Latest Marissa Alexander Hearing Focuses on Victim’s History of Domestic Abuse

Susan Chandler:

Floridians can’t afford State Attorney Angela Corey’s publicity-seeking persecutions in-leiu-of-prosecutions anymore than we can afford the cronyism she participated in that kept George Zimmerman free. Please see my 4/8/12 related blog post, “Trayvon and Cristian … bless the beasts, not the children.”

Originally posted on Dare to Think:


Rico Gray, the alleged victim in the Marissa Alexander case, did not take the stand in a pretrial hearing, but his history of volatile relationships was the center of the lengthy hearing.  Marissa Alexander (above center) is accused of trying to kill Gray in 2010.  Alexander claims that she shot a warning shot in self-defense.  She was previously convicted and controversially sentenced to a mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison despite the fact that no one was injured.  An appeals court overturned her conviction due to improper jury instructions.  The retrial is set for December 1st.  The case has gained national attention in part because of stand your ground, mandatory minimums, and Alexander’s claims of self-defense in a domestic abuse situation.  She now faces 60 years in prison despite the fact that no one was injured.

Witnesses at the hearing included 3 women with whom Gray has children, as…

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Review: Private Violence

Originally posted on Anne Caroline Drake:

It is our job as advocates to meet the needs of
the women who walk through our doors.
– Kit Gruelle, domestic violence advocate

What an amazing concept!  I will confess that I cried when I witnessed a woman being tightly embraced after she had been protected from further abuse by dedicated domestic violence advocates in Private Violence.  We’ve all been terrified, but too few of us have ever been embraced or protected.

Too many of us have instead heard a laundry list of excuses from people who are being paid to protect us but who would prefer to rub shoulders with and raise money from the Junior League set.  Last week someone dubbed them “Junior Leaguers,” and I wondered if these advocates-in-name-only ever realize many of these wealthy women don’t write hefty checks because they too didn’t get the help they desperately needed.

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Getting Away With Murder: official release announced

Getting Away With Murder - Final



October 21, 2014 | Miami, Florida


A psychotherapist reveals horrific abuse in a
Florida state prison psychiatric ward

A True Story

Meet whistleblower and activist George Mallinckrodt as he discusses GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL, November 2 at 6pm.

George Mallinckrodt spent nearly three years counseling inmates with severe mental health issues. Increasingly, guards began to single out the weak and mentally ill to abuse them for their own amusement. George refused to stay silent about guards who beat a vulnerable, cuffed inmate. Within two months, he was fired.

Ten months later, George answered a jarring telephone call from a former colleague detailing a sadistic murder in the same state prison psychiatric ward. Guards locked a mentally ill inmate named Darren Rainey into a scalding hot shower. Hours later, begging to be let out, he died in a room the size of a phone booth. Inmates in cells nearby were helpless to do anything but listen to his cries.

George Mallinckrodt began writing GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER in frustration over the many dead-ends he encountered while trying to bring Rainey’s killers to justice. The narrative follows George’s progression from an idealistic psychotherapist to a prison hardened case manager in the Transitional Care Unit where Darren Rainey would be housed.


In mid-May 2014, the Miami Herald’s Julie Brown published a prisoner’s detailed account of Darren Rainey’s murder. Mallinckrodt immediately came forward publicly to share what he had heard. Since then, George has been a guest on numerous television and radio shows. He speaks frequently to legislators, community advocacy groups, and civil rights attorneys regarding the mentally ill and prison reform.

For more information regarding this topic or to schedule an interview, refer to the following:

George Mallinckrodt

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.@BostonGlobe misleads the pubic re prosecutorial misconduct


Bernard Baran case raises larger question: Should prosecutors answer for their actions? – Editorials – The Boston Globe

The death of Baran last month, at the age of 49, has brought renewed attention to the travesty of his trial and the tragedy of his imprisonment, and rekindled calls for disciplining Ford. Writing on the Globe op-ed page, lawyer Harvey Silverglate, who helped win Baran’s release in 2006, raised the possibility of removing Ford from his current job as a Superior Court judge, a position he has held since 1989.

