Thursday, June 30, 2005

30 years in prison for pissing off a judge?

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An email to me from Chris Kennedy:

"'Steve Erickson'" , "'reidcandi@earthlink.net'" , "'cksubs@aol.com'"
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RE: updates - In the news






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Steve,

I will be at the courthouse at 8:00 am tomorrow for processing and
John OBrien will be representing me unless I find a better attorney. I
think they will try to pick me up tonight.

You have my mobile number here are contact to call if I don't call you by
2pm tomorrow.

Brothers:
[4 names and numbers snipped]

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I am requesting you immediate help,
A warrant was just issued for my arrest out of the Hartford Court.
I am being charges with purgery from a year and a half ago, March 18, 2004
for failing to included all the court cases on an application for a
restraining order.

My Bond is posted at $50,000 meaning unless I post it I
will be spending the next year in jail until trial.

I arranged to go to
court tomorrow morning 6am unless they decide to arrest me tonight. The
first arrest was for Custodial interference and bond set at $1000, only if I
failed to appear.

The second arrest was for Assault, Risk of injury to a
minor - a felony- and no bond was posted. I just started seeing Katie and
Brenna, my daughters, for the first time in 16 months with supervised
visits, 1 hour a week.

The arrest follows the Governor's request to investigate my complaints
against the state Prosecutor in my case in Enfield (Hartford County), Chris
Parakilas and the judges at Rockville.

Last week the court brought up my
attorney's motion to withdraw and removed him from the case. I just filed a
motion to dismiss the charges with copies of the transcript showing the
prosecutor lying to the judge and an appeal in each criminal case.

I would appreciate everyone calling every newspaper and media outlet and the
Governors office to get some remedy to this case. I have met with each one
and they are all well aware of my case and issues.

If you don't stand up
now, tomorrow will be too late.

Governor Rell: 860-566-4840
Attny Kevin Rasch, Gov. Legal Staff: 860-566-4840
LT Governor Sullivan: 860-524-7384
Congressman Simmons: 860-886-0139

Legislators
Hartford Prosecutor/Inspector who is arresting me, Inspector Steven Kumnick:
566-3190/ mobile 860-250-6805 I called him and arranged to meet him in the
AM, I suspect they will try to keep me in jail for the weekend at least

please forward.
-Chris

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Rights aren't Rights

... unless they're protected.


The two reporters face up to 18 months in jail for contempt of court
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US court shuns reporters' appeal

The US Supreme Court has refused to take up the case of two journalists who would not reveal their sources in a leak probe involving a CIA agent.

Judith Miller of the New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time face up to 18 months in jail for contempt of court.

The two journalists, their employers and rights groups said they were dismayed by the court's decision.

US government officials leaked Valerie Plame's name in 2003 during a row over evidence used to justify war in Iraq.

Her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson, claimed it was in retaliation for his public contradiction of President George Bush's claims in his 2003 State of the Union address that Iraq had sought to buy uranium in Niger.

The leak - a federal offence - was made to veteran newspaper columnist Robert Novak, who cited senior Bush administration officials.

Ms Miller and Mr Cooper investigated the Plame story, but were not involved in the leaking of her identity.

They chose not to co-operate with a grand jury inquiry into the leak, claiming they should not have to reveal their sources because of press freedoms guaranteed in the US Constitution.

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Friday, June 24, 2005

5 to 4 in the Supreme Court, THE DAY FREEDOM DIED


A SIGN painted on a Smith Street apartment building in New London opposes the city�s plan to use eminent domain in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood. The sign is addressed to an admiral with the Coast Guard, which had considered using the property. Above the sign, Efrain Caraballo looks out from the window of his second-floor apartment.
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WESLEY HORTON, the attorney representing New London and the New London Development Corp., speaks to reporters on the steps of city hall after the high court�s ruling was announced Thursday. Horton said the ruling is vital to economically distressed communities nationwide.
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Jun. 23, 2005
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BILL VON WINKLE stands in the street in front of two of the properties he owns in the Fort Trumbull section of New London. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that certain properties in the Fort Trumbull area could be seized by New London by eminent domain.
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Jun. 23, 2005
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OUTSIDE HER New London home � which won't be hers much longer � Susette Kelo reacts Thursday to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling allowing the city to use eminent domain to evict remaining homeowners in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood. The court said the city's economic development plan for the area justifies such action.
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Jun. 23, 2005
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5-4, For The Takings High Court: City Can Seize Homes To Boost Economy
June 24, 2005 By LYNNE TUOHY, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court Thursday expanded the power of government agencies to seize homes for economic development, clearing the way for the eviction of seven tenacious families on New London's Fort Trumbull peninsula.

The court ruled 5-4 that a city's quest for increased tax revenue and employment justifies the taking of even non-blighted property and satisfies the "public use" requirement of the Constitution's takings clause, even if the property is turned over to a private developer.

Dissenting justices and critics say the ruling leaves practically every property owner vulnerable to condemnation proceedings and voids the very constitutional provision on which it turns.

Justice Clarence Thomas, in a separate dissent, noted that the court enforces the sanctity of the home in search and seizure cases, then "tells us we are not to `second-guess the city's considered judgments' when the issue is, instead, whether the government may take the infinitely more intrusive step of tearing down petitioners' homes.

"Something has gone seriously awry with this court's interpretation of the Constitution," Thomas wrote.

Kelo vs. New London is the court's most significant ruling in half a century on eminent domain - the taking of private property for public use.

But its one-vote margin, with 85-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens writing for the majority, makes it among the most fragile - highly vulnerable to reversal with a change in the court's membership.

"I don't think anyone can regard this decision as putting this issue to bed," said Timothy Hollister, a lawyer who specializes in eminent domain cases for the Hartford law firm of Shipman & Goodwin.

"These issues will continue to be in play for years to come."

That is scant comfort to lead plaintiff Susette Kelo, a nurse who has been fighting tooth and nail to keep her home overlooking the Thames River since officials tacked a condemnation notice to her door in November 2000.

Or to Matt and Sue Dery, who have long agonized that every holiday and anniversary in the house they restored with their own hands could be their last.

Or to Matt's mother, Wilhelmina Dery, 87, who was born in the house where she still lives.

"They're going to have to drag me out of here kicking and screaming," Kelo said.


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"It's a sad day for us and for regular people everywhere across America, because you better believe if the rich developers can do this to us, they can do it to anybody."

The Kelo case is the first in which the high court wasn't faced with glaring conditions that posed a threat to public welfare and warranted the taking of private property in the first place -such as severe blight in Washington, D.C., or concentrated land ownership in Hawaii.

"Those who govern the city were not confronted with the need to remove blight in the Fort Trumbull area, but their determination that the area was sufficiently distressed to justify a program of economic rejuvenation is entitled to our deference," Stevens wrote.

