"Sexual abuse in prison is distressingly common: the Justice Department estimated that more than 217,000 prisoners, including at least 17,000 juveniles, were raped or sexually abused in America in 2008. A total of 12% of juvenile detainees, 4.4% of prison inmates and 3.1% of jail inmates (in American terminology, prisons hold long-term convicts; jails hold people awaiting trial or serving short sentences) surveyed between 2008 and 2009 reported being forced into sex. And that is the number of people, not incidents; most victims are abused more than once. More inmates reported being abused by staff than by other inmates. Sex between guards and inmates is illegal in all 50 states."The Economist, May 5, 2011
Despite the number of inmates who are raped by their keepers, there are those who believe that this type of behavior is "rare." In 2009, a Dallas, Iowa (not Texas) County Jail Official was charged with raping a female inmate. Kevin Paul Hines was charged with felony sex abuse. Coming to his defense, Louisa County Sheriff Curt Braby, president of the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association, said such crimes are “very, very rare.” Well, if you can call 217,000 a year rapes of inmates by corrections officer, "rare," I wonder what you would call that many victims of human trafficking? I mean, the US Government reported that it had opened 2,515 suspected incidents of human trafficking between January 2008 and June 2010- two and a half years... and for this, they want to shut down adult ads on classified websites... but if there are 217,000 inmates rapes, such rapes are "rare"?
Here is a list of rapist corrections officers and other law enforcement rapists which we are attempting to verify through google searches to add the links.
If you find the original articles, please send me the links at normaja [at] webuniverse.net
Inmate rape by male and female officers is a huge problem and one that needs to be considered by all those who demand that we continue arresting sex workers for their own good.
Links to US Government/ Academic/ News Reports on inmate rape by corrections officers and jail guards:
Juveniles: (published January 2010):
Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2008-09
Source of information below:An End to Silence
THIS LIST COVERS 2007 to 2010
Gibbs ordered to serve 15 more years for jail assaults KXMB News 12 By Associated Press December 20, 2007 Former Barnes County jail officer Moe Gibbs has been sentenced to 25 years in prison with 10 suspended for assaulting female inmates at the facility and 20 years with eight suspended for the rape of a Fargo woman. Female Inmates Claim Sex Abuse By Prison Guards KIRO News 7 December 19, 2007 The Washington Department of Corrections has begun an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by as many as 10 officers that have reportedly traded sex for privileges with female inmates at the Women's Correctional Center. Former prison guard gets jail time for sex with inmate Pocono Record By Andrew Scott December 18, 2007 Former Monroe County Correctional Facility officer Mark Gutshall has been sentenced to twenty three months in jail after pleading guilty to institutional sexual assault for having consensual sex with a female inmate at the facility. Ex-officers guilty of sex count The Republican By Buffy Spencer December 11, 2007 Former Hampden County Correctional Center officers Stanford Norman and Brian K. Murphy have been found guilty of having sex with female inmates while employed at the facility. Utah jail guards disciplined for inappropriate contact ABC News 4 By Jill Atwood December 9, 2007 Sexual misconduct and inappropriate contact with county jail and Utah state prison inmates has led to the suspension and dismissal of several jail guards and other law enforcement officers. 7 sue firm, cite abuse by guard at TYC facility The Dallas Morning News By Holly Becka December 6, 2007 Seven young men formerly in custody at the Coke County Juvenile Justice Center have filed a lawsuit against GEO Group Inc. due to alleged abuse by a registered sex offender who worked for the company as a night-shift guard. 'Feminine' inmates criticize jail's 'protective' isolation Sun-Sentinel By Michael Mayo December 6, 2007 In a letter to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 10 homosexual male inmates at the Broward County jail have described being isolated from the general population for their feminine characteristics as humiliating and discriminatory. Former Athens Police officer charged with felony sexual abuse The News Courier By Jean Cole December 5, 2007 Former Athens Police officer Arthur Gooch has been charged with first degree sexual abuse and released from Huntsville City jail after posting a $5,000 bond.
Ex-DPC aide admits having sex at center The News Journal By Lee Williams November 28, 2007 Former Delaware Psychiatric Center attendant Woods Etherington Jr. has pled guilty to one count of having sex in a detention facility, and one count of patient abuse after being charged with raping and abusing a patient in his care. Spokane Co. prosecutor won't charge officer accused of rape The Seattle Post-Intelligencer By Associated Press November 20, 2007 Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker says he has declined to file criminal charges against Detective Jason Uberuaga who has been accused of rape. St. Lucie juvenile guard accused of sexual assault Palm Beach Post By Paul Quinlan November 19, 2007 St. Lucie County's juvenile detention center private security guard Leroy Masters has been charged with sexual assault for allegedly following a female employee into a restroom and forcing himself on her. For more information on this article click here. Corrections officer accused of inmate sex Appeal Democrat By Rob Young November 17, 2007 Leo Chesney Community Correctional Facility for women officer Mark Steven Susoeff has been accused of having sex with a inmate on two occasions. Jail Guards Arrested for Sexual Assault WHSV News 3 By Meg Gatto November 16, 2007 Former Middle River Regional Jail officers James Pysell and Tracy Smith have been charged with having inappropriate sexual relations with inmates at the facility. Priest Pleads Guilty To Sex With Inmates WTAE News 4 By Associated Press November 15, 2007 Former Fort Worth women's federal prison chaplain Vincent Inametti has pled guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of a ward for having sex with two inmates at the facility. Former officer sentenced to one year in jail for sex with inmate NTV By Associated Press November 15, 2007 Former Franklin police officer Matthew Bower has been sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest to one count of second degree sexual abuse of an inmate and one count of official misconduct for sexually abusing a female inmate at the Franklin County Jail. Corrections officer indicted for alleged tryst with inmate Today's Sunbeam By Randall Clark November 15, 2007 Salem County Correctional Facility officer Kimberly Miller has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly engaging in a six month sexual relationship earlier this year with an inmate under her supervision. Corrections Officer And Inmate Plan To Wed KIRO News 7 November 13, 2007 Former Pierce County jail officer Sara Camarillo is attempting to arrange a marriage between her and inmate Jimi James Hamilton. Ex-guard Simpson pleads no contest in prison sex scandal Pocono Record November 8, 2007 Former Monroe County correctional officer Dana Simpson has pled no contest to a charge of having sexual contact with inmates. County Jail officer convicted of engaging in sexual activity with inmate San Luis Obispo By Leslie Parrilla November 1, 2007 Former San Luis Obispo County Jail officer Steven Edward Irysh has pled no contest to engaging in sexual activity with a female inmate while employed at the facility.
