Category Archive: Lawless prosecutors

May 08

Martin Armstrong and the American justice system

Those of us with the most intimate knowledge of the U.S. justice system are well aware of its absurdities and failings. But few have thought about the evils of the U.S. criminal courts as much as Martin Armstrong. Now Armstrong is out with a brilliant essay on American justice that is worth reading. “Only an …

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Apr 09

Government is the biggest burglar of all: “asset forfeiture” actions in 2014 took more money than all (nongovernment) burglaries combined

While Americans slept, government has been drastically increasing its numbers of “asset forfeitures” against innocent Americans (who are not charged with any offense). U.S. attorneys seized an estimated $12.6 billion between 1989 and 2010. And the numbers grew rapidly over that period. The growth rate during that time averaged +19.4% annually. Analysis by Armstrong Economics …

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Mar 31

Justice Department has been unlawfully recording visits between prisoners and their defense lawyers

One of the most fundamental rights of a prisoner is the right to have candid attorney/client visits protected by the attorney/client privilege. Jails and prisons assure defense lawyers that their visits with inmates will be unrecorded. Lawyers and prisoners commonly wonder (only half-jokingly) if prison facilities are secretly recording their visits. (As the courts have …

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Nov 26

Prosecutors increasingly stack indictments with multiple counts in order to ensure convictions

American prosecutors have learned that conviction rates generally go up when additional charges and defendants are added to criminal cases. Consequently, state and federal prosecutors routinely stack indictments with multiple (repetitive) counts so that juries will be more likely to convict defendants. A study of thousands of criminal cases found that when a defendant is …

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Aug 16

Iowa man ARRESTED for displaying flag upside-down

. An upside-down flag is an internationally known symbol of distress, siege or protest. An Iowa man displayed the U.S. flag upside down to protest a pipeline issue near his property. Local authorities ARRESTED the man for “desecration” of the flag. See here.

Jul 04

Newspaper editor (and his lawyer) charged with felonies for filing public records requests

Journalism which supports the state is probably the world’s safest profession. Journalism which attacks, critically investigates, or undermines the state has always been one of the world’s most dangerous professions. Now a reporter in Georgia, along with his attorney, have been arrested and charged with FELONIES for filing public records requests regarding a powerful local …

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Jun 03

Federal Prosecutors have been Secretly Viewing Defense Legal Documents for a Decade

Astounding news from the federal courts of south Florida. It has been revealed that the U.S. Attorneys Office has had secret access to all documents used by the defense teams they litigate against for more than 10 years! Some people still think federal courts function according to an adversarial model, with the government pitted against …

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Jun 02

Nevada judge orders defense attorney handcuffed for arguing too zealously

The American criminal courts have collapsed as venues for fairly evaluating criminal claims. Today’s criminal courts overwhelmingly support and favor the prosecution bar and disregard the rights of defendants. Many judges are practically co-counsel with local district attorneys. Here is a story about a Nevada judge who grew tired of hearing a defense lawyer argue …

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Jun 01

4th Circuit Court of Appeals: Government May Track Americans by Cell Phones without Warrant

Astounding blow to privacy from the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. See here. For years the government has been arguing that any information you give up to a “3rd party” is not “private.” Thus, the government may intercept it without so much as a warrant. Although warrants are necessary for government …

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Feb 11

Felony charges for bartenders who sold Wisconsin beer in Minnesota

A pair of hapless bartenders are being criminally prosecuted for felonies. Their alleged crime? Transporting some Wisconsin craft beer into nearby Minnesota and offering it for sale at a Minnesota bar. See here!

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