Monday, August 24, 2015

How Far Will They Go? (Snitch Part Two)

On Friday, October 17, 2014, the largest weapons arrest in Jefferson County, NY history was made. (Click to read the full article.)

The only reason these weapons did NOT end up in the hands of drug dealers or other criminals was because of the efforts of a long-term "snitch" for the local police agencies. (This was actually the same CRI mentioned in the blog entry Snitch.)

The two "gentlemen" attempting to broker the weapons had contacted him to find them a buyer.

The snitch promptly began contacting anyone and everyone he knew in law enforcement in an attempt to set up a sting to get these "fine upstanding citizens" and the weapons off the streets.

He texted a Sheriff's deputy, but she was on the way out of the country on vacation and unable to do anything.

He called his probation officer, who initially ignored the report/request. (Interestingly enough, one of the young men arrested on the weapons charges is the nephew of that probation officer.)

He continued to contact any and every law enforcement contact he could, until finally he received a response.

But in the meantime, the two young men were getting suspicious and anxious. They told the snitch that they wanted him to prove that he was capable of doing the buy, and that he only had a few hours or they would go elsewhere.

So he borrowed $200 from a family member, bought an unloaded gun for "Mr. Big" to inspect, and put it in the locked gun safe at his house.

Before he had a chance to blink, the local task force produced the $5K for the rest of the buy and had him set up a deal. The snitch was the third man in the car, sitting in the front seat with a loaded hand gun pointed at him from the rear by one of the two arrested.

When the arrest went down, as part of his statement he informed the officers about the gun in his locked safe and he took them to retrieve it.

However, the "snitch" had unfortunately testified on behalf of his mother three and a half months earlier in the Family Court aspect of the Jon Massey Case.

As retaliation for his efforts in exposing the fraud, false allegations, and wrongful prosecution that resulted in the death of Jon Massey, the district attorney and the judge decided to "throw the book" at the snitch. In fact, they "fast-tracked" his case.

Meanwhile, the two weapons thieves are still in jail awaiting trial. And the primary witness against them? The "snitch" who is well within his rights to plead the Fifth Amendment and refuse to testify for the people responsible for ongoing harassment of his family and friends.

That could result in two high level criminals going free.

Or maybe this was the plan all along - after all, it wouldn't look good for the nephew of a probation officer to be convicted of the "largest weapons bust" in Jefferson County history. Far better to continue to harass a family to cover up a wrongful action that resulted in the death of an innocent man, as well as irreparable harm to multiple children.

It is time to stand up, speak out, and expose corruption!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Suicide Survivor

I am a suicide survivor and this is one of the most deeply personal blog entries that I will write.

A suicide survivor isn't someone who has attempted suicide and lived, it is one of the people left behind after a suicide.

On February 28, 2014, my partner and best friend killed himself. Apparently, he took a dose of cyanide, and although he "lived" for three days until March 2, 2014, he died that Friday when he heard the "guilty" verdict from a jury that was prevented from hearing the full story.

One of the struggles that many suicide survivors go through is thinking that the one gone didn't love them. I'm here to tell you that isn't true.

Often, the only reason a suicide has lived one more hour, one more day, is out of love for those around them and a desire to not cause them pain.

Jon and I had many discussions about his depression and suicidality. I had no illusions that he spent much of his time wanting to die, especially after the lies that destroyed his faith in many people.

What I never doubted either was that his love for me (as well as his mother and sister) was what kept him going for almost two years.

We both knew that the verdict that came down would be used by the same corrupt individuals to try to destroy my life and that of my children. Oddly enough, the lesson that Jon indirectly taught my children was that true family stands together, even through the bad times; and that love and faith in truth and justice is more important than money and power and desire for fame.

So I know that his love for me kept him going, kept him strong, kept him wearing his "mask" to appear as though he was okay.

But there are so many other ways that he expressed his love for me.

At the end of the day, I would come home to dishes washed, dinner ready or planned, and a relatively clean house. If you think this is "no big deal", keep in mind that Jon's depression would keep him in bed curled up in a ball on many days, and the energy he expended to get up and do those things would make him sleep for hours later.

Jon would be the one to say - "let's go...(fishing, out to dinner, to the movies)" because he knew that I wasn't ashamed of him and wasn't scared of what other people would think. To accomplish this, he had to muster up all his strength because every time he went in public he was frightened that people would point their fingers or believe the worst of him.

Depression is a dark and ugly and scary world, and one that I had problems dealing with...so I had to frame it in the abstract, make it hypothetical. I did this out of my love for Jon, because it was part of him that I had to deal with in order to stay by his side.

And it got very dark and scary at times - but Jon's love for me is what kept him on the straight and narrow path.

