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  • Judge Beats Up Lawyer in FL: Justice Served

    06/04/2014 6:33:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | June 4, 2014 | John Ransom
    Strike one for the little guy, judge. With your fists, in his face. Anyway, that’s what one Florida judge did to a public defender. He took him out back and gave him a butt whipping. In the face, with his fists. With lawyers it’s the same thing as a butt whipping, because most of them are all ass anyway. They are 100% certified USDA ass. “A Florida judge allegedly punched a public defender after the two stepped outside the courtroom to settle a beef,” reports the New York Daily News. “The brawl erupted after Judge John Murphy began to argue...
  • Innocent Man Freed After 25 Years in Prison

    04/08/2014 4:52:27 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 28 replies
    NBC ^ | Apr 8, 2014 | Jonathan Dienst and Roseanne Colletti
    An innocent man who spent nearly a quarter century in prison for a murder he did not commit walked out of a Brooklyn courtroom with his freedom and his mother by his side Tuesday. Jonathan Fleming, now 51 years old, was in tears as he hugged his lawyers and family Tuesday after his conviction was thrown out by a judge. "I feel like the time I felt when he was born and the nurse bring him to me," said Patricia Fleming, the mother of the wrongly jailed man. "That's how happy I was." From the start, Fleming proclaimed his innocence...
  • Boy accused of killing mom, sister gets ‘field trips’ ( New Mexico)

    04/02/2014 8:37:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    KOB Eyewitness News 4 ^ | 04/01/2014 | Ryan Luby
    The family of Tony Day, the boy accused of killing his adoptive mother and adult sister, doesn’t understand why he’s allowed to take “field trips” while in custody. “There’s no sense in it. I mean—absolutely none,” Mike Day, the boy’s adoptive father said. In November 2012, police said Tony, then 14-years-old, shot Sue Day and stabbed Sherry Folts in the family’s Tucumcari-area home. The case has not yet gone to trial. “If the gun hadn't jammed, he'd have killed me and the little girl we were taking care of,” Mike Day said. Mike and his wife Sue were foster parents...
  • The Cure for "Affluenza" is Prison

    12/13/2013 9:09:09 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/13/13 | Paul Callan
    (CNN) -- American lawyers have never been accused of lacking creativity in seeking to justify the nefarious deeds of their clients. Texas defense attorney Scott Brown, however, appears to have raised the bar to a new level by asserting the newly minted defense of "affluenza" to obtain leniency in a tragic vehicular homicide case arising out of the reckless driving of his very drunk and very rich 16-year-old client, Ethan Couch. Affluenza may be a contender for a collection of odd and unlikely defenses that can trace their lineage back to the infamous (and some even say apocryphal) "Twinkie defense."...
  • Taken: Civil Forfeiture (link only)

    08/14/2013 11:12:22 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 43 replies
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  • Exclusive - Sarah Palin: Did Joe McGinniss Condemn an Innocent Man?

    09/17/2012 9:08:09 AM PDT · by Bratch · 46 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | September 17, 2012 | Sarah Palin
    So, how was the public convinced that MacDonald was guilty despite all of these “reasonable doubts”? Enter my old neighbor Joe McGinniss. MacDonald signed a contract giving McGinniss exclusive rights to his life story, and so McGinniss was given unprecedented access to the defense team – living with them, working with them, eating with them. But when the guilty verdict came down, McGinniss did a one-eighty on them. Apparently, falsely convicted men don’t make for good books. McGinniss decided it was a better story to agree with the jury. MacDonald wasn’t a sympathetic figure. He did himself no favors with...
  • True Colors: Shariah Law In Michigan

