Saturday, November 12, 2011

11-11-11 Police abuse those who videotape abuse by police... // Los abusos de la policía que las cintas de vídeo// 警方滥用那些录像带他们

Federal Criminal Defense Investigation

Posted: 11 Nov 2011 07:00 AM PST
By Jonathan Turley, Los Angeles Times

Twenty years ago, as Rodney King was beaten by Los Angeles police officers, a private citizen in a nearby apartment turned on his video camera. Largely because of that tape, four officers were criminally charged. In July, a homeless schizophrenic man died after a police beating in Fullerton. Audio from a cellphone video caught Kelly Thomas' cries for his father and helped force an investigation that resulted in a first-degree murder charge against one police officer.

The increasing availability of cellphones and video cameras has fundamentally changed police abuse cases, creating vital evidence in cases that were once dismissed as matters of conflicting accounts between officers and citizens. With that change, however, has come a backlash from officers who, despite court rulings upholding the right of citizens to tape police in public, have been threatening or arresting people for the "crime" of recording them. In many states, prosecutors have fought to support such claims and put citizens in jail for videotaping officers, even in cases of police abuse.

In New York this year, Emily Good was arrested after videotaping the arrest of a man at a traffic stop in Rochester. Good was filming from her frontyard; an officer is heard saying to her, "I don't feel safe with you standing behind me, so I'm going to ask you to go into your house." When she continued to film, the officer said, "You seem very anti-police," and arrested her.

In Illinois last month, Brad Williams filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department because, he said, he was beaten by police in response to his filming an officer holding and dragging a man down the street from inside a moving squad car. Ironically, Chicago has rejected complaints about the installation of thousands of cameras in the city that film citizens in public for use in prosecutions.

In Maryland in July, Anthony Graber got a well-deserved speeding ticket, but his real mistake was posting footage from his motorcycle helmet-cam on YouTube. It showed an irate off-duty, out-of-uniform officer pulling him over with his gun drawn. Prosecutors obtained a grand jury indictment against Graber on felony wiretap charges, which carry a 16-year prison sentence.

In Boston in August, the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unambiguously that the Constitution protects citizen videographers filming in public. In that case, attorney Simon Glik was walking past the Boston Common on Oct. 1, 2007, when he came upon three Boston officers arresting a man. Glik turned on his cellphone camera after hearing a witness say the police were being abusive. An officer told Glik to turn off his camera. When Glik refused, he was arrested for violation of the state wiretap statute, disturbing the peace and, for good measure, aiding in the escape of a prisoner.

The charges were dismissed after a public outcry, but in a later civil rights case, city attorneys fought to deny citizens the right to videotape police. The court rejected Boston's arguments and found that the police had denied Glik his 1st and 4th Amendment rights.

But other federal judges might not be so sure. Take Richard Posner, the intellectual leader of conservative judges and scholars who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago. Posner shocked many last month when he cut off an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which had filed suit to challenge an Illinois law preventing audio recording of police without their consent.

The ACLU lawyer had uttered just 14 words when Posner barked: "I'm not interested, really, in what you want to do with these recordings of peoples' encounters with the police." Posner then added his concerns about meddling citizens: "Once all this stuff can be recorded, there's going to be a lot more of this snooping around by reporters and bloggers.... I'm always suspicious when the civil liberties people start telling the police how to do their business."

Many judges may privately share Posner's view of such confrontations. And the near-total silence of politicians in dealing with the question of the public's right to record what they see and hear suggests that many legislators may also find these cases inconvenient.

Actions against citizen videographers run against not just the Constitution but good public policy. Yet, without a videotape, Rodney King would have been just another guy with a prior record claiming abuse, against the word of multiple officers.

The outcome once was all but inevitable: no tape, no case. As long as police abuse is out of sight, it can also be out of mind. If successful, the backlash against citizens recording police could guarantee that Rodney King is never repeated — the officers' trial, that is.

Full article can be found here.

11-11-11 Trial by Jury // Juicio por Jurado // 由陪审团审判

The Commemorative Plaque,
Old Bailey Law Courts, London.

