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Feds Investigate Possible Wrong-Doing By Judges
(KDKA) PITTSBURGH KDKA has learned that federal agents have started a major investigation into potential corruption in the Allegheny County Courthouse.
Sources say judges are the focus of the case which involves allegations of influence peddling.
The allegations are that high profile lawyers were given court appointed cases and, in exchange for those cases, the lawyers paid expenses for judges including, trips, country club fees and even bar tabs.
Sources confirm federal agents have been to the Grant Street Tavern Downtown -- a long time courthouse watering hole known as a hangout for judges and lawyers.
Federal agents talked to bartenders wanting to know who paid the bar tabs of certain judges known to hang out here.
At the same time, Gim Yee went before a federal grand jury today to tell what he knows.
Yee is a county sheriff's deputy.
Yee had nothing to say about his one hour appearance before the grand jury.
The long-time sheriffs department employee has spent his entire career working in the courthouse -- most of that time in courtrooms.
Sources of KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin say investigators asked him specific questions about what he may have seen or heard.
Meanwhile, sources say at least one public defender in the courthouse has been questioned about the disposition of cases and that others will soon be questioned.
Sources also say at least two high profile defense attorneys have been approached by federal agents and asked if they would discuss their roles in the allocation of court appointed cases.
Sources say the investigation is in its infancy and that as many as 20 courthouse employees may be called before the federal grand jury.
Sources also say several employees and judges have hired lawyers to represent their interests.
There's no comment from any of them.
Sources say the investigation is broad based and includes several federal agencies including the U.S. Attorney's office, the FBI and the IRS.
There's been no comment from any of those agencies either.
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February 12, 2007 5:55 AM
Cline defends handling of charges against corrupt copCHICAGO - Chicago Police Superintendent Phil Cline has defended his handling of misconduct allegations against a corrupt former officer now serving time in federal prison.
Cline on Wednesday told a federal court jury he twice reported former narcotics investigator Joseph Miedzianowski to internal affairs.
The testimony came at the trial of a lawsuit filed by two former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents who are suing the city and Miedzianowski. Diane V. Klipfel and husband Michael V. Casali allege city officials retaliated against them after they leveled corruption charges at Miedzianowski.
Cline testified that he suspected Miedzianowski of stealing police documents twice when they worked together at Grand Central Area headquarters in the early 1990s. Cline was a lieutenant supervising Miedzianowski in the gang crimes unit.
In the first suspected theft, Cline said a defense attorney got documents from a murder case file. In the second case, a statement from a gang member who was cooperating with police ended up on the street.
Details from the second case were rolled into the federal investigation that led to Miedzianowski's arrest and 2001 conviction for racketeering, narcotics conspiracy and firearms violations. He is serving a life sentence in California.
An attorney for the former ATF agents had alleged during opening statements last month that while Cline filed reports with internal affairs, he never followed up on them.
Cline countered after court Wednesday that he hoped his statements on the stand showed allegations against Miedzianowski were not mishandled.
"I think my testimony upstairs showed that back then, when the police department got information (about) misconduct, the right things were done," Cline said. "In my particular case, twice we got (complaint register) numbers."
He said Miedzianowski's conduct does not reflect poorly on Chicago police.
"Joe Miedzianowski was an aberration to this department and a disgrace to his star," Cline said.
Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com
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March 09, 2007 4:54 AM
Police State - The Patriot's
Code of Silence
By Al Lorentz
It is highly likely that, as the police state spreads an even more insipid net of ridiculous, freedom destroying laws and regulations, more and more of us are going to wind up running afoul of the law. This pains me deeply because many of you, like me, used to be considered the salt of the earth, but now with our Constitutionally minded, liberty loving ways, we are very soon going to be labeled 'Enemies of The State'.
Let me give it to you straight, you are more than likely going to wind up in the hands of the police state and be interrogated. I want to share with you the techniques that the enemy will use against you and combat proven techniques to resist this interrogation.
I am not advocating an attitude of animosity or hatred towards police officers or the local sheriff, in fact, many of these people are on OUR side and I am mighty glad to have them. I am however advocating caution and above all, a code of silence.
When you fall into enemy hands, whether it be as a US soldier into the hands of the enemy or as a patriot into the hands of the police state, your best weapon and defense is silence. More importantly, if you are part of any group of people whether it be a group of freedom loving, Constitution supporting patriots or just your local home church, silence can be your only defense.
In SERE school (Survive, Evade, Resist and Escape), we learned that if you started talking, instead of the enemy going lighter on you, they would come down on you much harder. Further, anything you said would not only be used against you, it would be used against your friends. If you share even the slightest bit of information, the enemy will take that information, add to it the things that they already know and then use it to break your friends down.
