Attorneys In Stand Your Ground “Popcorn Shooting” Want To Stop Access To Court Records

Wait a minute! I thought that stand your ground hearings are decided by judges; not juries. If Reeves’ defense attorneys sincerely believe they can prevail in a SYG immunity hearing, why are they concerned with tainting the jury pool? Another thought is that case documents are not free to the public. It is generally the media who obtains documents filed in the case and they only pay for documents that have significance and not depositions.

End Stand Your Ground

Attorneys for the former cop charged with killing a man & shooting the man’s wife in what is called the “popcorn shooting” have filed a motion to stop public access to court records as a stand your ground hearing approaches. They claim that media coverage leading up to the trial may prejudice prospective jurors.

Retired Tampa Police Department Captain Curtis Judson Reeves, 73 years-old, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree battery in the shooting death of 43-year-old Chad Oulson and wounding of Oulson’s wife, Nicole. The incident happened inside a movie theater in Pasco County on January 13, 2014 during an argument.

SEE: A Theater Shooting You May Have Forgotten About

Reeves is claiming self-defense under Florida’s stand your ground law, saying he fired on Oulson after the younger man threw an “unknown object” at him, which turned out to be a box of popcorn, and presumably a cell phone. Circuit Court Judge Susan L…

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Open Discussion – May

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, a certain roach, and all creatures great and small,

Here’s sending love to all of our 763 subscribed followers. Although three of those followers are not good-faith followers, I send them love anyway because love covers a multitude of sins.

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Yahtzeebutterfly has written a piece for Black American History for the month of May.  My goal is to get it published by tomorrow.  Also, I am working on accepting two blog awards that we have been graced for nomination and hope to have the acceptances posted by this weekend.

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May 4 – Wordless Wednesday

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Three Former Augusta Georgia Correctional Officers Indicted For Civil Rights Violation

Former Augusta, George State Medical Prison correctional officers John Williams, Antonio Binns, and Justin Washington, have been charged with a civil rights violation.  The indictment alleges that on February 13, 2014, the three assaulted an inmate, known in the case as “C.V.” while he was handcuffed behind his back.   Binns and Washington were also indicted for one count of obstruction of justice for allegedly writing false reports to cover-up the assault.

According to the Augusta Chronicle, bonds of $20,000 were set for Williams and Washington, and a $30,000 bond was set for Binns.  Binns’ bond will be lowered to $20,000 if he loses his job, according to court documents.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division; U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver of the Southern District of Georgia and Special Agent in Charge J. Britt Johnson of the FBI’s Atlanta Division made the announcement.

If convicted of the civil rights charge, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.  The obstruction of justice counts carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Read the rest of this entry

Obama kills it at White House Correspondent Dinner (Full text and video)

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Well played, Mr. President. Well played.

Good evening everybody. It is an honor to be here at my last — and perhaps the last — White House Correspondents’ Dinner. You all look great. The end of the Republic has never looked better.

I do apologize. I know I was a little late tonight. I was running on CPT, which stands for “jokes that white people should not make.”

Anyway. Here we are. My eighth and final appearance at this unique event. And I am excited. If this material works well, I’m gonna use it at Goldman Sachs next year. Earn me some serious Tubmans! That’s right. That’s right.

My brilliant and beautiful wife…

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Lawsuit Filed Against Facebook For Text Messages

20150821155725-gifs-coming-facebook-posts-1So you had a cell phone, and a Facebook Page, and you agreed to receive text messages from Facebook.  Then, you exchanged, lost, or cancelled your cell phone account.  For whatever the reason, you now have a new cell phone number.   Your old phone number is assigned to someone else and guess what?  They are now receiving text messages from Facebook intended for you.

They new owner of the phone number wants Facebook to stop sending them text messages intended for you, but Facebook doesn’t stop.    The owner of the Facebook page has to confirm that they no longer want text messages sent to their old cell phone number. You’re not the owner of the Facebook page and cannot make changes to the Facebook account that belongs to someone else.

Last year, Facebook settled a case filed by a Florida woman who sued them for unwanted texts.  This time around, lawyers are seeking to certify a class. Read the rest of this entry

Off Duty Atlanta Cop Attacks Man at Walmart Over False Accusation

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This off-duty Atlanta Cop walks up and attacks a man leaving a Walmart, then charges him with resisting arrest for a crime the man did not do.

Cop not only need to lose his badge, but spend a year or two in jail.

Atlanta cop in ‘Robocop mode’ caught on tape breaking man’s leg — over a Walmart tomato

An Atlanta man is suing a local police officer for attacking him over a tomato inside a local Walmart, WSB-TV reported.

