Reasonable Doubt

Local Writer Questions Verdict

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Guily Until Proven Innocent

I feel compelled to write this Hub because there are some strange resonances going on in the public discourse today, which mirror the strange experience of myself and another blogger back in 2006-07.

At the time, there was a murder trial here on Cape Cod, and many people, myself and this blogger included, know that they have convicted an innocent man. We are sure of it to our bones. As sure as we know day from night.

Well, this other blogger began writing blogs on a local web-site defending this man, and I started to join her. And that's when the craziness began. You see this craziness now--the smearing and defaming of people who take a stand against something someone else doesn't like. It quicky turns into down and dirty assaults on character, and personal attacks. You find yourself wondering "why?" Why is it they cannot discuss the issues without resorting to these sort of tactics?

In our case, we believe we were being attacked to deflect attention away from the real murderers. You know-- make us look like kooks for even asking questions. Make us look crazy, so no one would pay us any mind.

Anyway, the blogging began to take on a surreal, insane flavor. Like these people were really quite insane! If only I could copy here for you some of their posts, you would be amazed. Incoherant ranting, talk of incest and rape in the family, baby-talk suddenly switching to wild accusations and vicious attacks...it was like veering off into a parallel universe where down is up and up is down. And the odd thing was, no one seemed to notice, no one seemed to care! It was bizarre.

My friend--for we became friends from this-- was accused of having an arsenal of guns stockpiled in her basement. We were told we belonged in a mental institution, told we had gone to the prison and made a porno movie with the convicted man, told we were planning to break him out of there and flee the country. My friend's mother was ill at the time, and they told her they hoped her mother choked on her own vomit and died.

But by far the worst for me was when I was told I took my grandkids up to the prison so they could have sex with the convict. Now, this really made my blood boil. First of all, why so over -the top? And second of all...who thinks this way? Why would that thought even enter someone's mind? But when I went on the web-site and asked how people could defend this kind of talk...most people didn't care!

The two of us were out there on our own, subject to the only thing I can describe as psychotic behavior.

Flash-forward to today....and I see the same behavior coming from the tea-bag Republican crowd. Totally psychotic behavior. Wild accusations, out-of-bounds name-calling, and all meant to cut to the bone...to slice at our deepest hurts, our deepest wounds. Hitting where they know it hurts the most.

And why? What is the reason that a rational debate is not possible? What are they afraid of?

It can't be the same thing our detractor's feared: prosecution for their crimes.... President Obama has already said he is moving forward, not looking back. The criminals are safe.

It can't be that they honestly believe the things they are saying, because many of the things they are against now were Republican ideas to begin with!

But it can be to deflect attention, and thereby diffuse any guilt. It can be to escape scrutiny of themselves by pointing the finger somewhere else. It can be to make us forget their part in this wrong and thereby convince us they can make it right.

And it can be to ruin any chance we have at turning the tide away from money and back at the people again...like it used to be, even in my short life-time.

Whatever the reasons, this psychotic behavior cannot be sustained. Someone is going to get seriously wounded or worse from their violent rhetoric, or people are going to start turning against them for their insane Obama Derangement Syndrome. Either way, it's a lose-lose situation for them.

And as my friend the blogger tells me all the time: What goes around comes around. Careful you don't drown the baby with the bath-water!






Justice Denied

As Thomas Jefferson said, "A prosecutor who alleges enough wrong doing will always get a conviction." Former U.S. Attorney General Robert H. Jackson said, "If the prosecutor is obliged to choose his cases, it follows that he can choose his defendants. Therein is the most dangerous power..."


http://www.change.org/petitions/president-obama-please-restore-justice-and-pardon-my-dad

Outer Silence

Man Who Knows

Here is the web-site of a man who is intimately connected to this case, and experienced cointelpro harrassment because of it. He also, knows that Christopher McCowen did not commit this crime.

http://libertyandjusticeunited.org/

It takes more than one man alone to stop Well-Organized and fully supported PURE EVIL.

Imagine If You Are Innocent.....

By Chris Hedges

If, as Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote, “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons” then we are a nation of barbarians. Our vast network of federal and state prisons, with some 2.3 million inmates, rivals the gulags of totalitarian states. Once you disappear behind prison walls you become prey. Rape. Torture. Beatings. Prolonged isolation. Sensory deprivation. Racial profiling. Chain gangs. Forced labor. Rancid food. Children imprisoned as adults. Prisoners forced to take medications to induce lethargy. Inadequate heating and ventilation. Poor health care. Draconian sentences for nonviolent crimes. Endemic violence.


http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_shame_of_americas_gulag_20130317/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest for profit system.


