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(Top video) Miami Beach, FL · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- Watch as three men distract the store clerk and place card (reader) skimmer on ATM Point-of-Sale Machine.

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Wichita, Kansas ~ ( Originally Published: June 23, 2018 ~ Updated: July 9, 2018) -- (Photo) Former Wichita police officer Dexter Betts is charged with one count of aggravated battery in a shooting that wounded a 9-year-old girl on Dec. 30, 2017.
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"Golden [Guy] Killer Appears In Court!"
Sacramento, California ~ ( Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- The Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, is one of the most prolific predators in U.S. history. He sometimes invaded different houses on consecutive nights. Deangelo sometimes returned to the same neighborhood so often that the people who lived there slept in shifts. He terrorized the suburbs of Sacramento. Later on, he continued his murderous crime spree, near Los Angeles, hundreds of miles to the south. (See: Full Hearing!)
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: May 23, 2018 ~ Updated: May 24, 2018) -- The video (Click here) shows an officer approaching Sterling Brown as he goes to get back into his car. The car was parked right in front of the Walgreens (the lot is essentially empty because it’s about 2 a.m.). Brown points out that he doesn’t see anything wrong with parking across two lanes since the lot is empty. The officer tells Brown to back away from him and calls for backup. When backup arrives, the officer (whose name was not released by MPD) says he “only wanted one [car for backup].” He claims that Brown got “right up in my face.” Several officers surround Brown. One angrily tells him to get his hand out of his pocket. When Brown points out that his hands are full, the officer wrenches Brown’s hand out, and a group of officers wrestle him to the ground and tase him. Brown can be heard groaning in anguish after an officer shouts “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

Parkland, FL {PUBLISHED: February 22, 2018 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 02:45 pm} -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson turned in his retirement papers. Scot retired after being told he would be placed on leave without pay. Peterson was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week during the fatal school shooting.Peterson was armed and in uniform during the shooting. Israel said there was video showing Peterson's actions, but the video would not be released because the investigation is continuing. He said the video showed Peterson take up a position outside the building, but "he never went in."

New York, NY {PUBLISHED: March 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2017 at 01:53 am} -- The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by the Rabbi's mouth. The baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following the controversial ancient circumcision ritual. A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure. An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City. NYC is home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel. There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015. Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015. Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers. Herpes is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed. Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage.

(Published: Thurs., April 13, 2017) — On Monday, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was headed to his Sacramento apartment when he noticed an officer approaching from behind him with his hand on his gun, according to police accounts, videos of the event and local news reports. Cain put his hands up as the officer approached, but continued to walk away slowly. He asked the police officer the reason for the stop, then protested when he heard it: “You were jaywalking,” the officer said on the dash-cam video released by the police department this week. “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.” Click here for video

EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)

Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)

New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)

Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)

Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)

Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)

Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)

San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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TACOMA, Wash. — Three men accused of helping Maurice Clemmons get away after four Lakewood police officers were shot to death Sunday have appeared before a Pierce County Superior Court judge. Eddie Davis and Douglas Davis both pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of first-degree rendering criminal assistance. Judge Bryan Chushcoff set bail for Eddie Davis at $700,000 and bail for Douglas Davis at $500,000. Clemmons' half brother, Rickey Hinton, has not been charged yet, but has been booked into jail for investigation of rendering criminal assistance. Chushcoff set his bail at $2 million.

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June 4, 2011

ROANOKE, Va. (WCJB) -- A Franklin County sheriff's deputy has been served with a murder warrant charging him in the shooting death of his former wife. Media outlets report Roanoke police served 32-year-old Jonathan Agee on Friday at his bed at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was hospitalized Monday after being shot in an Interstate 81 standoff with state troopers following the death of 30-year-old Jennifer Agee. Jennifer Agee was shot at a Roanoke convenience store.

A search warrant issued earlier this week says Jonathan Agee found out his ex-wife told his new wife the former couple still had an ongoing relationship.

