What is a Picture Worth?

12Apr08

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17 Responses to “What is a Picture Worth?”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    Without seeming too obvious, the guy who runs the Stratford PD is on the left, the guys who runs the State Attorney’s Office is on the right and, of course, the new DTC Chairman is in the middle. (Warning to Mooney: remember the last time someone was nailed up between two thieves?)

    What are the odds of an honest investigation in Stratford?

  2. 2 freedomofspeach

    I don’t mean to correct you, but on the right appears to be Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Attorney General, who seems to forget he has no criminal investigative authority, and that the original constitutional office of the CTAG was to be the attorney representing state agencies in civil and real estate matters, not a state attorney, who are criminal prosecutors, of the Division of Criminal Justice.

  3. 3 jezebel282

    Correct me anytime you want.

    “ON NOVEMBER 28, 1984, the Secretary of the State officially certified the adoption of Article 23 of the Connecticut Constitution. Approved by the voters in that month’s election, the six-sentence Constitutional Amendment established the Division of Criminal Justice as an agency of the Executive Branch of State government.

    The Division of Criminal Justice is responsible for the prosecution of all criminal matters in the State of Connecticut.The Division of Criminal Justice consists of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and the State’s Attorneys for each of the 13 Judicial Districts in Connecticut. They, along with Assistant State’s Attorneys, are Connecticut’s prosecutors — the public officials known in many other states, and in TV lore, as District Attorneys, or the “D.A.”

    The Division employs more than 500 prosecutors, inspectors and administrative and support staff who are responsible for the investigation and prosecution of crime in Connecticut. The major units are:

    * The Office of the Chief State’s Attorney in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, which is responsible for the overall administration of the Division. In addition, the office has specialized units focusing on public integrity crimes, abuse of the elderly and appeals brought by individuals convicted of crimes. ”

    http://www.ct.gov/csao/site/default.asp

  4. 4 freedomofspeach

    They (the States Attorney) started out as the county attorneys until Connecticut abolished the county system in 1960 or so. Its now called DCJ. And yet, we have the Office of the Attorney General, a constitutional elected civil attorney for state agencies, investigating the monument company, under a consumer protection act violation. Strange, guess Stratford has no “public integrity” to investigate.

    Mr. Blumenthal wanted to be like the New York Attorney General, and have criminal enforcement authority as the highest law enforcement officer in the state. Too bad (thankfully) the State Constitution and the State Supreme Court has put the brakes on that.

    Basically here is his job description:

    About the Attorney General’s Office
    Statutory Responsibility

    The Attorney General is the chief civil legal officer of the State. The Office of the Attorney General was officially established in 1897. The Connecticut Constitution and General Statutes authorize the Attorney General to represent the interests of the people of the State of Connecticut in all civil legal matters involving the state to protect the public interest, and to serve as legal counsel to all state agencies.

    Keep up the good work. I think that the US Attourny needs to spend some time in Stratford.

  5. 5 1george1

    I thought I posted under the picture that it was kinda like a donut reversed.
    The holes are on the outside.

  6. 6 jezebel282

    If the Attorney General can only fine Dick, does the State Attorney get a turn and prosecute for fraud?

  7. 7 freedomofspeach

    A civil enforcement action does not take the place of a criminal enforcement action, that’s why if you’re found “not guilty” in a drug raid, you can still lose your property under a civil forfeiture, so with that I would say most likely yes, as long as there is a criminal statute to enforce as well as a criminal one.

    If The Attorney Generals Office, who can sue on behalf of the Department of Consumer Protection, wins and fines them, the Chief States Attorney can still go after criminal charges of they have been found in violation of 53a CGS. However, I am sure the defendants will say that double jeopardy attached or Res Judicata prohibits it. Being in a “friendly” civil action environment with the elected AG, and all the actors here of the same party, I doubt that any real justice will be served. I hope it’s closely watched by the media and other watchdog groups.

    Of course if there is enough pressure put on the Chief States Attorney, then they might take an interest, and not let the AG settle this for a kiss and a promise.

  8. 8 freedomofspeach

    sorry I meant, as long as there is a criminal statute to enforce as well as a civil one.

  9. 9 jezebel282

    Freedom,

    That is too bad. I’m guessing Dick Miron will be filing personal bankruptcy very soon. You can’t pay with a copy of a judgment when your order a new headstone from someone else.

    I hope as the State Attorney pokes around the Stratford PD looking for some ghost that MAY have violated personnel procedures he runs into one of the relatives that ordered headstones from Dick.

  10. 10 freedomofspeach

    Here is a thought for the Division of Criminal Justice, and the news. Wonder why they are spending so much time on a civil privacy act violation when $50,000 plus has been taken from those most vulnerable

    Sec. 53a-119. Larceny defined. A person commits larceny when, with intent to deprive another of property or to appropriate the same to himself or a third person, he wrongfully takes, obtains or withholds such property from an owner. Larceny includes, but is not limited to:

    (1) Embezzlement. A person commits embezzlement when he wrongfully appropriates to himself or to another property of another in his care or custody.

