Washington, D.C. The Justice Department’s Inspector General’s Office is leading an investigation of an FBI agent for misconduct. The investigation has led to authorities quietly releasing at least a dozen convicts serving prison sentences in addition to several others awaiting trial, and still yet, several others awaiting sentencing. Allegations of the agent’s misconduct first surfaced the week of September 29th. On Friday, the FBI agent was suspended indefinitely. The agent’s name has not been released.
“During the week of September 29, 2014, the Washington Field Office became aware of possible misconduct by a Special Agent. The Field Office took immediate steps address the incident, to include notification to the appropriate U.S. Attorney’s Offices,” read a statement from Lindsay Ram with the FBI.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. released a statement saying it “is conducting a case-by-case review of matters in which the FBI agent at issue played some role. We have already begun taking steps to address this issue and are committed to doing everything that is necessary to preserve the integrity of the criminal justice process. Because our review is ongoing, the office has no further comment at this time.” Read the rest of this entry
The other day, a photo of a subpoena made its way around Twitter from Frank Taaffe to Nancy Grace. I decided to wait for confirmation before reporting it. Today, Orlando Sentinel reports that the federal grand jury is scheduled to hear witnesses, and that Frank Taaffe has indeed, been subpoenaed to testify.
For those not familiar;
On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman killed 17-year old Trayvon Martin, shooting him in the heart. It started with Zimmerman making a “suspicious person” call to the non-emergency number (NEN) of the police department. While Zimmerman was on the phone, Trayvon ran. Zimmerman got out of his truck and followed Trayvon. Minutes later, Trayvon was dead with Zimmerman claiming self-defense.
Frank Taaffe became the main advocate for Zimmerman, alleging that Zimmerman had rights to racially profile Trayvon because there was a group of Black teens in the community committing crimes.
A jury of 5 White women and 1 Latina acquitted Zimmerman. The initial aggressor part of self-defense law was omitted from the jury instructions. During deliberations, Taaffe told Nancy Grace where the jury stood on voting, and it turned out to be true. Taaffe did not say how he obtained the information. Read the rest of this entry
On September 18, 2014, I wrote a post about Darren Wilson testifying before the St. Louis County grand jury. Darren Wilson is the Ferguson police officer who, on August 9, 2014, shot 18-year old Michael Brown 6 times, twice in the head. Witnesses say that Darren Wilson shot several times as Michael ran away and it appeared that Michael had been shot. He turned around and with his hands up in the universal position of surrender. Wilson proceeded to fire until Michael was dead.
Grand juries are presented evidence by the prosecution. The accused are not present. The job of the grand jury is to see if there is sufficient evidence to indict. It is not a trial where the accused gets to appear and defend him or herself. There are reports that St. Louis County State’s Attorney McCulloch invited Wilson to testify before the grand jury. Having no written report by Darren Wilson, the grand jury could only hear Wilson’s side of the story from his own mouth, but that is not standard procedure as the state does not (or is not suppose to) represent the accused. Read the rest of this entry
On August 29, 2014, I wrote that when searching for a copy of the $40 million lawsuit filed against the Ferguson, MO police department, that I discovered other lawsuits that name various Ferguson police officers as defendants. In that post, I also wrote that the U.S. Department of Justice has a division to receive and investigate complaints against law enforcement who violate civil rights under color and claim of official right. Considering that some citizens of Ferguson stated that no private attorney was willing to go against Ferguson, it was my opinion that their only option was to file complaints with the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division.
Today, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder held a press conference announcing that the Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the Ferguson police department. The video is below. Please note that he says the investigation includes if the Ferguson police department has violated the constitution and/or federal law. Those are two different things under the DOJ. Read the rest of this entry
Post racial America??????
My questions are: When does it end? How does it end?
GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Crews are investigating after a dummy bearing a President Obama face mask was found hanging from theLesholz Bridge over I-70 near Grain Valley, Mo. Police received the report around 5:30 a.m. Monday.Authorities rerouted traffic due to the distraction it caused Monday. Traffic across the bridge has since been allowed to cross.
Crews, using a robot, removed the dummy and took it into a nearby field where it was x-rayed for possible explosives.
FOX 4 News is at the scene and will have more information as soon as it becomes available.
They have removed the dummy with a bomb handling robot and investigation will continue today.
Stay Classy, there. I have no problem with protest, even big protest.. but it’s real chicken s*** stuff to do something like this over a federal…
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Christi O’Connor has released Part 1 of her investigative report on video. She doesn’t tell us much of what we don’t already know about George Zimmerman, but she does, along with many, ask why.
