Thursday, February 26, 2009
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Following the sentencings, state Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), who represents Johnston’s neighborhood, called on Atlanta police to release the FBI report. Federal prosecutors have said it contains recommendations that could lead to some officers being disciplined, fired or indicted. U.S. District Judge Julie Carnes imposed the most severe sentence — 10 years — on Smith, 36, who obtained the illegal, no-knock search warrant allowing officers to batter down Johnston’s door. Jason Smith was losing it. “I [screwed] up; I think I killed this woman,” the Atlanta narcotics cop told partner Arthur Tesler in the yard behind a small brick bungalow on Neal Street. “You guys got to help me.”
A terrified Johnston, thinking she was victimized by a home invasion, fired a warning shot through the door. Narcotics officers responded with a hail of gunfire, killing her.
The next day, a worried Tesler approached Junnier, who’d been released from the hospital. He told him their supervisor suspected they were lying. Still, the sergeant had told him, “You need to get your story together and stick to it.”
To that end, Tesler wrote a police report to match the false affidavit and cover story.
Carnes sentenced Junnier, 42, to six years in prison. Junnier, the most experienced officer, was the first to cross the “blue line” — the unspoken code of silence among police — and divulge to the FBI what really happened at Neal Street and how the officers concocted a sophisticated coverup.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Masters: There's so much. Right off the top, I'd say having a family. I think they're very much responsible for me not having a family right now, a wife and kids. But it goes back further than just them arresting me. It goes all the way back to my high school days when they labeled me a murder suspect among all my peers and my teachers and everything. It goes back a long time. Watch police interrogate a 15-year-old Masters »
CNN: Any hard feelings toward the Fort Collins Police Department or the prosecutors in the case?
Masters: Oh, absolutely. They locked me up for a decade for something I didn't do. Read how DNA pointed to a new killer
CNN: If you could talk to the prosecutors or police who handled your case, what would you say to them?
Masters: I don't want to talk to them at all.
CNN: Talk about your lawsuit against the prosecutors and police. Who does it target?
Masters: Mainly, [former prosecutors, now Judges] Jolene Blair and Terri Gilmore and [Fort Collins police Lt.] Jim Broderick, but there are a few other defendants involved and the city, but in my mind those are the big three. Key players in the case »
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Prosper, affiliated with supplier Fried & Kohler, claimed she provided hundreds of visually impaired customers with prosthetic eyes, costing $2,000 apiece.
But Medicaid Inspector General James Sheehan's office said most of the customers had a good set of eyes - and didn't need or get an artificial one.
Investigators decided to take a closer look when Medicaid bills from Prosper skyrocketed from $75,000 to $600,000 over a two-year period.
And of those, most have either used or plan to use the data for their next job with another company.
"Not only is this putting customer and other confidential information at risk for a data breach, but it could affect companies' competitiveness and future revenues," said the study released Monday by the Ponemon Institute, a Michigan-based independent think-tank that researches information and privacy management practices in business and government.
Among 945 survey participants who had been laid off, fired, or changed jobs in the past year, 59 per cent admitted to taking company data with them, said the study, which as sponsored by Symantec Corp., the internet security company that makes Norton Antivirus.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Silverberg says the growth in academic programs mirrors the job market. The Department of Homeland Security, a labyrinthine federal department made up of 22 agencies with more than 200,000 employees, is just the beginning, he adds. Every state has its own homeland security framework, and job seekers in the private sector, even in seemingly unrelated fields such as nursing and law, find the courses are a résumé builder, he says.
Published: February 20, 2009
Swindles in which someone overseas seeks access to a person’s bank account are so well known that most potential victims can spot them in seconds.
But one man found success by tweaking the formula, prosecutors say: Rather than trying to dupe an account holder into giving up information, he duped the bank. And instead of swindling a person, he tried to rob a country — of $27 million.
To carry out the elaborate scheme, prosecutors in New York said on Friday, the man, identified as Paul Gabriel Amos, 37, a Nigerian citizen who lived in Singapore, worked with others to create official-looking documents that instructed Citibank to wire the money in two dozen transactions to accounts that Mr. Amos and the others controlled around the world.
The money came from a Citibank account in New York held by the National Bank of Ethiopia, that country’s central bank. Prosecutors said the conspirators, contacted by Citibank to verify the transactions, posed as Ethiopian bank officials and approved the transfers.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Shoeprint and tire-print matching methods lack statistical statistical backing, making it "impossible to assess."
Hair analyses show "no scientific support for the use of hair comparisons for individualization in the absence of (DNA)."
Bullet match reviews show "scientific knowledge base for tool mark and firearms analysis is fairly limited."
Bite-mark matches display "no scientific studies to support (their) assessment, and no large population studies have been conducted."
"No measurement or scientific determination is immune from error," says forensic scientist Thomas Bohan of Medical and Technical Consultants in Portland, Maine, noting the report found many evidence-gathering tools "plausible" but lacking in statistical backing. "I can also say as a forensic scientist that no technique for which the error rate is unknown should form the basis of trial testimony."
"Forensic science should be a science," says William Watson, chairman of the Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators in Austin. "The reality is that this report is going to cause a lot of pain for people in my field. Defense lawyers will use it to challenge in all sorts of situations. But we need to go through this to professionalize things and protect innocent people and the public."
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
When the Maryland Legislature authorized Montgomery County to use speed cameras in 2006, the people were given certain assurances. One was that there would be no per-ticket payments to speed camera contractors, which would create a financial incentive for contractors to “cheat” to maximize profits. Another was that they would only be used in “residential and school zones”, not major arterial roads. And finally, that they would not be used as cash cows for local governments by earmarking the revenues for (undefined) “public safety” improvements. All of those promises were given to the driving public – and ALL of those promises have since been broken by the Montgomery County Speed Camera Program.
