Friday, December 31, 2004

Sleaze in the Supreme Court?

From the Los Angeles Times

Gifts To Justices Raise Bar's Eyebrows Lawyer Group Wants Tighter Rules; Thomas Tops List For Value Of Items

December 31, 2004 By RICHARD A. SERRANO, And DAVID G. SAVAGE Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has accepted tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts since joining the Supreme Court, from $1,200 worth of tires to valuable historical items and a $5,000 personal check to help pay a relative's education expenses.

The gifts included a Bible once owned by the 19th century author and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, which Thomas valued at $19,000, and a bust of President Lincoln valued at $15,000.

He also took a free trip aboard a private jet to the exclusive Bohemian Grove club in northern California - arranged by a Texas real estate investor who has helped run an advocacy group that filed briefs with the Supreme Court.

Those and other gifts were disclosed by Thomas under a 1978 federal ethics law that requires high-ranking government officials, including the nine Supreme Court justices, to file a report each year that lists gifts, money and other items they have received.

Thomas reported accepting much more valuable gifts than his court colleagues over the last six years, according to disclosure forms on file at the court.

The Ethics in Government Act of 1989 prohibits all federal employees, including the justices, from accepting "anything of value" from a person with official business before them. However, under the rules that the federal judicial system adopted to implement that law, judges are free to accept gifts of unlimited value from people without official business before the court.

Representatives for the federal judiciary and the Supreme Court argue that requiring the disclosure of any gifts is sufficient to prevent corruption or the appearance of favoritism.

In October, an American Bar Association panel urged tightening the rules to forbid judges from taking expensive gifts, free tickets and other valuable items, regardless of who is the donor.

"Why would someone do that - give a gift to Clarence Thomas? Unless they are family members or really close friends, the only reason to give gifts is to influence the judge," said Mark I. Harrison, a Phoenix lawyer who heads the ABA's Commission on the Model Code of Judicial Conduct.

"And we think it is not helpful to have judges accepting gifts for no apparent reason."

Thomas declined to comment when asked in writing why he deemed it appropriate to accept some of the larger gifts. But a former clerk defended the practice.

"I don't see anything wrong in this. I don't see why it is inappropriate to get gifts from friends," said John C. Yoo, now a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

"This reflects a bizarre effort to over-ethicize everyday life. If one of these people were to appear before the Supreme Court, Justice Thomas would recuse himself. So I don't see the problem."

The Los Angeles Times reviewed the disclosures of all nine justices for the years 1998 through 2003, the only period of time for which disclosure forms were still on file at the court. They reported receiving cash, which they usually gave to charity, but kept or used various valuable items, mementos and club memberships.

In that six-year period, Thomas accepted $42,200 in gifts, making him easily the top recipient.Next was Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who accepted $5,825 in gifts, mostly small crystal figurines and other items. She also reported an $18,000 award in 2003 from the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, but listed it as income. The money was for the society's Benjamin Franklin Award for Distinguished Public Service. She gave other cash awards to charity.

Third was Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who accepted a $5,000 award from Fordham University - the only gift he reported for the six-year period.

Justices earned $194,300 this year and will get $199,200 in 2005, comfortable salaries but modest compared with some private-sector lawyers. They can earn as much as $23,000 more through outside activities.

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

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My email to incoming Gov. Rell of Connecticut regarding Rowland and corruption

Telling your Attorney to go fuck himself- PRICELESS

A Justice System really has to be corrupt and out of hand for something to actually change

The Death of Shame in America(O'Reilly of the O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, asks Gov. John G. Rowland to resign Dec. 2003)

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Can cops rape, rob, beat, and murder with immunity?(post contains pictures of young adults brutalized by police, and picture of a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette and one of the houses I fixed up from a boarded up condition) Link has expired for this post


With rogue judges and their minions, police officers, do we really live in a Democracy? (post)

This blogger's email: stevengerickson@yahoo.com

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

An Unfair System Screaming for Reform

Free, After 12 Years In Prison Court Reversal Releases Man Jailed For Failing To Prevent Child Abuse

December 28, 2004 By ALAINE GRIFFIN, Hartford Courant Staff Writer (ctnow.com)

NEW HAVEN (Connecticut) -- A blast of arctic air welcomed Santos Miranda to freedom as he stepped out of a state courthouse Monday morning wearing nothing more than his cotton prison jumpsuit.

As pedestrians on Church Street buried their faces in scarves and jacket collars, a smiling Miranda hardly seemed to notice he wasn't dressed for the weather. Instead, he noticed the shackles missing from his ankles.

"It feels weird," Miranda said, shaking his legs.

Minutes earlier in a 30-second hearing, Superior Court Judge Referee Ronald J. Fracasse freed Miranda, 33, a prison inmate for nearly 12 years, after an order from the state Supreme Court.

The order followed the reversal last week of a landmark 1998 ruling by the state's highest court that said a person who assumed the role of parent could be convicted of first-degree assault for failing to prevent the abuse of a child with whom he had no biological or legal relationship. The ruling had allowed Miranda to be convicted of first-degree assault for failing to stop his live-in girlfriend from abusing her infant daughter in 1992.

Miranda said he always knew this day would come - even before the year 2016, his earliest release date. So for the past 11 years and 11 months in prison, he said, he prepared for a life outside his cellblock.

Miranda, who was born in New Haven and raised in Puerto Rico, learned to speak English. He earned his high school equivalency diploma and studied computer repair, which let him, he said, keep up with the latest computer trends. He carries a photo of an "Outstanding Student" plaque he received from prison teachers.

He also received high marks from parent education counselors. Miranda hopes to see and help to support his four children, a son, 11, and three daughters, ages 11, 12 and 14."Now, I got to establish my life," Miranda said.

"I need to support my kids. I feel like I really grew up in prison. Now, I've got to be something."

Miranda said he plans to live with his cousin, Ava Cortez, 38, of New Haven, until he finds a job and is able to live on his own. Cortez, who does not speak English, was waiting on the steps of the courthouse with a jacket for the relative she used to baby-sit in Puerto Rico. Another cousin, a parole officer with the state who declined to give her name, gave Miranda a ride back to his former home - Cheshire Correctional Institution - Monday afternoon so Miranda could pick up his things.

"It's great to have him home. He's waited for this for a long time," she said.

At the time of his arrest in 1993, Miranda told police he knew Diannek Rodriguez had repeatedly beaten and abused the infant, whom he referred to as his stepchild, and that he had yelled at Rodriguez for it. He knew about the baby's injuries but never sought medical care for her.

Rodriguez, of Meriden, was sentenced to seven years in prison under a plea deal with prosecutors. She could not be located Monday for comment.

Miranda was sentenced in 1994 to 40 years in prison on six counts of assault and one count of risk of injury to a minor - all related to his failure to protect Rodriguez's daughter against her mother.

The state Appellate Court later ruled Miranda had no legal duty to protect the infant and overturned the assault convictions.

But Miranda was re-sentenced to prison in 2002, after prosecutors appealed to the state Supreme Court to have the assault convictions reinstated. In January, after hearing new arguments, the justices asked lawyers in the case for legal briefs on whether the court should reverse the 1998 ruling that resulted in the original convictions.

Miranda insists he was innocent of the assault charges. His sole remaining conviction, for risk of injury to a minor, carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, which he has already served.

He's no longer with Rodriguez and does not know where she is."I can't be angry about all this," Miranda said.

"Sometimes life takes you in a good direction, sometimes not. But I feel like I'm in that good direction now."

He said he's not planning to file any civil lawsuits in the matter.

Miranda's attorney, Daniel Krisch of Horton, Shields & Knox, the firm that has represented Miranda without charge for seven years, hugged his client after Monday's proceedings. Krisch said it was unusual for him to walk into a prison to deliver good news to a client as he did last week.

"It's like a movie script," Krisch said.

"It's probably one of the most exciting things that will happen in my legal career."

Assistant State's Attorney Robert J. Scheinblum declined to comment Monday, saying he needed to read the Supreme Court's full ruling, which has not yet been released.

Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform in Virginia, called Miranda's prosecution unusual because in most failure-to-protect cases, the abuser is a man beating his wife or girlfriend and the children and it's the woman who is charged with failing to report the abuse.

"When it's the man who was the witness, often authorities will throw up their hands and say, `He was out of the house. How could he know?' It's really a double standard," Wexler said.