May 31, 2011

A county sheriff's deputy killed his ex-wife in a convenience store parking lot Monday, then shot a Virginia state trooper before being seriously wounded himself, police said. Roanoke Police Chief Chris Perkins told reporters Monday that a murder warrant has been received for Jonathan Agee, who is now at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds following a shootout with a pair of Virginia state police officers. The bloodshed began at 11:30 a.m., when Jennifer Agee, 30, pulled into a Sheetz convenience store parking lot in Roanoke, Virginia, Perkins said. Trailing behind her in a marked Franklin County sheriff's office car was her ex-husband, Jonathan Agee. The 32-year-old sheriff's deputy from Boones Mill was off-duty at the time. Perkins said that Agee and his ex-wife both got out of their cars. Jonathan Agee then shot Jennifer Agee, while another person believed to be a child sat in her vehicle, according to the police chief. Jennifer Agee, who lived in Salem, was then taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she died, Perkins said.

Almost immediately afterward, police issued an alert asking authorities to look out for Agee's sheriff's office vehicle. Virginia State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty said that Sgt. Matt Brannock spotted the marked car on Route 460 and followed it. At about 11:48 a.m., the two vehicles stopped at the Ironto exit ramp off I-81 ramp in Montgomery County. There, Jonathan Agee opened fire and shot Brannock "at least once," Flaherty said. Two other state police officers soon arrived at the scene, exchanging fire with Agee. They subdued the suspect after shooting him "several times," Flaherty said.

Both Brannock, a 35-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran who joined the state police force 13 years ago, and Agee were flown by helicopter to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Police said the suspect's injuries are considered life-threatening, but those suffered by the state trooper are not.

This incident tied up Memorial Day traffic in parts of western Virginia, after authorities closed several lanes on I-81 northbound to give them more space to conduct their investigation. Those lanes reopened shortly before 7 p.m., said Virginia State Police spokewoman Corinne Geller. But in the subsequent hours, traffic still moved slowly through Montgomery County due to the earlier back-up and influx of holiday travelers.

Cop Rap Sheets!

Posted: 06/03/2011 03:15:56 PM PDT
Updated: 06/03/2011 04:51:24 PM PDT

The California Supreme Court will decide whether Contra Costa County prosecutors should be required to run criminal background checks on police officers so defense attorneys can prepare to challenge their credibility before they are called as witnesses in court. The public defender's office says they have an "indisputable duty," while prosecutors have argued that such a requirement would be unduly burdensome. The chance that officers have a crime of moral turpitude in their backgrounds is small, and the chance that they have a past felony conviction is nonexistent, the district attorney's office has said in court filings. Defense attorneys do not have the capability or authority to run background checks.

"The prosecutor's argument amounts to: 'Trust us.' But the prosecutor's actions do not inspire trust. It's a very inconvenient time for the DA to make this argument, when the front page regularly has stories about crooked cops in Contra Costa and elsewhere in the Bay Area," said deputy public defender Evan Hoppin, who made appeals to the higher court on behalf of clients facing resisting-arrest charges in two separate cases. Both defendants were arrested by Antioch police; one is also charged with felony domestic violence.

"Jurors are entitled to know if a witness has a criminal record -- regardless of whether the witness is a civilian or a police officer. It's simple and fair. But the district attorney has been fighting us every step of the way," Hoppin said.

Since May 27, the Supreme Court twice ordered the state Attorney General's Office to provide a written response on the merits of Hoppin's argument: it's law under the U.S. Constitution, which trumps any state laws designed to protect officers' privacy. Senior deputy district attorney Harold Jewett declined to comment on the Supreme Court order, and said it is an attorney general's case right now. The Attorney General's Office did not provide comment.

The head of the Contra Costa Deputy Sheriffs Association is against any policy change.
"On its face, I'm not at all concerned about criminal history backgrounds checks. I'm not worried that our members have anything to hide, but I think the motivations behind it are silly and petty," said sheriffs union President Jim Bickert. "It's grasping at straws trying to find any way they can to get their criminal client off.

"If there are articulable facts that would cause some level of doubt or suspicion as to the officer's credibility, then by all means, let's bring that out, let's put it on the table," Bickert said. "But to adopt a blanket policy that we are going to run backgrounds on everyone is like panning for gold, just hoping that something turns up as opposed to acting on any credible information."

