Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Suggested Post emailed in about Connecticut Magistrate Misconduct

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Magistrate Lifshitz Rockville his rules his court his laws

Magistrate Harris Llishitz being one person that should not be allowed in a family court or any court for that matter. He was REMOVED from HARTFORD Court, and dumped in Rockville Connecticut This is what is being said about this so called ” Magistrate”, he ruins lives he could care less about any mother, father or child. This man is a disgrace, Governor Malloy wants him off the bench, and for good reason. This man who is supposed to uphold the law does so with the ones he makes. If you have ever gone in front of this man you know that he could care less about the constitution your rights or what you have to say for that matter. He makes up his own laws, due process in not seen within the seat he sits in. So many have had to go in front of Magistrate Harris Lifshitz, this man is a cruel human being. You can have a look for yourself, go to the Rockville family court, 69 Brooklyn St Rockville , 06066 EVERY TUESDAY. And I can bet that he will send many to jail, this man has to be removed. Below are some articles written about him, and what he says about himself.

I’m told that Harris Lifshitz, the family support magistrate in Hartford who thinks that debtors’ prison is a good idea is facing reality: he is retiring and will not be among the magistrates re-appointed by Gov. Dannel Malloy in coming days.

Lifshitz, however, will still hear cases part-time on an as-needed basis. Still, the message was clear: Gov. Malloy didn’t want this magistrate on the bench any more. DID NOT WANT HIM ON THE BENCH ANYMORE!!!

Lifshitz, some of you may recall, sent a Simsbury man to jail for months in a dispute over spousal support. Gerald Frazee time in jail solved nothing, except to force taxpayers to pick up the tab,

Unfortunately, Lifshitz has issued an arrest order for Frazee, which still could land him in jail again.

Said by By JON LENDER,, The Hartford Courant. He has got it right, THANK YOU Jon Lender

One of four new family support magistrates named by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will replace a controversial appointee of former Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell — former Old Lyme Republican Town Chairman Christopher Oliveira.

Oliveira, once a candidate for state Senate, will continue serving as a magistrate until early September, when he’ll be replaced by Jane Grossman, a Democratic Malloy appointee. She is a longtime staff attorney for New Haven Legal Assistance who has served in numerous capacities for the courts and advisory boards concerning the legal needs of low-income families.

Like all nine family support magistrates, Grossman will serve a three-year term. Legislative confirmation is not required; it’s a straight gubernatorial appointment, viewed at least partly as a political patronage plum over the years. The $121,615-a-year magistrates decide cases involving child support, alimony, visitation and paternity.

When Rell named Oliveira 3½ years ago, questions immediately arose about his qualifications. He had appeared as a lawyer in only a few civil cases. Also, he had resigned from a family relations counselor trainee’s job in the Middletown courthouse in 2004 after an internal investigation found that he used office equipment and materials for personal and political purposes. Later, it also was revealed that he failed to mention the 2004 incident on a background questionnaire he’d submitted to Rell’s office.

His term expired in January, but magistrates serve until their replacement takes office.

Malloy wrote Oliveira a letter Friday, thanking him for his service. “On behalf of the people of the state of Connecticut, please accept my thanks for your years of service to the state. … Please continue in your current capacity through September 5, 2011. You have my best wishes for the future.”

In addition to Grossman, the new magistrate appointees are:

•Michael Ferguson of Meriden, a Democrat, who will replace magistrate Linda Wihbey of Waterbury, a Republican, in September.

•Frederic Gilman of East Hampton, a Democrat, who in September will replace former magistrate Richard Adams, a Middlefield Republican who retired and assumed status as a part-time referee to handle magistrate cases in March.

•Norma Sanchez-Figueroa of South Windsor, a Democrat. In September she will replace Harris Lifshitz, a Glastonbury Democrat who is retiring to assume status as a part-time referee.

A Malloy spokesman said months ago that the governor wanted to address the concern that none of the existing family support magistrates is a member of any minority group. Two of Malloy’s four appointees are members of minority groups; Sanchez-Figueroa is Latino and Ferguson is African American.

The other magistrates whose terms had expired were reappointed by Malloy.

Lifshitz, the 24-year veteran magistrate now assuming referee’s status, attracted attention recently for what Courant columnist Rick Green in March called “a habit of throwing real and alleged deadbeats in the slammer for weeks and months.” Green reported that Lifshitz was once found by a judge to be “clearly erroneous” for jailing a man who couldn’t pay the full child support he owed.

In April, Lifshitz said: “I have been a family support magistrate for the past 24 years, since the magistrate system was first established in Connecticut. … I have decided hundreds of thousands of cases and authored over a hundred written decisions. … I listen to all sides of each and every case.” This is a STRAIGHT lie,he does not listen to all sides, he is a one sided selfish person. He will SCREAM how HE is the MAGISTRATE, it is HIS COURT. Never does he even ASK about a child, this man does not care. If you are homeless with no job and you need to modify your court order, forget it. I have seen this man in action, and I can honestly say I was scared he has no right to treat people the way he does

Oliveira had said in April that in his three-plus years as magistrate, “I have heard tens of thousands of cases involving paternity, child support, non-payment of child support and modifications of support orders. I have never been grieved, no complaints of any kind have ever been filed against me and, to my knowledge, I have never once been reversed on appeal. The people who appear in our courts are some of the state’s most vulnerable, and the chance to make positive changes in their lives gives me the greatest satisfaction in this job.”

This is what another has to say about this man, Magistrate Lifhitz.

  • I remember Magistrate Lifshitz when he was at Family Court at Rockville years ago. He was not well received by anyone going before him as well as those of us in the Courtroom who watched Lawyers and State’s Attorney’s shaking their heads because the magistrate was very threatening to those in the Courtroom. Granted there is a respect to hold for the title he holds but i watched more people go to jail in that Courtroom,as well as people walking out of that Courthouse extremely distressed then need be. There wasn’t a lot of room that man gave to anyone and if you just don’t have the money because of no work, being disabled, or on a fixed income, where the Court under the guidelines given concerning Child Support…well that man squeezed every nickel out of you or told you to as i so well remember him saying..”Beg, Borrow, or Steal” in order to pay for Support. Some Single Fathers as well as Mothers just don’t have what it takes to make it in Society financially,But tossing them in jail sure helps the Parent who has Custody now doesn’t it? Unbelievable!!!!

