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What a grotesque spectacle that was today, when I watched a press conference with the Los Angeles mayor, along with mayors of other nearby Southern California cities, announcing the $1 million reward for Dorner capture.  Their empty, hypocritical and shameful attempt at branding Dorner a "domestic terrorist" has failed to fool the people of Los Angeles (check out the user comments in the LA Times article).

Where to begin... The much-touted judge who ruled against Dorner's, eventually resigned, while he was embroiled in a bribery scandal:

It is believed the unexpected resignation of State Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe a few weeks ago was prompted by both the Richard I Fine case and the  Sturgeon vs. County of L.A. case won by the Judicial Watch organization.  The November 2008 Sturgeon ruling held the County payments to State Judges were illegal.  The California Judicial Council quietly slipped through state legislation (Senate Bill SBx2-11) in February 2009 at the height of the budget crisis attempting to legalize the payments.  The questionable law calls for retroactive immunity from criminal and civil prosecution for all California Judges and government officials involved in the scheme.
As a side note, if you want to learn more about how the California Judicial Council is contributing to turning the California justice system into one more akin to those in Banana Republics, visit the Judicial Council Watcher website.

So basically the way this scam works is that these judges were being given more than $50,000 a year (on top of their $170,000+ salaries) by the city, a practice that was found to be illegal (bribery).  When legal cases involving the city came before these judges, they refused to recuse themselves, and surprise!, they ruled in favor of the city in almost every case.

The Demand submitted by Fine cites specific cases where illegal payments to Judges led to obstruction of justice, including one such case where State Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe admitted in court testimony to taking the illegal payments.  Fine also cites where Judge Yaffe admitted in his Minute Order on July 13, 2010 that he lied to the higher courts when ruling against him following Fine's petition to the U.S. Supreme Court citing "Fraud Upon the Court"
Regarding rampant racism and police brutality in the LAPD, there is a wealth of documentation and legal cases about it.  Just google "LAPD police brutality" to get an idea.

And if you want to talk about terrorism, what about the case investigated by the ACLU, regarding "a savage gang of deputies" in control of the LA County Jail?

Juan Pablo Reyes was punched by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies over and over again in the ribs, mouth and eyes, breaking his eye socket and leaving his body badly bruised. After falling to the ground, the deputies continued to kick Reyes, an inmate at the Los Angeles County Jail, with their steel-toed boots, ignoring his cries.

And the deputies didn't stop there.

They ordered Reyes to strip and forced him to walk naked up and down the hallway of a housing module, in full view of other inmates...

Folks, the issue here is not whether anybody is defending Dorner's actions.  That's not the issue.  The real issue is that many of our government organizations, including the judicial system, and many police departments, are rotten, corrupt, to the core.

Regarding the LAPD, what can one said?  They are notorious for shooting people in the back (multiple times), punching and kicking people in the face... All of it with impunity (the vast majority of the times).  And now, of course, in one of the most cowardly acts in police history, anywhere in the world, they have shot at several people, mistakenly, in what have been clear attempts at executing Dorner.

It will take too long to get into the reasons here, but mainly, it can all be traced back to the wholesale takeover of our government institutions by nefarious business cartels (i.e., ALEC), seeking profit.

Please take a few minutes to listen to the account of this veritable "political prisoner" so you get an idea of what's happened to our judicial system.

This is a very dangerous situation.  Because of the total collapse in ethics in our public institutions, the citizenry loses trust, and this can open the door for vigilantism, or people taking the law into their own hands.

Shame on these hypocritical and corrupt money-grabbing politicians and public officials.  Their greed is destroying this country.


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  •  That Video Is Hard To Watch (2+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III, quill

    that guy looks like my dad, all the way down to the bow tie and the PhD at the end of his name. Honestly this is not how you treat adult people.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 02:41:07 AM PST

    •  I used to work for Richard Fine, ... (0+ / 0-)

      and was part of the team that helped free him and helped force Judge Yaffe off the bench.  Unfortunately, ALL of the LA County Superior Court judges are STILL getting the illegal payments at issue, thus they're beholden to the wishes of the County Supervisors' wishes.  