This corporation runs the prison Chris is in, as well.

"On Wednesday, March 27, hundreds of inmates at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico, engaged in a peaceful demonstration against poor treatment. Somewhere between 250 to 500 prisoners refused to leave the recreation yard in a demonstration that lasted for over 12 hours.

The Center, which houses over 1,100 minimum-security federal prisoners (all male), is owned and operated by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest for profit system. CCA facilities are notorious for rampant human rights abuses, not exactly shocking for a company whose sole purpose is to profit from off of locking human beings in cages.

As the owner of several CAR prisons, CCA is no stranger to accusations of mistreatment.

The pattern of cost-cutting, negligence and abuse at CCA-owned prisons goes back even further, but that would take more paragraphs than you’re probably willing to read."


http://raniakhalek.com/2013/03/31/media-was-mia-as-hundreds-of-undocumented-inmates-protested-cca-prison-conditions/

A locked cellblock inside a jail on May 19, 2004. A wrongfully convicted New Yorker who served more than two decades behind bars had a heart attack the day afte

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A prisoner said in the Daily Beast


"America’s harsh judicial system, coupled with a growing national affinity for utilizing complete isolation at super-max prisons as a corrections tactic of first choice, in many cases turns men into monsters.”

The prisoner warned that “many of the first men locked up when our nation embarked on a policy of for-profit mass incarceration near the end of the last century are now returning into society.”

Private Prisons, Public Hell

"Today, the ACLU announced that it is filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, a private prison in Meridian, Mississippi. The suit alleges that EMCF is "hyper-violent, grotesquely filthy and dangerous." One example of the jail's dangers: this handwritten letter from an inmate describing his own rape."

http://gawker.com/the-story-of-one-prison-rape-in-an-inmates-own-words-510475353


"EMCF is a cesspool. Prisoners are underfed and routinely held in cells that are infested with rats and have no working toilets or lights. Although designated as a facility to care for prisoners with special needs and serious psychiatric disabilities, ECMF denies prisoners even the most rudimentary mental health care services. Many prisoners have attempted to commit suicide; some have succeeded. One prisoner is now legally blind after EMCF failed to provide his glaucoma medications and take him to a specialist, and another had part of his finger amputated after he was stabbed and developed gangrene.

The facility is dangerously understaffed, and prisoners routinely set fires to attract the attention of officers to respond to emergencies. Without sufficient staff to protect prisoners from violence, rapes, stabbings, and gang violence are rampant."

http://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights/dockery-v-epps



“The longer the stay, the more money the prison makes,” he said.


Gangs ruled the 60-inmate, 30-cell housing units, Williams and Walton said. There were at least 13 present in the facility, according to the 2010 audit. Corrections officers sometimes slept while prisoners fought, the inmates said. Assaults were common. Officers often did nothing. Some provoked fights and then used pepper spray and other deterrents, said Williams.

“You saw blood on the floor, everywhere,” he said.


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-12/gangs-ruled-prison-as-for-profit-model-put-blood-on-floor.html

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

I sort of get this feeling from one of my hubs, but it seems to have died down now, mysterious for sure.


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lovemychris 6 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Going to chek out your hub Polly--and I hope it dies down..it is hard to stomache.


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Sab Oh 6 years ago

It is beyond ironic that YOU, of all people, would write a hub about "crazy"...


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lovemychris 6 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

ahaha--gotta agree with you there sab oh!


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ryanedel 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I'm really not sure what it is with people out there today - I swear, the sense of personal responsibility has become so lacking that not only do people lie about their own role in making things worse, they're actually applauded for "standing their ground" for failing to admit their shortcomings.

I'm really sorry to hear about your experience with blogging. Regardless of the man's innocence or guilt, you simply spoke up for what you felt was right - no one has the right to take that freedom from you. And they know that. The fact that they'd try intimidating you into silence by speaking of your family that way speaks only to their depravity.


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lovemychris 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Actually ryan, it went beyond that for my friend. She stopped blogging about it, because she felt they had called her job and bad-mouthed her, were following her in cars, and had hacked into her e-mail account. She was seriously spooked.

But thank you for the UNDERSTANDING! It is sorely lacking these days!


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lovemychris 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author


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lovemychris 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

OvertDictionary :

Concentration Camps: the United States has 6 times as many prisoners as China, producing 34% of the US's furniture and fridges.


