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Man Framed by Detective Will Get $6.4 Million From New York City After Serving 23 Years for Murder
nytimes.com ^ | february 20, 2014 | frances robles

Posted on 02/23/2014 6:17:57 AM PST by lowbridge

A man who was framed by a rogue detective and served 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit will receive $6.4 million from the City of New York in a settlement that came before a civil rights lawsuit was even filed, lawyers involved in the case said on Thursday.

A $150 million claim filed last year by the man, David Ranta, was settled by the city comptroller’s office without ever involving the city’s legal department — which the lawyers involved in the negotiations described as a “groundbreaking” decision that acknowledged the overwhelming evidence the city faced.

The comptroller’s quick acceptance of liability in the high-profile conviction is also significant because the case is the first of what is expected to be a series of wrongful conviction claims by men who were sent to prison based on the flawed investigative work of the detective, Louis Scarcella, who has been accused of inventing confessions, coercing witnesses and recycling informers.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; newyork
Also here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2564769/Father-three-wrongfully-imprisoned-23-years-framed-murder-rogue-detective-gets-6-4-million-settlement.html

1 posted on 02/23/2014 6:17:57 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Watch for a new cottage industry: Wrongful Imprisonment. Take the rap for somebody else and hit the jackpot. There are a lot of folks who would willingly trade ten or so years of “imprisonment” for millions of dollars in settlement money from any city state or federal entity. Kind of like selling a kidney on the open market. And who is to say that’s not what happened here?


2 posted on 02/23/2014 6:27:01 AM PST by 4Runner
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To: lowbridge

Ah. The Dinkins administration. 4 years of hell soon to be overshadowed by the de Blasio admin. Wait till Holders people decide to do the Crown heights fun fest again and all the Brooklyn Progressives crap their pants and try to find a new ‘Rudy’ for 2017 to protect their worthless @$$e$


3 posted on 02/23/2014 6:38:50 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: 4Runner

I’ll go out on a limb and say that isn’t what happened here.


4 posted on 02/23/2014 6:39:14 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: 4Runner

Go into a prison and there’s no guarantee you’ll ever come out...


5 posted on 02/23/2014 6:40:21 AM PST by varmintman
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To: Russ

Taxpayers tote the note (again) for corruption.


6 posted on 02/23/2014 6:41:51 AM PST by Ancient Man
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To: lowbridge

That’s not enough !


7 posted on 02/23/2014 6:44:46 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: 4Runner

Why do you say “imprisonment”? Didn’t he spend those years in a real prison?


8 posted on 02/23/2014 6:44:47 AM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: 4Runner

“There are a lot of folks who would willingly trade ten or so years of “imprisonment” for millions of dollars in settlement money..”

Well, that’s an interesting concept, but without reading the article I doubt it applies here.

First off this guy was in jail for over 20 years, nobody’s going to want to do that much time as a ‘substitute’ convict.

Secondly, cops get false confessions all the time, part of the job is to ensure they DON’T arrest/convict innocent people.

I’m pretty sure that, sad as it is to say, we’ve got a bigger problem with corrupt/inept workers in the Justice system than we have with people seeking to do time falsely so they can sue later.

I’m really not even sure that anyone HAS ever done that.


9 posted on 02/23/2014 6:47:02 AM PST by jocon307
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To: lowbridge

What about the rogue detective? Seems to me in would only be fair that he get sent up the river for 23 years.


10 posted on 02/23/2014 6:47:11 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: 4Runner

I believe you are right that some would give up a certain number of years of freedom for a jackpot.

Here is a personal story. I taught real estate law and econ in college for 10 years. Almost all of the students were real estate licensees, who needed the classes to get a broker’s license.

A local scumbag mortgage broker had ripped off elderly people by taking their money and making them believe they were getting a 2nd trust deed on a home. He did not have the documents recorded, so there were many people who made the loan on the same property. Of course, the house of cards ultimately fell, people lost their money, and he was caught. I think he had run off to Hawaii with his secretary.

