Category Archives: Hostages

Thoughts Near the Donald Trump OC Rally – 4/28/16

So, Tezi and I just made it back to her place after being stuck in the snail’s-pace traffic surrounding the Donald Trump rally which took place within walking distance from Tezi’s home. Even as I type this, we can still hear the helicopters in the air, and what sounds like dozens of more police cars heading to the rally vicinity where… Read more »

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice (Reviewed)

Another important read in the all-too-real world of wrongful conviction. Benforado takes an approach that I haven’t come across yet. He spends a lot of time bringing forward psychological studies and applies them to our criminal justice system. The science behind why our system fails us so often is very closely tied to our human tendency to believe with full… Read more »

Too Big To Fail – Or: Our Government Failed Us Big

An excellent read. I’m curious now to somehow watch the HBO documentary that was made (with the same author?). I felt that the author of this book, though comprehensive in his detail, too often gave an apologetic and even rationalizing explanation as to the motives and intentions of the primary actors in the catastrophic events and decisions that took place…. Read more »

Most important read for Americans this year…

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Friends, one of the most important books I’ve read in years: The Divide by Matt Taibbi.  I highly recommend it.  If you read nothing else, the introduction to the book alone is worth the price of the book. This ambitious book documents America’s unequal administration of justice to rich and poor. Some quotes from the book: “Obsessed with success and… Read more »

Inmates aren’t humans, they’re criminals…

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http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2014/5/27/whistleblower-arizonainmatesaredyingfrominadequatehealthcare.html The article exposes examples of neglect and abuse that have taken place in Arizona’s prison system. Please read the article. What follows are my thoughts, written just after reading it myself. Absolutely disgusting… makes me sick. That’s how easy it is to neglect prisoners. Society really doesn’t care that much… and those that run the prison system know it…. Read more »

Buying testimony to win cases…

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http://m.ocregister.com/articles/cuevas-643108-paredes-informants.html This article details how Police and Prosecutors paid over $70,000 each to two men inside jail in order for them to “snitch” (give information against other prisoners) so that the prosecutors could have enough evidence to get convictions. Does this seem right to you?  “Here, we’ll pay you and give you all this special treatment if you get certain… Read more »

Our stories are still going…

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If you’re reading this, if there’s air in your lungs on this November day, then there is still hope for you. Your story is still going. And maybe some things are true for all of us. Perhaps we all relate to pain. Perhaps we all relate to fear and loss and questions. And perhaps we all deserve to be honest,… Read more »

Response of first resort…

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Imprisonment has become the response of first resort to far too many of the social problems that burden people who are ensconced in poverty. These problems often are veiled by being conveniently grouped together under the category “crime” and by the automatic attribution of criminal behavior to people of color. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only… Read more »

Yet ANOTHER wrongful conviction…

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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-michael-hanline-murder-release-20141119-story.html#page=1 – case includes Prosecutors withholding evidence from the defense.      “Several sealed police reports also were uncovered. The reports cast doubt on testimony by Hanline’s then-girlfriend, Mary Bischoff, who was granted immunity and was a key witness during the trial. The police reports could have been used to diminish Bischoff’s credibility, or suggest that Hanline could have been framed… Read more »

A Note On Addiction…

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— and then you’re in serious trouble, very serious trouble, and you know it, finally deadly serious trouble because this [addiction] you thought was your one true friend, that you gave up all for, gladly, that so long gave you relief from the pain of the Losses your love of that relief caused, your mother and lover and god and… Read more »