He was joined by Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer.

A jubilant New London Mayor Jane Glover said the ruling would help lift the city out of its economic morass.

"The people who live in New London know we are strapped for money," Glover said.

"We see this as a way to raise revenues for the city."

The homes the New London Development Corp. condemned were targeted because Fort Trumbull sits alongside the site where Pfizer Inc. built its sprawling global research and development facility, which opened several years ago.

The economically distressed city saw a boon in leveling the modest middle-class homes to make way for a hotel and conference center, upscale housing and offices. It designated the quasi-private New London Development Corp. to be its designated development agent.

Although the redevelopment project would not be for "public use" in the literal language of the takings provision of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the public would benefit through increased tax revenue and jobs, the city argued.

The Connecticut Supreme Court agreed, ruling unanimously 15 months ago that enhancing employment and tax revenue in a poor municipality satisfies the "public use" provision.

But U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, in her dissent, said the majority's ruling Thursday eviscerates the "public use" requirement of the constitution and places virtually all private property in jeopardy.

"Under the banner of economic development, all private property is now vulnerable to be taken and transferred to another private owner," O'Connor wrote.

"Are economic development takings constitutional? I would hold that they are not."

For who among us can say she already makes the most productive or attractive possible use of her property?" O'Connor wrote.

"The specter of condemnation hangs over all property. Nothing is to prevent the state from replacing a Motel 6 with a Ritz Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory."

Joining O'Connor in dissent were Thomas, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justice Antonin Scalia.

The court rejected the homeowners' suggestion that it establish a "bright-line rule" that economic development does not amount to public use, and refused to rule that the development plan can proceed without the seizure of their few remaining homes - 15 properties scattered across the 90-acre area.

The New London Development Corp. obtained and razed more than 100 homes through negotiated deals.Stevens said the court would not "second-guess" the soundness of the city's development plan or the land it needs to carry it out. That the city had a viable plan suffices.

Another provision of the constitutional clause governing eminent domain is that the government agency seeking to take property offer "just compensation" for the property. That was not a point of contention in the Fort Trumbull case: The NLDC did offer the holdouts compensation for their homes, but on principle they chose to fight the takings.

Connecticut law specifically authorizes the use of eminent domain for economic development, but lawyers who have followed the case believe that had little impact on the high court's ruling.

And the court expressed no skepticism about the city's plan to lease much of the property to Boston-based developer Corcoran Jennison for $1 a year for 99 years.

"Quite simply, the government's pursuit of a public purpose will often benefit individual private parties," Stevens wrote.

Attorney Wesley Horton, who argued on the city's behalf before the U.S. Supreme Court Feb. 22, said the ruling is vital to economically distressed communities nationwide. If blight was a prerequisite to the use of eminent domain for economic development, Horton said, then poor and minority communities would be targeted by definition.

Horton emphasized the Fort Trumbull redevelopment is not designed for private benefit.

"This is a reputable developer from Boston, and it's crucial to know the developer is not going to own the property," he said.

"They are going to build buildings at their own cost on the NLDC land, and if they don't do what they're supposed to do, their property is in jeopardy."

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal lauded the ruling.

"The paramount principle is that local officials - not the courts - should determine whether the taking of property serves a significant public interest," Blumenthal said.

Lawyers at the Institute for Justice in Washington, D.C. - a private, civil liberties law firm that represents the Fort Trumbull homeowners - urged citizens nationwide to lobby local legislators for constitutional amendments and laws to safeguard them against Thursday's ruling and the eminent domain abuse it invites.

"One thing the majority stresses which demonstrates its total disconnect from reality is they emphasize that New London had a plan," said attorney Scott Bullock, who worked on the case for the homeowners.

"In every eminent domain abuse case I've seen, there's a plan. To think that is some type of check on eminent domain abuse is preposterous."

Bullock said the Institute for Justice's representation of the homeowners will not end with Thursday's ruling. He said they will even try to persuade city officials to let them stay.

"These people are heroes," Bullock said.

"Susette Kelo and the others are known throughout the country now for standing up for their rights. To let them stay would be a great boon to the city of New London."

Detroit attorney Alan Ackerman last year secured a reversal of a controversial 1981 case in which the city condemned a working-class immigrant community to acquire the land for General Motors. The Michigan Supreme Court recently ruled that taking property for private development does not constitute public use.

"The risk of abuse of eminent domain is frightening," Ackerman said in response to the high court's ruling.

"Everybody's going to have to fear they're going to lose their homes."

Stevens in the majority ruling stressed that "nothing in our opinion precludes any state from placing further restrictions on its exercise of the takings power. Indeed, many states already impose `public use' requirements that are stricter than the federal baseline."

University of Connecticut School of Law Professor Jeremy Paul, a land-use policy expert, scoffed at the dire consequences critics of the ruling predict.

"The average homeowner has about as much chance of having a home taken by eminent domain as you do being struck by lightening on a golf course," Paul said.

"I think the worries for individual homeowners are exaggerated."

It does clarify that when a municipality has an economic development plan it thinks will work, it can go ahead and take the property and not be subject to judicial invalidation."

Courant Staff Writer Penelope Overton contributed to this story.

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Eminent domain: A big-box bonanza?

Court's ruling OKed land grab for business like Target, Home Depot, CostCo, Bed Bath & Beyond

June 24, 2005: 3:20 PM EDT By Parija Bhatnagar, CNN/Money staff writer

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The Supreme Court may have just delivered an early Christmas gift to the nation's biggest retailers by its ruling Thursday allowing governments to take private land for business development.

Retailers such as Target (Research), Home Depot (Research) and Bed, Bath & Beyond (Research) have thus far managed to keep the "eminent domain" issue under the radar -- and sidestep a prickly public relations problem -- even as these companies continue to expand their footprint into more urban residential areas where prime retail space isn't always easily found.

Eminent domain is a legal principle that allows the government to take private property for a "public use," such as a school or roads and bridges, in exchange for just compensation.

Local governments have increasingly expanded the scope of public use to include commercial entities such as shopping malls or independent retail stores. Critics of the process maintain that local governments are too quick to invoke eminent domain on behalf of big retailers because of the potential for tax revenue generation and job creation.

The Supreme Court's decision Thursday clarified that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses -- even against their will -- for private and public economic development.
The ruling would seem to offer new opportunities to retailers. However, some industry watchers caution that with Thursday's decision thrusting the eminent domain issue into the national spotlight, companies using eminent domain risk a very public backlash.

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Oh Gosh! Guess Who Pays NO Taxes?

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Fully 32.4 percent of Americans paid no taxes at all for tax year 2004, up from 25.2 percent in 2000, according to a new report from the Tax Foundation. Before you start screaming about the rich shirking their fair share of the federal tax burden, know this:

The people who don't pay taxes are primarily low-income, young, female-headed households who work part-time and are beneficiaries of the $1,000 per-child tax credit or the Earned Income Credit.

