Posts Tagged ‘Judicial Jerks’

Seattle ICE Immigration Attorney Arrested for Stealing Immigrants Identities

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Chief Counsel Raphael Sanchez for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Seattle was arrested for stealing immigrants’ identities and then paying his bills with the stolen information.
Sanchez resigned on Monday and had his first court appearance on Thursday.
Sanchez devised a scheme to use immigrants’ identities in order to defraud financial institutions including American Express, Bank of America Citibank, Discover, and JPMorgan Chase, according to a charging document, which was entered in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Sanchez stole the identities of seven people in various stages of immigration proceedings to defraud credit card companies.
Prosecutors with the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section investigated the incident. The Public Integrity Section pursues efforts to combat corruption by public officials.
In or around October 2013 to October 2017 Sanchez stole and used the identifies of seven immigrants for his own financial benefit.
The charging document contained few specifics about the allegations, but did give one example: It said that in April 2016 Sanchez stole the name, Social Security number and birth date of a Chinese national.
Sanchez then sent an email from his government account to his Yahoo account that included personal information pertaining to the Chinese national identified only as R.H. The information Sanchez sent included an image of R.H.’s U.S. permanent resident card, the biographical page of R.H.’s Chinese passport and a utility bill in R.H.’s name from Puget Sound Energy.
Sanchez is charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, both are felonies.
ICE in Seattle has been at the forefront of illegal immigration. They arrested dozens of undocumented immigrants in September’s Operation Safe City, which was a four-day effort in which the administration targeted “sanctuary cities” around the country, including Seattle, where local officials do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
Sanchez negotiated a

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Seattle ICE Immigration Attorney Arrested for Stealing Immigrants Identities

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Chief Counsel Raphael Sanchez for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Seattle was arrested for stealing immigrants’ identities and then paying his bills with the stolen information.
Sanchez resigned on Monday and had his first court appearance on Thursday.
Sanchez devised a scheme to use immigrants’ identities in order to defraud financial institutions including American Express, Bank of America Citibank, Discover, and JPMorgan Chase, according to a charging document, which was entered in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Sanchez stole the identities of seven people in various stages of immigration proceedings to defraud credit card companies.
Prosecutors with the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section investigated the incident. The Public Integrity Section pursues efforts to combat corruption by public officials.
In or around October 2013 to October 2017 Sanchez stole and used the identifies of seven immigrants for his own financial benefit.
The charging document contained few specifics about the allegations, but did give one example: It said that in April 2016 Sanchez stole the name, Social Security number and birth date of a Chinese national.
Sanchez then sent an email from his government account to his Yahoo account that included personal information pertaining to the Chinese national identified only as R.H. The information Sanchez sent included an image of R.H.’s U.S. permanent resident card, the biographical page of R.H.’s Chinese passport and a utility bill in R.H.’s name from Puget Sound Energy.
Sanchez is charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, both are felonies.
ICE in Seattle has been at the forefront of illegal immigration. They arrested dozens of undocumented immigrants in September’s Operation Safe City, which was a four-day effort in which the administration targeted “sanctuary cities” around the country, including Seattle, where local officials do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
Sanchez negotiated a

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Arizona Man Sues Prosecutor for Wrongful Arrest that Kept him in Jail for Two Months

