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Plaxico Burress Bidding for Prison Furlough

December 8, 2009

The man who shot himself accidentally  in a public place and got 2 years behind bars aka Plaxico Buress has petitioned the New York State Department of Corrections for a work furlough that would allow him to spend nights at home with his family instead of behind bars. He could also use the time to begin negotiations with NFL teams, who haven’t been too keen on trying to sign a player for a carton of cigarettes and credits at the canteen of the Oneida Correctional Facility.

According to the New York Post, Burress appears “depressed and isolated” in prison which is pretty shocking until you realize he’s in prison and not at summer camp. Based on past history, he may have to keep a stiff upper lip a bit longer.

Mr. Burress is eligible for work release under the Department of Corrections’ guidelines, then he should get it,” said Benjamin Brafman. “And my hope is that his celebrity status does not prevent him from getting a break that every other inmate with the same facts would be entitled to.”

Brafman tried this same “treat him like a civilian” course of action before Plax pleaded guilty and it didn’t work. Burress was treated exactly the same as everyone else charged with gun posession, but wanted to get special treatment so he didn’t end up sharing a shower room with them….


Fort Hood Victims List

November 6, 2009
Twelve Dead In Mass Shooting At Fort Hood

Who is Nidal Hassan Malik ?

Nidal Hassan Malik was born in the United States, near Washington, to parents of Palestinian origin. He was able to study and become a psychiatrist engaging in the army. He has long worked at Walter Reed center in the federal capital, a military hospital where they treat soldiers who have psychiatric problems when returning from combat zones. For years then he heard the suffering of these people, traumatized by their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, and had therefore to learn that they would send him there. Besides, some of his relatives say he was feeling rejected or harassed in the army because of his Muslim origins. He even tried to leave the army, without managing to break his contract.

List Of Fort Hood Victims: An official list of names for those victims who were killed or wounded in the Fort Hood shooting has not yet been released. The victim names which are listed below are only a few of the names being reported through ABC news, various local news stations, family members, and other sources.

Names of the victims wounded during the Fort Hood shooting.

Kimberly Munley, shot in hand and both legs.
Matthew Cook, 30, shot in abdomen.
Amber Bahr, 19, shot in the stomach.
Keara Bono, 21, shot in back.
Joy Clark, 27, unspecified gunshot
Joey Foster, 21, shot in the hip.
Justin Johnson, 21, shot in chest and leg.
Grant Moxon, 23, shot in the leg.
George Stratton III, 18, shot on shoulder.
Raymondo Saucedo, 26, bullet grazed his arm.
Nathan Hewett, unspecified injury.
Alonzo Lunsford, shot three to four times.

Names of the victims killed during the Fort Hood shooting.

Michael Pearson, 21
Amy Krueger, 29
Jason Dean Hunt, 22
John Gaffaney, 56
Aaron Thomas Nemelka,19
Russel Seager, 51
Francheska Velez, 21, and unborn child



Gore Vidal rips Polanski rape victim as “Young Hooker”

November 1, 2009


The 83-year-old Vidal recently told The Atlantic magazine he has no sympathy for Samantha Geimer, Polanski’s victim.Even though I’m huge fan of Gore, he may have take this a little bit too far.I dont even understand why he did  feel necessary to express his opinion on the matter when Polanski himself pleaded guilty in 1977 after being indicted for raping the girl.

“Look, am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she’s being taken advantage of?”said Vidal, a screenwriter and novelist, who ran in the same circles as Polanski in the 1970s.

He said the media pushed a false image of Geimer.. He fled to Europe before he was sentenced. He was arrested in Switzerland in September and faces extradition.


Rapper Shyne Barrow Now Free in Belize

October 27, 2009

Jamal Shyne Barrow Back in Belize -Wed, October 28, 2009

Update Wed, Nov 4 , 2009 Shyne Speaks

Shyne’s lawyer is trying to get Gov. Paterson to give him a pardon.Even though some folks argue Why does he think he deserves a Pardon, Shyne could have a possibility to get back legally in the US if he proves that he may have a claim to US Citizenship according to the MPI Web site: MPI is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit Washington, D.C., think tank.