IF anyone has anything to say about Lifshitz, please feel free to comment. We have gotten so many complaints about Magistrate Harris Lifshitz. This man needs to be removed from the bench.

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Yes, you can actually talk to the guy who asked Phil Donahue a question back in 2008:

The woman in the below conversation has gotten almost 900 views and almost 60 comments posted to the below video at the time of my typing these words, approximately 12 hours after I posted this video for her:

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Prison for owing Child Support?

Paper cut out children [stolen from here]

I was talking to a young man in his early 20's in New Hampshire. He lost his job, wasn't able to pay child support, so they took his driver's license away. He had started another job, but lost it because he couldn't get to work without a car. This makes sense, right?

I had to pay more child support than I was making. It took months to get the support adjusted. I faced prison for not paying more money than I was making. That was in Massachusetts. That makes sense right?

My daughter's mother was getting state assistance while going to nursing school. I had all of my canceled checks for the state ordered child support for well over a year. I was current. My daughter's mother was getting payment from me, and from the state at the same time. Instead of prosecuting my daughter's mother for fraud, they emptied my contracting account and the money I had been putting away for my daughter's college. I paid over twice as much child support as I was required by law. No court hearing and the money was just removed from my account. Now I trust banks ... not! That makes sense right?

Many men, I say men, because women don't usually go to jail for not being able to pay child support, but there are a growing number of non-custodial parents who are now women. Go to prison, and maybe you'll never see your child again. Without a record, a mugger demanded that I hand over my wallet after he attacked me on my property. Self-defense isn't legal in Connecticut, so the violent felon was given immunities for his felonies to prosecute me for 2 misdemeanors. I lost my contracting business built over 2 decades, my rental properties that I fixed up from a boarded up condition, my retirement, credit. My daughter hasn't called me "Daddy" or said "I love you" since she was 15. She is now 25. I'm estranged from most of my family, don't consume most goods, and getting any job or place to live is nearly impossible. That makes sense right?

If 70% of wealth on average is lost in a divorce, and 3/4 or so of marriages end in divorce, lawyers should have 2nd and 3rd vacation houses and many sports cars while the rest of us live in cardboard boxes, or in prison, right? Judges who are sometimes not qualified, owe others favors, take secret oaths to bolster each other, and who are on the take should continue to harm children, families, and the economy, right? Legislators who are lawyers should legislate to keep as many people in courts as long and often as possible, as many children harmed as possible, and as many people railroaded to prison as possible so a state gets more federal tax dollars and as many lawyers and state workers as is possible keep getting paid more and more, right? The economy should tank, families suffer, so bankers and lawyers can enjoy life even more, right? That makes sense, right?

Men, and women, who owe child support face dangers, sometimes dangerous, mentally ill, and disease infested inmates if they are sent to prison. Assaults, serious injury, catching a deadly disease, being raped, and being killed in prison are real concern. PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder, from spending time in prison may haunt an individual for life. Maybe families will be estranged forever due to a prison sentence. Maybe a victim of the prison system may never have a good paying job again, and may never own a home again. That makes sense, right?

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Courtney Labonte has a heart condition. From our conversation, I believe she has been treated unfairly, and been abused by the court system, Rockville Family Court in Connecticut.

Look at the bios of legislators on the Connecticut Judiciary Committee [dumped in this post]. These legislators who are lawyers, probably don't care if parents literally live under bridges. Click picture in [this post] to make bigger.

Prison for owing Child Support?

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Courtney Labonte is homeless and has a heart condition. She may risk prison in an upcoming Vernon Rockville Family Court child support enforcement case.

Non-custodial parents often get the short end of the stick. Children suffer due to abuse in the court system.

Father's rights are violated. Mother's rights are violated. Lawyers get rich. States get federal tax dollars. The economy suffers.

Ken Krajewski

More video and stories about DCF and Judicial Abuse:

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Do you want to complain about a magistrate in the State of Connecticut? [pdf link]

Complaints about magistrates should be sent, in writing, via:
Email to, or
Fax to (860) 263-2773, or
Mail to Magistrate Matters, 225 Spring Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109.
Complaints against magistrates may not be used to appeal or change the decision of the magistrate.

All questions about the substance of a case should be directed to the appropriate clerk's office.

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Do the Less than 1% Elite want to start murdering babies?

University of Melbourne ‘Ethicists’ Call for Legalized Murder of Newborns

February 28th, 2012

Via: Journal of Medical Ethics:

Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Supreme Court Justice Scumbag for US President?

Many of us in America are starting to blame Satan's black robed minions, judges, and lawyers for America's problems. These are the enablers. [Click here] for a video education on bankers and the Federal Reserve, a private bank.

The below was cut and pasted [from here]

Clarence Thomas Is a Long Shot for President, But His Candidacy Makes a Lot of Sense

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Police Misconduct and Brutality Log

I post a lot of Connecticut State Police Brutality and Judicial Misconduct stories. The one below is from Worcester, Massachusetts. A results page for Police Misconduct stories and videos:

[source of below story, Worcester Telegram & Gazette]

Man jailed 73 days sues, alleging Worcester police misconduct


WORCESTER — A 38-year-old Worcester man filed a federal lawsuit against the city Wednesday for allowing a falsified police report to keep him in jail for 73 days. That report, the suit alleges, was allowed to stand because of a departmental culture in which officer misconduct goes unchecked.

Police Chief Gary J. Gemme said in a statement yesterday that complaints against officers are investigated, but he said he cannot comment on pending civil suits, internal investigations or personnel matters.