When watching the video of George Zimmerman destroying Shellie’s iPad, we see people who are not identified and that we did not hear from. In her recently released video, O’Connor interviews one such person. He tells O’Connor that George did have a gun on him that day, and that George’s girlfriend, Samantha, placed the gun in her purse to hide from the police. That man also said that George stated he is above the law. Read the rest of this entry
After filing for divorce, Shellie moved out the house she shared with George Zimmerman. On September 9, 2013, George Zimmerman appeared at the home that he and Shellie rented from Shellie’s parents as Shellie was moving out her belongings. An altercation took place. As Shellie was recording the altercation with her iPad, George took it from Shellie, bent it across his knee, and using a pocket knife, took it apart and threw it to the ground.
George Zimmerman told police that he took the iPad from Shellie because she was using it to hit him on his back.
Although video captured George taking the iPad apart, Lake Mary police gave no statement on whether they asked George why he felt the need to destroy the iPad after it was no longer in Shellie’s hands.
George Zimmerman told investigators that he was not following Trayvon Martin but “going in the same direction.” Zimmerman stated that he was on Retreat View Circle when told not to follow. How is being on Retreat View Circle going in the “same direction” as Trayvon Martin who Zimmerman said went down the dog walk? This video answers that question.
George Zimmerman’s inconsistency for what caused his jacket to raise exposing his gun.
On the night that George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, Detective Singleton interrogated George Zimmerman. Zimmerman spoke about crossing the “T” and looking to see whether he could see the kid. Zimmerman said that he did not see the kid. That’s important to keep in mind.
Singleton continued and asked questions for Zimmerman’s actions as he was walking back from Retreat View Circle. She asked Zimmerman where his cell phone was; was it in his pocket? Did his cell phone get dropped? Zimmerman answered “No. I had it in my hand. When he, I put it, when they said would you like the police officer to meet you … ”
Then Zimmerman goes into his version of the lie that he told the dispatcher that he would meet the arriving cop at his vehicle. Zimmerman then says that he put his cell phone away. What he says thereafter clearly proves that Zimmerman knew where Trayvon was before he ended his call with dispatch.
Credit goes to BlushedBrown for catching what George Zimmerman said to Singleton.
And some people do not believe that the State’s Probable Cause Affidavit is supported by evidence? Just listen ….
Citizens Petition The White House, Asking That George Zimmerman Be Investigated for Violating Trayvon Martin’s Civil Rights. By Lonnie Starr
Petition for investigation of George Zimmerman for violations of Trayvon Martin’s Civil Rights
December 04, 2012
Lonnie Starr announces the November 25, 2012, posting of a We The People petition to the White House. Lonnie Starr wrote the petition asking that George Zimmerman be investigated for civil rights violation in his killing of Trayvon Martin.
On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman called the non-emergency police phone number, reporting that Trayvon Martin looked “suspicious.” The recording of that call was released to the media and provides evidence that George Zimmerman got out of his vehicle to follow Trayvon Martin. About 80 seconds after George Zimmerman ended his non-emergency police call, residents called 911 reporting screams for help and then a gun shot. George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin in the heart, killing him. Trayvon Martin was 17 years old, and unarmed. He was staying with his father in the community where he was killed.
“This petition is necessary because George Zimmerman impersonated or took on the authority of law enforcement when he voluntarily exited his vehicle with a loaded gun and followed Trayvon Martin,” says Xena, a blogger with Blackbutterfly7.wordpress.com. “After the dispatcher told Zimmerman that the police did not need him to follow, Zimmerman did not ask for directives. He acted as a deputized authority independently deciding what actions he would take, and his actions resulted in killing an unarmed, 17 year old. After shooting Trayvon in the heart, Zimmerman frisked Trayvon’s body, again, doing acts of deputized law enforcement.”
George Zimmerman has not been charged with committing a federal hate-crime. “His supporters seem to think that is exactly what Zimmerman did,” says Xena. “There are several websites filled with racially bigoted comments that applaud George Zimmerman’s actions while denigrating the African American race.”
“This petition is unique and creative. In this way, the petition is a very important social document and perhaps a sign of the times, “says Malisha, another internet blogger. “It says that our society wants a way to criticize the act and to say that it violates their standards.”
Lonnie Starr, Xena, and Malisha, met on Frederick Leatherman’s Law Blog where Leatherman, a former death penalty and felony criminal-defense attorney in state and federal courts, writes on law and legal procedure.
The petition can be read and signed at http://wh.gov/IXcy.
Contact : Frederick Leatherman, Esq.
http://frederickleatherman.com (email available on site)
Twitter: Frederick Leatherman @masoninblue
On 4/11/2012, George Zimmerman was arrested on charges of 2nd degree murder, and from jail, spoke to his wife about money donated to his defense fund. By his instructions, Shellie Zimmerman spent money, transferred money, put money in a safe deposit box, and then lied to the court about her knowledge of that money.
When the prosecutors gathered evidence of the misrepresentation, they put their ducks in a row and filed papers in court asking that George Zimmerman’s bond be revoked. In deciding to revoke George Zimmerman’s bond, Judge Lester stated to attorney Mark O’Mara:
“Does your client get to sit there like a potted palm and let you lead me down the primrose path? That’s the issue.”