Ex-guard pleads guilty to bribery, sex Richmond Times-Dispatch By Tom Campbell October 31, 2007 Former Petersburg Federal Correctional Center officer Alfreda Best has pled guilty to bribery and having sex with an inmate for repeatedly engaging in oral sex with inmate Rodney Simmons and being paid by an inmate to supply contraband. Correctional officer pleads guilty to bribery, carnal knowledge WDBJ News 7 By Associated Press October 30, 2007 Former Petersburg federal prison correctional officer Alfreda Best has pled guilty to accepting bribes from inmates and engaging in oral sex with an inmate at the facility. Guards Punished After Lesbian Inmate Wedding The Ledger October 25, 2007 The Florida Department of Corrections has disciplined eight correctional officers for their part in a what was described as a lesbian inmate wedding ceremony at Lowell Correctional Institution. Three ex-guards cop pleas in jail scandal Pocono Record By Andrew Scott October 24, 2007 Three former Monroe County jail officers charged with their involvement in providing contraband to and having sexual contact with inmates at the facility have accepted plea agreements in return for testifying against four other officers. Eight no longer work at prison following accusations of abuse The Examiner By Bill Myers & Scott McCabe October 23, 2007 Four Washington D.C. Jail officers have resigned and four others have been suspended after being accused of improperly strip searching an inmate. Jail officer allegedly flashed inmate San Luis Obispo By Leslie Parrilla October 21, 2007 Former San Luis Obispo County Jail officer Steven Edward Irysh has been charged with indecent exposure and engaging in sexual activity with a confined person for allegedly exposing himself to a female inmate and having her expose herself in exchange for candy bars and other favors. Worker charged with sex abuse of female prisoners Arizona Daily Star By Dale Quinn October 16, 2007 Pima County jail health care employee Christopher Erin Johnston has been charged with five counts of sexual abuse and five counts of unlawful sexual conduct for allegedly sexually abusing female i nmates at the facility. Barren County Deputy Jailer Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges WBKO October 15, 2007 Barren County deputy jailer Ricardo "Ricky" Huffman has been charged with tampering with physical evidence, sexual abuse second-degree and official misconduct for allegedly having sex with an inmate at the facility. Corrections Officer Facing Sexual Abuse Charges WKYT News 57 By Angela Sparkman October 15, 2007 Otter Creek Correctional Facility officer George Hale has been charged with second degree sexual abuse and promoting contraband for allegedly having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female inmate. Girl alleges sex abuse in Texas prison Chicago Tribune By Howard Witt October 9, 2007 A female juvenile in custody at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex has accused male officer Jaime Segura of watching her shower and touching her inappropriately. Prison nurse fired The Times-Tribune By Borys Krawczeniuk October 2, 2007 A Lackawanna County Prison nurse has been recently fired for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate at the facility. Former correctional officer charged with sexual assault WEAN News 8 October 1, 2007 Former Burnet County Jail officer Thomas Joe Pheifer has been charged with sexual assault for the alleged abuse of an inmate at the facility.
Female prison guard from Kingston resigns after rape arrest Daily Freeman By Hank Gross September 28, 2007 Former Downstate Correctional Facility officer Marcy Brodhead has been charged with rape, committing a criminal sexual act, official misconduct and promoting prison contraband for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a male inmate at the facility and providing him with marijuana. FCI guard sentenced for sex with inmate News-Times September 28, 2007 Former Danbury Federal Correctional Institution officer Scott Frank has been sentenced to one month in prison for having a sexual relationship with an inmate at the women's facility. Upon completion of his sentence, he will be placed on five years of supervised release, the first five months of which he must spend at home being electronically monitored. The sentence also includes 200 hours of community service and he will be required to register as a sex offender. Guard convicted of sexual contact with inmate is off probation The Star-Ledger By Judith Lucas September 27, 2007 Former Union County correctional officer Sean Higgins has been released from a two year probation sentence for pleading guilty to having sexual contact with an inmate after only two months. County jails in Maine, NH ignore federal anti-rape law MSNBC By Robert M. Cook September 24, 2007 Officials from several New Hampshire and Maine county jails have stated that they currently have no plans to implement Prison Rape Elimination Act standards by the federal compliance deadline due to reasons ranging from a lack of funding to claims that they already have sufficient policies in place. Pierce County Jail Officer Accused Of Sex With Inmate KIRO News 7 September 21, 2007 A female Pierce County Jail correctional officer has been charged with custodial sexual misconduct for allegedly having sexual contact with a male inmate. Former guard charged with sex assault Concord Monitor By Annmarie Timmons September 21, 2007 Former New Hampshire Department of Corrections employee Darrell Brinkley has been indicted on five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of felonious sexual assault, one count of simple assault, one misdemeanor count of sexual assault and two counts of indecent exposure after being accused of sexual assault by female inmates. Pierce County Jail Officer Accused Of Sex With Inmate KIRO News 7 September 21, 2007 A female Pierce County Jail correctional officer has been charged with custodial sexual misconduct for allegedly having sexual contact with a male inmate. Veteran officer accused of fondling jail inmate Herald News By Ed Beeson September 19, 2007 The Paterson Police Department's Internal Affairs unit is investigating an allegation that municipal jail officer Randy Billie inappropriately touched a female inmate. Franklin police officer pleads guilty to sex abuse of inmate Action 3 News By Associated Press September 19, 2007 Franklin County police officer Matthew Bower