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Scandal in ‘Lawless Lakeville’: Matt Little Illegally Elected Mayor?September 12, 2016

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Lakeville, Dakota County, MN: Mayor Matt Little is accused of committing fraud by lying about his address in order to meet residency requirements needed to run for office as council man, and later, mayor in Lakeville. The allegation, raised by Terry Dean, Nemmers includes, “City Of Lakeville Mayor Matt Little Doesn’t Even Reside In Lawless Lakeville?  2010 & 2012 & 2014 Affidavit Of Candidacy Proves Little Resides In Rosemount? 2016 Affidavit Of Candidacy & 2014 Lawyer License Info Prove Little Resides in Farmington? How Many Days Has Little Lived In The Lawless Shit-Hole Called The City Of Lakeville, Huh? Not A Single Day?” Scandal Alert! City Of Lakeville Mayor Matt Little Doesn’t Even Reside In Lawless Lakeville?

According to the Minnesota Constitution, a candidate must live in the city for at least 30 days before a city election in order to serve as a mayor. If a mayor fails to maintain a city residency, state statute provides that a vacancy in office is created. Handbook for Minnesota Cities: Elected Officials & Council, Structure and Role

Little was a former Lakeville city council member (2010). He was ran for mayor in 2012, and won as the youngest elected mayor, and was elected again in 2014. Records show during the time that Little served as mayor, he did not live in Lakeville, and did not meet residency requirements. As a law student, Little should have been aware of those requirements.This means that Little fraudulently ran for mayor, and illegally held office.

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Records Include:

  • 2010 Affidavit of Candidacy showing Matt Little’s address as 16162 Fairgreen Avenue in Rosemount. In 2010, Little served on the Lakeville city council. Property tax records indicate this home belongs to Little’s parents.
  • 2014 Affidavit of Candidacy shows Matt Little’s address as 16162 Fairgreen Avenue, Rosemount
  • 2014 Minnesota Supreme Court Lawyer’s Office Registration Listing for Little’s law license lists his address as 17523 Freeport Ct in Farmington. Dakota County Property Tax records verify this home as belonging to Little.
  • 2016 Filing for Senate showing Matt Little’s address as 17523 Freeport Ct in Farmington.
  • The Minnesota Secretary of State business record details for “Little for Lakeville” (file #3230155-2) list Matt Little’s address as 16153 Finland Avenue in Rosemount. Little is using his brother’s Lakeville address to qualify for eligibility. However, Dakota County Property Tax Records indicate this home actually belongs to Little’s parents. “Little for Lakeville” is a Minnesota Assumed Name, which was filed on February 25, 2009. The filing status is listed as Active / In Good Standing until 2019.

Minnesota Secretary of State Listing: Little for Lakeville

Minnesota Secretary of State Listing: Little for Lakeville

Dakota County Property Information Search - Matt Little, owns a home, and makes his primary residence, in Farmington

Dakota County Property Information Search – Matt Little, owns a home, and makes his primary residence, in Farmington

Little is also exploiting the tragedy of the Grazzini-Rucki case to make a name for himself politically.

Little took time from his busy schedule to publicly thank the Lakeville police department, Jim Backstrom and Prosecuting Attorney Kathryn M. Keena “for bringing peace and justice to our community” after securing a guilty verdict against Sandra Grazzini-Rucki. Little has given special attention to the Grazzini-Rucki case while ignoring more serious crimes occurring in Lakeville. For example a Lakeville fire lieutenant recently resigned from the department after being charged with giving alcohol to a minor, and then raping him. In another recent case, a body was found dead at the side of the road. According to Little “peace and justice” was restored to Lakeville after Sandra was convicted, even as more serious crimes that pose a real threat to public safety are happening. Then again if Little does not live in Lakeville, does he really know what is happening there???

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Also disturbing is that Little’s public applause implies that he supports David Rucki, and supports the unjust family court decisions that have caused so much pain and upheaval in the lives of Sandra and the children.

In truth, it is David Rucki who poses a danger to the community. Rucki has a long history of violent behavior, history of criminal convictions and has been connected to various financial scams. David Rucki’s Greatest Hits (Police Reports), The Provocateur Yet Matt Little remains silent, and never made a public announcement when Rucki was convicted of assault, domestic violence with OFP violations, or anything else he has done.

How can the community be safer when its own system to secure “peace and justify” is not only failing but also promoting corruption, at epic levels?

Stay tuned for updates!

https://justice4grazziniruckifamily.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/mayor-matt-little-scandal/

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AIDING AND ABETTING IN THE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

A Mayor, running to be the State Senator for Lakeville, Farmington, Hampton, Vermillion, New Trier, Miesville, Dennison, Randolph, Northfield, and 12 townships!
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“I’ve always been a pragmatic policy maker. It’s not about party or labels, it’s about solving problems that matter to people and families.”          

Well, I’ve got some problems that matter to me, but Lakeville Mayor Matt Little hasn’t been willing to help me solve them. In fact, I have left numerous voice mails and sent numerous emails to make him aware of the witness tampering, harassment by the Lakeville police and illegal withholding of my evidence in rigged case no. 19HA-CR-15-4227 State Of Minnesota VS Deirdre Elise Evavold. The evidence of this misconduct was sent to Matt & is outlined in the criminal complaint  below.

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I was forced to file against Dakota Co. Attorneys: James Backstrom, Philip Prokopowicz and Kathryn Keena on February 21, 2016 for illegally withholding readily available, free, electronic, data in violation of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Chapter 13.09) and criminal misconduct of a public official (Chapter 609.43(1)). The so-called judge Karen Asphaug has also been aiding and abetting this miscarriage of justice by ignoring her own orders. “All discovery shall be exchanged PRIOR to the settlement conference. Probable cause, and scheduling order for: 19HA-CR-15-4227. Signed by Karen Asphaug 3-1-16.”  I have been to forced to travel approximately one and one half hours one way to multiple court hearings, only to be denied my discovery.

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Subpoena PicMatt has willfully refused to respond to a single email/voicemail and it would appear that lawyer Little wants to distance himself from this obstruction of justice. As an attorney, he knows that it’s impossible for me to prepare for my trial or for my testimony in the Sandra Grazzini-Rucki trial on Monday, July 18th without my discovery/evidence. Apparently trial by ambush is how Mayor/Lawyer Little believes our system of justice should function.

