Archive for May, 2010

Trial in 2007 Police Slayings Set for Aug. 23

May 28, 2010

Judge Says Police Torture Report Should Be Released

May 25, 2010


May 19, 2006 (CHICAGO) (WLS) —

A report on torture allegations against former Chicago Police Commander John Burge and other officers will be released to the public. The torture investigation is now drawing the attention of the United Nations.

The investigation started four years ago. Attorneys for several officers involved tried to block the report’s release.

This case is, as Judge Paul Biebel wrote, “an open sore on the civic body of Chicago that has festered for many years.” The special prosecutor’s report, four years and $5 million in the making, is an effort to get at the truth.

Though there was some opposition, there was little doubt that Biebel Friday would authorize the release of the report which he did. That release could come early next month.

“In the City of Chicago, 192 men were tortured, on the South Side of Chicago, and it was because of their race, bottom line,” said David Bates, alleged torture victim.

David Bates did time for a murder he says he didn’t commit. He confessed to it only because, he says, detectives beat him and tried to suffocate him.

Bates’ case is one of dozens that have been the subject of protests over the years aimed at fired Chicago police commander John Burge, and other violent crimes cops who allegedly tortured suspects into confessions.

As a small group chanted and carried some now familiar signs Friday morning, Chief Criminal Courts Judge Paul Biebel decided that a special prosecutors report into the police torture allegations will be released to the public.

Attorneys for some of the police officers had argued against that, but Biebel ruled that “the public’s right to be informed of the results of this exhaustive investigation outweighs the privacy rights of individual officers.”

“Biebel is a great judge. He sees it one way. I see it another,” said Joe Roddy, attorney for police officers.

“The time has come for disclosure. The time has come for people to be held to account criminally,” said Locke Bowman, MacArthur Center for Justice.

Even if the special prosecutor’s report concludes that there was evidence of systematic and methodical torture of criminal suspects, the officers couldn’t be charged with that now because too many years have passed.

But the lawyers who argued this case contend that police and the city have continuously stifled efforts to disclose what truly happened, and that, they believe, constitutes obstruction of justice.

“If there are no indictments we certainly feel and hope and trust that the US government will finally, after all these years, act in conformance with the committee against torture of the United Nations,” said G. Flint Taylor, Peoples Law Office.

Taylor refers to the United Nations Committee against Torture which earlier this month in Geneva, Switzerland, held hearings that focused in part on the Burge cases. That panel released a statement Friday expressing its concern with what it called a “limited investigation” and “lack of prosecution” in the alleged torture cases in Chicago, and it wants a report on the ongoing investigation.

The next status report on this case is in about two weeks.

ABC7 Exclusive: Former Boy Scouts claim to have witnessed torture

Two former Boy Scouts say they witnessed the torture of a suspect and they believe former commander Jon Burge was involved.

There was a 1980’s film called “Stand By Me” about kids who stumbled onto a crime scene and it changed their lives forever. Not only are the following memories remindful of that film, they are also the first independent, corroborated witness accounts of possible torture inside a Chicago police station.

“I’ve tried to put it in the back of my mind most of the time and tried to live my life as good as I could. But after seeing something like that, it’s a life-changing experience,” said Frank Sirtoff, alleged torture witness.

Forty-five-year-old Frank Sirtoff says he will never forget what he saw during the summer of 1975 when he was a 14-year-old boy scout living on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Sirtoff says he and a cousin, who was also a scout, entered the Area 3 police headquarters — then at 39th and California — to visit their scout leader who was a detective in the youth division on the third floor.

“We made it a habit of going there quite often, at least once a week,” said Sirtoff.

But that day, the boys went exploring on the second floor. Sirtoff says he remembers opening a door and seeing a black man in distress sitting at a long desk.

“And this man was sitting in the wooden chair, strapped down with handcuffs on his arms, his legs,” Sirtoff said. “The leg of the chair and wires all over his body, wires on his arms, his hands, his forehead, by the temples of his head … and on top of the desk was a black box with a crank handle and all of the wires going into the box.”

Frank’s cousin wished to remain anonymous as he talked about also seeing the black man, the box and the wires and a large, red-haired detective.

“He had red hair, mustache, big guy. He said, ‘shut that n—-r up and get these f—–g kids out of here,’ ” said Frank’s cousin, who was 13 at the time.

