Meanwhile … In Pennsylvania

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This article appeared in the National Review Online

This story is refreshing AND perplexing. Not only because of the uncovered corruption during a lengthy investigation, but also due to the apparent ball-dropping by the Pennsylvania Attorney General(AG)  who inherited the case.  It appears the Philadelphia District Attorney is on the chase to require the AG to execute the duties she has sworn to uphold … regardless of party politics.

If you read the story you will be enthralled due to the particulars of the cases and the individual players.

Why did the AG drop a case that exposed Democratic corruption?

Philadelphia DA Seth Williams (left) has slammed Pa. AG Kathleen Kane
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John Fund

Prosecutors almost never go to war against each other. But in Pennsylvania, Democratic attorney general Kathleen Kane is being brutally criticized by Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s district attorney and a fellow Democrat. Williams is upset that last year one of Kane’s first acts in office was to decline to prosecute four Philadelphia state legislators and other government officials. In a sting operation, all had been caught accepting cash or Tiffany jewelry in exchange for votes or favors. Kane, who is white, has defended herself, saying that the investigation was badly managed and tainted by racism. She claims the criticism comes from what she calls the “Good Ol’ Boys Club.” Williams, who is African American, has shot back: “I have seen racism. I know what it looks like. This isn’t it.”

The sting operation followed pretty much the same playbook as the federal Abscam investigation of the 1970s. Begun in 2010, the Philly probe was conducted under Kane’s three immediate predecessors as attorney general, and it resulted in more than 400 hours of video and audio recordings. Tyron B. Ali, a lobbyist originally from Trinidad, served as the undercover agent; after he was charged with fraud, he agreed to wear a wire in exchange for lenient treatment. Word of his cash offers eventually got around and prompted some elected officials to call him first. “Sources with knowledge of the sting said the investigation made financial pitches to both Republicans and Democrats, but only Democrats accepted the payments,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported last week.

Attorney General Kane inherited the investigation when she took office in January 2013. She told the Inquirer that she stopped it without filing any charges because it was “poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism.” She quoted Claude Thomas, the chief investigator in the case, as saying he had been ordered to target “only members of the General Assembly’s Black Caucus” and to ignore “potentially illegal acts by white members.”

In response, Williams issued an angry statement and penned an op-ed in Sunday’s Inquirer. “The notion that they would target anyone based on race is ridiculous,” Williams said in a statement. “I am confident they are not racist, and it is regrettable that the attorney general would casually throw around such an explosive accusation.” Thomas, who is also African American, now works for Williams and denies he ever made such a statement.

What is clear is just how damning some of the collected evidence is. The Inquirer reported this exchange between Ali, the lobbyist, and state representative Vanessa Brown:

Ali went to Brown’s office and handed her an envelope with $2,000, according to people who have reviewed a transcript of a tape Ali made on that day.

As Brown accepted the money, they said, she put it in her purse and said: “Yo, good looking and Ooowee. . . . Thank you twice.”

After he gave Brown the money, Ali urged her to vote against a bill that would require voters to show identification at the polls, the sources said.

Kane’s supporters say that federal law-enforcement officials she consulted believed the probe had suffered from a lack of “quality control” and could be viewed as entrapment. “Is the acceptance of cash alarming? Absolutely,” one person close to Kane told the Inquirer. “But you’ve got to think: I’ve got to try this case.”

It certainly may have been politically awkward for Kane, as a Democrat, to prosecute only African-American defendants, but a conviction on something should have been a slam dunk. Even if prosecutors couldn’t prove a quid pro quo, it is illegal for politicians to accept payments to enrich themselves and also illegal not to report the income. Further, the prosecutors in this case have a sterling track record in securing convictions against the leadership of both parties in the legislature, winning 21 convictions in the 2010 “Bonusgate” scandal, which involved illegal payments to legislative staffers who performed political work. All of those convicted were white.

Kane has declined to answer detailed questions about why she dropped the investigation. Her critics, she says, are “playing political games to discredit me in order to fulfill their own selfish and improper agenda.” When she met with Inquirer editors last Thursday, she brought her personal attorney and on his advice declined to answer any questions after the meeting. Her attorney says she may file a defamation suit against the paper, a ploy frequently used by public figures to intimidate journalists.

Williams says he is tired of Kane’s “escalating excuses.” He points out that when she took office, the files on the probe were with federal prosecutors who hadn’t yet concluded whether they wanted to pursue their own case. “All she had to do was leave the investigation in the hands of federal authorities,” Williams wrote in Sunday’s Inquirer. “But she didn’t do that. Instead, she asked for the files back. And then, after going out of the way to reclaim the investigation, she shut it down.”