Elected Officials’ Duties & Responsibilities                                                 

It is the duty of the mayor, clerk, and councilmembers to ensure the city fulfills its duties under the law and lawfully exercises its powers.

City officials can sometimes be held personally liable for failing to act or for taking unauthorized actions on the part of the city. To avoid personal-liability lawsuits, city officials should gain a working knowledge of the laws that regulate city government  http://www.lmc.org/page/1/duties-resp-mayor-council.jsp

On June 24th, 2016 I was forced to travel to the Hastings Police Dept. to hand deliver the complaint against the Dakota Co. Attorneys James Backstrom, Philip Prokopowicz and Kathryn Keena. I was forced to do that because Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer willfully refused to acknowledge receipt of my emailed complaint. It’s ironic since Gary Hird of the Lawyer’s Professional Responsibility Board did. Even though I have audio and video evidence of hand-delivering my complaint to Lieutenant Joe Kegley, Chief Schafer willfully refuses to email me the public portion of the police report that I filed against Backstrom, Prokopowicz and Kathryn Keena.

On the same day, I attempted to file a criminal complaint with the Lakeville Police against David Rucki (ex-husband of Sandra). I have reason to suspect Rucki was engaging in witness tampering. Rucki was harassing, threatening, and intimidating me via the U.S. Mail.  The Lakeville police personnel claimed that Deputy Chief Kormann had them tell me that they did not have any officers available to take my complaint. The video that I have in my possession indicates that not one but two officers were witnessed at the Lakeville PD who could have easily taken my valid complaint.                                                                                                                        Hellmuth & Johnson

Facing potential civil litigation in Rucki case, owner deletes blog

609.498 TAMPERING WITH WITNESS https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=609.498&format=pdf

Subdivision 1. Tampering with witness in the first degree. Whoever does any of the following is guilty of tampering with a witness in the first degree and may be sentenced as provided in subdivision 1a:

(a) intentionally prevents or dissuades or intentionally attempts to prevent or dissuade by means of force or threats of injury to any person or property, a person who is or may become a witness from attending or testifying at any trial, proceeding, or inquiry authorized by law;

(b) by means of force or threats of injury to any person or property, intentionally coerces or attempts to coerce a person who is or may become a witness to testify falsely at any trial, proceeding, or inquiry authorized by law;      

(c) intentionally causes injury or threatens to cause injury to any person or property in retaliation against a person who was summoned as a witness at any trial, proceeding, or inquiry authorized by law, within a year following that trial, proceeding, or inquiry or within a year following the actor’s release from incarceration,whichever is later;

(d) intentionally prevents or dissuades or attempts to prevent or dissuade, by means of force or threats of injury to any person or property, a person from providing information to law enforcement authorities concerning a crime;

Subd. 1a. Penalty. Whoever violates subdivision 1 may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine not to exceed $10,000. 


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Tim Pitcher, Farmington Councilmember (651-492-4982 tpitcher@ci.farmington.mn.us) State Senator District 58 Candidate (651-492-4982 tim@timothypitcher.com)

I contacted Tim Pitcher, Farmington Councilmember and State Senator District 58 Candidate via phone and email to inform him about his fellow Candidate Matt Little. Tim returned my call promptly and I was able to inform him that Matt Little has had no difficulty stepping on me to climb the political ladder and clearly serves a corrupt special interest group vs. the public’s interest.

 He agreed to contact Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom to request that my evidence be emailed to me immediately to prepare for my testimony in Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s trial (He assured us that he would send a follow-up email regarding contact with Dakota Co.)

Candidate Filings 2016 State General Election: State Senator District 58 Candidate Name Tim Pitcher Party Republican Website www.timothypitcher.com File Date 5/17/2016 

State Senator District 58 Candidate Name Matt Little Party Democratic-Farmer-Labor Website www.votelittle.com 5/18/2016 Email: matt@votelittle.com Phone Number (952) 2889660 Residence Address 17523 FREEPORT CT FARMINGTON, MN 55024 Campaign Address PO BOX 650 LAKEVILLE, MN 55044 Just wondering how you can be the mayor of Lakeville and reside in Farmington?


As stated before, apparently, the only way Dakota County can win their cases is by illegally withholding evidence from the defendants they are victimizing in criminal cases and forcing them to plead guilty without ever receiving their evidence. I did report this obstruction of justice to District 4 – Commissioner Nancy Schouweiler (Calls recorded). Schouweiler lawyered up and apparently has no intention of investigating the misuse of public funds nor the misconduct of the public officials at the Dakota County Attorney’s office. To protect myself and others, I have been educating the public that they cannot trust any arrest, prosecution nor conviction in lawless Dakota County and I’m also going to continue to educate the public that they cannot trust Mayor/Lawyer Matt Little.

STAY TUNED!

Conversation with Dakota County Commissioner Chair Nancy Schouweiler

 

Chair, Board of Commissioners http://www.co.dakota.mn.us

Nancy Schouweiler, District 4~Dakota Co.

Current term expires 2016
Served on County Board since 1999
Contact Information
Email: nancy.schouweiler@co.dakota.mn.us
 Telephone:
651-438-4430 (Office)
651-455-6440 (Home)
Mailing Address:
Administration Center
1590 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033-2343
Home Address:
4000 90th St E
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076-3727

District 4 Commissioner Schouweiler is past President of the Association of Minnesota Counties and is a member of the National Association of Counties Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee. She also serves on the Minnesota State Advisory Council on Mental Health’s Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health by Governor appointment.

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A call was made to Nancy Schouweiler, Dakota Co. Chair, Board of Commissioners on Monday, April 25, 2016 to discuss refusal to provide discovery/public data by Dakota County for Case No. 19HA-CR-15-4227.

Readers may recall that a complaint was filed on 2/21/2016 against Dakota County Attorneys James Backstrom, Philip Prokopowicz, and Kathryn Keena for illegally withholding evidence in my criminal case.(Click on documents to zoom)

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Ms. Schouweiler indicated that she was ordered not to get involved in any individual cases by her “attorney”. What??? . .Why would commissioners have to be lawyered up? She also stated that the only function the county commissioners have over the county attorneys office is the budget

Well now, the way I see it is that the county will only do what commissioners authorize it to pay for. So, I would think that the budget is the main tool for affecting policy and managing county employees, which of course includes the county attorneys.