Tax Foundation economists say that the 32.4 percent who pay no taxes after they took advantage of perfectly legal tax credits and deductions translates into a record 42.5 million Americans.

But it doesn't end there.

Approximately 15 million individuals and families earned some income in 2004, but it was so little they didn't have to file a tax return. That brings the total to 57.5 million who pay nothing. And we're not done yet.

One tax return often represents several people so when the dependents are included in this no-tax sum, it amounts to roughly 120 million Americans or 40 percent of the U.S. population.

And that doesn't count the millions who paid just a very small amount in taxes.

Here's the rub, according to the Tax Foundation: We have become a nation divided. There is an ever-growing class of people who pay no taxes and a shrinking class of people who do.

Who are the non-payers?

Fully 91 percent of them earned less than $30,000 annually and 96 percent earned less than $40,000. They are young with more than a third under 25 and 54 percent younger than 35. More than half are single women or families where the primary wage earner is a woman.

Fully 79 percent are white, 16 percent are African American and 3.2 percent are Asian Americans. (Hispanic Americans are not included in the racial category since Hispanic individuals can be of any race. When they are included as such, 15 percent of those who paid no taxes are Hispanic.)

What does this mean?

The Tax Foundation says the findings raise serious questions about the future of the U.S. income tax system.

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The incentives to allow downtown kids to commit more and more crime, get addicted to alcohol and drugs, and for certain segments of the population in the US to get shoddy education, have their families ripped apart, to live a low quality of life, and be offered separate and unequal services, rights, and opportunities WILL BITE THE US IN THE ASS.

The short term cash incentives for states to be immoral to get Federal Tax Dollars has to stop.

Families being broken up and immorality is good for states in the short term taxes, fees, fines, and property confiscation, but is selling America's soul in the long term.

States get about $74/inmate/day to lock citizens up. So you can see why more and more jails are popping up and more and more citizens are being incarcerated on more and more lame excuses.

Men are targets for federal dollars for restraining orders issued, being arrested, etc.

States may get $90,000 or more in Federal dollars to take kids away from their parents.

Corporations can covertly bribe politicians and influence elections. Independent Americans, Small Business Owners, and Downtown property investors are all victims of the corruption and greed.


Those exposing the greed in corruption are threatened, harassed, arrested, imprisoned, and ruined for life.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

POGO The Project on Government Oversight (website):

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“Get Smarter” with Whistleblower Protections

Will Congress “Get Smarter” with Whistleblower Protections for the FBI?

“Is hummus

A) a terrorist organization or

B) a delicious chick pea dish?”

wonders Jon Stewart in his segment “Get Smarter” on this week’s Daily Show which pokes fun at the FBI.

It’s difficult to know where to begin in describing the depositions performed by law firm Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto of FBI officials to determine why their client, Bassem Youssef, a highly qualified counter terrorism expert, was repeatedly passed over for promotions post 9/11.

Top FBI officials admit in those depositions that hiring experts in the Middle East and terrorism is not a priority, despite 9/11 and promises to the Congress that they would change their terrorism-neglecting ways.

In one deposition, the FBI’s head of counter terrorism for two years after 9/11admits he doesn’t know the difference between Sunni and Shia Muslims. According Associated Press, “Saudi officials said they regarded Youssef as the most skilled U.S. agent in conducting lie detector tests on Arabic-speaking suspects” but he was passed over repeatedly for headquarters jobs at the FBI.

Youssef joins a long line of FBI whistleblowers and former insiders making similar complaints about the FBI’s incompetence including Coleen Rowley, John Vincent, Bob Wright, Mike German, John Roberts, Fred Whitehurst, and Sibel Edmonds.

They have all quit, been fired, or otherwise tortured by an agency with an insular and self-perpetuating culture. The same week that the FBI’s dirty laundry was aired, Henry Hyde persuaded the House of Representatives to provide employees at the United Nations with better whistleblower protections than the FBI has ever had.

This week’s dirty laundry makes it hard to believe that Congress’ “intelligence reform” will have much impact on the FBI.

Perhaps it’s time for the Congress to “Get Smarter” by creating a safe haven for employees inside the agency who are trying to reform it and prevent another 9/11 catastrophe.

For more on the FBI’s retaliating ways, Mike German, of the newly formed National Security Whistleblower Coalition, offered this stark assessment in a report for GlobalSecurity.org:

The prohibition against complaining about management is enforced through open and organized retaliation against whistleblowers combined with corrupt internal review procedures. Although current FBI Director Robert Mueller repeatedly vowed to protect whistleblowers, two Department of Justice Inspector General investigations during his short tenure found retaliation in FBI whistleblower cases, and a third investigation is pending.

To determine if Director Mueller is serious about his vow to protect whistleblowers one need only ask him one question:

Who in the FBI is responsible for ensuring whistleblowers are not being retaliated against?

By “who” I mean what is the person’s name? What office does he hold?

Where does he fit in the chain of command?

Who does he answer to if a whistleblower feels he is not being adequately protected?

The Director will not be able to answer this question because no one in the FBI is assigned this responsibility. No one is assigned this responsibility because the Director is not serious about protecting whistleblowers.

I know because I endured two years of retaliation following a complaint about a terrorism investigation the FBI now openly admits was flawed.

The FBI is unable to police itself because it maintains illegitimate, discredited internal investigation and disciplinary procedures, which make it impossible to identify and correct problems inside the agency.

This is a critical deficiency that allows all other deficiencies to exist. Pick up the Department of Justice Inspector General reports from any of its investigations of the FBI, whether regarding thefts of World Trade Center artifacts, the Robert Hansen spy scandal, the belated production of documents in the Timothy McVeigh case, or the audit of the FBI Counterterrorism Program, and you will see a picture of dysfunction that keeps the FBI blind to its own problems and cripples its attempts at self reform.

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The Murder of Emmett Till

The 49-year-old story of the crime and how it came to be told.By Randy SparkmanUpdated Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at 2:17 PM PT


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Despite initial protests from Emmett Till's family, the Department of Justice earlier this month exhumed the remains of the black 14-year-old murdered in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman.

At the time of the 1955 murder, Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, made certain the case file crossed the desks of both President Dwight D. Eisenhower and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

It met with calculated indifference. Now, however, the Till case is one of a pair of decades-old civil rights crimes in which federal and state prosecutors are seeking a measure of justice.

Eighty-year-old Edgar Ray Killen was convicted of manslaughter June 21 for his role in the 1964 murders of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman in Philadelphia, Miss.

Prosecutors in that case and in the Till investigation are encouraged by convictions in the last decade for the 1963 murder of NAACP official Medgar Evers and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., the same year.