Sirtoff says, after seeing news reports during the past 30 years, there is no doubt in his mind the red-haired man was Jon Burge, the now retired police commander under investigation for the torture of nearly 200 black men.

“I look at Burge, and Burge looks at me right in the eye, and says, ‘kill the n—–r and get the kid,’ ” Sirtoff said.

Police department records say that in 1975 Burge was not assigned to Area 3. That year he was a sergeant working as a detective in the intelligence division and for the Fourth District on the South Side.

Sirtoff’s scout leader, Martin W. Conroy, who retired as a detective in 1995, says he remembers Sirtoff and the other boy “frequently visited at the youth division”. By telephone from his home in Texas, Conroy said, “I believe them. Why would they make it up?”

On Burge being at 39th and California that day, Conroy said, “If outside detectives made an arrest in Area 3, they might come there for an interrogation or to take part in it.”

Attorney Flint Taylor has represented alleged victims in 10 torture-related lawsuits.

“It’s been documented that in the ’70’s there were cases where people would be picked up in another area of the city, for Burge, that Burge would either go to him or he’d be brought to Burge,” said Flint Taylor, People’s Law Center.

Sirtoff says, after the confrontation with the red-haired detective, he and his cousin ran to Conroy’s office on the third floor where they were ordered out of the building. It wasn’t until many years later, after seeing news reports on alleged police torture, that he began suffering guilt for not telling someone about what he had seen.

“I want to be able to say to myself and think to myself that I didn’t die taking this to the grave with me, and that guy that was sitting in the chair, he knows that I finally told somebody about it,” said Sirtoff.

Sirtoff says in 1994 he told the FBI in northwest Indiana about what he saw. He says he did not tell the FBI in Chicago fearing it might be as corrupt as police. The FBI will neither confirm nor deny that such an interview took place.

Sirtoff left voice mail messages at the People’s Law Center in Chicago three years ago. He told the same story on the tapes — that still exist — but he did not leave his name or a number where he could be reached.

Neither Sirtoff nor his cousin talked to the special prosecutor who has been conducting the official investigation.

Feds: States’ Growing Gun-Rights Movement a Threat

May 25, 2010

Attorneys Argue Laws ‘Void’ Because of Impact on ‘interstate commerce’

Posted: May 20, 2010
10:55 pm Eastern

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The federal government is arguing in a gun-rights case pending in federal court in Montana that state plans to exempt in-state guns from various federal requirements themselves make the laws void, because the growing movement certainly would impact “interstate commerce.”

The government continues to argue to the court that the Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution should be the guiding rule for the coming decision. The argument plays down the significance of both the Second Amendment right to bear arms and the 10th Amendment provision that reserves to states all prerogatives not specifically granted the federal government in the Constitution.

 WND has reported both on the lawsuit filed by Montana interests seeking affirmation of the 2009 Montana Firearms Freedom Act as well as the growing movement that has seen six other states, Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho, Utah, Tennessee and Arizona, follow with similar laws.

 Here are answers to all your questions about guns, ammunition and accessories.

 The movement worries the federal government. In a brief filed this week in support of government demands that the case be dismissed, posted on the website for the Firearms Freedom Act, attorneys wrote, “Because an illicit market for firearms exists nationwide, a ‘gaping hole’ in federal firearm regulation would persist if firearms made and sold in Montana were exempted from compliance.”

The brief continued, “Moreover, six states have followed Montana’s lead in enacting ‘virtually identical’ Firearms Freedom Acts, and an additional 22 have proposed similar legislation. … The fact that up to 29 states may essentially ‘opt out’ of certain federal firearms laws would have an indisputable effect on interstate commerce.”

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit previously argued that the Commerce Clause, in the original Constitution, later was modified by both the Second Amendment and 10th Amendment.

In a brief submitted on behalf of Montana lawmakers who wrote and adopted the law, attorneys argued that the state law simply allows Montana citizens to “engage within their state in constitutionally protected activity without burdensome federal oversight.”

“It is questionable whether Congress’ authority under its conditional spending power or its power to regulate interstate commerce extends to MFFA firearms,” the argument continued.

“Where a power had not been granted exclusively to the national government or, where generally granted, had not been exercised … the states retain freedom to legislate,” the lawmakers argued.

