Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Bloggers taking out corrupt judges
Although pressure was building for Ross to resign for years, many legal observers say it would not have happened if not for the new Broward courthouse blog, JAA Blog.
[more of the story HERE]
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"In the Interest of Justice", Documentary Primer:
Judge Winters in Brooklyn, NY, US Court seems to want to protect judges in this national hearing on the ADA violations, nationally, that have been going on 27 years unabated. Only 3 individuals in the entire United States got to talk about their thoughts on 27 years of citizens being abused, nationally, in the courts in the US. Judges should not judge judges as there is ripeness for judicial misconduct and judicial abuse.
The Blue Blood Rich Elite getting rid of unwanted "riffraff", "White Trash", and Minorities out of areas that the Elite think are too good for them. Taxpayers pay to ruin small business owners, average homeowners, and others, to make the rich richer at the expense of everyone else:
[click here] for all of my videos on youtube.com
Monday, November 26, 2007
Connecticut's Public Corruption Problem
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7, 2007
| PRESS ADVISORY: Judicial Branch’s Public Service and Trust Commission Schedules Public Hearings in Hartford, Bridgeport |
Members of the public will have the opportunity to address the Judicial Branch’s Public Service and Trust Commission at two public hearings in December, one in Hartford and the other in Bridgeport.
The public hearing in Hartford is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Supreme Court building, located at 231 Capitol Ave. The public hearing in Bridgeport is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Judicial District Courthouse, located at 1061 Main St., Bridgeport.
Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers formed the Public Service and Trust Commission this summer. This diverse panel of 42 individuals is charged with creating a strategic plan that will guide the Judicial Branch in the upcoming years. It is chaired by Appellate Court Judge Alexandra D. DiPentima.
Both Chief Justice Rogers and Judge DiPentima are urging the public and members of the bar to take the opportunity to speak at the hearings.
“Input from the public and members of the bar is critical as we move forward on the strategic plan,” Chief Justice Rogers said. “They are the primary users of our court system, and we would like to hear their recommendations. As I said when I appointed the commission, our strategic plan must focus on the present and future needs of the people we serve.”
“One of the tasks of the commission in creating a strategic plan that addresses those needs is to examine public perceptions of our state judicial system,” Judge DiPentima said. “We can’t do that effectively and with concrete results unless the public assists us at these hearings.”
A sign-up sheet for those choosing to speak at the public hearing will be available one hour prior to the start of the hearing. Speakers are encouraged to provide 10 copies of their remarks, which should be submitted when signing up to speak.
Speakers will be limited to five minutes of testimony in order to provide the opportunity for all interested persons to speak and to permit time for discussion among commission members. Speakers are also asked to direct their comments to their recommendations for the strategic plan.
For further information, contact the External Affairs Division at 860-757-2270.
Copyright © 2007, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
Friday, November 23, 2007
Where is Ritt now?
The below [found here]
RITT GOLDSTEIN : US REFUGEE !
On the 4th of July I wrote "Welcome to the 1930's".
What follows is an explanation of how America came to where it is, and how I have come to where I am, what I am - an underground US refugee in Sweden.
This first segment - an article about the growth of US police power - I wrote about the time of 11 September, doing so as to explain what America had become, and what I perceived America becoming. I regret to say (particularly in light of the FTAA abuse) that it appears I was all too right.
Laws Angels (title, subtitle, background, and captions by Expressen - one of Sweden's four large national papers - published in Expressen 24 September 2001) Today's America is a police state on the loose by Ritt Goldstein
BAKGRUND (background)/Ritt Goldstein On the fourth of July 1997, the American businessman Ritt Goldstein landed at Arlanda. But he didn't come on business, he came to seek political asylum. For a man coming from "freedom's place of origin on earth" his story was remarkable. As a leader of a non-violent campaign for police reform he had been exposed to repeated assault, sabotage, and attempted murder - first in his homestate, Connecticut, later in the states he fled to. Hard to believe ? Yes, his asylum application was denied with the reasons that "the USA is a recognized democracy with a just legal system", and that the harassments could be qualified as "criminal acts committed by individuals, policemen or others". Today, over four years later, Goldstein still hides in a secret location in Sweden. The EU Parliament Committee for Citizens Freedoms and Rights has recognized his case, and questioned the Swedish decision. His story is doubly timely. In the USA the terror acts will certainly lead to increasing powers for police and security services, both within and without the borders of the Country. But after the riots in Gothenburg there's also a reason for us to recognize what could happen when the police are exposed to difficult pressures. In the middle of the fiery summit our Prime Minister reacted by contemplating more powers for the police. Large parts of public opinion - and the media - favored the police over the demonstrators. The police authorities became a part of a political conflict. In this article Ritt Goldstein describes what this can lead to. Mårten Arndtzén Culture Editor
The tragedy of airliners slamming into the World Trade Center has been forever burned into our consciousness, a smoldering reminder of a democracy's vulnerability. As calls for action echo through America, an inevitable effort to expand the powers of security forces will occur, the acrid smoke of terrorism blinding many to the darkness this seductive embrace provides. Though the anguish of grief cries for answers, perhaps those answers provided by America's "War on Crime" must be examined, as well as those of another conflict, one few realize is occurring.