Excerpt From The ASSOCIATION OF MINNESOTA COUNTIES

County commissioners are elected officials who oversee county activities and work to ensure that citizen concerns are met, federal and state requirements are fulfilled and county operations run smoothly.

  • Coordinate activities of the county board, central administration and county departments with those of the independently elected officers, including auditor, treasurer, recorder, attorney and sheriff.
  • Oversee the county personnel system: authorize the number of county employees, establish salaries and conditions of employment, approve a county benefit, schedule, negotiate and approve labor agreements, supervise appointed county department heads, participate in and approve the recruitment and employment of key county employees, and oversee the implementation of the county pay equity plan and the county affirmative action/equal opportunity plan.

Image courtesy of Lion News

Image courtesy of Lion News

County commissioners also authorize the application for and/or receipt of funds from federal and state governments and their use within the county budget.

What are some of the federal funds that the county receives that led me to the criminal charges that were made against me? Well, as I’ve learned from my brilliant friend Victoria at familycourtmatters.wordpress.com, the family law system is incentivized to divert billions of dollars to unfit and unwilling fathers through the Health and Human Services Healthy Marriage, Responsible Fatherhood and Access & Visitation initiatives.

There is very little oversight of this money, which means that such programs have gotten away with using fatherhood funds to assist abusive and violent fathers in custody battles against protective mothers.

These fathers are told that they have two choices — risk jail for failure to pay child support, or embark on a custody battle to take the children from the Protective Mother and thus eliminate child support altogether. What would you choose? Thus, fathers who have had little contact with their children for years, who have physically and/or sexually abused the children and their mothers, often fathers just being released from jail, end up fighting and succeeding in getting custody with the collusion of family court services and mental health professionals.

THE SOLE REASONS that children are being stolen from their families and homes are the financial incentives associated with each child and circumstance. There is federal grant money given to states and child placement agencies to CREATE SITUATIONS THAT DO NOT EXIST TO GENERATE THESE FUNDS!

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The Office of Family Assistance (OFA)  administers several key federal grant programs, including the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood  Grants. These programs foster economically secure households and communities for the well-being and long-term success of children and families.

HEALTHY MARRIAGE INITIATIVES

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Program Overview

The Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grant Program (HMRE) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) efforts to promote healthy marriage at the community level.  The Healthy Marriage Program funds organizations that combine marriage and relationship education efforts with a robust effort to address participation barriers and the economic stability needs of their participants. The programs directly, or through the affiliates or partners with which they are collaborating, have a physical presence in a community, city, or county where services are provided.

RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE

New Pathways for Fathers and Families Grant Program Overview

The New Pathways for Fathers and Families Grant Program (New Pathways) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) efforts to support responsible fatherhood. The New Pathways program funds projects that integrate robust economic stability services, healthy marriage activities, and activities designed to foster responsible parenting.

This is a picture of a father building a model car with his son.New Pathways programs provide services to promote responsible parenting (e.g., promoting positive father-child engagement, counseling, mentoring, and mediation; teaching parenting skills); to foster economic stability (e.g., job training, employment services, and career-advancing education); and to promote or sustain marriage (e.g., enhancing relationship skills; education regarding how to control aggressive behavior; disseminating information on the causes of domestic violence and child abuse)

New Pathways grantees must concurrently implement all three Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Authorized Activities (Healthy Marriage, Responsible Parenting, and Economic Stability).  All New Pathways programs are required to offer all three activities:

  1. Healthy Marriage – Activities to promote marriage or sustain marriage through activities, such as:
  • Counseling, mentoring, disseminating information about the benefits of marriage and two-parent involvement for children.
  • Enhancing relationship skills.
  • Education regarding how to control aggressive behavior.
  • Disseminating information on the causes of domestic violence and child abuse. (Here’s a thought. . . QUIT MAKING PARENTS CO-PARENT AND COOPERATE WHEN THERE IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!)
  • Marriage preparation programs.
  • Premarital counseling.
  • Marital inventories.
  • Skills-based marriage education.
  • Financial planning seminars, including improving a family’s ability to effectively manage family business affairs by means such as education, counseling, or mentoring on matters related to family finances, including household management, budgeting, banking, and handling of financial transactions and home maintenance.
  • Divorce education and reduction programs, including mediation and counseling.
  1. Responsible Parenting – Activities to promote responsible parenting, such as:
  • Counseling, mentoring, and mediation.
  • Disseminating information about good parenting practices.
  • Skills-based parenting education.
  • Encouraging child support payments, and other methods.
  1. Economic Stability – Activities to foster economic stability, such as:
  • Helping fathers improve their economic status by providing activities such as Work First services, job search, job training, subsidized employment, job retention, job enhancement, and encouraging education, including career-advancing education.
  • Dissemination of employment materials.
  • Coordination with existing employment services such as welfare-to-work programs, referrals to local employment training initiatives, and other methods.

FATHERHOOD REENTRY INITIATIVE   (WHERE’S THE MOTHERHOOD REENTRY INITIATIVE?)

Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility Project Overview

This is a picture of an African American father and his son.The Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility Project (ReFORM) is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) efforts to support responsible fatherhood and ex-prisoner initiatives. The ReFORM program funds projects that offer community-centered pre- and post-release responsible fatherhood and supportive services to soon-to-be and recently released fathers and their families.  The projects focus on fathers who are within three to nine months of release from incarceration or a father who has been released from confinement for six months or less.

Program Components

With a funding level of up to $1,500,000 per year for five years, ReFORM programs are encouraged to develop collaboration opportunities with other federal resources, including the U.S. Department of Justice’s Second Chance Act grantees, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s local Public Housing Authorities, and resources from local offices of child support enforcement. ReFORM projects offer ex-prisoners reentry and support services to fathers returning from incarceration.  Services include responsible fatherhood and healthy relationship activities, employment, housing referral, case management (e.g., counseling, legal aid, and mentoring), transportation, substance abuse and mental health services referrals, and family strengthening activities. Grantees may offer other interventions designed to help stabilize fathers returning from incarceration to assist them and their families and that contribute to a reduction in recidivism and progressions toward self-sufficiency.