has pled no contest to one count of second degree sexual abuse of an inmate and one count of official misconduct for sexually abusing a female inmate at the county jail. Guard sues after alleged abuse at jail Nashua Telegraph By Andrew Wolfe September 17, 2007 Hillsborough County jail correctional officer Doris Sanabria has filed a lawsuit against the facility after allegedly witnessing other officers assault a female inmate. She claims she suffered retaliation after attempting to report the incident to her supervisors. Rape prevention a tough issue for corrections officials KXNet By Associated Press September 16, 2007 State Department of Corrections Prison Rape Elimination Act program manager Ken Van Meveren discusses issues of setting standards on addressing sexual assault in prisons and jails after attending a recent South Dakota Corrections Association and Family Court Judges conference. Employers hesitant to release applicants' background information The Dallas Morning News By Diane Jennings September 16, 2007 Employment experts claim that individuals with criminal backgrounds could still be hired within the Texas Youth Commission due to standard business practices that employers believe prevent them from releasing certain information. Counselor accused of abusing teenager The Seattle Times By Christine Clarridge September 13, 2007 A female King County Juvenile Detention Center mental health counselor is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct with a 17-year old boy at the facility. State settles suit with inmate who alleged rape by prison staff Times Leader By Associated Press September 4, 2007 The state of Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a lawsuit by a convicted murderer who alleged that she was raped and assaulted by staff at the State Correctional Institution at Cambridge Springs. Rape Investigation at Tennessee Youth Center ABC News 24 September 2, 2007 A 13-year old boy at the Chad Youth Enhancement Center has been charged with the alleged rape of another boy at the center.
Former juvenile center leader acquitted The Indianapolis Star By Jon Murray August 31, 2007 Marion Superior Court Judge Sheila A. Carlisle has acquitted former superintendent of the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center Damon Ellison of charges he mishandled a sexual abuse report. Juvenile detention center responsible for sex abuse there Newsday By Associated Press August 29, 2007 A New Jersey state appeals court has released an opinion stating that a juvenile detention center can be held responsible if an employee has a sexual relationship with a resident. Clackamas deputies arrested in separate cases The Oregonian August 16, 2007 Two Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies have been arrested. The first deputy was charged with official misconduct, sex abuse and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The second, was charged with assault and official misconduct stemming from his actions during the arrest of a criminal suspect. Salem County corrections officer arrested Bridgeton News By Robert Linnehan August 16, 2007 Salem County Correctional Facility officer Kimberly Miller has been charged with official misconduct, pattern of official misconduct and providing contraband to an inmate for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate at the facility. Officer Charged With Sexual Misconduct Washington Post By Theresa Vargas August 15, 2007 Prince William County correctional officer Maria C. Torres-Corbin has been charged with carnal knowledge of an inmate for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a male inmate on house arrest. Fired sheriff's officers won't be prosecuted The Murfreesboro Post August 14, 2007 Five former Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office detention center employees who were fired for sexual misconduct with female inmates and violating conduct policies will not be prosecuted according to a decision by the district attorney’s office. Inmates sue guard, allege sex assault Concord Monitor By Annmarie Timmins August 11, 2007 Two women have filed a lawsuit against the New Hampshire Department of Corrections and former correctional officer Darrell Brinkley alleging that they were sexually assaulted at the state prison's secure psychiatric unit. Two teen inmates face sex charges Richmond Times-Dispatch By Frank Green August 8, 2007 Two 17-year old youth offenders the Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center have been charged with aggravated sexual battery, malicious wounding, abduction, conspiracy to commit a felony and a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure for allegedly sexually assaulting a cellmate. Former youth prison guard accused of sex with teen inmate The Houston Chronicle By Associated Press August 7, 2007 Former Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex correctional officer Jaime Segura has been indicted for allegedly having sex with a female offender under 17. Ex-prison officers charged with misconduct The State August 6, 2007 Former Department of Juvenile Justice correctional officer Karmen Nicole Chavis has been charged with second-degree sexual misconduct with a youth for alleged kissing and inappropriate touching at the Department of Juvenile Justice. Former correctional officer Jessica Nicole James has been charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with a male inmate at Broad River Correctional Institution. Female inmates allege assault The Seattle Times By Jonathan Martin & Jennifer Sullivan August 4, 2007 A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of two unnamed inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women against the Washington Department of Corrections alleging that incomplete investigations into inmates' complaints have resulted in repeated assaults against inmates. Transgender inmate alleging rape loses lawsuit KESQ News 3 By Associated Press August 3, 2007 A San Francisco Superior Court jury has ruled in favor of six Folsom State Prison employees in a lawsuit filed by inmate Alexis Giraldo. The suit alleged that the employees failed to protect her from being sexually assaulted at the facility. Corrections Officer Gets Max For Inmate Sex North Country Gazette August 2, 2007 Former Metropolitan Correctional Center corrections officer J.C. Green has been sentenced to twelve months in prison for engaging in a sexual act with a federal inmate.