Today there is a secret war being fought in America - though only one side is violent - a war between those who believe police need to control their communities, and between those who equally believe communities need to control their police. I was of the latter group, and a large portion of my effort was within the state where I lived, Connecticut.
Connecticut is a state which typifies many in the US, where most communities have under 75,000 people, reasonable schools, elected leaders, good living standards, and police problems. Negative headlines regarding police run from those of the occasional officer arrested for drug charges to those hoping for police accountability. They also highlight that the police problems are two : the first spawned by corruption which has long permeated elements of US police, the second from issues which evolved as police increasingly pursued a social and political agenda advancing their interests. But we were not always this way.
There was a time when the bonds between America's police and communities were fairly strong in many parts of the Country. The "us vs. them" mentality which came to color much of today's policing did not exist there and then. Police were an integral part of the communities they policed, true community leaders, particularly active in youth, religious, and assorted civic activities. These officers lived in their communities, and the informal bonds which developed between police and policed served to both limit crime and police excesses.
The Community Policing programs the US has recently invested in are an effort to restore these lost community ties, but the results have been questionable. Many officers now live outside the areas they serve, and a "hired gun" mentality is said to have come to exist as officers' only community ties are through their work.
As the fabric of the social contract between America's police and communities frayed, groups within our police forces evolved to "take charge". These officers believe that it is upon them to "bring order", feeling it their "necessary duty". Then, looking down from those heady blue heights, laws and individuals, elected officials, and anything that stands in their way appears small and insignificant, "things" to be squashed in achieving a "greater good", as they see it. Some of these groups even had names : in the city of New Haven they were called the "Beat Down Posse", named for their tactic of beating those targeted until they dropped from sight.
While tactics of intimidation were initially confined to individuals within a minority or disenfranchised group, I recall how the State's Governor (in the mid-90's) fled out the back door of a restaurant rather than face law enforcement intimidation. I also remember well an attack on the mayor of Norwalk's home.
I, myself, was shot at, had the steering unscrewed on my car, had my home destroyed, and faced daily assaults. As the mayor of Norwalk testified regarding the attack on his home, "it was meant to show even the chief elected official of the town that - who's in charge - it isn't him, it's the members of the police department". As one such officer from a neighboring region put it, "we'd just beat people in general…to show who was in charge".
And so laws came to be ignored, elected officials intimidated, activists eliminated, and community leaders targeted for retribution by the Beat Down Posses of America.
If the origins of such police problems can be traced back, they appear to date from shortly after our mayhem of the sixties. The Viet Nam era divided our society, and the violent confrontations it precipitated tore away at community/police bonds. We might have recovered, except that almost concurrent with this came the decline of America's traditional trade, service and manufacturing unions, and the decline of their ability to influence the US social and political agenda. The rise of police union power in the US began.
From the 1940's, America's traditional unions exerted their considerable political influence to advance American society. Theirs were the same social objectives many unions still pursue : better housing, health care, and educational opportunities. Perhaps crime was not so much of a US issue once as the nature of our society served to minimize its occurence. These unions helped ensure a more inclusive America ; then came their wane, a power vacuum was created.
Almost simultaneous with this wane crime seemed to escalate, increasingly capturing the Country's attention. With police union backing, "Get Tough" programs came into vogue, and increasingly larger budgetary allotments were made to law enforcement. We launched America's "War On Crime", making heroes of those in blue who were "our defenders". Ever more resources were cut from social programs and provided to law enforcement. By 1990 police union power in the US had made them the most influential national labor group ; but, far more than the power they would have by virtue of their size alone, the police unions had the power of their word - they had the public's trust.
Through the media we made our police almost infallible guardians. While we knew they had their limitations, we believed their integrity was beyond question. Then, the infamous Rodney King video provided a horrific revelation, and not for its contents.
Subsequent to King's beating, four officers involved were brought to state trial. The world famous video of the beating was shown extensively to the trial jurors. However, the officers involved said they believed King a danger to them, pointing to items such as a twitch of his leg after a blow, saying this was seen as an agressive act, not a reflex reaction to their assault. The jurors believed them, acquitting them of all charges. We had become effectively blind to police misconduct, and the following LA riots provided the wake to mourn the death of our objectivity. We stood blinded by our trust.