Mark 3 years ago

China also executes over 100 times more prisoners than the U.S.. Their exact numbers are classified, but some estimates place the number as high as 8000. The U.S. executed 43.


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lovemychris 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

We are all disgusting examples of human society. THIS is what we're here for, to gain power on someone else's back, then die?

I don't think so. We've been bamboozled.

The best society's treat their citizens w compassion and understanding....even the criminals.

After all--they were little kids once too. This greed and pervert paradigm leads to deranged thinking, IMO.


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lovemychris 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Here is the answer...LOVE, beauty and respect.

"Orchard Gardens school in Roxbury, Massachusetts. It was built with very good art facilities—which then weren't used as the school was violent and low-achieving. Then a new principal arrived:

In a school notorious for its lack of discipline, where backpacks were prohibited for fear the students would use them to carry weapons, Bott’s bold decision to replace the security guards with art teachers was met with skepticism by those who also questioned why he would choose to lead the troubled school. [...]

But now, three years later, the school is almost unrecognizable. Brightly colored paintings, essays of achievement, and motivational posters line the halls. The dance studio has been resurrected, along with the band room, and an artists’ studio.

The end result? Orchard Gardens has one of the fastest student improvement rates statewide. And the students—once described as loud and unruly, have found their focus."


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lovemychris 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

splain this:

Michael Skolnik

a black 3 yr old shoots himself and family arrested. a white 5 yr old kills his sister, no charges filed. both accidents + both guns legal.


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lovemychris 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

I see people saying: This is the system--accept it.

Welp...I remember OJ...and a whole lot of people didn't just accept it: Including the families of Nicole and Ron.

Just yesterday, a dude told me that I had to accept the Zimmerman verdict, but we all know OJ was a stone-cold killer.

..........uh--hello.

I do not accept it.

I do not think it was fair trial judged by a fair and impartial jury.

I think they were biased from the start...and the lawyers wife is now writing a book.

Concerned w justice?? Not in my book.

so--go on and tell us we have to accept......I will say to you: Browns and Goldmans never did.....stop with the double standard!


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lovemychris 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

"It is incredibly shameful that we US citizens have to admit that we live in a country that tortures its prisoners, that casually executes people who are mentally retarded, who are innocent, who had defense attorneys who slept through their clients’ trials, whose prosecutors slept with the judge, who were denied access to DNA evidence that could have proven their innocence, or who were convicted based upon the lies of prosecutors and prosecution witnesses."

--Dave Lindorff


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lovemychris 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Here is the result of prisons-for-profit....

Luxury jail: $155.00 a night

http://now.msn.com/fremont-jail-is-offering-a-luxu...


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lovemychris 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

My friend who was framed for murder told me that due to the shut-down, they cut off inmates electricity all day yesterday.

see how these pols operate? Hurt everyone but themselves.......the ones responsible for the shut down.

Let me guess....the Baggers celebrated with another $350 bottle of wine.....at your expense America. but that's OK. THEY are deserving.


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lovemychris 3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Pennsylvanis judge sentenced to 28 yrs for accepting bribes to send kids into for profit prisons.

Hallelluya!

Now, we must do something about the militarization of the police.

We are not the enemy.

Nor are we an endless source of revenue.

We are human beings, not dollar signs.


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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Read Americas invisible and costly human rights crisis, by Ralph Nader.

Reporter from Rolling Stone also did great series on it.


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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

The FBI has launched a criminal investigation into private prison company Corrections Corporation of America which ran what Idaho inmates called “Gladiator School” because of a violent reputation they say understaffing helped create. - See more at: http://govtslaves.info/fbi-investigating-correctio...

******


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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Injustice Sayings ‏@injussttice · 1m

On Sept 22, 2008, the same parole board that murdered Troy Davis a day earlier, saved a Caucasian male who admitted to killing his boss.


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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

"I want examples of state sponsored racism in the here and now."

I wrote a hub about it.

The state conspired to convict a black man of murder he didn't commit. After it was over, 3 jurors broke down, because they knew they had convicted an innocent man. They claimed racism on the jury.

I went to the racial bias hearing, and saw it first hand. It was jaw-dropping.

They lied. Like big time! The judge pampered them, and treated the accusing jurors with contempt.

I started blogging about it in 2006, the day he was convicted.

Oh yeah...racism is rampant. Certain bloggers were very similar to a certain RW faction here.