The suit names the city, City Manager Michael V. O'Brien, Chief Gemme and Officers Jesus Candelaria and Thomas C. Duffy.

Worcester police arrested Ricky N. Eaves Feb. 25, 2009, at a Plantation Street gas station on charges of drug possession and trafficking. Two women were arrested with him, but according to the lawsuit, police found drugs on only one of the three, a woman who had been in the back seat. In the police report as cited by the suit, Officer Candelaria wrote that Mr. Eaves was in the driver's seat when Officer Candelaria approached him, but in fact Officer Duffy initially approached the car, found a woman was in the driver's seat, and already had Mr. Eaves outside the car when Officer Candelaria arrived.

A video surveillance at the gas station shows part of that arrest. The district attorney's office decided not to prosecute the defendants or seek perjury charges against the officer.

Mr. Eaves is seeking an unspecified amount for compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney's fees, costs and expenses.

In the complaint, Mr. Eaves' lawyer, Hector E. Pineiro, cites several other cases involving the department, some of which led to sizable settlements. The list, he said, shows a pattern of officer misconduct going largely unchallenged. He credits the chief for his handling of the case of David F. Rawlston, who was fired in connection with a 2007 confrontation with three teenagers outside his home. But more often, Mr. Pineiro alleges, police ignore discrepancies between police accounts and those described by complainants or evidence.

The case notes years' worth of alleged misconduct. It includes, for instance, Trung Huyhn, to whom the city agreed to pay $47,500 in 2010 in connection with allegations officers beat him and broke his arm. Chief Gemme cleared the officers involved, Mr. Pineiro claims.

The suit also mentions Raymond E. Dennison, to whom the city agreed to pay $48,750 in May 2009. Mr. Dennison's suit had alleged Sgt. Ronald F. LaPointe unjustly punched Mr. Dennison in the head and struck him with a baton while Mr. Dennison was on his knees being arrested for trespassing on railroad tracks. The department's Bureau of Professional Standards cleared Sgt. LaPointe of any wrongdoing, Chief Gemme told a reporter at the time.

In April 2009, the city agreed to pay Marc Muldoon $33,000 to settle his claim that an officer had hit him in the back of his head with a metal baton, fracturing this skull. The officer involved was never investigated or disciplined, Mr. Pineiro claims.

In February 2011, a Superior Court Judge threw out a confession that Nga Truong had killed her 1-year-old son. The judge believed the confession was involuntary and noted that the police confronted the teenager with “knowingly false statements.”

In March 2003, Worcester police allegedly beat, kicked and stomped on Charles Evangelista while he was in custody, and a videotape that allegedly depicted the beating was destroyed. The city paid $250,000 to settle Mr. Evangelista's claim, and the chief claimed no wrongdoing was found, Mr. Pineiro writes in Mr. Eaves' case.

In May 2002, a police beating allegedly broke bones in Daniel Houde's face. The city paid $100,000 to settle the case, which included Officer Duffy among its codefendants, but because Mr. Houde did not file a complaint with the Police Department, there was no investigation, Mr. Pineiro said.

In response to questions about Mr. Eaves' case, Chief Gemme emailed the following statement to the Telegram: “All complaints against police officers are actively investigated in conformance with collective bargaining agreements and due process. When the facts and circumstances dictate, appropriate disciplinary action to include arrest, termination, and suspension is taken. You are well aware that we cannot comment on pending civil suits, internal investigations, or personnel matters.”

Worcester Police Department's policy and procedures for its Bureau of Professional Standards and Internal Investigations, which was updated March 7, 2001, states that whenever the department learns of a civil claim or lawsuit, the chief, the bureau and the Law Department decide whether to initiate or reopen an investigation.

It also states that the official in charge of the bureau will decide what degree of investigation into a complaint is warranted. The “commander of the Bureau of Professional Standards shall ensure that every matter is investigated,” the policy states. Discipline can be “criticism; counseling session; oral reprimand; written reprimand; extra or punishment duty; suspension” or, with the approval of the city manager, termination.

Mr. Pineiro did not make Mr. Eaves available for an interview.

Mr. Pineiro himself has a pending federal case against Chief Gemme and the city because when Mr. Pineiro applied for a license to carry a concealed weapon, the department initially issued him a license restricting the gun's use for hunting and target shooting. A year later, Mr. Pineiro received an unrestricted permit. He is pursuing the federal case because of the delay, he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Pineiro's 20-year-old son, Hector E. Pineiro Jr., is awaiting trial in connection with a shooting in Fitchburg last year as well as unrelated Worcester gun and drug charges.

Worcester Police Officer Duffey and Officer Candelaria

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Steven G. Erickson 2-21-12

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Some links: Lawrence, Massachusetts, click on pictures to make bigger.

Yale University has only gotten rid of art displaying "The Good Ole Slaving Day", New Haven, Connecticut, part of that story:

Press Pass for Masses: hoping that Rob Kall of, James Corbett of the Corbett Report, Alex Jones, or some independent news outlets starts issuing press passes to citizens like me. A $40 price would be fair to help support their efforts.

Michael Nowacki New Canaan Connecticut link and info:

Do judges and lawyers take a secret oath that voids and nullifies the US Constitution?:

The Jewish Mafia, Free Masons, secret societies, raising bond money, the bar association, working for the courts, making illegal money in secret, furthering the international banking and corporate New World Order agenda shown in bios of these Connecticut Legislative Judiciary Committee members:

You should be aware of your local Homeland Security DHS Fusion Center location in your state. Find it here:

Blog critical of an elected official, be put on a secret police enemies arrest on sight list:

The Rich Murzin Family saga:

Ritt Golstein proposed civilian oversight of police legislation in the State of Connecticut at a special hearing, Dec. '96, and then was so terrorized by police he fled to Sweden seeking political asylum after making this video:

All my content on a Free Speech website after I testified live on CT-N saying that word searches for Connecticut State Police brutality, judicial misconduct etc led to my posts: when I was getting 5000 to 10,000 hits a day. I was recognized for my efforts supporting divorced fathers and non-custodial parents when I was working in Gulfport Mississippi and New Orleans Louisiana in 2005 just from my blogs.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-24-12