Penn was later Founder of Pennsylvania.
Like the Trial by Jury, this plaque will be removed if the modern politicians, dissolute servitors of the bank-owners behind-the-scenes, implacable criminal enemies of the people, democracy, truth, rights, liberty and justice, have their way.
For ease of reading, here is a transcription of the Plaque:
"Near this site William Penn and William Mead were tried in 1670 for preaching to an unlawful assembly in Grace Church Street. This tablet commemorates the courage and endurance of the Jury, Thos (Thomas) Vere, Edward Bushell and ten others who refused to give a verdict against them although locked up without food for two nights and were fined for their final Verdict of Not Guilty."
"The case of these Jurymen was reviewed on a writ of Habeas Corpus and Chief Justice Vaughan delivered the opinion of the Court which established The Right of Juries to give their Verdict according to their Convictions."

11-11-11 Obama's Birth Certificate // Certificado de nacimiento de Obama // 奥巴马的出生证

The ongoing Sheriff Joe/Birth Certificate saga - and legitimacy of the 2012 US presidential election
The Birthers, like the Occupy movement, will not be brushed off through a media blackout and obfuscation in the US Courts... And if media focus on the issue of the Birth Certificate and the multiple Social Security numbers early, rather than later in the campaign, the US may be saved yet another historic constitutional disgrace...[]
 :         a)Emacs!, or b)Emacs!
Birth Certificates from Hawaii, 1961:
a)  Obama's digitally-generated birth certificate, released by the White House, and b) Authentic microfilm copies of contemporary birth certificates.
Regardless of one's opinion of the maverick Sheriff Joe, one must notice with concern his observations (below) regarding the dubious nature of the Obama's long form Birth Certificate, and conduct of the media in this regard. 

Obama's dubious Birth Certificate and multiple Social Security numbers, if not adequately addressed in a timely manner, are likely to undermine even the appearance of legitimacy of the 2012 presidential election in the United States. 

Therefore, the 2012 election could become the next logical step:
  • 2000 election, where the outcome was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in Bush v Gore; [i]
  • 2004 election, where Diebold electronic voting machine fraud has been repeatedly alleged; [ii]
  • 2008 election, where Obama was a cadidate of dubious eligibility;
  • 2012 election, where the eligibility of the incumbent president, running for reelection, will have been opined by law enforcement deficient, or even fraud.
The Birthers, like the Occupy movement, will not be brushed off through a media blackout and obfuscation in the US Courts... And if media focus on the issue of the Birth Certificate and the multiple Social Security numbers early, rather than later in the campaign, the US may be saved yet another historic constitutional disgrace...
[i] Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000)
[ii] The 2004 US Elections: The Mother of all Vote Frauds
10-08-28 Common Cause Voting Machines Report Malfunction and Malfeasance Brennan Center for Justice Notice in Re: Unprecleared Voting Machines - violation of the voting act Validating Voting Machine Software MIT-Caltech: Auditing Technology for Electronic Voting US Electronic Voting Machines - Made to Defraud - Wired Magazine 
______[]          Emacs!

Sheriff Joe threatened for probing eligibility

Says intimidation comes from drug lords, Obama fans: 'I'm not sure which are worse'

Posted: November 09, 2011
8:29 pm Eastern
By Jerome R. Corsi© 2011 WND
Amid death threats, Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio is scratching his head over the major media's virtual silence about his decision to investigate Barack Obama's eligibility to run for re-election.

"Getting death threats is nothing new for me," Arpaio told WND, referring to his national reputation as a tough enforcer of immigration laws. "But why has the media has decided to black out all news of our Obama investigation? That's what I don't understand.

"I'm a controversial guy and usually the media is all over me," he continued, "but when I decided to investigate Obama, the media has suddenly gone missing in action."
WND has previously reported Arpaio has demanded to see the original microfilm records of Obama's birth certificate held in the vault of the Hawaii Department of Health.

WND has also reported that on April 27, the White House released three versions of Obama's long-form birth certificate, each one of which appears fundamentally different from the other two:
  1. An electronic PDF computer file that contained a green background clearly showing the green hash marks of Hawaii Department of Health security paper;
  2. A photo taken by the Associated Press and attributed to J. Scott Appleworth shows a blue background, with no hash marks and no green security paper background; and
  3. Two photographs the White House staff allowed NBC photographer Savannah Guthrie take on April 27 that show a gray background on which grey hash marks are clearly visible on the security paper background.
Arpaio has also suggested the White House should authorize the Hawaii Department of Health to release for independent court-authorized forensic examination any 1961 paper-and-ink original Obama birth records the department has on file.