The Justice Department opened the Till investigation chiefly because of the perseverance (until her death in 2003) of Till-Mobley, and the attention drawn to the case by filmmaker Keith Beauchamp's 2004 documentary The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till.

The film delved into rumors that as many as 10 people, black and white, were involved in the crime. Yet the story of Till's murder has never really been untold—key elements were revealed 49 years ago by William Bradford Huie, a maverick Alabama journalist, in an article in Look magazine.


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Huie talked to Roy Bryant, the husband of the woman Till offended, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, soon after they'd been acquitted of the murder by an all-white jury.

Their lawyer, J.J. Breland, accepted this offer from Huie: $3,000 for his clients and $1,000 to Breland's firm in exchange for the story of Till's kidnapping, beating, and murder.

It's easy to understand why Bryant and Milam talked: They were immune from further prosecution for murder, and they needed the money.

But why would Breland, a respected member of the Mississippi establishment, agree to expose the ugly story of this crime?

And why did Huie, a Southerner himself, want to tell it?

Emmett Till came to the Delta from his home in Chicago to visit relatives in August 1955.

In tumbledown Money, Miss., he had an unfortunate exchange with 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, who was minding the store where she and her husband sold sundries to black sharecroppers.

The details of the encounter are debated.

Whatever happened, Carolyn Bryant did not tell her husband, Roy, about it. But others did. Soon after, the sleeping teenager was dragged from his uncle's cotton-field house. Sheriff's deputies hauled Till's mangled and bloated corpse out of the Tallahatchie River three days later.

Local authorities covered Till's body with lime, nailed his coffin shut, and tried for a quick, local funeral. Till's mother insisted her son's body be returned to Chicago for burial.

Thousands filed by the open coffin, and Jet magazine published images of Till's grotesque corpse, sealing his place in the firmament of the civil rights movement.

William Bradford Huie arrived in Mississippi that October.

At 45, Huie was a Southern Zelig. Huie was born in the town of Hartselle, Ala., and his exploits as a young reporter at the Birmingham Post got him hired in 1941 at the American Mercury, an iconoclastic monthly with the irreverence and wit of its founder, H.L. Mencken.

When Huie became the Mercury's editor and publisher, after writing several best-sellers, his hires included William F. Buckley, Jr., then 26.

Huie is best remembered, however, as a civil rights reporter. His first article for the Mercury, about the electrocution of a black youth wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in Alabama, infuriated the white South.

He came to the Till case fresh from being arrested for contempt of court in Florida, where a local judge tried to block his investigation into the story of Ruby McCollum, a black woman convicted of murdering her lover, a prominent white physician.

Huie also figured prominently in the investigations of the murders of Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman—he reportedly told the FBI where the three civil rights workers were buried—and of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

In both cases, his tactic of paying informants to talk caused him trouble. But his books (the one about Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman has an introduction by MLK) are classic accounts of the crimes.

But in 1955, Huie gained entrance to Breland's office as a sixth-generation Alabamian—a member of the lodge, from the lawyer's point of view. Huie told Breland he would not write his article about Milam and Bryant as a confession.

He would simply state facts, including quotes, without saying how he came to know them. In order to protect themselves from their Mississippi neighbors and from being indicted for crimes for which they'd not yet been tried, the brothers would publicly continue to maintain their innocence.

But they would sign a release that protected Huie from a libel suit. In addition to the cash payments, Milam, Bryant, and Breland's firm would each receive a significant percentage of future profits from any book or film that came out of Huie's article.

Curiously, Huie let Breland know that he planned to shame Mississippi. He had initially approached NAACP head Roy Wilkins with the idea for the story, hoping that Wilkins would fund the proposed payoff so Huie could write a book that would "lay bare every facet" of Mississippi's battle over race.

When Wilkins turned him down, Huie struck a deal with Look. In a letter to Dan Mich, the magazine's managing editor, Huie recounted that he'd told Breland, "I don't like the hypocrisy in this case.

I intend to write, step by step, hour by hour, the story of the abduction, torture, murder, and disposal of the body.

I want to present the trial as the machinery for community approbation."
Breland, then 67, was a Princeton graduate and a leader in the Mississippi Citizens Council, a Main Street version of the Ku Klux Klan formed in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education.

Breland had originally been reluctant to take on Milam and Bryant's defense. But he came to see the prosecution as an affront against Mississippi, another assault like Black Monday, as the day of the Brown ruling on desegregation was known across the South.

By agreeing to Huie's interview request, Breland was putting the nation on notice: The ruling class in Mississippi intended to see Brown repealed and was willing to use poor whites like Milam and Bryant to fight a war to that end.

Breland agreed to Huie's terms.

"They're peckerwoods," he said of Milam and Bryant, according to accounts of the conversation in Huie's private correspondence.

"But, hell, we've got to have our Milams to fight our wars and keep our niggahs in line … there ain't gonna be no integration … there ain't gonna be no nigger votin'. And the sooner everybody in this country realizes it the better. If any more pressure is put on us, the Tallahatchie won't hold all the niggers that'll be thrown into it."

Breland arranged a week of clandestine, nighttime meetings between Huie, Milam, and Roy and Carolyn Bryant. Frank Dean, Look's senior counsel, brought the money for the payoffs to Mississippi in a satchel.

In a haze of cigarette smoke and profane justification, the brothers told their story. "Two long sessions with these bully-boys have been shattering," Huie wrote to Mich.

"It's an amazing, indefensible murder—and much of our story will be in the cool, factual manner in which we let the facts indict the community. It will shake people in Mississippi."

Huie's "Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi" was published in January 1956.

The article told the story of Till's murder from Milam and Bryant's point of view—a brutal tale of a beating that ended on the bank of the Tallahatchie River with a gun shot to the side of the head. The men portrayed Till as a sexually precocious youth who boasted of "having white women."

Milam gave voice to the backed-in-a-corner rage of Southern white resistance.

"What else could we do?" he said.

"I like niggers—in their place—I know how to work 'em. But … they ain't gonna go to school with my kids. And when a nigger gets close to mentioning sex with a white woman, he's tired o' livin'. I'm likely to kill him. Me and my folks fought for this country, and we got some rights. … I just made up my mind. 'Chicago boy,' I said, 'I'm tired of 'em sending your kind down here to stir up trouble. Goddam you, I'm going to make an example of you—just so everybody can know how me and my folks stand.' "

Huie concluded his article by indicting Mississippi for failing to convict Milam and Bryant or condemn their actions. His piece caused a firestorm. Charles Diggs, a black congressman from Michigan, read it into the Congressional Record. The NAACP decried the article in public and promoted it in private. The Southern press called it "the false imaginings of a sensationalist." And Reader's Digest put it on 10 million coffee tables.