Here are the 25 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, February 24, 2012:

  • Hamilton MA police sgt critically injured a Beverly MA cop when he shot him several times then he fatally shot self as police closed in on him. [0]
  • Hamilton ON cop with history of excessive force cases is being investigated for fatally shooting a man who was driving a van. [0]
  • Oakland CA pays $43k to settle a lawsuit by a man claiming cops beat him w/batons & maced him on a false stand-alone resisting charge [0]
  • Aransas Pass TX police are being sued by the family of a man still in a coma after cops allegedly beat him. The police say he fell when they stopped him for riding a bicycle while intoxicated. [3]
  • Noth Chicago IL cop suspended for unspecified period of time as discipline for hitting a man in custody on video [2]
  • Powder Springs GA cop gets reprimand for tasering man pulled over for a malfuncitoning license light on video [0]
  • RCMP officer faces assault w/bodily harm charges after accused of excessive force on a detainee in April 2011 [2]
  • RCMP officer convicted of assaulting & forcibly confining a teen while investigating a noise complaint [0]
  • Harris Co TX deputy was fired and indicted on improper sexual activity with a person in custody charge [0]
  • New York NY cop investigated for alleged sexual assault while he & 3 others were allegedly drinking on duty [1]
  • Clive IA police lieutenant charged w/assault with intent to commit sexual abuse after investigation into complaint [1]
  • New Hanover Co NC deputy charged with 15 felony counts of allegedly sexually assaulting & abusing his 2 children [0] (Report removed after updated information revealed he wasn’t an officer at the time of the alleged incidents. We restrict tracking to incidents that occur when an officer is currently employed as a certified or sworn officer.)
  • Marion Co IN deputy fired after child protection services finds his children living in filth when 1 found wandering [0]
  • New York NY cop sued for detaining woman & having her drugged, straightjacketed & hospitalized for being tipsy [3]
  • Waterloo ON police detain man in cuffs at school & strip search him after daughter draws pic of him holding toy gun [0]
  • Worcester MA police sued by man alleging he was held 73 days on false charges contradicted by video [3]
  • 4 Patton Village TX cops indicted along w/3 cops from other agencies & other officials on corruption charges [0]
  • East St Louis IL police officer faces theft charges after caught stealing Rolex in federal sting operation [0]
  • Lawrence KY cop fired and another still suspended for allegedly fixing tickets in exchange for sports tickets [0]
  • 104 Minnesota police officers in 18 agencies under investigation as ex-cop sues them for accessing her driver info just to look at her picture. [0]
  • 2 Bunnell FL cops, husband & wife, get probation in plea deals for theft and drug possession charges [0]
  • Somerset Borough PA cop arrested for allegedly taking bribe in exchange for not filing charges against suspect [0]
  • Pinal Co AZ sheriff’s dept under federal investigation for alleged illegal political activity by employees [0]
  • Alice TX cop & clerk on leave while investigated for treating traffic citation in an unspecified “irregular manner” [2]
  • New York NY cop faces disciplinary action after photgraphed sleeping on train while armed and in uniform [0]

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Florida Police Brutality, Court Rigging

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This is the last 45 minutes of a special meeting of what is considered the Sovereign Citizens movement. The FBI and Police, and ABC News Nightline host may consider these people criminals, a threat, and terrorists. An informed public is dangers to an international corporate banker occupied US.

Let's see how the mainstream media spins this story.

A man is beaten and gets brain damage for having a taillight out. He is arrested and faces years, if not decades in prison for driving while Black. If the police can be this brutal, and if courts are rigged there is no justice for the rest of us either. No mainstream media outlet or newspaper picked up this mans story. I, Steven G. Erickson did, edited the video and uploaded it. Documentary producer Francis C. P. Knize, the high definition cameraman made the footage available to me. Click link for full video:

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Connecticut putting people back to work?

You have to give the guy below a thumbs up for the art of bullshit.

If Connecticut is for small business that is not organized crime, for the elite and by the elite, corporate, or for who is the spawn of those who brought Small Pox on blankets to Native Americans to found this country, I am Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Jesus Christ returning to say hello, protest unfair taxes, complain about big government, and not get nailed for it this time.

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The guy below isn't as big a sleazebag, or as good a liar as is Richard "Dick" Blumenthal, or torture you for questioning his better than you status, Joe "Mr. NDAA and Internet Censorship Advocate" Lieberman, so he probably doesn't have a chance to be a Connecticut US Senator, even if he does Supreme Joe, a Lawlor or McDonald style favor.

Connecticut State Rep William Tong Runs for Senate

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William Tong called to discuss his platform. William is the State Rep for the 147th District (Stamford and New Canaan). He has decided to throw his hat in for US Senator.
Is he a strong enough candidate to win against sitting US Congressman Chris Murphy; how about beating Linda McMahon? His mission (or part of it) may have already been completed. The state knows of him now. Win or lose, William Tong is becoming a household name in Connecticut.
Below is a reference of what was discussed.


William's first priority is jobs -- that is "a war on unemployment." Though some of his language is lofty, there are some interesting specifics, like: government subsidized business -- part of a new hires unemployment compensation would continue to employee after being hired for a short period of time. The company hiring would only need to make up the difference between salary and subsidy.


Refinancing mortgage debt, William says, to 4% of government backed loans will put nearly $2,800/yr back in the pockets of Connecticut residents. Moreover, William wants to establish bridge loans to people who have lost their jobs. Even business owners, I asked?

Small Business

This is the weakest part of William's platform. Business loans, work Visas and grants are the solution presented. I was expecting more for someone in small business. The life cycle of a business begins with a lot of nurturing. Helping business owner accumulate debt is anything but nurturing. We need to stop the BET (Business Entity Tax). We need to lower taxes for younger companies so the owner can build a reserve of cash for reinvestment without fear of double taxation. Think like people starting a business.

