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Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Anna Gristina Case: What is Going on With Manhattan DA?

Anna Gristina still sits in Rikers with a $2million bail. This bail is exorbitant for any crime short of murder and only happens in Manhattan with escort service owners. I have never heard of such an excessive bail in escort business cases anywhere else in the US or the world for that matter. Charles Linehan, the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney (ADA) on the Gristina case, and Justice Charles Solomon are either sadistic pigs or religious to extremes. We cannot excuse Justice Juan Merchan that set the excessive bond to begin with and also continues to deny relief.

My personal bet is on sadistic as none of the above named seem to be the religious type to me.

Or is this polictical?

Is Anna Gristina being victimized for a political agenda? I do not have an answer to the question as I admit to little to zero knowledge of New York State politics. I do know that high bail demands for escort service operators is not necessarily unusual for the Manhattan DA's Office. We must only look to the situation that Kristin Davis found herself in with an excessive bond to know that. It does seem that women are the targets for much higher bails.

Look at the New York High Class Escorts indictment and arrests for a moment. Though several defendants remain in Rikers awaiting trial, the main defendant in the case, Mikhail Yampolsky, has a $150,000 bond set; he just can't post it. His son, Alexander Yampolsky, has a $75,000 bond, but also is unable to post it. This case involves drug charges also and a really long list of Class B and Class D felonies.

Another case with multiple felonies charged recently is that of career criminal Jason Itzler. He had a $500,000 bond originally which was reduced to $200,000 by the judge. He has no bond at all right now, as far as I am aware, as Itzler did plead guilty on April 16, 2012. This guy has a lengthy record though and the list of B, D, and E felonies that he was charged with are all covered by his plea agreement. This career criminal is also an informant and we should wonder what he has to do with the Anna Gristina case, because I guarantee there is a connection.

Without attempting to analyze the Gristina case here, it is clear that the bond is excessive. A bond is supposed to be set based on a defendant's ties to the community and whether the defendant will show for court. I have no doubt that Anna should show for court. For one thing, she is only facing one count of "promoting prostitution" which is a Class D felony in New York.

I do not give a rat's rear-end about the allegations that Anna intended to go to Montreal back in 2008, when she found out that she was under investigation. More likely than not, she simply felt that a vacation was in order to let everything cool. She is not required by law to sit in one little location because someone decides to investigate and a visit to Montreal is certainly not escaping from anywhere. What a BS twist this DA has put on this entire case!

If you are female and own escort businesses or ever have in past, you should be really mad. If you were a client of any escort service, you should be angry as hell. Often people charged with murder have lower bonds. If you are an escort you should be angry, but probably do not give a fuck because it is not your problem and you may be one of the stupid witches that offered testimony in the Anna Gristina case to avoid a lousy misdemeanor charge. If you are an American or live in the US, you should be outraged.

I disagree with anyone needing to donate to the bond fund because the judge should lower it, but here is the link anyway:

Help Anna

I refuse to analyze the Gristina case here. Why? Because it is all immaterial in relation to a bond on a Class D felony. So, if you do comment and it involves a case analysis go to a previous article because it will not be posted here. Feel free to comment on the bond situation.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Misuse of Informants at Epidemic Level in the US

I have written many posts that discuss the use and misuse of informants in the US criminal justice system on this blog; however, I am viewing the system of abuse at epidemic proportions today. Informants working for state and federal agents are setting-up people that never had any intention of committing any sort of crime and they are doing so at the direction of agents.

It is the agents that are targeting specific people and not necessarily the informants as in past. When I recall past uses of informants, I think of the old MBI system in Orlando wherein an informant can evade prosecution, or at least prison, for crimes committed by setting-up at least 3 people. Back then it didn't really matter who those 3 people were and it was simply an outrageous "three for one" exchange. That was bad enough. Read The Morality Police, written by William Dean Hinton for the Orlando Weekly for more on that ugly system. (scroll down to around a third of the article for that discussion)

Today law enforcement agents send informants after a target as if they are angry pit bulls that haven't eaten in days. These informants are often paid money and a pending criminal case is resolved with a minor charge and probation OR they could be snitches for hire that have no criminal charges to work off. You think I am joking? Take a look at this website:

Reduce My Sentence

On the website it states, "We specialize in third party "Rule 35" assistance." They add, " Lifeline Federal and State Sentence Reduction, LLC is willing to work with you from the beginning until the end to help you succeed." The header for the website states, "How much is your loved one's life worth?"

I have also discussed Rule 35 sentence reductions on this blog. You need only search in the box on the right sidebar to locate the posts. For more info, read what that outfit states about it: What is Rule 35?

Guess what? That outfit is hardly alone. Snitches for hire sites are popping-up like champagne corks on New Year's Eve.

One disgusting outfit (that later turned into a law office website) claims to be a "Prison Sentence Reduction Firm" and states, "We specialize in Rule 35 and 5K1 sentence reductions. We work in all 50 states." For your information, a 5K1 is almost the same as a Rule 35, except that a 5K1 is filed by prosecutors at the time of original sentence, not later. Oh - I did dial the number to ask what sort of use they make of that escort website, but it is on automated voicemail. Go figure - the snitches for hire don't answer the phone.

Do I have your attention???

Well, to all of the real people out there, I do apologize, but recent events in my life require that I stop speaking to strangers and even old friends that I have not seen in ages. I'm about as hard as it gets when it comes to set-ups and there are few ways to lure me into any sort of trap. I know the dirty, nasty game for what it is. I only wish that the rest of the population would develop a decent understanding of the real informant system in the US and how it really operates.

Alright, I will be honest: I wish that potential jurors in criminal cases would get it. The Paul Bergrin debacle comes to mind with this statement. There are so many informants involved in the various cases that Bergrin faces that it is like Return of the Living Dead with all the zombies recast as informants.