Some Bay Area counties, including San Francisco and Marin, already run the rap sheets (record of arrest and prosecution) for witness law enforcement officers as a matter of protocol. Santa Clara County has a database of impeachment material available, Hoppin said. San Francisco police Chief George Gascon told media members last year that dozens of officers on his force had either a criminal history or misconduct record that had not been disclosed at trials, which prompted the city's policy on screening police witnesses.

Last summer, Hoppin said he had another resisting-arrest case in which a Contra Costa County judge ordered the prosecutors to run the rap sheet for two Antioch police officer witnesses. The following day, the prosecutor announced that his office refused. The judge instructed the prosecutor to instead ask the officers if they had any prior arrests or convictions.

One officer said that he had a "wet and reckless," or a low-level DUI, conviction from 1995. The public defender's office did its own investigation that showed the officer actually had a regular misdemeanor DUI from 1999 in which he measured a .17 blood alcohol content -- more than twice the legal limit, Hoppin said.

"Determining whether someone is honest by asking them if they're honest just doesn't make sense," Hoppin said.

Hoppin raised the issue again in March when another Contra Costa judge ordered criminal background checks for officers in the two cases now under consideration by the state Supreme Court, then reversed the decision upon hearing protests from prosecutors.

"It takes a minute to run a rap sheet on anyone; it's so easy," Hoppin said. "The only reasonable interpretation is the DA doesn't want cops' criminal records to come to light."

Judge Mary Alice Palacios!

October 22, 2010

An Hidalgo County Judge finds herself on the other side of the bench after being indicted. Judge Mary Alice Palacios of Precinct 4, Place 2 is accused of sending kids to jail for months at a time, because they couldn't pay their truancy fine. Shielded by family and friends, Judge Palacios made her way from the Hidalgo County Jail at 12:32pm Friday just 15 minutes after being booked into the jail.

Palacios is being charged with official oppression and was given a $2,500 PR bond, after an Hidalgo grand jury handed down an indictment against her Wednesday. Before being whisked away in an awaiting vehicle, she rolled down the window and thanked those who supported her through the years. "Thank you to everyone for all of their support" said the Judge. She also stated "the truth will come out and you'll hear it."

Olga Rodriguez, Palacios' sister, told the News media that what's happening isn't fair. She added that all of the family will stand behind her, because she's done nothing wrong. "She's taking it hard, but we're going to get through this. We'll be there and so will you" said Rodriguez. Palacios has been under fire for her truancy practices in the past, but this is the first time she's actually been charged. Judge Palacios is also facing a federal lawsuit filed against her by the ACLU for several kids she allegedly put in jail for unpaid truancy fines.

Judge Mary Alice Palacios’ Statement:

First, I thank my supporters for their thoughts and prayers. I ask the community to not pass judgment on me because there’s more to this than meets the eye. I want to assure everyone that my conscious is clean. I have done nothing wrong, let alone illegal. I take my job very seriously and respect your office, and the position to which you voted for me into 10 years ago. That old adage that “any DA can indict a ham sandwich”, couldn’t be more appropriate to a case than the one I’ve been put in. The honest truth is that this case is personal between Rene Guerra [Hidalgo County Judge] and myself. Rene Guerra is a tyrant, and this is what happens when you refuse to bow down to a tyrant. Sometime back, he personally called me and demanded that I not do something pertaining to a friend of his. I refused and he threatened me. I was expecting his wrath and am now facing this indictment. His office is both defending me in a civil lawsuit and now prosecuting me. Both stemming from the same matters. Let there be no doubt, this is as personal as it gets. I repeat, I have done nothing illegal. I have done nothing to bring disrespect to your office or the position you have entrusted me with. I look forward to defending myself in our open and public court system, where the truth will come out. I will vindicate and clear mine and my family’s good name.

December 2, 2009

Not Guilty!