There is also an odd section to his Small Business section; I'll quote it and let you decide what it means.
"Pass the Job Creators Visa to help talented entrepreneurs create jobs right here on our shores. Google, Yahoo, Sikorsky, Electric Boat — all of these companies were founded by immigrants. We need to make sure the next Google isn't started in Russia or China just because we didn't give entrepreneurs a chance to start it here."


Business writer Jim Collins wrote about business build to last -- he also explained his term BHAG. There needs to be a Big Hairy Audacious Goal. William has a BHAG for education. Connecticut will be the #1 state for education in 10 years.

I love it. I'm in. Let's do it.


William seems very practical on the matter of energy. Unafraid to call "Big Oil" out on its gouging greed, William questions way prices are rising in a mild winter. He also explains his feeling on the centuries of natural resources we have here and why nuclear energy needs to be part of the solution.

National Security

The biggest discretionary spending item for the Federal budget is defense spending. Can we cut some of that spending to help heal our national debt?

Campaign Funding

William wants to join the fight for a disclosure act. Perhaps unrealistic, William thinks there is a way to get the huge money out of politics.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Are elected officials helping rig revenue collecting courts?

Feb. 17, 2012, Hartford Connecticut Legislative Office Building LOB Judiciary Committee Public Hearing. Mike Nowacki lets alleged lying lawyer legislators have it:

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Michael Nowacki of New Canaan Connecticut might just be fighting for his life. If you complain about judges, or the courts, in the US, you can end up arrested and in prison. Others commit suicide under mysterious circumstances. Nowacki would have ended up in a mental hospital had it not been for an influential documentary producer who accompanied him to a Homeland Security meeting. The UK, Australia, Canada, and most of Europe also have a similarly abusive system.

[post on Michael Nowacki with link to his website]

Laws are made by legislators who are mostly lawyers. They make money in the courts and they make laws (legislation) to keep people in the court system as long as possible so lawyers make more money. The more unfair the system is, the more money lawyers make.

Look at the [legislators bios], they are Free Masons, have affiliations to other lawyers and they swear an oath to each other that takes precedence over the US Constitution. International corporations and banks run the courts, police, and governments. Prisons are being privatized as corporations are bribing politicians to put more people in prison and to guarantee prison populations will be kept at certain levels. We pay taxes to be slaves and prisoners. We pay to have our families broken up and to have our homes and property seized. [Is this okay with you]?

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Youtube video at bottom of post includes raw footage of the public comment portion of the Feb. 15, 2012, Legislative Judiciary Committee Hearing on Judge nominations, Hartford, Connecticut. What is wrong with the entire US "justice" system might be exposed by the range of complaints and comments.

White Male Judges, Racism, Abuse, Birth Control?

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In the US, Judges and Lawyers swear oaths to each other, invalidating the US Constitution. The secret societies, even the Free Masons, legislate abuse. Courts are to rip off houses, break up families, and railroad "Big Mouths" to prison. If there is enough abuse, the elites call it, "Mud People Reduction". [More info]

Either all courts are equal for all, no matter what, or they aren't. Taxation without representation is a crime. These criminals want to bomb Iran. International corporations and banks own America. They want to bomb us in America with their unmanned drones as much as they want to bomb Iran. Elected officials are getting that arrogant. They have chosen which side they are on ... traitors!

Monica Fore really tells it like it is. All states in the US have gotten this bad. Let's fix it.

Citizen blasted for Free Speech at Public Hearing

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Connecticut State Senator Ed Gomes representing Bridgeport is known for falling asleep during hearings, getting angry for having to listen to public testimony, and having to read typed up official letters of citizens regarding issues to be voted upon. [More info, click here]

In Connecticut, as in most US States, the majority of legislators can be lawyers, making money from court cases, be Free Masons, have other affiliations, have declared secret oaths that take precedent over the US Constitution, are illegally meeting with Executive Branch or Judicial Branch officials to rig legislation, break rules, obstruct justice, break up families, rip off the public, and further the aims of an international corporate and banker owned US Police State. John DiBiase Jr. gets blasted for wearing a "Court Watcher" tee-shirt getting sworn at by a taxpayer funded official, being called a racist, because he corrected another official's error in quoting a statistic.

All judges and legislators on the Judiciary Committee should have their finances, their spouse's finances, and their affiliations checked into. Most legislators on the judiciary committees should not be allowed to sit on them because of a conflict of interest. Lawyers should not legislate for lawyers to make more money. Lawyers should not pander to judges who curry them favors in court if they bend rules in the legislature. If the elected officials make money by legislating to rip the public off, they are racketeering, obstructing justice, are organized crime, and are denying citizens representation for their taxation while jailing citizens for exercising Free Speech.

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Check out the bios on Connecticut Judiciary Committee Legislators [click here]. It seems like a total conflict of interest. How can they be for us when lawyers legislate to curry favor with judges to put more money in their pockets?

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Police Surveillance for walking in a Park?

There were almost no people out during the day in Lawrence, Massachusetts, February 18, 2012. The above black car, appeared to be a police cruiser. The 50 year old plus, overweight, graying man shadowed me and got out of his car to observe my every move. I was just walking in the park, and decided to start snapping pictures. I have been looking for a setting for a fictional independent movie on the US growing Police State.


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2-15-12 CT Judiciary Public Hearing

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Documentary Producer of Wilton Connecticut Francis C. P. Knize, Bill Mulready of Bridgeport, Ken Krajewski are some of the many who speak. There are major problems with Connecticut Family and Criminal Courts all over the US, but in Connecticut, Stamford, New Haven, Hartford, Vernon Rockville Superior Court GA #19, Derby, Manchester, etc stand out.

How bad can policing and the courts be? Are courts about DCF stealing children for federal tax dollars. Are judges compromised financially, owing favors, to become judges. Is state and federal government just part of international corporate and banking international crime?