      In another comment elsewhere, I stated that Dorner had no chance of winning any lawsuit against the County.  This is why.  Unless a lawyer is wily enough to get his case before a jury (i.e., survive motions to dismiss, etc., which are decided by judges) the County almost ALWAYS wins when it is named as a defendant in a lawsuit.  When you realize how many hundreds of such lawsuits are filed every year, for various reason, and realize how many damaged citizens this affects, the consequences are appalling.

      But, until the illegal payments are stopped and the judges are replaced by honest new ones, nothing can or will ever change.

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:27:32 PM PST

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  •  LA Justice A new oxymoron? (6+ / 0-)

    Dorner is almost a footnote in this horror story. Does not strike me as ugly and cruel as plenty of killers are. One million? Some raised from outside contributors. Distraction for the press and public.

    It occurred to me, given Dorner's retaliation obsession, what he might try to do is get somewhere far enough out of the way, find a very steep crevice, throw all his stuff except a gun down. Then kill himself so the body and weapon also go down. Make the LAPD work in fear for a long time. Never find the body.

     My son was attacked returning to a hotel room about a year ago when he went to LA on business. Plans on never going back. How is this going to affect the city's tourism? They seemed to have convinced a lot of people it was much cleaner than the OJ era. Kinda think that has evaporated.

    It's not like we don't know the criminal justice system is sick and broken. It is the reminder that fixing it is going to be a huge, sustained, all out effort. Meanwhile, behind her blindfold, I think Lady Justice is weeping.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 03:13:48 AM PST

  •  Thanks for this. Did you see they're going to (1+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III

    target him with the drones?

    Where are these police departments getting the money to buy these military toys?

    -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

    by gerrilea on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:52:00 AM PST

    •  The feds, Patriot act (2+ / 0-)
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      gerrilea, Ray Pensador

      gave money to cities.

      You should see the hardware Portland Oregon has. I was at an intersection when they went rolling through during OWS.

      Looked like the military on patrol. Needless to say it chilled me to the bone.

      It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

      by PSWaterspirit on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 01:26:14 PM PST

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  •  The RethugliKKKans are ruining California (1+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III

    We need to elect more Democrats to undo the damage they've done to the state.

  •  We are a fallen empire. (2+ / 0-)
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    quill, Ray Pensador

    I rally shouldn't have read the aclu link. :(

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:13:09 AM PST

  •  Major reform is needed in the LAPD. (2+ / 0-)
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    bruddaone, sukeyna

    but what a horrible way to get it.

  •  Chilling interview... (3+ / 0-)
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    bruddaone, quill, Dogs are fuzzy

    But he did get off kind of easy by them placing him in solitary. Maybe I will write a diary on my experience in LA County one day. I would have traded my over crowded, water everywhere, towels on the floor of the cell for his any day of the week.... We couldn't even put our feet down. Trust me. That place is worse than you can possibly imagine. The noise and screaming never stops so its nearly impossible to sleep more than 2 hours at a time. You can get smell and get any drug in there easier than on any street corner in Los Angeles and the Sheriffs have to be in on it because the amount of drugs in there. The Hispanic gangs yell out military cadence when exercising twice a day. Early in the morning and after dinner. In the 5 days that I was in there did I get a shower? No. We used the sink and wash cloths in the cell. Was I ever let out of the cell? No. We did have a phone but the prices to call anyone was outrageous so I didn't except to tell my step brother when  I finally got my name called to be released. That 4 minute phone call cost like $8. He asked if he should come by to get me and I said no. Why? Because after your name is called it will take anywhere from 6-10 hours to go through the release process. The group I was with was let out at 3 in the morning. No time to wake any normal person to pick you up. I took a cab.

  •  Yeah, Bad enough we have thousands of moron... (0+ / 0-)

    ... cops hunting this fool down, now we have a zillion nut job bounty hunters out there rampaging across the countryside looking for the fat ass leprechaun psycho and his pot of gold ($1 million).

  •  good diary....n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Agreed about problem, not about diagnosis (0+ / 0-)

    These problems long predate the wrong turn the country took in the 70s.

    Acknowledged that it's gotten worse in terms of incarceration rates.

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:24:42 AM PST

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