Politics and Justice in Florida

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Jul 202013
 

State GOP leaders politicized the Trayvon Martin case.

By Ian Tuttle

Florida attorney general Pam Bondi

Angela Corey, the state attorney who has become a household name as the prosecutor in the Zimmerman trial, has a reputation: for overcharging, withholding evidence, and retaliating, professionally and personally, against critics. But she was handpicked by the Florida governor and attorney general for the Zimmerman case.

Why?

It’s a question that may never be satisfactorily answered — but the evidence suggests the perfect storm in the Sunshine State: a maelstrom of weak-kneed Republicans, coercion, cronyism, and plain bad judgment.

By way of background: Florida has 20 circuit courts, which act as the state’s highest trial courts and its lowest appellate courts. Each circuit is headed by a state attorney, a party-affiliated prosecutor who is elected by popular vote. The state attorney’s office oversees the prosecution of crimes committed within its circuit, which typically comprises a handful of counties.

While state attorneys work primarily in their own circuits, they also frequently end up on the move. Because of conflicts of interest, state attorneys recuse themselves, and the governor appoints the state attorney from another circuit to prosecute that particular case. It’s a common practice. But in the Zimmerman case, that procedure seems to have taken an uncommon turn.

Harry Shorstein, the five-term state attorney who preceded Angela Corey, tells me that “in the overwhelming majority of cases, the conflict for the state attorney is obvious”: The person arrested is, or is related to, an employee of the state attorney’s office; persons in the case are politically connected to the attorney; etc. These are the majority of cases, and they are dealt with simply. The state attorney recuses himself with a letter to the governor, and the governor’s general counsel appoints another state attorney to take over. The process is conducted almost always through the general counsel’s office (the governor merely rubber-stamps the executive order), and usually, though not always, the state attorney assigned to the case is from an adjacent circuit.

How common are such assignments? According to the record of executive orders available at Florida governor Rick Scott’s website, there were 157 in 2012. In March 2012, the month that Angela Corey was assigned to the Zimmerman case, there were 19. Of those 19, Zimmerman’s was the only case in which the prosecutor assigned was from a nonadjacent circuit.

That’s not damning, of course. But it’s curious.

Shorstein adds another tidbit: It’s a matter of both professional ethics and “legal and common sense” that the prosecutor elected to handle the crimes in a particular circuit should be the one to do so in as many cases as possible. And it was Shorstein’s policy as state attorney to insist that, when he was called in, the state attorney he was replacing had asked to be recused. The alternative, he says, was bad blood and suspicion from the figures from whom he needed cooperation. He says that, despite being assigned to a handful of “high-profile” cases and dozens of minor ones outside the Fourth Circuit, he was never “ordered” to take a case by any governor (he served under four of them).

That generally hands-off approach from Florida’s governor was not the case in March 2012.

Norm Wolfinger, at the time of Trayvon Martin’s death, was the state attorney for Florida’s 18th Circuit, which includes Sanford, Fla. Following the investigation by local law enforcement under then–police chief Bill R. Lee Jr., who concluded that there was insufficient evidence to arrest George Zimmerman, Wolfinger’s office reviewed the investigation and agreed, declining to bring charges. But the resulting public outcry compelled Wolfinger to open the case to further review; he announced that he would convene a Seminole County grand jury to investigate.

Wolfinger never had the chance. On March 22, less than a month after the shooting, Wolfinger recused himself and Corey was assigned as special prosecutor.

But where was the conflict of interest? That is the crucial question — and more than a year later, there is no answer. In fact, the evidence suggests that Wolfinger’s recusal may have been less than voluntary.

On March 22, Rick Scott’s office issued a press release announcing, “The Governor and Attorney General reached out to State Attorney Norman Wolfinger today. After the conversation, Wolfinger decided to step down from this investigation and turn it over to another state attorney.”

Was Wolfinger coerced? He was unavailable for comment, but his letter of recusal to the governor is suggestive: “In the interest of the public safety of the citizens of Seminole County and to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest . . .” Then, later: “This request is being made in light of the public good with the intent of toning down the rhetoric and preserving the integrity of this investigation.” Compared with the reasons cited by other state attorneys for recusing themselves, Wolfinger’s are markedly vague, and he even takes the opportunity to reassert that his office remains fully capable of conducting a “fair and impartial” investigation. And, of course, the letter came only after a conversation with both the state’s governor and attorney general.

