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‘Loose Change Gang’ looking at a plea deal: City employees accused of stealing parking meter quarters to appear in court this week

Buffalonews.com is reporting that two city employees, accused of stealing quarters out of parking meters, is talking with federal prosecutors about a plea deal. The “loose change gang,” James Bagarozzo and Lawrence Charles, are expected to plead guilty this week according to reports. (EDITOR’S NOTE: This post is about government employees stealing money the government…

Prosecutor Tells Teen to “Get Over” Her Sexual Assault After Cutting Plea Deal with Assailants

The Associated Press reported today that “a Louisville, KY teenager who tweeted the names of two boys who sexually assaulted her to protest their plea agreement says in court records the prosecutor told her to “let it go” after she complained about the deal.” “The Courier-Journal on Thursday obtained newly released court records in the…

Ademo Freeman Recounts Visit by Michael Valentine

This write-up was originally posted to CopBlock.org on Friday, August 10th, 2012. Ademo today was visited by Michael Valentine, the individual who, on Monday at Hillsborough County Superior Court will argue that he should spend 21-years caged because he pointed-out the assault of 17-yr-old Frank Harrington by Manchester PD employee Darren Murphy. Background: CopBlock.org/FreeAdemo A…

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Ademo Freeman Remains Resolute: Let the Circus Begin!

This post was written by Ademo Freeman and transcribed by Clyde Voluntaryist of NeverTakeAPlea.org: Yesterday, July 27th, I was transported from my cell at Valley Street jail to my final pre-trial conference regarding my felony wiretapping charges. While there, I took the time to point out that the “state” regularly cuts deals with people who…

Antonio Buehler & The Peaceful Streets Project

On July 14th, the Peaceful Streets Project will be holding a conference in Austin, TX on police accountability. At the end of the summit, 100 video flip cameras will be given out to Austin activists to encourage more people to record police interactions for accountability and transparency. This conference and the project itself grew out…

High Profile Defendants Rejecting Plea Deals

Editorial John Edwards did it. So did Roger Clemens. They both rejected plea deals. John Edwards’ plea deal included serving time in federal prison. Roger Clemens rejected a plea deal that would have spared him being caged. Both went for broke and won. It’s a lot easier “beating the system” when you have fame and…

Clemens risked prison by rejecting plea deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Clemens rejected a plea deal that would have spared him prison time. Instead, he risked his freedom by going to trial. Clemens lawyer Rusty Hardin says in a telephone interview that prosecutors offered to let the former pitcher plead guilty to one count of lying to Congress when he denied using…

My Experience with Plea Bargain Facilitators: A Case for Legalized Cannabis

This post was submitted to us by Earle L. Bailey. In 1979, I was in a car accident and suffered numerous injuries, including one to my back, which was later diagnosed as spinal stenosis, lumbar arthritis and a bulging disc. I was prescribed demerol to help with the pain, which it did, but I also…

A Plea for Help!

Editor’s Note: The writer of this submission was charged with aggravated battery on a police officer in Illinois over three years ago. Since he was charged, he has had numerous trial dates set. He goes to court about every 30 days, which has really disrupted his life – the power games the state plays. Submitted by…

Judicial Incompetence and Indifference: A Personal Story

By Damion Cocchi The basics: On the evening of Monday 5-Apr-2010, I needed to be home on either a LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) 5:22/5:41/5:53 to Ronkonkoma (all get me home at about 7PM), as my in-laws were sitting my two younger daughters, while my oldest daughter and wife were at a Girl Scout function.  I…