Whether they ever recovered his stolen money, I do not know, but I think he did five years in a country club prison for white collar crime.

One of my students kind of mumbled that 5 mil for 5 years would be worth it if he could actually get away with the money. So I asked my students, in a class of about 40, how many would consider doing this if they were sure they would get the money. Half of them raised their hand. It was quite enlightening.

For perhaps all of us participating on FR, that scenario is unfathomable. First, we would not give up our freedom for any amount of money. And equally important, we would not cheat people.

NOTE: unfortunately, since the advent of the Obamanation, we slowly are giving up our freedom. It is just not behind bars. Yet.


11 posted on 02/23/2014 6:47:56 AM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: 4Runner

A vile and dirty cop pulls this kind of crap and you come up with this angle?


12 posted on 02/23/2014 6:48:44 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: lowbridge

An interesting bit near the end “After Mr. Ranta’s release, an investigation by The New York Times found that Mr. Scarcella had used the same witness in several different murder cases...”

That’s pretty suspicious, or else that witness is someone to avoid. Where ever he goes a murder breaks out.


13 posted on 02/23/2014 6:52:19 AM PST by jocon307
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To: 4Runner
No mention of corrupt law enforcement? Are you an LEO? Along your train of thought how many cops lie and cheat and steal for twenty years so they can spend the next twenty dreaming of how they never got the chance to shoot someone?

Corruption is as corruption does and LEO’s lead the pack.

14 posted on 02/23/2014 6:52:54 AM PST by highpockets
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To: jocon307

From my experience with the TN justice system I can say you are very accurate in your beliefs.

Probation & Parolee’s
https://www.ncjrs.gov/txtfiles/ppvsp91.txt
This is an older study as there are no newer ones, this gives you a big idea of just how many additional early release of criminals to parole and probation cause. n 1991, 45% of State prisoners were persons who, at the time they
committed their offense, were under conditional supervision in the community—either on probation or on parole. They then committed an additional 74,400 new crimes. Their original crimes add up to 25,900. The NEW crimes FAR out ceded their REPEAT CRIMES.

Based on the offense that brought them to prison, the 162,000 probation violators committed at least 6,400 murders, 7,400 rapes, 10,400 assaults, and 17,000 robberies, while under supervision in the community an
average of 17 months.

Based on the offense that brought parolees back to prison, these 156,000 offenders committed at least 6,800 murders, 5,500 rapes, 8,800 assaults, and 22,500 robberies, while under supervision in the community an average of 13 months.

Word of caution, crime is not counted accurately. More of our governments fuzzy math tricks. It is Hierarchical Counted, only the most serious crime is counted if there were actually 4 crimes committed at the time. Kidnap, rape, rob then kill a person, only the murder counts. Rest flushed down the toilet.

Recidivism
http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=17
These offenders had accumulated 4.1 million arrest charges before their most recent imprisonment and another 744,000 charges within 3 years of release.


15 posted on 02/23/2014 6:53:46 AM PST by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: jocon307

Please help this 8 year old little girl get the justice she was promised by 2 juries. TN Gov email is bill.haslam@tn.gov

END THE SENSELESS APPEALS PROCESS!
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/dec/20/millington-death-row-inmate-loses-bid-to-reopen/?print=1
This is going on 20 years of appeals. DNA & confession proved he did it.

