Disbarment Possible Against Baltimore State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby.
George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf has filed a complaint, accusing Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby of filing charges only to prevent civil unrest. That is to say, Ms. Mosby is charged with allowing public opinion to rule her decision to prosecute in the Freddie Gray case.
Freddie Gray was arrested and died while in police custody. At the time, the young prosecutor c chanted Al Sharpton’s quote, “No Justice, No Peace,” before the press, adding “our time has come.” She charged six officers with career-ending offenses that appeared politically motivated to many. Recently Baltimore prosecutors failed for a fourth time to get a conviction when Lt. Brian Rice was found not guilty of all the charges.
Banzhaf holds that Mosby went forward without sufficient evidence, made false public statements, withheld evidence which weakened her case, continued to prosecute after a judge found her evidence insufficient and engaged in conduct that was dishonest.
Bringing charges for political reasons is one of the worst possible abuses of office. A State Attorney has vast resources and we pay for them. She can call on an army of police, detectives and forensic experts to build her case. Defendants must counter this at personal expense. That is one reason it is unethical and unconscionable for a prosecutor to go forward with a weak case. If evidence creates reasonable doubt in the prosecutor’s mind the case should never go before a judge.
It brings to mind the Duke Lacrosse case –a 2006 trial in which players on the University lacrosse team were falsely prosecuted. In the event, a stripper accused three members of rape. The media built a narrative of privileged Ivy League frat boys abusing a poor victim of race economics. It led to the resignation and disbarment of Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong. It was also a costly and unnecessary disruption in the lives of the defendants. Had they been found guilty it would have been a lot worse. That was a real possibility given the public pressure for a conviction.
Prosecutors who succumb to the emotions of the moment and abandon their ethics do not deserve to practice law. The complaints against State Attorney Mosby are well founded and should set an example for all who put politics above their professional ethics.
In these times and as we keep in our thoughts and prayers those who sacrificed for our country, some who paid the ultimate price, some who never came home, and those currently serving in our military, it is incumbent upon us to show our colors. Let’s all fly our American flags on Memorial Day and everyday.
While you are at it, please join us at 81st and Shore Road for a very special commemoration and POW/MIA flag raising @ 10am Memorial Day. We will march in the Bay Ridge Memorial Day parade immediately following.
Join Us to Commemorate Memorial Day at POW/MIA Flag Raising followed by March in the Bay Ridge Memorial Day Parade
Friends- please join us, your neighbors, friends, scouts, elected and civic leaders, as the Brooklyn Conservatives continue our annual tradition of honoring those lost and those missing in our armed forces. We meet at the liberty pole at Look Out Point located at 81st Street and Shore Road at 10am sharp. After the commemoration and raising of new POW/MIA flag, the Brooklyn Conservatives will march in the Memorial Day Parade in Bay Ridge. Please join us for this meaningful activity in honor of those who sacrificed for our freedom.
May 30th – Memorial Day
Lookout Point – 81st Street and Shore Road
The New York City Council narrowly voted to sack the people with a plastic bag tax. State legislators such as Marty Golden, Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Dov Hikind are among those seeking to stop the city from burdening people with this regressive “tax” . Read about this tax and more in Jerry Kassar’s column: Common Sense: Bag the Tax in this week’s Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator at http://homereporter.com/common-sense-bag-the-tax/
SUNDAY, APRIL 24th @ Bay Ridge Manor (76th & 5th Av, Brooklyn) 12 noon. Join us at Annual event with friends, members, electeds and candidates. We will present local civic leader, veteran and advocate Ray Aalbue with the Ronald Reagan Americanism Award. We will also enjoy the always insightful E.J. McMahon of the Empire Center for Public Policy, our Key Note Speaker. Tickets only $60pp payable to Kings County Conservative Party mail to 486 78th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Q: Comment on the blog, or email email@example.com.
Brooklyn Conservatives’ Candidates Need Your Support: Sign Petition When we visit or by appointment at your convenience!
March 17 - Brooklyn Conservatives are knocking on doors of registered Conservative Party members to collect signatures on candidates’ petitions. The Kings County Conservative Party has a complete slate of candidates and we are collecting signatures. Please do your part. Answer your doors for our people, sign the petitions (they are grey) and only sign Conservative Party petitions.
