Tuesday, January 5, 2010
YEADON COURTFIGHTER: The Mission -Phila. Front Page News Blames Media Delco County Courts For Fire Disaster Likeness And Bullycide (Suicide)
COURTFIGHTER MISSION: to prevent small court or big court injustices from growing into large ones.
And its mission it to unite against bullying in courts, schools, towns, and neighborhoods. It is a Foundation for individual rights in courts. Engaged by the Van Stone Productions (VSP) Foundation, courtfighters have been fighting court since 2002.
The Despicable Delaware County Family Court Custody and Protection From Abuses (PFA's) Orders Facts: Boroughs and Townships and even (cities) of Delaware County, Pa have positive and loving presiding judges, voted in to office by residents, who clearly understand all family law concerning child custody and domestic relations matters. Unfortunately, Borough and Township family law is very limited to: final court orders involving custody and PFA's as well.
Mandatory Guidelines force all adults and children who are either a Delaware County resident or a Philadelphia County resident actively involved with any possible child custody or protection from abuses court issues to file for a conference or hearing at the Media Delaware County Courthouse.
The above mandatory guideline is sad news because most of the judges who preside concerning Borough, Township, or (city) family law, which we are including the City of Philadelphia and/or any other big or small city, are more aware of community and family matters in each district. Locally, these judges are more able to resolve family matters equally and quickly for the sake of all children and adults in each community. And there is ample court room space in each borough, township, and city courthouse for custody and PFA's court cases.
Interestingly, because Philadelphia basically operates as a state and is as big as a state, only in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania does Philadelphia Family Court Judges directly handle all adults and children custody and/or protection from abuses court cases. And Philadelphia has the loving long arm to provide both a child custody order and PFA order even if the matter involves a party who is living in another county.
The contradictions and the problems within the boundaries of the Media Delaware County Courthouse and quite a few other family courthouses is: On the other hand, while Borough, Township and (city) court judges do an excellent job at making fair court orders for the equality of the family matters the bigger court of Media Delaware County most likely undo what the smaller court has done without even consultation or consideration (practices) with the Borough, Township, and/or (city) Judge. On the other hand, most often than not, the smaller court of Delaware County Borough, Township, and/or (city) most likely hold fast what the bigger court has done and even at times use consultation or consideration (practices) with the Media Delaware County Courthouse Judge.
Ultimately, the family, the adult and child, who must often appear at the Media Delaware County Courthouse -if they have any hope of fixing a broken family matter -because the smaller court must not be the final preside in any custody or PFA's issue, suffers regardless of the outcome in Media Delaware County Courthouse.
Therefore, the group courtfighter calls Media Delco County Court Injustices a forest court institution for having many guidelines that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech, freedom of liberty, and freedom of having a normal life. And the group courtfighter calls Court Injustices bullying that equal depression that can equal bullycide (suicide).
Courtfighter motto: "Court cases don't kill people unfair judges and bullying do!"
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From Courtfighter Founder Van Stone,
Philadelphia Front Page News, Editor & Publisher.
Monday, July 27, 2009
The Philadelphia Front Page News
The Philadelphia Front Page News is an American newspaper, formerly headquartered at 3901 Market Street (Samuel Oshiver Hall) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that primarily targets the Black American, Bangladesh American, Greek American, and Latino community. Currently there is no physical office. All publishing (FREE not for profit group) is operated on the Internet using web technology.
Published online daily at www.frontpagenews.us and www.fpnnews.us and newly www.delcofrontpagenews.com as well as www.powerwvsr1360.us it is the fresh continually running Black American newspaper, being created in 2000 by Samuel Van Stone Downing.
The Philadelphia Front Page News also publishes the WVSR-AM Newsletter at www.powerwvsr1360.us for its reader/viewers/listeners. The Front Page News has a readership of about 190,000 and is mostly read by people living in the Philadelphia, PA, Camden NJ, Delaware County, Wilmington, Delaware, Chester, PA, Bucks County, New York City, NY, Jersey City, NJ, California state, Harrisburg, Hopewell, VA, as well as the Rhode Island area. Readers are viewing the news in the Dominican Republic and Canada and countries in Asia and Eastern Asia as well as lands in Africa.
The Front Page News is a private founded organization. The Front Page News is one of the first located online newspapers and television and radio station combinations that allows viewers to read the newspaper, watch video television format and tune to the independent live radio over the Internet. Key people that help publish the Philadelphia Front Page News were Van Stone and Jerry Wilson, James Sullivan, Marcia Brown, Tracey Elaine "Baittank Downing" Walker, Jerome Maida, and Diane White. Past names of newspaper is the Van Stone’s Digest.
