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EX-CONS: THE FORGOTTEN MINORITY

(This column, by yours truly, was published in today’s issue of Florida Today.)

Ex-Cons: Florida’s Forgotten Minority

In 1971, I arrested Richard Leichtman, age 31, for committing five rapes at gunpoint, one a week for five weeks, posing as a fund raiser knocking on doors. Three months prior, he was released from serving a prison term for robbery. His criminal record dated back to his juvenile days, spending 80 percent of his adult life behind bars. More later about Leichtman.

The criminal justice system is in need of reform…in a big way. We are dealing with costs over $200 billion tax dollars a year, which does not consider the economic losses that cost victims $14.3 billion in 2015. This omits the staggering costs in mental and physical trauma that victims suffer from 1.2 million violent crimes a year. (FBI) Then there is recidivism. A study by the National Institute of Justice reveals that three-fourths of inmates released from prisons are rearrested within three years. What are we doing wrong?

It is doubtful any such criminal justice reform will be enacted in the near or distant future for three reasons: 1) Public apathy, 2) money and 3) the enormous complexity. In

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JANET RENO – ONE OF A KIND

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One of a kind.

     Her primary focus was on justice; not power, not politics and not image.

     Former Attorney General of the United States, Janet Reno died this morning, after suffering for many years with Parkinson’s Disease.

     I knew Reno. When she was the Dade County State Attorney, I headed Miami-Dade Homicide in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. The first time we met, I found myself awkwardly looking up and shaking hands with a woman standing 6’2”, while I stood 5’9”.

     On important matters we worked together. She was a major figure during the investigation and prosecution of several police officers who beat 31-year-old Arthur McDuffie to death after a long inner-city chase in Miami. The racial overtones were as harsh and sensitive as any such case today. I headed that investigation. I remember Reno going out of her way to approach me personally to tell me I had done an “excellent job.”

     If our political world would follow the examples of pure integrity that Janet Reno stood for, we would have no political divide in this country. She was a common lady, a brilliant mind and a solid American. She was so conscious about fairness, she would not

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POLICE VIOLENCE: FACTS AND FIGURES

According to the Bureau of Justice, 1,574,800 inmates are housed in America’s state and federal prisons. Only 7 percent of those are female.

     Is that fair? Why do men face such lopsided discrimination? If police and courts did their job properly, shouldn’t women comprise 51 percent of prison inmates?

     That’s a question I would like to have posed to Fox News Analyst, Julie Roginsky, who confronted Eric Trump on “Outnumbered” recently, citing how blacks make up only 13 percent of the population, but they are subject to 31 percent of police shootings. There they go again, I thought, making police officers out as violent Negro-hunters, comprising an evil cabal to target and shoot down black males. I was sorry that Eric wasn’t armed with the facts and figures, because it would have made Ms. Roginsky look like an idiot.

     The reason women are incarcerated so much less that men, is because men commit the overwhelming majority of serious crime. That’s a well-known fact.  

     Of course blacks are subject to violent police confrontations in America, because they are responsible for a highly disproportionate number of violent crimes. Like it or not, that’s also a fact. It has nothing to do with

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION REVELATIONS

If a country has laws that are not enforced, where people can break laws at will with the full knowledge of the government, without repercussion, the country will slowly cease to exist as a sovereign nation. That means the people, and their goverrnment leaders, can pick and choose which laws they will or will not obey. Please view this 6-minute video link, from a San Diego news station, with jaw-dropping revelation of facts, even to the reporters. Watch the whole segment, please:

The Obama administration not only fails to enforce the illegal immigrant violations of law, it encourages them.  Nine of every ten illegals that cross, are released if they utter the magic words, “Claim Asylum.” The Border Patrol operates with a manpower shortage of 2000 officers, with no efforts to fill the vacancies. Illegals no longer run from Border agents, they run to them.

200 sanctuary cities would not exist if it were not for the blessing of the Obama administration, where illegals — including those who are caught committing felony crimes — are free to roam about though they have not been properly

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TIME TO END GUESSWORK OF JUDICIAL ELECTIONS

(This article appears as an Op-Ed  by yours truly in Florida Today this date)

Has anyone ever thought about the antiquated system of electing local judges?

Unless citizens have been before a specific judge in a courtroom, or they know the candidate personally, they have no idea who or what they are voting for. It’s no wonder that voter turnout, especially in off-year elections, hover below 25 percent of registered voters.

In an election cycle, several names appear on the ballot for circuit and county judgeships, most of whom are completely unknown to the general public. Yet, people will go to the voting booth and mark their ballots for the names they saw most often on roadside signage, or who they think is best qualified because they were already an incumbent. Some unknowing voters will cast ballots based on ethnicity, race, sex, or other non-sensible designations, but not their experience or expertise in legal matters.

Few voters even know what qualifications are required for a person to reach the bench in the State of Florida. Amazingly, a judge can be appointed or elected who has little experience as a practicing attorney. According to state law, any lawyer can become a

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CHARGE MAYOR, PROSECUTOR IN FREDDIE GRAY CASE

This column appears in today’s issue of Florida Today on line 

 

Officers never should have been charged given lack of evidence

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(Photo: Andrew Burton, Getty Images)

Score one for the cops.

In May of 2015, when Baltimore State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, appeared on the courthouse steps announcing criminal charges against six police officers, I knew this was a proverbial witch hunt.

After four failed trials concerning the mysterious death of drug peddler, Freddie Gray, charges have been dropped in all remaining cases for one glaring reason: No evidence. The officers should never have been charged.

Ms. Mosby announced that the medical examiner had determined that Gray’s death was attributed to “Homicide,” which – she said – gave her legal footing to go forward. She’s either a poor student of law, or she skewed the information to pursue an agenda.

Most people do not understand that “homicide” is not the same as a “crime.”  Homicide simply means that someone died as a result of the actions of another person. “Homicide” could also come under “self-defense” standards, as well as “accidental circumstances.” Ms. Mosby certainly knew this, but she apparently had something else in mind: get the cops.

Marshall Frank: Restore

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COPS, RACISM AND ANARCHY

In my 30-year police career in Miami-Dade, I personally witnessed too many police crime scenes, the loss of police lives and the gut-wrenching life-long impact they have had on their spouses, their parents and their children. The recent assassination of five officers in Dallas, and the near deaths of eight more, was the work of a single individual who somehow became indoctrinated with hate and used the two shootings of black men in Baton Rouge and Minnesota to justify the premeditated killing of outstanding Americans and devout public servants.

     This article is about the racial narrative which seems to catch on like a festering disease that won’t let go, as the fans of hatred are flamed following every instance in which a black person is felled by a white officer…for whatever the reason. The race-baiters don’t see facts and evidence, they only see skin color from which they exploit the victim mentality and pass it along to idiots who feed off the dangerous false narrative like fish going after chum.

     At first blush, the recent police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota appear gravely unwarranted, though the evidence is still being evaluated. If the cops were wrong, they should be punished.

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