    08/22/2011 12:22:48 PM PDT · by clove · 14 replies
    Breitbart Big Peace ^ | Aug 22nd 2011 at 11:26 am | Dr. Marc Weisman
    Every once in a while an issue arises that can leave no doubt as to one’s true colors. Clear examples of this are the congressional bills that unambiguously prevent judges in American courts from citing or using Sharia in their rulings. If you support them, you oppose Islamic law in America; if you oppose them, you don’t. The purity of this issue doesn’t allow for prevarication. Michigan Representative Dave Agema, R-Grandville, has introduced the newest of these bills. While it doesn’t openly reference Islamic law (Sharia), it clearly intends to prevent judges from including Sharia in their rulings. The bill...
  • Al-Arian Is Freed, but More Charges Await

    09/03/2008 10:50:49 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 141+ views
    New York Sun ^ | September 3, 2008 | JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN,
    For the first time in more than five years, a prominent Palestinian Arab activist, Sami Al-Arian, is free from jail. His respite from jail may not last long: The former college professor faces a second round of criminal charges in his lengthy legal battle with federal prosecutors. Al-Arian had been in government custody since he was charged with being the leader in America of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad more than five years ago. He was not convicted at trial, although he subsequently pleaded guilty to lending aid to that group and received a sentence of 57 months. Al-Arian's incarceration has...
  • Our Broken Legal System and its Impact on Competitiveness

    07/11/2008 7:02:51 AM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 6 replies · 162+ views
    Institute for Legal Reform ^ | 06/27/2008 | Lisa Rickard
    I recently sat down with a reporter from the Ukrainian Service of the Voice of America to talk about the impact that lawsuit abuse is having on America’s small businesses. It seems she had stumbled across our Web site,, which brings home the sad reality that lawsuit abuse hurts working families and neighborhood businesses. As someone who is still trying to understand the unique legal culture of the U.S., the foreign-born reporter was shocked that even the most ridiculous of lawsuits has the potential to destroy a business or force it to lay off employees.
  • James ("rip child apart on stand") Fagan is on board of directors of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tauton

    06/25/2008 9:07:58 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 48 replies · 2,059+ views
    James Fagan website ^ | 6-25-08 | Doug from Upland
    By now, many of you have seen the outrageous comments of Massachusetts State Representative James Fagan, a Democrat. In defending a child rapist, he would tear apart the child on the stand and ruin the child's life forever. He made the comments arrogantly and shamelessly. Watch it here. FAGAN'S WEBSITE SHOWS HOW IS INVOLVED IN SEVERAL CHILDREN'S ORGANIZATIONS. ORGANIZATIONS: Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers; Taunton Boys & Girls Club (Board of Directors); Taunton Little League; Taunton Youth Basketball Coach; Massachusetts Bar Foundation; Massachusetts Waterfowlers, Inc.; Babe Ruth League; High School Umpire; Bristol Ducks Unlimited; Southeastern New England Area Boys' Clubs...
  • Casting Terrorists as Defenders of the Constitution

    06/26/2007 6:46:34 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 16 replies · 500+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 26, 2007 |
    The American legal system is the latest of our institutions to collapse in the face of terrorism. Cherished pillars of our society and polity have dropped, one after the other. In most cases, it was only to be expected. The media lasted a matter of days, the academy not even that long. The Democrats slid early, through a combination of cynicism, opportunism, and ideology. The Republicans are tottering, never having actually grasped what it meant to act as a "war party". The CIA, the State Department, and much of the federal bureaucracy have, as always, proven themselves masterly at looking...
  • Local Man Acquitted Of Felony Charges State Did Not Provide 9mm Beretta Was A Firearm

    06/21/2007 6:02:55 PM PDT · by texanyankee · 35 replies · 1,416+ views
    The Progress ^ | June 20, 2007 | Rita Arnst
    A seventeen year old male that had been charged with a third degree felony of deadly conduct with a firearm was acquitted last Tuesday, June 12. District Judge Jana Whatley issued a directed verdict of acquittal for the defendant. The charges read that on Dec. 17, 2006 the defendant knowingly discharged a firearm at or in the direction of two individuals. According to court records the directed verdict of acquittal was issued because the state did not prove the 9 mm Beretta was a firearm. Assistant District Attorney Tiffany McWilliams granted the word ‘firearm’ was not used during the proceedings...
  • Brit Mom Imprisoned Girls for 7 Years

