@Florida_Today and the tale of two suicides: Robin Williams, Richard Mair

Williams death encourages talk about depression

Studies show that depression and other similar mental conditions such as the onset of anxiety affect one out of five Americans at any time, according to the CDC. The triggers can be anything: a personal tragedy, the death of a pet, financial instability or even a terrorist attack such as Sept. 11 or the Boston Marathon bombing. Depression can also feed into the mindset of people who have had major surgery, from thoughts about mortality to drastic physical changes or alterations in lifestyle.

via Williams death encourages talk about depression.

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I’m a interior/exterior decorator. I’m supposed to have a wild imagination, one that sees things aren’t there … quite yet.

And I do.

What I’m imagining right now is the trial of every Florida Today executive and reporter, including J.D. Gallup, who authored the linked article.

The question I envision a special prosecutor asking J.D. Gallup – after reading aloud the above except from his article – would be this:

Do you think that it is consistent with what you read in the CDC’s report to have a loss of faith in America’s justice system contribute to depression that leads to suicide?

If Gallup answered no, the prosecutor would then read EVERY reason listed in the article that Gallup had given for depression that lead to suicide or suicidal thoughts, and ask again. If Gallup still said no, the prosecutor would then inquire about Gallup’s personal experiences with suicides.

The prosecutor would get to a “yes” eventually, not because it is obvious that a loss of faith in our entire justice system could indeed lead to suicide, but because by then the judge and everyone else present would know that J.D. Gallup  had a motive in obdurately saying “no.”

Gallup’s motive would be to help Florida Today steer clear of all the ramifications of their corrupt (not inept) reporting on frame-ups in Brevard County, Florida.

Richard Mair was convicted in Brevard County and later committed suicide in Dade Correctional Institution, after tucking a tell all tale of guard-on-inmate abuse into his boxer shorts … giving dates, describing events, naming names. The  Miami Herald printed excerpts from Mair’s 2013 note in reporting on mentally ill inmate Darren Rainey being scalded to death in a locked shower at Dade CI in 2012.

I don’t know if Richard Mair was guilty as Brevard charged.

I do know that Mair, per a sworn statement he authored, had been offered a “walk” while in the Brevard jail by Brevard Sheriff’s deputy Gary Harrell in trade for false testimony against Jeffrey Abramowski, who was convicted although innocent of Cortney Crandall’s homicide, according to factual portrayals of DNA tests, which indicated that Judy Foley and her son Michael Bruce Foley killed Crandall. A variant of 17.3 at D18S51 is as common as a head cold, not entirely unique, and two markers out of 15 is never, ever a DNA “hit.”

Of itself, deputy Gary Harrell’s attempt at soliciting false testimony would be enough to kill Richard Mair’s belief in our justice system, because Harrell took Mair to the scene of Courtney Crandall’s homicide. Mair likely suspected – as I do – that Harrell was acting within the knowledge of the Brevard sheriff and his support staff … that removing an inmate from jail wasn’t just something that Harrell could just opt to do on his own.

Mair was not the only Brevard jail inmate approached to provide false testimony against Abramowski. The other guy also refused, but belatedly. So belatedly that it was within the knowledge of the prosecutors and the judge. Whether he, too, was escorted to the scene of Cortney Crandall’s homicide is outside of my knowledge. But I have possession of his related statement, just as I have Mair’s.

I’ve only found two Florida Today articles about Jeffrey Abramowski. And I’m going to paste them both here, if WordPress will lets me.

If Florida Today sues me for abusing their copyrights, I might just get the kind of court action that my necessary-for-decorating wild imagination threw at me about a special prosecutor interrogating the newspaper’s executives and reporters, but the questions will be posed by my defense attorney.

Florida Today owed it to their subscribers and advisers to report factually on conviction corruption because sheriffs, prosecutors, public defenders and judges are elected positions in Florida, and failing to report corruption that is within their knowledge is flat out election engineering, election engineering that ensures there will be more frame-ups, and that existing frame-ups will remain buried.

I’ve printed Richard Mair’s sworn statement on Jeffrey Abramowski’s behalf.

Now it’s time for a major newspaper to print it. And the suicide note.

Until newspapers cover conviction corruption ethically, the mega-mergers that the FCC allowed – which made Florida Today‘s publisher, Gannett, an international spin machine – will remain frauds on the public.

