Monday, February 22, 2010

The Domestic Violence, "Daddy State"

Robin Shapiro testified [16 min video] about domestic violence and the pitfalls of contacting the police and actions in Connecticut courts. She testified 16 minutes at the February 17, 2010, Legislative Judiciary Committee Hearings held in Hartford Connecticut. She was treated warming and asked quite a few questions by legislators. But, like usual, elected officials are mostly talk, talk, talk ... little action.

Steven G. Erickson and Chris Kennedy testified about much bigger problems and the systemic failure of the court system overrun by out of control judges. We were allotted only 3 minutes, were treated coldly, and weren't asked many questions. If you present evidence of public corruption and judicial misconduct, legislators who are supposed to, don't. That is taxation without representation. These legislators don't seem interested in solving problems, they seem interested in covering up official crimes and the obstruction of justice:

The below posts [found here]

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Less than 1% of corruption cases get investigated, allegedly

The below was found on the Hartford Courant newspaper site [here]. Steven G. Erickson thoughts on the below written in red.

Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez
(TOM BROWN / HARTFORD COURANT / February 1, 2007)
Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez

On Jan. 27 2009, Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez surrendered himself on bribery charges related to renovation work performed on his house by a city contractor who received millions of dollars in public contracts.

Former State Senator Louis DeLuca
Former State Senator Louis DeLuca

Louis DeLuca became a part of a scandal involving the mob in 2007. DeLuca asked an alleged mob associate to intervene in what DeLuca called an abusive relationship between his granddaughter and her husband. He was arrested and pleaded guilty to threatening, receiving a suspended sentence. DeLuca later resigned from the Senate, which became effective on November 30, 2007.

Alleged Mafia garbage hauling, fixed bids, and doling out "beat downs", is Official Connecticut a real life version of HBO's, "The Sopranos"?

Former Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim
Former Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim

Joe Ganim was convicted on federal corruption charges and sentenced to 108 months at a federal correction facility. Ganim was also ordered to pay $148,000 in restitution and a $150,000 fine. Ganim was said to have received $529,505 in kickbacks and bribes from his accomplices.

Was Ganim as bad as former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland, known as "Johnny" to both Presidents Bush? [more]

Former Gov. John Rowland
(Hartford Courant / December 14, 2006)
Former Gov. John Rowland

A year after being sworn in to an historic third term as Connecticut's governor, John G. Rowland admitted publicly that he had received free work from state contractors on his summer cottage in Bantam, an admission that foreshadowed his resignation and, ultimately, his imprisonment. He officially resigned on July 1, 2004; then pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge on Dec. 23 of that year. He served ten months in federal prison before his release on Feb. 10, 2006.

Former Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano
(DOUGLAS HEALEY / AP / December 1, 2000)
Former Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano

Philip Giordano is currently serving a 37-year prison term for sexually abusing two young girls while he was mayor of Waterbury. In 2003, Giordano was convicted of violating the girls' civil rights by paying a crack-addicted prostitute to bring her daughter and niece to him for sexual encounters in 2000 and 2001, when they were 8 and 10. Giordano was arrested in July of 2001 by FBI agents who were monitoring him as part of a municipal corruption investigation. The arrest stunned the city and prompted fellow Republican and then-Gov. John Rowland to ask Giordano to resign.

Former Waterbury Mayor Joseph Santopietro
Former Waterbury Mayor Joseph Santopietro

Joseph Santopietro was convicted in 1992 of conspiring with bankers and developers to trade favors for bribes and kickbacks disguised as loans.

Former State Sen. Ernest Newton
(BOB CHILD / AP / September 20, 2005)
Former State Sen. Ernest Newton

Former Bridgeport State Sen. Ernest Newton was sentenced to five years in prison in 2006 for accepting a $5,000 bribe, evading taxes and pilfering campaign contributions to pay for car repairs and personal cellphone calls.

Ernie Newton may have made one or two big mistakes. Look at his prison sentence. Rowland got a year in prison. Rowland when he was working came in, and almost everyday he was profiteering, stealing, taking bribes, and retaliating against those who got "mouthy" about his crimes. [my more recent email to "Johnny"]

Sen. Christopher Dodd
(ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES / October 16, 2008)
Sen. Christopher Dodd

Sen. Chris Dodd came under fire after it was found out that he received favorable terms on his Countrywide Financial loans when he refinanced his mortgages in his Connecticut and Washington, D.C., homes. As chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Dodd later proposed a housing bailout to Congress which would in turn help companies accused of causing the subprime meltdown, including Countrywide. Dodd has still refused to release documents on his 2003 loans.