The number that Statbrain estimates are visits, is also known as visitor sessions and indicates the number of visits that a website has. The number is not the same as unique visitors which usually is a bit lower. Visits should not be mixed up with hits or page views which are entirely different numbers.
Meanwhile, the validity of a 2007 research paper that also claimed D.C. residents were unharmed by the water crisis is being questioned by city officials who want an investigation. The paper was written by a university professor who had a contract with WASA. "It's very clear that WASA did everything it could do to protect itself, rather than protect the public," said Katherine Kimpel, an attorney with Sanford, Wittels & Heisler in Washington, which is representing Parkhurst.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Dame Stella's criticism was seized upon by the Conservatives. David Davis, the Tory MP and former shadow home secretary, said: "Like so many of those who have had involvement in the battle against terrorism, Stella Rimington cares deeply about our historic rights and rightly raises the alarm about a Government whose first interest appears to be to use the threat of terrorism to frighten people and undermine those rights rather than defend them."
Contrary to what you might think, those letters aren't just for show. In fact, those three or four symbols can separate you from the pack or be the reason you get the job over someone else.
"Especially in today's business climate, anything that differentiates you from the crowd and emphasizes your commitment to your profession is career critical," says Kent Johnson, partner for Davinci Search, a Minneapolis-based recruiting firm.
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"The following sections will survive any termination of your use of the Facebook Service: Prohibited Conduct, User Content, Your Privacy Practices, Gift Credits, Ownership; Proprietary Rights, Licenses, Submissions, User Disputes; Complaints, Indemnity, General Disclaimers, Limitation on Liability, Termination and Changes to the Facebook Service, Arbitration, Governing Law; Venue and Jurisdiction and Other."
Until September 2003, Novitzky was an anonymous IRS special agent working drug and fraud crimes in Silicon Valley. Then his investigation into BALCO blew the lid off steroids. Soon he had the backing of Congress, President Bush—who included steroids in a State of the Union—and the U.S. attorney general, who announced the BALCO indictment on national TV. That's a lot of clout for an IRS agent. Maybe too much."
Friday, February 13, 2009
Prosecutors in Nuremberg, Germany are investigating three police officers implicated in a scheme to manipulate photo radar ticket speed readings. The charge centers on an officer in the Bavarian city of Neumarkt who allegedly forged speed camera log entries in an attempt to protect the son of a colleague from the consequences of speeding. According to Mittelbayerische Zeitung, the young driver had been photographed while doing 96km/h (60 MPH) in a 50km/h (31 MPH) zone.
"I've never encountered, and I don't think that we will in our lifetimes, a case where literally thousands of kids' lives were just tossed aside in order for a couple of judges to make some money," said Marsha Levick, an attorney with the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, which is representing hundreds of youths sentenced in Wilkes-Barre.
Prosecutors say Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan took $2.6 million in payoffs to put juvenile offenders in lockups run by PA Child Care LLC and a sister company, Western PA Child Care LLC. The judges were charged on Jan. 26 and removed from the bench by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court shortly afterward.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
At the same time, programs designed to help ease the burden - such as home care services and a training and stress management program for family caregivers - are being cut, they say. That fuels a rise in abuse allegations.
The reports cover a range of mistreatment by family members, who make up a significant portion of caregivers. In one case, a son demanded money from his 84-year-old father and when the elder refused, he shoved him, causing a serious head injury, according to the neighbor who alerted authorities.
"That money is a tremendous boost for us," said Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr., whose jail houses 324 immigrants, up from 44 a decade ago, bringing in $15.6 million last year. "We aggressively try to market ourselves to get as many of those inmates into our doors as we can."
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Viewpoint, and a handful of other local companies, are benefiting from two dynamics that most of us regard as pretty depressing
The mugging tale was a ruse to get the day off work, the man told police.
"I can only assume that they didn't have a great sick plan where he works," Attwood noted.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
A case in point is Andrew Wilson, who was convicted of killing two police officers after giving a confession that Burge and his men allegedly coerced. Wilson contended he was beaten and shocked and forced to press his chest and abdomen to a hot radiator. He died in prison in 2007."
Friday, February 6, 2009
“And we hear more and more about money. ‘We’re about to lose the house, my husband lost his job.’ “ Domestic violence is about power and control, Fielding says, “so if an abuser loses control of one part of his life, he’s going to try harder to get control at home.”
And concern is rising about possibly higher rates of child abuse, which increases in tough economic times, though national statistics lag a few years behind.
Unemployment and financial problems create stress, “and we know they’re contributing factors. The more stress factors a family has, the more likely you are to have child abuse and neglect,” says Theresa Costello, director of the government-funded National Resource Center for Child Protective Services.
Mallin later identified Cole in a physical lineup. Her identification, jury foreman Walter Lupton says, was among the strongest evidence against Cole at trial.
Lupton, who hadn't known DNA testing implicated Johnson or that Cole died in prison, says the knowledge leaves "an empty spot in my life."
Mallin, meanwhile, had "kind of put the whole thing behind me." Then, last May, she was notified by the Lubbock County District Attorney's Office that DNA testing had eliminated Cole as the attacker and that he had died in prison.
"I was really shocked," says Mallin, who has joined Cole's family in their effort to exonerate him and plans to appear at the hearing. "Timothy is as much a victim as me."
Nationally, the Innocence Project, which attempts to prove innocence claims using DNA, says misidentification is the "single greatest cause of wrongful conviction." Of the 232 exonerations involving DNA evidence, about 75% involved some form of misidentification, the New York City-based group reports.
Blackburn hopes the case will spur a new state law allowing stronger challenges to witness identification.