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

Fair use of copyrighted material

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My email to incoming Gov. Rell of Connecticut regarding Rowland and corruption

Telling your Attorney to go fuck himself- PRICELESS

A Justice System really has to be corrupt and out of hand for something to actually change

The Death of Shame in America
(O'Reilly of the O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, asks Gov. John G. Rowland to resign Dec. 2003)

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Can cops rape, rob, beat, and murder with immunity?
(post contains pictures of young adults brutalized by police, and picture of a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette and one of the houses I fixed up from a boarded up condition)

Are their unnamed factions in the US, similar to the KKK?

With rogue judges and their minions, police officers, do we really live in a Democracy? (post)

This blogger's email: stevengerickson@yahoo.com

Monday, December 27, 2004

Open Letter to Asst US Atty of Connnecticut

Attention:

To Whom It May Concern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut and/or Assistant United States Attorney, Nora R. Dannehy:

I believe there was an improper and corruption link between the former Governor John G. Rowland, the former head of the Connecticut State Police, and rogue Judges, such as Jonathan Kaplan.
(Example)

I wrote, called, and emailed the governor’s office with issues such as this starting in 1998.
(Example)

On February 21, 2003, I talked with Carol Amino of Governor Rowland’s office by telephone after sending a ten page fax regarding my corruption and misconduct claims against Arthur L. Spada, and the refusal of Lt. Wack, of Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs refusal to investigate his ‘friends’ and his trying to intimidate and harass me into giving up and being silent about Connecticut State Trooper perjury at my trial and the harassment of officers of me, before and after, and incident was exploited for keeping me from continuing to complain about police and the judiciary in newspapers, and from proposing legislation to elected officials, regarding forcing police and members of the judiciary to act uniformly, ethically, and in the best interest of the public.

I believe Rowland knew of my case, and Carol Amino, seemed to mock and threaten me with further arrests and retaliation if I pushed the issues I had with Arthur L. Spada and with the corrupt, illegal practices of the Connecticut State Police.

I guess a corrupt Governor and his staff will act against whistleblowers and those exposing their corruption or that of their ‘network’.

Does the First, Fourteenth, and other Amendments to the U.S. Constitution apply in Connecticut?

I am requesting that Arthur L. Spada, Carol Amino, John G. Rowland, Judge Jonathan Kaplan, Stafford Officers, Desso and Prochaska, Connecticut State Police Officers, Langlais, Amaral, Sticca, Davoren, Izzarelli, Wack, Mulcahey, Prosecutors John Panone and Keith Courier, and others for acting illegally, to violate my rights, punish me for lodging complaints and spouting off in newspapers and redressing grievances to elected officials, ruin my life, inconvenience my family, ruin my business, and cause me to lose my retirement, income, credit, home, and investment properties- the sum total of my life’s honest hard work.

Police officers should not be able to allow or encourage others to harass an individual out of their home, town, and out of the State of Connecticut.


Before being attacked on my property by a police informant, but after proposing Civilian Oversight of Police with Quality Questionnaires going out to citizens needing police protection and service to State Senator Guglielmo and former Representative Mordasky, Mordasky’s aid Rosemarie told me to sell my properties in Connecticut and leave Connecticut before police retaliated on me for my Big Mouth, for proposing laws/legislation that the top police brass didn’t want, for writing letters to the editor upsetting to police and members of the judiciary, and for threatening to sue police and others for civil rights abuse.

I had also provided both Sen. Guglielmo and Representative Mordasky with a 4 page list of drug dealers, rapists, thieves, vandals, prostitutes, those selling illegal/stolen guns, fencing stolen goods, pandering underage girls, etc. of those, using full names, and detailed descriptions of their crimes, where police refused to investigate, but would threaten and harass me for asking that they pursue criminals, not just revenue from honest, taxpayers.

Police officers would sometime wait in pairs, follow me around, and even come up to me, making threats and telling me to leave Connecticut because of my opinions, laws I proposed, and for trying to make them do their jobs.

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A violent, drug using alcoholic, Brian Caldwell, a criminal with a lengthy record was allowed or encouraged to harass and threaten me and was given immunity to prosecute me for having to defend myself when I was beaten on my property after being jumped, being threatened with death if I didn’t give up my wallet, and after having endured weeks of harassment, threats, and stalking.

Stafford Resident State Trooper Mulcahey and Stafford Officer, allegedly encouraged Peter Coukos, to harass me out of Stafford. Coukos assaulted me from behind, broke into my apartment, took items, destroyed my property, left threatening messages on my voicemail, made sexual comments to and about my then 14 year old daughter and her friend, left threats of violence and death against my daughter on my voicemail, and demanded that I write him a check for $30,000 or face prison and further arrest, as Coukos claimed he would file false claims against me, and with police help, would see that I would be arrested, and be "queered off in prison," if I didn’t pay him and leave Connecticut.

I called Troop C, and was told to lodge complaints about Coukos to Trooper Mulcahey.

Mulcahey told me that I would be arrested if I pursued a complaint against Coukos and if I didn’t leave Connecticut and Stafford Springs.

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I met with landlords and landlord, Donald Christmas, of Enfield, Connecticut, after I got out of prison.

Donny got mouthy to reporters, proposed Civilian Oversight of Police, and ALSO threatened to sue police and others for civil rights violations.

Donny was attacked on his property by a police officer’s 16 year old girlfriend.

Only Donny faced prison, a year and a half, no deals.

Police officers followed Donny around as harassment, made threats, tried to illegally seize Donny’s computer to further harass and look into him, caused Donny to lose two jobs, and are trying get Donny fired, currently, on a 3rd.

Should police officers be able to intimidate and force citizens out of a town or a state, because a citizen lodges a complaint against an officer or member of the judiciary?

The same amount of prison time I faced for having been attacked on my property after testing the First Amendment complaining that my Fourteenth Amendments rights were violated.

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Chris Kennedy of Ellington also tried to lodge complaints and have Judge Jonathan Kaplan removed from the bench for bias and behavior unbecoming of a judge.

Kennedy claims Kaplan wrongly tried to have him arrested and harassed by police, wrongly is denied access to his kids, as his ex-wife who stabbed him, was given sole custody.

Kaplan allegedly tried to influence other judges and prosecutors to go as hard on Chris as possible for retaliation.

Do you see a pattern of abuse?

Would citizens be so routinely violated, fleeced, and abused by police and the judicial citizen with such ease and frequency, had Governor Rowland, Arthur L. Spada, and others, not acted so blatantly corrupt, illegally, and vindictively to protect and enrich themselves and their friends?

If laws, their protections and punishments, actually apply equally to all U.S. citizens, please investigate the above mentioned individuals and see that those convicted of their guilt, are first investigated, and punished accordingly.

Thank you,

Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083

stevengerickson@yahoo.com

Helpful posts:

Pardon me, Governor

Can cops rape, rob, beat, and murder with immunity?

Anatomy of the Good Ole Boy Network

Are their unnamed factions in the US, similar to the KKK?

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Dear Mr. President

September 15, 2001 (4 days after 9-11)

Subject: Another less obvious tragedy in Downtown America

From: Steven G. Erickson, Stafford Springs, Connecticut

The follow-up email to Bush and the above theme, expanded

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The Who’s Who in Corrupticut

Sunday, December 26, 2004

What does a Federal Appeal look like?

Excerpt:

Before: MINER, JACOBS, and PARKER, Circuit Judges.

The government appeals from a judgment of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (Burns, J.) granting defendant Edmund Autuori's motion for judgment of acquittal, pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 29(c), and granting conditionally his motion for a new trial, pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 29(d), on sixteen counts charging mail and wire fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341, 1343.

The judgment of acquittal is affirmed in part; in remaining part, the judgment of acquittal is reversed, the conditional grant of a new trial is affirmed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings.

NORA R. DANNEHY, Assistant United States Attorney, Hartford, CT (Stephen C. Robinson, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Peter A. Clark, Assistant United States Attorney, on the brief), for Appellant.

WILLIAM M. BLOSS, Jacobs, Grudberg, Belt & Don, P.C., New Haven, CT (Ira B. Grudberg, Jacobs, Grudberg, Belt & Don, P.C., New Haven, CT, Robert M. Romano, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, New York, NY, Peter Buscemi, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Washington, DC, on the brief), for Defendant-Appellee.

website

Another case

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Shit meet Fan
(the above link was the #9 result for putting the words, "NORA R. DANNEHY" in a yahoo search engine)

Friday, December 24, 2004

The Ku Klux Klan v. the NYPD

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Piece of shit, pleads guilty

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Rowland Pleads Guilty

11:45 AM EST,

December 23, 2004 By JON LENDER, The Hartford Courant

Former Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned July 1 amid a scandal over his acceptance of gifts and favors from state contractors and others, pleaded guilty this morning in U.S. District Court in New Haven under an agreement that will send him to jail.

