Why are public officials rarely, if ever, held accountable for their incompetence?

Supreme Court won’t hear appeal of Cloquet man’s overturned conviction

Robert Todd Ferguson

The Minnesota Supreme Court will not review an appeals court decision that overturned a Cloquet man’s murder conviction in a drug overdose case.

In a one-page order issued Wednesday, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said the high court would not the accept the Carlton County Attorney’s Office petition for further review in the case of Robert Todd Ferguson.

\The Minnesota Court of Appeals in February reversed Ferguson’s 2015 conviction on a third-degree murder charge, ruling that the case was largely built on testimony of an accomplice and lacked corroborating evidence.

Ferguson, who was serving more than seven years in prison for the fentanyl-overdose death of 25-year-old Paul Duane Mrosla of Carlton, was earlier released on bond after his conviction was overturned.

Assistant State Public Defender Lydia Villalva Lijo, who represented Ferguson in his appeal, said the appeals court decision will become final. The court issued a straight reversal of the conviction, without remanding it to district court for a potential retrial.

“What the appeals court found was that there was not sufficient evidence to support the conviction,” Villalva Lijo said. “Other than the accomplice testimony, there was no evidence to find that he was guilty of this offense.”

Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler said Wednesday afternoon that he had yet to see the Supreme Court’s order. Michael Boese, the assistant county attorney who prosecuted the case, was out of the office and could not immediately be reached for comment.

Paul Duane Mrosla

Paul Duane Mrosla

Ferguson was found guilty by a jury in November 2015 of providing a prescription fentanyl patch to Mrosla, who was a friend of his daughter, Charity Ferguson. Prosecutors successfully argued that Ferguson sold the patch to Mrosla, who died in the driveway of his parents’ home after ingesting a portion of the patch at Ferguson’s residence.

Judge Leslie Beiers subsequently sentenced Ferguson to 86 months in prison.

On appeal, a three-judge panel concluded that the conviction should be reversed because it was based largely on the testimony of Charity Ferguson. The court wrote that the record was “devoid of evidence corroborating” her testimony that her father sold the patch to Mrosla.

Charity Ferguson was granted immunity from prosecution in the case and agreed to testify at her father’s trial — making her a legal accomplice and requiring jurors to provide additional scrutiny to her testimony.

The appeals court also cited the fact that prosecutors failed to file a brief in opposition to Ferguson’s appeal, saying they were left to decide a “very serious case … without the benefit of focused counterarguments to those presented by appellant.”

Pertler acknowledged that an apparent miscommunication resulted in the failure of his office to send Ferguson’s appeal to the Minnesota Attorney’s Office for potential review. The prosecutors on March 6 asked for the Supreme Court review.

Pertler and Boese argued in a brief that text messages exchanged in advance supported the theory that Ferguson sold the drug to Mrosla. They also said the record showed that Ferguson was the only person with access to the fentanyl and that Mrosla provided money to Charity Ferguson for the transaction.

“The Court of Appeals departed from the accepted and usual course of justice by failing to review evidence in the light most favorable to the State, and to resolve conflicts presented by the evidence in favor of the verdict,” the prosecutors wrote. “The Court of Appeals failed to consider or appropriately weigh significant corroborating evidence.”

The Supreme Court, per standard procedure, did not provide any comment on the decision to decline further review in the case.

The case is one of several brought by prosecutors across the Northland in recent years to target alleged suppliers of illegal drugs that result in overdose deaths.

Among other cases, an Eveleth man is currently appealing his third-degree murder conviction and 10-year prison sentence for providing his girlfriend with a fatal dose of a synthetic hallucinogen in 2013.

A separate panel of the Court of Appeals heard the case of Bryan Joseph Hodapp, 30, in March, and is expected to issue an opinion by June.

More liberal hypocrisy. Yes, even Governor Goofy (then Senator Goofy) voted for a border wall in 2006. Don’t believe me, do your own research.

The Barrier to the Border Wall
Democrats in Congress are threatening a shut down over the wall, so Republicans removed $1.5 billion in funding for it.