Jules Vasquez Reporting,


Jamal Shyne Barrow was deported to Belize today – ending two decades of residence in the United States and close to 9 years of imprisonment for felony assault charges in New York.

Now, deportees coming home never make the news and, usually, the return of deportees is reason for lamentation…but not today, for his very prominent family and this very famous ex-convict, it was cause for celebration. And perhaps rightly so, because at 30 years old Shyne Barrow is no regular deportee; he was a major recording artist at the time of his imprisonment and successfully released a recording while in prison. He is still considered a very bankable artist and more than that, his father is the prime minister. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a media feeding frenzy and 7News was at the airport. Here’s the play by play.

The scene at the airport was mostly unremarkable – no great flurry of fans – just a few curious onlookers and a few handfuls of well wishers. But there was a buzz of activity, a convoy of SUVs, Shyne’s entourage in position, the Prime Minister’s vehicle shuttling about.

The only other remarkable thing was the scrum of media pressed up against the chain link fence adjoining the VIP room where Shyne would be processed. That was the only access the media could get because airport security closed the waving gallery – which offers the best vantage point for viewing persons who arrive was closed. So the media battled with the chain link fence to see the most famous deportee ever Jamal Shyne Barrow now known as Moses Michael Levy. The only camera inside was NICH, shooting for a documentary being made  by the film commissioner, Nigel Miguel.

The flight from Houston landed at 2:32 and everyone got what they were waiting for when a frail and ragged looking Shyne emerged escorted by the Commissioner of Police. We are told the first person he asked for was his mother. And Imion Myvett was waiting nearby and took him into the VIP room where his family was waiting.

He was in there with them for about half an hour and while the media waited for a press briefing, his uncle Michael Finnegan told us it wouldn’t happen.

Hon. Michael Finnegan, Uncle of Shyne

“He want to say how happy he is to be home and to be a free man. He would love to have a conversation with the media but because he was legally advised by Profesor Ogletree, he must not speak to the media because he don’t want to prejudice his situation any at all with the US government or Belize government. So he asked me to ask you that he don’t want to disrespect you the media but please understand what is going on. He is leaving from here, I believe he probably left already, or he will be going to the Princess Royal Youth Hostel at mile 21 on the Western Highway at this moment where he will talk to the residents at that institution.”

Jules Vasquez,

“What is his disposition right now and how is his greeting with the family?”

Hon. Michael Finnegan,

“Well you could see the tears and the hugs and the romantic situation in there, especially with his grandmother and with his father, with his young  brother Anwar, they hugged and never wanted to let go one another.”

Jose Sanchez, News 5

“Will there be a family dinner tonight, everybody, father included and uncle?”

Hon. Michael Finnegan,

“No there will be no, we are not a formal kind of people so we will play it by ear. His residence at my place is two weeks away from completion so he has rented a complete floor at Radisson Fort George Hotel. So every room on a floor was taken by him, whether he will use it or nuh use it. But he said that after going through the eight and a half years he has gone through, he needs some privacy, he needs not be around nobody, he needs just to sit and contemplate his whole life and I think that we need to respect that. If you notice he has lost a extreme amount of weight.”

Jose Sanchez,

“As his uncle what were your first words to him?”

Hon. Michael Finnegan,

“Come yah old bwoy. That’s all I said to him because when he was small and ih raise up with me I used to call him old fart; so come yah old fart, come yah old bwoy and that is how we greet one another when we talk on the phone.”

With that Shyne left the VIP lounge gave the cameras a wave his mother Imian Myvett and his mother Esme Diaz a kiss, and his brother Anwar a few words and left in a convoy of SUVs. Well wishers were happy to see him.