They called the black man a gorilla. Said we gone have a bar b que and grill him.

Nice church-goin ladies who called me C U Next Thursday.

Worst was when one of them said I took my grandkids to the prison so the accused could "diddle " them.--nice, huh?

Cleaned houses with a black woman. She said "don't go to Chatham if you're black..the cops will harass you"...I said "This is 2005!" I didn't believe it. I do now.

I went to lunch with same woman and her daughter. We were seated, and the waitress came and told us "We're closed".....when obviously they were open. My fried said. "OK, we'll just have a glass of water"

She brought us water, while we watched others eat their lunch. She was used to this kind of treatment, I was stunned.

Nobody believes me, but it's the truth.

.....It's going on 10 yrs now, and this innocent man still sits in prison, taking the fall for the white guy or guys who the system protects.

The book about it is called Reasonable Doubt.

Here's the author:

"As I began reading the discovery material—15 running feet of loose-leaf binders plus 4,000 or 5,000 pages of trial transcript—a very strange picture of "my" Cape Cod emerged: an incestuous, ingrown culture where judges go on vacation with prosecutors, and trial lawyers make huge donations to re-election campaigns. I began to smell a rat.... The book broadened into what's happened on Cape Cod in the last 25 years. Issues of racism, police misconduct, and crime on the Cape became a subtext of the trial proper. The book is less concerned in proving who killed Christa than it is with examining what goes into the trial of a black man in America today. "

*****

This is the here and now....just like Ferguson.

Just like Troy Anthony Davis.

Just like a black man in prison 34 yrs with no charges.

Just like shooting down a kid BECAUSE YOU CAN.

Unless and until white people can stop being in denial, this won't change any time soon.


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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

No police report written for Brown shooting?

Left lying on the road for 4 hrs?

what is this?

No wonder people don't trust them. Wow--this is shady as h e double hockey sticks


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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

The other "mob" in Ferguson.

"If the cop who killed Brown is indicted and he is tried in Ferguson, the jury will contain whites who live in Ferguson. Unless there is a huge change in white sentiment about the killing, no white juror can vote to convict the white cop and continue to live in Ferguson. The hostility of the white community toward white jurors who took the side of a "black hoodlum who stole cigars" against the white police officer would make life for the jurors impossible in Ferguson."

--Paul Craig Roberts

******

The hostile white community.


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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

"Those Caucasian officers who join South Bureau divisions (77th,SW,SE, an Harbor) with the sole intent to victimize minorities who are uneducated, and unaware of criminal law, civil law, and civil rights. You prefer the South bureau because a use of force/deadly force is likely and the individual you use UOF on will likely not report it."

Ferguson PD has still not released police report of Brown killing.......my friend Christopher McCowen was framed for murder, and the cop didn't write report til 9 days later......had to get the story straight...*wink* *wink*

Honestly..there is so much bulloney that people swallow whole, you'd think bologna was filet mignon.


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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

'But please tell us all how those wounds prove beyond any doubt that MB had his hands in the air."

Wounds/Shmounds...there are 5 eye witnesses!

3 of them are black, which the racists will dismiss.

But guess what? 2 white guys saw it too.

"Two new witnesses to the shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by Darren Wilson have now come forward. As reported in Sunday's edition of the newspaper St. Louis Post-Dispatch, two white construction workers watched Darren Wilson shoot dead an unarmed and surrendered Michael Brown.

According to their accounts, Michael Brown was not “charging at” or “attacking” Darren Wilson as the professional liars in the Right-wing hate media have suggested to their supplicants--and an easily duped 24/7 corporate mainstream media which is desperate for any new “information” on the Brown case, however specious or incorrect it may in fact be.

The account provided by the new witnesses corroborates the version of events offered by previous witnesses in which Darren Wilson repeatedly shot an unarmed person from some distance away whose hands were raised in the universal sign of surrender."

Not only that....this cop dude is getting so much special treatment, I want to barf.

Pro-cop prosecutor.....allowed to testify in Grand Jury.....as Judy Bloom said: every decision the prosecutor has made is in favor of defense!

This is deja-vu for me. Saw it for myself in 08.....un-freaking-believable how horrible the lily-white communities are for black people.

And they never admit it--they feel entitled to their racist behavior.

BLAH!


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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

"I now believe there should be very few JURIED trials ."

Me too. Or, there should be professional jurors--those who know and care about the law, not their own predjudices.

I saw it 1st hand, an now wonder about any and all people accused and convicted.

