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Thursday, January 10th, 2019
3:49 pm
Syracuse cops falsely accuse man of rectal dope-stashing
Syracuse cops falsely accuse man of rectal dope-stashing and take him to hospital for nonconsensual anal probe; now he must pay $4600 for the procedure

In October 2017, Syracuse cops arrested Torrence Jackson with a small amount of marijuana and accused him of hiding drugs in his rectum (the officers say they saw him shift in his seat and concluded that he'd put drugs up his butt). They took him to St Joseph's Hospital where he was nonconsensually X-rayed; when that revealed no drugs, officers told doctors to force sedation on Jackson and then put a tube and camera up his rectum.

Two doctors refused to perform the procedure, but eventually Jackson was drugged unconscious and anally violated.

No drugs were found.

After Jackson was released, St Joseph's hospital billed him $4,595.12 for the procedures.

Syracuse's mayor Ben Walsh, and police chief refused to comment on the incident. Syracuse City Court Judge Rory McMahon, who issued the warrant, also refused to comment, citing a seal on the case.

Jackson says he will not pay the bill. St Joseph's has threatened to send collection agents against him.

Keller, the lawyer, defended his client’s resistance to the procedure.

“Good for him,” he said. “If somebody was going to do surgery on me without any evidence, I would be upset, too.”

Jackson said he woke up, not sure what had happened. “I felt tampered with,” he said.

Jackson was released from jail the following day. There was blood in his underwear, he said. He went to the emergency room at Community General Hospital.

There, he said, an emergency room examined him and told him what happened: Someone had probed his colon.

From: https://boingboing.net/2018/12/21/syracuse-cops-falsely-accuse-m.html
Saturday, October 20th, 2018
8:52 am
Man Spent 17 Years In Jail For A Crime Committed By His Doppelgänger
Richard Jones was at a party with his friends and family on the same night that Ricky Amos, high on crack cocaine, tried to snatch a woman's purse several miles away. The year was 1999, and several witnesses got a pretty good look at Amos, describing him as a "thin, light-skinned black or Hispanic man with dark hair." A year later, Jones was arrested of aggravated robbery and, despite his alibi, sentenced to 19 years of prison on the testimony of several witnesses who were deemed more trustworthy than Jones' family.

Why were the witnesses so insistent Jones had committed the crime? Because he looked exactly like the perpetrator.

While Jones was in prison, another man was arrested and brought in: Amos. Jones began to realize something funny was going on when an inmate said to him:

Hey, you were in the cafeteria and you didn't say hello to me.

More at https://www.georgetakei.com/17-years-jail-crime-doppelganger-2601883650.html
Friday, March 16th, 2018
10:03 am
Friday, February 12th, 2016
7:48 pm
Enforcing the law
Former Oklahoma City Police Officer Sentenced To 263 Years For Sexual Assaults

Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who was found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting multiple women while on his beat, was sentenced to 263 years in prison.

Holtzclaw's sentencing Thursday was temporarily delayed, after his attorney requested a new trial. Holtzclaw claimed there was evidence that hadn't been presented at trial.

The judge rejected the request, and sentenced Holtzclaw to 263 years in prison, to be served consecutively. That's the maximum sentence, and the one which had been recommended by a jury last month.

As we reported at the time, the jury found Holtzclaw guilty of rapes and sexual assaults against eight women — in total, half of the 36 charges brought against him. He's expected to appeal the conviction.

The trial had raised concerns of potential racial bias: the jury was entirely white. Holtzclaw is half-white and half-Japanese, the Associated Press reports, while his victims were all black.

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Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
8:36 am
Saturday, September 12th, 2015
6:53 pm
Exploitation of the Self

Teen Boy Charged As Adult For Having ‘Naked Pictures of a Minor’ Even Though Images Were of Himself

September 3, 2015 9:02 am·


A high school quarterback is being charged with having “naked pictures of a minor” on his cell phone. But that minor is himself. That’s right, 17-year-old Cormega Copening, and his girlfriend are facing “sexting” charges, but he is actually being charged with having illicit photos of himself.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said the charges stem from an incident last October. This led to charges against the couple last February.

Robby Soave, writing for Reason says, “one of the minors he supposedly exploited is himself­—which raises an obvious question: how can a teen be old enough to face adult felony charges, but not old enough to keep a nude picture of himself on his phone?”

Investigators say that the “sexting” incident occurred while Copening was a student at Douglas Byrd High School last year.

“We seized his phone and while our investigators went through the phone they saw there were photos of himself and another person on the phone,” Sgt. Sean Swain of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said.

Swain added that in North Carolina, if you have a photo of anyone underage, it is a crime.

“Simple possession having it on your cell phone is a charge itself, and if you should send it out to another person that is another charge,” he added.

Leon Mack, the director of student activities for the Cumberland County Schools, defended the students, saying that “both Douglas Byrd and Jack Britt high schools did not violate eligibility requirements, and that neither school was made aware of the felony charges against the student.”