Berne, Performer

“I feel good for him that he’s back in Belize. Now he has freedom, being locked up in detention facilities is not no fund. Shyne is far from a  punk and he can definitely hold his own but you know what, there is nothing like freedom and in Belize we have a lot of freedom that a lot of us take for granted.”

Man #1,

“To my knowledge it is not a big deal but it is history for the Prime Minister’s son to arrive like what they say, under these circumstances.”

Man #2,

“I am just out here to see that he is back in the country and I am proud to know that he is back as a Belizean and that is about it.”

Woman #1,

“He is a Belizean and I am just happy that he is home back.”

DJ Busch,

“I’ve known Shyne before he had blown up. He is a King’s Park youth as I said and for me, the whole thing is I feel good to know he is out of jail free. That is basically my thing, not even about the celebrity status and all that about him being out of jail; freedom.”

Man #3,

“I wah see the man in person, I nuh see a yet. I see ah pon TV but I want to see him enter and relax himself and go back because he is a Belizean brother.”

Man #4,

“I am glad that he is back and people of Belize can enjoy his music, his rap music, and probably he can progress from there go back.”

As noted by his uncle Finnegan Shyne’s first stop was the Youth Hostel at mile 21 on the Western Highway. Our team was there of course, and we’ll have that story later on.

Now, a few notes, first on deportees. As we’ve told you the standard practice is that deportees are processed at the Crime Intelligence Unit office at the Queen Street Police Station. Shyne was not and that’s because, as told to us by the Commissioner of Police, he was processed inside the VIP lounge at the airport.

Second, on Shyne’s name and religion. We call him Shyne because that’s his recording name, but he has told his family today that he is now Moses Michael Levy, a name chosen to reflect his religious beliefs; in prison he converted to Judaism, meaning that he is now Jewish. His legal advisor, Professor Charles Ogletree will arrive on Saturday and he will address the media at that time.


Wall Street, a Ponzi Scheme and the North Pole

October 21, 2009


Bernie Madoff,the man who masterminded the biggest-ever Ponzi Scheme, has swapped a cocaine snorting luxury life on the upper east side  for one behind bars where his roomates are a mafia boss and a convicted spy.The insight into the 71-year-old’s new life comes in papers filed by Joseph Cotchett, a lawyer who is representing about a dozen of Madoff’s thousands of victims. He interviewed Madoff at the Butner federal prison near Raleigh, North Carolina, in July.

Madoff’s main leisure activity is taking walks around the prison’s running track at night.It alleges that Madoff employed a member of staff from 1975 to 2003 to acquire cocaine for his workplace, an office known by co-workers as “the North Pole”

Among his companions are Carmine Persico, the convicted boss of the Colombo crime family known in his professional life as “The Snake”, and Jonathan Pollard, jailed for life in 1987 for selling military secrets to Israel.

source Thegardian


Roman Polanski, provisional release rejected !

October 20, 2009


This tuesday morning, The Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona (South) rejected the request for provisional release of Franco-Polish director Roman Polanski, held in Switzerland
for over three weeks on U.S. warrant, because Roman Polanski may “take a private plane or helicopter” and thus “leave Switzerland within a few hours.” This may include, easily get in France and  no longer fears extradition.AP) – Updated 1 hour ago GENEVA — Lawyers for Roman Polanski are clashing over his legal strategy, with one saying the director won’t surrender to U.S. authorities after 31 years on the run and another suggesting that Polanski was ready to consider the move.Attorney Herve Temime says there has been “no change in strategy,” telling the AP that Polanski will “continue to fight extradition” to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.Earlier Wednesday, fellow Polanski attorney Georges Kiejman told Europe 1 radio that Polanski could voluntarily return to face justice in Los Angeles.Polanski has been pressing for his release since being arrested last month in Zurich. He suffered a major setback Tuesday when a Swiss criminal court rejected his offer of bail, saying his flight risk was too high.