"Obviously mistakes have been made throughout the last few years, and I accept responsibility for those," Rowland told reporters after entering the plea.

"But I also ask the people of this state to appreciate and understand what we have tried to do over the past 25 years in public service."

The plea is the result of sensitive negotiations between Rowland and federal prosecutors who were gearing up to seek an indictment of the Republican former governor early next year on charges that could have included conspiracy and racketeering, sources said.

Rowland entered the New Haven courthouse about 9:30 a.m. with his wife, Patty, and his lawyer, William F. Dow III. He declined to take reporters' questions, but told them, "I'll see you on the way out."

Prosecutors told the judge that Rowland accepted $107,000 worth of vacations, work on his cottage and free flights from state contractors and others. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nora Dannahey said the charge also involves a conspiracy to defraud the IRS.

Federal guidelines call for a sentence of between 15 to 21 months in prison, the lawyers involved said. Sentencing was set for March.

U.S. District Judge Peter Dorsey advised Rowland that as a convicted felon he would not be able to vote or hold public office.

According to the plea agreement, the gifts included the work on the cottage and three free vacations at the Vermont home of state contractor William Tomasso. They also included accepting free flights to Las Vegas, paid for by the unnamed entity.

Rowland also acknowledged knowing that Tomasso's company was being given an inside track to build the Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, but that he did not do anything to stop it.

Federal prosecutors and the FBI began investigating corruption in Rowland's administration in 2002, but changed their focus to Rowland late in 2003 after a Courant investigation led to the disclosure that Rowland received free improvements on his Litchfield vacation cottage from state contractors and staff subordinates.

State legislators launched an impeachment inquiry early in 2004, and Rowland resigned July 1 when it appeared he would be impeached and face trial in the state Senate.

The ongoing federal grand jury investigation has resulted in the indictment of Rowland's former co-chief of staff, along with that ex-official's son and a top executive of the New Britain-based Tomasso Group, which received lucrative no-bid contracts from Rowland's administration.

Rowland's former deputy chief of staff already has pleaded guilty in federal court to receiving cash for helping to steer state business to the Tomasso Group.Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who took office after Rowland stepped down on July 1, said she felt "deep personal disappointment."

"While we knew that this day might come, we were never really prepared for the reality of it. Today the state of Connecticut was humiliated, and I, as John Rowland's former running mate and colleague, feel personally betrayed. When I first heard the news, I felt like I was punched in the gut."

An Associated Press report is included.

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

Fair use of copyrighted material

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My email to incoming Gov. Rell of Connecticut regarding Rowland and corruption

Telling your Attorney to go fuck himself- PRICELESS

A Justice System really has to be corrupt and out of hand for something to actually change

The Death of Shame in America
(O'Reilly of the O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, asks Gov. John G. Rowland to resign Dec. 2003)

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Can cops rape, rob, beat, and murder with immunity?
(post contains pictures of young adults brutalized by police, and picture of a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette and one of the houses I fixed up from a boarded up condition)

Are their unnamed factions in the US, similar to the KKK?

With rogue judges and their minions, police officers, do we really live in a Democracy? (post)

This blogger's email: stevengerickson@yahoo.com

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added Dec. 26, 2004, 10:30 AM EST:

Case Is High Profile, Prosecutor Isn't

Rowland Guilty Plea One Of Many Big Cases Nora Dannehy Won't Talk About

December 26, 2004

By EDMUND H. MAHONY, Hartford Courant Staff Writer (ctnow.com)

NEW HAVEN -- The public's first extended look at the woman directing what may be the most important investigation of political corruption in Connecticut occurred minutes after 11 a.m. on the day before Christmas Eve.

Reluctantly, and only after being prodded by a superior, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nora R. Dannehy stepped into the drizzle on the steps of the city's old federal courthouse. On the sidewalk below, a scrum of reporters and cameramen were yelping for information about former Gov. John G. Rowland, who, moments before, had pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge. The reporters, many of whom had no idea whom they were trying to question, would leave empty-handed.

Characteristically, Dannehy said little. And what little she said, the reporters had already heard moments before while inside the courthouse: Under the terms of a hard-fought plea bargain he negotiated with Dannehy, Rowland grimly admitted that he failed to pay taxes on $107,500 in free services he took from businessmen and enabled them to profit from his administration.

What Dannehy did not say, and what is not widely known outside a relatively small circle of lawyers and political junkies, is that the historic guilty plea by a former governor is only the latest in a string of important and complex investigations she has directed or helped direct over the last decade.

Her record is not widely known because that's the way she wants it. She prefers to work in near-anonymity. That would seem odd in other jurisdictions, where ego can drive big-ticket law.

But in Connecticut, it makes Dannehy a comfortable fit in a U.S. attorney's office that often seems unnaturally loath to talk about cases in which it is involved.

At 43, Dannehy has jailed bankers she has convicted of fraud and lawyers who have bilked clients. A year ago, she locked up former state Treasurer Paul Silvester and a billionaire Boston bond trader who bribed him. She directed the bribery investigation that resulted in the conviction of Ben Andrews, a former civil rights activist and candidate for secretary of the state.

In late September, after hauling Peter N. Ellef, Rowland's former co-chief of staff, into U.S. District Court on racketeering charges, Dannehy darted past a reporter and into a private stairwell.

"Please," she said, "don't even ask a question."

A criminal defense lawyer who has often worked opposite Dannehy in federal court said: "She really gets very upset about publicity about herself. I think she gets embarrassed."

She has repeatedly declined requests for interviews. Upon learning she might be the subject of a news profile, her closest colleagues said she asked them not to discuss her or her work. But many of those colleagues found it difficult to comply, largely because they seem genuinely fond of her. Many of those colleagues agreed to talk if they were not identified.

She is esteemed for forthrightness among many in the relatively small group of state defense lawyers who are repeatedly involved in Connecticut's high profile criminal trials. They say she means what she says and does what she promises - behavior that too often can fall by the wayside in high-profile legal battles.

She is said by a defense lawyer now working across the courtroom from her to be "kind of old-school."

By that, he said he means, "She conducts herself like a lady. She is always polite. She is not smug. She is completely trustworthy and honest. She is always courteous. She will listen to all your arguments and give them consideration. Sometimes she can be persuaded."

But it was old-school Dannehy who was still standing after what amounted to a three-year legal knife fight with top members of Boston's defense bar in a case that grew out of the Silvester prosecution. She was outnumbered. The defense lawyers repeatedly tried to disqualify her after she threatened to indict one of them for obstruction of justice. All but three of Connecticut's federal judges removed themselves from the case over potential conflicts of interest. Another withdrew in frustration.

When it was over, Frederick McCarthy, owner of the Boston bond house accused of bribing Silvester, was fined $40,000 and incarcerated. His investment company was fined $4 million and driven out of business.

"Did it get bitter?" said one of the defense lawyers in the case.

"Yes. It unquestionably had an effect on her. She is not used to practicing law that way. She is as honest as can be."

But such steel has engendered a lot of loyalty among the team of FBI and IRS agents who, working with Dannehy, have enjoyed a notable string of political corruption convictions in Connecticut since the late 1990s. Two of those agents said they maneuvered quietly in an effort to guarantee that Dannehy was the federal prosecutor assigned to the Rowland case.

Dannehy, who is 5 feet 2 and weighs perhaps 100 pounds, often is accompanied by glowering, 6-foot-plus investigators as she walks between offices, clutching an overflowing accordion file. One reason investigators appreciate her, an agent said, is that, unlike many federal prosecutors, she listens to suggestions and often accepts them.

That alliance with investigators is critical to the role Dannehy has taken on in recent years as more of a director of complex investigations than a tryer of cases.

"When you put together a team, everyone has a strength," a former federal prosecutor said.

"Is Nora the best trial lawyer in the office? Probably not. But she knows how to investigate a case, charge a case, set it up for trial and then work to do the appropriate part in a trial. And different people have different strengths when it comes to a trial."

If there is a criticism of Dannehy, it is that she takes too long at what she does. One of Dannehy's opponents from Boston suggested that Dannehy spends too much time building cases, instructing agents to probe every investigative theory and chase every possible lead.

"She needs to know when to pull the trigger," the Boston lawyer said. But a defense lawyer from New Haven said, "That is just not her way. She, like, crochets. Every step. Every step. Every step."

There is agreement, however, that Dannehy keeps a grueling schedule, working late into the night and often on weekends.

"When we worry about Nora," U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor said, "it's because she is working too much."