Marriage and family strengthening programs address a myriad of issues, which result from a fathers’ absence or involvement with the criminal justice system. The ReFORM programs differ from New Pathways for Fathers and Families programs in that the exclusive target population is incarcerated and re-entering fathers or fathers otherwise involved with the criminal justice system. All Responsible Fatherhood programs, which include New Pathways for Fathers and Families and ReFORM, are required to offer all three activities

Dakota County Board of Commissionersboard2015.jpgFront Row (l to r): Commissioner Kathleen A. Gaylord, Commissioner Thomas A. Egan, Commissioner Nancy Schouweiler (chair).  Second Row (l to r): Commissioner Chris Gerlach, Commissioner Mary Liz Holberg, Commissioner Mike Slavik, Commissioner Liz Workman.   

“Never underestimate the ability of government bureaucrats to play dumb about other peoples’ problems and exploit it to the hilt in the name of helping those people.”  www.nafcj.net

It’s time to make our public servants start acting as such or get them out of office. I’m just sayin!

Dakota County Discredited Again!

April 13, 2016 | UPDATED: 4 days ago

A former defense attorney jailed for weeks on the subsequently dropped charge that he set his girlfriend on fire — resulting in international news coverage, including a Taiwanese cartoon casting him as a maniac — has filed a federal lawsuit against the law enforcement agencies involved.

David John Gherity (Photo courtesy of Dakota County Sheriff's Office)
David John Gherity (Photo courtesy of Dakota County Sheriff’s Office)

The suit, filed in federal court in St. Paul last week on behalf of David J. Gherity, 62, and his then-girlfriend Joan Isabella, accuses Burnsville police and Dakota County Attorney’s Office of violating Gherity’s constitutional rights.

It also names two investigators who worked for the department during the 2014 case, along with chief Eric Gieseke and the Hennepin County Medical Center, where Isabella received treatment after the fire.

The suit alleges unlawful arrest and confinement and violation of the “protected liberty interest in his (Gherity’s) good name.” It further alleges the agencies hid evidence, manipulated witness statements and kept Gherity in jail knowing he was innocent.

Joseph E. Flynn, an attorney representing the city of Burnsville, responded, “We find the claims to be completely unfounded, and we will be addressing the specific claims with the actual facts in court.”

Flynn added that Gherity’s arrest was based on “compelling statements of the victim, forensic evaluation and interviews of numerous witnesses. The investigation was thorough, complete and timely, and we had probable cause to proceed with the arrest.”

The Dakota County attorney’s office declined comment.

In February 2014, firefighters were called to the Burnsville condominium where Gherity and Isabella lived, and found Isabella sitting at a table with burns on her head and face, neck and legs.

Gherity, 62, was charged in April 2014 in Dakota County District Court with first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree arson. He was arrested and held in jail from April 2 until May 30 of that year, according to the suit; charges against him were dropped on June 13.

Read More:http://www.twincities.com/2016/04/13/former-defense-attorney-sues-burnsville-police-dakota-county/

7,827 Drug Cases Called into Question After Police Lab Tech Caught Faking Test Results 

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These findings are appalling and chilling in their indictment of our criminal justice system, not only for potentially innocent defendants who have been wrongly imprisoned, and even executed, but for prosecutors who have relied on fabricated and false evidence despite their intentions to faithfully enforce the law.”      Senator Richard Blumenthal

Carey Wedler | Anti Media – March 4, 2016

A lab technician for the New Jersey State Polices’ Office of Forensic Science has ‘retired’ early after being caught falsely identifying a substance as marijuana without conducting the proper tests. On Monday, Deputy Public Defender Judy Fallon issued a memo to Public Defender Joseph Krakora explaining Kamalkant Shah’s falsified report:

Laboratory Technician II Kamalkant Shah of the New Jersey State Police Laboratory (in Little Falls) has been found to have ‘dry labbed’ suspected CDS specimens. Basically, he was observed writing ‘test results’ for suspected marijuana that was never tested.

According to NJ Advance Media, “Ellie Honig, director of the Division of Criminal Justice of the Attorney general’s office, said in [a] Feb. 22 letter to county prosecutor’s offices that Shah ‘failed to appropriately conduct laboratory analyses in a drug case.’”

The letter, released from the Attorney General to the news outlet on Wednesday, disclosed that “Mr. Shah was observed in one case spending insufficient time analyzing a substance to determine if it was marijuana and recording an anticipated result without properly conducting the analysis.”

The letter advised prosecutors to disclose this information to defense counsel,” NJ Advance Media reported.

The former technician’s indiscretion in that singular marijuana case has now called into question thousands of drug cases he conducted tests for, as the one in question was only the first observed instance of his dishonesty.

As Fallon noted, “Mr. Shah was employed with the lab from 2005 to 2015; obviously all his ‘results’ have been called into question.”

Continue Reading: http://theantimedia.org/7827-drug-cases-called-into-question-after-police-lab-tech-caught-faking-test

Read below about Minnesota’s own problems in the criminal justice system:

Dakota County Public Defenders Lauri Traub and Christine Funk

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Tevlin: Lawyers’ detective work must be commended

JULY 28, 2012

“If I were waiting on us, we’d have coffee by now,” said Traub, who along with Funk has caused upheaval at the St. Paul crime lab by questioning the way it processed drug cases.

Traub made her declaration with authority, but not the authority of a respected defense attorney. She made it with the authority of a waitress at a hotel restaurant, which she is when she is not defending drug dealers or murderers.

You could say Traub is well versed in both torts and tortes.

Together, they have raised questions about the St. Paul crime lab that should scare the bejeebers out of cops, prosecutors and anybody wrongly convicted of a crime.

Continue Reading:http://www.startribune.com/tevlin-lawyers-detective-work-must-be-commended/164151536/


St. Paul crime lab problems aren’t leading to overturned convictions

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COURTESY, DAKOTA COUNTY Judge Kathryn Davis Messerich

This summer, they identified about 1,700 drug cases in Ramsey, Dakota and Washington counties that could qualify for “post-conviction relief” because the evidence originally presented to the crime lab could have been mishandled or misinterpreted. But so far, attorneys in the already strained public defender’s office have filed for relief — anything from a shortened sentence to a dismissal of charges — in 17 cases where defendants were convicted with evidence that relied on the police lab.

Prosecutors have largely taken a hard-line stance on the challenges after a judge ruled earlier this year that evidence that had been retested could be used in court. Since then, many requests haven’t made it past the filing of copious paperwork; judges denied evidentiary hearings where arguments could be hashed out in open court and requests to withdraw guilty pleas were denied. The decisions, made in chambers based on court transcripts and written arguments, are well within a judge’s purview — but frustrate the public defender’s office.