Philadelphia Front Page News online is a popular and pioneering daily newspaper and Internet television concept that defines itself as the nonprofit peoples news 7 days a week year long. It provides newspaper features and television presentations that address issues pertaining to education, politics, solar energy, economical development, and community interest such as Ex-offenders, the wrongfully imprisoned, and the economically challenged. Live Radio broadcasting is made available by the compliment web radio component, the West Philadelphia Van Stone Radio, “WVSR 1360.1 AM Philadelphia Internet Radio” found also on the web site: POWER WVSR1360.US at www.powerwvsr1360.us.
The Front Page News Group, formally the Van Stone’s Digest, is a small American multimedia nonprofit incorporation based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It express is that it's Philadelphia's fifth-largest newspaper publisher online, responsible for the Philadelphia Front Page News, and the WVSR-AM Newsletter. The Front Page News, under the auspicious of the Van Stone Productions Foundation Inc., also owns Front Page News Philly VSP/TV Radio Youth News Broadcasting and Delaware County Front Page News.
It competes with nonprofits and for profit economic and education groups for funding to create jobs and community development. All staff are volunteers. The paper works just the way facebook works FREE.
You may find Van Stone publishing at facebook by visiting Vanstone Philadelphiafrontpagenews NinabeldeJesus Vanstone and Rosarodriguez Vanstone.
Front Page News History
Front Page News is a media industry leader reaching U.S. households through newspaper publishing, television and radio broadcasting and the Internet. Operations are concentrated in the nation’s minor markets, including Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey City, Los Angeles, Hopewell, VA and Harrisburg.
The company was founded in 2000. That year, on May 19 2000, the Philadelphia Front Page News published its first online edition in a 3-bedroom apartment located at 5029 Walnut Street. The original press run consisted of stories about the first African-American Professional Wrestling Entertainment Company lead by former Philadelphia Eagles football player Skip Hamilton in the year 1998. Hamilton who played briefly for the Philadelphia Eagles under coach Buddy Ryan during the player strike era, later worked with Samuel Van Stone Downing sharing volunteer time with needy children. In 1998 Van Stone, who was writing for years on a localwide and citywide level, began to organize solo the first edition of the Philadelphia Front Page News featuring Soul City Wrestling as the lead story. But, Stone’s newspaper was not a full newspaper just yet. Stone branched out on his own creating a magazine called Van Stone’s Digest with Marcia Brown's help. Van Stone’s Digest ran for two years ending up as a transformation from hard copy print to the first Black American published online newspaper about the people of Philadelphia, PA and Yeadon, PA and East Lansdowne, PA, and Camden, NJ, and Harrisburg, PA, and Lancaster, PA. The Philadelphia Front Page News located at 5029 Walnut Street began.
In 2000, the Front Page News moved from West Philadelphia to a new office located at 509 Pembroke Avenue East Lansdowne, PA. Therein, Gerald McNeil, who was doing independent radio news and TV news, joined up with Van Stone Downing to manage Web Master production of the newspaper. The Front Page News was slowed down in 2002, when the alleged Great Judge Corruption raged through the Media Delaware County Courthouse, overseeing hearings in both East Lansdowne and Media city, the Front Page News was almost destroyed, due to Van Stone’s estranged spouse, Marcia Brown, and Media Delaware County District Board of Judges Honorable Barry C. Dozor, Honorable Maureen F. Fitzpatrick and Honorable Michael F.X. Coll legal issues. In 2003 the Front Page News mixed community news with talk radio introducing the Van Stone Productions Foundation, Inc. Philly VSP TV/Radio Youth News. VSP TV/Radio represented West Philadelphia Van Stone Radio Station at the Front Page News. A full Internet powered radio station began to discuss Ex-offenders, the unjust imprisoned and civil rights.
However, WVSR and The Front Page News came to a complete stop in September 27, 2004 when Van Stone was wrongfully imprisoned to Delaware County Prison, George Hill Prison, by both Judges Dozor and Fitzpartick. After Gerald McNeil and a few family friends of Stone frantically tried to bail Stone out of jail but to no success Stone was ordered to return to Delaware County Prison for 6 consecutive weekends followed by legal eviction from the East Lansdowne home/office. He was ordered to never see his 2 children from the marriage, daughter and son, Cheyenne Samara Downing, Samson Dakota Downing, again or else be imprisoned. Stone, then became the unknown soldier, a courtfighter, who went into battle on the court grounds even though he had no clue about the dangers that would never cease to being at the Media Delaware County courts.