Dirtbag ... he is unresponsive to most, if not almost all, of his constituents.

Thomas Gaffey
(HANDOUT / October 17, 2008)
State Senator Thomas Gaffey

State Senator Thomas Gaffey came under scandal in 2007 when allegations came out that he was involved in a romantic relationship with a school lobbyist at Connecticut State University while at the same time pushing for a billion dollar proposal for the CSU system. He denied his relationship with the university administrator, and was reelected November 2008.

A billion dollars!!!??? What happens to a common thief who steals one candy bar from one candy store?

John M. Fabrizi, Mary Fabrizi
(DOUGLAS HEALEY / AP / June 20, 2006)
Former Bridgeport Mayor John M. Fabrizi

Former Bridgeport Mayor John M. Fabrizi admitted in 2006 that he abused cocaine while in office. The allegations of his drug use first surfaced after a drug dealer claimed there was a videotape of Fabrizi using cocaine. It was later found out that the videotape never existed.

Just not as good at denying wrongdoing as most Connecticut Official Scumbags.

Mayor Patrick L. Tallarita

In 2007, former Enfield Mayor Patrick L. Tallarita was named in a lawsuit over an alleged confrontation with a man in a grocery store.

T. Frank Hayes
Former Mayor T. Frank Hayes

Former Waterbury Mayor T. Frank Hayes was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the City of Waterbury in 1940. Hayes served six years in prison.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Connecticut Official Sleazebags on Parade


A Fine, A Reprimand And A Raise

Jon Lender | Government Watch | The Hartford Courant
January 25, 2009

The announcement of a $1,000 fine against state Department of Children and Families lawyer Maureen Duggan last week probably closed the book on any penalties she'll pay for an incident in 2004, when she used a phony identity in writing a letter that led to the firing of her then-boss, state ethics director Alan S. Plofsky.

And the way it all shakes out, she ended up with a fine, a reprimand and a raise.

The $1,000 fine extracted by the Office of State Ethics for violating ethics statutes was more than offset by the $6,000 raise that Duggan has received — a 5 percent boost to $111,000, up from about $105,000 — in her current job as a management attorney at DCF.

For a while last year, it looked as if Duggan might be in real trouble, perhaps in jeopardy of losing her law license and her state job.

That was after The Courant disclosed in May that Duggan, a staff attorney at the State Ethics Commission in 2004, was the author of the mysterious, unsigned letter that purported to be from a parking lot attendant who had observed irregularities and improprieties at the ethics commission office.

More than one administrative inquiry was launched into her conduct. But eight months later, it now appears that the newly announced ethics fine is the last sanction possible in the case. Earlier, state personnel officials decided not to discipline her, and last month a state lawyers' grievance panel gave her a reprimand while ordering her to attend nine hours of ethics classes.

Now, with the episode behind her — other than the humiliation that she has said she feels — Duggan continues to serve in good standing as the DCF's assistant legal director, supervising nine hearing officers, seven of them lawyers, in the department's administrative hearings unit.

DCF spokesman Gary Kleeblatt said that after the Department of Administrative Services decided not to discipline her last year, the department required her to take a one-day ethics course administered by the Connecticut Bar Association. And, he said, Duggan's supervisor at DCF gave her a half-hour "counseling" session, in which she was told:

•"The obligations of a public servant and attorney are that their standard of accountability is higher than someone in the general public."

•"There are appropriate ways to bring concerns to the notice of management" — and writing letters under a phony identity, such as an imaginary parking lot attendant, isn't one of them.

Duggan's salary rose to $111,000 because "in 2008 managers received cost of living adjustments" of 3 percent, and, because her performance was rated satisfactory by her superiors, she got a "performance-based increase" of 2 1/2 percent.

Meanwhile, Plofsky, who was fired a month after Duggan's letter arrived, still has a case pending in federal court, suing members of the former ethics commission who fired him in September 2004 after a chain of events touched off by the August arrival of Duggan's letter.

