GRAND JURY RESISTERS INCARCERATED IN SEATTLE

Leah-Lynn Plante, Matt Duran and Kteeo Olejnik were jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating anarchist activities in the Pacific Northwest. A grand jury is a constitutionally mandated investigative tool used by the United State Attorney to bring charges against an individual for capital crimes or other major crimes. If a person refuses to testify before the grand jury he/she is brought before a District Court judge who grants the individual immunity from being convicted for any […] Read more »

OXNARD POLICE KILL INNOCENT BYSTANDER

Oxnard police shot and killed an innocent unarmed 21 year old bystander, Alfonso Limon, who was on his way home with his brother, after jogging at a local school, during a shootout with two young men attempting to escape from the police who claimed that the men along with a third were uncooperative during an automobile stop. Oxnard police officers attempted to stop a vehicle with three young Hispanic men, Jose Zepada, Raphael Hernandez, and Justin Villa in it. Initially […] Read more »

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR PUTTING PHOTOGRAPH OF UNDERCOVER OFFICER ON FACEBOOK

Melissa Walthal and her friend George Pickens were arrested in Texas for putting a picture of an undercover police officer on her Facebook page. The undercover officer testified at Pickens narcotics trial. Pickens and his brother, upset with the cop’s testimony found the officer’s Facebook page. They spread around posters with the officer’s picture on it. Walthal put the officer’s picture on her Facebook page with the caption, “Anyone know this [expletive]?” For this she is now facing felony charges […] Read more »

KENNEBUNK PROSTITUTION SCANDAL

The local Zumba dance instructor, Alexis Wright, in Kennebunk, Maine has been arrested and charged with over a hundred counts, more than half of them for prostitution. In a small town like Kennebunk that is big news. But the really big news is that the johns have been identified from the Wright’s records and videotapes she secretly made and are not only being charged but their names are being publicly released. Many people are upset, including presumably the johns and […] Read more »

COURT FINDS 26 MONTH PRETRIAL DETENTION NOT A VIOLATION OF DUE PROCESS

Antonio Briggs was arraigned on August 17, 2010 for his alleged involvement in a major multi-defendant, multi-count narcotics prosecution. On September 1, 2010 he was ordered detained without bail pending trial in the matter. Pretrial detention cannot be used for punitive purposes. Pretrial detention is only permissible to insure the defendant’s presence at trial or when a defendant is a danger to society. However there is a presumption in Federal narcotics cases where the maximum sentence is over ten years […] Read more »

FIRST CIRCUIT UPHOLDS ADMISSION OF SIMILAR CRIMES

Federal Rules of Evidence Rule 404(b) states: (1) Prohibited Uses. Evidence of a crime, wrong, or other act is not admissible to prove a person’s character in order to show that on a particular occasion the person acted in accordance with the character. (2) Permitted Uses; Notice in a Criminal Case. This evidence may be admissible for another purpose, such as proving motive, opportunity, intent, preparation, plan, knowledge, identity, absence of mistake, or lack of accident. . . In United […] Read more »

JERRY SANDUSKY CLAIMS INNOCENCE PRIOR TO SENTENCING

Tomorrow former Penn State Assistant Football Coach, Jerry Sandusky is scheduled to be sentenced. He was found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Today Sandusky released a statement denying guilt and claiming that he was the victim of a conspiracy between the victims, media, investigators, the justice system, Penn State, psychologists, and civil attorneys. No judge wants to hear from a defendant that he/she is innocent at sentencing. Particularly in a case like this […] Read more »

TENTH CIRCUIT REVERSE GRANT OF SUMMARY JUDGEMENT IN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTION

On September 7, 2007, the Los Lunas, New Mexico Police Department received an annonomous phone call reporting a domestic argument at the residence of Michael Storey. When officers arrived they knocked on the door. Storey answered. There was no evidence of any dispute or violence. They asked him to step outside. When he refused they arrested him. He sued and the officers filed for summary judgement granted summary judgement. It was granted and he appealed. In order to arrest someone, […] Read more »