The Front Page News reappeared 18 days later from Stone’s September 27, 2004 wrongful imprisonment with an editorial declaring Media Delaware County Courthouse as allegedly corrupt. The newspaper’s founder, editor, publisher and owner, Van Stone, was exonerated by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Family Court and led the city’s awareness on Judge Brutality, Anti-Domestic Violence and Lowering the Murder Rate in big cities interest. The Front Page News lead Van Stone to become an Icon dealing with political analyst stories.
A native Philadlephian who first acquired an interest in newspaper companies in 1988, Stone gained full control of the newspaper in 2007 and guided it into social-welfare, educational and economical fighting tools for the under privileged and abused. Newspaper Reporter, Editor, and Community Activist Diane White, who is from Harrisburg, PA, came aboard the Front Page News during the strong restart in the same year of 2007. James Sullivan, Tracey Baittank Downing, a.k.a. Tracey Walker, and John Butt, all aged volunteers, became publishers and editors in the same year. In 2009 Jerome Maida, a Philadelphia Daily News freelance writer, became Chief Editor. Both Jerome Maida and John Butt left the FPN in 2011.
Philadelphia’s WVSR-AM Radio (www.wvsr1360.webs.com) went on the air as its call letters reflecting the Philadelphia Front Page News’ renowned slogan, "Hear Yourself. Neediness and Freedom Must Be Heard.” The newspaper was an innovator from the start. It was first to feature the West Philadelphia Housing Authority West Park After School and Summer Program Future Investment newsletter insert, the Soul City Wrestling and the WVSR 90.5 pirate radio station Philadelphia. Braking new ground by introducing stories from the courtroom during the infamous 2002 through 2009 “Protection From Abuse “ and “Custody" trial" in Media Delaware County Courthouse.
The Front Page News –Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was is one of the largest and most diverse content publication operations in the nation, managing and delivering content to a broad range of media, business, and community customers. Front Page News readers/viewers can choose from hundreds of different topics, including classic to cutting-edge comic strips, columns from top columnist and other specialty features products. In addition, the Front Page News produces and promotes independent television programming data; it’s online Museum and theater listings and a Harrisburg Pennsylvania station.
Front Page News entered the video/television/photo/encyclopedic museum industry in 2008, when it established James Sullivan’s Research Center online in Philadelphia, followed by WVSR-AM in Philadelphia and The Thoughts of Black Men in New York and SpeaktoMe in Philadelphia. These groups, became affiliates of The Front Page News Television Network, for a year. Today FPN is one of the country’s largest independent TV news groups. You can find mentions about the FPN on facebook.com.
In 2009 Courtfighter organization for anyone in need of support was established at FPN, www.frontpagenews.us.
The Van Stone Productions Foundation –Front Page News was established as a charitable 501c3 trust since 1995.
The formation of Front Page News online Company signaled the growing importance of news, radio and television in the at-risk communities business mix.
Front Page News was created to develop, produce and distributes video television programming for Front Page News stations and non-Front Page News stations nationwide.
Several affiliations served to accelerate Front Page News’ growth. Most significant was the Office of Dr. Michael Pollard, Chiropractic Care in East Lansdowne, PA, Stefan Umstead, Actor in Los Angeles, California, the Student Legal Aid for Entrepreneurs of University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Pavlos Michaels, Professor in Hopewell, Virginia.
Front Page news grew dramatically during the feature stories about alleged corruption, evil acts, and courts orders by Media Delaware County Courthouse and Philadelphia Support Enforcement, Family Court Judges, who seemed to have a lot in common with fire erupting. Stories were covered very closely by the Investigative Reporter Team, (a Front Page News I-Team) uncovering alleged unfair treatment of African-Americans, women and children by Judges Dozor, Fitzpatrick and Coll and in addition Judge Joel Johnson, Phila. Support Enforcement, based on classism and separatist. This resulted in rapid partnerships within the news community and Front Page News played the role corruption watchdog in a way that citizens can understand. By expanding its interest the Front Page News provide a place for analysis, explanation, and public dialogue about the city’s family court.