He raped, strangled to death with her OWN SHOE LACES Nicki Read and then threw her body in the river. Even helped hunt for what was thought to be a missing child. The INJUSTICE system does not give a flip how much money or grief it causes the victim’s family to have this crap delayed and delayed, and then finally some anti-death penalty justice will void the sentence and give life with parole, which means more grief to fight the suckers. And criminals have MORE rights that the victim or victim’s family!
Governor Bill Halsam has yet to set a date or sign the death warrant, ask him how long Nicki’s mom has to wait for justice.
bill.haslam@tn.gov

Murder in Memphis. http://truecrimebookreviews.com/2011/06/murder-in-memphis-dorris-porch-rebecca-easley-deborah-william-groseclose/ This creep hired men to murder his young wife. Let them into the house, while he slipped out with the kids. She was Raped, stabbed, beatened, strangled until she passed out. Stuffed into the trunk of her car, which was then relocated down town, where she is still alive, she COOKED TO DEATH in the 100 + summer temps of Memphis. A anti-death penalty federal judge and 2 state supreme court judges kept blocking the use of the DP. They finally were retried, found guilty again, and given Life WITH parole. There is 1 sick sister left to fight the parole hearings.

THIS IS A ON GOING HATE CRIME. Black on White. Best have a very strong stomach to read it.

The Gruesome Story of a Murdered Tennessee Couple You May Have Never Heard – But That You Will Never Forget
http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/galleries/sets/channon-christian-and-chris-newsom-murders/


16 posted on 02/23/2014 6:55:50 AM PST by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: 4Runner

You cant be serious. Few, if any, would trade their freedom and undergo rape and subhuman treatment for money with no guarantee they would ever get out.

Would you rather those falsely imprisoned get an apology or perhaps a hallmark greeting card? “Oops, our bad, sorry for the decade of rape and torture.” Maybe they can be awarded a business card to a Christian organization like the idiots that go to restaurants and leave them as tips.

Your attempt to minimize the reality of false imprisonment is nothing short of hysterics. It happens and it is beyond immoral. Maybe he should have been put to death so people like you can sit comfortable in your denial and the State, with its corrupt players and politicians, can keep their image and careers in tact like Rick Perry and Gregg Abbott. Perry did, afterall, allow Texas to put a man to death on shady evidence while his butt boy Abbott assisted in the cover up before an election.

For the record, I am talking about Cameron Todd Willingham and the Texas Forensic Science Review Board. Forensic Science in parts of Texas is so screwed up and backwards that we need a commission to review it. Houston alone has been rocked by multiple scandals involving their fingerprint and DNA collection.


17 posted on 02/23/2014 7:05:37 AM PST by drunknsage
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To: drunknsage
For the record, I am talking about Cameron Todd Willingham and the Texas Forensic Science Review Board. Forensic Science in parts of Texas is so screwed up and backwards that we need a commission to review it. Houston alone has been rocked by multiple scandals involving their fingerprint and DNA collection.

Similar situation occurred recently in Massachusetts where an employee in the crime lab falsified drug testing results in hundreds of cases. She basically randomly decided each case (drug / not drugs), and wrote up her results. She cranked out lab results about 10x faster than any of her colleagues, who thought something was odd and tried to have the higher ups check it out. The higher-ups didn't care. the result; hundreds of convictions were overturned due to her tainted testing. Millions lost in wasted prosecutions.

18 posted on 02/23/2014 7:15:42 AM PST by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

Take the money out of the detective’s pension.


19 posted on 02/23/2014 7:17:29 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: GailA

Should we get rid of freedom too simply because the evil exploit it? Dumping the appeals process because evil uses it to their advantage it is like dumping the second amendment because bad people use guns. That’s liberal logic. Freedom is not free and one of the consequences is that bad people will use it against the good. If you are willing to throw it away, what else are you willing to give up in the name of convenience?

The appeals process is about protecting the potentially innocent from overzealous, or down right corrupt, prosecution. Does your morality allow for innocents to suffer so you can “get the bad guy”? What happened in that case is truly awful and horrific but creating more victims hardly serves her memory. Evil often gains the upper hand in a free society and that is the price we pay for such a luxury.


20 posted on 02/23/2014 7:22:28 AM PST by drunknsage
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To: 4Runner

Just wondering, did you read the article? Your conjecture seems completely unconnected to this particular case.