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This is an hour and 50 minutes of citizens complaining about the system. Who knows when the internet, blogs, and upload video sites like youtube go down. This video might be good to use in your own court case to prove that authorities can abuse your rights in concert.

Suggest you buy your own full quality version of this hearing here from CT-N:


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Friday, February 17, 2012

Bush’s Torture Program Began Ten Years Ago

by Andy Worthington, February 13, 2012 [Original Source]

Last month was the 10th anniversary of the opening of the “war on terror” prison at Guantánamo, and as this year progresses it is appropriate to remember that there will be other grim 10-year anniversaries to note.

This week, one of those 10-year anniversaries passed almost unnoticed. On February 7, 2002, as Andrew Cohen noted in the Atlantic, in the only article marking the anniversary,

President George W. Bush signed a brief memorandum titled “Humane Treatment of Taliban and al Qaeda Detainees” (PDF). The caption was a cruel irony, an Orwellian bit of business, because what the memo authorized and directed was the formal abandonment of America’s commitment to key provisions of the Geneva Convention. This was the day, a milestone on the road to Abu Ghraib: that marked our descent into torture — the day, many would still say, that we lost part of our soul.
That is no exaggeration. Depriving prisoners seized in wartime of the protections of the Geneva Conventions was a huge and unprecedented step, and thoroughly alarming. And yet, despite criticism from Secretary of State Colin Powell (PDF), the administration pushed forward remorselessly towards the creation of an America that practiced arbitrary detention and torture.

Powell had been included in the paper trail that led to Bush’s memorandum of February 7, 2002, and he was particularly upset by a memo on January 25, 2002 (PDF), signed by White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, but written by Vice President Dick Cheney’s legal counsel, David Addington, which claimed that the “new paradigm” that the “war on terror” presented “renders obsolete Geneva’s strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions.”

In his memorandum, just two weeks later, Bush declared that “none of the provisions of Geneva apply to our conflict with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan or elsewhere through the world, because, among other reasons, al-Qaeda is not a High Contracting Party to Geneva.” He added, “I determine that the Taliban detainees are unlawful combatants and, therefore, do not qualify as prisoners of war under Article 4 of Geneva. I note that, because Geneva does not apply to our conflict with al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda detainees also do not qualify as prisoners of war.”

That was the rationale for holding prisoners neither as criminal suspects nor as prisoners of war, but as a third category of human being, without any rights, which was disturbing enough; but it also paved the way for the use of torture, since people with no rights whatsoever had no protection against torture and abuse. To that end the most alarming passage in the memorandum is the president’s claim that “common Article 3 of Geneva does not apply to either al-Qaeda or Taliban detainees because, among other reasons, the relevant conflicts are international in scope and common Article 3 applies only to ’armed conflict not of an international character.’”

Bush claimed that the prisoners would be “treated humanely and, to the extent appropriate and consistent with military necessity, in a manner consistent with the principles of Geneva,” but it was a meaningless addition. By refusing to accept that everyone seized in wartime must be protected from torture and abuse, and by removing the protections of common Article 3 from the prisoners, which prohibits “cruel treatment and torture,” and “outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment,” Bush opened the floodgates to the torture programs that were subsequently developed for use both by the CIA and at Guantánamo.

As the months pass in this 10th anniversary year, a handful of astute journalists will remember some of the other events and their 10th anniversaries — the notorious “torture memos” of August 1, 2002, for example, also known as the Bybee memos, which were written by John Yoo, an attorney in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (and another member of Dick Cheney’s inner circle), and signed by Yoo’s boss, Jay S. Bybee. Those two memos sought to redefine torture so that torture techniques like waterboarding could be used by the CIA.

Later, on December 2, 2002, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved his own torture program for use at Guantánamo (PDF). It was apparently intended for use on just one prisoner, Mohammed al-Qahtani, whose torture is the only example of Bush’s torture program admitted to by a senior Pentagon official (Susan Crawford, who oversaw the military commissions under George W. Bush). However, as Neil A. Lewis reported for the New York Times in a powerful article in January 2005,

Interviews with former intelligence officers and interrogators provided new details and confirmed earlier accounts of inmates being shackled for hours and left to soil themselves while exposed to blaring music or the insistent meowing of a cat-food commercial. In addition, some may have been forcibly given enemas as punishment.

While all the detainees were threatened with harsh tactics if they did not cooperate, about one in six were eventually subjected to those procedures, one former interrogator estimated. The interrogator said that when new interrogators arrived they were told they had great flexibility in extracting information from detainees because the Geneva Conventions did not apply at the base.

Bush’s memo opening the floodgates to torture did not become public knowledge until 2004, when, after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke, other damaging documents — including one of the “torture memos” — were also released. By June 2006, the torture program officially came to an end, when the Supreme Court ruled, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, that common Article 3 applied to all prisoners held by US forces. Three months later, Bush’s secret CIA torture prisons were emptied, and the last of the “high-value detainees” held were moved to Guantánamo.

Nevertheless, the 10-year anniversary of Bush’s original “torture memo” remains enormously significant, because Barack Obama refused to hold any Bush administration officials accountable for their actions, and because 171 men are still held at Guantánamo. Many of them — if not most of them — continue to be held because of deeply unreliable information extracted through the use of torture or other forms of coercion in the four years and four months that America refused to acknowledge that it had any obligation to treat prisoners humanely and not to torture them.

The failure to pursue accountability and the acceptance of Guantánamo’s continued existence has led to the depressing situation recorded this past Tuesday — on the largely ignored 10th anniversary of Bush’s “torture memo” — when, as the Washington Post reported, a poll showed that, when kept in ignorance and stoked with permanent fear-mongering, 70 percent of Americans “approve of Obama’s decision to keep open the prison at Guantánamo Bay.”

Ten years after Guantánamo opened, such polling shows only that the need to provide education about the prison, and for the president to provide strong, moral and just leadership, is stronger than ever.