Montana statehouse

“There is nothing in the MFFA that should offend the powers of the national government,” they said. And the lawmakers argued that the Constitution’s supremacy clause has no impact because “only laws made in pursuance of the Constitution constitute the supreme law of the land.”

In this case, the state is addressing intrastate commerce under its authority under the Second and Tenth Amendments, the brief argued.

Not so, said the feds.

Not only do the plaintiffs lack standing to bring the case, Congress’ authority to regulate interstate commerce is extended to anything that affects interstate commerce – including intrastate actions and the federal action to strike down the Montana law doesn’t violate any constitutional provisions, the government brief argues.

“Congress also may ‘regulate activities that substantially affect interstate commerce,'” the government argues. “Here, Congress has rationally concluded that the manufacture and sale of firearms, a highly regulated commodity, substantially affects commerce.”

“While the MFFA may only apply to guns made and sold in Montana, it is unreasonable to expect that these firearms will not leave the state,” the brief continues.

The government argues that not even the Second Amendment supports the idea of state-regulated firearms rather than federal regulations.

“It is important to note that Heller [a Supreme Court decision affirming the individual right to bear arms] did nothing to disturb prior holdings refusing to extend Second Amendment protection to firearm manufacturers.”

A separate brief also was filed in support of striking down the Montana law by lawyers on behalf of the Brady Center to Prevent Violence, International Brotherhood of Police Officers, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, National Black Police Association and several others, drawing a sort of rebuke from the judge in the case.

He noted that only the Brady Center had been authorized to file the friend-of-the-court brief so the other organizations cited would not be recognized.

Montana’s plan is called “An Act exempting from federal regulation under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution of the United States a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured and retained in Montana.”

The law cites the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees to the states and their people all powers not granted to the federal government elsewhere in the Constitution and reserves to the state and people of Montana certain powers as they were understood at the time it was admitted to statehood in 1889.

Lawmakers in Montana actually took the dispute to the feds. They argued, “Should Congress enact a law that appears to conflict with the guidance in the [Montana Firearms Freedom Act], the courts may then determine whether Congress has acted within the scope of its delegated powers as limited by later amendments. … The courts may then determine the extent to which Congress’ enactment has abrogated the state’s exercise of power within the same sphere.”

The lawsuit was brought against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Montana Shooting Sports Association in U.S. District Court in Missoula, Mont.

It seeks a declaration that the federal government must stay out of the way of Montana’s management of its own firearms.

According to the Firearms Freedom Act website, such laws are “primarily a Tenth Amendment challenge to the powers of Congress under the ‘commerce clause,’ with firearms as the object – it is a states’ rights exercise.”

When South Dakota’s law was signed by Gov. Mike Rounds, a commentator said it addresses the “rights of states which have been carelessly trampled by the federal government for decades.”

Michael Boldin of the Tenth Amendment Center said Washington likely is looking for a way out of the dispute.

“I think they’re going to let it ride, hoping some judge throws out the case,” he told WND earlier. “When they really start paying attention is when people actually start following the [state] firearms laws.”

WND reported when Wyoming joined the states with self-declared exemptions from federal gun regulation. Officials there took the unusual step of including penalties for any agent of the U.S. who “enforces or attempts to enforce” federal gun rules on a “personal firearm.”

The costs could be up to two years in prison and $2,000 in fines for an offender.

17 More States Planning Ariz. ‘Illegal’ Crackdown

May 25, 2010


But ICE Chief Says Feds Might Not ‘Process’ Illegals Arrested by State

Posted: May 21, 2010
9:00 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

 In what is developing into a standoff between states and the federal government that could be bigger than gun control or even health care, 17 states have launched versions of Arizona’s immigration law, even as federal officials say they may not bother to process illegal aliens caught by the states.

 William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, which has been trying to get officials to address the open southern border for years, warned the consequences could be dire.

“Over the last couple days, Obama and the chief of ICE have refused to honor their oaths of office,” he said. “Their constitutional requirement is to enforce existing laws.

 “They’ve told the American public to go eat cake,” he said.

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 His organization is assembling the list of state efforts to emulate the Arizona law, which makes it illegal under state as well as federal law to be in the state without documentation.