Some colleagues suspect that Dannehy, who is originally from Willimantic and graduated from Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, inherited her work ethic from her late father, Joseph Dannehy, a former state Supreme Court justice who previously sat on the state Superior and Appellate courts. The elder Dannehy's impatience with ill-prepared lawyers was legendary.

"Preparation is all Joe ever talked about," a colleague of both Dannehys said.

"He used to say, `You can never over-prepare.' The apple didn't fall far from the tree in that regard. But she has something he didn't have to the same degree and that's the softness, the fairness, the civility, the sense of compassion. You realize she really cares about doing the case and the impact of what she is doing on people's lives.

"When Dannehy finally pulled the trigger on Rowland, lawyers involved in the case said, she did it in a typical burst of activity. After an on-again, off-again series of plea negotiations stretching over months, on the night of Dec. 22 Rowland agreed to plead guilty, they said. Dannehy worked through that night and the next morning to bring a completed plea deal to court, the lawyers said.

Such a schedule leaves little personal time for Dannehy, who is single, friends say.

But friends say this much can be accurately reported about her private, personal life: She likes dogs. She has two of them, both golden retrievers. They are said to be spoiled.

"The dogs and her seem inseparable on the weekends," said Austin J. McGuigan, a former state prosecutor, fellow golden retriever owner and one of the few lawyers who agreed to be quoted by name on the subject of Dannehy.

"But I can't say that she has the same commitment to disciplining them that she applies to herself. Nora definitely needs to pull them away from the dog cookies."

Dannehy is a committed runner. She finished 29th among 720 runners in her class in the 2002 Manchester road race and is a frequent participant on the local running circuit. On a cold, dark, sleeting December night in 2002, she was seen excising a disappointedly adverse pretrial ruling in one of the Silvester cases by pounding the slick pavement.

The only self-indulgence that could be extracted from interviews with more than a dozen associates is regular train trips to Manhattan for hair appointments.

On the day of what may have been her most photographed public appearance - standing before the damp cluster of reporters on the courthouse steps when Rowland pleaded guilty - Dannehy said and did little to enlarge her public profile.

"I want to thank the FBI agents and IRS agents who worked so hard and long on this case," she said.

Then, she stepped behind a towering FBI agent and disappeared back onto the courthouse portico. The scrum clamored for more, then turned its attention elsewhere, realizing there wouldn't be any.

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Is there a corruption link between the former Governor, John G. Rowland, and the former head of the Connecticut State Police, Commissioner, Arthur L. Spada?

Was corruption like this case, commonplace within the ranks of the Connecticut State Police

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Pardon me, Governor

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Dear Honorable Governor, Jodi M. Rell, staff, and to whom it may concern:

Going to a corrupt Governor, Governor Rowland, and his staff, may have led to my false arrest, imprisonment after being a crime victim on my own property, and my being forced out of Connecticut by authorities covering their tracks, so I didn’t spend more time in prison.

Governor Jodi M. Rell and staff, I feel I deserve a pardon and erasure of my criminal record, that I should not have, if their wasn't a corrupt Governor and his minions in power.

I was going to State Senator Anthony Gugielmo and the former State Representative Mordasky complaining about heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana being used and sold on and around my property with the Connecticut State Police threatening and harassing me after I would call, name names, and demand something be done, and for writing about the situation in letters to the editor section in the Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer.

I was informed that the former police commissioner of Connecticut, Arthur L. Spada, was informed and angered every time I called into the Governor’s office and liaisons informed him every time I proposed a law demanding police serve and protect all citizens, equally, and for having proposed Civilian Oversight of Police to elected officials.

The orders to harass and concoct something to arrest me, shut me up, and throw me in prison, I assume, came directly out of Spada’s office.

I have reasons to believe this, and circumstantial evidence, conflicting police reports, alleged perjury on the stand to get me Convicted, of Troopers, Amaral and Langlais, and a pattern of abuse that can be proven from the statements of elected officials and witnesses to the circle and circus of corruption in Connecticut, regarding my case.

Break-ins, vandalism, thefts, when I was threatened, and assaulted resulted in virtually no protection and service from police for me, nor others similarly up against it, as I was told I didn’t get service because I was a landlord and was stupid for investing in and fixing up rental property in a crime area, downtown Connecticut.

I was treated like a criminal by police and the courts and too many criminals got a free pass.
Complaining about this fact to the Governor’s office starting in 1998 probably led directly to my false arrest, false imprisonment, and being forced out of the state of Connecticut so that corrupt officials, could go on undeterred, quietly.

Rowland was investigated and it may or may not have something to do with my having gone to the various media, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, and the Attorney General.

It may have been the same type of outspokenness on my part that got the head of Connecticut State Police asked to resign.

I alleged that Connecticut Judge, Jonathan Kaplan, conspired with the head of the Connecticut State Police to railroad me to prison and teach me a lesson for having proposed laws to elected officials, speaking out in newspapers, and for having been a pain in the ass asking that police and the courts in Connecticut act as advertised, legally, and Constitutionally.

Judge Kaplan was allegedly the head judge of the Rockville district of Connecticut, he was allegedly booted down to part time family court. Does that have anything to do with my accusations, or that of others that have complained about corruption of the courts in Connecticut, and namely, Judge Jonathan Kaplan?

I was illegally arrested, prosecuted, imprisoned, shut up, and thrown out of Connecticut losing my retirement, credit, pets, business, family, friends, home, possessions, health insurance, ability to earn money, crippled, and losing the sum total of my life for having complained about drug dealing, crime, and the police and courts fleecing the responsible, working, taxpaying downtown citizens, collecting revenue, with very little criminal correction.

Children grew up in a haze of drugs and alcohol, unabated.

Some died and some are going to be lifelong criminal parasites in and out of prison, a burden on taxpayers, instead of being productive. Policies and individuals are to blame for the misery, waste of funds and life, and in making a poor quality of life for too many Connecticut residents.

Officials and police are to blame for the deaths, lost youth, creating misery, and for lowering the quality of life for too many.

Because I cared and spoke out, should I have been severely punished, harassed, put in prison, and thrown out of Connecticut?

Governor Jodi M. Rell and/or staff please pardon me and see that my criminal record in erased.

Please also see that corruption and the remaining corrupt staff, business people, court personnel, and police officials that are remaining from the corrupt Rowland machine are removed, investigated, and punished accordingly.

I feel I would never have even been arrested and the social problems, dealt with, if Rowland and so many of his associates weren’t so dirty, corrupt, self-serving criminals bent on doing as they pleased.

Rowland and others were out to silence whistleblowers and those that could expose their illegal game.

Please pardon me, I have done nothing wrong and was an asset to my neighborhood, town, and the State of Connecticut.

Should someone who comes to invest in Connecticut, the Amercan Dream, gets active for the benefit of others, works hard, and looks to better him/herself, their families, and their neighbors, be treated as I was in Connecticut?

Please right a wrong for me personally, in the name of Justice, and for all of Connecticut and America.

Thank you,

Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083

P.S. I am posting this open email letter to you on the internet on FreeSpeech (dot) com on a December 21, 2004, post.

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My email: stevengerickson@yahoo.com

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Posts relevant to my case and accusations:

My accusations against Judge Jonathan Kaplan, Arthur L. Spada, Connecticut State Troopers, and others.

Pictures of some of what I lost, young adults injured at the hands of police, and links to my beefs.

To President Bush and others, "Is our Justice System, a sleazy whorehouse?"

The corrupt practices in Stafford Springs, CT, a Jr. version to Rowland's Crew

My prison experience

Gov. Jodi M. Rell's picture, bio, contract info, and website

Monday, December 20, 2004

Judicial Accountability Initiative Law

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men
are almost always bad men.” ~ Lord Acton, in a letter to Bishop Mandell
Creighton, 1887.

post of FreeSpeech.com (J.A.I.L.)

"The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the
hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they
please. It should be remembered, as an axiom of eternal truth in politics, that
whatever power in any government is independent, is absolute also; in theory
only, at first, while the spirit of the people is up, but in practice, as fast
as that relaxes.


Independence can be trusted nowhere but with the people in mass.
They are inherently independent of all but moral law.” ~ Thomas Jefferson,
letter to Judge Spencer Roane, September 6, 1819. “The Writings of Thomas
Jefferson,” edited by Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 15, p. 213 (1904).





LAW AS A SCIENCE: TOWARD A THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK

FORWARD

I am placing my views on the nature of a new legal system here only because people will want to know "where I am coming from"; and perhaps to supply a point of departure for those who aren't accustomed to addressing the problems of the legal system. For their participation is precisely what is needed, the present system suffering so heavily from inbreeding of thought and ideology.