A half-century later, Huie's article leaves the newly opened investigation of Till's murder without an obvious, breathing villain.

Edgar Ray Killen, like the killers of Medgar Evers and the bombers of the Birmingham church, deserves to be brought to trial, however belatedly. But the Till case is different. J. W. Milam and Roy Bryant died many years ago.

So far, two surviving possible participants have emerged in the investigation: Henry Lee Loggins, 81, one of three African-Americans who worked for Milam and reportedly helped transport Till, witnessed his torment, and cleaned up the gore; and Carolyn Bryant Donham, 71, who may have waited in the car during the kidnapping.

But if prosecutors decide to indict Loggins or Donham, will a Mississippi jury punish a field hand and a Southern wife who did as they were told—and would have felt they had no other choice?

William Bradford Huie's 1956 article won't help answer the lingering questions about who, if anyone, helped Milam and Bryant kill Emmett Till.

His deal with the two men bound him to frame the story as they told it. Huie wrote privately of the risks and compromises of his agreement; he knew he would be criticized. But he got what he was after: an indictment of his own culture and the keepers of its flame.

Randy Sparkman is a writer from north Alabama.

Photographs of Emmett Till and of Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam © Bettmann/Corbis.

More jurisprudence

The Murder of Emmett Till
The 49-year-old story of the crime and how it came to be told.posted June 21, 2005

Randy Sparkman
Crazy for You

The above found here on the web.

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Date:
Wed, 22 Jun 2005 08:00:54 -0700 (PDT)


From:
Vikingas@netscape.com

To:
sensenbrenner@mail.house.gov , Lawrence.Cafero@housegop.state.ct.us , Claudia.Powers@housegop.state.ct.us , Louis.Deluca@cga.ct.gov , John.McKinney@cga.ct.gov , stevengerickson@yahoo.com , cksubs@aol.com ,
news@journalinquirer.com

Subject:
regarding the Newspaper piece on you

Dear Legislators:


My name is Steven G. Erickson.

I saw your name in a newspaper piece regarding rogue Judges, an out of control Judiciary, Judge Chatigny, and former Connecticut Death Row Inmate, Michael Ross.

A judge shouldn't be able to threaten a lawyer with arrest and losing his/her job to try a case how a judge sees fit. Judges shouldn't decide the outcomes of trials and ignore laws and the US Constitution.

It is a nationwide epidemic.

The same style of policing, trying defendants in court, and police collusion with members of the judiciary and elected officials that allowed wholesale lynching, racism, obstruction of justice, allowing a small star chamber of individuals to divide the plunders of towns and the State in mainly Klan infested States STILL EXISTS IN MODERN AMERICA.

I'm white but the "Good Ole Boy Network" punished me for exposing corruption. Try googling Good Ole Boy Network.

Chris Kennedy complained about a judge and the judge told him that his kids were being taken away because he was Irish and there is strife in Ireland. What!!!???

I had lodged complaints against that same judge. He later told me I was guilty and going to prison before my kangaroo trial and after my false arrest.

I had been beaten at night on my own property coming home from a double shift of work. The robber was given immunity for threatening my life, beating me, and demanding my wallet or die for my having used pepper spray to end the attack, to maliciously prosecute me for Free Speech, proposing laws to elected officials, and exposing UnConstitutional behavior and official corruption.

I had no record but was sentenced to a year in prison and 3 years probation for having used pepper spray. My family, my life, and all that I had ever worked for ruined by the illegal act of Judge Jonathan Kaplan.

I invested 100's of thousands of dollars fixing up boarded up rental properties making a depressed downtown area better and my reward was being sent to prison as I wasn't a member of the Good Ole Boy network.

Please email or mail me that you have received this email.

Thank you,

Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

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Top Ten Words of 2003
1. Embedded

News correspondents embedded in military units suggested to many that news correspondents were in bed with the military.
2. Blog
Web logs have come of age and, regrettably, this lexical mutation with them.
3. SARS
Farm animals strike back at the humans who eat them again with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. The Flu (with a capital "F") is pushing right behind.
4. Spam
This old word now refers to a plague contending with SARS for destructive potential. Could the Flu (with a capital "F") be any worse?
5. Taikonaut
The Chinese astronaut distracted our attention from textiles and copyrights to remind us that China is a rising industrial power.
6. Bushism
This word now has a real possibility for remaining in the language. (Dan Quayle has lost his chance of making solecisms his contribution to political history.)
7. Allision
The National Transportation and Safety Board in investigating the Staten Island ferry tragedy concluded it wasn't a collision (between two moving objects) but an allision (a crash with an immoveable object).
8. Recall
As in California Recall that resulted in the election of Ahh-nold as the Governator.
9. Middangeard
Middle English for Middle Earth in the movies of Tolkien's trilogy, still fascinating millions around the world with its characters and insights into the origins of the English language.
10. Celibacy
The word which holds the key to ending the seemingly eternal scandal of the US Catholic Church.
Top Ten Personal Names of 2003
1. Saddam Hussein
Just crawled out of the Spider-Hole and back into the spotlight.
2. W. (Dubya)
Can't talk his way out of the news. (See the Top Bush Mispronunciations below.)
3. Rush Limbaugh
How many pills actually fit into a cigar box?
4. Martha Stewart
Not really 'cooking the books' but not quite kosher, either.
5. Pvt. Jessica Lynch
Her rescue enthralled the nation desperate for good news.
6. Howard Dean
The doctor from nowhere now has the team with the roadmap from nowhere to the White House-Clinton-Gore.
7. Pope John Paul II
25 years in the Papacy have taken their toll but he is still with us.
8. Ahh-nold
That's California's new Governator after cruising over the Count of Bustamante in the recall election.
9. Paris Hilton
The heiress, apparently named after one of her grandfather's Your Ad Here!, landed a job on the Fox Network with the Internet distribution of her 'extracurricular activities'.
10. Hans Blix
Whose "hans" seem to be tied in his search for the elusive WMDs.
Top Ten Youthspeak Words
1. What Up?
Present incarnation of the ever popular: Wassup?
2. Give it up!
Replaces the square: please applaud for…
3. Shut up!
YouthSpeak for 'Really?'
4. Stog
Cigarette, short for 'stogey'.
5. SNAG
Sensitive New-Age Guy.
6. Hottie
Object of affection, either personally or in the cultural milieu.
7. Poppins
Perfect, as in 'Mary Poppins is perfect in every way.'
8. Tricked Out
Souped-up.
9. Rice Rockets
Tricked out Japanese compacts, as opposed to American 'muscle' cars.
10. Side Show
Temporarily cordoning off a freeway to perform outrageous car stunts in tricked-out rice rockets.

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Bling-bling
Has now moved on up into standard slang (click here).

