Continued Corruption of Public Officials

Reporter Jailed for FOIA Regarding Judicial Misconduct by the Judge Being Investigated

Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver

Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver

Details are in the video.

Continue to The Common Sense Show Website: http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2016/08/22/reporter-jailed-for-foia-regarding-judicial-misconduct-by-the-judge-being-investigated/

Judging the Judges

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Is Anybody Judging the Judges? The California Legislature Wants Answers

A joint committee of the California Legislature has authorized an audit of the Commission on Judicial Performance, the only entity that can discipline or remove a state judge.

A coalition of two dozen groups reflecting a wide range of interests, led by the Center for Judicial Excellence wrote letters, made calls and sent emails to urge the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) to call for the audit.

“The Center for Public Integrity gave California an ‘F grade’ on its 2015 report card for judicial accountability, said Kathleen Russell, the executive director of the Center for Judicial Excellence in a press release.

Continue Reading: http://sandiegofreepress.org/2016/08/is-anybody-judging-the-judges-the-california-legislature-wants-answers/


Most audits in public sector governance are political and worthless. Even if they uncover deficiencies, abuse and fraud, change is usually not forthcoming.

Below is an article from 2013 that clearly demonstrates the ineffectiveness of audits in the public sector. The MN legislative auditor perforrmed 5 consecutive audits on the Dept. of Human Services and found several deficiencies, but guess what?  Despite the fact that error, abuse and fraud were identified, no changes have been made and DHS has not been sanctioned by the federal government.

Audit: Problems at Minn. Human Services Unresolved   

KSTP  | 7-11-13 | Stephen Tellier  “Sorry the Page You are Looking for Doesn’t Exist”

Fortunately, Red Herring Alert has obtained a copy of this article!

Audit: Problems at Minn. Human Services Unresolved   7-11-13 | Stephen Tellier 

A scathing audit released Thursday, July 11, finds systemic problems at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) that still haven’t been fixed — more than two years after a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation brought them to light.

DHS oversees about $9 billion in total Medicaid spending and another $1.4 billion in federal funds for welfare, child care assistance, as well as several other programs. Auditors say the state simply isn’t doing a good enough job keeping track of that taxpayer money.

And this is far from the first time they’ve come down hard on DHS.

“I believe that errors, abuse and fraud exist in this program,” said Cecile Ferkul, deputy legislative auditor with the Office of the Legislative Auditor, during our investigation in 2011.

More than two years later, Ferkul said little has changed. “It can be frustrating that they’re not getting resolved,” Ferkul said Thursday.  She oversaw the audit, which reads like a bureaucratic broken record.

Auditors found DHS is not making sure Minnesotans who receive welfare and child care assistance are eligible for those benefits – and that fraud can still go undetected. Auditors also say DHS has “significant, ongoing noncompliance” with federal requirements – a problem first identified in 2009 and now cited in five consecutive audits.

“When the state has a program that’s spending $9 billion, they have a responsibility to make sure it’s going to the right people,” Ferkul said.

DHS has admitted to the problems found. The department has promised to fix them after each audit, but hasn’t. The department told us no one was available for an on-camera interview, but responded with a statement from Deputy Commissioner Charles Johnson:

“The auditor’s report found we are largely in compliance with all requirements related to the federally-funded programs we administer. We agree with the audit’s conclusions about the areas that need improvement and are moving forward to ensure these issues are resolved. We are committed to running these programs in the most cost-effective way possible to best serve the people of Minnesota.”

Auditors say the department’s broken record is full of broken promises.

“They have now estimated that they’ll be able to resolve that finding by December of 2015 — still two and a 1/2 years out,” Ferkul said.

The audit also found that the state failed to request $139 million in Medicaid payments from the federal government. That money has since been recouped.

Despite the audit echoing previous problems, DHS has not been hit with sanctions by the federal government. But auditors say that is a possibility.


8/10/2016 Press Release: California Judicial Watchdog Faces First Audit in 56 Years (PDF)

Excerpt:“The audit request received support from the state’s powerful Service Employees International Union (SEIU California), the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV) and the Sacramento Chapter of the NAACP, along with more than a dozen court reform and child protection organizations. A number of audit supporters have been working to expose widespread corruption in the family court system that many say has created an epidemic of judicial trafficking of abused children away from their protective parents and into abusive homes during divorces and separations.


These groups continually ignore the money matters and help cover up, ignore, and derail the very important discussions on grants use and corporation fraud.

The Center for Judicial Excellence promotes the narrative that “the system is broken.” 