Prisoner convicted of doing indecent act in Broward jail cell Sun-Sentinel By Tonya Alanez July 25, 2007 Broward County jail inmate Terry Lee Alexander has been convicted of indecent exposure for masturbating in his cell while a female deputy witnessed from another room. Raped, beaten, transgender inmate sues Calif. prison system Chicago Sun-Times By Lisa Leff July 22, 2007 Folsom State Prison inmate Alexis Giraldo has filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections over a policy of assigning transgender inmates to facilities based on whether or not they have undergone sex reassignment surgery. Oregon Sheriff Found Guilty on 11 Counts of Sexual Abuse Salem-News July 20, 2007 Former Curry County sheriff Mark Metcalf has been convicted on 11 counts of sexual abuse, harassment and official misconduct for sexually abusing three county workers. Santa Clara County jailer accused of groping inmate's breast The Mercury News By Leslie Griffy July 20, 2007 Santa Clara County Jail correctional officer Jose Perez has been arrested on suspicion of engaging in consensual sexual activity with an inmate for allegedly groping a transgender inmate's breast over the shirt at the facility. Worker Accused Of Having Sex With Inmate At Will Jail WBBM 780 July 8, 2007 Medical contractor Pablo Leon has been charged with custodial sexual misconduct for allegedly having consensual sex with a female inmate at the Will County Jail. Inmate alleges affair with officer The Daily Herald By Scott North July 6, 2007 Florena Aurelia Romero, who was allegedly raped in the Snohomish County Jail by a correctional officer has revealed to police that she had an affair with the man prior to her incarceration. The unnamed officer is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Inmate's rape case to proceed to jury The Philadelphia Inquirer By Joe Mandak July 6, 2007 A Lancaster County judge has determined that a civil lawsuit filed by State Correctional Institution-Cambridge Springs inmate Lisa Michelle Lambert against administrators at the facility for allegedly failing to prevent her from being sexually abused by employees will be heard by a jury. Ex-corrections officer gets probation The Star-Ledger By Judy Lucas July 6, 2007 Union County correctional officer Sean Higgins has been sentenced to two years of probation and 30 hours of community service for having sexual contact with a female inmate at the Union County Jail. Westmoreland prison fires guard accused of abuse Pittsburgh Tribune-Review By Richard Gazarik July 3, 2007 Westmoreland County Prison correctional officer Scott Rogers has been fired after two coworkers reported that Rogers allegedly abused inmates by making them walk and bark like dogs, sing songs and kneel in uncomfortable positions with their foreheads pressed against the wall and their hands behind their heads.
Deputies jailed, fired in sex cases Middletown Journal By Lawrence Budd June 11, 2007 Three county correctional employees have been jailed, fined or fired in Ohio within the past two months due to sexual misconduct. Ex-officer admits she had sex with teens at detention hall The Seattle Times By Christine Clarridge June 7, 2007 Former King County juvenile correctional officer Lydia Korolak has pled guilty to two counts of custodial sexual misconduct for having sex with two teenage boys at the facility. Lawsuit against prison settled The Patriot-News By Garry Lenton June 7, 2007 Former Dauphin County prison official Constance Bowers has received $30,000 for accrued leave and pension benefits in a settlement after being fired for refusing to drop an investigation into allegations of the beating of a female inmate by a correctional officer. Pa. Inmates Allege Abuse From Prison Guards WCAU News 10 By Associated Press June 3, 2007 Pennsylvania’s Dauphin County Prison has seen an increase in the number of inmates claiming to have been abused by correctional officers at the facility through excessive force over the past year.
Former inmates allege abuse in Gem County jail KTVB News 7 By Associated Press May 30, 2007 Former Gem County jail inmates Janet Cain and Erica Contreras have filed claims against the county totaling $1 million, claiming that they were sexually abused while at the facility. Former inmate files suit against Schuylkill Co. prison The Morning Call By Elizabeth Bartolai May 29, 2007 Disabled former Schuylkill County inmate Thomas Zimmerman has filed a federal lawsuit against officials at the facility claiming they took his prosthetic leg from him and broke it resulting in falls and a fracture. Juvenile Corrections Supervisor Faces Abuse Charges KLAS News 8 By Colleen McCarty May 29, 2007 Juvenile detention supervisor Thomas Gallia is on administrative leave with pay after being charged with felony child abuse with substantial bodily harm for allegedly pushing a youth in custody to the ground, breaking his wrist. Sex scandal in jailhouse is uneasy topic for discussion Winston-Salem Journal By Scott Sexton May 24, 2007 Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations have charged Forsyth County correctional officers Santino Cubanito and Troy Mustafa Gray with sexual activity by a custodian for having sex with inmates. DJJ officer accused of misconduct, assault WIS News 10 By Chantelle Janelle May 23, 2007 Department of Juvenile Justice officer William Jerome Powe has been accused of misconduct in office and assault for allegedly inappropriately touching a woman without her consent and making comments of an inappropriate nature. Corrections officer admits a sexual offense Star Tribune By Paul Gustafson May 22, 2007 A Former Ramsey County community corrections officer has plead guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge. The officer pled guilty to misconduct of a public officer for having sex with a woman he was supervising. Prison Worker Accused of Misconduct Indianapolis Star The Associated Press May 17, 2007 A maintenance worker at the state women’s prison in Indiana was suspended after being accused of sexual misconduct with an inmate. While no criminal charges have been filed, the suspension came after an internal investigation gave the DOC justification for immediate suspension. The misconduct was reported by another inmate and the victim was transferred out of the facility. TYC suspends official in rape case The Houston Chronicle May 14, 2007 Evins Regional Juvenile Center Superintendent Eduardo Martinez has been suspended after a Houston couple complained that he did not report the rape of their son to them or police. Ex-TYC guard charged with sexual assault of S.A. girl San Antonio Express-News By Lisa Sandberg May 10, 2007 Former Ron Jackson Juvenile Correctional Center correctional officer James Allen Sullivan has been indicted on 15 counts of sexual assault in connection with the alleged abuse of a 16-year old girl at the facility. Jail deputy sentenced in sex abuse case The Post-Standard By Pedro Ramirez III May 3, 2007 A former employee of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office John D. Geruso has been sentenced to 6 years probation and 45 days in jail for sexually abusing a female inmate. Geruso will also be required to register as a sex offender as a result of the conviction. Longtime prison chaplain target of Oregon sex abuse lawsuit The Oregonian By Associated Press May 3, 2007 15 men have filed a lawsuit against Reverend Michael Sprauer for allegedly sexually abusing them while in custody during the 1970’s at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Oregon. Corrections Officer Charged With Rape WLKY News 32 May 2, 2007 Louisville Metro Correctional officer Richard Johnson has been with one count of second-degree rape and one count of second-degree sodomy. Johnson is currently being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond.