You know a lot of folks who would falsely admit to a crime for the mere possibility of an award somewhere down the line? The settlements are not at all a sure thing.


21 posted on 02/23/2014 7:23:34 AM PST by dmz
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To: doug from upland
So I asked my students, in a class of about 40, how many would consider doing this if they were sure they would get the money.

One thing to have the money up front, I would think it quite another to never know if you were going to get out alive, much less ever get a dime.

22 posted on 02/23/2014 7:26:30 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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23 posted on 02/23/2014 7:36:52 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: jocon307

I think that faked wrongful imprisonment would be fairly easy to rule out. In order to try to purposely be “wrongly imprisoned”, wouldn’t a gold digger have to confess and try to contrive some sort of evidence? If a confession is on record, and it is later shown the person is innocent, and video evidence shows the confession was not coerced in any way—I think wrongful imprisonment would be difficult to prove.

In the Tim Masters case—which was the subject of a documentary—he never confessed, and always maintained his innocence. Furthermore, there was never physical evidence that linked him to the crime. He received $10 million for wrongful imprisonment.


24 posted on 02/23/2014 7:41:10 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: 4Runner
Watch for a new cottage industry: Wrongful Imprisonment. Take the rap for somebody else and hit the jackpot. There are a lot of folks who would willingly trade ten or so years of “imprisonment” for millions of dollars in settlement money from any city state or federal entity. Kind of like selling a kidney on the open market. And who is to say that’s not what happened here?

The only person I have heard of who would willingly do something like that is you personally.

Really.

Ever.

There are not near as many people who would do the things you would do as you think, and announcing that on a public forum only reveals your thought process.

Get help.

Not a huge fan of the psychological profession, but in your case its probably warranted,

25 posted on 02/23/2014 7:49:44 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: reg45

And send him to prison.I like it.


26 posted on 02/23/2014 7:54:28 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: 4Runner
Watch for a new cottage industry: Wrongful Imprisonment. Take the rap for somebody else and hit the jackpot. There are a lot of folks who would willingly trade ten or so years of “imprisonment” for millions of dollars in settlement money from any city state or federal entity. Kind of like selling a kidney on the open market. And who is to say that’s not what happened here?

Or.....it could have been a dirty cop/detective - not like that has ever happened.

It's possible to be supported of LEOs without pulling a teachers' union and surrounding the bad ones with unwavering support.

27 posted on 02/23/2014 8:12:35 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: 4Runner

“There are a lot of folks who would willingly trade ten or so years of “imprisonment” for millions of dollars in settlement money from any city state or federal entity.”

Oh really? Well, in this guys’ case I doubt your hypothesis would prevail. Sometimes I am just amazed at some folks thought processes.


28 posted on 02/23/2014 8:17:08 AM PST by vette6387
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To: MrEdd

“Not a huge fan of the psychological profession, but in your case its probably warranted, “

Amen to that!


29 posted on 02/23/2014 8:24:20 AM PST by vette6387
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To: highpockets

No mention of corrupt law enforcement? Are you an LEO? Along your train of thought how many cops lie and cheat and steal for twenty years so they can spend the next twenty dreaming of how they never got the chance to shoot someone?

Corruption is as corruption does and LEO’s lead the pack.

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Again!


30 posted on 02/23/2014 8:43:58 AM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: 4Runner
And who is to say that’s not what happened here?

Fool.

31 posted on 02/23/2014 9:21:19 AM PST by Half Vast Conspiracy (Proportionally, Ft. Hood is to Ft. Worth as Washington Navy Yard is to Arlington, VA.)
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To: lowbridge
Being New York, his $6.4 million windfall will get reduced to around $2.7 million after taxes.

Take a lump sum, move to Arizona and invest in Apple, Google and Amazon.com.