    02/11/2007 8:58:30 PM PST · by IDontLikeToPayTaxes · 51 replies · 1,839+ views
    Fox News ^ | Feb 11, 2007 | Fox News
    Three girls who were imprisoned by their mother in a house of indescribable filth for seven years may never recover from the ordeal, experts said last night. The girls were shut away from the outside world, existing in almost complete darkness, playing only with mice and communicating in their own language. When they were discovered, their home in a smart, upper middle-class suburb had no running water and was filled with waste and excrement a meter high. The floor was corroded by mice urine.
  • Blame-America Bob Herbert Broods: Justice System 'Succumbing to Tyranny of Fear'

    08/17/2006 4:16:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies · 757+ views
    NY Times/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein August 17, 2006 - 07:00 Here are the facts: On 9/11, the occupants of a hotel right across from the WTC flee their rooms. A hotel security guard informs the FBI that in the room-safe of an Egyptian hotel guest, he found an aviation radio. The radio could be used to communicate with airborne pilots. The Egyptian, Abdallah Higazy, who is attending college in the US, is arrested, and undergoes tough interrogation, including suggestions that his family could be subjected to investigation by Egyptian security. After offering various implausible stories, the Egyptian admits that the radio is...
  • Hispanics sue city over alien crackdown

    08/16/2006 4:00:33 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 124 replies · 1,912+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 16 August 2006
    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Hispanic activists and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the city of Hazleton yesterday over one of the toughest crackdowns on illegal aliens by a U.S. city. Hazleton, with a population of about 31,000 and located 80 miles from Philadelphia, voted last month to fine landlords $1,000 for renting to illegal aliens, deny business permits to companies that give them jobs and make English the city's official language. The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund said the lawsuit is the first in the nation against a city that passed an ordinance against illegal immigration. The...
  • Brothers of the unpopped question

    04/25/2006 6:38:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 118 replies · 2,710+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | April 25, 2006 | LEONORA LAPETER with Matthew Waite and researcher Angie Drobnic Holan
    Twenty-five years ago, most men in the Tampa Bay area married by age 35. But since 1980, the number of never-married men 35 to 55 has jumped sevenfold. ST. PETERSBURG - On the eve of his 50th birthday, Robert Mendenhall was trying to decide whether to spend the big day with someone new or with his ex-girlfriend. She had held his interest the longest: eight months. Mendenhall, who works in regional sales for a roofing and window company, hangs out with half a dozen never-married men in their late 40s and early 50s. They are successful at their jobs, keep...
  • Town Aghast After Grand Jury Fails To Indict Despite Sex Videotape On School Bus

    04/01/2006 5:46:46 AM PST · by texianyankee · 68 replies · 2,465+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | April 1, 2006 | Jeorge Zarazua
    Three Rivers aghast at lack of indictment in taped sex on busTHREE RIVERS — Police in this small South Texas town are reeling in disbelief after a grand jury failed to indict a 17-year-old boy who was videotaped having sex with a 12-year-old girl on a school bus. Police Chief Vance Roberts said the case was a "slam dunk," with the videotape serving as indisputable proof. "I don't know what went wrong," Roberts said this week. "I haven't a clue. "I felt like it was a strong case. I felt like it was a case that needed to be indicted,...
  • Texan Sentenced to Do 320 Hours of Needlework

    08/06/2005 10:23:28 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 28 replies · 710+ views
    WOAI ^ | 6 August 2005 | AP
    HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) - An ex-convict who pleaded no contest to sexually abusing his daughter was sentenced to crochet afghans as part of the community service requirement of his probation. Despite an outcry over the seemingly lenient sentence, the prosecutor in the case said he had been ready to dismiss it for lack of evidence. During a dispute over custody of the child, Norma de la Torre accused her ex-husband, Robert Wayne Thompson, of sexually abusing their 8-year-old daughter. She filed civil and criminal cases against him. -SNIP-
  • Japanese companies warned of China risks