In 1998, the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report on US police misconduct, Shielded from Justice. In it they highlight that, "efforts to improve police accountability are undermined by the actions of some police unions…these groups publicly deny all allegations against police officers, even those they know are brutal ; encourage noncooperation with investigators and the 'code of silence'".
The police union vision of crime fighting relies upon the use of increasingly repressive measures, as well as increasing license for their membership. For a politician to challenge them invites police union accusations of being "soft on crime", of "tying the hands of police". With such accusations none but the very strongest have a hope to be re-elected. And so there exists a process of effective political blackmail, a process which has changed America and is changing it still.
Power is useless unless it is used. For police unions that meant influence to facilitate their growth and enact their vision of America. Better housing was replaced by better prisons, better health care with more diversified and deadlier weaponry, better education with zero tolerance. It is a question of vision, or perhaps blindness.
And now, as the cold war effectively ended in 1990 and corporations sought new markets for their confrontational products, the rise of a US Police/Prison Industrial Complex provides an answer. As to America's fate, George Orwell once described his vision of the future as "a boot smashed forever into a human face"…let us hope he was wrong.
Översättning/Translation Nils Schwartz
Photo Caption : In March 1991 Rodney King was severely beaten by police. When the policemen were acquitted one year later, violent riots broke out in Los Angeles. "We had become blind to police misconduct and the riots in Los Angeles provided the wake to mourn the death of our objectivity", writes Ritt Goldstein. Later two of the four police officers were convicted in a new trial.
And now, I hope I have been able to share something of what I have seen with you, but there's more…
I write as an investigative journalist, but one who once had written laws before he began writing articles. That was before 1997, the year I was forced to flee the States. And I am also writing this while still enduring an underground existence in Sweden - I am an American refugee, though, one with a story European papers saw fit to tell. But, it wasn't very often that torture and attempted murder forced an American into exile, though, I fear that too may change...
If my name sounded familiar, it's probably because since 2001 I have been able to publish some articles of my own, though, not about myself. The news I broke with a report revealing the Bush administration's Operation TIPS is still remembered by many.
Since TIPS, there was a series of articles devoted to the Bush administration's Oil Agenda, with "Defence redefined means securing cheap energy" explicitly revealing a widely held Department of Defense/Administration belief in the acceptability of lying to promote oil war. The other articles were equally noteworthy, links to them allowing you to appreciate why…and also, to remember that Iraq was not the "humanitarian intervention" the Administration is presently attempting to cast it as.
"Oil has always been top of Bush's foreign-policy agenda" http://www.google.com/search ?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22oil%22bush%22foreign+policy%22 "Defence redefined means securing cheap energy" http://www.google.com/search ?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22defence%22energy%22military%22 Oil wars Pentagon's policy since 1999 http://www.google.com/search ?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22oil%22war%22pentagon%22
In light of Tommy Franks' recent revelations foreseeing an America minus the Constitution and with military government, it might also be worthwhile to read "Foundations in place for martial law in the US", a piece I did in July 2002. It preceded the later warnings of possible internment camps by journalists of the Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, and Village Voice. And now, as troops patrol a number of American cities, my piece might indeed be worth reading. It's presently the world's leading article on martial law.
Tommy Franks article http://www.rense.com/general44/atttk.htm Detroit Free Press On Internment http://www.freep.com/news/metro/civil20_20020720.htm Foundations Are In Place For Martial Law In The US http://www.google.com/search ?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22martial+law%22&btnG=Google+Search LA Times on Internment Camps http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/08.15B.ashcr.camps.htm
The laws I, myself had once written were regarding police accountability, and those who forced me to flee or die were police. And while that may sound extreme, when you are threatened, then find your home and offices destroyed, are attacked daily, and endure regular torture …well, the choice to flee does become simple, doesn't it. But unlike most victims of police abuse, my story did make headlines, though, apparently not enough of them to inspire the protection which the European Parliament urged, and to which both international and Swedish law entitled me.
There was little public outcry, with the upshot being that a precedent was set which - if allowed to stand - will effectively prevent Americans from seeking sanctuary in the EU. Of course, if I had been awarded protection, it might also have made enough headlines to provide a much needed wake up call, and maybe a lot of what's happening today wouldn't be.
Of course, how can one ask : "Where were all those who have so often proclaimed their commitment to justice and all that's right ?" And though I would be reluctant to say that apathy has its price, even in moments when hypocrisy does reign, the truth is that it does.
