Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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FL - Case is among string of bogus convictions

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09/05/2009

By FRED GRIMM

The kid they tried to execute was just 15. An IQ of 67.

The Broward prosecutor demanded the death penalty. But the jury, queasy about killing a mentally deficient teenager with no more evidence than a questionable confession, voted to spare Anthony Caravella's life.

Circuit Judge Arthur J. Franza seemed disappointed. "I'll tell you this, Anthony: If the jury had recommended death, I would have had you electrocuted."

Broward was that close to executing an innocent teenager.

Twenty-six years after Caravella was sent off for life, Edward Blake, a leading forensic scientist and a pioneer in DNA analysis, obtained a genetic profile from sperm left by the man who raped and murdered Ada Jankowski behind Miramar Elementary School in 1982. Blake concluded: "Anthony Caravella is eliminated as the source of the spermatozoa."

So Caravella's case becomes yet another among the Broward state attorney's string of ignominious convictions of mentally challenged defendants, later found to be innocent.

SHAM CONFESSION

Once again, the deciding "evidence" was a sham confession elicited from a feeble-minded suspect after hours of interrogation.

The confession, of course, was the only actual evidence against Caravella. In fact, the cops elicited five contradictory confessions from the teenager, but the last, finally, coincided with the crime-scene evidence.

The new DNA findings suggest the interrogators provided the incriminating information. It must have been easy stuff, manipulating a frightened, mentally deficient suspect into self-incriminating statements. Just like John Purvis, a schizophrenic with the mind of a 12-year-old, who after a rambling, barely coherent confession, did nine years for a murder finally linked to someone else. Jerry Frank Townsend, IQ of 50, served 22 years after confessing to murders committed by Fort Lauderdale serial killer Eddie Lee Mosley. Frank Lee Smith, so mentally disturbed he shouted incoherent inanities at his jury, died of cancer after a dozen years on Death Row before DNA evidence cleared him.

FINE CAREER MOVE

Cops got their bogus statements. Prosecutors got their bogus convictions. And convicting mentally defective innocents proved a fine career move. Prosecutor Robert Carney, who nailed both Purvis and Carvella, now sits as a Broward circuit judge. William Dimitrouleas, who prosecuted Frank Lee Smith, has a lifetime appointment as a federal judge. Meanwhile, actual killers went free. Eddie Lee Mosley continued his hideous rape and murder spree. Miramar police never bothered to discover who stabbed Ada Jankowski 28 times.

In 2001, the Broward Sheriff's Office crime lab was persuaded to reexamine evidence from the Caravella case but failed, mysteriously, to isolate any DNA. Blake said Friday he received a "harassing" e-mail this week from the Broward state attorney's office indicating that, contrary to public statements about undoing a terrible injustice, the office would try to undermine his lab's credibility. If so, it would be a stunning tactic, given his national reputation. (With a list of high profile DNA cases that runs 51 pages, including the lab work that cleared Allen Crotzer and Luis Diaz, the wrongly accused Bird Road Rapist.)

"It appears they've gone into full scale cover-up mode," Blake said Friday. In Broward, we've been there before.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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OH - Police Name Gunman in Murder of Sex Offender (Cameron Barron)

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09/08/2009

Cincinnati Police are looking for the person responsible for the shooting death of a convicted sex offender early Saturday in Lincoln Heights.

Police responded to a 911 call around 2 a.m., the caller saying a man had been shot in the 1100 block of Simmons Ave. The first officers on the scene found 32 year old _____ lying in the road, suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was taken to University Hospital, where he died.

Investigators from Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Lincoln Height Police Department say _____ had just exited his vehicle in front of his cousin's home when Cameron Barron opened fire, shooting him five times. Barron was driving a 2 door gray car and officers have now issued a warrant for his arrest.

According to the Ohio Attorney General's Sex Offender registry and the Ohio Department of Corrections, _____ was a tier two sex offender and spent six years in prison for two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a young girl, possession of drugs and tampering with evidence. He was released from jail and put on parole on June 18th. His family says _____ had turned his life around in prison.

Anybody with information about the shooting is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (513) 825-1500 or Crimestoppers at (513) 352-3040, or text Crimestoppers at (513) 352-3050.

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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JAPAN - In banning sex offenders, Navy faces tough task

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09/10/2009

By Erik Slavin, Stars and Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE — Nearly a year after the Department of the Navy issued a tough policy barring sex offenders from Navy and Marine Corps bases, the service is struggling to enforce it.

Sex offenders must be identified and banned from all bases unless they receive a waiver, according to an Oct. 7, 2008, memo from then-Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter and a May 27 memo detailing the order.

But identifying sex offenders could require installations worldwide to check their many thousands of service members, civilians and dependents against flawed and sometimes inaccurate sex offender registries.

We don’t want sex offenders in the Navy and we’re going to do whatever is required to make sure we’re effective,” current Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said Aug. 27 near Yokosuka Naval Base. “In terms of background checks and things like that, I don’t know. It’s an ongoing thing that we’re looking at.”

Winter’s order originally called for the policy to be implemented by last December. For now, anyone applying for on-base housing must sign a form stating whether they or their command-sponsored family members have committed a sex offense.

The other aspects still remain under review because it’s partly in the discovery phase of how to execute this,” said Capt. William Fenick, spokesman for the Navy’s installations command headquarters in Washington.

No date has been set for when that phase will be complete, Fenick said.

The Army and Air Force don’t have polices that call for sex offenders to be identified and banned. However, base commanders have broad authority to restrict access and housing to any individual.

How to find a sex offender

States run their own registries, but there is no federal registry for sex offenders on an overseas military base.

If a Navy or Marine base wanted to check for a sex crime conviction in a civilian court, it could turn to individual state registries, or to a federal database compiled from the state registries.

Either option has its flaws.

A sex offender living on a base overseas — and in some cases, within the United States — might no longer be listed publicly as a sex offender.

When a sex offender leaves a state, “some [states] keep the offenders on an inactive status, but still posted on their Web sites, while others remove them entirely from both,” said Lori McPherson, a policy adviser with the Department of Justice’s Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking Office, or SMART.

While there is a National Sex Offender Public Web site, it is a collection of state data and not a registry.

Both that site and the FBI’s National Sex Offender Registry rely on reporting by state and local agencies, many of which differ on what information to report and when to do it.

A December 2008 report from the Department of Justice Inspector General found that both the public and FBI databases “are inaccurate and incomplete.”

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act required the SMART office, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department to develop a system that would track registered sex offenders when they leave or return to the United States.

That system also is a work in progress, said McPherson, though it should improve tracking of military-affiliated sex offenders overseas.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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South Pacific - You've Got to be Carefully Taught

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LYRICS:
You've got to be taught
To hate and fear
You've got to be taught
From year to Year
It's got to be drummed
in your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught

You've got to be taught
To be Afraid
Of people whose eyes
are oddly made
And people whose skin
Is a different shade
You've got to be carefully taught

You've got to be taught
Before it's too late
Before you are 6 or 7 or 8
To hate all the people
your relatives hate
You've got to be carefully taught

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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