Guess what happened after the prosecution "won" in this trial...oh and after they had dinner with the family of deceased......

Cop who wrote false police report was promote to sergeant

Lawyer who tried the case is now a judge

Same judge who presided over case, and showed obvious bias towards prosecution, is judge who decides whether or not defendant gets another trial.......

Judge knew prosecutor-his father was also a judge, and friends with the judge presiding case!

After case was over- immediately, 3 jurors contacted judge and said they convicted the wrong man. Said there was racism rampant in the jury, and they got worn down and just caved in. Also--they were hung twice, and these jurors said the judge implied that they had to make a decision one way or the other...but they could have kept going on hung jury forever.

Know what judge said: "Don't worry, he has appeals"...Yeah: but who decides if the appeals go forward.......this judge!

As Elisabeth Warren says: "It doesn't need fixing....the problem is, it's fixed!"


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lovemychris 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Leading the witness....that's what they did for Wilson..helped him out.

Did the same thing in this case....

Went to racial bias hearing.....judge was helping the witnesses. "Did you mean to say this" "You really meant this"..etc etc

They all were lying, and it was obvious. But the judge was helping them...maybe thats why they were so smug about it.

Top tier of the court room was all Wampanoag : People of the First Light. Don't think they know Chris, but they sure knew what's going on.

******

One of the people speaking on this Ferguson charade referenced the Bible...something about Rachel crying out from the ground or something......

I prefer William S. Burroughs:

"America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.”

Windigo......this evil cannot longer last.......It's just simple physics.....for every action, there is a reaction.

Simple. Pure. Righteous.

The Iceman Cometh


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lovemychris 23 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Convicted by racism.

http://gldnws.blogspot.it/2013/09/governor-deval-p...

CHRISTA WORTHINGTON MURDER - McCowen's SJC Appeal = AN FBI "CoIntelPro" HIT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25geWhS-i5Y


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lovemychris 23 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Ohio Man Accused of 1975 Murder Exonerated. 27 years in prison for murder he didn't commit.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/third-ohi...


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lovemychris 23 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Stand yer ground was part of judges directions to jury in Martin case.

They perverted Castle Doctrine so much that they applied it to a psycho with a gun legally chasing and gunning down a kid and killing him! Written by nra and alec, signed by Jeb Bush, future prez candidate.

sheeeesh, first a guy who keeps his money overseas to avoid taxes, now this!

Patriots?.......more like Benedict Arnolds


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lovemychris 23 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Ferguson Grand Juror Sues Prosecutor for Putting Michael Brown on Trial Instead of Darren Wilson

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/ferguson-g...


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lovemychris 21 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author


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lovemychris 21 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

hmmph--the Oklahoma frat....nothing new.

I moved to Cape Cod 1985....

Not many black people here...understatement!

In Provincetown, a fisherman told me "We don't let N's on the boat...it's bad luck"

There was one black guy in town, they called him MagGilla the Gorilla.

******

ONE black guy in town where I worked. Got so much flack, because young women liked him.

One ran away from home to his apartment.....he talked to her, calmed her down--she slept on his couch, he walked her to work the next morning...where I worked, as a matter of fact.

Police hounded the parents to place a restraining order on him, they ROPED OFF our work-place, and had the girl take a virginity test.

Came out clear--good thing, cause they were going to charge him with rape.

Meanwhile, a townie girl of 17--my friend's daughter, was LIVING with an older man.....and nobody said Boo.

This guy framed and convicted of murdering a white woman

After trial--3 jurists claim racists jury....

Aunt of one the jurors said her nephew said :"I don't like black people--they come down here to sell drugs and kill people"...

Nothing done.

They played a game making fun of racism.....nothing done.

They made fun of black juror woman's "ethnic" hair.

They lied at racism hearing, and Judge coaxed them.

And yet: the jury was dead-locked twice.....so close to calling mistrial.

So, police arrested boyfriend of one of the jurors and have him call her FROM jail, on cell phone.

She says "The cops are so dumb"....about BOYFRIEND'S case, and they throw her off jury.

Replaced by middle-aged white woman....accused is done for.

Oh--I forgot....once they arrested him, they added rape and robbery to the charges....

And police dept immediately put on their web-site "Case Closed"....before trial.

It was sickening to watch...and now I think about it, why the heII did I stay here, giving my money and sweat to this god-forsaken place???????

“America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.”

William S. Burroughs


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lovemychris 21 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

hmm, interesting......

in this video--around 2:18..."Police declare case closed"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4CHetBzz3k

Just what happened to my friend.