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Perhaps sensing the wave of civil asset forfeiture reform might eventually come crashing against the seized beach houses of the federal government, the FBI has decided to post a defense of the oft-abused process at its website.
The post speaks in warm terms about federal partnerships with state law enforcement agencies -- partnerships often abused by local authorities to route around restrictive state laws governing forfeiture. Of course, there's no mention of this particular facet of federal partnerships in the FBI's post. Instead, the post does all it can to portray it as a legitimate tool of law enforcement, rather than the analogue for legalized theft it's become.
The FBI tries to spin this as a limited-use tool that only affects convicted criminals. But even in its defense of the process, it can't help but enthuse about the near lack of limitations it enjoys.
Many—though not all—federal crimes have forfeiture provisions, but just about every law the FBI is charged with enforcing has some forfeiture aspect—from organized crime activities, financial frauds, drug trafficking, and cyber crimes to public corruption, child pornography, human trafficking, and terrorism.
Not "Just For Drug Dealers™," as so often seems to be the case. All sorts of criminal acts -- even those committed with zero criminal intent -- can result in people (or their parents, relatives, roommates, etc.) losing their property to the government. How many laws allow for forfeiture? The FBI doesn't say, but it's probably in the thousands. Here's a recent federal criminal law count:
There are at least 5,000 federal criminal laws, with 10,000-300,000 regulations that can be enforced criminally.
"Many" is the word the FBI uses, so it's not just the rogue's gallery they trotted out in defense of the controversial process. It also can be owners of small restaurants or guitar manufacturers or whoever runs afoul of a few hundred thousand federal regulations.
But don't worry, says the Feeb, we have to do stuff to take stuff.
In all Bureau cases, the burden of proof to demonstrate that the property in question is forfeitable under the applicable federal law rests with the government.
This looks like it means the government has to prove the seized property is directly derived from criminal activity. But that's not what the sentence actually says. All the government has to prove is that the law provides for its forfeiture. Actually proving seized property is derived from criminal activity isn't something the government has to do. It only has to do this if the seizure is challenged. If it isn't, the normal boilerplate assertions about agents' information and belief are usually enough to net the government some extra spending money or fine auctionables.
The real fun begins when the FBI talks about civil forfeiture -- the process in which assets are treated as suspected criminals while the suspected criminals who own the property are sidelined by the legal process.
Civil forfeiture [...] is brought against property rather than the actual wrongdoer—it’s not dependent on a criminal prosecution, it’s based on the strength of the evidence at hand, it’s available whether the owner of the property is living or dead, and it allows us to obtain the assets of fugitives who have escaped the arm of the law or subjects who reside outside our borders.
This is law enforcement's favorite brand of forfeiture, as it eliminates tons of paperwork, arraignments, courtroom testimony, Fourth Amendment "technicalities" that spring suspected criminals, and dangerously unpredictable juries.
The most laughable part of this sentence is what the FBI claims civil forfeiture is used against -- fugitives and foreigners. In "many" cases (to borrow the FBI's vague term), the people assets are taken from are not only not fugitives or foreigners, they're also left uncharged and unjailed while their belongings begin the streamlined process of becoming government assets.
The FBI freely admits it engages in another form of parallel construction to better ensure the government ends up with something in every forfeiture case.
In some instances, the FBI—in conjunction with U.S. Attorney’s Office—will run parallel criminal and civil forfeiture cases. There are several reasons for this. Parallel proceedings help us get the proceeds of a crime back to the victims more quickly. Also, if the case involves depreciating assets (like cars), we can civilly forfeit those assets faster than in the criminal proceeding, then liquidate the assets and get them back to the victim at a better return than if we had held the assets until the criminal case was completed. We also do parallel cases to ensure we can forfeit the assets civilly in case the defendant flees or dies before the forfeiture order is handed down.
Handy. If the government can't get a conviction, it can still possibly take property from someone it couldn't prove was an actual criminal. By running them in parallel, defendants are left with almost no time to fight for the return of their property after they're exonerated.
And there's another laughable statement hidden in this paragraph: the notion that asset forfeiture has anything to do with "returning" the proceeds of criminal activity to victims. The FBI says it has returned $100 million over the last two years to crime victims. Sounds impressive, but that's only when presented without context, as the FBI does here. Scott Shackford of Reason provides some much-needed fiduciary bracketing:
In just 2014 the federal government deposited $5 billion in seized assets. That was just one year. So this $100 million in restitution over two years is a drop in the bucket compared to what they've taken. Most of the money is kept for themselves or shared with local law enforcement agencies.
The government's do-gooding only looks like do-gooding when deprived of context. The FBI -- and countless local law enforcement agencies now facing pushback from legislators and
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The plot is thickening in the tale of the mysterious cyberattack that crippled the Sundance Film Festival's box-office systems over the weekend.
The FBI is investigating the hack and is working with Sundance officials to identify the culprit, a festival spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter. Although the festival was able to get its ticketing systems back online within an hour of the Saturday breach, multiple other denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Sundance’s IT infrastructure followed. A DDoS attack works by flooding the bandwidth or resources of a targeted server.
Reached for comment, an FBI spokesperson says the agency is looking into the matter. A Sundance Film Festival rep offers the following statement: "The FBI is reviewing the case. At this point, we do not have any reason to believe the cyberattack was targeted towards a specific film. No artist or customer information was compromised."