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Lewis Morris · Apr. 26, 2017

President Donald Trump’s immigration policies are working to reduce illegal border crossings already, but the courts and Congress would prefer he stop what he’s doing. In the latter branch, the border wall may be the cost of averting a government shutdown this Friday. Earlier this week, Republican leaders offered to remove funding for the wall to move talks forward on a continuing resolution. Democrats have dug in over funding the wall, which House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called an “immoral, expensive, unwise” exercise. They’re threatening to shut down the government rather than fund it.

Democrats were fine with the Republican counterproposal to increase overall border security spending, which includes repairing existing fence and adding new surveillance technologies. The money was not the issue. They’re in this for the political victory — the opportunity to say the Democrats defeated Trump’s wall.

During the 2013 immigration reform fiasco, Democrats were prepared to approve $40 billion to beef up border security with manpower, technology, and, yes, walls. Oh, and back in 2006, they actually authorized funding for the wall.

In this most recent shutdown showdown, however, Democrats utterly rejected Trump’s request for just $1.5 billion for border security, about $700 million of which would have gone to the wall. That’s less than 2% of the amount Democrats accepted four years ago. It’s not even a rounding error when you consider the $3.9 trillion budget, which is what should be the focus.

Democrats would rather crash the whole works than hand a victory to President Trump. What they may not realize, however, is that their win is symbolic at best. Just last weekend, Trump accepted with a shrug that he could put off funding until next year. He then insisted that the wall will still get built.

Trump is largely right about the wall. It was never going to be a large concrete and stone structure to rival the Great Wall of China. The whole “big, beautiful wall” routine was largely rhetorical flourish on the campaign trail, and everyone knew it. A secure border will employ several measures including manned patrols, cameras and other electronic surveillance, drones, and walls and fences. That is what a wall to protect the United States will ultimately look like. And the Democrats might go along with funding it, as long as Trump doesn’t get any credit. But they’ve also moved even further left since 2013, which means the next thing they might push to fund is tearing down the wall that’s there now.

The Democrats have exposed themselves as selfish, partisan, and short-sighted in this shutdown drama. Still, no matter how it starts, Republicans always get the blame for any government shutdown. Leftists are too good at controlling the message in the media. And that’s partly why Trump isn’t about to have his 100 days mark tarnished by a shutdown, so he’s in the deal-making phase.

 

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Look up the senate vote from 2006 yourself, HR6061 (109th): Secure Fence act of 2006 

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/109-2006/s262

Taxpayer relief. Hump day feel good story.

Missouri 7-Eleven worker shoots would-be robber dead on her smoke break

A customer is seen at a Seven-Eleven convenience store in Tokyo December 22, 2010.

A customer is seen at a Seven-Eleven convenience store in Tokyo December 22, 2010.  (Reuters)

A Missouri convenience store clerk was hailed as a “she-ro” by fellow employees after police said she fatally shot a would-be robber during a smoke break.

The wild confrontation unfolded after the 35-year-old worker, who was not identified, stepped outside for a smoke during her shift at a 7-Eleven in St. Louis just before 3:50 a.m. Monday, cops said. Suddenly, an armed man approached her and tried to rob her — but the woman, who was also armed, pulled out a pistol and shot the man in the chest, arm and thigh.

The suspect, 30, later died at St. Louis University Hospital, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The female clerk, who was shot twice in the leg during the gunfight, was listed in stable condition, KTVI reports. Employees at the convenience store — which reopened about two hours after the shooting — said she worked at the store for years and now has a new nickname at work.

“I was glad she protected herself,” Davon Dodson told the Post-Dispatch on his first day of work at the store. “We’re calling her she-ro.”

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I’ve been an advocate of this for years, why not use seized drug assets to secure the border? Because politicians like slush funds…

The Wall Will Be Built And El Chapo Will Pay For It…

elchapo

The acronym was well worth the time that was spent coming up with it.

Via Red State:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R – Tex.) wants to pay for Trump’s promised border wall with money seized from drug lords, like Mexico’s notorious El Chapo. In fact, the clever word games congressmen often play with bill titles has the bill being named directly after the escaping kingpin.