"police dept immediately put on their web-site "Case Closed"....before trial."

let's not forget--this does happen;

http://www.copblock.org/40643/cop-caught-testalyin...


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lovemychris 20 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

"Ford, a black man before an all-white jury, was convicted and sentenced in 1984. He remained on death row for three decades. It was the first and only death sentence Stroud won as a prosecutor.

Last year, Ford was declared a free man and released from prison.

“I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning,” he wrote. Stroud recalled that late in the trial, while arguing for the death sentence, he mocked Ford for wanting to stay alive to try and prove his innocence, adding: “I continued by saying this should be an affront to each of you jurors, for he showed no remorse, only contempt for your verdict.”

In hindsight, he realizes he was an eager prosecutor less than a decade out of law school, one who wanted to make a name for himself. Stroud saw other people who were touting their careers, boasting how they were going to become judges, bragging about the number of capital cases prosecuted and death sentences won. He recalls how after Ford was sentenced, he went out for drinks to celebrate, something he now looks back on with disgust.

“Looking back 30 years ago, I was just blinded by the prospect of prosecuting a first-degree murder case and obtaining a sentence of death,” he said. “I thought that would show that I was a tough prosecutor. What it showed is how easy it is to be caught up in the system and not to step back and see that a fair process is being used.”

*****

Deja Vu.

In my friend's case...all those involved got promotions, and they went to dinner with the family of slain woman after they framed my friend for the murder.

Christopher McCowen, serving life without parole for having sex with a wealthy white woman.


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lovemychris 20 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Here we go AGAIN.....cops beating on black man.

http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/detroit-man-beat...

My brother is 52 yrs old....I never heard of anything like this happening to him,....but it has already happened to my grandson: abuse by police, in Denver.

I'll ask again: Does the KKK run America?????

Ok, not KKK--how about White Supremacists? It's the only explanation I have as to WHY they would DARE do this!


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lovemychris 20 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

"Watkins asks Knapp about whether fingerprints were lifted off the bomb evidence but O'Toole's not having it.#Tsarnaev"

Judge is not allowing fingerprints lifted off bomb as evidence..................................

Another trial of Just-Us, imo.

http://www.ctmin.org/pdf/thecourstsystemandfreemas...


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lovemychris 20 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Maybe he's an informant...ya think?

http://hyannisnews.com/surprise-surprise-surprise-...

he's the "right" color, tho.......

and name, come to think of it.....old family


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lovemychris 20 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Your tax dollars at work:

"Orta, who claims he was originally arrested after filming Garner’s death as payback by police, has been on a hunger strike over fears that Rikers correctional facility officers will taint his food with rat poison.

Last month 19 Rikers Island inmates filed suit saying they were sickened when served meat loaf with rat pellets in it and claimed authorities at the jail attempted to cover it up."

*****

Torture, Inc

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article84...


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lovemychris 20 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Do you know, a black SUV was seen barreling out of dead woman's driveway on the day before she was found dead....

Man who reported it to police was walking down road--they stopped beside him, and told him the car he saw was a red hatch-back.

He said, "No, it was a black or dark blue SUV--even gave them some of the license plate characters, and they matched them to 2 people.....

nothing ever came of it....strange, huh?

So much doubt--so much strangeness....so much hushed.

But the biggest doubt was that a rich white socialite would have consensual sex with a black garbage man.....

For this, they took away his life...sure as the Untouchable ones took away hers.....

Repent white people---the time is at hand.


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lovemychris 20 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Your tax dollars at work:

Ten people who spent many years in jail until proven innocent

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/10-astonis...


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lovemychris 19 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

With Ferguson, Baltimore, Trayvon, etc....10 yrs of locked up for this black man, because white people here are p*ssies.

http://radioboston.wbur.org/2011/08/09/peter-manso...

"I realized that Cape black folk make up only 1.6 percent of the population compared to 14 percent nationally … There’s been a hardening on the Cape that I can only call overt racism.”

BOOOOOOOOOOOO


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lovemychris 19 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

"He hadn't actually broken the law. He ran...a knife magically appeared. One that nobody thought to mention for a couple of days."

Hmmmm, interesting. Just like my friend......after they arrested him, it suddenly became Rape, Robbery and murder.