At the time of the hack, the festival offered little in the way of explanation of what happened, but hinted that filmmakers at the annual celebration of independent cinema may have been the target. "We have been subject to a cyberattack that has shut down our box office," the festival tweeted. "Our artist’s voices will be heard and the show will go on.”
One producer of a Sundance documentary critical of the Russian government believes his film could have played a role in the attack.
“There's been speculation that our film may have sparked retribution,” Icarus consulting producer Doug Blush tells THR. “It does not paint a flattering picture of [president Vladimir] Putin.”
Icarus, which made its world premiere at the festival the day before the hack, centers on a Russian doctor who oversaw and then spoke out about Russia's widespread state-sponsored sports doping. The Bryan Fogel-helmed film, which is being pitched to distributors, has played throughout the weekend in Park City at screenings for both press-and-industry and the public.
Icarus isn’t the only Sundance film that could antagonize the Russian government and Putin. Evgeny Afineevsky’s Cries From Syria -- one of several docs tackling the war-torn nation -- also takes a critical look at Putin and Russia's military intervention in Syria. Cries From Syria made its world premiere at Sundance on Sunday, the day after the initial box-office cyberattack.
Afineevsky, who is Russian but has lived in the United States for 17 years, downplays the idea of a connection between his film and the hack.
“If it was Russia, they would have blown the whole system out,” he says.
Russia, of course, has been at the center of a U.S. government probe into the hack of the Democratic National Committee before the November election. But other projects playing at the festival take aim at groups known to have hacking capabilities. The New Radical looks at the new cyber-warfare b
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Parker: Supreme Court Strengthens Qualified Immunity for Law Enforcement Officers’ Use of Deadly Force
It was a tough year for law enforcement officers. Line of duty deaths, especially intentional killings of police, were up dramatically. Several categories of violent crime, including homicides, rose significantly after two decades of steady decline in crime statistics. Recruitment of new officers is becoming difficult, and officers confronting deadly situations are justifiably wary about the public (and media) second-guessing life or death decisions that had to be made under pressure within seconds.
Heather MacDonald, in her recent book The War On Cops, blames these developments on an anti-law enforcement movement led by groups like Black Lives Matter, accentuated by media attention, and facilitated by the policies of the Obama Administration. Whether you buy all of her conclusions, she does make a persuasive case that the current atmosphere in some segments of the public about law enforcement has resulted in officers being less aggressive in discretionary policing and that is a factor in a new crime wave, especially in the nation’s cities.
Into this troubling and dangerous situation, a potential boost in law enforcement confidence came this month from an unlikely source, a per curiam opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Per curiam (Latin: by the Court) decisions are judgments by appellate courts as a whole in which no particular judge or Justice is identified as the author. In the Supreme Court per curiam opinions are almost always unanimous and usually represent brief rulings on non-controversial subjects. They tend to be short. They seldom set an important precedent or alter the rule of law.
But there are exceptions. In 1972 the per curiam opinion by the Court in Furman v. Georgia turned capital punishment upside down when it struck down every death penalty law and practice in the country as arbitrary and capricious under the 8th Amendment. It took four years for the states to re-institute death penalty statutes and, in many ways, the case began to diminish the role of the supreme penalty which continues to this day.
Bush v. Gore
In Bush v. Gore (2000) the Court issued a per curiam opinion in one of the most controversial cases in the Court’s history. The Court upheld the razor-thin Florida vote which gave the presidency to George Bush by a single electoral vote over Al Gore. The 5-4 vote followed party lines with the Republican appointed Justices in the majority, but the ruling was brief and unauthored. Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz called it the “single most corrupt decision in Supreme Court history,” but others thought it was a profile in courage which preserved the republic.
Earlier this month the Court decided another per curiam opinion which has gotten much less attention but which could have profound implications, especially to law enforcement officers on the front line. White v. Pauly was an appeal from a civil ruling by a federal district court against New Mexico State Police Officer Ray White, who had shot and killed Samuel Pauley in a police confrontation outside of Santa Fe.
Witnesses had called 911 to report Pauley as a drunk driver. Two police officers went to his residence where he lived with his brother Daniel Pauly in a secluded area to talk with Pauly. They ordered him to open the door. It was asserted in the complaint that the brothers had not heard the officers identify themselves. The Paulys got their firearms.
A few minutes after the initial confrontation, Officer White arrived at the scene outside of the Pauly residence. The Paulys yelled that they had guns and Daniel fired two shotgun blasts outside the back door. Samuel stuck his handgun outside a window in the front of the house and pointed it in the officers’ direction. All three of the officers took cover, White behind a stone wall. One of the initial two officers fired his gun at Pauly and missed. Officer White fired and killed Samuel Pauly.
Border Patrol Chief Steps Down After Trump Reveals Wall Plan
Border Patrol chief, Mark Morgan
The Border Patrol chief stepped down Thursday after President Trump signed executive orders increasing border security.
It remains unclear whether Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan resigned voluntarily or under pressure, CNN reports.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: FBI Went too Far Running a Child Porn Site
The FBI is supposed to protect children from predators, not use them as pawns in a pornography sting. That is what happened, however, and now the agency is under fire from civil rights groups, defense attorneys and even some scholars and federal judges. Not for the first time — remember when agents impersonated a journalist in pursuit of a teenager who was making bomb threats to a school? — the FBI has demonstrated embarrassingly poor judgment in an internet-based investigation.
For two weeks in 2015, after seizing control of a child porn website, the FBI not only allowed the site to remain operational but operated it, becoming what The Seattle Times called “one of the largest purveyors of child pornography on the internet.” The goal of Operation Pacifier was to identify those who used the site and file charges against them. By the time the FBI pulled the plug, it had the goods on nearly 190 people, thanks to special technology it used to hack into users’ computers.