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Imagine spending two months in jail for a robbery that you didn’t commit. Well, that is exactly what happened to an Iowa man after he was falsely charged with first-degree robbery.
Now he is suing the prosecutor that threw him in jail.
Joseph McBride, 23, was arrested for his assumed role in a January 2017 home invasion robbery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
McBride was in Phoenix at the time of his August 2017 arrest, several months after the original crime was committed.
And he showed authorities a time-stamped cell phone selfie proving he was in Arizona at the time of the Iowa home invasion, but they remained steadfast that they had the right guy.
MeBride is from Cedar Rapids but he moved to Phoenix in November 2015.
He was one of three people arrested for the crime.
Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden is the prosecutor that brought charges on McBride. Sanden alleged in court documents that social media posts and phone records suggested that McBride was involved in the home invasion robbery.
Sanden says the charge was based on a, “good-faith belief that the victim was correct in the identification.”
But as it turns out, the only evidence Sanden and police relied on was the victim pointing to a facebook photo of McBride, claiming he was involved in the crime.
The victim, identified as 27-year-old Tristan Hermann, told police that an acquaintance he knew as Elizabeth came to his apartment. Two men then forced their way in Hermann’s apartment, beating him with a handgun, and stealing his money and cellphone.
Hermann identified the woman as 22-year-old Elizabeth Navarro and said she set him up.
Hermann, who is bipolar, told police days later that he “had done his own investigation” and concluded the men involved were Navarro’s boyfriend, Austin Foster, and a man with the Facebook name “Jody Holliday.”
Police used photos and

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Texas Judge Dismisses Charges Against Cop for Illegally Entering PINAC Reporter’s Car

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

A Texas cop was facing six months in jail for illegally entering and searching the car of a PINAC reporter who had been unlawfully arrested for recording in public.
A Texas judge threw out the case before the trial even started Wednesday, citing a technicality that Galveston Police Sergeant Archie Chapman did not really trespass into Phillip Turner’s car because his feet never left the ground as he rummaged through the car without Turner’s consent.
But we expected that because Galveston County Judge Kerry Neves has already proven to be biased in favor of cops.
So biased that he was threatened with a formal complaint last summer by defense attorneys after issuing a court order barring defendants from entering plea deals in cases where cops claimed to have been threatened or disrespected – which is pretty much every case considering how often cops exaggerate the facts.
Neves ended up withdrawing the court order two weeks after issuing it, which is a pretty strong indicator he was trying to abuse his judicial discretion in the hopes nobody would stop him.
So it’s not a surprise he issued a “directed verdict” today, which is basically a judge issuing a verdict in a jury trial rather than allowing the jury come to a verdict.
This is how Wikipedia defines it:
In a jury trial, a directed verdict is an order from the presiding judge to the jury to return a particular verdict. Typically, the judge orders a directed verdict after finding that no reasonable jury could reach a decision to the contrary. After a directed verdict, there is no longer any need for the jury to decide the case.
And chances are, the jury would have sided with the cop as juries tend to do. Especially juries in Texas where they view cops as gods.
But then why not let the jury

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California DA Prosecuting Man for DUI, Even Though He Only Tested Positive for Caffeine

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Despite only testing positive for caffeine, a California prosecutor is pursuing DUI charges against a man arrested during a traffic stop last year.
Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams admits it will be a “very difficult challenge” to convict the man. Especially considering she has absolutely no evidence.
But since when did lack of evidence ever stop a prosecutor from moving forward with an unlawful arrest?
Meanwhile, Joseph Schwab, 36, is having to needlessly spend money on an attorney to keep himself out of jail for driving under the influence of caffeine.
However, Abrams insists she is not prosecuting him for driving under the influence of caffeine. She just believes he was under the influence of another drug that was not detected in the blood test.
What that may be is anybody’s guess but so far, two laboratories have analyzed Schwab’s blood and have only detected caffeine.
Nevertheless, Abrams points out that the arresting officer, Alcohol Beverage Control Agent Michelle Ott, is “qualified as an expert in DRW (drug recognition evaluation),” according to a press release, which is a must read for its absurdity.
Agent Ott has also received an award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, so maybe that makes her even more of an expert.
But let’s not forget how another California cop who also won awards from MADD for his aggression in arresting drunk drivers is now serving a jail sentence for shooting and killing a drunk driver, so even experts get it wrong sometimes.
Schwab’s arrest took place on August 5, 2015 when Alcohol Beverage Control Agent Michelle Ott pulled over Schwab after noting he was “weaving in and out of traffic almost causing several collisions.”
Using her expertise, Ott noticed Schwab appeared “highly agitated, ‘amped up,’ and his pupils were dilated,” according to Abrams press release.
These are symptoms of caffeine, of course, but we’re not the experts here,

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