Cruz’s proposed $14 billion in funding is titled, “Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order” or EL CHAPO. U.S. prosecutors are currently seeking drug profits that belong to El Chapo as well as other assets to the tune of $14 billion.

“Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border,” Cruz said.

Keep reading…

Questioning her colleagues and the cops that try to keep the streets safe. Classless.

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor: ‘Disturbing Trend’ Siding With Police Officers

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor: ‘Disturbing Trend’ Siding With Police Officers

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote Monday that the court is developing a “disturbing trend” of siding with police officers accused of excessive force at the expense of their alleged victims, a notion disputed by two of her colleagues.

Sotomayor was arguing that the court should have accepted the case of Richardo Salazar-Limon, who was shot in the back by Houston police officer Chris Thompson in 2010. A federal district judge dismissed Salazar-Limon’s suit before trial, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld that decision.

What happened in the incident that left Salazar-Limon crippled is disputed, Sotomayor wrote in her dissent, and a decision on which man is telling the truth should be made by “a jury sitting as finder of fact, not a judge reviewing a paper record.”

What made Sotomayor’s dissent unusual was the criticism of the court’s past decisions.

Her colleagues’ failure to accept the case “continues a disturbing trend regarding the use of this court’s resources,” Sotomayor wrote in an opinion joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

 

As the issue of police shootings has taken on new prominence in the national debate, Sotomayor has been the justice most outspoken about whether police officers too often have received the legal benefit of the doubt.

In 2015, she was the lone dissenter to a ruling that a Texas state trooper who shot and killed a fleeing suspect in a high-speed chase could not be held civilly liable for the man’s death, even though the officer’s superior had told him not to shoot.

Sotomayor said her colleagues were “sanctioning a ‘shoot first, think later’ approach.”

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Clearly, this guy is an idiot and intended to create or cause fear. Can you imagine the outrage had a Christian done this at a mosque?

Muslim who brandished guns at Christian conference charged for terrorist threats

Muslim who brandished guns at Christian conference charged for terrorist threats

Ehab Jaber flashed various firearms in a Facebook Live video after he was removed from a Christian conference, saying that people should be “very scared.”

Last week, a Muslim man by the name Ehab Jaber showed up at the Christian Worldview Weekend conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jaber reportedly was holding a Koran, and began interrupting the proceedings by shouting foul language. He was also wearing a shirt that read “I’m American, I’m a Muslim, I open carry, I conceal carry, and I’m dangerous only if you’re stupid.”

After Jaber was escorted out by a retired police officer who was working security for the event, self-described Saudi Arabian went to his car and took to Facebook live, where he proceeded to vent his frustrations. It was during this video that he began flashing rifles and pistols to the camera, saying “be scared,” and “be f***ing terrified.”

Watch the video here.

At the time of the original report, authorities on both the federal and state level said they had found no illegality with what Jaber had done. However, upon further review, Attorney General Marty Jackley says that Jaber clearly made a video meant to terrorize local residents.

Attorney General Marty Jackley said that he and Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman reviewed the Facebook Live video and said they felt Jaber’s comments violated state statute, which prohibits threats to “commit a crime of violence with the intent to intimidate or coerce a civilian population.”

A SWAT team was dispatched to arrest Jaber on Friday, . Upon searching his apartment, authorities found methamphetamine.

If found guilty, Jaber could face five years in a state penitentiary, and/or a $10,000 fine. The methamphetamine possession case is reportedly being prosecuted by the Minnehaha County State’s Attorney.

 

Karma is a bitch.

Wild boars rampage in Kirkuk leaves 3 Islamic State members dead

Wild boar (representational photo)

The animals went on a rampage near a farmland in al-Rashad region, an Islamic State pocket 53 kilometers south of Kirkuk. They attacked the militants and left three killed, according to the source.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that “Daesh (Islamic State) militants took revenge at the pigs that attacked the farmland,” but did not clarify the method.