The letter contained intentional errors of spelling and grammar such as the phrase "I want to be anonimus" and "I work in the parking lot and patrol the building where the ethics is." After the letter arrived, Duggan and two co-workers filed sworn "whistle-blower" complaints against Plofsky, with allegations of misconduct that formed the basis for his firing. In Duggan's sworn complaint, she referred to her own letter as "an anonymous letter," as if someone else had written it. Plofsky denied the charges and a state panel later reinstated him, albeit not to his old job. He retired last May.

The domino effect of Duggan's letter ended with the legislature dismantling the old ethics agency, which imploded amid bitterness over the Plofsky situation. It was replaced in 2005 by the new Office of State Ethics, which now has fined Duggan, and an overseeing panel called the Citizens Ethics Advisory Board.

Plofsky's federal lawsuit has dragged on now for three years. His lawyer, Gregg D. Adler, said Plofsky's case originally could have been settled for less than $200,000, a cost to the state that already has been exceeded in the past several years of litigation. It's the job of state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's office to defend the case, and, as it turns out, part of Duggan's present job is to serve as DCF's liaison to Blumenthal's office — not on her case, but on any DCF-related lawsuits.

Duggan's lawyer, Hope Seeley, has said that issues raised in the "anonimus" letter were found valid by auditors, and that Duggan "felt she had no viable alternatives" to faking her identity because "she feared retaliation by Plofsky."

Adler said those fears were groundless, and it's Plofsky who has been wronged.

He added: "While Mr. Plofsky, who had to take early retirement because he was unable to cope with the degradation suffered as a result of his public discharge just weeks after he had been instrumental in forcing the resignation of a corrupt Governor, languishes at home waiting for the issuance of a decision in his federal court case, Ms. Duggan received two slaps on the wrist" — the reprimand and $1,000 fine — "while retaining her job as an attorney with the Department of Children and Families. This is not justice."

•Jon Lender is a reporter on The Courant's investigative desk, with a focus on government and politics. Contact him at, 860-241-6524, or c/o The Hartford Courant, 285 Broad St., Hartford, CT 06115.

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What about arrests and prison for behavior like this?:

Attorney, prosecutorial, judicial, official, and police misconduct is an "art form" in the state of Connecticut and too many other states. There are two classes of people. Those that get taxed, arrested, and live in a "State of Fear" and there are those who run the "State of Fear" with immunity from arrest and prosecution, what US Constitution?

MAUREEN DUGGAN, right, addresses the committee reviewing misconduct charges against her related to a fraudulent letter she wrote in 2004 while a staff lawyer with the State Ethics Commission. The letter led to the firing of ethics chief Alan S. Plofsky. Her lawyer, Hope Seeley, is at left. (BOB MACDONNELL / HARTFORD COURANT / November 5, 2008)

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Would Blackwater, now XE, goons and assassins, be upset if something like the below is re-posted?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How about Bush?

Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales indicted in S. Texas
Charges related to alleged abuse of prisoners in federal detention centers
Associated Press
Nov. 18, 2008, 7:37PM

McALLEN — A South Texas grand jury has indicted Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on state charges related to the alleged abuse of prisoners in Willacy County's federal detention centers.

The indictment, which had not yet been signed by the presiding judge, was one of seven released Tuesday in a county that has been a source of bizarre legal and political battles in recent years. Another of the indictments named a state senator on charges of profiting from his position.

Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra himself had been under indictment for more than a year and half before a judge dismissed the indictments last month. This flurry of charges came in the twilight of Guerra's tenure, which ends this year after nearly two decades in office. He lost convincingly in a Democratic primary in March.

Cheney's indictment on a charge of engaging in an organized criminal activity criticizes the vice president's investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and "at least misdemeanor assaults" on detainees because of his link to the prison companies.

Megan Mitchell, a spokeswoman for Cheney, declined to comment on Tuesday, saying that the vice president had not yet received a copy of the indictment.

The indictment accuses Gonzales of using his position while in office to stop an investigation in 2006 into abuses at one of the privately-run prisons.

Gonzalez's attorney, George Terwilliger III, said in a written statement, "This is obviously a bogus charge on its face, as any good prosecutor can recognize. Hopefully, competent Texas authorities will take steps to reign in this abuse of the criminal justice system."