I view my contribution mainly as an activist and facilitator seeking a sufficient consensus to get the project off the ground. Accordingly, there is no attempt here to draw a unified picture of what such a system would look like. Rather, presented is a smorgasbord of ideas obtained at different times and places primarily from my dealings with the criminal justice system over the past three years and from the many faculty and students who have been so kind to share their thoughts with me in my trips around the University of Florida campus. More

The above is good reading, regarding our Legal System.

The Aftermath of Connecticut’s Corrupt Former Governor Scandal

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The Remaining Network of Corruption:

Legacy Of Pals On The Payroll Many Rowland Appointees Remain

December 20, 2004 By JON LENDER, Courant Staff Writer

Gov. M. Jodi Rell's first public spat with a legislative leader erupted last week over an unexpected issue: Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr. complained that Rell had not sufficiently purged her administration of the taint of John G. Rowland, and he urged her to demand resignations from all of her predecessor's commissioners.

But the relative handful of commissioners that Williams was concerned about - perhaps 40 of the state's 45,000 employees - represents only a fraction of the former governor's patronage legacy. Below that level are at least 100 other political appointees in jobs ranging from administrative assistant to deputy commissioner.

These are jobs that typically pay $50,000 to $100,000.

They are unavailable to average citizens who did not help Rowland and Rell, his three-time running mate, win election in 1994, 1998 and 2002.

And many of these jobs are about to become even more expensive for taxpayers: In January, Rowland's earliest appointees will begin reaching their 10th anniversaries, a milestone that entitles them to retiree health benefits for themselves and their spouses. The lifetime perk is worth $12,000 a year - and even more for those who retire at the minimum age of 55.

After taking office when Rowland resigned amid scandal last summer, Rell removed a few of her predecessor's commissioners and prominent loyalists in what was touted as a "housecleaning" that earned her widespread praise and helped burnish her image as a reformer.

But public records abound with examples in which Rell has allowed Rowland's friends and supporters to remain on the state payroll. Some were removed from the governor's suite, but were tucked away outside the public spotlight in other state posts. Others simply stayed in place.

For example:Kathleen Mengacci, Rowland's longtime friend and confidential secretary, was removed from the governor's office last July by Rell, but was given a safe haven in the little noticed Office of Workforce Competitiveness inside the state labor department. She makes $85,000 as assistant to the office's director, Mary Ann Hanley, and will mark 10 years on the state payroll Jan. 5.

Regina Gianni, a Rowland activist from the former governor's hometown of Waterbury who answered phones in his Capitol office, is now working in the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

Her new, $52,195-a-year job - which also involves answering phones - is based at the agency's Waterbury headquarters, eliminating her daily commute to Hartford. Sources say Gianni once was cautioned for aggressively defending Rowland when answering phone calls to his office, although she denied that Friday. She marks her 10-year employment anniversary Jan. 23.

State comptroller's records indicate that Gianni has moved from political appointee to become a part of the state's classified civil service roster, although she disputed that, too.

"I don't know," she said Friday.

"I'm just very grateful to be here."

Michael Doyle, who managed the governor's Eastern Connecticut satellite office in Norwich, has been replaced by Catherine Marx, an unsuccessful Republican candidate for the state Senate in the November election. But Doyle, a longtime Rowland ally, did not lose his chance at reaching his upcoming 10-year state employment anniversary Feb. 22. He is now an executive assistant in the Department of Correction, a new post paying $60,632.

Martin Zito, a longtime Rowland loyalist, retains his $104,478 post as chief of staff in the state Department of Mental Retardation. Zito began state employment in 1995 as one of many Rowland supporters hired as controversial "durational project managers" - an under-the-radar job category that Rowland used in an effort to hide political hires at a time when he told the public he was breaking with traditional patronage practices. Durational positions do not require standard civil-service tests. A politically connected individual can be moved from a durational position to a regular state job within three years. Zito's 10th anniversary on the state payroll is April 14.

Rell's press secretary, Dennis Schain, insists that her handling of Rowland's political appointees has been appropriate."Gov. Rell has already made a number of changes in the policies and people within state government and will likely make more in the coming weeks and months," Schain said.

"It's not fair to broadly paint any group of employees as good or bad, simply because they started their service while a particular governor, commissioner or legislator was in office at the time."

But the patronage game can be perilous. Rowland's credibility suffered in the late 1990s when it was disclosed that he was using the durational positions to hire his political friends while claiming to be cutting back on patronage. Ultimately, it was the breakdown of Rowland's credibility with the public - which reached its nadir after his lies about gifts and favors he accepted from state contractors and subordinates - that led to his July 1 resignation.

From the start, Rell has been careful to distance herself from that legacy. She proclaimed government ethics as her top priority and has made several public gestures to solidify her reformer image. These include appointing the state's first-ever ethics counsel in the governor's office; making several high-level personnel changes and putting out the word that she will not meet personally with any of the lobbyists who represent corporations and other organizations at the Capitol.

But last week's blast from Williams suggests that Democrats may be planning to make credibility an issue for Rell as well. In anticipation of next month's 2005 legislative session, he called on Rell to "conduct a true housecleaning" and request the resignation of all Rowland-appointed commissioners.

"Those whom the governor then wishes to reappoint would then have to go through the legislative confirmation process ... where all questions about their past performance in the Rowland administration would be asked and answered for the public's benefit," said Williams, a Democrat from Brooklyn.

That, he said, would "remove the stain of the Rowland administration."

Republican legislators denounced Williams' statement as partisan politics tailored for a slow news day, and other Democratic legislators have been slow to take up his cause. But Democratic State Chairman George Jepson last week raised another issue: He accused Rell of publicly spurning lobbyists while privately participating in the time-honored game of squeezing them for political contributions.

Despite Rell's declaration that she will not deal personally with lobbyists, she is scheduled to be the featured guest on the state Senate Republican Caucus' invitation to their major fund-raiser Jan. 3, two days before the start of the 2005 legislative session. Such receptions are traditional by both Democrats and Republicans in the legislature, because state law prohibits solicitation of political contributions from lobbyists while the General Assembly is in session.

In anticipation of that long fund-raising drought from January to June, legislators hold major pre-session events to extract money from a variety of people, but most pointedly lobbyists. The suggested donation for the event, at Carbone's Ristorante on Franklin Avenue, is $250.

Schain, Rell's spokesman, acknowledged that "the governor has lent her name to the Jan. 3 party, but let's be clear about this: The funds are not for her. She will not be having conversations about issues at what is essentially a social event and there will be many, many types of people there - not just lobbyists."

Schain said that Democrats and Republicans both hold such pre-session fund-raisers "and for years, governors from both sides of the aisle have attended."

However, Jepsen said that Rell now has made it an issue because "she's creating a new standard" by refusing to meet with lobbyists in her role as governor.

"Her refusal to meet with lobbyists is classic form over substance. ... She won't meet with lobbyists ... but they are building fund-raising events around her, where lobbyists are the principal attendees. That borders on the hypocritical."

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

Fair use of copyrighted material

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The Bullshit Drug War

Excerpt: Wanna know the best place to grow poppies? How to harvest them? Extract and process them into opiates such as heroin? Well, the the DEA can help.

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Telling your Attorney to go fuck himself- PRICELESS

A Justice System really has to be corrupt and out of hand for something to actually change

The Death of Shame in America

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Can cops rape, rob, beat, and murder with immunity?(post contains pictures of young adults brutalized by police)

Are their unnamed factions in the US, similar to the KKK?

With rogue judges and their minions, police officers, do we really live in a Democracy? (post)

This blogger's email: stevengerickson@yahoo.com

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Will a plain clothes detective get into trouble for attacking Outlaw?

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Man Treated After Altercation With Detective

December 19, 2004 By STACY WONG, Courant Staff Writer

A Wethersfield man was being treated for cuts and a fractured kneecap at Hartford Hospital on Saturday after he was arrested late Friday for allegedly assaulting a police officer near Hartford's Union Station.

Tylon Outlaw, 30, was in custody at the hospital after what his acquaintances, who witnessed the incident, said was an attack by a plainclothes police officer.

Information on Outlaw's medical condition was not available from the hospital Saturday.His attorney, Anthony DiCrosta, said his client is expected to undergo surgery and recover. He said he has spoken to his client briefly and could not comment further.

Outlaw's family said he is a teacher, and a Ty Outlaw is listed as a permanent substitute on the East Hartford Middle School web site.