Top Phrases of 2003

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1. Shock-and-Awe
Remember the initial strategy of the Iraqi War? There was probably more of this when we watched Saddam Hussein emerge from his 'spider-hole.'
2. Rush to War
Something the US was accused of by our allies and the slogan of liberals attacked by Limbaugh.
3. Tire Pressure

Announced the imminent disintegration of the Space Shuttle.
4. Weapons of Mass Destruction
(or WMD). The reason given for the Rush to War. Removing a genocidal maniac wasn't reason enough?
5. 16 Words
"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." Always check your sources.
6. Guantanamo Bay
The US Justice and Defense Departments thought they would "Gitmo" cooperation from suspected terrorists off shore.
7. Spider-Hole

Looks like this one is going to stick around for a while: Sen. Lieberman is already accusing Howard Dean of 'crawling into a spider-hole of denial'. (Don't step in that.)
8. Tipping Point

When any topic moves from one level to the next or the state of a politician one word (or drink) away from falling flat on his face.
9. Angry Left

The early followers of Howard Dean seem to have frightened him to the center.
10. Halliburton Energy Services

Vice President Cheney's old company was supplying our fighting men and women with fuel at enlightened prices before the dust settled in Iraq (if it has settled yet).
5 Top Mispronunciations by President Bush in 2003


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1. a-MERR-ca

a-MER-i-ca (America)
2. NEW-cue-ler

NEW-clee-er (nuclear)
3. JU-ler-ee

JU-wel-ree (jewelry)
4. Anzar

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar
5. Ne-VAH-duh

Ne-VAE-duh) (Nevada)

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/bush/story/0,7369,505698,00.html

Best New Product Names

1. Way Cool
For concerned parents, this car window shade actually begins to turn white when the temp hits 85º F.
2. Thermos Fire + Ice Grill 2 Go
Transportable gas grill and cooler in one unit.
3. Chronospan
Storage software that protects all your data all the time.
4. iTunes Music Store
Apple's Napster-like site for downloadable music.
Worst New Product Names
1. Hywire

GM's name for its new experimental fuel cell car that suggests (1) a potentially fatal act in a circus, in an (2) an electric vehicle (a spectacular automotive failure). Of course, (3) no one outside GM will ever call it "Hywire" because "Haywire" will always be good for an easy laugh.

2. Silk

From "soy + milk" Compounded by the company slogan "Silk is soy." No, it isn't; it is a kind of fine thread. You don't want a name that requires explanation.

3. Poolife

Here is a name in need of a hyphen (it seems to already have a colon). Would you want to put a product with this moniker in water you occasionally gulp?


4. Clonaid

The name for the cult that tried to clone the first human. They certainly could use some aid. But was this a simple case of misspelling-did they actually mean "Clownaid"?


5. Bene-

Benedryl (And now I wanna be a saw), Benefiber (now I wanna be a rope), Benefun (?). We can no longer ignore the silly use of bene- which can convey the sense of "good"—but words also have pronunciations.


Top Enron Inspired Words

1. Enrosion
Shrinking of the value of 401K plans as a result of entrepreneurial piracy.
2. Entronpy
The sudden dissipation of accumulated assets into nothingness.
3. Enro

Unit of currency that used to be worth much more than it is now.

4. Enronitis

It seems to be contagious, too.

5. Chronic Enronitis

It is spreading and won't go away, either.

Top Internet Words Moving into Widespread Use
1. Ping

Send a reminder, as in 'Ping me about that!'
2. Multitask

To perform several tasks at the same time.
3. 10X

In high tech jargon, the competitive advantage that separates a company from its competition.
4. Off line
The replacement for "out of it," as 'Are you listening or are you off line?'
5. Bandwidth
Capacity, as 'We'll have to increase our bandwidth to handle the order.'
Top Sports-related Words
1. Zim
As in 'to be zimmed' coined after 70-year old New York Yankees bench coach who lurched at Pedro Martinez in the American League Championship Series.
2. BCS
College football's Bowl Championship Series has been called the "Bogus Championship Series" for leaving the Nation's No. 1 college Football team (USC) out of the title game.
3. Curse of the Bambino
For the Boston Red Sox it's 85 years and still counting.

Top Word Trends in Pop Music Names
1. !!!

Bands without pronounceable names, though usually pronounced 'tch, tch, tch'.
2. ( )

Albums with symbols as names. This album by Sigur Rós contains a songbook of 16 blank pages.
3. The The

The definite pronoun is definitely in pop music: Examples in 2003 include: The Distillers, The Thrills' The Strokes, The Postal Service, and The Crystal Method.
4. Lots of 'Rs'

Examples include Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" and Nelly's "Hot In Herre."
5. Downloaders

Downloaders could be anyone. From the 40-year-old classical connoisseur to the 11-year-old checking out Justin Timberlake.

Most frequently spoken word on the Planet:

1. OK
Still the most popular word in languages around the world. "OK" originated in a joke in the 1830's, spelled "oll korrekt" in Boston newspapers, the joke being, both words were incorrect.

It became so popular, that it was soon abbreviated to simply "O. K."

Despite its popularity, the word would have fallen by the wayside had not Martin van Buren, called "Old Kinderhook" for being born in Kinderhook, N.Y. used it in his presidential reelection campaign of 1840.

So don't "misunderestimate" the impact of presidential usage on the growth of our vocabulary.

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Does the Connecticut State Police give excuses instead of paying its bills?


Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell and the Waterbury Fire Dept.
Posted by Hello

GOV. M. JODI RELL chats with Joseph McDermott, Waterbury assistant fire chief, as she tests out one of the “prime mover” trucks in Windsor Locks on Monday. The trucks will tow the state’s 34 new decontamination trailers, which will also serve as mobile command centers for fire and police operations (MARC-YVES REGIS I) Jun. 20, 2005 Copyright 2005, Hartford Courant


I have long thought of the Connecticut State Police
as a Mafia-like gang. They seem to do little more than act as Armed Revenue
Collectors for the State- a bunch of thugs.

There are probably a huge percentage of honest, hard
working men and women within the ranks, but the few rotten apples within the top
brass and lower ranks they might be forever tarnished an air of complete Sleaze.


I complained to Connecticut State Police Internal
Affairs and the IA officer refused to investigate ‘his friends’ and threatened
me. I then contacted Carol Amino of Governor John G. Rowland’s office, February
21, 2003, regarding police misconduct and about Internal Affairs refusing to
take, nor investigate my allegations of serious police misconduct, citizen
abuse, and Unconstitutional acts of police.

Carol seemed to threaten me with more arrests and
prison for again testing Free Speech blowing the whistle on official misconduct
and corruption.

-Steven
G. Erickson aka Vikingas

`Milestone' In Homeland Security
June 21, 2005 By TRACY GORDON FOX, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

WINDSOR LOCKS -- Gov. M. Jodi Rell handed out keys for the first five shiny red fire vehicles that will tow 34 mass casualty decontamination trailers anywhere in the state in response to a manmade or natural disaster.