“[Prosecutors] want to hold onto the convictions,” said Jenny Chaplinski, an attorney in the appellate unit who is spearheading the challenges. “That’s their job; I get that.

“I thought there would be a lot more open communication between the public defender’s office, or myself, and the prosecutors’ offices, and that hasn’t been the case.”

Only two defendants have met with some degree of success — their convictions in Washington County were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors and they were released early from probation after prosecutors and defense attorneys negotiated.

“In this case, the two lawyers talked and saved everybody time,” said Fred Fink, criminal division chief for the Washington County attorney’s office. “I thought it was a reasonable way to handle things. The state still walked away with a … conviction.”

Chaplinski isn’t optimistic about the status of the remaining cases. Six cases in Ramsey County have been denied post-conviction relief, six are pending and one was dismissed by the defendant. Two are pending in Dakota County.

Both sides face a delicate balance as they continue to navigate fallout from a hearing last year that showed major scientific flaws with how the St. Paul police lab tested suspected drugs. Everyone agrees that the lab had problems even as people were convicted with evidence it produced, or pleaded guilty before evidence could be sent there for testing.

But prosecutors and defense attorneys have clashed about how much review, if any, older cases should receive in light of the revelations. For Chaplinski and others at the public defender’s office, the implications merit thorough vetting — and a hearing in court — for anyone who steps forward.

Continue Reading: http://www.startribune.com/despite-st-paul-crime-lab-failings-few-convictions-overturned/237258871/


Crime Lab Scandals the Focus of New DOJ Plan

DECEMBER 8, 2015 by KATIE WORTH Tow Journalism Fellow, FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School Fellowships

The equipment in the St. Paul Police crime lab was filthy. Technicians accidentally contaminated some samples, and made fundamental mistakes while testing others. In one case, a Post-it note on a case file indicated that someone not employed by the lab had opened drug evidence and weighed it. In another, a technician used Wikipedia as a “technical reference.”

These were among the findings of two independent reviews of the St. Paul Police crime lab — findings that shocked Minnesota authorities and shut down the facility for six months in 2013. That summer, state public defenders identified 1,700 drug cases that could qualify for “post-conviction relief” because evidence brought to the lab might have been mishandled or misinterpreted.

Continue Reading :http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/crime-lab-scandals-the-focus-of-new-doj-plan/      

Just another fake solution to pacify the public. Anyhow, what ever happened to the 2 Dakota County Whistleblowers?


Attorneys of the Year: Lauri Traub and Christine Funk

Minnesota Office of the Public Defender
Read more: http://minnlawyer.com/2013/02/25/attorneys-of-the-year-lauri-traub-and-christine-funk/#ixzz44OpX9Ijy


Public defender who criticized St. Paul crime lab sues over data privacy breach

Lauri Traub says employees from several police departments and sheriff’s offices illegally perused her driver’s license information.

NOVEMBER 6, 2013 

In a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court, Lauri Traub accused unidentified members of the police departments and sheriff’s offices in St. Paul, Farmington, St. Paul Park, Hastings, Burnsville, Aitkin County, Dakota County and Sherburne County of obtaining personal information from her motor vehicle record about a dozen times since June 2010.

Continue Reading: http://www.startribune.com/public-defender-who-criticized-st-paul-crime-lab-sues-over-data-privacy-breach/230748051/

Christine Funk                                                                   Attorney at Law

Advisory Committee on The Minnesota Rules of Evidence August 2005 – June 2006 Member by Appointment.

Responsibilities included reviewing the Minnesota Rules of Evidence with an eye towards new case law and statutes, making suggested changes and alterations in keeping with current law, as well as trends in Federal Court and around the nation.

Innocence Project of Minnesota  June 2003 – present. Member by Application

Consultant regarding fore nsic DNA issues in cases involving Innocence Project clients. May 2006 – present

May 2006 – present Board Member Consultant regarding forensic DNA issues in cases involving Innocence Project clients. Contribute to pursuit of Innocence Project mission, including education in the community.

Minnesota Forensic Laboratory Advisory Board September 2006 – present Member by Appointment

Technical Working Group on DNA for Defense Attorneys October 2007 – present Member by Invitation National Institute of Justice


Public defender in Fitch trial praised – but the job’s challenges continue

February 11, 2015 By Shaymus McLaughlin

The Pioneer Press detailed the small, yet forceful steps Traub took to ensure her client, Brian Fitch Sr., got a fair trial.

Who could defend an alleged cop killer? She did & would again. Brian Fitch’s defender speaks:

Continue Reading: http://bringmethenews.com/2015/02/11/public-defender-in-fitch-trial-praised-but-the-jobs-challenges-continue/


 

What do we know for sure? These systems are going to collapse, it’s just a matter of when. The way things are going, I suspect it will be soon!

Corrupt Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board

LION NEWS IS A LOCAL GRASSROOTS MEDIA OUTLET. LION NEWS FOCUSES IN ON LOCAL CORRUPTION.

 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Corrupt Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (LPRB) Tried To Stick 11th Hour Mentally Abusive Dagger Into The Mind Of Poor Dede Prior To Monday, March 7, 2016 Rigged Omnibus Hearing? LPRB’s & Corrupt Dakota Co. Court’s Harassment Script For Rigged Case No. 19HA-CR-15-4227 State Of Minnesota VS Deirdre Elise “Dede” Evavold? Star Tribune’s Scandalmonger Michael “Dr. Quack” Brodkorb Is A Hack And A Quack, Isn’t He?

From: Dede Evavold [mailto:dedeevavold@hotmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, March 6, 2016 1:23 PM
To: bschafer@hastingsmn.gov; gary.hird@smrls.org; brian.jones@courts.state.mn.us
Subject: So-called appeal to your loony/harassing response to criminal complaint against corrupt Dakota Co. Attorneys: James Backstrom, Philip Prokopowicz & Kathryn Keenaand and Chapter 13 data request

Gary M. Hird, Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (651) 228-9823
Bryan Schafer, Hastings Chief of Police, Brian Jones, First Judicial District Administrator:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for helping me prove to the world that the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (LPRB) is just a much a joke and a fraud as the corrupt City of Hasting Police dept. and the rigged Dakota Co. courts, wouldn’t I? I would, wouldn’t I? See attached response.

