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Hashtag #MeToo: Remembering Girlfriend Murdered By Earth Day Founder

"Today is Earth Day. That means it’s time for limousine liberals like Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio to lecture on the need for all us lowly peasants to cut back on our “carbon footprint” as they set off on their private jets from mansion to mansion.

Since this is the first Earth Day in the #MeToo era, it’s important to remember Helen Maddux.

Maddux was the girlfriend of Earth Day leader Ira Einhorn. He was furious that she broke up with him. The enraged tree-hugger was so upset at being dumped that he threatened to throw her belongings in the street if she didn’t come and retrieve them.

Maddux went to Einhorn’s apartment on September 9, 1977, to collect her things. She was never seen again. The Earth Day founder stuffed her composted body into a trunk. Einhorn even put an environmental twist on this sinister killing."

Balance of article at the link.
Posted by Muddling Through | Sun Apr 22, 2018, 07:15 PM (6 replies)

The Firestarter: What Happens When the Government Lies About You in Court?

"Is there a hole in our justice system where corruption is allowed to fester? Yes.

Sixty years ago, John Leo Brady was tried for murder in a Maryland court. Brady never denied helping to plan a robbery with his accomplice, Donald Boblit, but insisted that Boblit had pulled the trigger when the scheme went awry. Brady's lawyer argued that his client should therefore be sentenced to life in prison, not death. The jury disagreed and voted to execute him. It was only after Boblit himself was convicted and sentenced to death that Brady's lawyer learned that the prosecutor had intentionally kept hidden Boblit's admission to the crime.

Ruling on Brady's appeal, the Maryland Court of Appeals agreed that the suppression of exculpatory evidence was a 14th Amendment due-process violation, and remanded the case to the trial court on the question of punishment. In 1963, the Supreme Court affirmed in Brady v. Maryland that exculpatory evidence withheld from the defense by the prosecution violates constitutional protections. Ever since then "Brady violations" have resulted in sanctions against prosecutors and police, as well as overturned criminal convictions.

But what happens when the government withholds exculpatory evidence during the prosecution of a civil lawsuit against an individual or company? Nothing, apparently.

With Brady deemed to apply only to criminal cases, no specific case law punishes a government lawyer for failing to disclose evidence that would've been helpful to a civil defendant. If there were, then last year the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals might not have denied a motion by Sierra Pacific Industries, a California forest products company, to set aside a consequential settlement it had made in 2012 with the U.S. Department of Justice. For that matter, if there had been a civil equivalent of Brady, there probably wouldn't have been a settlement in the first place.
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In 2009, the Justice Department's Eastern District of California filed a lawsuit against Sierra Pacific Industries (and some minor defendants) for damages stemming from a 2007 forest fire in California's Sierra Nevadas. The fire burned about 65,000 acres of forest, most of them national lands. The suit was based on an origin-and-cause report filed by Joshua White, an investigator from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), that claimed a tractor operated by SPI's logging subcontractor had struck a rock, generating a spark that ignited some forest duff and then turned into a conflagration. "

Balance of article at the link. IMHO, some state and federal officials need to go to prison.
Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Apr 17, 2018, 06:38 PM (4 replies)

History proves that Americans can unite even when torn in two

"APPOMATTOX, VA. — On April 9, 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee strode onto the porch of a two-story brick home and stared out at a lawn filled with Union soldiers, his Confederate staff of two, and his horse Traveler.

Still wearing full military dress, Lee raised his gloved hands and punched his left fist into his right palm. The sound of leather meeting leather echoed in the unsteady silence.

Then, as Lee mounted Traveler, Major Gen. Ulysses S. Grant emerged from the house onto the porch.

Now facing each other, Grant raised his hat, as did Lee. It wasn’t a salute, but clearly an acknowledgment of the moment.

As Lee turned towards the dirt road and headed east towards his troops, the 198th Pennsylvania Infantry played “Auld Lang Syne.”

The Civil War was over.

“As the sun rose that morning neither man would know by mid-afternoon the war, for all intents and purposes, would end that day,” explained Ernie Price, a park ranger and director of education at Appomattox National Park."

Interesting read.
Posted by Muddling Through | Mon Apr 9, 2018, 08:46 AM (9 replies)

Parkland shooting hero blames sheriff and superintendent for failing to prevent massacre

Figure this won't get much play since it doesn't support the narrative. Wonder if the Broward Cowards will call him a "bully"?

"A student who was gravely wounded after being shot five times while shielding classmates during the Florida high school shooting in February criticized the county sheriff and school superintendent Friday saying they failed the victims by not arresting the shooter before the massacre.

Anthony Borges, 15, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was hailed a hero after he used his body to protect the lives of 20 others students after accused gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the school on Feb. 14, 2018, killing 17 people.

He was released from the hospital Wednesday after suffering wounds to the lungs, abdomen and legs.

Borges' attorney read a statement from the teen during a news conference criticizing Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Superintendent Robert Runcie for the massacre. Borges, too weak to talk, sat silently in a wheelchair with his right leg propped up. His statement specifically attacked the Promise program, a school district and sheriff office initiative that allows students who commit minor crimes on campus to avoid arrest if they complete rehabilitation. Runcie has said Cruz, a former Stoneman Douglas student, was never in the program, but Borges and his attorney, Alex Arreaza, said school and sheriff's officials knew Cruz was dangerous."

Balance of article at the link above.
Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Apr 7, 2018, 12:11 PM (5 replies)

IRS agent pleads not guilty to aggravated rape, other charges for allegedly assaulting intern

"An Internal Revenue Service agent got a 21-year-old intern drunk last July and then allegedly handcuffed her in his government-issued car in Boston before shoving “his service weapon deep into her mouth” and raping her, a Suffolk prosecutor said Thursday.

The allegations were made during the arraignment of James R. Clarke, 44, in Suffolk Superior Court. He pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated rape, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and indecent assault and battery.

Clarke — who was assigned to the IRS criminal investigations office in Boston at the time of the incident — was released on personal recognizance after a magistrate rejected a prosecution request that bail be set at $10,000 cash.

Clarke and his father left court without speaking to reporters. His lawyer, Michael Doolin, said during the brief hearing that his client and the young woman, who had an unpaid summer internship at the IRS, engaged in “consensual acts” on the night in question. "

Remember. The 2nd Amendment was added to ensure only government agents have access to firearms.
Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Apr 6, 2018, 09:05 PM (1 replies)

Chappaquiddick is a long-overdue dismantling of the Kennedy myth

"Nearly 50 years after Senator Ted Kennedy left a young woman to die in a shallow pond — and America went on to reward him with a lifelong career in the US Senate — we are finally beginning to reckon with the Kennedy myth.

But only just.

The new film “Chappaquiddick” is, to date, the most brutal and honest account of what happened that night. But it’s also something else: an indictment of our collective hero worship at the altar of Brand Kennedy, which bred so much corrosive entitlement that surviving brother Ted, the family beta male, went home to sleep it off after leaving a loyal young staffer to die alone.

“Chappaquiddick” is a much-needed counterweight to two current hagiographies: CNN’s docuseries “The Kennedys,” airing to high ratings on Sunday nights, and Netflix’s forthcoming documentary “Bobby Kennedy for President.”

Balance of article at the link above.
Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Apr 6, 2018, 10:38 AM (37 replies)


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