Lying Witnesses, Concealing Evidence, Innocent Men Condemned to Death

JusticeProsecutors love to win at all costs, even if that means putting innocent men on death row. ‘Jailhouse snitch’ helped send four men to prison, but her false testimony might help get two of them out.

Holland was known for her ability to overhear incriminating statements, and, Payne wrote, had “strategically” been placed by the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office in a cell across from Fontenot for nine days.

According to testimony given by Holland, she said she struck up a conversation with Fontentot, who told her that he, Ward, and a man named Odell Titsworth, took part in Haraway’s killing. She said Fontenot confessed to raping Haraway after Titsworth had stabbed her to death. The trio then poured gasoline on the body and burned it, Holland testified Fontenot told her.

But that never happened. When Haraway’s body was found in 1986, evidence showed she had been shot in the head, not stabbed.

Not that the prosecutor cared. He was rewarding that testimony by getting a reduced charge and sentence for her husband. (That was 7 years vs 40 years.) That was not disclosed to defense, and when asked on the stand about any benefits, she said there were none.

In another case there was DNA evidence that eventually cleared 2 people.

You think The Criminal Justice System cares about Justice? Think again. It cares about winning, and is willing to embrace the “criminal” part of that description if that means more winning.

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How Much Do California Prosecutors Hate Guns?

JusticeThis case should never have been brought to trial. East Bay security guard was charged for shooting tire of truck she believed would run her over. A jury acquitted her in 40 minutes.

But as people keep pointing out, the process is the punishment, even if (especially if) you’re innocent.

She was working as a security guard when she caught a couple of shoplifters. They ran and got into a truck with large tires.

The driver allegedly gave her one final taunt before climbing in, yelling out, “I’ve got something for you, b—-,” Page says.

She interpreted his comment as an imminent threat, and when the truck’s wheels began to turn forward, Page drew her pistol and fired three times into one of the tires. The bullets flattened the tire, and the truck pulled out, heading away from Page.

… The decision to shoot drastically changed the next year of her life, resulting in criminal charges — not against the men in the truck, but Page.

She was arrested on a felony charge, but that dropped to a misdemeanor by the time the trial came around. And the DA had the most insane excuse for pursuing this.

Following the verdict, the Contra Costa County District Attorney put out a brief statement saying the shooting was “over disputed lemons and crab meat.”

No. It wasn’t. The shooting was over a threat, and the fact that the truck was moving forward. At that point in time, the lemons and the crab meat were completely and utterly beside the point.

But being a good prosecutor in The People’s Republic of California, she had to punish the law-abiding citizen and let the criminals off the hook.

The person charged, Schitara Page (a 32-year-old sergeant in the US Army) said her life has been “devastated” over the past year.

5 Years or Life? In the UK It’s Hard to Tell the Difference

JusticeSo what happens to a person in the UK found guilty of a heinous attack and attempted murder, and then sentenced to life in prison? ‘Our justice system’s a joke’ – Fury as Richard Austin could be free in five years after stabbing ex-wife.

Because the UK is too “civilized” to actually send people to jail for a long time.

He repeatedly stabbed his ex-wife, then called the cops and waited for them.

Austin was ordered to serve a minimum of just five years at Birmingham Crown Court for what police branded a ‘dangerous and callous attack’, but he could be released after that period.

So he’ll be free in 5 years. She’ll still be dealing with the results of the “life changing” attack, and won’t be able to defend herself from him. Allow the serfs of the UK government to defend themselves? Don’t be ridiculous. You must depend on the state for everything, even those things it cannot supply.

Lack of Consequences in Cook County, IL – “From six felonies to one misdemeanor”

The theme of the morning is, “How prosecutors for Cook County, Illinois undermine the rule of law.” Cops say he had all of these guns and explosive ammo — a judge lets him go for $500.

I’m more interested in the 2nd story at that link.

A man who was charged with six felony gun counts in connection with an incident outside a River North nightclub last autumn has reached a sweet plea deal.
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A grand jury returned a true bill charging Jimenez with six felony counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

But prosecutors this month reached a plea agreement with the 22-year-old in which he pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of reckless conduct.

Think on this while you wait the next 2 stories I’m posting about this morning. Both of those stories are about the recent self-defense shooting that took place north of Cook County, where prosecutors still take their jobs seriously. And by that I mean they see their mission is uphold the rule of law, not let criminals go free with no consequences. (I wonder if you compared the crime rate in Cook County, with the Crime rate in Lake County, if you would find any differences, and if you could tie those differences to the idea that actions have consequences?)

Because Shooting a Homeowner Thru the Window of His Home is SOP

Because that is just how the cops work. Deputy who shot SC homeowner through front window cleared by internal affairs.

The Sheriff’s Office’s Officer of Professional Standards conducted an internal investigation to see if Deputy Kevin Azzara violated any written policies during the incident. The investigation concluded and found that no agency policies were violated, spokesman Lt. Ryan Flood said Wednesday.

Because shooting a homeowner, in his own home, without announcing you’re police, because at midnight, that homeowner is armed when he comes to the door is just good police work. Or something.

I said that the cop would face no repercussions.

People Just Blow-off Jury Duty?

JusticeI didn’t know jury duty was optional. Georgia sheriff steps in after 140 people skipped jury duty.

60 people out 200 show up. Because the other 140 were “busy.” But the thing that makes me angry…

The sheriff says none of the people who failed to answer a jury summons were arrested.

So. No penalty for bad behavior. Any bets on how many people will show up next month? Should probably be a fine involved, but of course that isn’t written into the law, because who thinks jury duty is optional?

Usually my “Justice Not Served” category is about The System screwing up in some way. And while that applies here, it also has a more literal meaning in this case.

So How’s That “No-jail-time” Program Working in Philadelphia?

They don’t like guns, but they seem to love the criminals who use them in crimes. Under DA Krasner, more gun-possession cases get court diversionary program.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office recommended the Frankford man [Maalik Jackson-Wallace] for a court diversionary program called Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) that put him on two years’ probation. His record could have been expunged if he had successfully completed the program.

But Jackson-Wallace, 24, was arrested again on gun-possession charges in March in Bridesburg. He was released from jail after a judge granted a defense motion for unsecured bail. And on June 13, he was arrested a third time — charged with murder in a shooting two days earlier in Frankford that killed a 26-year-old man.

The DA blames everyone from prior DAs to the NRA. Because it can’t possibly be his fault.