The six suspects in the [alleged] brutal gang rape of a 15-year-old Richmond, Calif., high school girl all pleaded not guilty Tuesday, Decemer 1, 2009. The juveniles -- 15-year-old Cody Ray Smith, 16-year-old Ari Morales and 17-year-old Marcelles Peter -- are being charged as adults. The other defendants are Jose Montano (pictured, above left) Manuel Ortega (pictured above right) and Elvis Torrentes. If convicted, all could be sentenced to life in prison. The defendants face a litany of charges, including rape in concert, and sexual battery stemming from the Oct. 24, 2009 incident, which was witnessed by 20 or more people who did not call police or attempt to intervene.

Richmond Rape!

Judge Jail'em!

Posted: 3:58 p.m. EDT, September 23, 2011
Updated: 09/25/2011 02:01:56 PM PDT

Former Luzerne County president judge Michael Conahan (pictured above, right) is in federal custody, serving the first night of a 17-and a half year prison sentence for his part in the judicial corruption in the Luzerne County juvenile court system. Conahan joins his former colleague and now convicted partner in crime Judge Mark Ciavarella (pictured above, left) in federal custody. Both are serving long sentences. And for conahan's defense lawyer. A sentence that seems too stiff. 17 and a half years in federal prison and almost $900,000 dollars in restitution and fines.

Conahan, 59, is now in federal custody, whereabouts unknown, but destined to be an inmate until he's well into his 70s. "It was serious because of the scope of the offenses and the relevant conduct and we are satisfied with that sentence," said U.S. Attorney Peter Smith. Conahan's lawyer called the sentence too stiff. "I expected a sentence of less than 17 and a half years," said his attorney.

He pointed to former co-defendant Judge Mark Ciavarella's 28-year prison term in the so-called kids for cash scandal in which the judges got kickbacks in return for keeping juveniles locked up in a private center. He said Ciavarella stayed defiant, maintaining his innocence even after his conviction. In court Conahan came clean, telling federal Judge Edwin Judge Kosik, "What I did damaged a great many people." While Conahan never admitted to taking money in exchange for sentencing kids to the private juvenile center, he offered an apology. "The judicial system was not bad and corrupt, I was corrupt. I lost my way." Minutes later, federal Judge Kosik handed down the stiff sentence.

"Mike was obviously, he was upset but he understood. He was upset that he was leaving his family for a long period of time," his attorney added. "You see someone who is here today who's contrite, who's remorseful, who reached out and basically said, 'I'm corrupt.' Didn't basically say it, he said he was corrupt."

"Knowing Judge Kosik, he typically will give a person credit for accepting responsibility and pleading guilty and if you look at his history, this a sentence that is consistent with the kinds of sentences that he gives," said U.S. Attorney Bill Hauser. Former co-defendant ex-judge mark Ciavarella went to trial, was convicted on 12 criminal counts, and maintained at sentencing he did nothing wrong, and got 28 years. Conahan pleaded guilty to just one count and got 17 and a half years.

Former prosecutor Joe Peters was asked if that was more or less than he expected. "Maybe a little more, because I thought perhaps his cooperation, or what people had assumed he was cooperating would come into play more," Peter said. "This sad chapter of the history of public corruption, the chapter involving Conahan and Ciavarella has been closed as far as the federal system is concerned," said Smith. According to his lawyers, Conahan is likely to wind up at a Florida prison to be close to family members who have relocated from this region.


Update: August 24, 2009

Former Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella (pictured left) and Michael Conahan (pictured below right) have withdrawn their guilty pleas in the kids-for-cash scandal. Ciavarella, 59, and Conahan, 57, pleaded guilty in February 2009 to accepting $2.6 million in kickbacks to facilitate the development of privately owned juvenile detention centers.The withdrawls came 3 ½ hours after a federal judge denied their request that he reconsider his rejection of their plea agreements in the case, which would have sent the former judges to jail for 87 months. U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Kosik ruled the sentences were too lenient and the former judges had not accepted full responsibility. The 10-page document constituted the first public response from the judges’ attorneys since Kosik rejected the plea agreements and excoriated Ciavarella and Conahan in a July 31 memorandum as “self-serving” obstructionists who repeatedly failed to acknowledge the full extent of their involvement in the county corruption scandal.