That’s premature — but Silverglate and Baran’s other supporters are right to seek a full, public inquiry into both the prosecution’s conduct and its decision to try the case in the first place.

via Bernard Baran case raises larger question: Should prosecutors answer for their actions? – Editorials – The Boston Globe.


“That’s premature …”

As if we haven’t got sea-to-shining sea scoundrel former prosecutors that are now judges.

And district attorneys. And attorneys general. And justices. And legislators.

God damn every newspaper that doesn’t tell the public – flat out – that IT’S LEGAL FOR PROSECUTORS TO COMMIT MISCONDUCT: THEY HAVE ABSOLUTE IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION; the U.S. Supreme court threw equal justice out of our legal system in 1976 in Imbler v Pachtman and refused to reinstate it in Connick V Thompson in 2011.

What The Boston Globe editors calls “premature” is nearly four decades overdue. And they know it.

Corrupt prosecutors face scrutiny from the Bar alone, and the Bar is now nothing but a self-serving mob, collecting tax exempt “protection” dollars like the world’s best-dressed Mafia goons, and dispersing them like the world’s best-dressed Dons.

The Boston Globe praised itself for its role in freeing Bernard Baran, when if it had been appropriately apprising the public all along that PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT IS LEGAL, Baran might never have been framed to begin with, let alone spent 21 years behind bars, 21 years that likely was the most significant contributor to his dying so young.

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Reprieve: UK’s Hammond okay with charge/trial for “insulting an institution”

Reprieve +44 (0) 7792 351 660
For immediate release: Sun Oct 19, 2014

Government urged to defend Bahraini activist as ‘trial for tweeting’ begins

The UK Government’s close links to Bahrain have been criticised ahead of the trial of a Bahraini human rights activist, starting today (19th), for the ‘crime’ of sending tweets.

Nabeel Rajab, the director of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and the deputy secretary general of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), is facing a possible three years in prison for sending tweets critical of the Bahraini government during a European advocacy tour that included a panel at the House of Lords.

Mr Rajab was arrested on October 1st by Bahrain’s ‘Cyber Crimes Department’ less than 24 hours after arriving in the country from Europe. On his arrival in the UK at the start of the trip, Mr Rajab and his family had been detained by British border agents for several hours. He now faces charges that include ‘insulting a government institution’.

Nine human rights organisations, including legal charity Reprieve, have called on Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond to speak out publicly on behalf of Mr Rajab and other activists being detained in Bahrain. In a separate urgent letter to Mr Hammond, Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith has asked him to raise Mr Rajab’s case with the Bahraini authorities ahead of the trial.

The UK has maintained close security and trade links to Bahrain throughout a recent crackdown on opposition activists, such as Mr Rajab. On a recent visit, Foreign Office Minister Hugh Robertson said he was “pleased to see that UK expertise is helping to make a real difference”, while a Foreign Office report published on Wednesday said the Bahraini government had made ‘real progress’ on human rights.

Reprieve Director Clive Stafford Smith said: “Nabeel Rajab is a hero of human rights who has stood up for oppressed people for years, including those Bahrainis who are the victims of the current crackdown. Shamefully, to date the British government has been part of the problem rather than the solution, including very publicly detaining Nabeel, his wife and his children on his recent visit to London. Now Nabeel is facing prison for the fatuous crime of ‘insulting a government institution’, British ministers simply must change course and stand up for him, before it’s too late.”


Notes to editors

1. For further information, please contact Alice Gillham in Reprieve’s press office: alice [DOT] gillham [AT] reprieve [DOT] org [DOT] uk / 07792 351 660


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Reprieve: UK’s Hammond believes US re GITMO; doesn’t want proof

    Reprieve +44 (0) 7739 188 097
For immediate release: Sun Oct 19, 2014

Foreign Secretary ignores concerns over Guantanamo Brit abuse

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has dismissed concerns over the abuse of British cleared detainee Shaker Aamer, in a letter to his lawyer at human rights charity Reprieve.

