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A Just Cause Takes Up the Case of Los Angeles Undersheriff Paul Tanaka 

Press Release dated May 23, 2017, ReleaseWire

 

DENVER — There is no doubt that the LASD9 (Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, Captain Tom Carey, Lt. Steve Leavins, Lt. Greg Thompson, Sgt. Scott Craig, Sgt. Maricela Long, Deputy James Sexton, Deputy Mickey Manzo and Deputy Gerard Smith) were wrongly-convicted," says Lamont Banks, Executive Director of A Just Cause... 

South Carolina Officer Is Charged With Murder of Walter Scott 

By Michael S. Schmidt & Matt Apuzzo, April 7, 2015, www.nytimes.com

 

WASHINGTON — A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away.

 

The officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, said he had feared for his life because the man had taken his stun gun in a scuffle after a traffic stop on Saturday. A video, however, shows the officer firing eight times as the man, Walter L. Scott, 50, fled. The North Charleston mayor announced the state charges at a news conference Tuesday evening.

 

The shooting came on the heels of high-profile instances of police officers’ using lethal force in New York, Cleveland, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere. The deaths have set off a national debate over whether the police are too quick to use force, particularly in cases involving black men.

The True Story of a Debt Collection Gone Wild and Government Corruption

By Christopher Collins, December 7, 2013, www.examiner.com

A Just Cause, an organization that is working to free the IRP5 who were five Christian businesses men discussed the IRP5 wrong full convictions on Thursday evening and discussed what happens when the wheels of justice trample unbridled over the rights of innocent Americans.

 

During the discussions, they also profiled a case of exonerated, Herman Lindsey, who in 2006 was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death row for a crime he didn't commit. One of the guests was Alex Daube, a representative of "Fully Informed Jury Association", a group advocating the restoration of jury rights in the United States.

The IRP5: A True Story of Debt Collection Gone Wild

By Lise LaSalle, November 29, 2013, www.allthingscrimeblog.com

“The vagueness of federal law makes it relatively easy for a federal prosecutor to successfully prosecute any business, person or public official, especially those in financial embarrassment.’’

 

The five IT professionals dubbed the IRP5 are currently sitting in prison in Florence, Colorado for mail/wire-fraud waiting on their appeals and other legal motions. Their crime? A debt they incurred and the government accusing them of promoting a non-existent software, even though their product was profiled on the Policemag.com technology website. This litigation involving a debt collection was filed by staffing agencies hired by IRP Solutions.

8 Ways to Stop Overzealous Prosecutors From Destroying Lives

By Conor FriedersdorfJanuary 21, 2013, www.theatlantic.com

Federal prosecutors are facing unusual scrutiny of the tremendous power that they wield after the suicide of Aaron Swartz. The open-Internet activist was threatened with decades in prison if he contested charges that he used MIT's computer network to illegally download millions of academic papers. Senator John Cornyn is pressing for an investigation into whether the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston inappropriately targeted the 26-year-old Reddit co-founder. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, wants to look into the case too. Said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, "I think the Department of Justice was way out of line on the case."

 

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz Issues Statement About Her Office’s Handling Of Case Against Aaron Swartz By Catherin Shu, January 16, 2013, www.techcrunch.com​

 

After accusations of overzealous prosecution and a whitehouse.gov petition with nearly 40,000 signatures calling for her removal, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz has issued a statement about the suicide of Aaron Swartz. In it, Ortiz defended her office’s handling of the case, saying its conduct was “appropriate” and that it would not have sought a decades-long prison sentence:

 

      The prosecutors recognized that there was no evidence against Mr. Swartz indicating that he committed his  

      acts for personal financial gain, and they recognized that his conduct – while a violation of the law – did not

      warrant the severe punishments authorized by Congress and called for by the Sentencing Guidelines in

      appropriate cases.

 

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