Many people unwisely try to talk themselves out of an arrest or a ticket. Unless you are the slickest salesman on the face of the earth, the chances of talking your way out of a ticket are slim to none. Once you are arrested, there is absolutely no need to try and talk your way out of the arrest. Once arrested, the cop has shown that he fully intends to book you or take you to the police station where charges will be preferred against you.
When you are arrested, the best thing you can do is KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. Push your teeth together, seal your lips and breathe through your nose. Say nothing except the following ăI want an attorney pleaseä. Answer every question, regardless of how ridiculous your answer may seem with that statement or something almost identical to it.
Interrogation, especially if more than one person is involved as a suspect, uses three factors to succeed. One is the fact that you are probably under stress, scared and a bit unsure, the cops know this and are going to use this to full advantage. Two is the fact that you are guilty of something (there are 10,000 laws on the books at the moment and Congress and our Justice Department are working overtime to make that number even higher), the cops just have to fish long and hard enough and they will eventually find something to get you on. Three is the fact that you and your cohorts who are obviously not hardened criminals do not have the finesse and savvy to have cooked up a story before your arrest.
That is why we must all agree within the patriot community that, when arrested, we will say nothing except through our attorney. Further, we should agree to never break faith with our friends. Believe me, if you are going to be convicted anyway, ratting out your friends wonât help your case. The DA is not concerned with justice, he is concerned with racking up an impressive number of convictions so he can be re-elected or move on to a more lucrative job. You are a notch in the DAâs gun· donât take your friends down with you.
It should be that we in the patriot community have a code of silence and stick by it ö if the police state are going to make arrests and convictions of fellow patriots, let them do it without us. That is what they get paid for, we are not trying to obstruct justice but neither are we going to assist them in destroying the few people we share common bonds of liberty and justice with either.
NEVER trust a federal agent. I am not alone in this view, I know many veteran cops who will say exactly the same thing. My cop friends, when talking to the feds have a common answer to anything a Fed says to them, even simple things such as 'hello' elicit the response of 'talk to my attorney'.
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CONTINUED... March 09, 2007 4:57 AM
There have sadly been many instances of patriots groups being infiltrated by federal agents and then, when the group is arrested, the patriots turn on one another. This is not done because the patriots have no honor, it is done because they were tricked. Here is how the trick works.
The interrogator asks you some simple questions and convinces you that he is your buddy and just wants to help. He says that if you will just tell him some information, nothing that sounds very serious such as the names of your best friends, how long you have known them and any small details, he can tell the DA that you are cooperating. Once you start talking, it is hard to stop and soon he will have some juicy little tidbit of information, nothing severe but possibly just enough for him to do his next little trick.
The interrogator then goes into a separate room (you and your friends are all interrogated separately) and tell them that it's basically over for him that you just spilled the beans and then shares all the information you have given him interspersed with some details they already know and makes it sound as though you have accused your friends and are trying to cut a deal to save your own hide. The interrogator says but if you want to cooperate, the DA might 'listen' and then eagerly records everything your friends have to say. Each person he goes to in sequence tells more because he is convinced by now that the rest of the group is spilling their guts.
When all is over, the interrogator has the evidence he needs to convict you and guess what, there are no deals cut, you all get the maximum sentence. The sad part of it is, the reason they are asking you the questions is because they do not know the whole story and without your confession they probably had no real case (not that they wouldnât try something bogus of course).
There has been one case that I know of where the Feds infiltrated a patriot group and tried this technique. Because the group had already planned for this scenario though, they all said nothing and they all had confidence that nothing was being said. They knew when the interrogator came in and told them that the other guys had already talked, and shared details, that these details were obtained from other sources, not from the members of the group. Guess how many of the group the Feds convicted.
None - zero, zip, zilch.
Keep that in mind if you ever wind up in the bowels of some police station or in a Federal building in the hands of interrogators. These people aren't your friends, they don't like you and want to send you to prison or worse. Talking to them only makes it worse for you, despite how convincingly they lie and tell you otherwise.
Remember, you don't have to answer any questions, it is your right as a citizen, just give them your name, address, phone number and other pertinent information. Anything else, simply plead the Fifth Amendment. After all, the feds plead the fifth amendment when they were being questioned about their murdering rampage at Ruby Ridge, why shouldn't we, who have done nothing wrong, enjoy the same protection?
pip 5/1/2003 11:09 pm EDT Re: Police State: The Patriots Code of Silence Neverknow, Great post - you really detailed it well. The authorities are not our friends nor protectors - and, yes, the DA's care nothing for justice - just racking up convictions. My eyes were opened too late to help a loved one regarding involving an incompetent cop and a dastardly DA. A periodic reminder to 'keep our mouths shut' is good.
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