If Copening is convicted, he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life… again, for having naked images of himself.

That is because “North Carolina is one of two states in the country (the other is progressive New York) that considers 16 to be the age of adulthood for criminal purposes,” Soave notes. “This mean, of course, that Copening can be tried as an adult for exploiting a minor—himself.”

Watch the local report below…

(Counter Current News Team)

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
9:29 pm
2 Convicted in 1983 North Carolina Murder Are Freed After DNA Tests
Originally posted by cyberghostface at 2 Convicted in 1983 North Carolina Murder Are Freed After DNA Tests

Thirty years after their convictions in the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in rural North Carolina, based on confessions that they quickly repudiated and said were coerced, two mentally disabled half-brothers were declared innocent and released Tuesday by a Robeson County court.

The case against the men, always weak, fell apart after DNA evidence implicated another man with a history of rape and murder.

The startling shift in fortunes for the men, Henry Lee McCollum, now 50, who has spent three decades on death row, and Leon Brown, 46, who was serving a life sentence, provided one of the most dramatic examples yet of the potential for false, coerced confessions and also of the power of DNA tests to exonerate the innocent.

As friends and relatives of the two men wept, a superior court judge, Douglas B. Sasser, said he was vacating their convictions and ordering their release.

“Thank you, Jesus,” said Mr. McCollum’s father as the judge said that the convictions were void. “Thank you, Jesus,” he repeated.

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
9:31 pm
Church or Prison for Sex Workers
In May 2013, Monica Jones, a student and sex-work activist, was arrested for “manifesting prostitution” by the Phoenix police.

Hers was one of more than 350 arrests carried out by Project ROSE in conjunction with Phoenix police since the program's inception in 2011.

Project ROSE is a Phoenix city program that arrests sex workers in the name of saving them. In five two-day stings, more than 100 police officers targeted alleged sex workers on the street and online. They brought them in handcuffs to the Bethany Bible Church. There, the sex workers were forced to meet with prosecutors, detectives, and representatives of Project ROSE, who offered a diversion program to those who qualified. Those who did not may face months or years in jail.

Read more: http://www.vice.com/read/in-arizona-project-rose-is-arresting-sex-workers-to-save-them
Monday, March 24th, 2014
7:35 pm
Suggestion boxes are next...
A Kansas bill being considered by the House Standing Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice would give police the power to arrest people who file complaints against officers if those allegations were proven false.

Kansas Exposed pointed out this week that someone on the Corrections and Juvenile Justice had anonymously filed HB 2698, which would allow people to be charged with felony perjury.

And the measure would prevent any other law enforcement agency from taking up the investigation once it had been closed.

Ironically, the anonymously-filed legislation would also ban anonymous complaints against police.

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Thursday, November 21st, 2013
9:49 am
Dance like a chimp!
Showing dignity and respect to all people...

Police officers from the suburb of Grosse Pointe Park in Detroit, Michigan, are under investigation for allegations of racist harassment and humiliation of black men, including over a dozen racially charged videos where a mentally ill man is told to perform songs and “dance like a chimp” for the camera. -

See more at: http://www.classwarfareexists.com/police-investigated-for-videos-telling-black-men-to-sing-dance-like-a-chimp-2/
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
3:57 pm
I think you have drugs up there...
After David Eckert finished shopping at the Wal-Mart in Deming. According to a federal lawsuit, Eckert didn't make a complete stop at a stop sign coming out of the parking lot and was immediately stopped by law enforcement.

Eckert's attorney, Shannon Kennedy, said in an interview with KOB that after law enforcement asked him to step out of the vehicle, he appeared to be clenching his buttocks. Law enforcement thought that was probable cause to suspect that Eckert was hiding narcotics in his anal cavity. While officers detained Eckert, they secured a search warrant from a judge that allowed for an anal cavity search.

It gets much, much worse...

More at:

EDIT: And just to show there isn't any gender bias on the vigilance.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
4:01 pm
Man sentenced to 40 years in jail, despite no evidence linking him to murder.
I've sent this message to as many local news stations as I could. I encourage you to do the same!

I would encourage you to interview Bill Ferguson, whose son Ryan was sentenced to 40 years in jail for a murder he did not commit. Ryan has sacrificed his 20's to a broken justice system.



Info on Bill's media tour: http://freeryanferguson.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Ryan-Ferguson-Awareness-Tour.pdf

Please cover this story. This man does not deserve to be behind bars.

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Friday, July 26th, 2013
5:29 pm
The jail divide in Australia
Australia, the country where you can be 'too privileged' to go to jail

This is the story of two Australian men, both 27, drunk and in trouble with the law. Their respective treatment neatly encapsulates a tale of two Australias

More at:

tl;dr version. One chap glasses someone, serves no time in jail. Another chap taken into "protective custody" for being drunk, and dies in jail.