Since emerging in 2014 to proclaim a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate”, IS members have held areas in southwestern Kirkuk, where thousands of civilians had to flee the group’s rule to refugee camps in the province and neighboring cities. Local officials have repeatedly urged the government to hasten with security efforts to liberate IS-held regions in Kirkuk, but the Iraqi government is currently employing its full military power in the six-month-old campaign to retake Mosul, IS’s biggest stronghold in Iraq. It is expected that the government will launch further offensives against IS havens across Iraq once the campaign in Mosul concludes.

Islamic State militants have regularly executed civilians in Kirkuk over accusations of collaboration with security forces or attempting to flee the province to refugee camps.

Meanwhile, the majority of libtards in the DFL still insist the southern border is safe and President Trumps wall proposal is a waste of money. What do you want, crime, illegal immigrants, dope, or a secure border??

64 Percent of DEA Fugitives are from Mexico, Figures Show

A review of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) wanted fugitive list revealed that less than 16 percent of DEA fugitives are from the United States.

The review of the DEA’s wanted fugitive list took place from April 18 to April 21, 2017, in which all 21 DEA divisions were analyzed.

The 21 DEA divisions that oversee the United States had a total of 902 listed fugitives. The place-of-birth of 115 of the 902 fugitives is unknown.

The remaining 787 fugitives are from a total of 38 countries with the overwhelming majority coming from Mexico.

The top three countries that DEA fugitives come from are: (1) Mexico, 505; (2) United States, 124; and (3) Colombia, 21.

Out of the 787 whose place-of-birth is known, 70 percent are from south of the U.S.-Mexico border, 64 percent from Mexico alone.

In an email to Breitbart Texas, the DEA Office of Congressional and Public Affairs said:

Each division is responsible for updating their fugitive website and that is done as needed. So if there is someone that has been arrested and needs to come down they do it, however there are instances where some of them have been arrested outside of the United States so, in that instance, they would remain displayed on the fugitive website until they have been extradited to the United States. Each division does quarterly reviews of their websites to check the status the fugitives and update as needed.

In the 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary, the DEA categorically states that Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) represent the largest drug threat to the United States:

Mexican TCOs remain the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States; no other group is currently positioned to challenge them. These TCOs maintain territorial influence over large regions in Mexico used for the cultivation, production, importation, and transportation of illicit drugs. By controlling lucrative smuggling corridors across the U.S. Southwest Border (SWB), Mexican TCOs are able to introduce multi-ton quantities of illicit drugs into the United States on a yearly basis. The poly-drug portfolio maintained by Mexican TCOs consists primarily of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and to a lesser extent, fentanyl. Once these drugs are smuggled across the Mexican border, they are delivered to consumer markets in the United States using transportation routes and distribution cells that Mexican TCOs oversee both directly and indirectly.

The DEA lists the following six Mexican drug cartels as having the greatest drug trafficking impact on the U.S.: Sinaloa, Jalisco New Generation, Juarez, Gulf, Los Zetas, and the Beltran-Leyva Organization.

The most powerful of the Mexican drug cartels is the Sinaloa, which the DEA states it “maintains the most expansive international footprint amongst Mexican cartels. The Sinaloa Cartel exports and distributes wholesale amounts of methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin in the United States … Illicit drugs distributed by the Sinaloa Cartel are primarily smuggled into the United States through crossing points located along Mexico’s border with California, Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas.”

The entire U.S.-Mexico Border is broken down into sections or “turf” that is controlled by Mexican drug cartels.

One of the reasons that the Mexican drug cartels have so much power is because they often bribe high-level politicians and law enforcement in Mexico which allows them to operate with impunity.

Breitbart Texas is one of the only news organizations that reported on the connections between Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and the Mexican drug cartels.

Ryan Saavedra is a contributor for Breitbart Texas and can be found on Twitter at @RealSaavedra.

Another teacher gone wild…

WATCH: Teacher Saryna Parker Tells Trooper, ‘I Want To Kiss You,’ During Field Sobriety Tests

Saryna Parker said she wanted to kiss the trooper investigating her for DUI.

Saryna Parker said she wanted to kiss the trooper investigating her for DUI.