One bit player in the drama, who had dealings with Ali and was shocked to learn later that Ali was a government agent, says the whole thing reminds him of a John Grisham novel. My vote is for House of Cards. And from what we know so far, it shouldn’t be too hard to start matching up some of the Philadelphia players with their dramatic counterparts in the Netflix series.

— John Fund is a national-affairs columnist for National Review Online.

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Intolerant Police Mung-Up A Marine Veteran’s Right To Demonstrate

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This Marine Veteran shows strength in the face of union protestors’ attempts to intimidate him while he exercises his right to protest.

Then the police show their lack of tolerance and knowledge of the Constitution guaranteeing the Marine’s right to protest and publicly demonstrate.

It ain’t over ’til it’s over.  I’m betting the Marine Veteran will say when it is over.

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Pushing A Policeman Off A Motorcycle = Bad Medicine

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The failure of an idiot and the ground soon meet.  And make sure you listen for Occupy Denver babies wrongly crying while they blame the police instead of their village dullards:

The video claims some vulgar language from the OWSers.  Click on the link just below::

 Push /Shove — Expect Rain From Above

Occupy Denver, Huh?

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A Great Rendition Of Amazing Grace

I found this at one of the officer sites I frequent. It was posted as a tribute to fallen Law Enforcement Officers. I’m placing it on my blog for the same reason.

God Bless You — Those who serve their fellow citizens in war zones all over this nation.

Now, They Police Us

Aerial view of the Port of Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 -2011

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A curious story finds its way from Alaska to the lower forty-eight and the rest of the world.  We now know that some Alaska citizens have been stopped, arrested or otherwise contacted by a Mexican citizen posing as a US citizen.  Don’t be surprised if more non-US citizen police are found  elsewhere across our porous as  cheesecloth borders.  This one takes the cake because the illegal alien, so-called police officer used a fraudulent passport as proof of US citizenship.  I suppose we might think there is nothing sacred under the sun when it comes to forgeries as proof of citizenship.  Below you’ll find more from the  Anchorage Daily News:

An Anchorage police officer who took on a false identity that masked his Mexican citizenship has been arrested and charged with passport fraud, federal officials said Friday.

At a news conference Friday, U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said that patrolman Rafael Espinoza, on the Anchorage police force for about six years, was really Rafael Mora-Lopez, a Mexican national working in the United States illegally.

The image below of the “policeman” is © Copyright 2011, The Anchorage Daily News, a subsidiary of The McClatchy Company

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Rafael Mora-Lopez
The Anchorage Police Chief has stated the man was an excellent employee and nothing is found to the contrary which indicate sMora-Lopez was involved in criminal activity.  The chief did add, there was nothing with the exception of using false documents and swearing falsely when he was sworn as an Anchorage law enforcement officer.  The State’s Attorney General’s office through as spokesman has said:

“At this time, we have no reason to believe, with what we know so far, that this gentleman, this officer’s, good work for APD has in any way been compromised or questioned,” Skidmore said. “The work that he performed, the other facts to which he testified, we have no reason to believe that any of that is inaccurate. He did so under an assumed name, and yes that’s something we need to evaluate and look at.”

The chief has indicated the fraudulent cop took a “lie-detector test and passed it.”   This is another wonderful endorsement of an unscientific instrument which our SCOTUS has refused to recognize as reliable (click here):

Part of the ongoing investigation will look into how the Mexican national slipped through the screening process for Anchorage police officers, Mew said. For example, officers must pass a lie-detector test during the interview process, Mew said.

“As part of that, do you ask them their name?” a reporter asked Mew.

“He obviously got through the polygraph,” Mew said. “I can tell you what we generally ask, but what’s at issue is what did we ask on that day, in that interview, and we haven’t gotten to that yet.”

Let us suppose this fraud of a cop had a stellar record as he went about fraudulently performing law enforcement duties,  this would, I guess, entitle him to say he was a “dishonest honest cop.”  That would be all I would grant him … if that much.

You can read more: http://www.adn.com/2011/04/22/1823607/23arrestedcop.html#ixzz1KNSSWLd7

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Relay For The Cause On Rt 66 (Fallen Officers Memorial)

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Bernalillo County Deputies Request Public’s Assistance

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The following information was provided by Bernadette Miera,Neighborhood Program Coordinator for Bernallilo County.

10/30/09

Bernalillo County deputies need the public’s help ending a rash of home burglaries.

They have responded to 70 home burglaries in the last four months around the East Mountains. They say that is up significantly from what they usually see. So they need homeowners to be more watchful and careful.

Sergeant Broderick Sharp says there is a clear pattern for thieves targeting homes along major roads in the East Mountains.

“The benefits are the really expensive homes. The draw is it’s easy access in and out. You’re going to have very little contact with neighbors,” Sharp said.