Dede Evavold

Attachment:  LPRB-2016.pdf

 
Gary M. Hird, Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board 03-06-16
Southern Minn Regional Legal Services Inc
55 E 5th St #1000    Emailed to: bschafer@hastingsmn.gov, gary.hird@smrls.org
St Paul, MN 55101                       brian.jones@courts.state.mn.us
Telephone: (651)228-9823
Email: gary.hird@smrls.org
Registration Number: 2232

Re: So-called appeal to your loony/harassing response to criminal complaint against corrupt Dakota Co. Attorneys: James Backstrom, Philip Prokopowicz & Kathryn Keenaand and Chapter 13 data request.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for helping me prove to the world that the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (LPRB) is just a much a joke and a fraud as the corrupt City of Hasting Police dept. and the rigged Dakota Co. courts, wouldn’t I? I would, wouldn’t I?  Was your loony and harassing response supposed to be a mentally abusive dagger that was designed to break my will? It was, wasn’t it? It didn’t work, did it? It didn’t, did it? You’re one of those corrupt local officials who “call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter,” aren’t you? You are, aren’t you? This is the loony harassment script that you and the corrupt Dakota Co. courts have agreed to mentally abuse me with, isn’t it? It is, isn’t it?The corrupt court is going to mentally abuse me with the same ridiculous nonsense at my rigged 9:00 am,  Monday, March 7, 2016 omnibus hearing, aren’t they? Inquiring minds want to know, don’t they? How are you going to bully me into submission when I already know and understand the phony scam, huh? Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. Proverbs 1:17 (King James Version)I have an extremely simple counter, don’t I? I do, don’t I? I will continue to say, over and over and over again, that the corrupt Dakota court are rigged until I receive every single electron of my readily available, free, electronic discovery/evidence and public data, won’t I? I will, won’t I? My reputation will be built up if if am retaliated against, won’t it? And the corrupt Dakota Co. court’s reputation will be called into question with each and every bullying tactic that is employed against me, won’t it? It will, won’t it? Finally, I am appealing your malicious rigged and harassing 11th hour ruling.Please email me the following readily available, free, electronic public data:
1. 2016 (or 2015 if not updated) LPRB policy and procedure manual.
2. 2016 (or 2015 if not updated) LPRB Personnel Handbook
3. 2016 (or 2015 if not updated) LPRB data practice manual
4. LPRB Notice to Commissioner of Administration: Adoption of Model Policies – Years: 2010-2015 (See incorporated IPAD example).   ___________________________________________________
Deirdre “Dede” Evavold
3015 30th St. Ct. S.   P.S. Your minion, Patrick R. Burns, engaged in the criminal St. Cloud, MN 56301  act of falsifying an official document, not once, not twice, Phone: 320-293-6233  but three times, didn’t he? He did, didn’t he? 
Email: dedeevavold@hotmail.com   Page 1 of 5


P.S. I’ve filed a criminal complaint against the corrupt Dakota Co. Attorneys: James Backstrom, Philip Prokopowicz and Kathryn Keena, haven’t I? I have, haven’t I? And I wouldn’t hesitate to file a complaint against you, would I? I wouldn’t, would I?  Notice: I am the subject of this data. Notice: I will only accept written responses. No harassing emails. Harassing emails will be reported to the proper authorities. (Ex: Badgering the Requester, Misstating the Law, Asked and Answered, etc.). Notice: I will only accept data emailed directly to my email account. Any links to Lawyers Professional Responsibility board server or website instead of data being placed directly into email address provided will be considered harassing. Exception: If data is too large to email, then data may be placed onto the appropriate-sized DVD. Sizes of individual data must be provided to justify need for DVDs. Fraudulent bills will be reported to the proper authorities. Notice: Forward request to the proper authority.State of Minnesota vs Dakota County water resources department employee Thomas Alan Berry CASE NO. 19AV-CR-15-19535.
CASE INFORMATION Charges: Berry, Thom as Alan 1. Violation of Minnesota Data Practices Act (Not applicable – GOC) Statute 13.09(a) Level: Misdemeanor Date: 08/26/2015 Disposition: 02/11/2016 Convicted Level of Sentence: 02/11/2016 Convicted of a Misdemeanor
02/11/2016 Disposition (Judicial Officer: Lehmann, Christopher J.) 1. Violation of Minnesota Data Practices Act (Not applicable – GOC) Convicted
02/11/2016 Court Decision (Judicial Officer: Lehmann, Christopher J.) 1. Violation of Minnesota Data Practices Act (Not applicable – GOC) 08/26/2015 (MSD) 13.09(a) (1309a)609.43 Misconduct of Public Officer or Employee. A public officer or employee who does any of the following, for which no other sentence is specifically provided by law, may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both: (4) in the capacity of such officer or employee, makes a return, certificate, official report, or other like document having knowledge it is false in any material respect. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=609.43https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=609.43&format=pdf

http://lprb.mncourts.gov/LawyerSearch/casedocs/BACKSTROM-A09-861-06232009.pdf Lawyer License No: 0003797 Full Licensed Name: JAMES C BACKSTROM City, State: HASTINGS, MN Date Admitted to Minnesota Bar: 09/29/1978 Authorized to Practice?: YES Case Number: A09-861 Date: 06/23/2009 Determination: Reprimand. The Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility has filed a petition alleging that respondent James C. Backstroon committed professional misconduct warranting public doscipline, namely, threatening to withdraw support for an official appointed by the county board unless the official barres her subordinate from testifying as defense expert in criminal cases, in violation of Minn. R. Prof. Conduct 8.4(d).

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: …  Luke 18:1-2 King James Version (KJV)

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.  John 7:24 King James Version (KJV)

Rule 1.2 Promoting Confidence in the Judiciary. A judge shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid Page 2 of 5

impropriety and the appearance of impropriety. Minnesota Court Rules – Professional Rules – Code of Judicial Conduct, Canon 1. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/data/revisor/court_rules/pr/prjudi-1_2011-01-18_01-33-24/prjudi-1.pdf https://www.revisor.mn.gov/court_rules/rule.php?type=pr&subtype=judi&id=1#1.3  

In making the charging decision, due care should be taken to evaluate the impact of prosecution or non-prosecution on the public at large. What would be the prosecution’s impact on public perception of the justice system?108 Would prosecution have a positive impact on public confidence in the judicial system?109 Would it bring the justice system into disrepute or be counterproductive in some other way?110 The Charging Decision – C. The Propriety Evalaution. 10. Consequence to the Public. George R. Dekle, Sr, Prosecution Principles: A Clinical Handbook (Thompson/West:2007), Pages 48-49.