    07/03/2005 7:03:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 815+ views
    FT ^ | 07/02/05 | Mariko Sanchanta
    Japanese companies warned of China risks By Mariko Sanchanta in Tokyo Published: July 2 2005 03:00 | Last updated: July 2 2005 03:00 Japanese companies should rely less on China, because of its political and microeconomic risks, and increase production in countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations, the trade ministry said in its annual white paper yesterday. "We believe there are many risks that may prevent foreign and Japanese firms from keeping their operations [in China]. We want to be whistle-blowers about these risks," said Susumu Okamoto, a deputy director in the trade policy bureau at the...
  • The Increasing Secularism of the U.S.

    04/01/2005 11:10:08 AM PST · by prman · 7 replies · 512+ views ^ | April 1, 2005 | Barrett Kalellis
    "The law is a ass, a idiot," said the parish beadle Mr. Bumble in Dickens' "Oliver Twist." People of faith today have every reason to reach a similar conclusion, as endless head-butting with the secular legal system seems to occur with dismaying regularity. Whether it's the heartless inflexibility of the state and federal courts that discounted the moral dimensions of the Terri Schiavo case, or the long-running battles with secularists who want to stamp out every last vestige of religion from the public square, the list of cases that pit religion against secular forces grows apace. Believers are tuned to...
  • Patient awarded $3 million for injuries

    12/11/2004 10:50:14 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 67 replies · 1,248+ views
    Fayetteville (NC) Observer ^ | Saturday, Dec 11, 2004 | Paul Woolverton
    Cynthia Taylor and her husband, Randy Dalley, were awarded $3 million for injuries Taylor suffered when she hit her head in a fall during a breast exam. Staff photo by Steve Aldridge A mammogram machine such as the one used for Cynthia Taylor's exam sits in a Cumberland County courtroom on Thursday as lawyers, from left, Wade Byrd, Randy Gregory and Charles George confer with Judge Joseph John. The Cape Fear Valley Health System plans to appeal the judgment, said its lawyer, Charles George of Raleigh. Dalley said he plans to spend the money on rehabilitation for Taylor, who suffered...
  • American Legal System Is Corrupt Beyond Recognition, Judge Tells Harvard Law School

    10/21/2004 1:24:29 PM PDT · by baseball_fan · 34 replies · 1,464+ views ^ | March 7, 2003 | Geraldine Hawkins
    The American legal system has been corrupted almost beyond recognition, Judge Edith Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, told the Federalist Society of Harvard Law School on February 28 [2003]. She said that the question of what is morally right is routinely sacrificed to what is politically expedient. The change has come because legal philosophy has descended to nihilism. "The integrity of law, its religious roots, its transcendent quality are disappearing."
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 07-31-04

    07/31/2004 9:43:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies · 400+ views ^ | 07-31-04 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary July 31, 2004 President's Radio Address      Audio THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week we received encouraging reports that show our economy is gaining strength. Consumer confidence hit a two-year high in July. Existing home sales hit an all-time new record in June. The home ownership rate has hit a new all-time high. And since last summer, our economy has grown at a rate as fast as any in nearly 20 years.  Radio Address 2004200320022001  Radio Interviews 2004 These gains in our economy have come at a time when Americans are benefiting...
  • Tom Marr asks: Where was Keyes?

    12/10/2002 5:57:52 PM PST · by ml/nj · 250 replies · 721+ views
    I was in my car this evening and happened to catch a part of the Tom Marr Show on WOR in NYC. Marr asserted that Louisiana is arguably the most anti-abortion State in the nation. It certainly has a large Black population, and Marr also asserted that Blacks are more anti-abortion, except when it comes to incest, than the population at large. Marr was angry. He wanted to know why Ambassador Alan Keyes wasn't down there campaigning for Terrell. Marr said he had spoken to Amabassador Keyes as recently as last night. And Marr seemed to know the reason that...
  • Alan Keyes web site "swamped" by a single email.