In what would prove a wise investment, Front Page News acquired an interest in Internet Television Network upon its discovery that youth and low-income neighborhoods were at high risk of economic implosion. The move ensured that Front Page News stories would have original and high-quality news profiles to help improve literacy. Soon, The Front Page News would prove to be a haven for teenage and young-adult readers.
Soon thereafter, the sister station of the Philadelphia Front Page News TV, WVSR-AM quickly became a model for multimedia contents sharing and cross promotion throughout Front Page News. And another news address, www.fpnnews.us, was established for it's increased readership.
Educational and Economical Producing Empowerment
Front Page News soon began a column about educational and economical producing empowerment at the online Newspaper, the James Sullivan's Research Center online, it’s online museum, WVSR-AM, and the SCOOP USA newspaper. PFPN made available the SCOOP Newspaper for its readers online at www.scoopusanewspaper.com. At SCOOP you will see the entire hard copy newspaper that is circulated to 90,000.00 people weekly. However Van Stone separated from the SCOOP USA newspaper in 2010.
Focusing on just tires and how recycling tires in Philadelphia would be something to better community education and economic improvement for Black Americans, Greek Americans, Bangladesh Americans, Irish Americans, Jewish Americans and Latino Americans.
Front Page News participation in production of Just Tires (Trash) into jobs also became good for youth in the community service and the school environment. PFPN used this idea about tire transformation involved in solar energy to help School dropout students. PFPN goal is to work with energy related companies in Philadelphia such as Gulf, Sunoco, GP, etc. PFPN seeks out small energy companies that produce or sell gas. PFPN introduces ways for cities to produce solar energy involving cars, real estate, schools and political advancements.
PFPN feature articles about using solar energy to improve the new Youth Study Center Project in West Philadelphia. PFPN produces weekly, lessons for students, and city council and businesses dealing with the problem of Philadelphia tire trash.
PFPN was the first Black American newspaper online to discuss how tire trash can be, the car, the bicycle, the toy, the shopping carts, the skate boards and whatever else that involves tires. PFPN made rubber a key word to the Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, advising the Mayor to produce rubber recycling as a Philadelphia staple.
PFPN showed how rubber tires are so hard to get rid of. Many folks in Philadelphia dump tires in the streets, lots, and even business areas because they don't know what else to do with tires. PFPN showed how there are tire repair businesses that need help with this problem. PFPN was praised for articles showing how small businesses dumped used and useless tires instead of destroy them properly. PFPN discussed how the Philadelphia highways are full of tires dumped by the “little guy” called the Tire RepairMan.
PFPN pledged that it wanted to help the “little guy” and not put all the blame on them to hurt their business. PFPN questioned its readers and the city of Philadelphia and universities, where does all those tires go when the tire repair man dump them from his station? PFPN demonstrated that the “little guy” does not only do tire dumping but the average good citizen does it too.
PFPN produced further stories showing Mayor Nutter that their stories on tire repair shops and the average citizen was help toward supporting clean energy as a way for proper trash removal. Recycling tire trash can be done using any type of clean energy.
Stone’s Incorruptible Icon Status Helping Victims
The story of Nancy Glover and Honorable Judge Maureen Fitzpatrick, Honorable Judge Barry C. Dozor, and Honorable Judge Michael F.X. Coll is one of almost unbelievable family court abuse and judge cruelty. In fact, the testimony of the defendant Mrs.Glover incriminates many others. Allegedly the others are certain Pennsylvania Justices at Media Delaware County Family Courthouse. Although there are currently 24 Delaware County Board of Judges, 19 District Court Judges 5 Senior District Court Judges, not to be confused with Delaware County Magistrate Justices.
Allegations of blatant inconsiderateness in the blood of Judges Maureen F. Fitzpatrick, Barry C. Dozor, and Michael F.X. Coll are the norm. But according to a story covered by PFPN’s Van Stone, Gerald McNeil, James Sullivan, Special Investigator John H. Coleman, Jr Mrs. Glover about Fitzpatrick, putting it as respectfully as PFPN could, Judge Fitzpatrick’s behavior was inconsistent with fair citizenship.
Newspaper Icon Van Stone met Judge Fitzpatrick. In several PFPN reports Van Stone wrote about how if someone told Fitzpatrick that she would be inconsistent to decide for the plan after attacking it, most likely she would attack any way. An article showed while a family plan is to save families, according to Glover, Fitzpatrick’s decision is most often a report full of inconsistencies ending in fear.