“From a national perspective we see this all the time, that lying to federal officers or lying in any circumstance brings a tremendous penalty, and it’s used as a weapon to make informants, its used to put people in jail, when they otherwise couldn’t be put in jail for any other crime,” Hooper said. … A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Nashville says it is reviewing the appeals court opinion, but can’t say if the office is investigating Weyker herself. Weyker has not responded to requests for comment about the case. Some Muslim leaders see double standard in case of St. Paul cop. Tim Nelson, MPR News · Mar 4, 2016.

8. Perjury (Minn. Stat. § 609.48) Description: A new law related to court documents was enacted under Minn. Stat. § 358.166. The law states that a court document does not need to be notarized. Signing a document filed with the court constitutes “verification upon oath or affirmation.” A person who signs a court document knowing that it is false is guilty of perjury under Minn. Stat. § 609.48. Effective Date: August 1, 2014 Reference: Chapter 204 – H.F. 2668; 2013 Minn. Stat. §§ 609.48 MOC Table Changes: None. Use Table  X August  2014 Minnesota Prosecutors Manual Section 1-8. Minnesota County Attorneys Association.

When you are arrested today, the federal prosecutors automatically expect that they will be able to force you to plead guilty – whether you are or not. And their police agents, especially the DEA, take the same attitude. It is now quite common to see truly innocent defendants convicted and sentenced to longer terms because the Government rewards others, often the guiltiest parties, with shorter sentences in exchange for testifying against the innocent. Defense attorneys know this – they see it constantly – and it is slowly corrupting many of them.  Busted by the Feds: A Manual for Defendants Facing Federal Prosecution by Larry Fassler, 12th Ed., page 108

judicial economy – Legal Definition n. Efficiency in the management of a particular litigation or of the courts in general; refers to measures taken to avoid unnecessary effort or expense on the part of the court or the court system. Webster’s New World Law Dictionary 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
http://www.yourdictionary.com/judicial-economy 

Consider the typical jury trial. For an innocent defendant, even a not guilty verdict is a loss. Although the innocent defendant has “won,” she has undergone arrest and (at least minimal) incarceration, spent money on premiums paid to bail bondsman, spent more money hiring a lawyer, withstood the inevitable public censure and suspicion, undergone the roller coaster ride of emotion during the protracted litigation, and will ever after suffer a stain on her reputation. For the innocent defendant, “not guilty” is a smaller loss than “guilty as charged,” but it is a loss nonetheless. For a guilty Page 3 of 5

defendant, even a guilty verdict and a prison sentence can be a win. More than one guilty defendant facing a draconian sentence has celebrated when she was convicted of a lesser crime and sentenced to the maximum for a minor felony. George R. Dekle, Sr, Prosecution Principles: A Clinical Handbook (Thompson/West:2007), Page 65.

With the rise of the democracies and the dethronement and disempowering of previously powerful groups such as the military, the nobility, and the like, there has been a gradual shift from the conscious and explicit use of direct methods of interpersonal and social control to one that are more indirect, subtle, and covert. Gaslighting, The Double Whammy, Interrogation and Other Covert Control in Psychotherapy & Analysis, Theo L. Dorpat (Maryland: 2004), Page xviii.

By making another person feel fearful, guilty, or ashamed, the manipulator is in a position to gain control over the other individual’s affects, thoughts, and behaviors by substituting his own beliefs. This is the basic mechanism of gaslighting whether used in everyday life, in psychotherapy situations, or in the thought-reform and mind-control manipulations of cult leaders. Some advertising and many social interactions in which one person attempts to gain control over another are based on this principle.” Gaslighting, The Double Whammy, Interrogation and Other Covert Control in Psychotherapy & Analysis, Theo L. Dorpat (Maryland: 2004), Page 7.

In her discussion of the different modes of overt and covert verbal abuse, Evans (1992) lists the following types of covert verbal abuse: “withholding,” “countering,” “discounting,” “verbal abuse disguised as jokes,” “blocking and diverting,” “trivializing,” and “undermining.” Gaslighting, The Double Whammy, Interrogation and Other Covert Control in Psychotherapy & Analysis, Theo L. Dorpat (Maryland: 2004), Page 13.

The entire thrust of police interrogation there, as in all the cases today, was to put the defendant in such an emotional state as to impair his capacity for rational judgment. Miranda v. Arizona 384 U.S. 436 (1966)

It has been stated of witnesses in court that what they say is not as important as how they say it. Unfortunately, an anxious, rambling, absent-minded witness who is telling the truth is less likely to believed than a lying witness who comes across as confident, unyielding, and certain. The witness must appreciate what lawyers have known for years: the courtroom is a stage where attorney’s carefully direct a drama wherein witnesses unfold their story before the jury’s eyes. The jury represents the audience of this production and the witnesses become players. In this carefully constructed arena, the witness needs to fit the jury’s image of someone who is telling the truth. Fred E. Inbau, John E. Reid, Joseph P. Buckley, Brian C. Jayne, Criminal Interrogation and Confessions, 4th Ed., page 454.

We will provide electronic copies (such as email or CD-ROM) upon request if we keep the data in electronic format. … If you do not understand some of the data (technical terminology, abbreviations, or acronyms), please let us know. We will give you an explanation if you ask. Policy and procedures required by Minnesota Statutes, sections 13.025 and 13.03 (2016) Data Practices Policy for Members of the Public, Page 3. http://www.ipad.state.mn.us/docs/accesspolpub.docx

We will provide electronic copies (such as email or CD-ROM) upon request if we keep the data in electronic format. … If you do not understand some of the data (technical terminology, abbreviations, or acronyms), please let us know. We will give you an explanation if you ask. Policy and procedures required by Minnesota Statutes, sections 13.025 and 13.03 (2016) Data Practices Policy for Data Page 4 of 5