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February 8, 2008 Innocence Project to step in Court upholds 2nd-degree murder conviction in beating-death case
BY KEYONNA SUMMERS FLORIDA TODAY
An appellate court has upheld the 2006 conviction of a Cape Canaveral man whom local prosecutors say used a claw hammer and clothing iron to bludgeon to death a friend months after a drug-related dispute. The Fifth District Court of Appeal ruling means the Innocence Project of Florida may now step in to review Jeffrey Abramowski’s case, which attorneys say is riddled with testimony inconsistencies and DNA testing errors. The Innocence Project, which has worked on other Brevard cases, typically gets involved post-conviction. IPF executive director Seth Miller said his organization has begun its screening process by requesting information from Abramowski about the case. After they receive that information, they can begin to look into whether he’d be eligible for advanced DNA testing. “We’ll give a thorough review of this case,” Miller said. Abramowski, 56, was sentenced to life in prison after a second-degree murder conviction in the May 2002 beating death of 78-year- old Cortney Crandall in Crandall’s home just north of Melbourne. Prosecutors said the men were friends who worked together in a narcotic scheme involving the prescription drug OxyContin. Investigators told jurors that bits of Abramowski’s skin and blood were found beneath Crandall’s nails — a sign of a violent struggle prosecutors say was sparked when Crandall deliberately abandoned Abramowski in Orlando during one doctor-shopping trip. Michael Becker, a Daytona Beach-based assistant public defender who worked on Abramowski’s appeal, claims hair and other DNA found at the crime scene matched at least two other suspects, who testified against Abramowski at trial. Local attorney Laura Siemers, who defended Abramowski at trial pro bono, said other DNA was never tested. Judges rejected Abramowski’s appeal of the court’s trial procedure in December and closed the case last month, allowing him to begin other post-conviction appeals. Becker and Siemers this week said they welcome any intervention by the Innocence Project, which pioneered the testing of DNA that led to the 2004 release of Port St. John resident Wilton Dedge, who spent 22 years in prison. The group most recently helped win a judge’s approval of DNA testing of evidence in the case of William Dillon, who is serving a life sentence in connection with the 1981 murder of an Indian Harbour Beach man. DNA testing was not available when Dillon was first tried. “Just a lot of things about this (Abramowski’s) case didn’t add up,” Becker said. “There was nothing tying Mr. Abramowski to the crime — there were no fingerprints, he certainly made no statements to the fact, no confession or anything.” Assistant State Attorney Rob Parker has defended the testing done on the case as reliable and accepted by the scientific community, and said some of the DNA tested matched a unique quality in Abramowski’s DNA. “I look forward to them getting involved because it can only make our system stronger,” Parker said at the time, referring to the Innocence Project. “But I feel certain they will drop out just as quickly as they dropped in.”
Contact Summers at 242-3642 or ksummers@floridatoday.com.

Here is Richard Mair shortly after he met Jeffrey Abramowski and warned him about deputy Gary Harrell.

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Here is Richard Mair shortly before his suicide, little more than five years later. He was a brave man when he stood up for Jeff Abramowski, he was a brave man when he wrote his suicide note … guards could have caught him at it and killed him in the same manner they’d killed Darren Rainey the year before. It doesn’t seem too much to ask to ask a MAJOR NEWSPAPER to be somewhat as brave as Richard Mair. Please share this post if you agree. Thank you.

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Reprieve: Yemeni government pays over $1m compensation to civilian drone strike victims


Reprieve (001) 929 258 2754  For immediate release: Tue Aug 19, 2014

Yemeni government pays over $1m compensation to civilian drone strike victims

 The Yemeni government has paid compensation to civilian victims of a 2013 drone strike that hit a wedding convoy – which US Government sources have claimed killed only ‘militants.’

International human rights NGO Reprieve has obtained documents promising compensation for all 12 people killed and all 24 injured in the December 2013 strike. The Yemeni government has stated that it does not make compensation payments to those it believes were militants or the families of militants. Based on the documentation, Reprieve estimates that close to US$ 1.24m has been promised.

Such compensation payments made by the Yemeni government – which in 2013 received $256m in aid from the United States government – directly contradict claims by anonymous Obama administration sources that those killed were militants.  They have also raised questions over whether the US is secretly funding compensation payments to civilian drone strike victims.  

In July 2013 the Department of Defense acknowledged that they had documents relating to ‘solatia’ (compensation for US military wrongdoing) payments in Yemen but refused to release them under Freedom of Information Act requests, citing ‘national security’.

In April 2014, ABC news reported on Yemeni government plans to compensate victims of a drone strike on Easter weekend of this year, in which civilians were killed. When asked by ABC, the US government declined to comment on whether or not they were providing funds for compensation payments which the Yemeni government confirmed were being made.