Front Page News, with Van Stone Downing, reported how Glover was terrified from the memories of a 9MM automatic to her head and threats to kill the children. According to Nancy, her Judge, estranged husband and his girlfriend were allegedly systematically mentally torturing her. According to Nancy, her abuser stopped paying 5 months of bills & destroyed their heater. Fitzpatrick allowed an appraisal presented by estranged husband as factual during divorce proceedings based on a ride by from the street after the complete appraisal. Overlooked was an engineers report concerning the structural damage caused allegedly by her husband during domestic violence incidents reported to police into consideration worth $150,000.00. This too happened according to Glover. Cashed were all of Glover’s insurance checks and reimbursement checks since 2000. These included doctors’ checks deposited in the girlfriend’s account. There was obstruction of evidence about an attempt to get the deed to the additional property & sell it out from under Nancy with the help of a friend.
PFPN with Van Stone Downing reported that in the end, Nancy alleges that Judge Fitzpatrick would not permit Nancy to speak or present any facts. And Nancy is to be removed from her home; she is disabled and uses a wheelchair, in less than two months. Nancy’s was on her way to being homeless and accompanied by her grandchild (Malia) and daughter (Amanda) who also has chronic medical conditions.
Van Stone reported that when such unjust things like this happen, as is the normal in Media Delaware County Courthouse, Glover should have been allowed to file an expedition to the next level of the court where the hearing would be put back before a Judge that would allow her to fairly present here testimony.
PFPN with Van Stone won praise for telling the story about Nancy’s complaints of having problems swallowing and that she was in pain from a broken collarbone were ignored by Judge Fitzpatrick.
PFPN with Van Stone gained even more praise as the article continued telling about the next morning Judge Fitzpatrick seemed more concerned with watching TV then getting Mrs. Glover help. There was no more pleasure for Fitzpatrick to get from abusing the defendant so Nancy was ordered to come up with thousands of dollars to pay or else be evicted and see the house sold. Nancy could not get the loan so desperately needed to save her home. Mrs. Glover called Van Stone with the very credible story and so Stone offered not only to help her in any way that he could, making her story plain to the public. Van Stone soon made an offering to Glover to act as a co-signer on a loan, putting up my own house for her, if there is any legit lender that can help Nancy borrow up to $250,000.00 thousand dollars or else Glover would be homeless in one month. Furthermore, PFPN supported Glover’s push to become founder of an organization that fought for fair rights of families forced to enter family court in the U.S.
Front Page News daily newspapers targeting urban commuters represent yet another growth initiative. The Philadelphia Front Page News launched its Radio SCOOP edition collaboration in 2008. The SCOOP USA Newspaper, in Philadelphia, PA, circulation 90,000, a Front Page News affiliate, tabloids are distributed free of charge and geared to young adults and businesses that want their news in an informative and entertaining format.
The Front Page News online newspaper/TV, www.frontpagenews.us, www.fpnnews.us, and Radio Stations, www.wvsr1360.webs.com is a national Licensed Philadelphia newspaper-radio programming.
VAN STONE PRODUCTIONS FOUNDATION, INC.For twenty-seven years the Van Stone Productions Foundation, Inc., has reinforced the safety, health and wellness of children and their families in the
E-Mail Address: email@example.com
Non Profit Organization 501 (c) (3)DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION AND PROGRAMVan Stone Productions Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization established and implemented in 1980 by President/CEO Mr. Samuel Van Stone Downing, Inspector along with 25 volunteer staff members consisting of parents and youth.
The organization doesn't earn any money and has no employees. All members are volunteers. If there are any gifts such as monies or materials to the charity all proceeds are used for direct use to support family activity in any given community. And any community benefiting from VSP Foundation activity can be somewhere in the USA or even outside the USA if possible.
The youth/senior safety center and child welfare program was created to help at risk youth and disabled adults from poor living conditions establish a means by which they can become educated in behavioral health activity, youth safety, and community safety officers activities; the result will lead to youth/education/bible support systems fulfilled; And it will accommodate the need for physical and intellectual expression of youth who are athletically as well as academically underachieving in school.
Under this organization, we have established a domestic abuse target campaign, stop the bullying education campaign, warring against indecency and it's effect on children campaign, health and safety summer camp, child and safety crisis lab, computer lab, traffic control lab and broadcast radio and senior lab which started out as a 15 member youth public housing and neighborhood resident social clubs; today, we patrol citywide to maintain a presence in the community and help prevent carjacking, youth violence and other related offences that endanger kids. Weekly, participants engage in community news writing, net TV/Radio programming, maintenance exhibits, computers, youth sports; later, we have developed into a 1,000 kid member program to support youth/seniors in the west, northwest and southwest
OUR POLICYThe organization does not discriminate in any manner against any person by reason of race, color, sex, national origin or religious or political affiliation.