You may be wondering what could possibly lure me into some sort of trap, so I will tell you. The fact that I can tell you reveals that it didn't work. If you read this blog and you are one of the few that read my Memoirs book, you'll know how important exposing the truth was and is to me. After all, the files were stolen - and yes, I mean files as in plural.

The original file (3 huge volumes) was stolen and then the flippin' recreated file with half the documents (all the Clerk's office could find) was also stolen. The original was last tracked to Orange County, Florida Circuit Court Judge Anthony Johnson, a former US Secret Service agent. This was according to the Orange County Clerk's Office that tracked that file for me in a desperate attempt to find it. No one dared to ask Johnson what he did with it after signing it out and it was never returned, according to the Clerk of Courts.

So... just over two weeks ago an old acquaintance, posting with an alias Facebook account, tracked me down on a article that was about the Paul Bergrin case. The article is dated March 28, 2012, just in case you want to investigate this for yourself. In her comment she states:

"vicky please add me as your friend i amunable to do it jacky was using my account and messed it up i have some information that will shock you i tried calling but your number was changed this is lisa it is very important"

In her next comment she offers an email address. Let's back-up for one minute here ---- How in the hell does someone track me down to an article about Paul Bergrin? I asked her a few times, but she never could answer and all I got was a twisted sentence or two that made little sense each time I asked. Anyone that lost my info can find me easily by contacting me through my website or this blog or sending me a Facebook message or emailing via my Google profile.

But how exactly does an old acquaintance from my escort businesses that claims to have never heard of Paul Begrin track me down on a article about Paul Bergrin?

EDIT on 3 May 2012 @1am EST:

Now this is really interesting. I just visited the article linked above and "Kelly Baker's" (Lisa's) comments were completely deleted. I was not aware that Facebook (FB) comments could be deleted, unless FB closed the account because she sure as hell was not "Kelly Baker" or she closed the account. Good thing I do screenshots or someone could claim that I must be seeing things... ;)

Moving forward...

So what was this "information that will shock" me? Well, according to my old acquaintance, that used to be a friend of sorts years ago, she was in contact with a former MBI agent that had documents from my case that I have searched for an entire decade for. She stated that there was proof of illegal wiretaps in my case. Realize that according to agents and prosecutors, there was no electronic surveillance whatsoever - I still have the recordings of these statements from my case hearings because I had filed a motion demanding all electronic surveillance myself.

With the hope of reopening the civil suit or filing a new one, I gave her my telephone number. She pursued me daily and if I answered the phone (I often did not), she tried desperately to keep me talking for as long as possible. What will they do? Analyze my statements? All of my statements included a description of my anger with the lousy fucking Orlando MBI for all that they did to me, and are apparently still trying to do to me for whatever reason. Of course I threw-in some bullshit for good measure as she also did on behalf of the former agent.

Almost two weeks later, with this former agent wanting to meet with me and my old acquaintance in-person, it all came down to several issues. The main issue is that I did not buy the entire story or the pop-up trackdown. My solution was to demand that he (the former agent) send over a detailed list of specifically what documents he had. According to her, he refused and stated that "we need to have a sit-down conversation first".

Of course I did a bit of investigating on my own in-between the many telephone calls I received and discovered something concerning the old acquaintance's family member that was seriously interesting. And, "How much is your loved one's life worth?" popped into my mind.

Why on earth would I consider meeting a former agent in person, especially if he couldn't even send a list of documents over first? What did they intend to do to me? Plant drugs in the vehicle while I was yakking away in the restaurant?  Why would a former MBI agent want to give me a bunch of documents, especially when MBI is all over his resume?

So how did I finally get rid of the old acquaintance and her tag-pal the former agent? I stated that he had the perfect background to help investigate witnesses in the Bergrin case. All those DEA and FBI databases he has access to would surely tell a story of the next informants to testify in the next Bergrin trial, since prosecutors refuse to turn over any discovery. And after all is said and done, I was tracked down to an article about Paul Bergrin.

Daddy did not raise a fool and agents did not refer to me as "super-intelligent" during the case without reason. Now, to the pair of you: If my number rings again from either one of you, I will not hesitate to change the number again. I may also consider a civil suit. Drop fucking dead.

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Megaupload - Kim Dotcom Case: Overkill

While browsing though cases in PACER this morning, I decided to take a quick look at the Megaupload / Kim Dotcom case. There are other defendants also and Kim is not alone. I chose to download a list of documents, mainly because so many other documents in this case have been sealed. What is with the lack of transparency?

I suppose that I initially believed this case to be valid, but I have now changed my mind. If you read my only other post about the Megaupload indictment and Kim's alleged part in the business, you are aware that I was happy to see the file sharing sites taken down, but at the same time I disagreed with prison or jail for the participants. Well, I suppose that this is still the way I feel, though I now consider the case to be serious overkill.

Racketeering? Really? He may as well have run a worldwide escort service. On the federal level a racketeering count is not as serious as it is in the State of Florida. Kim faces up to 5 years on that one count alone. I faced up to 30 years on that count in my Florida prosecution. Of course Kim Dotcom also faces various other counts. He really needs to ready himself to face a trial in the US, unless the government opts to make a great plea offer of course. However, it is unlikely that any such offer would involve no prison time.

What is going on with the many sealed documents in this case? I stared at a lengthy list of documents that were unavailable to me because they were sealed. This is what prompted me to download some documents that were available. I do not like the lack of transparency here.

Really I am sorry that I ever wished the man anything negative at all, regardless of anything else. This is an overwhelming and messy case care of the US government and often situations are not exactly as they seem to be at first look. This should be a civil case and not a criminal prosecution.