Actually--the murder victim's lap-top did get taken......apparently, she was writing some kind of expose...something. Her father being an ex-big time assistant DA and all.....and all the drug-running done here on Cape...Big time opiat problem, didn't you know?Oh, but we don't mention THAT. Nor the dual marks on driveway from low muffler--who's car they KNOW it belongs to (not my friend) OR the fact someone received call from police at exact time they say murder occurred (not my friend)NOR the fact she was posed in some bizarre manner, and a commentor mentioned necrophilia regarding the DA....too weird to deal with I guess.

No, we don't mention these things because they involve white, connected men.

My friend is just a poor, but handsome "black trash hauler"

Really--who would you frame. err/umm blame?


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lovemychris 17 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

"In some parts of the South, the justice system is an extension of the good old boy network system."

****

After they framed this black man for murder, a cop from Wellfleet said this part of the Cape was like the deep south as far as the just-us system goes.

I moved here in 85.....

2 things I heard ALL the time:

"Don't be black in Chatham"

"Don't drive black thru Wellfleet and Truro"

I saw the racists jurors deny their behavior........

There will never be peace in the world until there is Justice.

One thing for certain....what goes up must come down.


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lovemychris 16 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Awesome Obama!!

Wanting to restore Pell Grants to prison inmates.

But you know who's against it....

The knuckle-Draggers. Ugga Bugga, me Tarzan-you Jane


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lovemychris 16 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

"PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia judge has reversed 158 more narcotics convictions amid a long-running probe of seven narcotics officers, even though the officers were mostly acquitted of corruption charges.

Public defender Bradley Bridge says that about 560 convictions have now been reversed.

Bridge tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that fewer than half of the squad’s convictions have been reviewed.

Federal prosecutors accused the veteran officers of stealing large sums of drugs and cash from suspects and lying in court afterward."

****

Please don't tell me I have to just respect the police. I have no respect for people who abuse their power....it's unethical.

We the People have given up basic rights to this "submit and obey" mentality.

But--they are allowed to do it.

It's called testa-lying, and they get training in it!

http://www.freebase.com/m/0gbdw

*****

How about this: I demand this--

1. If I ask what you are stopping me, or arresting me for: I have the right to know!

2. You do not have the right to "light me up" if I don't bow to your authority....YOU work for ME!

3. You have higher responsibility of behavior. You have all the power to use against me: guns, clubs, tasers, handcuffs, and simply your word as the truth: which may or may not be translated into a case of testa-lying in court.

4. I as a citizen, should not be considered guilty until proven innocent because you are The Man.

But, we are too far gone......

Unfortunately, this is now more like the truth:

1. Police have the right to speak rudely and threateningly to you.

2. You have no right to know why you are being harassed.

3. When dealing with police, you need to sit down, and shut up. As a citizen, your rights are suspended until THEY feel you deserve them, or you may end up dead.

****

Geeeeeesus! I'm floored that people are OK with this!!!

I will add that is has ALWAYS been like this for some.


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lovemychris 15 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

California Becomes First State to Ban Grand Juries in Police Shooting Cases

http://endthenra.com/california-becomes-first-stat...


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lovemychris 15 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

One example of rotten capitalism...CorrectionsCorporation of America. Google The Dirty Thirty thirty years of CCA

More rotten capitalists....Google Koch Industries and pollution, Koch Industries and Indian reservations

Watch Thunderheart

You could google rotten capitalists for days. Stop supporting rot. THEIR TIME IS UP


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lovemychris 13 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

I would like to say that there are some things I just know....not the body "knowing", but simply "been there, done that" knowing: experience and example.

There is Hasbara here.

There is racism here.

I mean the real deal. Encountered one on twitter yesterday......man-o-man the language he/she used.

EXACTLY like the language they used to use on me here.--when I deemed to comment on their hubs, or they visited mine.

Back when we had a local site to kick the sh*t, there was no reporting and banning.....and people got real.

I'm telling you: I've had experience with Hasbara and racists of the worst sort.

They are here on HP, too.

You can call me what you want....but I give it back just as hard as I get, and that is what's not allowed...anywhere.

It's just distressing to see them still at it, free as the day is long, barking away with their racist and religious hate.

....and it's allowed, and even nurtured.

But barking back gets you put in the doghouse.

Why is that?


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lovemychris 11 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Anyone saying that prison is a pleasant stay has absolutely no idea what they are talking about.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article84...

The reason they end up back there is because we throw them out here with no money and no where to go. You know anyone who will hire a felon?

I prefer a more humane approach.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/feb/25/nor...

This fire and brimstone sh*t is the devils work. Because underneath all that judging and desire to punish is the mistaken idea that one is better than another.

