Congrats Reginald Betts. You are what we need. Good to see that my profession is evolving.
For weeks, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) agents have been aggressively detaining and arresting individuals in and outside of courthouses. We’ve heard unsettling stories throughout the country.
Because Portland is a sanctuary city, local law enforcement and/or prosecutors are prohibited from helping ICE carry out their mission. Unfortunately, it appears that some government employees are ignoring this law. This is happening now!
Do not rely on what ICE agents tell you. Ask for a lawyer and refuse to sign anything. Say that you will not answer any questions without an attorney. THE END. DO NOT SPEAK. DO NOT COMMUNICATE.
The Immigrant Defense Project’s website provides very important information on what you need to know if/when this happens to you or a loved one.
I can’t wait to watch THIS defense attorney talent pool in action. And if there is any Judge who has earned the title “bad A$$” it is the Judge in this trial.
I’m sure many of you who read the recent Oregonian article about what Grant County Undersheriff Zach Mobley did to Jim Koitzsch would say yes. Especially when you read the part about Sheriff Palmer giving Mobley his blessing to arrest an innocent man.
It was only after the FBI and Oregon DOJ learned of Palmer’s support for and involvement with the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Occupiers that they legitimately began investigating Palmer; an elected law enforcement official who FOR YEARS has publicly said that he will not enforce laws that he believes are unconstitutional.
The good news is that the Palmer’s connection to a big national news story actually got the powers that be to investigate one of the most corrupt elected officials in Oregon. That investigation is prompting the media to look at other things that Palmer has done while in office and expose alleged wrongdoing.
The bad news? Go ask any number of Grant County/John Day residents about Palmer’s last four terms in office and what you will hear you will not believe.
They call it a “Rough Ride” In Baltimore. What the Baltimore police did to Freddie Gray is such a common tactic, the black community of Baltimore has a a name for it.
Before the City of Baltimore agreed to pay Freddie Gray’s family 6.4 million dollars to settle their pending lawsuit, they had paid many other victims or their families for the exact same thing: people who were put in handcuffs, then battered during what they say were intentionally wild trips, with fast turns and sudden stops that had them bouncing off metal walls and benches. This brand of street payback, sometimes handed out when suspects ran or gave the cops a hard time, goes by different names: Here, it’s known as “the rough ride.” In Philadelphia, where it has a long and ignoble history, cops called it the “nickel ride,” a throwback to the days of 5-cent carnival tickets.
On December 16, 2015 a mistrial was announced by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams in the case of a Baltimore police officer William Porter, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of detainee Freddie Gray. The jury of seven women and five men was unable to reach a verdict after about 16 hours of deliberations. A new trial date could be set as early as Thursday, December 17, 2015.
Does Florida’s death sentencing scheme violate the sixth amendment or the eighth amendment in light of the US Supreme Court Ruling in Ring v. Arizona, 539 U.S. 584 (2002)? On October 13, 2015 the US Supreme Court will hear arguments on this very question. Does the decision in Ring v. Arizona, 539 U.S. 584 (2002) have any applicability to Florida’s death sentencing scheme generally? Does the jury’s findings of aggravating factors need to be unanimous? Does the jury play a role in determining the factual issue of the Defendant’s mental status? Does the lack of unanimity not offend our standards of decency as required by the Eighth Amendment?