But it may be a while before the remaining eight trailers arrive, because the manufacturer claims the state police still owes $1.6 million for them.

Twenty-two of the $125,000 trailers, each equipped with showers to decontaminate people, have already been delivered by fire departments throughout the state. Four more are in Wallingford, waiting to be distributed to fire departments.

Advance Containment Systems, which manufactures the trailers, said it would not release the final eight trailers until the state sends a check, not only for the units, but also for storage fees.

"We're not going to release them until they are paid for," Rick Dorfman, a salesman from the Houston-based company, said Monday.

"I want to be paid for them. I won't ship them until we are."

Public Safety Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle said there are issues with "certain aspects of the trailers we think the vendor has to correct."

"He thinks we should pay him for storage fees," Boyle said.

"We'll resolve it."

The Department of Administrative Services is handling the negotiations, Boyle said.

State police say the issue involves inspections of the trailers and would be resolved soon. There was a meeting among state officials Monday morning to discuss the trailers.

Dorfman, however, said he has had "zero correspondence, zero telephone calls" from the state.

There have been no problems with the tow vehicles, which are manufactured by Pierce, a Florida company, and supplied by the Connecticut-based Firematic Supply Co.

Within the next several months, the tow vehicles, called "prime movers," will be delivered to 34 municipalities, state and regional agencies, state officials said. They will be used to haul the decontamination trailers, which will also serve as mobile command centers for fire and police operations.

The $138,000 vehicles can carry five firefighters, protective gear, first aid supplies and tents to a biohazard scene. Along with the trailers, they will be stationed strategically around the state, to allow their quick response to any region, state officials said.Rell praised the tow vehicles and trailers, calling them "an important milestone" in homeland security.

"Connecticut can become a national leader in preparedness," Rell said.

"To have these units located strategically throughout our state will save time and will ultimately save lives," she said.

James Thomas, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, said the radio system on the trailer allows fire departments from different communities to communicate with each other.

"This has been a collaborative effort," he said.

"We want to give the very best possible equipment to first responders. This is the very best possible equipment."

The trailers can decontaminate up to 125 people per hour, with showers and soap. Rell inspected both the tow vehicle and the trailer, saying "I'm pretty impressed with these things."

The trailers and tow vehicles, which will be distributed from Danbury to New London, make the state better prepared for possible terrorism or accidents.

"The fire service has been asked to take on tremendous responsibility in the post-9/11 environment," said Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, whose town will receive one of the vehicles.

"All of this will raise the capability of the fire department."

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‘Armed Revenue Collectors’ buying expensive toys, screwing the public, and compromising Homeland Security

Are Taxpayers being screwed over Homeland Security?

Are Cops screwing the Homeland Security Fund for overtime not worked?

The Steven G. Erickson Office, Contact Information, and Favorite Links

Reasons to Abolish the Connecticut State Police

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

Is Connecticut not the Constitution State, but the Judicial, Prosecutorial, and Police Misconduct State?

Testing the First Amendment in the US is Dangerous

Monday, June 20, 2005

Is the Only way to even have a prayer at justice in America is to sue?

Lodge complaints against a corporation or official and your ass might just be grass. Very few 'little people' get justice in America. A fair shake is getting harder and harder to find.

Taking away our ability to sue those that ruin our lives will be the writing on the wall that the US is a police state and no longer a good place to live. I wouldn't no where to go, but if speaking out means being thrown in prison, there has to be other places in the world more conducive to Free Speech and Freedom.

A story of one man's saga against a corporate giant:



Russell Rich has in out with McDonald's Posted by Hello

Second trial pitting AIDS patient vs. McDonald's set to begin

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- It was tradition in Russell Rich's family that every Friday night his dad would take the kids to McDonald's.

Rich recalls gazing through the window of the local old-style McDonald's -- the kind with the big golden arches and no indoor seating -- and dreaming of flipping burgers like the workers inside.

He started working the cash register at age 13 and put in 21 years with the hamburger giant, eventually becoming a corporate manager. Then, he contends, he was pressured to resign in 1997 because he has AIDS.

Left without health insurance, Rich said he nearly died from the illness. In 1999, he became so sick and despondent that he sat in his garage with the car running. He began to feel the sting of the carbon monoxide, then got out of the car.

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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Power, Intimidation, and the Threat of Death or Serious Injury

is a hallmark of any Mafia-like organization.


Michael Bochicchio, a retired Major in the Connecticut State Police Posted by Hello

Someone that can easily obtain large amounts of money and then just waste it, such as losing $176,000 gambling in just 6 months, begs many questions.

Large amounts of cash begotten by schemes, payoffs, and/or white collar crime capers can’t be used to just buy a home or other large purchase, but pursuits like gambling are an easy way to ‘launder’ and waste large amounts of cash. If there was no effort in earning it and the money wasn’t earned in a legitimate way, why not gamble it?

The former Chief of Staff for the former Connecticut State Police Commissioner,
Arthur L. Spada, was nailed for fraud and other serious infractions. Spada had a cavalier attitude indicating that this was not uncommon State Police behavior and should be overlooked given the amount of time officers have been getting ‘freebies’ and on the take. What!!!???

Do we have to worry about other high ranking officials, police, and members of the judiciary going postal during a divorce having to explain where they were able to easily get large sums of money to piss away? Shooting the estranged wife and then themselves, would keep the Blue Code of Silence intact.

Given the depths into the sewer too many police, judges, officials, and legislators sank to during the Governor John G. Rowland administration in Connecticut should have their finances investigated for evidence of corruption and racketeering. The public wasn’t being screwed wholesale because of just a few that are getting ‘light’ sentences. Why did Rowland get such a light sentence, was it payment for his silence and not singing name after name?

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From: http://www.courant.com/hc-midcouple0616.artjun16,0,5547490.story?page=2

Divorce Marked By Ugliness

By JESSE LEAVENWORTH, DAVE ALTIMARI And DAVID OWENS

Hartford Courant Staff Writers

June 16 2005

By the spring of last year, Donna Bochicchio was taking a tape recorder to bed,ready to capture any angry outburst, threat or sexual advance her husband might make.

The Bochicchios were still living together with their two children in a small Harwinton (Connecticut) ranch house, but their relationship had sunk to a petty, pathetic bottom. Michael Bochicchio would come to the dinner table and only three places would beset - for Donna and the two children - and he would ask whether there was anydinner for him.

The accusations, according to transcripts of divorce hearings, went back and forth.

He was a high-stakes gambler, but a skinflint when it came to their two children. She wasted money on fad diets and dressed "like a stripper."

