Sunday, July 27, 2014

Off The Beaten Path Bookstore & Coffeehouse, Steamboat Springs Colorado.

Planning on being on the Beaten Path come Tuesday. Will be there from 11 until 1. Many thanks. Keep reading. Oh, if you're wondering about my angst, my drive, my sense of going gonzo in the fictional sense, please read the following. Remember, it can happen to you and yours.

DALLAS (Reuters) - A 57-year-old Texas man who spent 12 years in prison for rape was exonerated on Friday, with legal experts saying his case marked the first time someone has been cleared of a crime by DNA testing that was not requested by the convicted person.
Michael Phillips was released from prison in 2002 and prosecutors said his innocence was proven through a new program by the Dallas County district attorney's office to analyze untested rape kits, even if the defendant does not make a request.
"Untested rape kits should not just sit on a shelf and collect dust. The exoneration continues to expose the past weakness in our criminal justice system,” Dallas County prosecutor Craig Watkins said in a statement.
According to the National Registry of Exonerations, Phillips' case marks the first time in the United States an exoneration of this nature has occurred. The group said the case became the 34th exoneration by the Dallas District Attorney's Conviction Integrity Unit.
Phillips was exonerated at a hearing on Friday. The actual culprit in the 1990 rape of a 16-year-old girl was identified through the DNA testing but cannot be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has expired, officials said.
The man lived in the same motel as Phillips and the victim.
Philips was identified in a lineup by the victim and said his attorney urged him to accept a plea deal because a jury likely would not side with a black man accused of raping a white teenage girl, the National Registry of Exonerations said.
After his release in 2002, he spent an additional six months in jail for failing to register as a sex offender. During that time, Philips challenged his conviction in court but when that failed, he gave up trying to clear his name.
He has been living in a nursing home, wheelchair bound from sickle-cell anemia.
"I never imagined I would live to see my name cleared. I always told everyone I was innocent and now people will finally believe me,” Phillips said in a statement.
Under Texas law, Phillips is entitled to $80,000 compensation for each year of wrongful conviction plus an additional $80,000 each year for life.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Plenty of Good to go around, also . . . folks.

So a couple go on a carjacking rampage yesterday in Denver. I'm going to be there next week. Was glad to see the State Trooper confront and handle the situation as he did.
Who knew that writing books entailed so much hurrying up to wait?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Polk County Iowa Shooting . . . and then the lies start . . .

Shooting' on Video

The officer have no idea what's going on here. They start beating on the windows and the officer attempts to change which hand he is holding the gun in and it's clearly an accident. Hey, accidents happen. But then . . . the spokesperson says it was accidentally fired as the officer attempt to holster the weapon. Who ya going to believe? Your eyes, or the spokesperson? You can clearly see the weapon was being thrust towards the vehicle and not the officers hip where holsters are located. Accidents happen but the lies have to stop before we can learn something from 'em! This kinda of thing (the lies) have to stop but they won't. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stopped in Hornell, New York for some fun . . .

And now for something completely different . . . fun in upstate New York as in the RBI Tavern. The bartender gave us a tour and sang while serving up Yuengling from Pottsville Pennsylvania. This is, by the way, the oldest brewery in the Unitied States followed by Minnesota's own Schells. There ya go folks, ya learned something today, so you can now take the rest of the day off.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Many thanks to Detective Malloy for validating JusThis! Thanks also to the reader for forwarding this to me.

NYPD detective charged with filing fake crime tip for reward

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York police detective has been arrested and charged with filing a fake crime tip in an attempt to cash in on the $1,000 reward, prosecutors said on Thursday.
John Malloy, 46, was arraigned in state court in Manhattan on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to felony counts of forgery, and filing a false claim, and lesser charges of official misconduct and attempted petty larceny, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said. He was released on his own recognizance after the hearing.
Prosecutors said Malloy, a detective with the department's Operation Gun Stop program since 2006, filed a fake tip report in November 2012 for a firearm that had already been recovered inBrooklyn. An arrest in the case had also been made without any tip, prosecutors said.
Malloy then forged the signatures of a fellow detective, a supervising sergeant and a police inspector in an effort to claim the reward, prosecutors said. The case was reported to the police department's Internal Affairs bureau for further investigation.
In a statement to investigators, Malloy said he forged the signatures merely to placate superiors who were pressuring him to file a report for a detective who took in a tip the night before, court documents show.
"I couldn't read his handwriting, so I recopied the form and signed his name and (the sergeant's name). I know I shouldn't have. I could have asked them to do it," Malloy told investigators, according to court documents.
"I was having health problems and under a lot of stress," he added, according to the documents.
An attorney for Malloy could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday.
The Gun Stop Program is run by the New York City Police Foundation as a way for civilians to report illegal gun activity. Since its inception in 2001, tips coming into the program have led to more than 5,600 arrests and the recovery of 3,350 illegal weapons, its website said.
Police have approved over $2.1 million in rewards, the website said.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rene Michael Lima-Marin . . . What'd ya think?

My husband Rene Michael Lima-Marin was incarcerated in 1998 at the age of 19 and served 10 years of his 16 year sentence for robbery in which he used an unloaded gun and no one was hurt. He was released in 2008 and placed on parole which he successfully completed in 2013. But in January 2014 it was determined that a clerical error had been made and he was sent back to prison for an additional 90 years.  
During his six years of freedom, Rene strived to be a productive member of society.  He had been rehabilitated and took full advantage of this second chance; we had a child, purchased a home, and got married. He coached his step-son’s soccer team, mentored other youth to stay out of trouble, and maintained full time employment so he could support our family.
To take him away from our family and lock him up for the rest of his life is unjust.
I certainly do not want to make light of the mistakes that Rene made as a teenager but I do call into question the life sentence Rene and our family faces. Does a man that was formally released from the penal system, met all the conditions of this release, and turned his life around deserve this type of justice? Are we as a society really willing to accept that a clerical error is enough justification to rip apart a family?  
Rehabilitate means to help re-adapt, as to a former state of health or good repute. The entire penal system was created to rehabilitate and restore individuals to be productive members of society.  
Please sign my petition asking Attorney General John Suthers, Arapahoe County Chief Judge William Blair Sylvester, and Colorado Appeals Chief Judge Alan Loeb to release Rene from this unjust sentencing. I ask for this so he may return home where he can continue to be a tax paying model employee, an engaged and loving father and a supportive husband.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

All the advertising on this page is annoying. So annoying . . .

What does Barry Sheach . . . The Innocence Project . . . The Divide . . . Brand of Justice . . . all have in common?

They all involve highlighting improvements that need to be made in the Justice System. Mr Sheach created the 'Innocence Project' in 1991. It has since resulted in the release of 317 from prison. 18 were on death row. The Divide is set to air tomorrow night on WE tv. It highlights cases of injustice based on 'The Innocence Project'. Brand of Justice is an all too real story of a young man involved in a life or death struggle, which pits him against a justice system that has gotten it all wrong.