The withdrawls open the way for a possible trial on charges that the judges accepted $2.6 million in kickbacks in connection with county contracts with two for-profit juvenile detention centers. The builder and former owner of the center have entered guilty pleas in the case and are cooperting with federal prosecutors. Ciavarella’s attorney said there are no current negotiations underway with prosecutors on a new plea agreement. “Mark Ciavarella has not been convicted of any crime. He is entitled to the full presumption of innocence,” Flora said. “We hope everybody will respect that Constiutional guarantee and now the next step has to be taken by the government and the case will proceed accordingly.” Conahan’s attorney declined comment. The U.S. Attorney’s Office had no immediate comment.

Corrupt Dishonest Judges

Update: March 14, 2009

On February 11, 2009, Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., and a colleague, Michael T. Conahan, appeared in federal court in Scranton, Pa., to plead guilty to wire fraud and income tax fraud for taking more than $2.6 million in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers run by PA Child Care and a sister company, Western PA Child Care.

“In my entire career, I’ve never heard of anything remotely approaching this,” said Senior Judge Arthur E. Grim, who was appointed by the State Supreme Court this week to determine what should be done with the estimated 5,000 juveniles who have been sentenced by Judge Ciavarella since the scheme started in 2003. Many of them were first-time offenders and some remain in detention.

If the court agrees to the plea agreement, both judges will serve 87 months in federal prison and resign from the bench and bar. They are expected to be sentenced in the next several months. Lawyers for both men declined to comment.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – For years, the juvenile court system in Wilkes-Barre operated like a conveyor belt: Youngsters were brought before judges without a lawyer, given hearings that lasted only a minute or two, and then sent off to juvenile prison for months for minor offenses.

The explanation, prosecutors say, was corruption on the bench.

In one of the most shocking cases of courtroom graft on record, two Pennsylvania judges have been charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers.

They’re the only 2 of the 11 Luzerne jurists with for-profit ties, but practice not uncommon, expert says. A review of financial interest statements filed by all 11 Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas judges shows that two – Mark A. Ciavarella and Michael T. Conahan – listed financial interests in for-profit businesses. (ANDREW M. SEDER aseder@timesleader.com)

"I've never encountered, and I don't think that we will in our lifetimes, a case where literally thousands of kids' lives were just tossed aside in order for a couple of judges to make some money," said Marsha Levick, an attorney with the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, which is representing hundreds of youths sentenced in Wilkes-Barre.

Prosecutors say Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan took $2.6 million in payoffs to put juvenile offenders in lockups run by PA Child Care LLC and a sister company, Western PA Child Care LLC. The judges were charged on Jan. 26 and removed from the bench by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court shortly afterward.

No company officials have been charged, but the investigation is still going on. Ciavarella, 58, and Conahan, 56, [came] under fire for listing an interest in W-Cat Inc. in their 2007 filings, their latest statements. That company, owned by county Prothonotary Jill Moran, was previously co-owned by attorney Robert J. Powell. Powell and Moran are partners in the Powell Law Firm. Powell, until last week, was also a partner in PA Child Care, the company operating the juvenile detention center in Pittston Township.

That facility, which has a long-term contract with Luzerne County, houses many youth sentenced by Ciavarella. The county started sending youth to the center in 2003 after Conahan shut down the county-run juvenile detention center on North River Street in 2002, saying it was unsafe for habitation. The state Department of Public Welfare had reissued a license to the facility.

The high court, meanwhile, is looking into whether hundreds or even thousands of sentences should be overturned and the juveniles' records expunged.

Among the offenders were teenagers who were locked up for months for stealing loose change from cars, writing a prank note and possessing drug paraphernalia. Many had never been in trouble before. Some were imprisoned even after probation officers recommended against it.

Many appeared without lawyers, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1967 ruling that children have a constitutional right to counsel.

The judges are scheduled to plead guilty to fraud Thursday in federal court. Their plea agreements call for sentences of more than seven years behind bars.

