the victim) to get to where I am now, but I thank God for rescuing me," he said. "Black man is God."

Williamson, who pleaded guilty in June, will be sentenced November 5, 2019











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In The News / Re: LIFE, LIBERTY...GETTIN AWAY WITH S_____!
« on: September 11, 2019, 03:47:15 am »
Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Student Jailed On Sex Assault Charge Freed After Judge Deems Him ‘High Achieving’
by Alanna Vagianos



A University of Florida senior jailed on a charge of sexually assaulting a fellow student was released last week after a judge deemed him a “high-achieving student.”

Ian Milaski, a 21-year-old resident hall assistant, was arrested on Aug. 29, after a female student called university police and accused Milaski of forcibly kissing her, pinning her onto his bed and attempting to put his fingers inside her days earlier.

Milaski was jailed on charges of battery and false imprisonment, with bond set at $125,000.

A judge later ordered him released on his own recognizance, agreeing with an emergency defense motion that described Milaski as a “high-achieving student,” according to local outlet WCJB.

The bail-reduction motion said Milaski is “slated to graduated in May 2020″ with a double major, and “personally performed more than 210 hours of community service in the last two years.”

Milaski’s motion also argued that he needed to help his parents prepare for Hurricane Dorian and tend to his double major as a senior about to graduate, according to The Alligator, the UF student newspaper.

The woman, identified only as a UF sophomore, told officers that Milaski called her drunkenly and said he needed water on the night of Aug. 25, according to a police report.

She said she walked Milaski back to his room, but he kept trying to make out with her despite her protests.

After she continued to refuse his advances, he reportedly grabbed her by the wrists and said, “I want to sleep with you.”

When the woman tried to leave Milaski’s room, he grabbed her, picked her off the floor and pinned her on his bed, where he attempted to “finger her” through her underwear, according to the police report, obtained by NBC-2.

The young woman told police she eventually escaped and returned to her dorm room. Later that night, she awoke in her bed and found Milaski trying to lie next to her.

A friend of the woman who had been sleeping in the dorm room woke up from the commotion and yelled at Milaski to leave, according to the report.

Milaski’s bail motion explained the incident as a “misunderstanding among platonic friends fueled by alcohol,” the Alligator reported.

The judge, whose name isn’t mentioned in local news reports about the case, ordered Milaski to have no contact with the victim and banned him from returning to Sarasota and Alachua counties, where the university is located, except for court appointments or events related to school, including classes.

Milaski also was ordered to wear a GPS monitor.

No date has been set for his next court appearance.





















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