“As he’s grabbing me, he’s beating me at the same time, [saying] ‘Get on the ground,’” Tyrone Carnegay said of his encounter with Officer Trevor King. “Beating me at the same time.”

Security footage of the October 2014 encounter shows King approach Carnegay as he is walking out of the store. A manager accused Carnegay of stealing the tomato from the store. King quickly takes his baton out and begins hitting…

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Sheriff Sentenced For Robbing Drug Dealers

DrugsFrom 2011 to 2013, 45-year old Robert Vaughan robbed 8 drug dealers of cocaine, marijuana and contraband cigarettes.  He earned a profit of $300,000.  Vaughan conducted the robberies in Chicago, Cicero, Plainfield, Lyons, Melrose Park, and Forest Park, Illinois.  Maybe this would not be news if not but for the fact that Vaughan was a police officer with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department when he committed the robberies along with two other law enforcement officers.  Vaughan admitted to the crime in a plea agreement.  On April 13, 2016, Vaughan was sentenced to 7 and a half years in federal prison.

In his argument for sentencing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sunil Harjani wrote;

 “This is the type of crime one would expect to only see on a television show. The crimes were brazen, arrogant and detrimental to the citizens of this district.  While the victims of the offense in this case garner no sympathy – they are drug dealers and contraband traffickers – it cannot excuse the outrageous conduct by Vaughan, who committed robberies using his badge and gun.”

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April 27 – Wordless Wednesday

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Tamir Rice – Cleveland Settles Wrongful Death Case For $6 Million

TamirRice_SettlementOn April 25, 2016, the City of Cleveland agreed to pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice.  Twelve year old Tamir was killed by officer Timothy Loehmann on November 22, 2014.

This case has been interesting and taken different turns in hopes that were betrayed.  For example, after the prosecutor declined to charge Loehmann, a group of citizens filed affidavits pursuant to Ohio law R.C. 2935.09.  Judge Ronald B. Adrine found that complaints should be filed with the prosecutor for probable cause against Loehmann for murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty.  Judge Adrine also found that complaints should be filed with prosecutors against Frank Garmback, Loehmann’s partner, for negligent homicide and dereliction of duty.

Prosecutor Tim McGinty took the case before an Ohio grand jury who decided not to indict Loehmann and Garmack.  McGinty called the killing of Tamir Rice a “perfect storm” citing human error, mistakes, and communications by all involved.  McGinty failed to mention communication problems were on the side of dispatch and the officers.

As we reported previously, Cleveland employees, including the dispatchers, have had their share of troubles, including some terminations.  In March of this year, voters let Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty know that they no longer want him in office.  McGinty’s opponent, Michael O’Malley, received more votes in the Democratic primary than McGinty.  Since there is no Republican opponent, O’Malley is expected to take office in January 2017. Read the rest of this entry

Blogger Recognition Award

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Blogger Recognition

 

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident/Blackbutterfly7, has been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by two different bloggers.   Each one has different rules.  One does not require nominating 15 other blogs, and the other does, so I’m going more than half-way and nominating eight.

Thanks to Studiotj/Roach59, and Micheline Walker for paying us this great honor.  Read the rest of this entry

Cats Gone Bad

No playing hide-and-seek. LOL!

The Last Of The Millenniums

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THE DOVES ARE CRYING…..(PRINCE UPDATE)

We have lost Prince and David Bowie in the same year.

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How many of us remember this classic from Prince originally released in 1984 on the “Purple Rain” album?   This is one of those songs that has easily stuck in my mind from this legendary artist.  I’ve seen many news reports that show many people riding by his Minneapolis studio.  Fans have also began dropping flowers by the studio as well.  He is certainly music royalty that is now gone………. He was found dead today in an elevator.  Now….HE HAS BEEN ELEVATED TO ANOTHER LEVEL!!!  RIP PRINCE!
TMZ is reporting the following:

“Prince hit up a local pharmacy hours before he died — the 4th time he visited this week — indicating his health was far worse than the simple flu.

TMZ obtained this photo of Prince leaving a Walgreens near his home in Minnesota Wednesday night at around 7 PM.
Prince hit up a local pharmacy hours before he died — the 4th time…

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Robert Bates on Trial For Murdering Eric Harris

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Trial started this week for Robert Bates, the ex-volunteer reserve sheriff deputy for the Tulsa County, Oklahoma’s Sheriff’s office.

On April 2, 2015, an undercover deputy was conducting a sting operation to catch 44-year old Eric Harris illegally selling a gun.  Bates, who is 73-years old, volunteered to help out.  Eric ran, and upon apprehension and taken to the ground, Bates pulled his gun and shot Eric in the back.