Police and witnesses said the incident happened close to midnight outside Papa's Pizza, where Outlaw was speaking to someone inside a double-parked taxicab.

The cab's driver, Anthony Carroll, a friend of Outlaw's, said an unmarked car drove up alongside the taxi and words were exchanged between Outlaw and someone who turned out to be a plainclothes police officer.

Hartford police said a detective in the area attempted to speak to "an intoxicated pedestrian blocking traffic at Union Place."

When the detective approached, police said, he was punched "several times in the neck and chest."

Outlaw was charged with second-degree threatening, assault on a police officer, second-degree breach of peace, and standing in the roadway while under the influence.

Carroll said the plainclothes officer, who police identified only as a "Detective Gordon," told Outlaw to get out of the road.

Then, Carroll said, the officer got out of the car, rushed at Outlaw, and kicked at him.

"Then I see a slew of cops come from behind him, and grab him," Carroll said.

"As they are grabbing him they are trying to apprehend him, but there were so many cops everyone was trying to get his hands in."

Outlaw was knocked to the ground in the course of the struggle, police and witnesses said.

The cab driver said he got out of the car but the police told him to get back inside.Richard Rakus, a passenger in the cab, said it was not clear the plainclothes officer was a policeman and the situation should not have escalated the way it did.

"If Tylon knew he was a police officer...he would have said, `Okay, sir.' But he thought he was some average guy who was telling him what to do," Rakus said.

Family members on Saturday said they have been forbidden by police to see Outlaw in the hospital.

"The whole family is very upsetting, and we're trying to find out (what happened) and they won't tell us anything," said Outlaw's mother, Arlene Outlaw.

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

Fair use of copyrighted material

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The Bullshit Drug War

Excerpt: Wanna know the best place to grow poppies? How to harvest them? Extract and process them into opiates such as heroin? Well, the the DEA can help.

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Telling your Attorney to go fuck himself- PRICELESS

A Justice System really has to be corrupt and out of hand for something to actually change

The Death of Shame in America

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Can cops rape, rob, beat, and murder with immunity?
(post contains pictures of young adults brutalized by police)

Are their unnamed factions in the US, similar to the KKK?

With rogue judges and their minions, police officers, do we really live in a Democracy? (post)

This blogger's email: stevengerickson@yahoo.com

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Comment on any film you like or dislike without registering

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I intend to post a link to this post on any of my FreeSpeech.com posts regarding films or actors. Feel free to speak your mind on any film, you liked or disliked.

I have a special interest in finding more about more obscure films, and in not going to see pieces of crap if at all possible.

I’m assuming, if you’re reading this, you might think the same way.

Please click on link below to comment if you so desire.

Thank you and thanks for stopping by.

The Scourge of Methamphetamine

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Group Works To Head Off `Meth'

December 18, 2004

By GARRET CONDON, Courant Staff Writer

Hartford's Hispanic Health Council hopes to galvanize a regional effort to stop an illegal drug-use epidemic before it begins.

Merrill Singer, director of research at the Hispanic Health Council, told a small gathering of individuals from community agencies, hospitals, law enforcement and state government on Friday that the time is now to help protect Hartford and the region from an onslaught of methamphetamine abuse.

"We've been presented with an opportunity to do what rarely gets done in public health - primary prevention," he said.

Methamphetamine - called "meth," "glass," "ice" or any number of other nicknames - is the most widely used illicit drug in the world, after marijuana, according to the World Health Organization.

More than 12 million Americans over the age of 12 report that they've tried it at least once.

Singer called it a "drug that has diversified in a number of subgroups," including gay men, injection-drug users, Latinos, African Americans, youngsters and others. It is relatively easy to manufacture and convenient to use, as it can be snorted, swallowed, smoked or injected. And it produces a high that can last from 8 to 24 hours - much longer than the typical 20- to 30-minute high that cocaine produces.

Although it has long been a major drug of abuse in such cities as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Denver, it has come east in recent years, first to the Midwest and the South and more recently to New York, Philadelphia and Boston. It is not yet a common street drug in Hartford, Singer says.

A research team at the Hispanic Health Council, with funding from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been conducting regular interviews with drug users and those in the drug treatment community in Hartford to track trends in drug use. Results of these surveys are quickly turned over to a response team made up of researchers, health care professionals and community members.

While it hasn't arrived in a big way, "there is no reason to feel that we're shielded in some way," Singer said. He noted that Hartford is a major regional distribution area for illegal drugs and has a high rate of injection-drug use. The dominant street drugs are heroin, cocaine and marijuana, he said.

"The base for potential jump-off into an epidemic is certainly here," he said. As an injectable drug, with a reputation for enhancing sexual enjoyment and endurance, it can play a role in the spread HIV and hepatitis.

It also can cause disabling skin infections, stroke, heart disease, violent behavior, nervous-system damage and a long list of other health problems. There are also special dangers for pregnant women and their fetuses.

Singer said the region had "a golden opportunity to keep the cat in the bag," and called for a well-coordinated campaign sponsored by community organizations and government agencies to keep methamphetamine use at bay. He said his organization would urge a wide range of groups and institutions - from churches and schools to drug treatment centers - to reach their members, students and clients with the same message about the drug's danger. He said it is important that various groups get the information from sources they consider to be believable, and suggested that peer education might be effective among current drug users.

"We have to take advantage of the research, of our understanding of how people interact with drugs, what messages work, what message don't work and what are credible message-givers," he said.

In addition to a broad education effort, he said the campaign also should push for active monitoring of the sale or theft of chemicals that go into making methamphetamine.

Ramon Rojano, Hartford's director of health and social services, said he supports the Hispanic Health Council's efforts and leadership on the issue and intends to bring the matter before the city's substance abuse commission to help shape the city's formal response to the prevention campaign.

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

Fair use of copyrighted material

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The Bullshit Drug War

Excerpt: Wanna know the best place to grow poppies? How to harvest them? Extract and process them into opiates such as heroin? Well, the the DEA can help.

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Telling your Attorney to go fuck himself- PRICELESS

A Justice System really has to be corrupt and out of hand for something to actually change

The Death of Shame in America

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Can cops rape, rob, beat, and murder with immunity?

Are their unnamed factions in the US, similar to the KKK?

With rogue judges and their minions, police officers, do we really live in a Democracy? (post)

This blogger's email: stevengerickson@yahoo.com

Friday, December 17, 2004

Hitler Youth in the UK?

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Latvian plea to blacklist Salford

The Latvian government is urging foreigners to avoid visiting Salford because it is too dangerous.

The call comes after Sergejs Pacejs, 38, was stabbed in the head with a screwdriver after a gang of youths heard him speaking Russian.

Mr Pacejs remains on a life support machine after the attack on Friday 3 December in Lower Broughton. More and photos from the BBC

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I’ve been to Riga, Latvia.

Some of the warmest people, good food, art incorporated into the buildings, safe clean streets, great beer (Latvian Porter beer can be up 13% alcohol), and the Freedom Statue is their version of the Statue of Liberty.

I’d love to live in Warsaw, Vilnius, Kaunas, Palanga, Klaipeda, Riga, or even Tallinn Estonia.

I felt safe while in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. I felt perfectly safe in London and other parts of England.

I knew I was in a bad area in any of the above countries if I didn’t hear their native languages, but instead, heard Russian being spoken.

I have nothing against Russians and would love to see Russia, the Ukraine, and the White Russia- Belarus.

It sucks to know that being a foreigner visiting, helping the economy, anywhere, can end up in violence and death.

Tourism is a good thing.

Post # 1313 on FreeSpeech.com:

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An American Dissident

Excerpt: Playing chess anywhere, wherever, and however you want for
money, shouldn’t be a crime in America, when you do it somewhere the U.S.
government is having a pissing contest with. Because it wasn’t about politics
and making a statement, it was about playing chess and earning a buck.

It would be pretty ironic if Americans seeking freedom, Free
Speech, rights, and seeking to be somewhere you don’t always have to look over
shoulder, relocate to other points on the globe, including the former USSR.

That would be making a statement for all Americans and the World to see
and hear- “What are the facts, not what is the hype?”

Should those like Bobby Fischer and Martha Stewart, American Icons that
have guts and minds of their own, be put in prison or forced to live in exile?
Is that the growing trend?
-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)


Andrei Sakharov, picture and post # 1314 on FreeSpeech.com

This blogger's email: stevengerickson@yahoo.com


Free Bobby

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(website)

Appeal to drop charges against Mr. Robert James Fischer and set him free from detention in Japan

We urge Mr. George W. Bush, the President of the United States of America, and the United States Government, to pardon Mr. Robert James Fischer of any charges for having violated sanctions against the former state of Yugoslavia, by playing a chess match there with Boris Spassky in 1992.