LET US MAKE A CONVENIENT APPOINTMENT WITH YOU: Just contact us through the blog or email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will contact you to come collect your signature at time of your choosing.
This in from Assemblywoman Malliotakis
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Paul Marrone
February 22, 2016
Malliotakis Co-Sponsors Bill to Strip Funding for ‘Sanctuary’ Cities
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) has recently signed on to A8552A, legislation authored by Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C-Suffolk County) that would prohibit local governments from interfering with federal homeland security laws. The bill, known as the New Yorkers Combating Alien Recidivism and Ending Sanctuary (NY CARES) Act, seeks to prevent the existence of “sanctuary cities”, municipalities that take steps to prohibit cooperation between their law enforcement agencies and federal immigration officials.
In 2014 the New York City Council enacted two resolutions, Local Law No. 58 and Local Law No. 59, which would significantly impede cooperation between the New York City Department of Correction (DOC), NYPD, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), by prohibiting DOC and NYPD from honoring immigration detainers unless accompanied by a federal warrant and the person:
(1) Has either been convicted of a violent or serious crime, or
(2) Is identified as a possible match on in the terrorist screening database. (N.Y.C. Admin. Code §§ 9-131, 14-154).
The NY CARES Act would prohibit state funding to any county, city, town or village determined to be in willful violation. The local municipality would be tasked with communicating proof of compliance to the State Comptroller before any state funds are disbursed.
According to the NYPD’s Summary of Statistics on ICE Detainers from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, the Department received 504 civil immigration detainers. Only 30 detainers were honored and 474 were denied. Not one individual was transferred from the NYPD to ICE.
In a memo titled Civil Immigration Enforcement: Guidance on the Use of Detainers in the Federal, State, Local, and Tribal Criminal Justice Systems, dated December 21, 2012, then-Director of ICE John Morton advised that ICE agents should issue a detainer only under the following conditions:
(1) The individual has a prior felony conviction or has been charged with a felony;
(2) The individual has three or more prior misdemeanor convictions;
(3) The individual has a misdemeanor conviction or has been charged with a misdemeanor involving:
a. violence, threats, or assault,
b. sexual abuse or exploitation,
c. driving under the influence of a controlled substance,
d. unlawful flight from the scene of an accident,
e. unlawful possession or use of a deadly weapon,
f. the distribution or trafficking of a controlled substance, or
g. other significant threat to public safety, or
(4) The individual has been convicted of illegal entry into the country;
(5) The individual has illegally re-entered the country after a previous removal;
(6) The individual has an outstanding order of removal;
(7) The individual has been found by an immigration officer or an immigration judge to have knowingly committed immigration fraud; or
(8) The individual otherwise poses a significant risk to national security, border security, or public safety.
“ICE limits the issuance of civil detainers to situations where the individual is considered dangerous or has already been convicted of breaking the law. So, the fact that the City of New York honored less than 6% of civil detainers truly alarms me,” said Assemblywoman Malliotakis. “First the city kicks federal immigration authorities out of Riker’s Island, and now refuses to comply with federal detainer requests. We cannot continue to turn a blind eye as New York City breaks federal law. The State of New York should punish this unlawful behavior and force the city to comply with the law for the protection of its citizens.”
Assemblywoman Malliotakis is also expressing frustration with legislation introduced in the New York City Council that would provide voting rights to non-citizens and those unlawfully living in the United States.
“The lack of urgency from Washington to reform and enforce immigration laws and reign in sanctuary cities is leading to very flawed, misguided, and potentially dangerous policies at the local level,” Assemblywoman Malliotakis added. “Extending the privilege of voting to non-citizens and those in our country illegally devalues United States citizenship and further erodes the incentive to enter the country through safe and proper channels.”
Brooklyn Conservatives take NYC Council to shed for raising their pay while Police and Firefighters Must beg
Brooklyn Conservatives call on Republican and Conservative supported NYC Council members who support a pay raise for themselves while Police and Firefighters go years on expired contracts and fight for raises far below the standard of living, to stop and vote against this deal for themselves. It is unconscionable. The council members were not sent to City Hall for this and Brooklyn Conservatives do not support this bit of self-dealing. Time to do the right thing and turn this around if possible. Raise your voices folks!