Rubin “Hurricane” Carter – Former Political Prisoner – Dead at 76

Originally posted on United States Hypocrisy:

"I wouldn't give up. No matter that they sentenced me to three life terms in prison. I wouldn't give up. Just because a jury of 12 misinformed people... found me guilty. And because I was not guilty I refused to act like a guilty person." - Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

I wouldn’t give up. No matter that they sentenced me to three life terms in prison. I wouldn’t give up. Just because a jury of 12 misinformed people… found me guilty. And because I was not guilty I refused to act like a guilty person .”
- Rubin “Hurricane” Carter

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former middle-weight boxer whose career came to a tragic halt upon being wrongly convicted and imprisoned for 19 years over a crime he didn’t commit, died in his sleep on April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday. He’d been struggling with colon cancer at his home in Toronto, Canada for some time, and in February he penned a “Dying Wish” that appeared in the New York Daily News in which he plead the case of inmate David McCallum, a man wrongly convicted in Brooklyn, and called for him to be given a fair hearing…

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Framed in Florida: A Million Paper Cuts

American Me

Law vs Law Enforcement

American Me.

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While multiple attackers kicked, punched, slammed him against his vehicle and sliced him with a razor blade and a box cutter – neither of which has a legal length – John Dobbs defended himself and his girlfriend with his feet, fists and a legal length pocketknife.

John didn’t use the gun he took away from one of them, not even to fire a warning shot … a perjured claim to the contrary is not supported by gunshot residue.

John tells his story via the link above, and it’s well worth reading if you’re struggling to understand what passes for justice in Florida, particularly Stand Your Ground justice.

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@10 years of data says that you and I don’t count.

How the Obscenely Wealthy Are Strangling Our Democracy

Benjamin Page: Most people in a democracy think that the government pays a lot of attention to average citizens. And what we found was when average citizens disagree with more affluent people and more organized interest groups, the average citizens lose out almost always. In other words, they have almost no independent influence.

via How the Obscenely Wealthy Are Strangling Our Democracy.

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Benjamin Page’s conclusion: fight back.

My conclusion re fighting back: When it comes to our democracy, the US Supreme Court is the wrecking ball … it’s time to demand that Congress impeach the immoral majority.

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WPTV5 chimes in on Florida “Facebook for Cops” …

Contact 5 Investigators uncover government workers abusing Florida’s online DAVID system – wptv.com

“Facebook for cops, that’s how I’d describe it,” said former Martin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Salvatore Rastrelli.

via Contact 5 Investigators uncover government workers abusing Florida's online DAVID system – wptv.com.

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I met Salvatore Rastrelli, and through him – months ago – learned of multiple DAVID abuses, as some of my previous blog posts reflect.

While I’m grateful that WPTV5 covered the story, I know that Sal and the Archangels of Justice team is the investigative force, not their reporters.

I hope that readers will take the time to watch the video from the link above, and note from the text below the video they can make an emailed request to find out if any public servants have abused DAVID to target them.

The email address to submit the request to (according to WPTV5) is DAVIDPulicRequest@flhsmv.gov … you’ll need to provide your name and drivers license number or tag number.

The more people who make requests, the likelier it is that serious attention will be paid not only to the DAVID snooping scandal, but the similar Stingray snooping scandal, and other public misconduct.

Please share this post and get the word out. Thank you.

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UPDATE 4/23/14: I sent off my DAVID records request to the email address WPTV5 provided. I welcome any translation of computer-speak I subsequently received:

From: Mail Delivery System
Date: April 23, 2014 12:36:46 PM EDT
To: [Susan Chandler]
Subject: Delivery status notification

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

Delivery to the following recipients was aborted after 1 second(s):

* davidpulicrequest@flhsmv.gov

Reporting-MTA: dns; qmta12.westchester.pa.mail.comcast.net [76.96.59.227]
Received-From-MTA: dns; omta23.westchester.pa.mail.comcast.net [76.96.62.74]
Arrival-Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:36:45 +0000

Final-recipient: rfc822; davidpulicrequest@flhsmv.gov
Action: failed
Status: 5.1.1
Diagnostic-Code: smtp; 550 #5.1.0 Address rejected.
Last-attempt-Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:36:46 +0000

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Reporting Human Rights Violations: A How-to Guide for Prisoners

Originally posted on INJUSTICE INSIDE:

The following guide, published by the Human Rights Coalition , offers guidelines for prisoners on reporting human rights violations. The method described is simple, requiring documentation, intervention, and movement-building:

[W]e learn the truth by gathering evidence (documentation); we take action according to the urgency of the situation and our capacity to move people (intervention); and we bring others on board and inspire each other with a collective vision of popular struggle (movement-building).