Bobby Fischer devoted the best part of his life solely to the art of chess and reached unprecedented heights and genius in his play. His achievements in the field were such that his name will always inspire awe in the minds of those who appreciate the magic of chess.

In 1972 Fischer gave the United States the World Championship Title in Chess after decades of domination by the Soviet Union. Bobby Fischer’s victory over Boris Spassky in Reykjavik in 1972 must count as one of the greatest achievements in the history of sports and international competition.

At the height of the Cold War, ending the Soviet domination on the chess scene was an international event loaded with deep political and cultural significance of historic proportions. The triumph for the United States was immense; the loss for the Soviet Union was humiliating. Fischer was greeted as a national hero.

Bobby now may face a $250,000 fine, ten years in prison, or both. In this whole drama, however, not a single person involved in the 1992 Fischer-Spassky Match has been indicted or even criticized for their participation; no one except Fischer.

No other Americans were indicted for their involvement in the organization and arrangement of the match and neither Boris Spassky, Lothar Schmid or others involved were faced with any reproachment for their participation. In 1992 in Yugoslavia, Bobby Fischer’s only crime was to play chess again, after years of isolation.

Fischer is unlikely to ever repeat his crime; it is assumed he has left chess forever. Through his exile, Fischer’s punishment has already been severe.

Twenty years after being hailed as a national hero in his home country, on the 20th anniversary of his legendary US victory in the “Match of the Century”, Bobby Fischer finally returned to chess and earned a US arrest warrant.

I used to follow his games by reading the newspaper from age 7, trying
to understand Fischer’s approach to chess.


He is an absolute master and would outwit opponents by being able
to predict the other’s moves out to 7 or 8 exchanges, to set a unique trap.


Chess gives one the ability to persist and stay on task, no matter
the odds, chaos, or opposition- one mind, one pure focus.


That chess philosophy applied in the real world to his extreme, got
Fischer into trouble.
Right or wrong, you have to admire that type of
persistence.


It was no matter the consequences, or what anyone else says, he
just acted on his own conscience, and will die thinking he is right, and all
that disagree with him are wrong.


-Steven G. Erickson (Vikingas)



An Official Scam on Productive Americans

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The Death of Shame in America

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Pictures to go with this SRV post, on FreeSpeech.com post, Dec. 15, 2004

My post on FreeSpeech.com, "The Death of Shame in America" Dec. 19, 2003

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Talking Points (The Death of Shame in America)
Thursday, December 18, 2003. By Bill O'Reilly

Hi. I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thank you for watching us tonight.

The death of shame in America, that is the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo.

Republican Governor John Rowland (search) of Connecticut got free home improvements from a company that did contract work with his state. And the governor lied about it. Now Rowland says he made a mistake and is humbled. But he won't resign.

So let's get this straight. The governor violates every ethical public policy rule, directly tries to deceive the citizens about that, and then says he's still entitled to keep his job.

This is so over the top, it's stunning. But not unusual. Bill Clinton (search) lied directly to the folks and didn't resign. [Ex-California Governor] Gray Davis (search) lied and was thrown out by the recall. And plenty of other politicians lie and haven't been caught.

Governor Rowland simply has no shame. This is not some small deal. He contrived to have his house fixed free and then flat out lied about it. The good people of Connecticut should march right on [the state capital] Hartford and toss the guy out on his butt. We simply cannot have this kind of thing in government.

Now the ideologues on both sides, the left and the right, can justify anything. When Clinton lied, it was just about sex. Now I expect to hear it's just about home improvements.

Well, baloney.

We must have honest leaders in this country, period.

The death of shame in America is causing all kinds of problems for the people.

We have politicians who abuse their power.

We have media who sell us out with vile music, degenerate movies and TV, and dishonest news analysis.

And we have educators allowing the most outrageous student conduct.

We have parents failing to discipline their children.

We have religious people abusing children.

There's no shame anymore.

All kinds of bad behavior is excused, justified and even glorified.

If Governor Rowland had an ounce of dignity in his entire body, he would have already quit.

What kind of example is this guy to the kids in Connecticut?

Same thing with Bill Clinton.

He should have resigned, but no, these guys won't go.

So we, the people, have to force them out.

Talking Points predicts Rowland is a goner.

What he did was shameful.

Everybody knows it.

Everybody that is, except the governor.

And that's The Memo . -Bill Oreilly of Fox News, "The O'Reilly Factor"

The above from Fox News, found (here) on the web

Blogger's Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials

Why is Martha Stewart in Prison, and not a bastard like this?:

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The former Governor of Rowland may have made conscious decisions almost
everyday of his public life, trying to enrich himself, and his friends,
illegally.


That is a lot of crime, over time.

Martha Stewart may have made one split second decision, possibly a
misjudgment, and is in prison.


Is that fair?

The public has been massively ripped off with Rowland’s
activities.


The public has been massively ripped off, and an icon toppled, with
Martha Stewart being maliciously prosecuted.

-Steven G. Erickson



Rowland Stars At Party For Ryan

December 14, 2004 By CHRISTOPHER KEATING, Capitol Bureau Chief

EAST HARTFORD -- It was like old times Monday night for former Gov. John G. Rowland.

Shaking hands and smiling, Rowland greeted a steady stream of well-wishers who went out of their way to chat with him and pat him on the back - just like when he was the state's most powerful elected official.

But Rowland stepped down as governor nearly six months ago amidst an impeachment inquiry, and the reception Monday night was not for him. Along with about 400 others, Rowland went with his wife, Patricia, to a gigantic banquet room at Rentschler Field for a goodbye party for outgoing state budget director Marc S. Ryan.

While Rowland was talking to a reporter, Gov. M. Jodi Rell came up and hugged him."Hi, old friend," Rell said as the two former colleagues embraced.

Since Rowland stepped down, effective July 1, Rell has repeatedly distanced herself from her fellow Republican, making ethics one of the central themes of her administration.

Rowland is under investigation by the FBI and federal prosecutors in a probe of gift-giving and contract-steering that has led to the indictment of Rowland's former chief of staff, Peter Ellef, and the guilty plea of his former deputy chief of staff, Lawrence Alibozek.

But no one was mentioning the investigation Monday night.As soon as Rowland walked in the door, both Republicans and Democrats headed across the room to shake his hand.

One of the first was Rep. William R. Dyson, a prominent New Haven Democrat who cut many budget deals with Rowland over a decade and did not call for Rowland's resignation when other members of his caucus were screaming for impeachment.

At times, the scene seemed like a reunion of the Rowland administration. Former Superior Court Judge Joseph Mengacci, former counsel Brendan Fox, former economic development czar Arthur Diedrick, and current economic development director James Abromaitis - all Rowland appointees - were in the crowd.

East Hartford Mayor Timothy Larson, a Democrat, patted Rowland on the back twice during a brief chat, and U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson reached up to give a hug to her much taller fellow Republican.

As Johnson and Rowland talked, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a prominent state Democrat who has clashed with Rowland at times over the course of a decade, interrupted and shook Rowland's hand.

Most recently, Blumenthal filed a civil suit to recover money from those involved in the Rowland administration scandal. He withdrew the action when federal prosecutors said that it would interfere with their criminal case.

As he shook hands or accepted a cup of soda from a Democrat, Rowland generated as much attention as Ryan, the budget director whose departure prompted hundreds to pay $50 each for the tribute party.

Rowland talked extensively about Ryan in an interview."I've known him a long time - a tremendous talent, probably the smartest guy I've ever worked with in government," Rowland said.

"The hardest-working guy I ever met. He's an animal. He had political skills, management skills."

Since resigning and moving out of the executive mansion, Rowland has kept a relatively low profile. He has been seen, however, at various Hartford and West Hartford restaurants, as well as at a reception at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury. Rowland has also frequently attended University of Connecticut football games at Rentschler Field, where he has season tickets.

When asked how he felt about being at the reception now that he is no longer governor, Rowland said, "We're just talking about Marc Ryan. It's Marc Ryan's night."

Ryan has taken a job as vice president of government affairs at WellCare Health Plans Inc., a health maintenance organization in Tampa, Fla.

After a round of speeches by Rell, House Speaker Moira Lyons, and others, Ryan stepped to the microphone and thanked many people before getting around to Rowland last.

"He was one of my best advocates, one of my best friends along the way," Ryan said.

"I want to thank him for showing me what public service is all about. ... I think this man will be remembered for a lot."