Kat Craig, Legal Director of international human rights charity Reprieve, said: “These documents demolish the claims – made by anonymous US Government sources – that the victims of this drone attack were anything other than civilians.  We now know that hundreds of thousands of dollars are having to be paid out to innocent victims of the US’ misguided, secretive drone programme.  President Obama needs to come clean on where this money is coming from: either American taxpayers are footing the bill for his counterproductive policies, or it is falling on the shoulders of one of the world’s poorest governments.”

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  1. For further information, please contact Clemency Wells in Reprieve’s press office:clemency.wells@reprieve.org.uk/ (001) 929 258 2754 
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Veteran suicide rate likely higher than 22 per day. Perhaps much higher.

Why suicide rate among veterans may be more than 22 a day – CNN.com

President Barack Obama says there is a need to “end this epidemic of suicide among our veterans and troops.” In August 2012, he signed an executive order calling for stronger suicide prevention efforts. A year later, he announced $107 million in new funding for better mental health treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, signature injuries of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

via Why suicide rate among veterans may be more than 22 a day – CNN.com.

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The credible reasons why the Veteran suicide death toll may be much higher than the reported 22 per day are detailed within the linked article.

I chose to publish the article’s closing paragraph because it is so ridiculous.

Our troops are being redeployed half to death. Upon their return, they’re expected to let flag-waving parades serve as a substitute for our honorably meeting their medical and psychological needs.

Spending $107M on meeting Vets psychological needs is the equivalent of applying a small bandaid to a hemorrhage.

Please read the linked article above and sign the petition below addressing the prevention of Veteran suicides, written by a Veteran, for Veterans. Thank you.

http://www.change.org/petitions/don-t-terminate-marijuana-research-in-az-stand-up-for-our-veterans?tk=pCFuTKUtBALd9AYaDPtSTqLTsPuKOvDRcQZVSiJo1Mc&utm_source=petition_update&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_update_email

 

 

 

 

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AZ pays doctor a small fortune, in cash, to ignore execution protocols

Arizona Loose With Its Rules in Executions, Records Show – NYTimes.com

PHOENIX — In an execution in 2010 in Arizona, the presiding doctor was supposed to connect the intravenous line to the convict’s arm — a procedure written into the state’s lethal injection protocol and considered by many doctors as the easiest and best way to attach a line. Instead he chose to use a vein in an upper thigh, near the groin …

For his work, he received $5,000 to $6,000 per day — in cash — with two days for practice before each execution.

via Arizona Loose With Its Rules in Executions, Records Show – NYTimes.com.

 

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Reality Show Officer Gets September Trial Date in Death of Young Girl

Susan Chandler:

The Detroit Police Department has credibility issues galore. Please see my previous posts about the ongoing incarceration of Davontae Sanford, from whom a confession to a quadruple homicide was coerced. One of the actual perpetrators, for-hire killer Vincent Smothers, has tried desperately to free Davontae.

Originally posted on Dare to Think:

stanleyjones1Last year, jurors deadlocked in the trial of Detroit officer Joseph Weekley who was charged with involuntary manslaughter over the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones (left).  His retrial date has been set for September 15th.  There is no dispute that Weekley’s gun killed Stanley-Jones as she slept on a couch in 2010, but Weekley says it was an accident.  Weekley maintains that he accidentally pulled the trigger when Aiyana’s grandmother, Mertilla Jones, tried to grab his weapon in the chaos following a law enforcement “flashbang” grenade.  The grandmother denies ever touching the officer’s gun.  Another officer said that there was no struggle over the weapon.  The raid was being filmed for A&E’s The First 48.  Critics believe that the officers involved were “putting on a show” for the cameras and more concerned about how they looked on TV than properly conducting their job.

Last week, the man police were trying…

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Miami Herald misplaces conscience, enters spin cycle for Dade CI inmate deaths

Miami-Dade prison riddled with problems, internal audits say – Miami-Dade – MiamiHerald.com

One month after the new warden took over at the troubled Dade Correctional Institution, Les Odom announced a series of upgrades designed to overhaul the state prison while addressing a number of “lapses” in proper management.

via Miami-Dade prison riddled with problems, internal audits say – Miami-Dade – MiamiHerald.com.