Ciavarella, 58, who presided over Luzerne County's juvenile court for 12 years, acknowledged last week in a letter to his former colleagues, "I have disgraced my judgeship. My actions have destroyed everything I worked to accomplish and I have only myself to blame." Ciavarella, though, has denied he got kickbacks for sending youths to prison. Conahan, 56, has remained silent about the case.

Many Pennsylvania counties contract with privately run juvenile detention centers, paying them either a fixed overall fee or a certain amount per youth, per day.

In Luzerne County, prosecutors say, Conahan shut down the county-run juvenile prison in 2002 and helped the two companies secure rich contracts worth tens of millions of dollars, at least some of that dependent on how many juveniles were locked up.

One of the contracts — a 20-year agreement with PA Child Care worth an estimated $58 million — was later canceled by the county as exorbitant.

The judges are accused of taking payoffs between 2003 and 2006.

Robert J. Powell co-owned PA Child Care and Western PA Child Care until June. His attorney, Mark Sheppard, said his client was the victim of an extortion scheme.

"Bob Powell never solicited a nickel from these judges and really was a victim of their demands," he said. "These judges made it very plain to Mr. Powell that he was going to be required to pay certain monies."

For years, youth advocacy groups complained that Ciavarella was ridiculously harsh and ran roughshod over youngsters' constitutional rights. Ciavarella sent a quarter of his juvenile defendants to detention centers from 2002 to 2006, compared with a statewide rate of one in 10.

The criminal charges confirmed the advocacy groups' worst suspicions and have called into question all the sentences he pronounced.

Hillary Transue did not have an attorney, nor was she told of her right to one, when she appeared in Ciavarella's courtroom in 2007 for building a MySpace page that lampooned her assistant principal.

Her mother, Laurene Transue, worked for 16 years in the child services department of another county and said she was certain Hillary would get a slap on the wrist. Instead, Ciavarella sentenced her to three months; she got out after a month, with help from a lawyer.

"I felt so disgraced for a while, like, what do people think of me now?" said Hillary, now 17 and a high school senior who plans to become an English teacher.

Laurene Transue said Ciavarella "was playing God. And not only was he doing that, he was getting money for it. He was betraying the trust put in him to do what is best for children."

Kurt Kruger, now 22, had never been in trouble with the law until the day police accused him of acting as a lookout while his friend shoplifted less than $200 worth of DVDs from Wal-Mart. He said he didn't know his friend was going to steal anything.

Kruger pleaded guilty before Ciavarella and spent three days in a company-run juvenile detention center, plus four months at a youth wilderness camp run by a different operator.

"Never in a million years did I think that I would actually get sent away. I was completely destroyed," said Kruger, who later dropped out of school. He said he wants to get his record expunged, earn his high school equivalency diploma and go to college.

"I got a raw deal, and yeah, it's not fair," he said, "but now it's 100 times bigger than me."

The Frame-up & Reward

After 10 years behind bars, Tim Masters (pictured left) was freed from prison in January because advanced DNA evidence failed to connect him to the death of Peggy Hettrick in Fort Collins. Prosecutors alleged that Masters killed Hettrick in 1987 when he was 15. He was convicted 12 years later.

In September [2008], Colorado's Supreme Court censured two former prosecutors for failing to turn over information to Masters' attorneys. The former prosecutors, who both are now judges, acknowledged in an agreement with the Supreme Court's Office of Attorney Regulation that they failed to ensure defense attorneys received several key pieces of information that called into question Masters' guilt.

Lawyers for Tim Masters filed suit in federal court, claiming hundreds of documents and expert opinions that pointed toward his innocence in a murder case were withheld from his lawyers. Fort Collins police and Larimer County prosecutors declined to comment, saying they don't discuss pending litigation.