When is distribution of child porn not a crime? According to the FBI, when it’s the one doing the distributing. Its operation of the site allowed visitors to access pornographic images, further exploiting the victims. It’s even been accused of improving the site’s functionality, making it friendlier for porn-seekers to use during the sting.
Trump May Bring Back Secret CIA Torture ‘Black Site’ Prisons
President Trump may bring back so-called CIA “black site” prisons where terrorism suspects are held and were once tortured.
President George W. Bush used the black sites to combat the “war on terrorism” following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but former President Barack Obama closed them.
In the next few days, Trump is expected to sign an executive executive order to call for a high-level review into “whether to reinitiate a program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States” and if the CIA should run the facilities, Reuters reports.
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“In democratic societies, the voting process is a means by which citizens hold their government accountable,” said FBI Buffalo Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen. “Our system of representative government works only when it's done in accordance with the laws created to ensure fairp>
Why won't the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate electronic vote fraud? Is it because the DOJ and FBI have long been involved in it, themselves?
“If you did it right, no one would ever know,” said Craig C. Donsanto, head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Election Crimes Branch, Public Integrity Section (from 1970-2010) in a July 4,1989 Los Angeles Times article about electronic voting machines and vote fraud.
The Cincinnati Bell-FBI scandal: Leonard Gates, a Cincinnati Bell employee for 23 years, testified that in the late 1970's and 80's, the FBI assisted telephone companies with hacking into mainframe election computers in cities across the country. He spoke with agents from both the DOJ (U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Brinkman) and FBI (Agent Love), but to his knowledge, neither agency took further action. Leonard Gates 1987Deposition, plus 1985 Background Material from Jim Condit, Jr. //Pandora's Black Box & http://www.votefraud.org/expert_strunk_report.htm (contains case number)
Excerpt from Nov 1996, Pandora's Black Box by Philip M. O’Halloran of Relevance, The Cincinnati Election Wiretapping Scandal:
Lewis and other skeptics of the vote-fixing scenario like to insist that there has never been any evidence of a "conspiracy" to fix elections by computer. But then, most of those we interviewed on both sides of the issue had never heard of the case of Leonard Gates of Cincinnati, Ohio. An employee of the Cincinnati Bell telephone company, Gates was watching a local t.v. news story, in which a Cincinnati man named Jim Condit was charging that the election system was vulnerable to vote fraud in the Hamilton county election process.
He based his charges on his experience as a candidate for city council in 1979, when, after an election night computer crash, Condit and seven other "feisty challengers" had suddenly "fallen to the very bottom of the heap" of 26 candidates. Gates called the station and later contacted Mr. Condit, telling him he knew firsthand how his votes were robbed. They met and shared information and ultimately Gates testified in Condit’s Cincinnatus PAC (political action committee) lawsuit against the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
The suit had earlier been decided against the plaintiffs and Gates took the stand during the appeal. He swore under oath that he was ordered by his Cincinnati Bell superiors to wiretap the election headquarters’ phones lines to provide a link-up between the county’s vote-counting computers and parties unknown on another phone line somewhere in California.
The following are excerpts from the Cincinnati Post of October, 30th, 1987:
Cincinnati Bell security supervisors ordered wire-taps installed on county computers before elections in the late 1970s and early 1980s that could have allowed vote totals to be altered, a former Bell employee says in a sworn court document.
Leonard Gates, a 23-year Cincinnati Bell employee until he was fired in 1986, claims in a deposition filed Thursday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to have installed the wire-taps. Cincinnati Bell officials denied Gates’ allegations that are part of a six-year-old civil suit that contends the elections computer is subject o manipulation and fraud.
Gates claims a security supervisor for the telephone company told him in 1979 that the firm had obtained a computer program through the FBI that gave it access to the county computer used to count votes. [Emphasis added].
The FBI refused comment and Cincinnati Bell spokesmen vehemently denied the allegations, claiming Gates was a "disgruntled ex-employee", yet, according to Condit, the company ultimately admitted that one of its vans was involved in the wiretapping, although it claimed they were commandeered without the company’s knowledge. The Post continued:
In the deposition, Gates claims he first installed a wire-tap on a telephone line to the county computers before the 1977 election at the instruction of James West, a Bell security supervisor.
Gates contends both West and Peter Gabor, security director, told him to install wire-taps in subsequent elections. Both men declined comment Thursday.
In the 1979 election, which is the focus of the deposition – Gates said he received instructions in the mail from West about installing wire-taps on county computers in the County Administration Building at Court and Main streets.
The wire-taps were installed on the eve of the election at Cincinnati Bell’s switching control center at Seventh and Elm Streets and terminated in a conference room in the building, Gates alleges.
In the deposition, Gates described in great technical detail installation of the wire-taps.
At about 8:30 p.m. on election day – Nov. 6, 1979 – Gates said he was called by West and told something had gone wrong, causing the elections computer to malfunction. At West’s instructions, Gates said he removed the taps.
The elections computer shutdown for two hours on election evening due to what was believed to be a power failure, Condit Sr. has said.
Gates said West told him they "had the ability to actually alter what was being done with the votes."
Gates said West told him the Board of elections did not know about the taps and that the computer program for the elections computer "was obtained out of California, and that the programming had been obtained through the FBI..."
Shortly after the 1979 election, Gates said he met with the late Richard Dugan, former Cincinnati Bell president, to express his concerns that the wire-taps were done without a court order.
"Mr. Dugan said it was a very gray area... This was just small compared to what was going on. He told me just, if I had a problem, to talk to him and everything would be okay, but everything was under control," Gates said [Emphasis added].
[Editor’s Note: This scandal’s alleged FBI connection raises the possibility of U.S. law enforcement and/or intelligence involvement in electronic vote-rigging.]
Another Cincinnati Bell employee, named Bob Draise, admitted to being involved in a second phase of the illegal operation, which involved wiretapping several prominent Cincinnati political figures including a crusader against pornography named Keating and the Hamilton County commissioner, Allen Paul.