DEMOGRAPHICSThe organization services low-income and at risk youth between ages of 3-18; disabled seniors.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVESAll youth/seniors will gain developmental skills and proper training which will allow them to learn trades that they can pursue as a career in their future; also youth/seniors will acquire motivational skills through the mentor program which supplies their needs with the proper guidance and counseling. To help youth/seniors cope with the transition from disabled to functional; to provide an atmosphere which supports self-confidence and self-esteem; to involve youth/seniors in sports and education that will induce healthy living and positive energy; to provide scholarships for students and or after school grade points to students, to further their education toward college.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS TO BE SERVED AND LENGTH OF PROGRAM
The program (i.e. youth boxing, labs, safety patrolling, traffic control, school guidance counseling, domestic advocate support, senior praise-activities program) serves an average of 1,000 participants or more on a year to year basis starting approximately January 1st (for a 9 week completion period(s)) and ending approximately December 31st.
SUMMARY OF PROPOSED PROGRAM
The after-school program operates Monday through Friday, on school days and from until during the summer. The program provides recreational activities such as basketball, tennis, football, kickball and soccer; as well as these particular classes: School Behavioral Health/Anger Management Education, Loss Management and Safety Education, School Education, Nutrition Education, Tutoring, Youth Safety Crisis Management, Traffic Control, Comm. Safety Patrol Officers Education.
Domestic Violence Issues, Legal Child Advocacy, Divorce, Counseling Network, Computers, School Guidance Counseling and Child Welfare; other topics of interest are, OUTREACH PROGRAM: home maintenance, car repair, landscaping, sewing, cosmetology, art and design, daycare, net broadcasting (i.e. talk radio, music radio, film, TV, video-photography) and catering. The purpose of these activities are to help keep kids from dying in the streets; comfort disabled seniors; and to keep communities safe.
Our curriculum consist of conducting a program that include mentoring which will link at risk youth/seniors with responsible adults to provide guidance and counseling that result in - youth/education/nutrition support systems fulfilled.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Illegal Party Goers Reach $2 Million Settlement; Deborah Curcillo Continues Prosecution of Neighborhood Block Party Organizer and Community Activist
Special Report: Brutality Of Diane White, Associate, Managing Writer & Editor, Webmaster, Philadelphia Front Page News, VSP Foundation Harrisburg City Chapter President, DLighte House Ministry
Harrisburg -The insurance company for Dauphin County has agreed to settle a federal class-action lawsuit prompted by the arrests of about 50 people following a 2007 Labor Day party in Harrisburg. Parties goers were alleged to have been engaging in illegal drug use and underage drinking on property owned by the City of Harrisburg without a securing the required permit from the city. Police broke up the party on McCormick's Island after a man who was reported to be intoxicated drowned while trying to swim across the Susquehanna River. Most party-goers were released and mailed citations, but some out-of-state attendees ended up in the county prison. Three people who filed the lawsuit claimed prison employees strip-searched them, even though they were held on minor charges.
The Harrisburg News reported that according to the police report White spit in the Officer's face 2 times which White has consistently denied. White was charged with Assault on a Police Officer with Intent to Do Bodily Harm which carries a 2-5 year prison term. That charged was dropped at the Preliminary Hearing when the Police Officer changed his story on the stand.
White was arraigned at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg back in January 24, 2008. She pleaded not guilty to all charges and requested a jury trial. The charges were now Resisting Arrest and Other Unlawful Acts. According to several eye witnesses, the Officer was standing in the middle of the street shouting profanity before he walked away with White and a few minutes later was verbally and physically assaulting her. White had organized the party. There was no record of a complaint being called in and there is no police report from the night of the incident. There are no other witnesses for the prosecution and there is no transcript from the preliminary hearing.
This past January Judge Klienfelter ruled against White's "Motion to Dismiss Under Rule 600", when ADA Debra Curcillo, currently running for Judge in Dauphin County responded to White's motion by citing an exception under the “Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act” notwithstanding the fact that the Officer was ordered to active duty 365 days after the alleged charges were filed against White. Curcillo, was granted the “Continuance” after being reprimanded by Judge Klienfelter for not providing explanations for the numerous Continuances previously requested by the DA's Office. Curcillo has been prosecuting the case for the past 20 months, the Officer is on active duty in Iraq allegedly not due back to work until September 14, 2009.