“Seventeen states are now filing versions of Arizona’s SB 1070, which is designed to help local police enforce America’s existing immigration laws,” ALIPAC said in a report today.

The report said numerous national and local polls indicate 60 to 81 percent of Americans support local police enforcing immigration laws.

“Our national network of activists have been working overtime trying to help the state of Arizona and the brave Arizonans who have passed this bill,” he said. “Arizona no longer stands alone and we have now documented state lawmakers filing, or announcing they will file, versions of the Arizona bill in seventeen states! We will not stop until all states are protected from invasion as required by the U.S. Constitution.”

Gheen said the states where some form of immigration crackdown is under development include Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

President Obama several times has said he doesn’t like the Arizona law. He’s called it misguided and ordered a review by the Justice Department.

John Morton, who heads the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, said his agency might not process illegal aliens caught under state jurisdiction, the Chicago Tribune reported.

He insisted that only the federal government should respond to the problem.

“I don’t think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution,” Morton said.

One blogger expressed concern that “a senior Homeland Security official has openly declared that he won’t be doing his job.”

“Morton has sworn an oath to uphold the laws of the United States. He is not allowed to pick and choose which ones he likes and which he doesn’t.”

Gheen said the Arizona law and the plans it has spawned in other states is a victory for Americans. But he said those are just battles, and winning the war will require success in elections this fall.

A “comprehensive” solution to the problem will arrive when there are enough “hostile” members of Congress to tell the administration to uphold the existing immigration and border laws or the impeachments will start, he said.

“[We need to send] to Washington a hostile Congress that is going to encircle the executive branch and tell them to [follow the law] or we’ll impeach all the way down to the speaker of the House,” he said.

Gheen said he is alarmed over the pending release, expected sometime just before the election, of a movie called “Machete,” which reportedly is the story of a Mexican uprising in the United States.

Gheen said the message in the movie reportedly is that Americans will either submit to the “rape” of their land or else.

He said he believes the project is intended to create turmoil just as the mid-term elections draw near.

“There is nothing as important right now as getting [people] fully involved with all the campaigns,” he said.

ALIPAC already has helped to pass some form of immigration enforcement legislation in more than 30 states. And Gheen has developed a national reputation for defeating socially progressive plans to hand out licenses, in-state tuition and other taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens.

“It is incumbent upon our states to protect American lives, property, jobs, wages, security, and health, when the executive branch fails to honor its constitutional responsibility to do so by enforcing our existing border and immigration laws,” he said.

The Arizona law, which strictly prohibits racial profiling, empowers local police to enforce immigration laws.

To monitor the growing number of states considering similar legislation, ALIPAC utilizes a public forum in which members can update the organization with news articles and other information from states where the push for an Arizona-like law is making headway.

In Arizona’s neighboring state Utah, for example, Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, reportedly is drafting a bill that would similarly require immigrants to carry proof of status and require law enforcement officers to check for it.

“Utah is seen as state that welcomes illegal immigrants. We almost encourage it with driving privilege cards and in-state tuition for illegals,” Sandstrom told the Salt Lake Tribune. “With Arizona making the first step in this direction, Utah needs to pass a similar law or we will see a huge influx of illegals. The real issue is just establishing a rule of law in our state.”

Across the country in Maryland, Baltimore’s WBAL-TV reported earlier that State Delegate Patrick McDonough, R-Baltimore County, is drafting a bill identical to Arizona’s. He’s also planning to poll his fellow legislators before the bill is filed.

The War Over America’s Past

May 25, 2010



Posted: May 25, 2010
1:00 am Eastern

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

 That was the slogan of the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s “1984,” where Winston Smith worked ceaselessly revising the past to conform to the latest party line of Big Brother.

 And so we come to the battle over history books in the schools of Texas. Liberals are enraged that a Republican-dominated Board of Education is rewriting the texts. But is the rewrite being done to falsify history, or to undo a liberal bias embedded for decades?

 Consider a few of the issues.

 The new texts will emphasize that the separation of church and state was never written into the Constitution.

 Is that not right? The First Amendment prohibits Congress from establishing a national religion. But, in 1776, nine of the 13 colonies had state religions established in their constitutions.

 Thomas Jefferson’s words about a “separation of church and state” were not written until 1802, when he responded to a letter from the Danbury Baptist Association. Not until after World War II did the Supreme Court begin the systematic purge of Christianity from American public life.