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

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Monday, December 13, 2004

Father of anesthesia

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Was he given credit?

The Man Who Defied Pain For Some, Treatment Of Horace Wells, Anesthesia Pioneer, Still Hits A Nerve

December 11, 2004 By WILLIAM HATHAWAY, Courant Staff Writer

On Dec. 11, 1844, Horace Wells sat in the dentist chair in his office at Main and Asylum streets in Hartford, inhaled nitrous oxide gas, and watched as a fellow dentist pulled out his troublesome wisdom tooth.

Wells felt no pain.

At that very moment, his supporters insist, Wells should have assured himself of an exalted place in medical history as the discoverer of anesthesia - one of the greatest boons ever bestowed upon patients, doctors, surgeons and dentists.

"The procedure was to medicine what the Wright Brothers' flight was to transportation," said Dr. William A. MacDonnell, a dental anesthesiologist and past president of the Horace Wells Club, a group of 40 dentists and anesthesiologists.

Instead, a few years later, Wells, disgraced and penniless, lay bleeding to death in a New York jail cell. And despite periodic efforts during the past 16 decades to resurrect his claim to fame, Wells remains mostly forgotten to all but a few intensely loyal devotees in Hartford.

"We are in a campaign to change that," said Diane Neumann Hernsdorf, director of the Hartford Medical Society.

It won't be easy to gain recognition for Wells as the father of anesthesiology.A disastrous public demonstration of nitrous oxide in Boston, a competing claim by an ungrateful and deadbeat student of Wells' who successfully employed ether during surgery in 1846, a powerful Boston medical and media establishment that trumpeted the ether demonstration, and Wells' own suicide all have conspired to rob the idealistic Hartford dentist of his due, his supporters claim.

And it is a public relations nightmare to preach the virtues of a man who under the influence of chloroform splashed acid on New York prostitutes.

Wells' fall was so spectacular, sordid and mysterious that some historians speculate he was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

"It is a very sad story," said Hernsdorf.

Dueling DiscoveriesEssays and history books agree on the basic facts of Wells' story. They just tend to be interpreted differently in Boston and Hartford.

When Wells had his wisdom tooth pulled he was 29 years old and counted some of Hartford's social elite as both friends and patients at his thriving Main Street practice. By all accounts, he was a gentleman's gentleman, sensitive, compassionate and possessed by a restless intelligence.

On the evening of Dec. 10, 1844, Wells and his wife, Elizabeth, attended a demonstration of the exhilarating effects of nitrous oxide by Gardner Quincy Colton at Union Hall on Main Street.

That nitrous oxide gas would loosen the inhibitions of even the most reserved Victorian had been known for decades. Itinerant "doctors" would travel from city to city and exhibit the effects of the gas, which invariably provoked outlandish displays of behavior by well-known locals. One of the traveling gas dealers was young Sam Colt, who was attempting to fund the manufacture of his new revolver.

In 1800, nitrous oxide's potential as an anesthetic was noted briefly toward the end of a booklong treatise on the gas written by British chemist Sir Humphry Davy. But for four decades, apparently no one thought to try nitrous oxide to dull pain during a medical procedure.

During the Union Hall gas frolic, Wells saw a man fall and receive serious scrapes and bruises. Wells noted the man showed no signs of pain. Less than 15 hours later, his colleague John Riggs, who later would become Mark Twain's dentist, gave him a dose of nitrous oxide and removed his wisdom tooth.

Over the next few weeks, Wells experimented with both nitrous oxide and ether as anesthetics on his dental patients and told many local dentists of his discovery. In a historic irony, he rejected ether as too potent and potentially dangerous for his dental patients.About six weeks later, he traveled to Boston to demonstrate his anesthetic to the medical establishment there.

What happened that late January day is still unclear. Perhaps the nitrous oxide he procured in Boston was of a different quality from what he had used in Hartford. Perhaps he administered too little to his patient. But for whatever reason, with the Brahmins of Boston medicine watching closely, his dental subject cried out, apparently in pain.

The crowd jeered and called Wells a humbug.

Wells never recovered from the setback. He traveled to Paris and apparently talked about nitrous oxide to medical professionals there. Back in the United States, he heard about another exhibition of anesthesia in Boston. On Oct. 16, 1846, now celebrated annually as Ether Day at Harvard Medical School, 27-year-old William T. G. Morton removed the tumor from the neck of a man fully sedated with ether.

Morton, backed by the Boston establishment, claimed for himself the title of the discoverer of anesthesia. When talking to Wells supporters, it is unclear whether they are more upset that their man was denied credit for the discovery of anesthesia or that the credit went to Morton, who historical record suggests was something of a scoundrel. Morton was once Wells' student but seems to have stiffed his mentor for at least $100 worth of fees and supplies. Despite that, Wells helped Morton set up a practice in Farmington.

According to some historians, Morton must have known of his mentor's efforts to develop an anesthesia, although he would later deny that the idea came from Wells. Especially irksome to Wells' supporters is that Morton also had the temerity to offer Wells what would be the modern-day equivalent of an ether franchise.

Wells thought that it was wrong to try to patent anesthesia, MacDonnell said: "He said it should be free as the air we breathe."

`My Brain Is On Fire'It is difficult to square the idealistic, innovating and compassionate Wells, beloved of Hartford society, and the Wells who found himself wandering around the streets of the Tombs section of New York City in a gas-induced stupor in January 1848.

In one of his suicide notes, Wells, who had just turned 33, admitted that he threw acid on the clothes of prostitutes while under the influence of chloroform and expressed his deep sense of shame.

"I cannot proceed, my hand is too unsteady, and my whole frame is convulsed in agony," Wells wrote.

"My brain is on fire."

In the jail cell, near the razor Wells used to sever the femoral artery in his left thigh, police also found an empty bottle of chloroform.

MacDonnell suspects Wells may have had bipolar disorder, with periods of mania alternating with depression, made worse by his abuse of his gases. In any event, Wells was no longer alive and able to defend his claim to be the father of anesthesia, while Morton continued to push his own claim to fame in the court of public opinion.

A Boston chemist who supplied Morton the ether, Charles Jackson, would also claim credit for the discovery. So would Dr. Crawford Long of Georgia, who claimed that he used ether during a surgery in 1842, two years before Wells used nitrous oxide. Most historians, however, discount Long's claim because he never told his peers about its potential as anesthesia.

Wells' claim has always run into two unfortunate facts. Morton's demonstration worked. Wells' did not. And it was ether, not nitrous oxide, that launched the anesthetic era in medical surgery.

In the past 160 years, historians have periodically revisited the subject and some have supported Wells' claim of being the first to demonstrate an anesthetic.

Yet every year, Harvard holds its Ether Day celebrations and hundreds of medical students hear Morton's story. Every year Dec. 11 passes unnoticed in Hartford, with the exception of the 40 members of the Horace Wells Club who meet for their annual dinner.

"A Boston Globe reporter once asked me, `Why did you sit back and play second fiddle all these years?'" Hernsdorf said.

There have always been a handful of people who have tried to shoehorn Wells into the history books and into the public consciousness. People who knew Wells helped get a statue of him erected in Bushnell Park in 1875. About the same time there was a debate in Congress about who deserved credit for the discovery of anesthesia, but the question was unresolved.

In downtown Hartford, for more than 100 years a small plaque on Asylum Street, today near Burger King, has marked the location of Wells' former dental office. But Hernsdorf doubts that even people who catch the bus there every day have read it.

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About 20 years ago, Hernsdorf's predecessor, Dr. Leonard Menczer, former curator of the Hartford medical and dental museum that now bears his name, launched a campaign to get Wells on a postage stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of the extraction of Wells' wisdom tooth. For 10 years, Menczer traveled the country and told anyone who would listen the story of Horace Wells.

Menczer died in 1994, mercifully before the U.S. Postal Service granted that year's postage stamp honor to Elvis Presley.

But MacDonnell is not about to give up. He and other volunteers successfully raised about $55,000 to restore Wells' headstone in Hartford's Cedar Hill Cemetery.

MacDonnell said he isn't done.

"My goal is to have everyone in Hartford, every school kid in Connecticut, know who Horace Wells was," MacDonnell said.

For now, people who want to honor his memory can visit the statue in Bushnell Park, the plaque on Asylum Street or the Menczer Museum at the Hartford Medical Society building on Scarborough Street. And at Cedar Hill, Wells' newly restored headstone is adorned by the faces of angels.

On one side, the headstone reads, "I Sleep to Awaken."

On the other, "I Awaken to Glory."

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

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