Judicial System/Law

The section covers the criminal justice system, jail and prison issues.

Lawyers gone bad.

Lawyers gone bad.

May 21, 2016 G. Blane Clark, Jr., Managing Partner Kean Miller, LLP Baton Rouge, LA blane.clark@keanmiller.com Re: Carey Messina Dear Mr. Clark, In November of 2013, I was referred to one of your attorneys, Carey J. Messina to represent me in a Louisiana family succession case that was going nowhere after three years of deceit and lies by my uncle, Jimmy, a licensed attorney, in Shreveport, LA. As of late, I’ve become very unhappy with Carey’s management of my case and his protection of my assets. On March 11, 2010, my grandmother, Ava Chandler Burnett of Shreveport, LA died. She was preceded in death by her husband and my grandfather, Verne Burnett of Shreveport, who died on April 1, 1988 and by her youngest son and my father, Thomas Edward Burnett of Daphne,...

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Your tweet on South Carolina’s Confederate Flag

Your tweet on South Carolina’s Confederate Flag

To: Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com I read your tweet that appeared in a story, in today’s Huffington Post where you placed demands on South Carolina’s government to remove the Confederate Flag from the state capitol’s grounds. See below… Marc...

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A Low-Speed Chase through Georgia

A Low-Speed Chase through Georgia

Introduction: Some of you might have been wondering why you haven’t received an essay from me, lately. Well, I spent last December and the first four months of 2015 writing on local politics with a focus on increasing brand awareness (tedburnett.com) among area residents on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Over the holidays, I saw an opportunity to push a cause that’s been of interest to me when President Obama announced his intentions to normalize relations with Cuba. For many Americans, this action seems long-overdue when we already trade with communist China, Vietnam, as well as, Russia. By lifting the embargo, these two neighboring countries and our industries can legally trade with each another. Some travel restrictions will also be lifted for Americans. Currently,...

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Out of jail, out of hell. I've died and gone to heaven!

Note: The following email and story are true. May 10, 2012 Out of jail, out of hell. I’ve died and gone to heaven! by Ted Burnett Mom, I was released from the Monroe Co. (Georgia) Jail, on Wednesday, following my appearance in Superior Court. I plead “guilty with mental illness” to felony obstruction (whatever that means) instead of the original felony charge of Aggravated Assault Upon a Law Enforcement Officer which carries a 12-18 year prison sentence. No one goes home from court a free man after facing this particular charge against an officer in Georgia, but I did only after the charge got reduced. In order to achieve my goal of freedom and to maintain my way of life as a philosopher and writer, I had to fire two lawyers, both, my uncle (who...

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Dear Ashley Rich, Mobile (AL) District Attorney's Office

Ashley, After reading in the Lagniappe, this morning, what I perceived as your sincere comments about Gordon Waller, I thought I would bring the following “hot potato” to your attention. You’ll probably want to recues yourself and your office from any investigation involving former D.A. John Tyson and Asst. D.A. Steve Giardini and their handling of the local Catholic priest molestation unit which they established, in 2003, in response to the national priest scandal. That summer, I came toward and met with the two of them about a “possible” claim of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest assigned to St. Ignatius, in 1980-82. I was 10 years old, at the time.Following our meeting, where I gave them some details of a possible incident and the overall...

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U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions’ response to my allegations of Catholic priest molestation cover-up by the D.A.’s office

United States SenateWashington, DC 20510-0104 November 18, 2011 Mr. Ted Burnett500 Lincoln Street, Apartment B105Daphne, AL 36526 Dear Mr. Burnett: Thank you for your letter concerning your allegations of abuse by a Catholic priest. As a United States Senator, I have no jurisdiction nor authority in court matters. In an effort to be of assistance to you, I am forwarding your correspondence to the [U.S.] Attorney General’s [Eric Holder] office for response. If you have any legal questions, please contact the Alabama State Bar Association at 800.392.5660. Please feel free to contact my office in the future if I can be of assistance with another matter. Very truly yours, Jeff SessionsUnited States...

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Law enforcement and political corruption (Mobile, AL) in the 2003 cover up of a notorious child molester, Fr. Norman Rogge.

[November 11, 2011] To: Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (The Agent of Record) Subject: Cover up of Catholic priest sex crimes by Mobile District Attorney John Tyson, Asst. DA Steve Giranidi (2003) Civil rights violations by the Mobile Police Department, then Police Chief Sam Cochran, City of Mobile, Mobile County Sheriff Department, now Sheriff Sam Cochran. I also have some information on former Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine that [State] Special Prosecutor David Whetstone might be interested in hearing about a one-time encounter that revealed his “insane” character in a downtown restaurant in Mobile (2008?). http://blog.al.com/live/2011/11/stephen_nodine_case_prosecutio.html From:Ted BurnettPhilosopher and writer The following is a...