What motive might the state’s highest officials have for leaning on this particular state attorney? Public pressure to make an arrest was rapidly mounting in Florida and across the nation. On the night of Corey’s appointment, Al Sharpton led 8,000 people — many bused in from other states — in a rally for “justice” in Sanford.

But there are behind-the-scenes connections that may be even more important. On March 20, Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Martin family, revealed the contents of a purported interview with “DeeDee,” Trayvon Martin’s “16-year-old” “girlfriend,” who, Crump claimed, was on the phone with Martin when he was killed. It was a bombshell revelation — and it was misleading, at best. “DeeDee” turned out to be the now-famous Rachel Jeantel, not 16 years old (she’s 18, and so not a minor, as Crump claimed), not Trayvon’s girlfriend, and a witness whose unreliability and penchant for fabrication were exposed by Zimmerman attorney Don West at trial, in the course of an incisive two-day cross-examination.

You might read this now. For example did you know that Bondi was friends with Martin’s parents attorney?

Did you know that Corey was on Bondi’s election team?

Did you know that Corey was on Scott’s transition team?

Here is one not in this article. Did you know Corey was considered for the Lt. Gov. position before they decided on Jennifer Carroll?

Might want to ask why?

America, A Call To Action

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Jul 112013
 

Benjamin Franklin reminded his people as they engaged in the debates over the foundation of this nation:

“In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine Protection- all of us who were engaged in the struggle, must have observed frequent instances of Superintending Providence in our favor. Have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?”

Because we have forgotten that powerful Friend- we do not find ourselves in an economic crisis, we are not in a political crisis, and may I just lift the veil of illusion, we are not in a national security crisis. Because we have forgotten that powerful Friend we find ourselves in a MORAL crisis. This moral crisis has led to a loss of honor in this nation- a loss of honor in our government.

What is honor? Honor is integrity plus character working together in the mechanisms of morality. Integrity is not doing the wrong thing. Character is doing what is right just because it is right, even if it is not politically advantageous or popular. Lack of Honor in this nation has the immoral leading the Justice Department, the immoral leading the IRS, the immoral leading our Congress and the immoral leading the White House. And now this immorality has infected the Supreme Court. Where the highest court of the land is no longer bound to the highest law of the land and can declare, without any conviction whatsoever, that I have no rights unless I declare them. Because we have forgotten that powerful Friend, we have forgotten that our rights do not come from government, our rights do not come from the Supreme Court- Our rights come from God and I don’t have to declare them, our framers already did!

But losers point fingers and winners fix problems. It’s time to stop pointing fingers and start working to recover our Constitution, recover our Liberty, and recover our faith. But we will ONLY succeed if we remember that powerful Friend. We must remember we are not a reflection of our government; our government is a reflection of its people and those with honor, those with character, those with integrity are not reflecting very brightly.

If a sparrow cannot fall to the earth without God knowing, is it possible for a nation to prosper without His aid? We must fix this problem; our future depends upon it, our children are depending upon us! Sam Adams said:

“If we tamely suffer a lawless attack on liberty, we encourage it. Doing nothing is NOT doing nothing.” He is explaining to us, that sitting around complaining is not doing nothing it is actually being a cheerleader for tyranny! He says, if we tamely suffer a lawless attack on tyranny, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom. It is a serious consideration, as ages and millions yet unborn will be the miserable sharers of our experience. The liberty we lose today is not ours. We are living in the luxury of liberty bought with the sacrifices of generations that have come before us. The liberty that we squander today is the liberty of ages and millions yet unborn.

I always find it ironic, that our framers said over and over again that they were pledging Life, Fortune, and Sacred Honor for ages and millions yet unborn, they gave everything they had to give because they knew the unborn had a right to liberty. But how do we treat the unborn today? We don’t even give them the right to life! If we want to put honor back in government, we MUST put God back in our homes and back in our education. Patriots, it is time to start reflecting God! So we have a government that reflects morality.