Subjects, Page 5.  http://www.ipad.state.mn.us/docs/accesspolds.docx

http://www.ipad.state.mn.us/docs/accesspol.html Data Practices Policies Entities adopting the model policies linked above must notify the Commissioner of Administration and may do so by using this notification. http://www.ipad.state.mn.us/docs/accesspol-adopt.docx Notice of Adoption of Model Policies Minnesota Statutes, section 13.025, subdivisions 2 and 3, require government entities to prepare written policies that relate to public access to government data, and rights of subjects of data and Minnesota Statutes, section 13.03, subdivision 2, requires entities to establish procedures that data requests are complied with appropriately and promptly. Minnesota Statutes, section 13.073, subd. 6, requires the Commissioner of Administration to prepare model policies and procedures to help government entities comply with those requirements. Entities that choose to adopt the Commissioner’s model policies must notify the Commissioner. Please use the following statement to notify the Commissioner if you choose to adopt the model policies and procedures.*   Notice to Commissioner of Administration: Adoption of Model Policies [Name of entity] has adopted the Commissioner’s Model Policy for the Public and Model Policy for Data Subjects. This notice to the Commissioner satisfies [name of entity]’s obligation under Minnesota Statutes, section 13.073, subdivision 6. [Signed by] [Title] [Date] *Government entities may submit this notification by mail or email: Commissioner of Administration  c/o Information Policy Analysis Division (IPAD)  201 Administration Building  50 Sherburne Avenue  St. Paul, MN 55155  info.ipad@state.mn.us

Search of Evavold Residence and Search of iPhone On October 21, 2015, a search warrant was executed at Evavold’s residence in St. Cloud. Several computers and cell phones were seized and subsequentiy searched. Rigged Case No. 19HA-CR-15-4227 State Of Minnesota VS Deirdre Elise “Dede” Evavoldhttps://www.co.dakota.mn.us/_layouts/CustomHandlers/PCI_Image.ashx?CID=17753

One of the key elements of eCourtMN is the establishment of eFiling and eService – giving case participants the ability to submit documents to the court and serve documents to opposing parties electronically, through an online portal. This allows court customers to file documents without traveling to the courthouse or paying for postage or courier costs, allows filers to submit documents immediately and outside of courthouse business hours, and allows court documents to be sent to filers electronically. eFiling now available in all 87 Minnesota district courts Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2015http://www.mncourts.gov/About-The-Courts/NewsAndAnnouncements/ItemDetail.aspx?id=1232http://www.mncourts.gov/File-a-Case/File-in-A-District-Trial-Court/eFSRollout.aspx eFile/eServe Rollout 2015 Designation of Case Types and District Courts Subject to Voluntary e-Filing and e-Service Rules County District eFile/eServe Status Stearns Seventh Judicial District Voluntary as of Dec 07, 2015 Page 5 of 5

S&D

My tracking software has determined that the Star Tribune hack Brodkorb can’t stay away from Lion News, hasn’t it? It has, hasn’t it? “Dr. Quack” Brodkorb is desperate for poor Dede’s response, isn’t he? He is, isn’t he?

 

More to come . ..

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ominous Omnibus

150035Like the title of the books, I have been involved in a series of unfortunate events that have led to The Ominous Omnibus Hearing scheduled at the Dakota County Courthouse in Hastings – March 7th at 9am. CHARGES FILED FOLLOWING DISCOVERY OF MISSING MINNESOTA SISTERS

The main purpose of the omnibus hearing is to determine the admissibility of evidence. The problem is that I have not received my evidence so it would really seem to be a moot point.

Public Data & Discovery Request For Rigged Case No. 19HA-CR-15-4227 State Of Minnesota VS Deirdre Elise “Dede” Evavold? Where Is The Data For The Malcious October 21, 2015 No-Knock Warrant, Huh? Corrupt City Of Lakeville Deputy Chief Of Police John Kornmann Gets Mad And Hangs Up On Poor Dede & Nemmers? Corrupt Kornmann Couldn’t Fall Back On His Training, Could He? Corrupt Kornmann Doesn’t Want To Help Poor Dede Prove That She Is A Victim Of A Corrupt Dakota County Court, Does He? No Surprise, Right? Corrupt Dakota Co. Attorney James Backstrom Has A Hlstory Of Obstructing Justice, Doesn’t He? Really No Surprise, Right? Lakeville Police Making Wild & Outrageous Claims About Sandra Grazzin-Rucki’s Kidnapping Charge Being “A Clerical Error”?
http://lionnews00.blogspot.com/2016/03/public-data-discovery-request-for.html

Now, back to the book. . .

Goodreads: Book reviews, recommendations, and discussion  Reviews          The Ominous Omnibus:

The Bad Beginning / Reptile Room / Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (Goodreads Author), Brett Helquist (Illustrator)

COMMUNITY REVIEWS

The three books in this volume are painfully “formulaic”. The orphans are brilliant, polite and creative; adults are rude, condescending, foolish, self-absorbed and occasionally just plain evil. Plot twists are inelegantly contrived and predictable. (That sounds so familiar to me)
The Bad Beginning:The plot: Three Baudelaire children ages 14, 12, and 2, are at the beach when their parent’s house burns down. They end up staying with a distant relative, Uncle Olaf who wants to get their money.
(Again, why does that sound so familiar? Oh yeah,  Abusive Father Gives Children Away)

Children’s books often deal with the adult world in a dark way, with our heroes at the mercy of bad guardians. Usually we have the comfort of knowing that authors don’t allow children to suffer indefinitely, and there will be a happy ending.
The Lemony Snicket books offer two unusual twists on this established plot device. Firstly, they constantly promise us no happy ending – just more suffering for our poor orphans. Secondly, the sufferings are entirely undeserved. The Baudelaire children are intelligent, brave, resourceful and loving, but utterly at the mercy of events beyond their control.

This certainly adds an interesting wrinkle, but then again there is a good reason why this convention is not usually subverted. Firstly, people don’t on the whole want to see children suffer without cessation. We can cope with unhappy endings for adults, but it’s a less easy trick to pull off with children.

Secondly, what miserablist writers forget is that their plots are often just as formulaic as those of the ‘happy ending’ writers. By the end of the third book, we pretty much know what we’re going to get. The children will be put in the care of a guardian who will prove to be bad for them, or who will be killed. Count Olaf will launch a fiendish plot to get his hands on their money, but be thwarted. Mr Poe will be well-meaning, but will fail them and they will be forced to rely on their own initiative to survive.

This last aspect is one of the interesting parts of the book. The adult world is a constant threat to the Baudelaires. The children will be threatened by evil adults, and when they meet good adults, those adults will be weak, ineffectual and selfish, refusing to listen to the children until it is too late or nearly too late.

We have the ability to rewrite the narrative of the Grazzini-Rucki story at any time! THE TIME IS NOW!

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