Saturday, January 15, 2005

Is our legal system being run by morons and deviants?

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Pictures and more to go with the below post found on FreeSpeech.com (here)

A cop killer should have been supervised and his lengthy criminal record and behavior should have raised suspicions.

If the cops, courts, and other officials weren’t so busy enriching themselves and their friends, collecting revenue for the state, acting out on vendettas, looking for a piece of ass while working, and wreaking havoc on hardworking, taxpayer's lives, especially divorced fathers, landlords, downtown property owners, and self-employed people, maybe the cop wouldn’t have been killed and maybe we’d have a little semblance of justice in America.

-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

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Probation Officials' Serious Error

Killer Of Newington Police Officer Was Unsupervised, Despite Long Record Of Arrests

January 15, 2005 By DWIGHT F. BLINT And MARYELLEN FILLO, Hartford Courant Staff Writers

The state judicial branch admitted Friday that a "serious mistake" by probation officials allowed the man who shot and killed a Newington police officer to elude the kind of supervision that might have prevented the killing.

An error that mistakenly terminated Bruce A. Carrier's three-year probation allowed him to walk out of jail in June 2002 with no supervision. He never had any contact with a probation officer, and the conditions of his release - such as having no weapons, no contact with his girlfriend, Mary Fletcher, and attending anger management classes - were never met.

Carrier, according to court officials, should have remained under the supervision of probation officials through at least Jan. 4, 2005 - with 11/2 years of potential prison time hanging over his head. Instead, five days before his probation would have ended, he fatally shot Newington Master Police Officer Peter Lavery with an altered assault rifle, and then turned a gun on himself following a lengthy standoff at Fletcher's house in Newington.

Court officials said they have begun an internal investigation to determine how the error - which Chief Court Administrator Judge Joseph H. Pellegrino described as a "serious mistake" - occurred and to take any necessary corrective measures.

An internal audit has been ordered of the probation office at Superior Court in New Britain to determine if similar mistakes occurred with any other cases. The officials said they believe this was an isolated incident - one that might have had tragic consequences.

"I am saddened by the knowledge that this information may add to the terrible grief that Officer Lavery's family is going through, and I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to them," said William H. Carbone, executive director of the Court Support Services Division.

Improvements in the computer tracking system of offenders have been made since 2002, court officials said, and they hope those changes will allow for better management of parole cases.

"We need to make the system as foolproof as humanly possible," Pellegrino said.

"I have directed the Court Support Services Division, which oversees adult probation, to give this matter the highest priority and can assure you that we are doing everything possible to make sure this does not happen again."

A 45-year-old divorced father of three, Carrier was forced to resign from his state correction officer job in 2000 after his January 1999 arrest for assaulting Fletcher and her daughter. The New Britain native was known to have a fascination with guns and ammunition and a history of domestic violence and abusing alcohol.

Carrier's aunt, Gertrude Ouellette, said that if not for the probation error, her nephew might have received some critical professional help that would have changed the direction of his life.

"We tried to help him and failed," she said.

"Maybe there would have been someone who could have helped him after he got out of jail."

John DiNardi, a retired Newington police officer who worked with Lavery, said that he was upset, but not surprised, by news of the mistake.

"There's probably another person out there like [Carrier] and another powder keg waiting to explode," he said.

"It's unfortunate and the tough question to answer is ... who should be blamed?"

According to court records, police were called to the home shared by Fletcher and Carrier on Jan. 10, 1999, after he sprayed her and her teenage daughter, Ryan, with Mace during an argument sparked by Fletcher's decision to hide one of his handguns.

After police responded, they found an assault weapon, several rifles and shotguns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a large firecracker that police said had the explosive power of a quarter-stick of dynamite.

On March 6, 2000, he was convicted of third-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and possession of an assault weapon. He was sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence and three years' probation.

Under the terms of his probation, Carrier was ordered to have no weapons, have no contact with Fletcher, attend anger management classes, make restitution for Fletcher's medical expenses and perform 75 hours of community service.

Court officials said that Carrier met with New Britain probation officials on March 6 and again on April 10 for his intake and assessment, but failed to return again after being assigned to a probation officer, Denise Tarro.

"Mr. Carrier failed to report, call, correspond or comply with special conditions as instructed, despite numerous attempts to gain compliance," court officials said.

About the same time that Carrier was on probation, the New Britain Office of Adult Probation had an extremely heavy caseload, was understaffed and frequently failed to obtain speedy approval for the arrests of convicts who had violated probation.

For example, convicted drug dealer William Gonzalez, a defendant also under Tarro's supervision, was not tracked for months, and the office failed to apply for an arrest warrant for probation violations in a timely fashion. Gonzalez was arrested only after he used a baseball bat to assault and rob a fuel oil deliveryman, who barely survived the attack.

Similarly, while Carrier was on probation, Stonington police arrested him twice in June 2000. He was cited for motor vehicle violations, then arrested the following day for third-degree assault and breach of peace after a witness saw him strike Fletcher in the face.Tarro, who could not be reached for comment, has been removed from supervising defendants, court officials said Friday. She is now conducting the intake and assessment of defendants while the investigation continues.

On Aug. 9, 2000, a warrant was issued for Carrier's arrest for violating his probation and for failing to appear in court on various charges brought against him since March. He was arrested on Aug. 16 and released after posting bail of $1,000.

He was then dropped from probation supervision while the probation violation was being adjudicated in court. "It's pointless to monitor a case that you've got a warrant on," Carbone said.

On Jan 10, 2002, Carrier was sentenced to two years in prison for probation violations and other charges, suspended after 150 days. Three years of probation would then follow under the conditions imposed in March 2000. He was released from incarceration on June 7, 2002.

Because someone in the adult probation office had mistakenly closed Carrier's file, probation officials never realized that they were supposed to continue tracking him.

Carbone said that the case was "terminated" after a "T" was typed into Carrier's file in the department's computerized tracking system. It is not known which employee made the error.

The mistake was discovered after a Courant reporter questioned Carrier's probationary history and record of subsequent arrests.

Carbone said that the error might have occurred because under the prior tracking system, a probation employee would have to review several pages of information when updating an offender's file. A critical page of data might have been overlooked. Carbone said he does not think that the mistake was intentional.

"I don't believe anything of that nature was going on."

During the time that he should have been under supervised probation, Carrier was arrested two more times - in East Hampton in March 2003 for operating under suspension and other motor vehicle offenses, and in April 2003 on similar charges in Berlin. He served 30 days in prison in July 2003 for those violations.

James Lavery, Peter Lavery's brother and a retired Newington police officer, said that he would rather not speculate on whether proper probation supervision might have saved his brother's life.

"I think this points out how busy the probation department in New Britain is," he said.

"I know how overworked they are."

Newington Police Chief Richard Mulhall said he doesn't think that there would have been a difference in the events of Dec. 30-31 if Carrier's probation had been properly monitored.

"I'd have to see the kind of probation criteria there were, but I wouldn't think it would have an effect," he said.

"We loved our brother dearly, but nothing is going to help him now," said Lavery's sister, Nora Petrash.

Carrier's long history of trouble with the law, a pdf file

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

How can there not still be sleaze in the Connecticut Governor’s Office, if former Rowland aids are answering Rell’s phones? (post)

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)

This blogger's email: stevengerickson@yahoo.com

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