There has been an increase in calls of suspicious-looking people posing as handymen and door-to-door salesmen suspected of casing upscale metro-area homes.

“For the Paako area, we’re going to have a group that’s targeting those citizens. For the south 14 residences, we’re going to have a group that’s targeting them,” Broderick said.

The last home thieves hit was located off Old Route 66 Tuesday. Burglars used a crow bar on the door before kicking it in. They took a Blue Ray player and sound system.

Sharp says they have stepped up patrols and made two arrests in connection with the home burglaries. But he says people living in the area need to do more to protect their homes.

The sergeant says most thieves are walking in through the front door after they find a key inside the house after they find hidden keys outside.

Aside from removing your hidden keys, Sharp says neighbors need to get neighborly and talk about what’s going on. Also, if you see something out of place—a vehicle that looks suspicious—call the sheriff’s office right away.

Below are two websites where you can get information on crime in your neighborhoods. I am not sure of how many of your organizations are familiar with these sites, but I thought they would be a good resource for residents.

http://www.crimemapping.com/

http://www.crimereports.com/

Bernadette Miera

Neighborhood Program Coordinator

Public Information Department

BERNALILLO COUNTY

(505) 468- 1279 / (fax) (505) 243-6979


 

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Hail To the Chief!

By Bob Steiner

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Chief Chuck Swanberg

Since being activated some eighteen months ago, the Edgewood Police Department has experienced more than its fair share of growing pains. The first Chief of Police appointed  had  academic credentials which would make him eminently qualified as our town’s senior cop.   According to our local print media, though,   he seemed to  have trouble identifying with the local culture and communicating with his subordinates, most of whom were certified officers and well-experienced.  Unfortunately, two of his officers were less than loyal and caused some dissension in the department.   Ultimately, this, and other factors  were to bring about his departure from the valley.

The town’s Council, having been disappointed with their first choice,  then  wisely decided to go a different route.  They would  try to  find a qualified  individual within the central New Mexican  retired police community. This person would serve on an interim basis and the town would have plenty of time to  find a permanent incumbent for the position.

Recently retired from the Albuquerque Police Department,  Charles “Chuck” Swanberg agreed to take on the duties of  interim Chief until a permanent replacement could be found. Chief Swanberg was sworn in  and immediately began to push a training program to enhance the professionalism of all the town’s officers.  He finalized the town’s written police procedures, and went to great lengths to procure the latest protective equipment for his officers. His team of officers brought the local graffiti problem under control and during his tenure the town’s “Amber Alert” project for the  finger printing of children was started.  He effectively restored the town’s confidence in our men and woman in blue.

Chief Swanberg has done a superior job and after a change of command ceremony at the town council meeting, November 4th,  he will be returning to his life of  retirement involving airplanes ,  military re-enactments, and other hobbies.  He will  be around for a few more days helping  the new Chief, James T. Daniels,  to get his feet on the ground.  If  our readers should see him, I would hope that they would take the time to thank “Chuck” Swanberg for a job well done!

H A I L    T O     T H E   C H I E F   !

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ACORN: We Have Fallen, Cracked AND Can’t Get Back

by Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009).

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Not ACORN's Chief Cook

Not ACORN's Chief Cook

The chief cook and bottle washer  (CCBW), better known as ACORN‘s Chief Organizer laments the fact that members of ACORN (some say, “a continuing criminal enterprise.”) have been caught full of themselves and the power they thought they had to usurp the laws of this country.

Name one organization, save our Congress, that has been so much in the news for repetitive attempts to violate or that actually completed the violation of the laws with which the rest of society must comply. The plan of all socialist organizations, when caught violating the law, is to quickly sling the net of doubt toward their detractors.

That is exactly what they have attempted over the recent arrests and more particularly on the disclosure of wrongdoing from the veritas videos for which a couple of bright young folks are responsible.  ACORN will attempt to gain the cooperation and prosecutorial assistance of Maryland authorities citing the existence of a law or laws that on the surface prohibit the work of amateur journalists in recording crooks and charlatans.

One would hope that those who despise the waste of taxpayer monies and the work of sneaky, snaky scoff laws will oppose any effort toward prosecuting the sleuths who have managed to ferret out the violators that have tried efforts to circumvent our laws or instigate new methods of violating same.

Here’s a release left by the CCBW as eggs drips from her mouth:

Sounds like: EXCUSE PLEASE, WE DIDN’T MEAN TO GET CAUGHT ( Release From ACORN’s Web site)

Here’s some information from the Baltimore State’s Attorney discussing the possible presecution of the corruption gatherers … but not the corruption makers.

Will She Dare To Prosecute (from HotAirPundit.com)

I’m now taking bets that the revelations heretofore announced are just the beginning. Takers?

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