Now-Former Teacher Saryna Parker Asked To Kiss Cop Investigating Her For DUI

Homestead, FL –  Drunk probationary Miami-Dade teacher Saryna Parker, is now a former teacher, and facing multiple charges after driving drunk and saying she wanted to kiss the trooper investigating her DUI (video below.)

According to NBC New York,  the dash camera video of her arrest was released on Friday.

On March 19th, Florida Highway Patrol troopers responded to a report of a suspect crashing their vehicle into a car on South Dixie Highway near Southwest 182nd Avenue.  Upon their arrival, they found Parker’s vehicle, a Cadillac, had slammed into the back of a van.  Her 10-year-old child, who was not injured, was in the back seat of her vehicle.

In the video, Parker appears to be stumbling during field sobriety tests and slurring her words when she talks.  She was openly flirtatious with the trooper, leaning into him, demanding that he do one sobriety test with her, and telling him repeatedly that she wanted to kiss him.  She also told the trooper how lucky he would be if did kiss her.

She was also unsteady on her feet, swaying from side to side, and failed to follow directions.  Parker was arrested, and the trooper wrote in his report that she “violently kicked me in the groin with her right leg then continued to kick my right rear passenger side door.”

During the incident she also complained about her students, and said “I’m so f—ing tired of dealing with these p—- a– teenagers…let me go home for a while.”

The trooper also noted in his report that Parker had the odor of alcohol on her breath.  Parker initially denied that she was driving.  She also said that she needed to use the bathroom and started walking toward a nearby Burger King.  When the trooper stopped her from going to Burger King, she “violently pulled away.”

Parker, age 43, has been charged with DUI, DUI with property damage, careless driving, and battery on a police officer.  She was booked into jail but has since been released on bond.

 

This will be entertaining to watch..expect CAIR to pick up his legal expenses.

Muslim Man Who Brandished Guns At Christian Conference Charged With Making Terrorist Threats

JIM SIMPSON
Contributor

11:33 AM 04/24/2017

The Muslim man who brandished pistols, assault-style weapons and ammunition outside a Sioux Falls, S.D., Christian conference earlier this month was charged Friday with making terrorist threats, the Associated Press reports.

The man’s name is Ehab Jaber. (RELATED: Conservative Conference Threatened By Heavily Armed Muslim Man)

Last week, a police spokesman told The Daily Caller that Jaber had not broken any laws.

“Be scared… be f***ing terrified,” he said in the video as he revealed pistols, rifles and ammunition he was carrying in his van.
South Dakota allows open carry, and Jaber also has a concealed carry permit, so his possession of weapons was not by itself illegal. Sioux Falls Police public information officer Sam Clemens stated that “Everything he was doing was legal. He didn’t break any laws so we didn’t charge him.”

However, Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman subsequently reviewed Jaber’s videos. According to the Argus Leader, Jackley stated he believed that Jaber’s comments violated state law, which prohibits threats to “commit a crime of violence with the intent to intimidate or coerce a civilian population.”

A police search of Jaber’s home found methamphetamine in addition to weapons. He claims that he was not threatening anyone.

Jaber describes himself as an ardent supporter of Second Amendment rights. “You know what the sad thing is? I’m a Republican,” he told ABC’s KSFY. “I’m a Republican for one reason: the Second Amendment.”

This felony charge could result in Jaber losing those rights. A conviction carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and/or fines of up to $10,000.

Conference organizer Brannon Howse told TheDC that while he was glad Jaber was arrested, he fumed that it took the police 12 days to do so. “My blood ran cold when I found this out. METH? You mean we could have had a guy jacked up on drugs, combined with his ideology, putting 500 men, women, and children at risk at our Christian conference? Why was he not arrested that night or even questioned? How did he stay on the streets for 12 days with guns and meth?”

Howse told TheDC that as a direct result of Jaber’s videos, event hosts at subsequent conferences required him to hire extra security — costing thousands more dollars — for these free-to-the-public events.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/24/muslim-man-who-brandished-guns-at-christian-conference-charged-with-making-terrorist-threats/#ixzz4fBPmr2ML