32 posted on 02/23/2014 9:27:56 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Flick Lives

I read about that case. It is absolutely disgusting and those responsible should suffer. Events like in TX and MA broke my support of the death penalty. The only way I will continue to support it is if the Judicial and Executive branches of State Gov agree to suffer the same fate if found to be guilty of executing a citizen on faulty evidence. We know that will never happen because those in power hate accountability.


33 posted on 02/23/2014 9:39:02 AM PST by drunknsage
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To: drunknsage
IF you read the article he has RUN OUT ALL APPEALS, verdict of 2 juries has been UPHELD. When that happens the DP should happen shortly after. After all he's had all the state and federal appeals available, DNA EVIDENCE PROVED IT. and he had all the mental evals tests that the process asked for. He was fully aware of what he was doing and in possession of his mental facilities and not of low IQ.

I would move to the Texas form of appeals process, victims survivors deserve justice, just as much as criminals deserve to appeal, but it should not take 20 yrs to get that justice.

Who protects the victims Survivors? It sure isn't the justice system.

Most states don't even have Victims Rights, most that do have only Statutory ones that are as worthless as a Restraining order. TN has Constitutional Victims Rights, thanks to the survivors of murdered Loved Ones. We also have the right to video/audio tape a Victims Impact Statement for Parole hearings. Which the survivor has to travel to the prison the inmate is housed. Many cannot afford to or are infirm. We have to pay taxes to house them, try them and to travel to those parole hearings. I had to travel from Memphis to the far end of TN Johnson City 11 hrs for them, that came out of our pockets and paychecks for taking time off work. We have no say when they are scheduled. Many times you get less than a month's notice of one.

Yes I am the parent of a MURDERED CHILD, Sociopath wanted so see what it felt like to KILL. My child was 16, with the development both physical and mental of a 12 year old. I got a lousy plea bargain, 1st down to 2nd with a median sentence that ranged from 10-30 yrs, he got 20 yrs, and 6 parole hearings. Took 2 yrs to get to the plea deal, liberal prosecutor. First one was just ten MONTHS after the bad plea deal in which I was not consulted. The prosecutor RAN every time he saw me coming toward him. I was not allowed a Victims Impact Statement.

But I sure learned a lot. "Your honor, my client is not in your court room today, he's down the hall in another judges court room on another criminal offense." Bail was not revoked, new date set for 1 month later.

My Jeremy lies in a cold grave, his killer walks free to kill again! You cannot fix a sociopath no more than you can a child RAPIST!

34 posted on 02/23/2014 9:39:57 AM PST by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Probably not difficult to stay alive in a country club prison with other white collar criminals from banks, Wall Street, real estate companies, mortgage companies, etc.


35 posted on 02/23/2014 9:44:16 AM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: drunknsage
I read about that case. It is absolutely disgusting and those responsible should suffer.

In the Massachusetts case, the lab tech Annie Dookhan pled guilty and will serve 3 to 5 in State prision. Her immediate supervisors were fired; but that's it. Dookhan's actions will cost the State taxpayers millions.

36 posted on 02/23/2014 9:47:58 AM PST by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Flick Lives; drunknsage

When a DA or cop or forensic person lies, withholds evidence or otherwise intentionally does not do their job, they should receive the same sentence which would be given or would have been given to the defendant.


37 posted on 02/23/2014 9:50:01 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

What about the rogue detective? Seems to me in would only be fair that he get sent up the river for 23 years.


Without his knee caps.....


38 posted on 02/23/2014 5:49:27 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: S.O.S121.500

Even better


39 posted on 02/23/2014 7:54:17 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: doug from upland

I asked students questions like this. The last one was “for a million dollars, would you kill your pet?”

I stopped asking these questions.


40 posted on 02/23/2014 7:58:19 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: lowbridge

did the detective get prison and lose his personal pension? sure hope so.


41 posted on 02/23/2014 9:32:37 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: lowbridge

David Ranta, free at last.

42 posted on 02/23/2014 11:42:19 PM PST by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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