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Here’s the comment I posted to the article:

 

On August 1st, the Miami Herald published Julie Brown’s story of inmate Lavar Valentin’s being murdered at Dade CI on July 28th (likely by the cellmate from whom he had REQUESTED TO BE KEPT SAFE FROM, only to be ignored).Brown’s headline said, “Dade Correctional back in spotlight after strangling.”Ann Choi turned that spotlight off with this spin-filled article, obscuring that fact that – with Odom on the job – Dade CI staff is still experiencing insurmountable difficulty in keeping inmates breathing.

Lavar Valentin was 5’8″ and just 116 pounds. His sentence was six years, not death, and he’d already served over half of it.

 

The Miami Herald doesn’t merely disappoint with this article, it disgusts. Lavar Valentin was only 35 years old.

 

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It’s time for the Miami Herald to publish Richard Mair’s suicide note from 2013 – which they’ve published excerpts from – along with the story of how Mair could have avoided prison simply by being a jailhouse snitch at Brevard County’s bidding, like Roger Dale Chapman.
Chapman readily snitched against William Dillon at the behest of Brevard; Dillon spent 27 years behind bars until DNA cleared him. Richard Mair not only refused to snitch against Jeffrey Abramowsi, he provided Jeff with a sworn statement about Brevard Sheriff Deputy Gary Harrell’s attempts and tempting offer. A second Brevard jail inmate refused to testify against Jeff, too, but that didn’t prevent Brevard from framing him, with the state misrepresenting DNA test results to do so.
The first picture below is shortly after Richard Mair first went to prison, the second is shortly before he took himself out … after tucking his tell-all suicide note into his boxer shorts. The pictures were only about five years apart, although they look like twenty.
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Richard Mair was just 43. Like Lavar Valentin, he was too young to die. Especially not a death of desperation over unending abuse from prison guards, knowing that they’d gotten away with scalding mentally ill, 50-year-old Darren Rainey to death.
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If you agree with me that the Miami Herald shouldn’t in any way help the Florida Department of Corrections get away with murder, please sign this petition calling for a federal investigation of Darren Rainey’s death:

https://www.change.org/petitions/attorney-general-eric-holder-investigate-the-2012-death-of-mr-darren-rainey-a-mentally-ill-florida-prisoner-who-died-after-prison-guards-locked-him-into-a-180-degree-shower

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ACLU seeks clemency for dying TX death row innocent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DfSkw9X0PFo 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
CONTACT: Meghan Groob, ACLU National, 202.417.7547, dcmedia@aclu.org
Anna Núñez, ACLU of Texas, 713.942.8146 x103, media@aclutx.org

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Lawyers for Max Soffar today asked the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to recommend that Gov. Rick Perry commute his death sentence, arguing that Soffar, who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, has spent the last 34 years on death row for crimes he did not commit.

Arrested in 1980 for an infamous robbery-murder at a Houston bowling alley, Soffar was subjected to a three-day marathon of aggressive, unrecorded interrogation, which culminated in a false confession, typed by police, that the officers convinced a worn down Soffar to sign. At the time, Soffar was 24 years old, but because of a long history of brain damage and substance abuse, he had the mental capacity of an 11-year-old.

“Plain and simple, the facts are irrefutable that the wrong man was convicted. Even worse, the State of Texas knows this and refuses to act,” said Brian Stull, senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project. “It falls to Governor Rick Perry to show Max mercy by using his power to grant him clemency. This innocent man should be allowed to die at home with the support of his friends and family.”

The false confession is the only piece of evidence linking Soffar to the crime. As noted in the petition for clemency, several judges have concluded that the confession is inconsistent with other evidence in the case, which clearly points to a man named Paul Reid — a serial killer who died last year on Tennessee’s death row. Reid can be linked to the scene and confessed to the crime to one of his accomplices.

“Absolutely no DNA, fingerprint, identification, forensic, or any other reliable evidence held by the state exists to link Max to this crime, apart from his forced confession,” said Andrew G. Horne, partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP. “Unfortunately, the state has turned a blind eye to the mountain of evidence implicating Paul Reid, who committed a series of similar crimes and admitted to the bowling-alley murders.”

Soffar is imprisoned on death row at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Allan B. Polunsky Unit in Livingston.

“Since Max Soffar will never receive the fair trial and due process guaranteed by our Constitution, I hope that Governor Perry will grant his request for clemency,” said Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas. “The clemency won’t give Max the pardon he deserves, but it will permit him to die at home in the care of friends and family.”

View the clemency petition: https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/assets/2014-08-11_petition.pdf.

View more on Max Soffar’s case: https://www.aclu.org/capital-punishment/state-texas-v-max-soffar.

[WATCH] Innocent Man on Death Row Wants To Die At Home

 

 

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