Bates’ defense is that he thought he was taking out and discharging his taser and not his .357.  Bates is charged with 2nd degree manslaughter. If convicted, he faces up to 4 years in prison.

The killing of Eric Harris resulted in activists organizing.  The actions of We The People resulted in a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office. The grand jury indicted Sheriff Glanz on 2 misdemeanor charges, including one for denying lawful requests of internal investigations into his office’s Reserve Deputy program.  After almost 30 years as Sheriff,  Stanley Glanz resigned.

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Convicted Murderer Peter Liang Gets No Jail Time For Killing Akai Gurley

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Peter Liang is the former New York rookie cop who killed Akai Gurley in a stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project.  Akai was unarmed.  He was doing no wrong; committing no crime.

On February 11, 2016, a jury returned a guilty verdict, convicting Liang of manslaughter.  He faced a sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison.

At his sentencing hearing, Liang apologized to Akai’s girlfriend who is the mother of Akai’s daughter, saying, “I’m not a man of many words.  The shot was an accident.”

Today, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun sentenced Liang to five years probation and 800 hours of community service for the death of 28-year-old dad Akai Gurley — after reducing the charge against the cop. Read the rest of this entry

Inspiration For The Week

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, a certain roach, and all creatures great and small,

Thus far, this has been a tough month for me.  Last week, I went to the dentist and had a bad reaction to the Novocain.  It’s the first time I’ve had such a reaction.   Along with breaking out in a red rash, I had stomach pains and dizziness.  This is happening while my last blood test results are that I’m anemic, and because of a combination of other problems, my doctor wants other tests.

I feel lousy. It’s not getting through one day at a time, but one hour at a time.  What I would love spending my time doing is blogging, cleaning out my flower beds, getting the guy over to clean the furnace and check the central air before I need to turn it on – stuff like that.   But, I’m sleeping – A LOT!   I’m awake for an hour, sleep for 4 hours, wake up, fight going back to sleep to doze off again and it repeats itself. I see my doctor next week.

As always, I hold on to faith, hope and love.   Forgive me for not being as active is usual.

I came upon the following quote and hope that it lifts those who can use a lift.

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Namaste

 

 

AP DEM DEBATE FACT CHECK: Clinton Vs. Sanders On Wall Street

Thanks for the fact checks. I’m still applauding Bernie for telling Hillary that her term “superpredators” is racist.

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A look at some of the claims in the latest Democratic presidential debate and how they compare with the facts:

CLINTON: “I’m the only one on this stage who did not vote to deregulate swaps and derivatives, as Sen. Sanders did … and that contributed to the collapse of Lehman Brothers and started the cascade.”

THE FACTS: The legislation in question was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton was in no position to vote for — or against — it because she…

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Chicago Police Caught In A Lie At Trial. Defendant Acquitted

“The linkage between racism and CPD did not just bubble up in the aftermath of the release of the
McDonald video. Racism and maltreatment at the hands of the police have been consistent complaints from communities of color for decades. And there have been many significant flashpoints over the years—the killing of Fred Hampton (1960s), the Metcalfe hearings (1970s), federal court findings of a pattern and practice of discriminatory hiring (1970s), Jon Burge and his midnight crew (1970s to 1990s), widespread disorderly conduct arrests (1980s), the unconstitutional gang loitering ordinance (1990s), widespread use of investigatory stops and frisks (2000s) and other points. False arrests, coerced confessions and wrongful convictions are also a part of this history. Lives lost and countless more damaged. These events and others mark a long, sad history of death, false imprisonment, physical and verbal abuse and general discontent about police actions in neighborhoods of color.”

The above quote is from page 7 of the 22 page Police Accountability Task Force Executive Summary that addresses problems and makes suggestions for the Chicago Police Department.  While the Task Force was gathering data and making suggestions, Chicago had the case of Michael Williamson.  The Williamson case demonstrates that false arrests, and coerced confessions are not just history, but ongoing in Chicago. Read the rest of this entry

Wordless Wednesday – April 13, 2016

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You Gotta Be – Love Will Save The Day

Desree-You-Gotta-BeHave you ever awakened with a song going through your head?  It’s an old song and although you remember some words, it’s the chorus that sticks with you?  Well, that happened to me.  The line, “All I know, all I know is love will save the day” stayed with me for hours.  So, I looked up the song on Youtube and found it.

It’s by British Artist Des’ree and was released in 1994, but it’s message is timeless. The title often gets confused with a Whitney Houston song “Love Will Save The Day,” but it is actually titled “You Gotta Be.”

In sharing it with you, I hope that it brightens your day – indeed, your week!   Remember to tell those you love that you love them. There is power in those words.

 

 

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