Unfortunately, this is my seventh Christmas underground. And as was once common with rape victims, I am forced to live with the constant, but silent accusations that I have indeed done something to "deserve it". But unlike a rape victim, enduring underground means facing the daily violation that comes with such an existence. There is no end, no moment when one's violation ceases.
It is the way it is.
When I first came to Sweden, staying in refugee camps at Carlslund and Flenn, others who had tried existing underground said that they had found it extraordinarily difficult. They had said it was impossible to do so for more than a matter of months. And now, it's been 6 and a half years for me.
At times, I have been forced to move every few days, on occasion actually sleeping in a closet. And, in spite of the laws which entitle me to protection (as per The Guardian's article, "European Parliament Committee Urges Swedes to 'Re-think'") those laws were not followed, they still have not been, and circumstances do indicate that I may indeed be approaching my own end, though, not by my own hand.
Over the last few months, "pressures" have been brought to bear upon me. As usual, there are those who don't like the truth, and they like those with the courage to tell it even less. Efforts appear underway to "silence" me.
If I am able to continue, I will ; but, if I cannot, at least I have tried to do what I could - first as a concerned American, then as an honest investigative journalist…at least I tried.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Going to the king, to complain about the king
What do you think happens after a citizen complains?
Well, too often the citizen ends up arrested and in prison.
It it really was about crime and punishment, situations like this would be addressed.
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Eminent Domain, Citizen Abuse, Norwalk Connecticut
My email: email@example.com
Monday, November 19, 2007
Taught a Lesson
When I lived and owned property in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, local police, called constables, and Troop C, Connecticut State Troopers, would often say, “Big Mouth is going to be taught a lesson.”
Well expecting anything for your tax dollars is a mistake. I was a co-founder of the Stafford Springs Crime Watch. I suggested legislation to deal with youth crime. Officer Prochaska told me to shut my mouth and told me I would be arrested and kicked out of town if I persisted on suggesting legislation to elected officials. So, in reality, a citizen can be arrested, lose his or her home, family, and job just for pursing rights that are supposedly guaranteed in the US Constitution.
My then wife [pictures, freespeech.com links no longer work], fell down the stairs with the flu waking me up. I called her an ambulance. Officer Prochaska showed up and proceeded to slam me into my house, bouncing me off my aluminum siding, saying I was resisting. He called to the firemen and ambulance crew, “See, he’s resisting.”
“Resisting what?” I said.
Prochaska then proceeded to try to goad my wife into lying and telling him what he wanted, that I had pushed her down the stairs. I didn’t, and my wife and I were getting along. Had we not, my life would have been altered from that day on. Domestic assault, resisting arrest, and even a concocted story of assaulting a police officer would have ruined my life forever, then.
My wife and I later traveled all over Europe for an extended period. We came back to Stafford. Peter Panciera, a then local powdered cocaine dealer was so high on his own product, he thought that I was an undercover police officer. So he attacked me, beat me, and bit so far into my ear that I had blood streaming down my neck, across my stomach, soaking my underwear. I dialed 911.
Police showed up and took my statement and interviewed the drug customers about their friend, whom they said they did not know, making a false statement to police. I convinced officers to tour the local bars with me the following weekend. We found my attacker. I demanded that a hepatitis and AIDS test be done on my attacker as he had bit me. Officer Prochaska “re-investigated” the case, the drug customers then suddenly remembered that I had attacked their friend and he was scared of me. A bunch of crap and only I was arrested by Prochaska 6 weeks after the incident in front of my wife. It was ok for a drug dealer to beat me and bite me, but it was not ok for me to be a victim of a beating with a bitten into ear.
I faced the maximum prosecution for breach of peace and assault 3rd for having been assaulted, getting police involved by dialing 911. Police officers then explained to me that is was stupid to dial 911 after being attacked in a downtown area if you don’t have witnesses other than yourself when an attacker has friends that will make statements together, false or not, believable or not. I beat that wrap as I had refused to get a lawyer and would have had the 911 tape played and would bring up the fact that I was bitten, and the biter was never arrested.
I wrote letters to the editor and contacted local elected officials about how police seemed to partner with prostitutes, vandals, drug dealers, and other criminals, using them as “informants” to maximize revenue collection and asset confiscation, not in aiding downtown property and business owners that desperately needed police protection and service to survive.
State Police Officers would show up and follow me around all day wherever I went. They were escorting me, to and from wherever I worked, concerning my customers as why police were shadowing me. Officers openly told me to shut up and leave Connecticut. Police were out to destroy my life, make me lose [these properties], break up my family, and make me lose my job using taxpayer dollars.