Read more about the “Broken Courts Crowd” from familycourtmatters.wordpress.com below:

Family Courts: Crippled, Incompetent and Corrupt — or just “Broken”?

In 2002, California NOW put out a report declaring that the family courts were “Crippled, Incompetent and Corrupt.”

Meanwhile, many coalitions of professionals, have popularized the phrase that they aren’t corrupt, they’re “broken.”

Which is it?  Because, that’s a good question and depending on the answer, a different response is called for.  I have cited both references below, and blogged both of them before.

Unfortunately, I don’t see any public platform where there would be an open debate, with an audience!

Our Courts are Corrupt v. Our Courts are Broken?

Instead, the different sides, Balkanized, put out their own materials, and own conferences.  Generally speaking the “our Courts are Broken” conferences are run by some of the would-be fixers, and this viewpoint has much more financial backing!

But — the question CAN be answered, and has. However, the answer is psychologically disturbing and very unpleasant, and to verify it, most people would have to take out some private time to read the record.  And that’s not what most people’s minds are tuned to these days.

Mine only is because I don’t like losing complete contact with my kids overnight, and thereby losing my ability to self-support, or a period of time in which to rebuild what was destroyed in the last boxing round, which court events when combined with family events, are.  I also didn’t like my children losing their right to child support when it was in serious arrears, or their contact with an ethical working mother.  The existence of the family law system parallel to a criminal law system is logical dilemma.

Is there a formula for when the identical behavior is considered criminal versus a family dispute, or is it a coin toss?  Does it depend on local politics, the money in one’s family, luck, or is there a strategic plan (as yet unexposed) which the public and the peopel running through the courts don’t know?

If no one cares to give me a reasonable explanation why these things are so in my state (other states) and this country — if this is business as usual, then either it has to change or I will seek a safer place to live out what remains of my life, if one exists Period. So, I look things up until things that fit with the facts and the record make themselves known, but I am always interested in validating or invalidating statements; are they reasonable or unreasonable, or ridiculous. If they are borderline ridiculous (the root word for “ridiculous” is Latin for “to laugh.”), then who is promoting these ridiculous viewpoints, and where’s the profit in them?

Now, the profit is not that hard to track — it’s objective. It takes work to track, but it can be found (even the LACK of incorporation, nonprofit 990 tax returns, etc. can be “found,” i.e., when the group says it’s a nonprofit, and the IRS says it’s not, and hasn’t been — that’s a found fact….)

RE:  “Our Broken Courts” —

Amazingly, even families (often mothers) who have been more than just “broken” by the allegedly broken courts — they are “broke” financially, devastated emotionally, and some are homeless, others have been killed, and many have no real contact with their own children. others may have contact, but are paying heavily (that’s paying a lot financially) to do so — they have been put in supervised visitation themselves!  yet, they continue to endorse, listen to, and socially etc. support others who are promoting the “broken” viewpoint.

But, they have taken up the phrase themselves, along with phrases calling themselves losers (“Mothers of Lost Children” being a phrase that calls for the emotion of desolation, but moreover, it associates “mothers” with the word “Losers.”  A better word would be “stolen” children….)   Other emotional adjectives, even if true, engrain the trauma into the group name:  “Battered Mothers’ Custody Conference,” focuses on the language of battering.   Etc.

I pulled this segment out of the middle of the last post, which was about the quality of the TAGGS database, and believe this topic is more than timely right now.  I also (obviously) expanded it.

The answer is surprising and informative.  By getting to it, I believe anyone will be better equipped as a citizen here, children or no children.  But, you must make up your mind where you stand sooner or later.  I am asking those that are NOT part of the expansive business empire of the courts to make that “sooner.”  Thanks for reading this post!

Continue Reading: https://familycourtmatters.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/family-courts-crippled-incompetent-and-corrupt-or-just-broken/

Jury Tampering?

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Jury Selection Proves Difficult in Rucki Case

by Michael VolpeJul 21, 2016 

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MINNEAPOLIS, July 21, 2016 – The criminal trial of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki got off to an inauspicious start with a juror all but admitting that the jury pool was tainted.

Nearly all of the original 60 members of the jury pool said they had heard about the case, but one in particular said an article from that morning’s Minneapolis Star Tribune was sitting in the jury room.

Jurors are generally not supposed to be influenced by outside factors, including media accounts of the case, making the appearance of a newspaper article about the case in the jury room highly unusual.

The judge, Judge Karen Asphaugh, declined to do anything in response, and jury selection continued.

