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RAMIREZ SETTLES ANTI-HISPANIC DISCRIMINATION CLAIM AGAINST ATTORNEY GENERAL AND INS COMMISSIONER
Judicial Watch ^ | September 20, 2002

Posted on 09/20/2002 1:40:11 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist

Sep 20, 2002

Press Office: 202-646-5172

RAMIREZ SETTLES ANTI-HISPANIC DISCRIMINATION CLAIM AGAINST ATTORNEY GENERAL AND INS COMMISSIONER

Court Hearing

Date: Friday, September 20, 2002

Time: 10:30 A.M.

Old Federal Courthouse

301 N. Miami Ave. Miami, FL

(Miami, FL) The Honorable William C. Turnoff will announce a settlement between Judicial Watch client Ricardo Ramirez and officials of the Justice Department and its Immigration and Naturalization Service over claims of a hostile workplace environment and retaliation during and after the Elian Gonzalez saga.


TOPICS: Announcements; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: andagreatstaff; judicialwatch; larryklayman; tomfitton
Go JW Go!
1 posted on 09/20/2002 1:40:12 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
2 posted on 09/20/2002 1:41:34 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: All; Luis Gonzalez
Posted on Fri, Sep. 20, 2002

INS, Agent Settle Discrimination Lawsuit Filed in Wake of Elián González Raid

BY LARRY LEBOWITZ

An Immigration and Naturalization Service agent who blew the whistle on fellow agents following the raid to remove Elián González settled his lawsuit accusing Attorney General John Ashcroft of failing to act on his complaints of anti-Hispanic bias.

With most terms of the agreement secret, it is unclear whether taxpayers are going to provide a financial payment as part of the deal announced Friday between INS Agent Ricardo Ramirez and federal negotiators representing Ashcroft and outgoing INS Commissioner James Ziglar. Ramirez, of Fort Lauderdale, said INS agents and administrators in the Miami office created an aura of bigotry and intimidation, rejoicing in the Cuban rafter's removal. He said Ashcroft and Ziglar failed to act on his complaints.

''The terms of the agreement are amicable and favorable -- that's as much as we're going to be able to say,'' said Ramirez's attorney, Larry Klayman of the government watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Klayman said the government has publicly promised that INS will not discriminate or retaliate against Ramirez or any other employees.

U.S. Attorney Marcos Daniel Jiménez said the Justice Department has reaffirmed its commitment to non-discriminatory and non-retaliatory policies as part of the settlement.

Ramirez could not publicly acknowledge if he will be returning to the INS office in Miami, or Texas, where he worked for 14 years as a Border Patrol agent, or another post.

''I'm very pleased everything went well,'' said Ramirez, who attended the hearing in a Judicial Watch T-shirt.

Both sides praised U.S. Magistrate Judge William C. Turnoff, who presided over the settlement talks. Turnoff was slated to rule on a government motion to dismiss the case Thursday. If Ramirez prevailed in that hearing, the trial was slated to begin on Monday.

With Turnoff mediating, the settlement talks stretched late into Wednesday night and weren't ratified until 2 a.m. Thursday.

Klayman said the settlement contains provisions to make INS and the Justice Department accountable. If Ramirez and Judicial Watch believe the U.S. isn't complying with the terms, they can file papers asking Turnoff to declare the government in contempt.

''The proof's in the pudding,'' Klayman said.

It is unclear if those possible contempt motions would also be filed in secret.

3 posted on 09/20/2002 1:43:40 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Fred Mertz; Registered; tgslTakoma; christine; goldilucky; Joy Angela; ALOHA RONNIE; ...
Go Judicial Watch!
4 posted on 09/20/2002 1:45:57 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Native American Female Vet
Ping!
5 posted on 09/20/2002 1:47:55 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: RoseofTexas
This is great news!
6 posted on 09/20/2002 1:48:20 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
"An Immigration and Naturalization Service agent who blew the whistle on fellow agents following the raid to remove Elián González settled his lawsuit accusing Attorney General John Ashcroft of failing to act on his complaints of anti-Hispanic bias."

Big victory for JW. Mr Ashcroft SHOULD have been investigating Janet Reno for the past year, instead of hunting down and prosecuting terrorists here at home. Shame on Mr Ashcroft! </sarcasm>

7 posted on 09/20/2002 1:53:02 PM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
''I'm very pleased everything went well,'' said Ramirez, who attended the hearing in a Judicial Watch T-shirt.

Give that man a watch and a wallet badge too!

8 posted on 09/20/2002 1:54:19 PM PDT by Registered
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Be nice!
9 posted on 09/20/2002 1:55:14 PM PDT by Registered
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To: Registered
"Give that man a watch and a wallet badge too!"

I am sure that he probably already has those!

God Bless Larry Klayman, Tom Fitton, and the diligent staff at Judicial Watch, for selflessly helping another person in need and for seeing justice served.

10 posted on 09/20/2002 2:01:36 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: cake_crumb
They can do both at once!
11 posted on 09/20/2002 2:02:21 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: LoneGreenEyeshade
Ping!!!!
12 posted on 09/20/2002 2:10:00 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist; William Wallace; Registered
Is the settlement something other than "we promise not to do it again"?

Why all the secrecy?