Tim Master's 1987 Police Interrogation

The lawsuit says the withheld evidence included the existence of another suspect, who lived near the spot where Hettrick's body was found and was later charged with secretly videotaping women who used his bathroom. The suit also says an FBI profiler disagreed with the opinion of the prosecution's star witness, criminal psychologist Reid Meloy, on Masters' violent teenage drawings. According to the suit, Meloy now says that prosecutors "intentionally manipulated" his opinion by only giving him a portion of the evidence available and misrepresenting the physical evidence

Terence A. Gilmore - 8th Judicial District Judge

Terence Gilmore was appointed to the 8th District Court bench on Jan. 8, 2001, by Governor Bill Owens. He received a bachelor of arts degree from George Washington University in 1970 and his juris doctorate degree from the University of Denver in 1972. After two years in private practice with Banta, Banta and Eitel, Gilmore served in the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office until his appointment to the bench in January of 2001. During that time he served as president of the Larimer County Bar Association and State Board of Governors.

Jolene Carman Blair - 8th Judicial District Judge

Judge Blair's term as a District Court Judge for the Eighth Judicial District began August 1, 2001. Preceding her appointment, Judge Blair was a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Eighth Judicial District. She holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Dakota. During the period of review for this term, Judge Blair's docket primarily consisted of domestic relations and criminal cases.

A regulatory arm of the Colorado Supreme Court censured both Terence Gilmore and Jolene Blair in September for failing to ensure defense attorneys had all the evidence gathered by police in the 1987 murder of Peggy Hettrick in Fort Collins.
The prosecutors won the conviction of Tim Masters in 1999 and he served nearly 10 years in prison before advanced DNA testing cleared him, the state's first such exoneration. He was released from prison in January 2008.

The prosecutors have never commented publicly because the Hettrick slaying remains unsolved and both are named in a lawsuit Masters filed over his wrongful conviction. Using public records requests, the Coloradoan newspaper obtained documents and tape recordings of Gilmore's and Blair's interviews with the Office of Attorney Regulation.

The former prosecutors, who are both now judges in the 8th Judicial District, told regulators in separate interviews in May that they didn't make any of the evidence secret. But they also claimed defense attorneys never asked for those records and didn't strongly cross-examine witnesses.

"It's very frustrating to look back on a case you tried 10 years ago and discover that there's all of this information that you never had," said Blair, who was assisting lead prosecutor Gilmore. "Would I have done it differently? Absolutely. I wish I knew now what I didn't know then."

Among the evidence cited as not being turned over are hundreds of pages of notes used by a forensic psychologist to form opinions about violent drawings found in Masters' bedroom. Police and prosecutors used this report to buttress their circumstantial case against Masters.

Masters' attorneys have said they could have used that information to cross-examine the expert. "All I can tell you is that my energies were focused elsewhere and I am embarrassed that we missed it," Blair said about their failure to turn them over. "But I can tell you that, you know, we didn't make them a secret, and if the defense had just said `Could we have those 238 pages of extractions,' they would have been provided just as soon as possible.

"That doesn't negate our responsibility to provide them, but we just missed it," she told regulators.

Masters' trial attorneys, Nathan Chambers and Eric Fischer, have said other evidence collected by police, which included hair fibers, fingerprints from Hettrick's purse and footprints from the scene, would have been enough to acquit Masters.
Gilmore said there were several instances where Chambers and Fischer failed to aggressively question witnesses. "(N)o real follow up ... no cross examination ... there was nothing," he said.

Gilmore and Blair signed their censure statements, meaning they agree with the regulators' findings.

The Colorado Attorney General's office is leading the investigation into Hettrick's slaying.

Sexually Offensive Judges

Perverted Judges! - Part I
Judge Jack Gifford, Retired, Solicitation
Judge Ronald C. Kline, Child Pornography
Chief U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham, Solicitation

Judicial Miscreants

Corrupt Judges & Prosecutors
Corrupt Judges, Frame-ups & Graft
Corrupt Judges! - Part II
Judges of the Regents of the University of California

Judges of Interest

James J. Marchiano, Corrupt Judge
Stuart Hing, Corrupt Judge (Recent Appointment)
Douglas E. Swager, Corrupt Judge
Martin Jenkins, Corrupt Judge ("Uncle Tom")
David Bernard Flinn, Corrupt Judge
John T. Noonan, Corrupt Judge of the 9th Circuit
Former Judge Ralph B. Robertson, Racist
Judge Kenneth R. Kingsbury, Ret., Racist, Corrupt

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