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press) and serves as policy advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation. Visit his website at

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Anti-ACTA protests in Europe

click on any of below photos to make larger. Protests are going on worldwide AND all over America. We have art, and we have the art of protest

Picture taken by Steven G. Erickson of possible 1837 wooden barrels made in New Hampshire Cooperage, photo date Feb. 14, 2012, [related art]

Picture shot by Steven G. Erickson in Brattleboro, Vermont, Feb. 14, 2012. [More Photos]

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Americans are waking up to the CWB, Criminals Without Borders takeover using the NDAA.

There are protests going on Against ACTA all over Europe. Just some of the countries mentioned in below video: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, England, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Vilnius Lithuania, Amsterdam Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Malta, Bucharest Romania, Scotland, Sweden, Geneva Switzerland, and more.

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Anti-ACTA protests in Europe



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Short Notice on Tyranny Fight in State of Connecticut:

For Feb. 15, 2012, Show up Hartford, CT, Capitol


10:00 AM in Room 2B


1. To be a Judge of the Appellate Court:

Honorable Michael R. Sheldon of Canton

2. To be a State Referee:

Honorable Sidney Axelrod of Danbury

3. To be a Senior Judge:

Honorable Christina G. Dunnell of Newington

Honorable Michael Hartmere of Milford

Honorable Burton A. Kaplan of Orange

Honorable Bruce W. Thompson of Branford

Honorable Bradford J. Ward of West Hartford

4. To be a Judge of the Superior Court:

Honorable Richard E. Arnold of Orange

Honorable Patrick L. Carroll, III of Seymour

Honorable Frank A. Iannotti of North Haven

Honorable Edward J. Mullarkey of Rocky Hill

Honorable A. Susan Peck of Chester

Honorable Jorge A. Simon of Glastonbury

Honorable Elliot N. Solomon of West Hartford

Leeland J. Cole-Chu, Esquire of Salem

Raheem L. Mullins, Esquire of Cromwell

Kenneth B. Povodator, Esquire of Fairfield

More in by email:
Dear Parents in CT.,
This is another hearing at Legislation tomorrow on
reappointment of Judges and if your Judge is on this list
you need to be there to testify against their reappointment
to keep them or remove them from the bench.
So there no more injustice to the citizens of CT.

Judiciary Committee


Friday, February 17, 2012

10:00 AM in Room 2B


To be a State Referee:

The Honorable John T. Downey of New Haven

The Honorable Paul M. Foti of Branford

The Honorable Alfred J. Jennings, Jr. of Fairfield.

The Honorable John J. Langenbach of West Hartford to be.

The Honorable Russell F. Potter, Jr. of Coventry.

The Honorable Joseph J. Purtill of Pawcatuck.

The Honorable William M. Shaughnessy, Jr. of West Hartford

The Honorable Howard F. Zoarski of Branford

To be a Judge of the Superior Court:

The Honorable Grant Miller of West Hartford to be a Judge

The Honorable Sybil Richards of Orange to be a Judge

The Honorable Thelma A. Santos of West Hartford

The Honorable Hillary B. Strackbein of Guilford

The Honorable Mark H. Taylor of West Hartford

The Honorable Elpedio N. Vitale of Madison

Donna Nelson Heller, Esquire of Riverside

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Judges are tyrants for the State. Should we do away with judges to have people's grand juries instead of judges? You might want to ask these people that question:

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This is Steven G. Erickson's issues on what is pretend justice and representation for taxation in the State of Connecticut:

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Why should police violate laws they are supposed to be enforcing?


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Cops among Florida's worst speeders, Sun Sentinel investigation finds

By Sally Kestin and John Maines, Sun Sentinel

We've all seen it, and now there's proof: Police officers sworn to uphold our traffic laws are among the worst speeders on South Florida roads.

A three-month Sun Sentinel investigation found almost 800 cops from a dozen agencies driving 90 to 130 mph on our highways.

Many weren't even on duty — they were commuting to and from work in their take-home patrol cars.

The extent of the problem uncovered by the newspaper shocked South Florida's police brass. All the agencies started internal investigations.

"Excessive speed," Margate Police Chief Jerry Blough warned his officers, is a "blatant violation of public trust."

The evidence came from police SunPass toll records. The Sun Sentinel obtained a year's worth, hit the highways with a GPS device and figured out how fast the cops were driving based on the distance and time it took to go from one toll plaza to the next.

Speeding cops can kill. Since 2004, Florida officers exceeding the speed limit have caused at least 320 crashes and 19 deaths. Only one officer went to jail — for 60 days.

A cop with a history of on-the-job wrecks smashed into South Florida college student Erskin Bell Jr. as he waited at a red light in Central Florida three years ago, hitting him at 104 mph. Bell is now severely brain-damaged.

"Every day, you pray for a miracle,'' said his father, Erskin Bell Sr. "Had this officer's behavior been dealt with, maybe he would not have run into our son.''

Law enforcement officers have been notoriously reluctant to stop their own for speeding, and the criminal justice system has proven no tougher at punishing lead-foot cops, records show.

That sense of impunity infuriates many Floridians. Those concerns erupted in October, when a state trooper clocked Miami Police Officer Fausto Lopez driving 120 mph through Broward County on his way to a moonlighting job.

"They think that they have carte blanche. Who's going to catch them? Who's going to do anything about it?" said state Sen. Steve Oelrich, a Gainesville Republican and former sheriff.

"Something needs to be done."

It's hard to drive more than a few days on Florida's Turnpike or Interstate 95 without witnessing a squad car from a different city rocket by in the fast lane. But just how many cops were flooring it, and how often, remained a mystery — until now.

The Sun Sentinel uncovered the answers by digging into the officers' toll records. The findings:

• 793 transponders assigned to police agencies from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach counties showed evidence of speeding — and habitual speeding by some officers.

• One out of five police cars hit speeds above 90 mph.

• Total high-speed incidents: 5,100 in a 13-month period.

• Most of the high speeds — 96 percent — were between 90 and 110 mph.