Do we need to mention something so apparently superficial as skin colour?
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
4:12 pm
Texas Says It's OK to Shoot an Escort If She Won't Have Sex With You
A jury in Bexar County, Texas just acquitted Ezekiel Gilbert of charges that he murdered a 23-year-old Craigslist escort—agreeing that because he was attempting to retrieve the $150 he'd paid to Lenora Ivie Frago, who wouldn't have sex with him, his actions were justified.

Gilbert had admitted to shooting Frago in the neck on Christmas Eve 2009, when she accepted $150 from Gilbert and left his home without having sex with him. Frago, who was paralyzed by the shooting, died several months later.

Gilbert's defense argued that the shooting wasn't meant to kill, and that Gilbert's actions were justified, because he believed that sex was included as part of the fee. Texas law allows people "to use deadly force to recover property during a nighttime theft."

More at: http://gawker.com/texas-says-its-ok-to-shoot-an-escort-if-she-wont-have-511636423
Friday, May 24th, 2013
10:19 am
Surely this is entrapment?
TEMECULA, CA -- A special-needs boy was befriended by an undercover cop in his government high school. The boy had few friends and quickly latched onto the cop, who "hounded" him to break the law.

The boy, age 17, had been diagnosed with autism, bipolar disorder, Tourette’s syndrome and various anxiety disorders.

First the cop tried to get the boy to sell him his prescription medications. But the boy refused. Then the undercover officer tried to convince the boy to acquire some marijuana to sell to him for $20. The undercover officer allegedly told the student he “needed” the drug to relieve tension at home.

The student was getting so anxious about the cop's persistence that he started burning himself with a lighter because of his anxiety disorders.

After weeks of convincing, the kid returned to the cop with a “half joint he received from a homeless guy.” The boy was handcuffed in his classroom and taken to jail.

To top all that off, the government school district punished the student further with expulsion from school. A judge later overruled that.


Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
9:47 pm
Land of the Free, redux.
Pennsylvania judge sentenced to 28 years in prison for selling teens to prisons

Disgraced Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella Jr has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for conspiring with private prisons to sentence juvenile offenders to maximum sentences for bribes and kickbacks which totaled millions of dollars. He was also ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution.

In the private prison industry the more time an inmate spends in a facility, the more of a profit is reaped from the state. Ciavearella was a figurehead in a conspiracy in the state of Pennsylvania which saw thousands of young men and women unjustly punished and penalized in the name of corporate profit.

Read more at: http://www.examiner.com/article/pennsylvania-judge-sentenced-to-28-years-prison-for-selling-teens-to-prisons
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
9:44 am
The hourly rate is good, but the conditions suck
$15m payout for forgotten prisoner left in solitary

A man arrested for suspected drink-driving and held in solitary confinement for nearly two years after US prison authorities forgot about him has accepted a $15.5 million settlement, one of the nation's largest civil rights payouts to anyone jailed.

Stephen Slevin, 59, who was never convicted, spent 22 months in a New Mexico jail cell, where his toenails grew so long they curled under his feet, he developed bedsores and fungus and fell into a state of delirium. He even had to pull one of his own teeth out because he was not allowed to see a dentist.

Saturday, January 12th, 2013
9:12 pm
Cruel and Unusual?
You do the crime, you do the time. But walk into the courtroom of a creative judge and you could find the punishment fits the crime more closely than you imagined. From holding up shaming signs, to spending the day with a donkey, sometimes paying your debt to society doesn't require jail time; just public humiliation.

Check out these 10 court cases where judges have done more than sentence the guilty to a fine or jail time.

Saturday, January 5th, 2013
9:57 pm
Perverse Incitives, Perverse Results
SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- More than 40 people have come forward in a class-action lawsuit against Utah Highway Patrol Officer Lisa Steed. Steed was named Utah's "Officer of the Year" in 2007 for making more than 200 DUI arrests. In 2009, Steed racked up an extraordinary 400 DUI arrests, twice the number of any other UHP trooper, averaging more than two DUI busts per shift. Steed’s supervisor Lt. Winward credits her extraordinary arrest record in part to “typing skills” that allow her to process DUI reports more quickly than other troopers.

She has caused incalculable harm to dozens - perhaps hundreds - of people with bogus DUI and drug charges. Imagine the effects on all those who have been imprisoned, lost their jobs, spent thousands of dollars on legal fees, or perhaps even lost their children because of her corruption. This is the result of a skewed incentive system for police officers.



Sunday, November 11th, 2012
3:53 pm
Arresting children
Police state madness - more and more children being arrested for trivial things - things we all got up to as kids:

#1 At one public school down in Texas, a 12-year-old girl named Sarah Bustamantes was recently arrested for spraying herself with perfume.

#2 A 13-year-old student at a school in Albuquerque, New Mexico was recently arrested by police for burping in class.

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