He took the kids to casinos. She was a sloppy housekeeper who focused more on expensive clothes and plastic surgery than the state of her home or her kids' schoolwork.

The hearings last year in Superior Court in Litchfield exposed a couple consumed with bitterness, jealousy and anger about their kids, their house, money, sex and the free-falling marriage that had once seemed so permanent.

The divorce case was more than two years old and had grown so bitter it was transferred from Superior Court in Litchfield, where no settlement could be reached, to Middletown, to be handled by a special unit. Court officials were keenly aware of the tension between the two, noting that they would sometimes argue in the hallway outside the courtroom.

"His attitude was, `I'll settle, but I want to keep all my stuff,'" said a lawyer familiar with the case who would only comment if not identified.

Bochicchio "didn't understand that it's not a football game. You can't out muscle the person on the other side."

"The judge who handled the settlement negotiations told him his expectations were not reasonable," the lawyer said.

"That judge told him, `I think this is how this is going to turn out, you might want to make a deal.'"

Michael Bochicchio, the lawyer said, was losing the legal fight - and he stood to lose a lot. In a motion on May 24, Donna Bochicchio set out her demands. Among them: That the children continue to live with her in Harwinton; that Michael pay $288 a week in child support and $300 a week in alimony; that he sign over to her their house, appraised at $245,000, on Lake Harwinton Road; that he pay her an additional $135,000 for what she put into the house; that she be given 60 percent of the proceeds from the sale of Northfield real estate valued at $393,500.

She also wanted a 1967 Chevelle valued at $29,000, the car's racing engine worth$9,450, and the trailer used to haul the antique car.

Michael Bochicchio, according to court transcripts, was adamant that his estranged wife would get nothing from him.

"He tells me ... that I'm making a big mistake," Donna Bochicchio said at a hearing on May 20, 2004.

"He's very, very persistent about - about alimony. He says, `You'll never ever see a penny of alimony. God strike me dead, you'll never see a penny.'

He's very adamant about that.

I said, `Well, what if a judge ordered you to do that?'

He said, `It won't happen.'

I said, `Why?'

He said,`You'll see.' "

When the marriage began failing is unclear, but a friend of the couple said shenever could have foreseen such a sad ending.

"They were a good family," said Lisa, a Harwinton neighbor who only wanted her first name used.

"A really good, happy family. I don't get it. We were always jealous of them. They did everything together."

Donna Bochicchio, whose maiden name was Seitz, was a dark-haired beauty, a popular girl from Torrington High School's Class of 1980. She liked to gardenwith her daughter. Michael Bochicchio was a confident, well-liked state trooper who enjoyed classic cars and racing.

Glancing up at the family's ranch house, Lisa said, "I look at this and I think they were the perfect family."

When he testified last May in the Litchfield hearing, Michael Bochicchio said he had not had sex with his wife for about 1 and ½ years and he didn't expect to ever have sex with her again.

Donna, however, testified that he was always after her. She was in the bathroom one day, for instance, and he came in to throw somedirty clothes in the hamper, Donna Bochicchio testified.

He came toward her.

"And I said, `Just leave. Leave me alone.'

He says, `Why do you have to act like this? We've been married for 18 years. Do I repulse you that much?'

And I said,`Just leave me alone. I don't want you touching me.' "

Michael Bochicchio told the court she was just trying to set him up.

"My wife has ... tried to elicit arguments when she was secretly tape recording me. However, as you'll hear even on those tapes, I'm the calm one. She's the one who is inciting the argument and getting agitated. That's the norm."

Michael Bochicchio's gambling was another point of bitter contention.

His wife had claimed he lost $94,000 in 2004 alone, according to court records.

During a withering, nearly four-hour hearing in April 2004, Michael Bochicchio acknowledged losing $5,000 in a half-hour of blackjack at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas at a time when he refused to reimburse his wife $10 a month for art lessons for his daughter or to pay a $46 bill at a CVS for his wife's Atkins bars and nuts.

Julie Porzio, Donna's attorney and a victim in the shooting Wednesday, tried toget Bochicchio held in contempt of court for violating an agreement that he wouldn't use any of the couple's joint assets for gambling.

Less than a month after signing that agreement, Bochicchio violated it by taking out a $5,000 marker at the Mohegan Sun casino against his State Police Credit Union account, according to the transcripts.

As the divorce proceeded, the mistrust between the couple worsened to the pointthat Michael Bochicchio acknowledged reviewing every receipt and credit card bill. By the time of the April 2004 hearing, Bochicchio had refused to pay morethan $4,000 in bills, ranging from $100 to house the family dog in a kennel to $500 for his daughter's braces.

When they started going to court, neighbor Art Narvesen recalled, Bochicchio complained that "she was bleeding him ... she was talking all his money."

But when it came to gambling, Bochicchio spent freely, according to the court records. He and a small group of friends traveled to The Bellagio, Atlantis in the Bahamas, and mostly to the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

Court records show Bochicchio did not dispute that he may have gambled $176,000 in a six-month period between August 2003 and January 2004, but he could not say how much he won or lost.

At the Litchfield hearing last year, Porzio read all of the entries on Bochicchio's Wampum Card, which is used by the casino to track a gambler's activities.

On a March 13, 2003, visit to Mohegan Sun, Bochicchio admitted losing $1,000 in 10 minutes.

But there were also successful days, such as Oct. 3, when he won $26,000, all of it on blackjack.

Bochicchio admitted that he had taken out the $5,000 marker against his credit union account but denied that he had gambled so much money. Bochicchio said most of it was his friends' money.

But the couple's feud was fired by many issues. The children were always tired because Donna kept them up too late, and each of them said inappropriate things about the other in front of the children, according to court transcripts.

"He makes comments ... in front of the kids, making it like I'm the bad person all the time. They go, `How come - how come you're taking Daddy's money?' "
Donna Bochicchio testified.

Despite the acrimony, Donna Bochicchio acknowledged that her husband never hither and was never violent. Julie Fasano, the family relations counselor appointed to study the child custody issue, testified last year, that Donna Bochicchio "was afraid that[Michael Bochicchio] was going to hurt her, or something like that.

And when she brought it to his attention, he said, `If I was going to hurt you, I would havealready done it.'"

After at least three days of hearings in Litchfield last year, Superior CourtJudge Robert C. Brunetti found that the situation at the Bochicchio home was"intolerable."

He ordered Bochicchio out of the home, but gave him joint custody of the children. Despite their troubles, the Bochicchios had raised their children properly, said Bridget A. Garrity, a lawyer appointed to represent the children.

"These children are literally the light," she said during one hearing.

"They are- these parents have done a really good job with these kids."

Courant Staff Writers Tom Puleo, Josh Kovner, Lynne Tuohy and Stephen Busemeyercontributed to this story.

Copyright 2005, Hartford Courant

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