George Zimmerman (GZ) was not required to testify in court during his bond hearing, but he was required to tell his legal counsel the truth. Had he done so, there would have been no need for witnesses, such as Shellie Zimmerman, to testify about their finances.
That was not the first time that GZ sat like a potted palm. In calendar year 2011, GZ received money in a legal matter and kept it secretive from a court of law.
On May 10, 2006, GZ filed a complaint in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division. That complaint was against Aames Funding Corporation, d/b/a Aames Home Loan (Aames). That complaint alleged that GZ worked for Aames from 10/1/2005 to January 27, 2006, and that the company failed to pay him for overtime. (Complaint linked at bottom of page)
Paragraph 8 of that complaint sets forth that GZ retained the Pantas Law Firm to represent him in the matter and agreed to pay them reasonable attorney’s fees for its services.
On 5/5/2009, a “Suggestion of Bankruptcy” was filed in the case, setting forth that Aames had filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, requiring that the District Court enter a stay of proceedings in GZ’s case. The court entered a stay of proceedings and thereafter, GZ’s attorney filed periodic status reports.
On 4/6/2012, a “Status Report” was filed in Case No. 6:06-CV-630-ORL-22JGG, George Zimmerman vs. Aames Funding Corp. Attorney Pantas set forth in paragraph 3;
“Previously, the undersigned was informed that payment was expected sometime in 2012. Recently, the undersigned has learned that said payment was actually sent to Mr. Zimmerman sometime in 2011. “
(Status report linked at bottom of page)
GZ did not inform his attorney that he received the money. As set forth in paragraph 2, the attorney for the trustee in the bankruptcy case notified GZ’s attorney that an actual payment was made directly to GZ, and that;
“Mr. Zimmerman has since cashed the trustee’s check. “
Remember paragraph 8 of the complaint? GZ agreed to pay reasonable fees to his attorneys. In the “Status Report” filed 4/6/2012, GZ’s attorney sets forth;
“No fees or costs were deducted, and Mr. Zimmerman retained the entire amount of the check.”
A copy of the check is attached to the Status Report, providing that it was issued to GZ on July 7, 2011 in the amount of $18, 219.71.
Maybe or maybe not by coincidence, on 4/9/2012, the Monday following the filing of that Status Report, GZ launched his website and although not charged with a criminal offense, asked for donations for his legal defense. In about 8 months after receiving $18, 219.71, and although having a full-time job, GZ was financially broke.
On 4/10/12, attorneys Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner held a press conference saying that they lost track of Zimmerman on Sunday when he stopped returning their calls.
According to Mark Osterman, after GZ killed Trayvon Martin, GZ spent about 6 weeks at his home in Lake Mary, FL. In Sonner and Uhrig’s press conference, they stated that GZ was no longer in the state of Florida. The six weeks that GZ spent at Osterman’s house suggests that he left right about the time when attorney Pantas notified the court that he was only recently made aware that in July 2011, GZ received over $18,000.
GZ’s acts of desperation that weekend might not be solely related to the murder investigation that was taking place. His wrong doing in not notifying his attorney in the civil case of receiving the check in July 2011, neither paying costs and fees, was now documented in court record.
For whatever reason, GZ could no longer remain at his best friend’s house in Lake Mary, FL. GZ found it necessary to run, to stop communicating with his attorneys, and — he needed money. GZ had sat like a potted palm for 8 months, leading his attorney down the primrose path.
GZ betrayed his legal counsel in the civil matter. Is he also capable of betraying Mark O’Mara?
On March 19, 2012, Robert Zimmerman Sr. met with Investigator Jim Merck of the State’s Attorney Office, and Dale Crosby of the Florida Department of Law enforcement (FDLE). Robert Zimmerman Sr. is George Zimmerman’s father. Papa Zim’s statements reveal that by solely relying on his belief that it was George’s screams heard on the 911 tape, and that George had a broken nose, that the investigation should be closed.
When asked by the Investigator and FDLE officer if there was anything else Robert Zimmerman Sr. wanted to tell them or if there were any questions he had for them that they could answer, Robert Zimmerman Sr. replied,
“Not unless you can make all this end.”
As he continued to talk, Robert Zimmerman Sr. conveyed to the investigators what their decision should be, and how it should be presented to the public. Effectively, he suggested to them that someone, from some office should stand up and say what the investigation reveals rather than only saying that no charges are being brought. His suggestion was that by revealing the results of the investigation, it would prevent complaints that the Sanford Police Department and State of Florida cannot be trusted.
On March 19, 2012 when Robert Zimmerman Sr. spoke those words, he was well aware, and informed by the investigators at that meeting, that the investigation was on-going and had not concluded. Papa Zim’s suggestion effectively told the investigators to make-up findings (or rely solely on him saying GZ is innocent), so that no charges would be brought against GZ.