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Corruption in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office


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When Bethany Webb’s sister, Laura, was killed in a mass shooting in 2011, she couldn’t imagine things getting worse.  But then District Attorney Tony Rackauckas of Orange County, California, took the case.  In his determination to impose the death penalty over Webb’s objection, Rackauckas used jailhouse informants to elicit damning statements from the defendant, Scott Dekraai, while he was in jail.  These informant-defendant interactions violated the constitutional right to counsel since no one is allowed to interrogate defendants without their attorneys present.

America the Not-So Beautiful


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The Problem
One can look anywhere in the world where there is money or power, and corruption can be found rearing its ugly head.  This has been the case throughout history.  It is human nature. However, a legal system is possibly the least desirable place for corruption to exist because of the immense power the system wields and, at times, decides who lives and who dies.

Experience of Someone in the Corrupt Indiana Courts


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The following is the introduction I included in an appellate brief I am filing with the Court of Appeals in the State of Indiana.  My journey stems from a child custody evaluation for my divorce in the Indiana family court system.  On August 19, 2009, Dearborn County Circuit Judge Humphrey stripped me of the ability to see my three- and five-year-old daughters claiming, “The Court is most concerned about [Brewington’s] irrational behavior toward Dr. Connor.”  There were no restraining orders or police reports.  No calls to social services. Nothing.

Legislating from the Bench, Selective Enforcement, and Weaponizing of Law


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Article 1, Section 10, Clause 1 and Article 1, Section 9, Clause 3 of the United States Constitution prohibit the enacting of ex post facto laws.  Laws of this type are the kind that are made after an event has already taken place that was legal at the time of its occurrence, but was then retroactively made illegal afterwards for the purpose of exacting simple retribution against the actors.

Thoughts on the Legal System and Two Books


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Controlling the Purchased
Virtue is 90% of Treason/Ethics are What the Other Side Uses

 

America chose Trump for his pragmatism.  It hoped his ability to make market decisions about policy and his unilateral, executive management style could return us to 1968.  But what about belief?  Every executive initiative is not about market behavior.  What about non-utilitarian notions of right and wrong?  What about ethical and moral identities which precede policy and call for stability?

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