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Emails to Mobile Police Chief about Occupy Mobile! (Alabama)

Note: The following are two emails sent to Mobile Police Chief Tyrone Williams in response to Occupy Mobile! and our impromptu meeting on Tuesday, at Spanish Plaza on Government St. (Mobile, AL). The original email is under my follow up (at the top). For better context, I suggest reading the original one, first. Have a great day, wherever you live. Change is slowly happening. Enjoy! Ted [November 9, 2011] Chief Williams, See the following Youtube video of last night’s assault by the Mobile Police Department on Occupy Mobile! that was emailed to me, this afternoon. So, are you just another Bull Conner, Chief? Why are you protecting the old WHITE way? Mobile is a joke. Maybe the Justice Department, the Obama Administration needs to see this video and get...

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My reply: The Supreme Court was right to strike down California’s video game law

Note: The following link, The Supreme Court was right to strike down California’s video game law, is an op-ed that was written by Professor Catherine J. Ross of the George Washington University School of Law, in Washington, DC, which appeared in my local newspaper over the weekend. My reply to her piece follows. Enjoy! July 6, 2011 Professor Ross, I read your supportive op-ed of the Supreme Court’s ruling, which struck down California’s violent video game law as a violation of free speech. I can only wonder how this same ruling might be applied towards children, who are out of school for the summer, and watching endless hours of pornography every day, on their computer. Is this a matter of free speech, as well? Are there no natural boundaries in this...

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Dear Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb – A follow-up email

Dear Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb – A follow-up email by Ted Burnett March 26, 2010 Dear Chief Justice Cobb, Thanks for sending to me, per my request, a copy of the story that appeared in The Birmingham News (AL), and in other news outlets, regarding your tentative plans to host a meeting for state officials (district attorneys, judges and corrections officers) to discuss Alabama’s overcrowded prisons and the high recidivism rate, in September. I am not sure if you had read my email dated “March 12, 2010” at the time you sent me this article. After first reading the story attempts to put my hands back on it, days later, went in vain. My search, both, in the Press-Register and on Google was fruitless. Therefore, my email to you was written from memory, my...

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An email to the Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb — prison overcrowding and the high recidivism rate

Introduction The following is an email addressed to Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb of the Alabama Supreme Court. Elected in 2007, Cobb is the first woman to hold this office. She has a distinguished career, after serving almost thirty years on the bench, and is a recipient of numerous awards. Earlier this week, a story appeared in my newspaper, the Press-Register, regarding the Chief Justice’s plans to bring the state’s district attorneys, judges and corrections officers to the state’s capitol to discuss the issue of overcrowding and the high recidivism rate in Alabama’s state prisons. Also, on the agenda are prison tours in an effort to help prosecutors and judges get a better understanding of the dire conditions. In a recent study, by the Pew Charitable Trust,...

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American terrorists

October 14, 2009 American terrorists By Ted Burnett Note: The following commentary is in response to the feature story, on the 401(k), appearing in this week’s Time magazine. Embedded in their piece is a link of the twenty-five people that Time says are responsible for the financial crash, last year. Most of them are influential Americans, corporate CEOs, executives on Wall Street, even U.S. Presidents and other government officials working in Washington. Most will never see any jail time for their reckless actions, which couldn’t have been any worse than those of the individuals responsible for September 11. However, our attitude as to who is a terrorist and who was simply being foolish seems to come down to one’s nationality. While these 20+...

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Dear Editor — Herman Thomas

On March 8, 2008, this story and my essay were shared with my entire audience over 3,300 contacts, both, domestic and foreign. (Attention newsreaders receiving the latest RSS feed from www.toxicnation.blogspot.com. The following commentary is a “letter to the editor” (five pages long – I got carried away) addressed to a small alternative newspaper, the Lagniappe, in my hometown of Mobile, AL. I am posting the “LTE” to my blog at www.toxicnation.blogspot.com for archiving purposes. This is my latest writing effort since the essay – “Success!” I am also distributing my LTE (“Dear Editor – Herman Thomas”) via e-mail to a much smaller and a more localized audience than usual.) On February 25, 2009, the Lagniappe, a bi-weekly, ran a feature story on a two-year...

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The Fool’s Court – Taking a Fresh Stab at the Old Problem of Crime

July 11, 2008 The Fool’s Court – Taking a Fresh Stab at the Old Problem of Crime By Ted Burnett “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Albert Einstein It’s been reported in recent years by various media outlets that the United States has more of its citizens incarcerated in jails and in prisons as a percentage of its overall population than any other country in the world. Here in “the land of the free” some two million wasted lives are sitting, standing, pacing, eating, reading, yelling and sleeping in 10’ x 10’ cells. Few “free” Americans seemingly care or are disturbed by this sad fact or this first place statistic, only the incarcerated and their neglected families seem to be concerned. Last year, I reported in my...

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Part II: Second thoughts on “Decrimnalizing prostitution”

March 20, 2008 Second thoughts on “Decriminalizing prostitution” By Ted Burnett In hindsight, I think Dr. Kelly’s unspoken argument was really about how a favorite politician of hers, Eliot Spitzer, a former U.S. Attorney and a rising star in the Democratic Party, got snared by his former master – the U.S. legal system, thus abruptly severing his brilliant career while occupying the office of New York’s Governor and his ultimate rise to the political summit.Illicit sex has brought down the best of us and some of the sickest from politicians, preachers and teachers… engaged in acts of prostitution, homosexuality and pedophilia. Is there a single reason why we should just sit back and wait for the next shoe to drop, for the next reputation to be ruined...

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