    11/15/2002 1:33:02 PM PST · by navigator · 15 replies · 260+ views
    renewamerica ^ | 11.13.02 | staff
    On November 10th, RenewAmerica received a report that MSNBC inadvertently ran an old promotion for "Alan Keyes is Making Sense" that advertised the show as though it were still airing. The individual who happened to be watching MSNBC accepted the promotion at face value and immediately wrote us to say, "I'm overjoyed that the Alan Keyes is Making Sense program is coming back on MSNBC! It's back on beginning Monday night in its usual time slot!" Had other "Keyesters" been watching the network, of course, we would have been swamped with equally elated messages.* As it turned out, the promotion...
  • American Life League Hosts Keyes in New Orleans (Transcript)

    07/12/2002 9:47:27 PM PDT · by Askel5 · 21 replies · 370+ views
    … I have to pause for a minute here. I hear many introductions of myself – some of them are long and some of them are short. But as with many things in life, the most important thing about an introduction is not what it says but it's actually the person saying it. And I have to pause before I start because I feel that it's a very special moment for me to be here and to be able to say to all of you what has been on my heart for the longest time. I think we –...
  • Alan Keyes show tonight on Priestly Celibacy (Howie Carr special guest)

    03/19/2002 6:36:45 PM PST · by Aquinasfan · 7 replies · 188+ views
    MSNBC | 10/19/02 | Aquinasfan
    Alan Keyes show tonight is on the "crisis in the Catholic Church." His guests have been priests and in the second panel an abuse victim, Catholic psychologist Ray Guarendi and Boston Herald columnist and radio talk show host Howie Carr.
  • AKIMS Live - Nuclear Weapons, Illegal Aliens

    03/12/2002 6:02:42 PM PST · by Amelia · 56 replies · 418+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 3/12/2002 | Keyes, FReepers
    Join Alan Monday through Thursday at 10 p.m. ET. Tonight: Who should the U.S. target with nuclear weapons? And we#146;ll debate a bill in Congress to allow non-U.S. citizens to remain in this country while applying for permanent residency.
  • Parnell Guilty Of Attempting To Buy A Child - "I Know My Name Is Steven" Kidnapper, Molestor

    02/12/2004 12:37:37 PM PST · by tallhappy · 26 replies · 587+ views
    FoxReno ^ | 2-9-04
    Parnell Guilty Of Attempting To Buy A Child POSTED: 2:59 PM PST February 9, 2004 UPDATED: 6:33 PM PST February 9, 2004 OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kenneth Parnell, infamous for the 1972 kidnapping of Steven Stayner, was convicted Monday of trying to buy a child last year in what a prosecutor described as the would-be "last hurrah" of a long criminal career. Parnell, 72, was arrested in January 2003 on charges of trying to persuade a woman to get him a young boy for $500. A jury deliberated for less than two hours Monday before finding Parnell guilty. Prosecutor Tim Wellman...
  • Judge: Lesbian couple can both be listed on birth certificate

    03/12/2003 8:22:34 AM PST · by NYer · 32 replies · 484+ views
    Associated Press ... breaking on direct feed | March 12, 2003
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ A lesbian couple can both be listed as parents on the birth certificate of the baby they're expecting in May, a judge has ruled. State officials said it was the first time that two women who were both physically tied to an unborn child had tried to make sure they were both listed on the birth certificate. One woman is carrying the child and her partner provided the egg, and they plan to raise the child together. The ruling issued Tuesday by Sussex County Family Court Judge James A. Farber means the unidentified women will share...
  • Assault and Kidnapping - Hudson Pleads Innocent to Charge