Elaborating on these items, the guide goes on:

The stronger our evidentiary basis, the greater the knowledge of the movement, which generates greater commitment and more effective action.  This in turn builds the movement and the cycle of organizing repeats itself, only on a higher level.

Read on for more tips.

What constitutes a violation of a prisoner’s human rights?
A partial listing of some of the most frequently reported violations include but are…

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Retaliation against hunger strikers: news from Menard

Originally posted on Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:

It’s easy to forget hunger strikers after a strike is suspended – easy for folks on the outside. Those inside, whether they are imprisoned or guards, do not forget. Check out the reports from Menard prison in Illinois at “ Retaliation Against Hunger Strikers at Menard – Windows Blocked, Strikers Beaten “.

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Reinvestigating Gina Hall’s homicide. Apparently sans DNA or even Google searches.

Investigators take a second look at the Gina Hall murder case from 1980 in Radford | Local News – Home

Investigators are asking for your help if you can provide any in this case.

via Investigators take a second look at the Gina Hall murder case from 1980 in Radford | Local News – Home.

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There’s a lot of evidence to DNA test in Stephen Epperly’s case. Why aren’t the investigators starting there?

Stephen Epperly was convicted of Gina Hall’s no-body homicide based on testimony by oft-discredited dog handler John Preston.

Preston was discredited by an actual perpetrator in Dale Sutton’s Ohio federal case in 1982 … Sutton was released in January of 1983.

Preston was discredited by skill testing by Brevard County Judge Gilbert Goshorn, resulting in Juan Ramos’ release from Florida’s death row in 1987.

Preston was discredited two more times in Brevard County, Florida. By DNA. Wilton Dedge was released in 2004; William Dillon was released in 2008.

There were other exonerations … in Arizona, and even in Virginia.

Aside from all this, Stephen Epperly’s case was the only one I’m aware of that John Preston himself expressed misgivings. He told the Roanoke Times, in 1986, that he may have tracked the wrong trail. As Preston couldn’t track a trail at all – obviously – what he was really saying is that he was washing his hands of involvement in convicting Epperly, just as Pontius Pilate washed his hands of involvement in convicting Christ.

There is egregious prosecutorial misconduct of record in Epperly’s case, interference in the police talking with the defense.

Bill King and Robin Robinson’s testimony that they simply watched Epperly make himself far too much at home in King’s parents’ cabin reads like fiction. As Gina Hall’s vehicle was left in plain sight, two-person rather than one-person placement seems far more likely … one to drive Ms. Hall’s car, one to follow along and then pick up that driver.

So, once again, why – with DNA to test, with Preston discredited, with prosecutorial misconduct in plain sight – would investigators ask the general public for additional information, instead of running the DNA tests?

I sense another hoax, like the Brevard County “reinvestigation” of James Dvorak homicide that focused on re-implicating William Dillon after DNA cleared him.
It was obviously a hoax, because they declined to simultaneously investigate another 1980′s skull-crush robbery/homicide in the same tiny town – Canova Beach. Widowed, retired kindergarten teacher Pauline Scandale’s unsolved Canova Beach skull-crush robbery/homicide was again heartlessly ignored. I called out Brevard on ignoring Ms. Scandale, early and often.

Investigators wouldn’t have to do any heavy lifting to find published information on just how shaky Stephen Epperly’s 34-year-old conviction is.

Using Epperly’s name as a Google search term would have brought them right here, where I’ve often mentioned Stephen Epperly in the process of battling Gary Bennett’s 30-year-old Brevard/Preston frame-up, and tackled, head on, those who have a vested interest in the public believing that Epperly doesn’t deserve so much as one (1) fair day in court.

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