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Justice Abuse Archive



by Edmond Geary

When a Plea is not Voluntary

A plea of guilty must be entered freely and voluntarily, “without coercion or compulsion of any kind ” All criminal defense attorney in Oklahoma know these words by heart.  These words must be read by all who wish to enter a guilty plea to a felony. No wonder, then, that Thomas Cofer was allowed to…

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by Edmond Geary

The CSI Effect in Prosecutions

Crime Scene Investigation is the premise for several television shows.  Known as “CSI, ” the various shows take place in different cities with a different cast for each.  Prosecutors have noticed that some of the half-assed cases they have presented at trial have been found lacking by jurors who later referred to case presented in…

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by Edmond Geary

Judges Fighting in Court

It’s unusual when a fight breaks out in a courtroom.  All security jumps in to bring immediate order to the court.  However heated the words in court, nothing physical is tolerated.  So what to do when it is judges who get into a physical altercation with each other? That’s what happened in Wisconsin in the…

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by Edmond Geary

Rescuers Turn Attackers

“Don’t taze my granny,” Lonnie Tinsley cried.  He was yelling at the police he had called to help his 86-year-old grandmother in his home in El Reno.  Actually, he had called for help for his grandmother, thinking medical personnel would arrive.  The police arrived.  But the police didn’t listen to him.  When the grandmother, Lona…

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by Edmond Geary

Oklahoma Investigation Bureau Criticized By Its Own, Investigator has his own ideas

A retired Oklahoma City Police Department detective who worked as a contract employee of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has plenty of bad stuff to say about the Bureau.  Kyle Eastridge worked for the Bureau for  months on a federal contract.  He retired from Oklahoma City Police in 2009 after about 25 years on…

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by Edmond Geary

Police Torture in Chicago

Jon Burge, former Commander in the Chicago Police Department, is on trial in Chicago federal court, prosecuted for perjury by the U.S. Justice Department.  The charge is perjury, but the bulk of the evidence pertains to Burge’s torturing suspects, the prosecution attempting to prove Burge lied to cover up his tortures. Prosecution witness Gregory Banks…

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by Edmond Geary

Charlie Sheen & Domestic Abuse

Charlie Sheen is the highest paid actor in television today.  He also appears to be one of the more troubled.  His problems cannot stay out of the headlines.  Star movies such as Platoon and Wall Street and the hit comedy series, “Two and a Half Men,”   Sheen, son of well known movie star, Martin Sheen,…

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by Edmond Geary

DEA Agent in Jail for Drug Conspiracy

A former A.T.F. agent is in jail, awaiting prosecution for a fabricated drug buy.  Brandon McFadden was an agent for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for seven years before resigning last year.  He was arrested by the F.B.I. and is now in the Tulsa County Jail awaiting prosecution in U.S. District…

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by Edmond Geary

Oklahoma Parole Board investigating old convictions

Governor Brad Henry has indicated the Pardon and Parole Board may be able to examine old convictions, now pardoned, and determine which parolees are actually innocent of the crime for which they were convicted.  The governor says he is unable to make such a determination. Such a finding is necessary for someone convicted of a…

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by Edmond Geary

Oklahoma Jail says it wants to Reduce Deaths

An inmate in the Oklahoma County Jail has a good chance of dying.  In 2006, the Oklahoma County jail had a mortality rate higher per 100,000 inmates than Los Angeles County Jail, Cook County Illinois, among many others.  Three inmates have died there this year.  Fourteen inmates died in the jail in 2007 and 2008….

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