Willacy County has become a prison hub with county, state and federal lockups. Guerra has gone after the prison-politician nexus before, extracting guilty pleas from three former Willacy and Webb county commissioners after investigating bribery related to federal prison contacts.

Another indictment released Tuesday accuses state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. of profiting from his public office by accepting honoraria from prison management companies. Guerra announced his intention to investigate Lucio's prison consulting early last year.

Lucio's attorney, Michael Cowen, released a scathing statement accusing Guerra of settling political scores in his final weeks in office.

"Senator Lucio is completely innocent and has done nothing wrong," Cowen said, adding that he would file a motion to quash the indictment this week.

Last month, a Willacy County grand jury indicted The GEO Group, a Florida private prison company, on a murder charge in the death of a prisoner days before his release. The three-count indictment alleged The GEO Group allowed other inmates to beat Gregorio de la Rosa Jr. to death with padlocks stuffed into socks. The death happened in 2001 at the Raymondville facility, just four days before de la Rosa's scheduled release.

In 2006, a jury ordered the company to pay de la Rosa's family $47.5 million in a civil judgment. The Cheney-Gonzalez indictment makes reference to the de la Rosa case.

None of the indictments released Tuesday had been signed by Presiding Judge Manuel Banales of the Fifth Administrative Judicial Region.

A second batch of indictments targeted public officials connected to Guerra's own legal battles.

Willacy County Clerk Gilbert Lozano, District judges Janet Leal and Migdalia Lopez, and special prosecutors Mervyn Mosbacker Jr. — a former U.S. attorney — and Gustavo Garza — a long-time political opponent of Guerra — were all indicted on charges of official abuse of official capacity and official oppression.

Garza, the only one who could be immediately reached Tuesday, called it a sad state of affairs.

"I feel sorry for all of the good people this unprofessional prosecutor has maligned," Garza said. "I'm not at all concerned about the accusations he has trumped up."

Banales dismissed indictments against Guerra last month that charged him with extorting money from a bail bond company and using his office for personal business. An appeals court had earlier ruled that Garza was improperly appointed as special prosecutor to investigate Guerra.

After Guerra's office was raided as part of the investigation early last year, he camped outside the courthouse in a borrowed camper with a horse, three goats and a rooster. He threatened to dismiss hundreds of cases because he believed local law enforcement had aided the investigation against him.

On Tuesday, Guerra said the indictments speak for themselves. He said the prison-related charges are a national issue and experts from across the country testified to the grand jury. Asked about the indictments against local players in the justice system who had pursued him, Guerra said, "the grand jury is the one that made those decisions, not me."

The indictments were first reported by KRGV-TV.

Associated Press writer Deb Riechmann in Washington contributed to this report.


Moyock, North Carolina, United States
Blackwater Usa (

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BBC: al Qaeda Does Not Exist [uploaded Aug. 2008]

Text with video:
There is no such thing as "al Qaeda", there is no one on earth who calls himself a member of "al Qaeda". "al Qaeda" is a term made up by the U.S. government to be applied to anyone killed during in the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. There is no formal organization. There is no secret terrorist network. What there is a is a phantom enemy, a boogyman that was easily sold to the American people for the benefit of the Bush Administration and their friends at PNAC.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

made millions while firing thousands as Merger arb king at Citibank.
tormented his wife in order to get full custody (not shared) Greenwich Police have a third sealed record people haven't discovered yet.
was a republican Ranger for Bush which is why the Ambassador got Ireland
Taxpayers paid for Foley to go to Iraq on a personal mission to discern what type of "honey pot" business he could start.
Married (after 19 years single) the ex head of the RNC's daughter, who just happens to own a Gaming Association.
new wife is a general counsel of ethics for News corp (NY Post/WSJ/Hfd Courant, etc)-- gag order.
Has houses in Aspen, NYC and Greenwich - resident of all?
Houses most of his Planes in NY (POU)
hit his wife - CT battery record
hit and run - NY felony record
wont unseal his criminal record
drill down - this is the third "Republican Governor" in CT to batter his wife. I saw Rowland's first wife after a night of fun with John (prior to second marriage) it was fierce.
This is toxicity at its worse and now he is trying to knock out his only rival for governor!

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