Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Justice and being in the News


Kenneth Krayeske, the political activist and blogger whose Jan. 3 arrest raised concerns over civil rights issues and the actions of police, won dismissal Wednesday of the charges against him in Hartford Superior Court.
(SHANA SURECK)

Jan. 30, 2007

Copyright 2007, Hartford Courant



If you are wronged in the courts and are a target of police, falsely arrested, little is done unless you are front page news. Newspaper and television reporters are the only checks and balances left. Judges have qualified immunity and "protect the integrity" of the system with helping out in cover ups and official retaliation. The below story highlights the existence of a domestic spying program where police target those on their secret "Enemies Lists" for arrests for the "Enemy" to end up in prison for having tested Free Speech or for wanting just representation for taxation.

I believe I was on such a list of what I wrote about Connecticut State Police misconduct in letters to the editor printed in newspapers, for having proposed Civilian Oversight of Police to legislators, for telling local legislators that I intended to sue police for violating my rights, for trying to have Judge Jonathan J. Kaplan removed from the bench for bias in civil cases, and for not agreeing to rent to only Whites in the apartment houses I used to own.
-Steven G. Erickson aka blogger Vikingas [more of this story]



CONNECTICUT NEWS

Charges Dismissed Against Krayeske

11:59 AM EDT, March 21, 2007
By JON LENDER, Courant Staff Writer
Kenneth Krayeske, the political activist and blogger whose Jan. 3 arrest while taking pictures of Gov. M. Jodi Rell's inauguration parade raised concerns over civil rights issues and the actions of police, won dismissal Wednesday of the charges against him in Hartford Superior Court.

Prosecutors at first offered only to nolle the charges of breach of peace and interfering with police -- that is, to not prosecute them but reserve the right to reopen the case for about a year -- on the grounds that Hartford police were in a "no-win" situation because they would have been strongly criticized if something happened to Rell.

But Krayeske's lawyer, Norman Pattis, pushed for an outright dismissal, saying it was Krayeske who was in the "no-win" situation because he was a nonviolent citizen exercising his First Amendment right by taking pictures of Rell for his website, www.the40yearplan.com.

Pattis added that Krayeske should not have been identified as a threat to Rell, as he was by the state police, in a two-page security flier they prepared for police on parade patrol. The flier included information about Krayeske's past public criticism of the governor and two color driver's-license photos of him from motor vehicles department records.

Prosecutors then agreed to the dismissal, which did not involve any waiving by Krayeske of his right to bring a wrongful arrest suit in federal court. He said afterward he had not made a decision about legal action, and for now wanted merely to focus on his studies as a law student.

"I feel like a million pounds are off my shoulders," he said. "I'm just really happy to have my life back. I'm happy not to have this pockmark on my reputation anymore, and not to have to be the guy who got arrested taking pictures of the governor; I'm just so pleased that that's not me anymore."

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My Jan. 2007 post on Ken [click here]

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