Another potential juror said he was recently at a party with a relative of David Rucki, Grazzini-Rucki’s ex-husband and the alleged victim in the case, but Judge Asphaugh declined to have him removed when the juror said he could remain neutral.

Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/life/family/jury-selection-proves-difficult-in-rucki-case-67812/#y4L7fqYfrkODXLf7.99

Investigative Reports on Grazzini-Rucki Case

Rucki girls would “suffer physical, sexual, and emotional abuse if returned to their father.”

Forcing the Innocent to Plead Guilty, an American Disgrace

Amaury Villalobos and William Vasquez reacted after their exonerations in a 1980 Brooklyn arson case. From left, Adele Bernhard, a lawyer, with Mr. Villalobos; Rita Dave, a lawyer, with Mr. Vasquez; and the widow of Raymond Mora, a third defendant who was cleared, Janet Mora, and their daughter, Eileen Mora. (photo: Pearl Gabel/NYT)

By John Kiriakou, Reader SupportedNews

19 April 16

 record 149 people had their criminal convictions overturned in 2015 after courts found they had been wrongly charged, according to a recent study. Nearly 4 in 10 of those exonerated had been convicted of murder, and the average newly-released prisoner had served more than 14 years in prison. Most of the exonerations came in only two states, Texas and New York. The National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the University of Michigan Law School, found that there have been 1,733 exonerations since 1989, with the total doubling since 2011. More than two-thirds of last year’s exonerees were minorities. Five had been sentenced to death.

There is a reason why most of the exonerations have come from two locales. District attorneys in Brooklyn, New York, and Harris County, Texas, have begun long-term reviews of questionable convictions, actions that are being watched by prosecutors and defense attorneys across the country. With 156 death row exonerations since 1973, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, this is a problem that must be addressed.

The National Registry of Exonerations report stated further that 42 of those exonerated in 2015 had pleaded guilty, a glaring indication that the current system of seeking plea bargains simply isn’t just. Indeed, Propublica found that 98.2 percent of all federal cases end in conviction, with nearly all of those a result of plea deals.

Why would an innocent person take a plea? Really, there is no alternative. First, the government uses a technique called “charge stacking.” Have you committed an actual crime? Be prepared for multiple charges, including a lot of “throwaway charges,” like obstruction of justice or making a false statement. In addition, the government will likely levy multiple charges against you for the same crime.

The point is not necessarily to convict you on everything, although prosecutors are perfectly happy to do that. The point is that prosecutors will eventually offer you a deal. Take a plea to one count and the others will be dismissed. It’s a negotiating ploy. But for the accused, the question is this: Even if you are innocent, should you take a plea and do a couple of years in prison or should you try your luck at trial, knowing that almost no defendant wins in court? Almost everybody takes the deal.

After I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program, the Justice Department charged me with violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. I had confirmed the name of a former CIA colleague to a reporter who wanted to interview him for a book. The name was never made public, but I shouldn’t have done it. Still, I had no criminal intent and there was no harm to the national security.

But that didn’t matter. The government added three espionage charges, as well as a charge of making a false statement. They threatened additional charges of making a false statement and obstruction of justice. Of course, I hadn’t committed espionage. Nor had I made any false statements. But that didn’t matter. Why risk a trial when you can just force a defendant to take a plea?

In the end, I took a plea to the initial charge. Everything else was dismissed. I was sentenced to 30 months in a federal prison. If I had gone to trial and had been found guilty, I was looking at 45 years. Realistically, I would have been sentenced to 18-24 years. Either way, I would have likely died in prison.

That happens every day in America. So it should be no surprise that innocent people are in prison as a result of pleading guilty to crimes they didn’t commit. The work of the Brooklyn and Harris County district attorneys should be lauded. But innocent men and women shouldn’t have to rely on the isolated prosecutor with a conscience for justice. Justice should mean justice.


John Kiriakou is an Associate Fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC. He is a former CIA counterterrorism operations officer and former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.

Court Takes Child From Mother After She Mentions Chemtrails At School

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‘I can now only see my daughter with a social security worker standing over me taking notes, and the judge said this was so that if I mention chemtrails they would put a stop to that.’

Posted on May 2, 2016 by Baxter Dmitry in News, US // 210 Comments

Colorado Mom

A Boulder, Colorado judge has removed a child from her mother’s care because the mother believes chemtrails are being sprayed into the atmosphere, court documents reveal.

Boulder Judge D.D. Mallard told Becca Vandb that ‘99% of people would know those are just contrails,’ and said that she is ‘so immersed in a fringe subculture’ that ‘she is a danger to her daughter.’