Depression was part of Jon when he returned into my life. We had known each other from seventh grade through graduation, but had lost touch along the way. In the intervening years, life had dealt him some nasty turns, and that's when the depression really grabbed hold of him.

His love for me was what made him listen when all he wanted to do was wreak havoc on those who had worked to destroy him.

His love for me was what kept him from utilizing all his resources to take down those corrupt individuals who decided that money, power, job security, political position, were far more important than five children, two adults, and their friends and family members.

Jon was brilliant, far too smart to have ever done what he was accused of doing, and able to accomplish pretty much anything he set his mind to do. This is the same man who somehow manufactured cyanide and was able to kill himself while in court custody - something that most other people wouldn't think was even possible.

I learned far more than I needed to know about the Silk Road, the upper echelon of Anonymous, zero day apps, honey pots, LD50, and more. And none of those was utilized, because Jon listened to me out of love, and realized that it wouldn't be the right thing.

So at the end of the day, love wins.

Jon didn't commit suicide - he was issued a death sentence. The verdict didn't come from the misguided jury, it came from the judge who chose to suppress all evidence of Jon's innocence. It came from the District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney that denied him justice, persecuted and prosecuted an innocent man, and harassed his family and friends. It came from the DSS attorney who repeatedly stated to OUR attorneys that he knew all the charges were "BS", but that he had been "ordered" to proceed by the county government to avoid a lawsuit.

I'm not sure how any of you sleep at night, but kiss your integrity goodbye. You lost that when you deliberately, and with malice aforethought, sent an innocent man to die.

Stand up, speak out, expose corruption!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bully on the Bench!

What do you call the kid in school that deliberately picks on the autistic students?

What do you call the kid in school that deliberately picks on the "emo" kids who appear to have depression issues?

What do you call the kid in school that deliberately picks on the "special class" students that are "slow"?

The name that probably comes to mind for all three of these situations is "bully", and you would be right. Anyone who picks on those who are unable to adequately defend themselves due to these characteristics is in fact a bully.

And what happens when you put a bully on the bench? Allow an adult to be in a judicial position where some of the defendants that come in front of the court are autistic, or depressed, or of low IQ?

A leopard doesn't change its spots, and an old dog doesn't take to new tricks.

Maybe the judge justifies this behavior as "culling the herd"...after all, wouldn't society be better off without these people? They drain public resources and are a potential nuisance. (All of this is stated with heavy sarcasm from my end, BTW.)

In Jefferson County, NY, we have a judge who is demonstrating quite a track record lately. The decisions handed down from his bench in cases that involve individuals with disabilities do not conform to case law, are designed to suppress evidence and secure convictions, and most of all, do not hold up under scrutiny.

I've already detailed a lot of the disingenuous behavior and malfeasance by DSS, the District Attorney, and the Judge in the Jon Massey Case. Jon had long term depression that predated any knowledge or involvement with "Ruby" by around ten years, yet the depression was used as "proof of guilt" in her false allegations. The judge also willfully misapplied the "Rape Shield Law" in order to cover up Ruby's true motives and continue the persecution.

I've also blogged about Nick Nicorvo's Case. Nick has Asperger's Syndrome, and although extremely bright (he graduated with a Regents Honor diploma a year early, despite being incarcerated) he does not have the appropriate social skills and is characterized with a strong desire to please others. These qualities were capitalized on during the course of his case.

The latest in the saga is Paul Priest's story. Paul is an adult who has learning disabilities that diminish his capacity. Paul is extremely willing to please others, and is very compliant with those who he perceives as authority figures.

Paul was arrested based on the allegations made by a teenage girl (sound familiar to the Jon Massey case?). There was a subsequent "trial", and Paul was allowed to plead guilty and totally waive his right to a Grand Jury. The odd thing is, the charges against Paul meant that he was not legally able to waive these rights.

You would think that an experienced judge (on the bench for 15 years) and an experienced DA (at least the same amount of time) would know that such a waiver of rights is not allowed. It wasn't up to Paul Priest to know.


What's interesting is that this case immediately followed on the heels of the Jon Massey case. The appellate decision in Paul's case means that everything starts over at square one. There was the initial expense of the first trial, the expenses involved in the appeal, and now there will potentially be a new trial for Paul. More taxpayer expense simply because the judge, and the DA, thought that they would be able to railroad Paul simply because he wasn't bright.

Given that Jon's, Nick's, and Paul's cases all went through within a year and a half of each other, this is a disturbing pattern. A judge who should be ensuring justice appears to be padding his resume by denying justice to those who are least able to defend themselves.

These days, there is constant discussion about bullying in the classroom. Unfortunately, it is a something that isn't limited to one area. In Jefferson County, NY, there is a bully on the bench, hiding behind his judicial robes and using his position to deny justice and assert power.

It is time to stand up, speak out, and expose corruption!