Or is that why?
13 posted on 09/20/2002 2:39:02 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
afternoon bump!
14 posted on 09/20/2002 2:42:17 PM PDT by goldilucky
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To: Luis Gonzalez
"...and weren't ratified until 2 a.m. Thursday."
______________________________

I'm sure we'll see more.
15 posted on 09/20/2002 2:57:55 PM PDT by Registered
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
"...for selflessly helping another person in need..."

Yes, the man is a SAINT. A SAINT I tell you!


16 posted on 09/20/2002 3:28:13 PM PDT by justshe
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Well, we will find out more.
17 posted on 09/20/2002 3:30:32 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Is the settlement something other than "we promise not to do it again"?

Actually, we can't infer conclusively anything other than "we promise not to do it."

But, at least the guy got a JW T-shirt.

18 posted on 09/20/2002 4:01:13 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
"The terms of the agreement are amicable and favorable -- that's as much as we're going to be able to say," said Ramirez's attorney, Larry Klayman of the government watchdog group Judicial Watch."

There's the smoking gun.

When Larry has absolutely nothing to say, he makes something up. So what's up with this?

19 posted on 09/20/2002 4:16:38 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Whatever the settlement agreement was, it required Klayman to keep his mouth shut about it, which is a major coup right there.
20 posted on 09/20/2002 4:21:27 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Give it time Luis.

I have friend that has been working with the government to settle a claim that is in the millions of dollars. His attorney has made the exact same statement to the press as the terms were being negotiated. Wait until things are on paper and then let's see. It sounds like they only agreed on terms.
21 posted on 09/20/2002 8:27:23 PM PDT by Registered
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To: Luis Gonzalez
I'll bet Klayman insisted on confidentiality because it was such a lousy settlement.
22 posted on 09/20/2002 8:44:48 PM PDT by Iwo Jima
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To: Iwo Jima
I hope he doesn't have to wait long for the settlement check! I sued the government over a FOIA that was not acted on and entered an agreement with the special litigator in the Tax Division of the IRS, which was agreed to back in March. Of course they are only to pay me the costs of the lawsuit, but, by their delay, they effectively scuttled progression of the discrimination lawsuit I filed in another court, by not responding to my discovery requests or my FOIA until I sued for the information.

I still have not received the payment yet, some six months later. If I had delayed paying my taxes for six months, I would be in a heap of doo-doo!

Why soes this sh#t happen? Because they can get away with it and they all know it. Try to hold the government accountable for anything and they come after you with all guns blazing!

By the way, for any Denver freepers out there, I will be at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, September 23, 2002, for oral arguments in the case Harms v. O'Neill, case number 01-3245. Morning docket. I've been railroaded on this entire case so far, so I expect more of the same. They even sicced the Federal Police on me at the Courthouse, trying to accuse me of threatening a Federal Judge, just 10 days before my appeal was due to the 10th Circuit!

The story line on the intimidation by the FPO goes as follows:

I went to the courthouse to inquire about appealing the District Judge's ruling in my discrimination lawsuit against the IRS. After getting done in the clerk's office I went outside and was smoking a cig before I would venture out into rush hour traffic (no need to be in hurry for that adventure).

I was outside the courthouse smoking a cig, minding my own business, when two FPOs come up to me and say "the boss wants to see you inside." I said "well send him out here if he wants to talk to me." They didn't say what he wanted to talk to me about, but just a few minutes later their boss comes out to see me. The first thing he says is "you've been threatening a Federal Judge. I told him I had done no such thing and I didn't know what he was talking about.

Then he says we know each other, (never seen him before in my life). I said, "I don't think so." He says "Yeah, I've been to your house a couple of times." I told him, if he'd been to my house I would know it. Then he says, "well, you don't come to the door." I told him that if he'd have come to my house a couple of times someone would have been there and answered the door (I am not a fugitive and don't have any warrants out on me), because I work from my home and besides both my parents are retired and someone is almost always home. Apparently he didn't bother to call first before he "stopped by my house."

Then he says "where do you live, then." I told him to go check the court documents and the little meeting soon broke up after that. Talk about BS! All I can say is that I'm glad I didn't go back in the courthouse at that time.

I've had more friendly and less murky encounters with MIB's then that, under worse circumstances.

Have a good day freepers. And don't bother suing you local friendly gov or else all hell could break loose and most probably will!

The $64,000,000 question is if I didn't have a case, why all the gestapo tactics?
23 posted on 09/20/2002 9:50:24 PM PDT by truth defector
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
And here I thought Clinton's people were "tolerant." :-)

However, when you consider they were willing to use armed force to break up a Miami family because of a whiney Cuban father...

24 posted on 09/21/2002 12:06:14 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: cake_crumb
Big victory for JW. Mr Ashcroft SHOULD have been investigating Janet Reno for the past year, instead of hunting down and prosecuting terrorists here at home. Shame on Mr Ashcroft!

Actually, ol' Beaver-Face could've chosen to investigate both the Krintons and the al-Haters, I'm sure...

25 posted on 09/21/2002 12:09:43 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; cake_crumb
Dang server wiped out your sarcasm tag...
26 posted on 09/21/2002 12:12:11 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: truth defector
Quite a story. Keep us posted.
27 posted on 09/21/2002 2:04:02 AM PDT by Iwo Jima
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