• Many of the officers did not appear to be rushing to save lives or fight crime. More than half of the high-speed incidents involved city cops outside their jurisdictions, many of them driving regular routes most likely to or from work.

In Broward County, cops from a half-dozen departments — Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Margate, Pembroke Pines, Plantation and Sunrise — were clocked going above 90 mph at least once outside the cities where they work.

"If we have officers who are not responding to an emergency and they're driving to or from work at 100 mph, I have a problem with that, and so does the chief," said Plantation Police Detective Robert Rettig. "If an officer is found in violation, they'll be disciplined."

Sheriff's deputies also drove at excessive speeds but their countywide jurisdiction makes it harder to tell whether they were working.

Almost 30 percent of the transponders assigned to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office showed speeds above 90 mph, mostly within the county. The Sheriff's Office is investigating and will discipline deputies found speeding without justification, a spokeswoman said.

At the Broward Sheriff's Office, 18 percent of the transponders registered speeds above 90 and as high as 122 mph, the SunPass analysis found. Sheriff Al Lamberti ordered his commanders to determine what the deputies were doing and whether the speeds were justified, said spokesman Jim Leljedal. The deputies included a supervisor and K-9 officers, who are frequently called to emergencies, he said.

Driver Vince Martinelli of Lake Worth sees it all the time: Cops speeding past him on the turnpike.

"I'm going 70, and they go flying by me,'' he said. "These are policemen who live in Palm Beach County and work in Broward County."

Cops drove the fastest from late at night to 6 a.m., when shifts change and traffic is lightest.

Miami officers were among the most chronic speeders, with 143 of them driving over 90 mph — all outside city limits, the SunPass analysis found. More than 50 Miami cops broke 100 mph — one more than 100 times.

"How disturbing," said Miami Police Maj. Jorge Colina. "Clearly it's a problem we need to deal with."

The Miami cop who drove the fastest on the turnpike hit 125 mph one morning about 4 a.m. The speed leader on the Gratigny Expressway reached 117 mph and drove over 100 mph on 36 days.

At the Miami Beach Police Department, 54 officers drove over 90 mph as far away as Palm Beach County, the analysis found. Many hit speeds over 100 mph.

Some of the speeding could be justified if the cops were off-duty and called into work for an emergency, said Raymond Martinez, Miami Beach's assistant police chief. But he said some may speed simply because they know they can.

"I really don't have an explanation for what goes through an individual's mind to think they can go 100 mph without consequences,'' Martinez said. "Is it because they're in a marked car and another agency isn't going to stop them? Maybe."

Speeding on the job

Some on-duty cops clearly drove much faster than allowed even for the most serious emergencies, the Sun Sentinel found.

Florida law allows officers to exceed the speed limit for an emergency, as long as they can do it safely. Most South Florida police agencies, including the sheriff's offices in Broward and Palm Beach counties, do not set a cap on how fast cops can drive to a call.

At the Miami-Dade Police Department, a countywide agency, officers are required to stay within 20 mph of the speed limit even in the most serious emergencies, such as responding to shootings, according to department policy. That means a top speed of 75 to 90 mph, depending on the highway speed limit.

That policy is not always followed, the Sun Sentinel found: More than 270 Miami-Dade cops drove over 90 mph and as fast as 115 mph.

"That is very disturbing,'' said Maj. Nancy Perez, the department's spokeswoman. "Speeding is a big problem. It's a big problem not only for us but for every other police department.''

A former road patrol officer, Perez said she understands "the urgency to get to either a citizen that is calling the police or assisting another officer.''

"But still, it has to be done with a conscious mind of what could happen not only to you, but you could also cause an accident and hurt someone else," she said.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers drove the fastest among the cops examined, at speeds as high as 130 mph, according to the SunPass records. FHP began an internal review of the Sun Sentinel's analysis to determine whether the troopers were off-duty or working, and if so, what they were doing at the time.

Troopers will be held accountable if their actions did not contribute to a "safe driving environment," said FHP Capt. Mark Brown, an agency spokesman.

FHP policy requires troopers to obey the speed limit unless they're chasing a law breaker. Then they're expected to stay within 15 mph of the limit but can go faster if they can drive safely and "the gravity of the situation so warrants.''

"If somebody goes by at 120," Brown said, "we can't go 85 to catch him.''

Policing their own

The internal police investigations prompted by the Sun Sentinel will take several weeks to complete. Spokesmen said unnecessary speeding, on or off duty, will be punished.

"We write speeding tickets. ... It's not very prudent to be out violating the very laws that we enforce,'' said Miami Police Maj. Delrish Moss. "We'll investigate … and we'll take the appropriate action.''

Police have only recently begun to seriously address a problem that they acknowledge has persisted for years.

Last fall, Miami police began undercover radar stings of their officers, nabbing a dozen on one stakeout, Colina said. The department is now considering going so far as to equip police cars with "governors" that prevent the engines from exceeding a certain speed. They may consider GPS devices that track a vehicle's location and speed by satellite.

Fort Lauderdale police are one of the few South Florida departments currently using GPS in patrol cars to monitor and discipline officers for speeding, though most of the punishments have been written reprimands. "We take it seriously because it's been an issue,'' said Police Chief Frank Adderley.

GPS is also coming soon to patrol cars in Miami Beach. "My first and foremost thing is stopping the behavior,'' Martinez said.

The Miami-Dade Police Department holds driver training courses and posts signs in its parking lots urging officers to drive safely. One reason: It's not just civilians who are victims of speeding cops. In 2009, Miami-Dade police buried one of their own — Giovanni Gonzalez, a 23-year-old rookie who rear-ended a dump truck while driving nearly 100 mph for no apparent reason.

"It's very heart-wrenching when you have to go to a memorial or a remembrance and look at these families destroyed with questions: 'Why is this happening?''' Perez said. "We don't have an answer for them.''

[Read part 2 of the Sun Sentinel's investigation here]

Editorial Assistant Charlie Grau contributed to this report. or 954-356-4510