    (2) Obtaining property by false pretenses. A person obtains property by false pretenses when, by any false token, pretense or device, he obtains from another any property, with intent to defraud him or any other person.

    (3) Obtaining property by false promise. A person obtains property by false promise when, pursuant to a scheme to defraud, he obtains property of another by means of a representation, express or implied, that he or a third person will in the future engage in particular conduct, and when he does not intend to engage in such conduct or does not believe that the third person intends to engage in such conduct. In any prosecution for larceny based upon a false promise, the defendant’s intention or belief that the promise would not be performed may not be established by or inferred from the fact alone that such promise was not performed.

    Sec. 53a-123. Larceny in the second degree: Class C felony. (a) A person is guilty of larceny in the second degree when he commits larceny, as defined in section 53a-119, and: (1) The property consists of a motor vehicle, the value of which exceeds five thousand dollars, (2) the value of the property or service exceeds five thousand dollars, (3) the property, regardless of its nature or value, is taken from the person of another, (4) the property is obtained by defrauding a public community, and the value of such property is two thousand dollars or less, or (5) the property, regardless of its nature or value, is obtained by embezzlement, false pretenses or false promise and the victim of such larceny is sixty years of age or older or is blind or physically disabled, as defined in section 1-1f.

  11. 11 freedomofspeach

    Does Connecticut revoke the right to vote if convicted of a felony? Maybe if they lock up all the crooks, there might be a better outcome. That would be the ultimate. But from what I have seen so far, I am almost sure there are some dead people voting, so why not give crooks the right to vote.

  12. 12 1george1

    Hey Freedom of speach;

    Could/would you blog your “opinion” about using the R. I. C. O. act vs.
    a certain Law Firm and/or certain Team, for what they did to Stratford
    since 1998?

  13. 13 jezebel282

    Freedom,

    It is becoming apparent that the lawsuit initiated by Blumenthal is meaningless in terms of recovering the victim’s funds. Once Dick Miron declares personal bankruptcy it is “game over”. Again, you can’t get blood from a stone. He’ll just have to use his girlfriend’s credit card.

    And it appears that Miron’s attorney, Ellery Plotkin, is a specialist in bankruptcies.
    At the risk of taking a Mulligan here…

    The Plotkin thickens?

  14. 14 1george1

    JM > See no evil (Wilfull?)

    DM > Understand no evil (Mirror imaging?)

    RB > Never try to stop evil (unless politically directed)

  15. 15 freedomofspeach

    As you know 1george1, there are only a few Civil RICO Acts. They are Extortion, Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Bank Fraud, and encompassing Section 1962. This is research so it may be something that you have seen before. In addition, absent of RICO, the statute of limitations applys.

    Section 1962(a) generally makes it unlawful for a person to use an enterprise to launder money generated by a pattern of racketeering activity. Lightening Lube, Inc. v. Witco Corp., 4 F.3d 1153, 1188 (3d Cir. 1993).

    Section 1962(b) makes it unlawful for a person to acquire or maintain an interest in an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity. Section 1962(b) is perhaps the most difficult RICO claim to express in practical terms. A typical violation of section 1962(b) occurs when a business owner cannot make payments to a loan shark; upon default, the loan shark says: “you’re either going to die or you’re going to give me your business.” Given the threat to this life, the victim transfers control of his business to the loan shark. Usually, the victim business owner remains the owner on paper but the loan shark controls the business and receives all income from the business. Thus, the loan shark has acquired and maintained interest or control over an enterprise (i.e. the business) through a pattern of racketeering (i.e., loan sharking and extortion).
    Section 1962(d) makes it unlawful for a person to conspire to violate subsections (a), (b) or (c) of the RICO Act.

    By far the most useful and common civil RICO claim is found under section 1962(c), which makes it unlawful for a person to manipulate an enterprise for purposes of engaging in, concealing, or benefiting from a pattern of racketeering activity. Given its broad utility, the general elements of a RICO claim will be discussed in the context of a section 1962(c) claim. Distinctions will then be made between section 1962(c) claims and claims under 1962(a), (b) and (d).

    As far as if the government can be held civily liable for a RICO claim, I believe the standard is “due process” and with that, since RICO looks for extortion as a claim. The exercise of governmental power in a extortionist way (pay your taxes or go to jail) is most likely unconstitutional, not extortion.

    I will have to think more about this.

  16. 16 1george1

    Best Wishes related to Passover.

    Best Wishes related to Good Friday and Easter.

    Life is for G-d and G-d alone
    to give
    and
    to take.

    Shalom

  17. 17 jezebel282

    George,

    “Life is for G-d and G-d alone to give and to take.”

    Nothing says we can’t fight Him every step of the way.


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