Read more:Sheriff Joe threatened for probing eligibility  

11-11-11 Rabbi Michael Lerner: Praying With Our Feet at Occupy Oakland // El rabino Michael Lerner: Orar con los pies en el Ocupar Oakland// 犹太教教士迈克尔勒纳:我们的脚下祈祷占据奥克兰

Thanks to Rabbi Lerner for again stating the obvious loud and clear!
[]  Emacs! []
Los Angeles, November 11 - Tikkun's Rabbi Michael Lerner has called in a Huffington Post opinion piece for "Praying With Our Feet at Occupy Oakland"  Moreover, in it, Rabbi Lerner invokes the historic commitment of the US Jewish community to Human Rights, in the footsteps of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. [i]

Rabbi Lerner's call for 'praying with our feet in Occupy Oakland,' must be particularly noticed in view of the large-scale abuse of Constitutional, Civil, and Human Rights, associated with the current crisis, including, but not limited to the Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, and Freedom of Assembly, Fair Hearings, and Access to the Courts. [ii]

Rabbi Lerner again shows his commitment to the cause:

  • Rabbi Michael Lerner was unique among rabbis, who had been asked, in his willingness to opine on the Los Angeles Jewish Federation and Bet Tzedek refusal to respond on allegations of high level financial fraud by Sandor Samuels and others, current and former leaders of Bet Tzedek ("The House of Justice"). [iii]
  • Privately, Rabbi Lerner also opined on refusal of ADL National Director Abraham Foxman to respond on allegations of racketeering in the courts among the leaders of the Log Angeles Jewish/legal community. [iv]
  • Rabbi Lerner was one of several rabbis and priests, who joined the call for ending the death penalty in California. [v]
Thanks again to Rabbi Lerner for stating the obvious loud and clear! [vi]
LINKS:[i] 11-11-11 Rabbi Michael Lerner_ Praying With Our Feet at Occupy Oakland[ii] 11-11-10 Occupy on Russia Today – increasingly censored by Google at US agencies request... Eventually, Much of the Abuse Boils Down to the First Amendment and Related Rights - Oakland Police Denies ACLU Access to Public Records of Police Violence[iii] 10-11-17 Tikkun’s Rabbi Lerner ANSWERS on a Jewish ethics question pertaining to duties of Bet Tzedek and the Los Angeles Jewish Federation in view of evidence of racketeering in the courts by leaders of the Los Angeles Jewish/legal community[iv] 11-05-08 Press Release: Tikkun’s Rabbi Lerner opines on refusal by ADL to respond on Public Corruption/Racketeering in the courts by Los Angeles Jewish-legal community leaders.[v] 10-12-15 Press Release: Tikkun's Rabbi Michael Lerner Joined the Call Stop the Execution of Kevin Cooper End the Death Penalty in California-s[vi] 11-10-02 Day of Reckoning 5’772 – the US Jewish Community and the Current Crisis
Joseph Zernik, PhDHuman Rights Alert (NGO)[]  
The 2010 submission of Human Rights Alert to the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations was reviewed by the HRC professional staff and incorporated in the official HRC Professional Staff Report with a note referring to “corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California.”
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"...a system in which only the little people have to obey the law, while the rich, and bankers especially, can cheat and defraud without consequences." Paul Krugman, MIT (2011)
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"...corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California." United Nations Human Rights Council Staff Report (2010)
"On July 26, 2010, Laurence Tribe, Senior Counsel for the United States Department of Justice, Access to Justice Initiative, delivered an important speech to the Conference of Chief Justices, challenging them to halt the disintegration of our state justice systems before they become indistinguishable from courts of third world nations."Prof Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School (2010), per National Defender Leadership Institute (2010)
"More than 100 law professors have signed on to a letter released today that proposes congressional hearings and legislation aimed at fashioning "mandatory and enforceable" ethics rules for Supreme Court justices for the first time. The effort, coordinated by the liberal Alliance for Justice, was triggered by "recent media reports," the letter said, apparently referring to stories of meetings and other potential conflicts of interest involving Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas among others."More than 100 law professors, as reported by the Blog of the Legal Times (February 2011)
"The American legal system has been corrupted almost beyond recognition..."
Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, Edith Jones, speaking before the Federalist Society of Harvard Law School (February 2003)
* In a speech in Georgetown University, Senator Leahy, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee called for a "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" on the US Department of Justice.Transcript of Senator Leahy speech (2009)