In the meantime, The Harrisburg Police Department still as not acknowledged a formal complaint filed by White after being instructed by the District Attorney's Office to do so on September 5, 2007 before their office would touch it. The Internal Affairs Officer who initiated the investigation of White's complaint was abruptly pulled off the case after a televised report to the city counsel on the status of all complaints filed against Harrisburg Police Officers by the citizens of Harrisburg in 2007. The same Internal Affairs Officer who gave that televised report had contacted several of White's witnesses and scheduled appointments for their sworn testimony, only to make herself unavailable when White's witnesses arrived for the appointments. According to reliable sources. the internal affairs officer has since been reassigned.
To no one's surprise the Harrisburg City Council has never held public hearings on the numerous complaints of police abuse nor have they ever followed up on a promise made to NAACP President, Stanley Lawson and the ACLU to engage in discussions with the community surrounding the set-up of a Community Review Board as promised by Councilwoman Patty Kim during her term as Chair of the Public Safety Committee. Gloria Martin-Roberts is now the chair of the Public Safety Committee and has also vowed to address many issues of police abuse and misconduct by surrounding the Harrisburg Police Department. We are still waiting for Mrs Robert to pursue the police abuse issues with as much diligence has she has shown in dealing with other inequities in the City of Harrisburg during her tenure on City Council.
White's trial date has been set for September 14, 2009 @ 8:00 am at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg. Two years after the illegal arrest and vicious assault on her person and her privacy by an out of control, misguided police officer. Twenty months of attempted cover ups by the DA's Office and the Harrisburg Police Department all because of the irrational behavior of one misguided police officer who provided false testimony on police documents and under oath.
White will have to wait and see if Curcillo's only witness who may or may or may not return from Iraq with a whole new story another story to tell, if he shows up at all. According to the court documents the Officer left for Iraq on September 1, 2008. The assault occur on September 1, 2007. Curcillo the trial date is set for September 2009. Two years after the fact. Two years of justice denied.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
A new voter-registration effort is targeting locals with a felony record. Many believe they can't vote -- even when they can.
"I didn't think we could vote for five years," says a young man, standing on
"I've never voted. I'm a felon," says a 35-year-old man who's waiting for his probation officer downtown, at the Division of Probation and Parole office.
The office's district manager, David Lindsey, walks out to say hello, then gets into the discussion about voting rights. "It's my understanding that, in
Even the voting-registration offices are not in sync. An informal Gambit Weekly survey of metro-area voting registrars found a range of answers. Some knew the policy exactly; others said that it depended on what level of felony offense had been committed -- or that someone who had been convicted recently might still be able to vote because the computer system isn't updated promptly.
Norris Henderson hears confusion from, he estimates, 9 out of 10 people on the street. "It comes from years and years of misinformation," he says. "But it's not true."
"Four million actually can't vote. Probably another four think they can't vote," says Malik Aziz, who heads up the Philadelphia Ex-Offenders Task Force out of that city's mayor's office. While he was on parole, Aziz was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that prompted the return of the vote to anyone on probation or parole. Recently, his Task Force's nonpartisan efforts registered 20,000 ex-offenders before a
Felony disenfranchisement was brought to the fore in 2000 in
"This is a sleeping giant, believe me," he says.
It was his first assignment for ninth-grade homeroom, and Henderson can still recite the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution today: "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice Š. " He was always an avid student -- "I cried to go to school," he says -- and he grew up Uptown playing marbles, flying kites, masking with the Wild Magnolias, and playing sousaphone in the Carter G. Woodson Junior High School marching band. But as he reached voting age, he got caught up with the wrong crowd. By age 20, he'd been arrested for murder. At 21, he was convicted and sentenced to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at
There, he returned to his studies. "
During the 1970s, after well-publicized riots at some of the nation's other prisons,
Quant drove to the prison in 1987 for the initial Civics Project presentation and recalls walking into a room with all four walls covered with charts. "They had these magnificent graphs -- how much money it costs to incarcerate, how many people in prison, how many family members, what it would mean if a certain number of those people voted, how many were illiterate. They'd done a detailed analysis, like a corporation would do." The inmates designed a two-prong project, says Quant, first giving themselves a political education and then using that knowledge to organize their families to become registered and vote.