    01/09/2003 1:47:34 PM PST · by Chuckster · 3 replies · 331+ views
    The Caledonian Record ^ | January 7, 2003 | Andrew McGregor
    Assault And Kidnapping Hudson Pleads Innocent To Charges BY ANDREW McGREGOR, Staff Writer Tuesday January 7, 2003 The local club owner arrested at his home Friday evening stood for arraignment in Caledonia District Court Monday morning. Eric R. Hudson, 36, of Concord, pleaded innocent to a felony charge of kidnapping and a misdemeanor charge of simple assault. Caledonia District Court Hudson, owner of the Packing House Lounge in Lyndonville, the Dawg House Tavern in St. Johnsbury and Max Dance Hall in Sutton, could face up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted of the kidnapping charge....
  • Media support Central Park rapists! (Liberal.s destruction of America.s judicial system)

    12/07/2002 8:18:23 AM PST · by Pliney the younger · 8 replies · 196+ views
    Town ^ | December 6, 2002 | Ann Coulter
    Excerpts: As part of the media's continuing series on how every criminal is innocent, except asbestos manufacturers and abortion clinic protesters, evidence tending to implicate Richardson included this: He led prosecutors to the scene of the crime. There were dirt and grass stains in the crotch of his undershorts. He confessed on videotape to being at the scene of the attack. He gave a detailed description of the attack. He admitted that the deep scratch wound on his cheek was inflicted by the jogger. But wait! The "Innocence Project" has produced an 11th-hour confession from a sixth rapist, Matias Reyes....
  • Moussaoui Mistakenly Given Documents

    09/26/2002 5:51:39 PM PDT · by tomball · 8 replies · 192+ views
    Associated Press ^ | SEPTEMBER 26, 20:18 ET | LARRY MARGASAK
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was inadvertently given classified FBI interview reports by the government, and authorities had to go into his cell and recover them, according to court papers released Thursday. The government initially said two classified documents were in Moussaoui's possession, then acknowledged there were seven before finally determining there were 48. After several increasingly anxious letters from prosecutors, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema allowed U.S. marshals to recover all the FBI interview reports in Moussaoui's possession. All unclassified documents were ordered returned to the defendant. Moussaoui, 34, goes on trial Jan. 6...
  • Our Legal Circus

    05/19/2002 7:31:14 AM PDT · by SBeck · 6 replies · 247+ views
    Fred On Everything ^ | 19 May 2002 | Fred Reed
    Our Legal Circus Clowns, Dancing Bears, And Attorneys I'm trying to understand the American machinery of justice. It's hard going. Having been to high school, I think of our courts as being like an infallible bird dog that always gets its duck -- a shining light to the world, and a reproof to lesser nations, meaning all of them. But there a few potholes in that road. In every trial, the prosecutor tells the jury that the defendant is guilty. Equally invariably, the defense attorney insists that he is innocent. It follows that these officers of the court have a...
  • U.S. firms sued over slavery

    03/25/2002 8:05:33 AM PST · by RippleFire · 151 replies · 782+ views
    CNN Money (AP) ^ | March 25, 2002
    <p>Claim filed on behalf of slave descendants says they continue to suffer effects.</p> <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Three U.S. corporations are accused of profiting from the slavery of African Americans in a lawsuit brought by a New York human rights activist, according to a news reportMonday.</p>
  • The GOLIATH Syndrome

    03/09/2002 7:16:24 AM PST · by Beata · 2 replies · 176+ views
    Victims of Law ^ | 3/8/02 | Zarade
    The Goliath Syndrome 2 Chronicles 7 14 quot;If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land...quot; We are witnesses to this country's greatest evil: a Justice system that has grown into a Goliath king wearing a crown of Injustice. Just as Goliath was, our Injustice system is now proud, arrogant and disdainful of the common Joe Citizen as lacking in legal powers. It occurs to me that this is...