 Don’t miss Buchanan’s classic book “The Death of the West”

 Barack Obama may have declared, “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.” But Woodrow Wilson said, “America was born a Christian nation,” and Harry Truman wrote Pius XII to affirm, “This is a Christian nation.”

 The Texas school board wants the U.S. economic system called “free enterprise” rather than the term Karl Marx used, “capitalism.”

 Anything wrong with that?

 The Christian Science Monitor cites one professor Phillip VanFossen as appalled the new history texts will put a “more positive spin on Sen. Joe McCarthy’s communist witch hunt.”

 Witch hunt?

 The FDR and Truman administrations were shot through with treason. Alger Hiss, who was with FDR at Yalta and Truman in San Francisco when the U.N. was founded, was a Stalinist spy, exposed by Whittaker Chambers and Rep. Richard Nixon.

 Harry Dexter White, Treasury’s No. 2, who pushed the infamous Morgenthau Plan to turn Germany into a pastureland, was a Soviet agent, as was White House aide Laughlin Currie and State’s Laurence Duggan, whose treason was confirmed by the VENONA decrypts of Soviet cables in 1995.

 William Remington at Commerce was convicted of perjury for denying his ties to a spy ring. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for their role in betraying the secrets of the atom bomb.

 The VENONA transcripts contained the names of scores of U.S. citizens assisting known Soviet agents during and after World War II.

 By 1952, Truman, having been repudiated by his own party in New Hampshire, was down to 23 percent, and was the most unpopular president ever to leave office.

 But Joe McCarthy’s approval, four years into this crusade in January 1954, stood at 50 percent, with only 29 percent disapproving.

 And was that really a time of anti-communist hysteria?

 Why, then, does not a single Gallup poll from 1950 to 1954 show even 1 percent of Americans giving anti-communist extremism or witch hunts or Joe McCarthy as an issue of concern?

 Not only did Joe Kennedy Sr. admire and support Joe McCarthy, Jack Kennedy befriended him, Bobby worked for him, Teddy played touch football with him at Hyannis Port and the Kennedy girls dated him.

 When, at a Harvard reunion, Jack heard a speaker say he was proud the college never produced an Alger Hiss or Joe McCarthy, JFK roared, “How dare you couple the name of a great patriot with that of a traitor?” and stormed out.

That 1954 was a year of disaster for Joe, with the Army-McCarthy hearings and censure by the Senate, is undeniable. But Joe is hated today not for what he got wrong, but for what he got right.

What is the purpose of teaching America’s children the history of their country? Few said it better than Ronald Reagan in his farewell address: “An informed patriotism is what we want. …

“So, we’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion but what’s important. … You know, four years ago, on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, I read a letter from a young woman writing of her late father, who’d fought on Omaha Beach. Her name was Lisa Zanatta Henn, and she said, ‘We will always remember, we will never forget what the boys of Normandy did.’ Well, let’s help her keep her word.

“If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit.”

Teaching American history to America’s children is done so that they will come to know and love their country. And while all nations have sins of scarlet, none has a greater, more glorious past than ours.

And if teaching that is what the Texas Board of Education is all about, ensuring that the children of Texas know both sides of every great American quarrel and come away loving their country all the more, then God bless ’em.

Obama Administration Plans to snatch up to 75% of your income

May 25, 2010

Federal Government Could Confiscate More Than Half of Everything Earned

© 2010 WorldNetDaily:

Editor’s Note: The following report is excerpted from Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert, the premium online newsletter published by the current No. 1 best-selling author, WND staff writer and columnist. Red Alert subscriptions are $99 a year or $9.95 per month for credit card users. Annual subscribers will receive a free autographed copy of “The Late Great USA,” a book about the careful deceptions of a powerful elite who want to undermine our nation’s sovereignty.

 If President Obama repeals the Bush tax cuts and imposes a 20 percent value added tax, or VAT, on the U.S., Americans may be facing tax rates where more than half of everything earned is confiscated by the federal government in the form of income taxes, Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert reports.

 Add Social Security taxes and the tax burden quickly advances to more than 60 percent.

 “Adding state property and income taxes to the burden, the amount government confiscates could be in the 75 percent range before Americans have a chance to vote Obama out of office in 2012,” Corsi wrote. “Are Americans willing to be taxed 75 percent of every dollar earned?”