In August 2014 Clive Stafford Smith wrote to the Foreign Secretary after a fellow detainee had described what he called a new ‘standard procedure’ of abuses at the prison. Yemeni Emad Hassan, cleared for release and detained without charge since 2002, wrote that “an FCE [Forcible Cell Extraction, where a team of guards in riot gear manhandle a detainee] team has been brought in to beat the detainees […] On Sunday, Shaker ISN 239 was beaten when the medical people wanted to draw blood.”

Mr Hammond, in a letter dated October 7th, responded that “we made enquiries with US Government officials who assured us that the report of an incident, relayed to you by another detainee, is not accurate.”

Yet similar descriptions of escalating punitive abuse at Guantanamo, which would appear to corroborate Mr Hassan’s allegations, have for some time been emerging from the prison. In a letter to William Hague in May of this year, Mr Stafford Smith sent testimony from Mr Aamer that he is sometimes FCEd up to eight times a day. He also included an excerpt from a recent letter of Mr Aamer’s, which said, “Last night, as I came back from my legal call, I was FCEd in much the same way I always am, as I peacefully refused to cooperate with them again. This time they did not just force me down on the floor of the room. They apparently decided that they had to get me dirty, so they threw me down in the passage way […]”

A recent trial in Washington D.C, to assess the legality of force-feeding and FCE methods used at Guantanamo, in the case of cleared Syrian Abu Wa’el Dhiab, revealed further levels of abuse. Giving evidence in court, Dr Steven Miles, a bioethicist, decried the use of Olive Oil to force-feed prisoners and said that “it’s a form of punishment that is wrapped around the business” of force feeding the detainee.

Prior to the trial, Judge Gladys Kessler ordered the US Government to release video footage showing force-feedings and FCEs being carried out against Syrian detainee Abu Wa’el. Lawyers at Reprieve wrote to then-Foreign Secretary William Hague in May asking that the British government request any video footage that the US may hold of Mr Aamer being FCEd, but Mr Hague responded that: “we do not view that it is necessary for the UK Government to ask the US Government to release ccrv footage from Guantanamo Bay.”

Mr Aamer, whose British wife and their four children live in South London, has been cleared for release from Guantanamo since 2007. It has long been stated British policy that Mr Aamer should be returned to his family in the UK.

Clive Stafford Smith, Reprieve Director and one of Mr Aamer’s lawyers, said: “The US military is not telling Mr Hammond the truth about the abuse of Mr Aamer,  any more than they did to Judge Kessler, who had the good sense  to demand to see the video footage. I have just returned from a visit and the brutal nature of the FCEing – to which Shaker is subjected probably more than any other prisoner – is only getting worse. Mr Hammond says that the UK is doing all it can to help Shaker but if it were his son or brother being beaten up every day, he would show a little more interest in evidence, and a little less in bland and false denials. It is far past time that Shaker was home with his wife and children.”


Notes to editors
1. For further information, please contact Clemency Wells in Reprieve’s press office: clemency [DOT] wells [AT] reprieve [DOT] org [DOT] uk / +44 7739 188 097.

2. The correspondence between Mr Aamer’s lawyers and the Foreign Secretary are available upon request.


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Corcoran Hunger Strike Over – More to Be Done

Originally posted on Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:

Corcoran Strike for Medical Care Leads to Hospitalization of Diabetic

After a week of hunger striking by three men inside Corcoran SHU and organizers calling and writing to the prison, we are happy to report that Kambui Robinson has been moved to the Acute Care Hospital in Corcoran for his diabetic complications, and the hunger strike is now ended.
Thanks to everyone who called, wrote, or circulated the message – but our fight is not over!
Advocacy is still needed for the following issues:
Kambui Robinson’s health is in a dire state and he needs to be permanently moved into a medical care facility such as the one in Vacaville. Diabetic complications had led to eyesight so bad that he has not been able to read for several weeks, and he is has been experiencing stroke-like symptoms for the past several weeks.
Michael Durrough is still without an extension…

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