If America is to perish from the earth it will not be because of bullets and bombs- it will be because we have forgotten that powerful Friend. And it won’t be because of me, it will be in spite of me. I am going to fight, I will labor, I will toil until my last breath to ensure that we have a Constitution that will ensure that ages an millions yet unborn will enjoy the liberty that men and women have died for so that WE could enjoy Liberty. Daniel Webster addressed his people, on July 4, 1806 and asked, “Is our Constitution worth preserving?” I ask you that question today? Is our Constitution worth preserving? He said,

“then, guard it as you would the very seat of your life. Guard it not only against the open blows of violence, but also against those seeds of change. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years may never happen again. Such a government once destroyed would leave a void to be filled, perhaps for centuries, with riot, tumult, despotism, and revolution.”

Is our Constitution worth preserving? You see we have all the motivation we need right here in this room. Will all those under the age of 25 please stand? I travel all over this country. I am sometimes away from my family for 3 weeks or more at a time. The only motivation I need , I want to show you, because it is the only motivation I need, is in the eyes of these young people. We have a responsibility, our Constitution demands it. We don’t have a Constitution to create a government, we have a Constitution, as it proclaims, “to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Our Liberty has been secured for us now it’s time for us to pick up that mantle and secure it for them. So as you walk through your life from this day forward and lock eyes with these young people, no matter where you go, the only question that can come to your mind is this, “what have I done to secure their liberty today?” It is a daily question, it is a daily challenge, a daily responsibility. And if you cannot answer in the affirmative, then you have answered already with Daniel Webster’s call, “a government once destroyed will have a void to be filled.” And if you have done nothing to secure their liberty today, what you are doing is condemning them to “perhaps with centuries of riot, tumult, despotisms and revolution.” Which one of generations do you want to condemn to the pits of slavery?

It is our turn to pick up that mantle, so that these young people will not have to buy back a gift that we were supposed to purchase for them. They will not have the luxury of doing it from the ballot box or through petition, they will be forced to do it with their blood. Winston Churchill said,

“still if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when the victory is sure and not too costly, you may have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. Yet, there may even be a worse case. You may have to fight, when there is no hope of victory, for it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

So America, we have a mantle to pick up, we have a charge to take. It is time for you to get on your knees and beg the God who is the author of mercy for the mercy he has to give to us, for the grace he has to give to us, for the strength that it is going to take to stand against this framework of the antichrist that is flourishing in front of our faces. Get on your knees and pray to that powerful Friend.

And when you are done praying, STAND. Stand for God. Stand for good. Stand for all that is right and true. Stand for the Constitution. Stand for Liberty. Stand against the fiery darts of tyranny.

And having done all, Patriots, remember that powerful Friend and STAND!

By KrisAnne Hall, www.KrisAnneHall.com

As given at the Day of Prayer and Unity Rally at the Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas June 22, 2013

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America Is My Name – I Declare My Independence

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Jul 042013
 

The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States

 Fellow Americans:

The American way to help people is to empower them by telling the truth.

 Proud to Be an American…

Are you? Do you have the stomach for what comes next? When studying successful movements we learn successful people win their mission because they have a goal, a plan and are committed to sacrifice to make their plan work.

Do you have a  mission? have a goal? a plan? and are committed to sacrifice to make your plan work?

 American’s Mission…

To expose the truth and the people who are working hard to destroy America.

To Declare our Independence from such traitors.

 The Goal…

Win in 2014.

 The Plan…

Replace as many seats as possible regardless of party with people dedicated to America, freedom, liberty and exceptional-ism. Expose the lies. Stop Political Correctness.

 Never forget… Reread the Declaration of Independence. Then cut and paste, send to every legislator?

The Declaration of Independence:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, lay its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are suffer-able, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpation, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies (American citizens); and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain (Barack Obama) is a history of repeated injuries and usurpation’s, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. (Obama chooses the laws he wants to enforce)

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. (Obama sues the states)

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. (Obama spies and intimidates)

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. (Obama has separate special meeting off the record)

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. (Obama’s massive overreaching executives orders when congress will not comply)

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolution, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. (Obama has appointed the enemy – Muslim Brotherhood to key positions)

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.(Obama refuses to obey current immigration laws, close the borders, but grants Amnesty to terrorists under the Dream Act and Refugee Executive Orders)

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers. (Obama instructs the Supreme Court while requesting favorable politically based decisions)

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. (Obama spies, the justices are not immune.)