I can now only see my daughter with a social security worker standing over me taking notes, and the judge said this was so that if I mention chemtrails they would put a stop to that.’

Becca pointed out that there have been no neglect or child abuse allegations from the court or her daughter’s school.  There have been no criminal charges and no protective services visits.

I am being railroaded for expressing my views about chemtrails.’

Becca Vandb’s daughter wants to be with her mother, but is being kept away from her, with only supervised visits allowed, because Judge Mallard believes Becca is ‘immersed in a dangerous fringe subculture.’

I bought up chemtrails at my daughter’s school and was immediately banned from the premises.  Schools and courts in Boulder, Colorado have flat out denied there is any such thing as geoengineering or chemtrails, so has my kid’s dad who works in atmospheric research at the University of Colorado – seriously.’

DANGEROUS PRECEDENT

The school helped him take away custody because I had the gall to argue with them when they severely embellished my comments (made to adults only) about chemtrails.’

Continue Reading: http://yournewswire.com/court-takes-child-from-mother-after-she-mentions-chemtrails-at-school/

THE SHAM AND SCAM OF DISCOVERY

What’s interesting about this audio is that the St. Cloud PD promptly provided me with my readily available, free, electronic public data but Lakeville had the City Attorney tell me that “the data supporting a search warrant is criminal investigation data which is confidential or protected nonpublic data which the City cannot release, until the investigation becomes inactive.”

One of the ways an investigation becomes inactive is upon a decision by the agency or appropriate prosecutorial authority not to pursue the case. (That would seem to be appropriate to stop the continued harassment and misuse of public funds!)

The Lakeville City Attorney Roger Knutson also indicated that the City does not have a department policy on search  warrants.

I then received a fraudulent bill for $210 from Dakota County Attorney Kathryn Keena instead of emailing me my free electronic public and private data. They were put on notice in December of 2015 that I requested my discovery and public data and they willfully refused to comply. That violates the MN Data Practice Law (Minn. Stat. § 13.09 and 609.43) and the law is the law!
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The names of the officials present (Note that Detective Dronen indicated there were a couple US Marshals with them executing the search warrant but the list provided by Lakeville PD lists only one).

Detective Jim Dronen
Detective Kelli Coughlin
Detective Dave Watson
Detective Rick Hakanson
Detective Russ Helmueller
Inspector Matt Moran-US Marshals Service
Officer Eric Jensen-St. Cloud Police Department

Search Warrant Below (Click on documents to zoom-in) 

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Below is the reimbursement I received for the damage done to my door when they conducted the “no-knock” search warrant at my home.

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Most, If Not All, Police Agencies Destroy or Conceal Exculpatory Evidence, When Their Officers Abuse Civilians and Procure Their Bogus Criminal Prosecutions. Jerry L. Steering

I have contacted officials numerous times to request my evidence. On April 19th, 2016 I contacted Dakota Co.Data Compliance officials and received the information below the day after I made recorded phone calls to them.

From: Dede [mailto:dedeevavold@hotmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 11:57 AM
To: Miller, Justin; Joosten, Cindi; Long, Jeffrey
Subject: Harassment over Chapter 13 data request/Discovery request for rigged Case No. 19HA-CR-15-4227 State of Minn.
VS Deirdre Elise "Dede" Evavold

Justin Miller, City Administrator (952) 985-4403

You wouldn't mind helping be prove that I am a victim of a corrupt Dakota County court, would you? Why is corrupt police chiefJeff Long sending me harassing emails and hanging up the phone on me?

 Dede Evavold


From: dbastyr@lakevillemn.gov
To: dedeevavold@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: 2016-04-05 Data Request
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:13:23 +0000   

Dede Evavold,
In response to your 4/5/2016 data request
The signed LOGIS Joint Powers agreement is attached.
The City of Lakeville does not have a contract with TriTech.
The requested document does not exist.
The City of Lakeville does not maintain copies of LOGIS’s documents.
The TriTech selection report is attached.  There is such document for Cisco.
City of Lakeville personnel appointed as director and alternate director to the LOGIS board of directors are listed below.

Justin Miller 952-985-4401jmiller@lakevillemn.gov 20195 Holyoke Ave Lakeville, MN  55044
Allyn Kuennen 952-985-4402 akuennen@lakevillemn.gov 20195 Holyoke Ave Lakeville, MN  55044
The signed resolution appointing a director and alternate director to the LOGIS board of directors is attached. The City of Lakeville master joint powers agreement and the court amendment are attached. 

Diane Bastyr 
Mike Garris,LOGIS Executive Director/Data Practices Compliance Official also provided information via email the same day.

 


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