Better wake up quick. As your own book says--there is none good but the father, and no one knows the day of his return.


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lovemychris 11 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Ex Senator writes book, Mr Smith Goes to Prison: writing about "the horror of the American prison system"

Any of you fire and brimstone types wanna dispute that?

And now we have for-profit private prisons...sign contract with state or community. 95% of beds MUST BE FILLED AT ALL TIMES, or they can be sued by prison.

And I wonder who they target to lock up?

Inmates traded on stock exchange like cattle.

Solitary confinement "slow-level torture"

But, "We don't torture"

Rape? Eh, they get what they deserve.

You can judge a society by how they treat the least among them...

America: FAIL

In Denmark as soon a someone gets in system, they are asked what they are good at....their skills are honed so they can find work once they get out of there.

I understand locking up violent psychos (or those who use them, like Bush/Cheney, et al)

But we are locking people up as Job security for prison workers and stock market profit.

Remember when that female gvr of Arizona (Jan something; the finger-pointer) had choice of putting money into giving someone a life-saving transplant or a new prison? What did she choose? (hint: man who needed transplant died)

You can't build a good foundation on evil ground. And that's what we have done in America for a long long time.

We need to fix it, and fire and brimstone is NOT gonna do the job. That's just a refuge for the self-righteous.

Here I have to hand it to, of all people, the Koch bro's. They have promised to hire released convicts in their industries. Obama and Rand Paul agree on prison reform....in fact, it's maybe one true bi-partisan subject!

As that great maestro said: Castles made of sand melt into the sea, eventually. Let's start over....build our castle out of respect and dignity for our fellow man.

Love---that should be a given.

https://youtu.be/tDNupQIis_Q


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lovemychris 10 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

15 years awaiting Justice for 9/11

10 years waiting on Justice for my husband

Sometimes all you can do is rock n roll

For you Babe, and all you lovers out there

https://youtu.be/KFBYkiRxyqw

Peace Out


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lovemychris 10 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Interesting. Innocent man who spent 25 yrs on death row just released. They found phone records exonerating him hidden in some cops garage.

Christopher McCowen case....

Man who was witness for prosecution said he was home at time of murder.

Others think he was at crime scene committing the murder.

Seeing as he used a cell phone to make a call at time they allege murder happened, why did they never trace that call to see which cell phone tower was routing it, the one near his home, or the one near the murder?

One of many unanswered questions, like whose blood was on her shoe, and whose dna under her fingernails?

And yet, whitey saw no reason to find reasonable doubt.

Actually, they did. Jury was hung, until judge misled them, and cops pulled a fast one.

What goes up always comes down.


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lovemychris 10 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Unproven Bush crimes huh? Well if thats the standard, it applies to all if them.

Bush did not lie about wmd, did not invade iraq, did not implement patriot act, did not let haliburton and blackwater rob us blind, did not know dincorp was pimping children and did not approve torture.

Now, as a citizen, i expect the same leeway for all my elected officials. Nobody does anything wrong, ever.


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lovemychris 9 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

I hope you all see what goes on here.

If anyone disagrees with the clique, they get rid of you. Then, the place is filled up with their point of view...so much so that at times, it's all you can see! I really wish someone would do something about this. It's no way to run a business. Particularly in a field where freedom of speech is supposed to be the standard. There must be someone important here who cares about the first amendment?


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fpherj48 6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Leslie...I expected this to be much more detailed about the crime & trial itself.

I'm reserving comment until I read up and refresh my memory, since it's been a few years that I was so intertwined in this case. I may even speed read a book or 2. I know there are few written on the Worthington case.

I'm surprised you continue to live in Cape Cod. It must be like asking for harassment. I'm sure it is difficult to deal with.

When did you get to know Christopher so personally & so well that you fell in love enough to marry him?


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lovemychris 6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

Nobody harrasses me because I keep my mouth shut.

I ve known him long time. Always quite and respectful at my house.

Read Reasonable Doubt. I never read Flooks book. But she was suspected having sex with da. It's a world of secrets.


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lovemychris 3 days ago from Cape Cod, USA Author

carrier keeps 850 jobs here, gets $700,000 tax break.

for the billions in gvt contracts and research and development, they should have been told, "stay, or leave the bennies behind, too"

whos runnin this gd show??

billionaire wilbur ross owned the coal mine where coal miners died from negligence, and owns a bank run by a russian oligarch.

has the swamp drained yet?

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