Jim Condit told Relevance that, as a result of the ensuing scandal, Draise was convicted and five Cincinnati police officers, who were allegedly involved in the wiretapping operation, abruptly resigned. The alleged involvement of the FBI was never pursued and the Bureau itself did not follow up on the Gates allegations. In spite of all the evidence, the appeal by the plaintiff failed and the issue was laid to rest.
FEDERAL COMPLICITY IN VOTE FRAUD - excerpts from Lynn Landes's 2007 'REPORT TO CONGRESS'
The unique vulnerability of electronic voting technologies has been long known to federal authorities.
“If you did it right, no one would ever know,” said Craig C. Donsanto, head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Election Crimes Branch, Public Integrity Section (from 1970-present) in a July 4,1989 Los Angeles Times article about electronic voting machines and vote fraud.
So, why hasn't Donsanto sounded the alarm and informed Congress of this threat?
Donsanto has the reputation of a gatekeeper. He was featured in the Colliers' book, VoteScam, for his unwillingness to investigate evidence they collected over the years of rampant vote fraud involving voting machine companies, the news networks' exit polls, and election officials in Florida and other states.
Furthermore, Donsanto made it official department policy that no federal investigator should enter a polling precinct on election day, nor should they begin any serious investigation of the voting process until after the election results are certified. It is this policy that gives those who commit vote fraud ample opportunity to destroy evidence and cover their tracks. (See official policy: http://www.thelandesreport.com/Donsanto.htm)
There is more to be concerned about than obstruction of justice within the DOJ. It appears that elements within the FBI may have not only been aware of computer vote fraud, but participated in it. The following are excerpts from the Cincinnati Post of October 30th, 1987:
"Cincinnati Bell security supervisors ordered wire-taps installed on county computers before elections in the late 1970s and early 1980s that could have allowed vote totals to be altered, a former Bell employee says in a sworn court document. Leonard Gates, a 23-year Cincinnati Bell employee until he was fired in 1986, claims in a deposition filed Thursday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to have installed the wire-taps. Cincinnati Bell officials denied Gates’ allegations that are part of a six-year-old civil suit that contends the elections computer is subject o manipulation and fraud. Gates claims a security supervisor for the telephone company told him in 1979 that the firm had obtained a computer program through the FBI that gave it access to the county computer used to count votes." (See:Pandora'sBlackBox.htm)
No state could match the staggering number of Voting Rights complaints due to voting machines and other election irregularities as Florida did in the 2000 presidential election. Yet the Bush Administration's DOJ under Attorney General John Ashcroft did not send federal observers to Florida to monitor the voting process in 2002, although federal observers were sent to several other states. This was surprising news to many people and organizations who were told by DOJ officials that "Justice" would be down there in force.
Even if federal observers had been sent to Florida, how would they 'observe' the accuracy of the voting machines there?
"They wouldn't know that," says Nelldean Monroe, Voting Rights Program Administrator for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in a phone interview. Her agency is responsible for the recruiting and training of federal observers who are sent by the DOJ to monitor elections if violations of the Voting Rights Act are suspected.
In a November 21, 2002 e-mail Monroe elaborated, "The only observance of the tallying of the votes is when DOJ specifically requests observers to do so. This rarely occurs, but when it does, it is most often during the day following the election when a County conducts a canvass of challenged or rejected ballots. In this case, federal observers may observe the County representatives as they make determinations on whether to accept a challenged or rejected ballot. Federal observers may also observe the counting of the ballots (or vote tallying) when paper ballots are used." (See e-mail: http://www.thelandesreport.com/nelldeanmonroe.htm)
In other words, federal observers can only observe people, not machines, counting paper ballots. Monroe confirmed that there is no training and no opportunity for federal observers to observe the accuracy of voting machines.
Under Section 8 of the Voting Rights Act, 42 U.S.Code § 1973f, federal observers may be authorized to observe "... whether persons who are entitled to vote are being permitted to vote ...(and) whether votes cast by persons entitled to vote are being properly tabulated..."
America's nontransparent voting process (i.e., voting by machine, absentee, early, or secret ballot) violate those provisions. Federal observers cannot observe "whether persons who are entitled to vote are being permitted to vote” (and) “whether votes cast are being properly tabulated."
Under "Prohibited acts" in §1973i, the "Failure or refusal to permit casting or tabulation of vote"...can result in civil and criminal penalties. "No person acting under color of law shall fail or refuse to permit any person to vote who is entitled to vote...(and) Whoever...knowingly and willfully falsifies or conceals a material fact... shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both."
Requiring voters to use voting machines, rather than allow them to mark and cast their own votes, constitutes "failure or refusal to permit casting". Any result produced by a machine is circumstantial (i.e., not direct) evidence of the intention of the voter.
Fundamentally, nontransparent voting makes the role of the federal observer moot and the Voting Rights Act une
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Lawmakers, especially Republicans, have seized on these missteps with a zeal that critics in the law enforcement community say is not entirely justified, given their scope. The fallout over a botched operation known as “Fast and Furious,” in which agents knowingly allowed straw buyers to traffic guns, led to a standoff between Congress and the Obama Justice Departmen
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A top FBI official whose wife received political donations from an ally of Hillary Clinton’s last year does not need to recuse himself from the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation, the bureau said Wednesday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee inquired last month about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s role on the Trump probe, which is looking into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Judiciary Committee’s chairman, had expressed concerns about a potential conflict of interest given that McCabe’s wife ran a state campaign in Virginia that received $700,000 from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close friend of Clinton’s.
Grassley noted in a March 28 letter to FBI Director James Comey that the McCabes met with McAuliffe
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Washington (CNN) -- An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.
A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."
And an employee in a "leadership position" misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.
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