As so many of us know, this county has had more than its fair share of illegal activity and corruption and from all indications it appears to be a breeding ground for it.
The recent settlement the County made with Dee Burgin and Terry Roger's convictions should be enough to make every one of you ask the question, what is happening in this county?
Why should our tax dollars, which are used to pay for the county insurance, be used to pay the punitive damages for two rogue cops that clearly violated a persons civil rights? Most would agree we should not! Burgin-Rogers Settlement
Please note, contrary to what "rumors" are being spread by these former deputies, they are still guilty of violating a persons civil rights. The CASE was not dismissed nor was the conviction vacated! The settlement of the financial obligations is what lead to the Dismissal of Appeal.
We The People get to pick up the tab for the actions of these rogue cops. Wake up people because this is not the first and wont be the last time we pay for the corruption and disregard for the law in this county.
More disturbing are key elements of this particular case and actions of our legal authorities in this county that all have taken an oath to uphold the law. Records reflect they ignored the law and may have even intentionally ignored it!
If you didn't pay close attention to the details, you know, nitpick, you might have missed some VERY disturbing elements of the chain of events.
What happens to a society that can't trust its government? How about when you can't even trust the legal system that is supposed to be blind and protect our rights?
I believe one of two things happens at that point. The first thing I pray happens is the patriotic outcry of our citizens forces change by throwing people out of office at the next election and everyone there after until the problem is fixed.
The second possibility is what scares me the most. People ignore and/or justify the actions of these people and more innocent people are wrongfully threatened, set up, and locked away and the rule of law is gone for another generation or beyond.
Dont think that's possible?
Here me out!
How would you like to be pulled over and arrested because the deputies "claim" there was an arrest warrant out for you, .................... When There Wasn't!
How would you like to not only be arrested under the guise of a non-existent arrest warrant, but also stripped searched without any reasonable suspicion?
That's EXACTLY what happen with Dee Burgin, Terry Rogers and our legal system in this county.
The day of hell began for a young girl over a minor charge of failure to appear in "traffic" court on August 20th, 2008. Remember that date! Proof that it all began on that day can be found in the Bond Paperwork below the arrest warrant that clearly documents she was Bonded out of Jail on August 20th, 2008. Numerous other documents support this as well but for the sake of keeping it simple, she was arrested with a claim there was an arrest warrant for her arrest on August 20th, 2008.
In defense of the deputies "arrest" actions, records reflect they were informed by Allen Bell that an arrest warrant was in hand so they did have the green light to arrest her as far as they knew. That is where my defense of those two rogue cops stops!
Not only did those deputies violate her civil rights in the strip search but they ALSO violated her civil rights by arresting her without a warrant but were given qualified immunity on that charge because they were acting on the word of Allen Bell, which clearly is in question!
In case you missed it, the judge instructed the jury on page 29 of 62 of this document: Jury Instructions
Those instructions included a very disturbing comment that until recently I didn't put the puzzle together.
"Allen Bell was mentioned at trial but did not testify. You may, but are not required to, assume that Allen Bell's testimony would have been unfavorable to Defendant."
Disturbing because one of our former judicial public officials informed law enforcement officers that a valid warrant for the arrest of Angelina D. Cianfaglione was in existence, WHEN IT WAS NOT!
The arrest warrant was not signed until the DAY AFTER the arrest! Arrest warrant and Bond Paperwork
Did anyone notice the other signature on that document, the Peace Officers Return portion that is signed by Robert Wilson? Compare that to the Bond release document below it that he signed and ask yourself a few questions.
If you signed Bond paperwork releasing the person from jail on the 20th of August, WHY would you sign that she was arrested the day after you released her?
Why did he FAIL to enter the time of the arrest on the document but instead placed X on those sections?
Look close people to the DATE above the Judges signature. Can ANY ONE honestly say the date was not modified? It was reported that SPOILATION OF EVIDENCE was argued in this case because of this date change and it was ignored as simply the fixing of an error. What about the failure to place a time on the arrest document? That is required to be filled out and it was ignored!
The original law suit against the county included false arrest but immunity was provided to the officers because of Mr. Bell's affidavit, which basically let the officers off the hook but the bigger question is why didn't our legal system put their foot down and hold an officer of the court accountable for misrepresenting the truth.
The only thing done was to instruct the jury they could assume the Officer of the Court's testimony would have been unfavorable to the Defendant. No Kidding! Misrepresent the truth and it SHOULD be unfavorable to the Defendant but more importantly the person doing so should be held accountable as well. Our justice system is supposed to be the last stand for protecting our rights and its clear it is not.
It's no secret in our society that the brotherhood of law enforcement in most cases goes to great lengths to protect and even cover up wrong doing of their brother officers wrongdoing however there is a bigger problem. Does anyone see a problem when Judges provide what appears to be "cover" for prosecutors from being held accountable for ignoring and/or clear misrepresentation of the truth that leads to an innocent person being arrested? Who are the judges? Past prosecutors!
I believe any judge that allows these types of actions to go un-answered is more support for a long-lived belief I have that each and EVERY election possible we must vote NO on the retention of our judges, no matter what!
Voting NO on the retention of our judges brings the power back to the people! We The People have to hold them accountable and when the system is fixed to make their positions virtually permanent with little recourse for accountability you see what happens!
Vote NO on Retention of ALL Judges!