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Peace & Palast


Nicole Sandler

What a difference a day makes!

The protests last night in Ferguson, MO were of a much different tone - because the police that were present actually joined with the people of the community, marching with them, listening to them.

In the photo above, the uniformed man marching next to a woman carrying a sign is Captain Ron Johnson, the head of the Missouri State Troopers, now charged with heading up the law enforcement effort in Ferguson. The day began with more of what the people were asking for: the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown: Darren Wilson.

Apparently Officer Wilson has been with the department for six years, with no disciplinary record. Unfortunately, the other thing they did at the presser in which Wilson's name was divulged was to blame the victim.

Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson then distributed a 19-page incident report about a "strong arm robbery" that happened moments before Brown was killed, in which Brown is alleged to have stolen some cigars from a convenience store.

Ferguson Incident Report

The report was accompanied by this page of still photos from the convenience store surveillance video, identifying someone alleged to be Michael Brown, as tweeted by Huffington Post's Ryan J. Reilly

Even if Michael Brown did commit a robbery, that's no justification for a police officer to shoot him dead.

Stay tuned... and let's hope the calm holds tonight...

Today on the show

It's always great to hear from Greg Palast, but especially great to hear him so fired up not long after he had quadruple bypass surgery!

As he's been doing for a while now, he's got his sites set on Paul "the vulture" singer, a truly evil hedge fund billionaire/crook who brought down the nation of Argentina!  Follow the link and read the story, and listen to our conversation on today's show. Learn more by reading Greg's New York Times bestsellers Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Armed Madhouse and the must-read story about Singer's criminal activities that reads like a crime novel, Vultures’ Picnic.

Flashback Friday

We end each week with a blast from my music radio past. Today, we ventured back to June 19, 2000 for a session with Shivaree, a great band fronted by Ambrosia Parsley- years before she sang the news on Air America Radio's Unfiltered with Rachel Maddow and Lizz Winstead.

And from July 20, 1999, my conversation with -and performance by Chrissie Hynde and Adam Seymour of Pretenders.

And with that, it's the weekend. We'll be back Monday with Howie Klein and another installment of The Steve Israel Hour, sponsored by Little Debbie. Plus Nicole Belle returns to talk about the end of the David Gregory era at Meet The Press.

Keep the peace... radio or not!


Man Shoots A Cop And Claims "Stand Your Ground" Defense



It was only a matter of time before a person shot a cop and used "Stand Your Ground" as a defense. And where else would this happen? Of course, Florida. You go Gators!

Okay, here's the story. Back in mid-March, a robbery victim told police that someone from a home located around the 8800 block of Burning Tree Road in a Pensacola Florida neighborhood had robbed him. The thief got away with marijuana and a handgun from the residence. 

Keep in mind that currently, as also back in March, marijuana is NOT LEGAL in Florida. Who knows about the handgun? But lets move on with this true tale. From Raw Story:

Police converged on the home and saw Finkelstein — who was not the subject the police were searching for — emerge from the house’s garage. Sgt. Johnson said that he emerged from a hiding place behind a tree and identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy.

Finkelstein produced a gun and fired, striking Johnson in the leg.

Finkelstein’s attorney Brandon Moros is arguing along with his client that Johnson emerged from the shadows without identifying himself and that Finkelstein fired in self-defense. Moros contends that Finkelstein’s actions were justified under “Stand Your Ground.”

C'mon, you gotta admit you saw this coming after all of the other high profile cases of "Stand Your Ground" defense in the Sunshine State.


Oh, Florida, You Did It Again


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Seems justice in Florida is an elusive thing. Even a conviction for murder -- and we all know how tough that is to come by with Stand Your Ground laws -- seems to be part of an open door policy. Certainly it is if your names are  Joseph Jenkins (guilty of first-degree murder in the 1998 killing and botched robbery) and Charles Walker (guilty of second-degree murder in a 1999 slaying).

These two convicted murders accidentally duped the Florida penal system and were allowed to walk out free from prison, with years left on their sentences. They're currently free.

Now how did they do it? Simple, they just forged some documents which they downloaded on the prison computer system. After printing them up, they just filled in their names on these sample release forms. Next on the to-do list was they needed a judge's signature to make this all Kosher. So whose did they use?  Why none other than Judge Belvin Perry, the infamous Casey Anthony judge who's signature is readily available on Google images.

So these two killers outsmarted the Florida Penal system. But how smart are they?

Before their release could be discovered, they went to the police in the city they were staying and registered as felons with the police department. After all, that is the law. They figured, hey, were' out. Might as well follow the rules since it looks like we're legally free, except for the required ex-con felony registration requirement. This way if they got stopped for a traffic offense and their prints or names were run, they'd come up clean. Gotta hand it to these two. If they ever get caught, they should consider writing guest scripts for police drama's, maybe CSI Miami, The Movie.

So they go on with their lives for a few weeks until one of the deceased victim's family was notified of the release by the Florida Department of Justice, something they do in Florida when a killer is set free. The family member was nervous, thinking this released convict might come to extract some revenge on the family. So they called their attorney who called the states attorney general. He looked into it and found out there was no release ordered.

The prison officials examined the documents and determined them to be forged.

The brilliant Florida Justice Department somehow ended up releasing the story BEFORE the two cons were re-arrested, and now they're on the lamb.

For an update on the story, watch below. But really Florida. Can't you get your legal sh** together?

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