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance. (Obama has increased the size of his appointments for agencies, filling posts with Muslims and communists while increasing fees, permits and taxes destroying the middle class.)

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. (Obama has brought NATO and Russian troops to America, Obama has asked if the US military will fire on Americans)

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. (Obama is neutering the military and replacing it with Muslim Brotherhood and civilian army under DHS)

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:(Obama supports and is instituting UN Agenda 21 sustainable development by declaring items unsustainable without merit.)

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States: (Russia and NATO Troops on American soil, FEMA CAMPS, DATA MINING Center)

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: (Obama declare war on industry and uses departments to over regulate and force ably closing American industry, shipping jobs overseas, forcing Americans to eat food from un inspected farms and fisheries, buying foreign oil from our enemies while closing American oilfields)

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:(Obamacare)

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: (NDAA)

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offenses (Not supporting our friends – the Clergy in jail in Pakistan, Murder of 4 Americans in Benghazi, Murder of Seal Team VI as part of the Extortion 17 mission.)

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:(Obama is siding and arming the enemy in the Middle East and Mexican cartel)

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:(Obama signed EO declaring state sheriffs and police must answer to DHS)

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. (Obama sues the states)

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. (Obama’s agencies reward their friends – donors and punishes their enemies – IRS scandal.)

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.(Obama’s over regulating agencies are using lies to steal private property under the name of saving the environment.)

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. (Obama has NATO, RUSSIAN and Muslim Brotherhood on ready alert.)

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. (Obama has tied the hands of the military forcing them to fight without bullets, use PC, refusing to identify and name the enemy. Obama has funded and continues to fund our enemy.)

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages (Somali Radical Muslim Brotherhood,) whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions. (Obama promotes division among American’s by promoting class warfare.)

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince (Obama) whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

 Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren (US Congress) . We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here(the US Constitution). We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpation, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.(while demanding they impeach Obama, the impostor.)

 We, therefore, the (People) Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies (states), solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies (states) are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown,(Obama regime) and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, (Obama regime) is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

 We the People, Demand Impeachment.

 What can we do? Tell the Truth

If the people of Egypt can unite and 17 million can fight for their country, can you fight for America?

 “Anti-government (Egyptian) protesters’ main complaint was the worsening economy, which has been in free-fall since Morsi took office, with the Egyptian pound losing nearly 20 percent of its value and industry crippled by fuel and electricity shortages.” Substitute Obama, the dollar has lost about 40%. The Egyptians get it DO YOU?

Today, the Egyptian Military removed Mohammad Morsi from office in a coup. The military announced there would be new elections and more importantly, they were reversing changes Morsi had made to the Constitution that were turning Egypt into a Islamic State. Barack Obama has done everything he could to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and in America. Obama is a traitor to the people of America.

(Flashback) Egypt: How Obama Blew It

 Learning the TRUTH is work…

 Will you step outside your comfort zone Cut and Paste, sent the Declaration of Independence to Congress and demand impeachment?

Will you learn the truth, educate yourself and share that information with others?

Will you stop political correctness? Talk about Politics and Religion

Will you run for office?

Today I Declare My Independence, I am proud to be an American…

I will not be part of any political party that uses the US Constitution as a tool for evil by twisting words and laws. I have resigned from the Republican Party. The globalist in hiding running the RNC, Jeb Bush is bending laws to suit his purpose, lying to the people and asking us to sanction his lies. That is more than I can stand. The Bush clan is just as evil as the Obama clan. I see no difference. They both answer to money, power and control and are using the UN as a platform. I believe if you want things to change then you must become part of the change. Today I am Independent.

 Remember:

I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. Thomas Jefferson

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to do nothing.” Thomas Jefferson

Will you become Thomas Jefferson? One man who taught us all, ONE MAN CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Karen Schoen, AgEnder

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