A police informant was offered money to set me up. [click here for more]
Police were openly trying to recruit criminals and others with favors to make false statements and/or to terrorize me out of Connecticut.
I was then attacked by a police informant, Brian Caldwell. Only I was arrested for resisting being beaten in my own dark driveway. Caldwell left messages on my tenants’ and my answering machines telling me and others he would kill me when I came home. He tried. I was sentenced to a year in prison, 3 years probation, by Judge Jonathan Kaplan. Troopers Amaral and Longlois committed perjury at trial saying I never tried to lodge a complaint against Caldwell.
While I was awaiting trial, Caldwell either attacked me, or tried to attack me 6 more times.
I was told by Officer Prochaska and Resident State Trooper Mulcahey that I was kicked out of Connecticut and if I didn’t leave, I would be arrested again. The pair allegedly offered Peter Coukos help in obtaining a gun permit if he threatened and terrorized my daughter and I out of Connecticut. Coukos left a message on my voicemail threatening my daughter’s life. Coukos assaulted me punching and slapping me in the back of my head, in my yard telling me, he wanted my then 14 year old daughter to perform oral sex on him. I didn’t fight back as I would be the only one arrested again. I played the tape of the threats made against me and my daughter by Coukos. Prochaska and Trooper Mulcahey told me that I would be arrested, not Coukos, if I tried to have charges pressed against Coukos.
There is no one to complain to that will investigate violations of civil rights as described above. The courts are fixed and lawyers are intimidated into acting with the official abusers and police, not their clients.
“Big Mouth” was taught a lesson. The US Constitution doesn’t apply and there is no “American Justice”.
-Steven G. Erickson
Open Letter to Chief Justice William J. Sullivan of Connecticut
[click here] for more
www.freespeech.com links in above link no longer go to intended posts
Are judges guilty of felonies if they obstruct justice and don't turn in information in on other judges that have committed crimes?
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[click here] for my yet unanswered letter to Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
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[click here] for my 9-15-01 letter to President George W. Bush. I was attacked on my property 10-11-01.
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[click here] for a list of all my youtube.com videos
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State Police Begin New Internal Probe
By TRACY GORDON FOX | Courant Staff Writer
July 18, 2007
State police have begun an internal affairs investigation into a racially offensive video and still photograph that were e-mailed several months ago among troopers assigned to the state police forensic laboratory, including to its commander.
One e-mail shows a still photograph of a black man lying on the street surrounded by watermelon rinds and chicken bones. The headline on the e-mail read "fatal overdose?" Another e-mail had a video attachment of a tow-headed white girl with a lisp, who sat at her kitchen table in a yellow shirt and spewed hateful racial slurs with the encouragement of two adults. The subject line simply says: "Little girl with a speech problem." [more]
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[click here] for my open letter to Connecticut State Police Commissioner John A. Danaher III
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[click here] for Faces from a Police State, Connecticut. Police Misconduct is a Connecticut art form.
[click here] Is there still "Gay Bashing" going on in the ranks of the Connecticut State Police?
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my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Should police get away with years of targeting and harassing citizens?
Hartford Connecticut Detective Nathaniel Ortiz
[click here for story]
Saturday, November 10, 2007
US Senator Partrick Leahy
Vermont US Senator Patrick Leahy [click here for website]
I emailed the Honorable Senator asking if he would be interested in being interviewed for, "In the Interest of Justice", a Documentary series. [click here for more]
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Habeas Corpus allows a person to challenge the abuse of him or her at the hands of the government. Why should something like that be eliminated? It is time to restore the US Constitution as Leahy speaks about in the video below.
Senator Patrick Leahy: Habeas Corpus Rally
Text with youtube.com video:
Speech by Senator Patrick Leahy at the "Restore Law and Justice" rally in the United State Capitol's North Senate Park on June 26, 2007. Urge your Senators to restore habeas corpus here: http://ga3.org/campaign/restore_habeas
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Federal Tax Dollar Scam Farm, Connecticut
Text with above youtube.com video:
At the Family Preservation Rally, Lincoln Memorial, 8/18/07, Joey, a Connecticut father, expresses his amazement and outrage at the injustice and lack of caring by government officials in his case who kidnapped his children at birth, predicting neglect, psychology as an absurd, vague pseudo-science, yet used as a basis to determine child custody. (poster image: "Lost Dogs" - original image courtesy of Center for Children's Justice, http://childrensjustice.org, copyright 2006 CCJ used by permission)
Disclaimer: my connection did not allow me to see all of the video above
Video that I shot tonight on DCF kicking in doors and a citizen suing Connecticut:
[click here] for more on the above theme