That is the current tax burden in Scandinavian countries as the table below demonstrates.

“In a five-day work week, will Americans be willing to work four days for the government?” Corsi asked.

He said as Obama moves the U.S. in the direction of becoming a European-style social welfare state, it is important to consider taxation levels typical in Europe.

Corsi noted that even high levels of taxation are not sufficient in Europe to prevent debt levels from rising to crisis proportions, as has been seen in Greece and is looming on the horizon in Portugal, Spain and Italy.

“These are the real costs of income redistribution, as taxpayers are made to bear the taxation costs of generous pension plans for government employees at all levels of government – federal, state and local – as well as funding Social Security, paying for Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare and funding welfare, including educating the children of illegal immigrants in Spanish in public schools,” he wrote. “There is no limit to generosity when it comes to socialist states providing social welfare benefits to increasingly government dependent populations.”

To learn more about the true costs of income redistribution, read Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert, the premium, online intelligence news source by the WND staff writer, columnist and author of the New York Times No. 1 best-seller, “The Obama Nation.

Red Alert’s author, whose books “The Obama Nation” and “Unfit for Command” have topped the New York Times best-sellers list, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972. For nearly 25 years, beginning in 1981, he worked with banks throughout the U.S. and around the world to develop financial services marketing companies to assist banks in establishing broker/dealers and insurance subsidiaries to provide financial planning products and services to their retail customers. In this career, Corsi developed three different third-party financial services marketing firms that reached gross sales levels of $1 billion in annuities and equal volume in mutual funds. In 1999, he began developing Internet-based financial marketing firms, also adapted to work in conjunction with banks.

In his 25-year financial services career, Corsi has been a noted financial services speaker and writer, publishing three books and numerous articles in professional financial services journals and magazines.

Suspect’s Release Prompts New Sex Crimes Rules In Allegheny Co., PA

May 25, 2010

Paperwork Error Raises Possible Changes



The release of a Wilkinsburg rape suspect following a paperwork error has prompted a change in how police and prosecutors in Allegheny County deal with sex crimes.

 District Attorney Stephen Zappala is requiring departments to get approval from prosecutors before charges are filed. Common Pleas President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel approved the new rules last week.

 Zappala said the new rules ensure that prosecutors know when a felony sex crime arrest is coming.

 The change was prompted by the dismissal of rape charges against David Bradford. He was freed last year after a paperwork glitch kept prosecutors from acting on his case in a timely manner. The records from his preliminary hearing in Wilkinsburg District Court on Oct. 9, 2008 never made it to the county’s Department of Court Records. This error caused Bradford to spend more than a year in jail while no work was being done on his case.

 Zappala said the new system means prosecutors will know about a case before it reaches the courts.

Police Seek Help in 14-Year-Old Case of Murdered Jonesvilee, NC Officer

May 23, 2010

Sheriff: Grandmother Allows Man To Have Sex With Granddaughter, Age 7

May 23, 2010


Posted: 8:38 pm EDT May 21, 2010

DUQUESNE, Pa. — Allegheny County Sheriffs located a most wanted fugitive Friday. Glenn Hicks, 55, of Duquesne, was wanted on charges of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old.

 The victim’s grandmother was also arrested in connection with this incident because police said she knew what Hicks had done but she did not report the incident.

 According to the criminal complaint, the grandmother told the victim to keep quiet because “Glenn would go to jail for the rest of his life.”

 Detectives were able to locate both individuals in an area near Camden, New Jersey.

 Police entered his apartment with a warrant and found Hicks in bed with a 17-year-old.

 The grandmother was brought to Allegheny County and placed in jail. Hicks remains in the custody of police in New Jersey, awaiting extradition.

5th Officer Charged in Katrina Shootings Cover-up

May 21, 2010


NEW ORLEANS – Another former police officer has been charged in connection with the cover-up of the deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announced on Friday that 33-year-old Ignatius Hills was charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and misprision of felony.

Police officers shot and killed two people and wounded four others on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the August 2005 storm.

Four other former New Orleans police officers have pleaded guilty to charges related to the cover-up, which authorities say included a planted gun, phony witness statements and falsified police reports.

Hills’ attorney, Robert Jenkins, did not return several phone calls.