The project prompted activity in all parts of the prison, says
This sort of outreach may be especially crucial in neighborhoods with high incarceration rates, says Marc Mauer, director of the Sentencing Project. Studies have shown that fewer eligible voters turn out in those areas than other places. "It may be that some ex-felons incorrectly believe that they've lost the right to vote forever," he says. Or it may be something else -- that voting is ultimately a communal, community experience. And so, when a large number of people in one neighborhood are disenfranchised, their wives, parents, cousins and neighbors also may become less interested in voting. "This kind of ripple effect goes beyond the people who are actually disenfranchised," says Mauer.
The community aspect of voting may be the true power behind the ballot box, says political scientist Alec Ewald, who teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and recently wrote Punishing at the Polls, a hefty report about voter disenfranchisement laws that was released last fall by the New York-based advocacy group Demos.
In reality, one vote is rarely powerful enough to influence entire elections, explains Ewald. But to the people pulling the lever, it feels like a powerful act. He explains what he hears from young students about their first voting experiences: "When I talk to them, they don't necessarily remember who they voted for a year ago, but they can tell me all about the feeling of voting." The students tell Ewald that they felt pride, a sense of membership and civic accomplishment, a feeling that a duty had been done, a sense of belonging.
Ewald's report for Demos dissects at length the two main arguments supporting disenfranchisement policies -- that taking away the vote is a punishment and that to have felons vote would ruin the purity of our political system. But Ewald thinks it may come down to something more simple. "I really think that people today who support disenfranchisement often do so because of the community dimension of voting, because of the feeling that they don't want a rapist in the voting booth with them."
On the face of it, that may seem to make sense, says Ewald. "But we don't say, 'I don't want bigoted people voting, so people who are in the Ku Klux Klan can't vote.'" Plenty of lazy or greedy or offensive people are voting today, says Ewald. "Any attempt to weed them out would be seen as anti-American."
Fifteen years ago,
He has, however, been working on campaigns -- putting out yard signs, organizing, and talking to people in the community. During last fall's election, he gave a speech in
"Jim Brown is a case in point," he says. "He gets out of prison and what's the first thing he wants to do? Vote."
"I've always taken voting seriously," says Jim Brown. During the 1980s, when he served two terms as
"I would often charter a plane at my own expense and fly back to Ferriday to vote," he says. "One year, I got up at 4 in the morning and drove to Ferriday, voted at Ward 1 outside of town and then drove back and was in my office at so that I could do my job as chief elections officer."
As secretary of state, Brown didn't have much occasion to think about voting rights for ex-felons. "It didn't hit home to me then," he says. But last year, Brown -- who also served in both houses of the
"I treasure my right to vote," he says. "If you take that away, I become muzzled; I become a second-class citizen. I pay taxes, but I have no say-so in how those taxes are spent." If he had it to do over again, he would advocate restoring voting rights for those on probation or parole, he says. "Unless it happens to you, you don't care," he says.
Brown's disenfranchisement carries an irony not only because he was secretary of state, but also because he was a delegate to the 1972-73 constitutional convention, which gave broader voting rights to felons.
As a result of that convention,
Gravel looks through his Rolodex for the phone number for attorney Chris Roy, Sr., head of the committee that discussed that particular issue in detail. It was about fairness and second chances,
There were other concerns about lifetime disenfranchisement laws, says Gravel. "A lot of those statutes, especially in the South, have civil rights implications -- it's a study in itself, I'm sure."
In 1998, the Sentencing Project released that very study -- the first large report that calculated disenfranchisement numbers, by impact and race, for each state. The Project continues to keep those tallies current, and the results are still as startling as they were when the study first made headlines. In six states, one in four black men were permanently disenfranchised. Nationwide, 1.4 million black men -- 13 percent of the population -- has lost voting rights.
In the end, it's futile to look at voter disenfranchisement without discussing its race effects, says Ewald. That's because disenfranchisement is at the intersection of two institutions with shameful racial histories -- the criminal justice system and electoral politics. "Both, for most of our history, had explicitly, purposely, racially discriminatory policies," Ewald says.
In a way, that makes the vote even more important for anyone who's black, says Goodwille Pierre, from the Houston-based People for the
But voting is not just about the past -- it's about hope for the future, says
When he returned to
"As I was canvassing over the weekend," he says, "we ran into two girls from St. Mary's Academy. I told them, 'I know you're too young, but encourage your parents to vote.'"
Then he stopped to talk to two young men. "I can't vote, man, because I've been to prison," said the first one. "No, you're still in the loop,"