Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Under Scrutiny for Illegal Civil Forfeiture Asset Actions

policing-profitTippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington has been engaging in a controversial practice, commonly referred to as “Policing for Profit.”  The repugnant practices of Civil Asset Forfeiture are receiving national attention after a federal judge recently issued a ruling in an Indiana case, striking down practices that violate the Constitution.  This has prompted Indiana lawmakers to work on rewriting associated state laws.

The Indianapolis Star reported, “Last November, Jeff Cardella, a professor at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law, filed the federal class-action lawsuit, on behalf of Leroy Washington, whose vehicle was taken by police in September. Washington was arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement, dealing in marijuana and obstruction of justice…Plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit have argued that Indiana law allows police to seize property from alleged drug dealers and others, regardless of their guilt or innocence, and therefore violates criminal defendants’ constitutional right to due process.”

 According to the Institute for Justice civil forfeiture is “one of the most serious assaults on private-property rights in the nation.”

“Civil forfeiture treats property owners worse than criminals because it empowers police and prosecutors to take your belongings without ever charging you with a crime, much less convicting you of one. To make matters worse, law enforcement often gains financially from civil forfeiture. Not only do police and prosecutors decide what property to seize, they get to keep the property for their own use or profit from its sale. As a result, police and prosecutors have a powerful incentive to seize as much property as they can,” declared a statement via the organization’s website.

Stealing money from school children

In addition, current law in Indiana requires that proceeds can only be used to cover the cause of an action and that remainder funds should go to the Common School Fund; however, many greedy prosecutors have neglected to share the ill-gotten gain, including Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington.

Indianapolis attorney-blogger Paul Ogden called the wayward prosecutors out in a February 19, 2014 blogpost that mentioned Harrington by name.

“For far too long, police and prosecutors in Indianapolis have been keeping 100 percent of forfeiture proceeds for themselves.  The Constitution couldn’t be clearer–‘all forfeitures’ belong to the schools–yet the Indiana school fund hasn’t seen a penny of forfeiture money from Indiana’s capital since before some current students were even born.  Meanwhile, police and prosecutors are siphoning off millions of dollars in civil forfeiture proceeds, violating both the Indiana Constitution and the state’s Civil Forfeiture Statute and fueling an increasingly aggressive forfeiture machine.”

If Pat Harrington is confused as to why citizens are upset with him, he need look no further than this issue.  It tops a growing list of grievances.

 

 

Crime Victims Want New Prosecutor in Tippecanoe County as Thousands of Criminals Go Unpunished; Law Enforcement Relationship with Harrington “At All Time Low”

Murderers Walk Free Meme

The standing room only crowd took Earl McCoy by surprise.  Media announcements for public office don’t generally draw the large crowd that turned out for the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor candidate recently when McCoy formally threw his hat into the ring.  The sentiment in the room was obvious.  Patrick Harrington has failed miserably as the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor.

Several of the invited guests had never attended a political event before that night.  They were thankful that someone was finally giving them a voice.  Feeling betrayed by Harrington, crime victims were anxious to have their stories told.

The most notable victims in the room were family members of Christy Redmon, the local teacher who was allegedly murdered by Darius Printup.   Printup was acquitted of the murder in spite of the overwhelming evidence that pointed to his alleged guilt.  Many in the community were shocked by the verdict and blame Harrington’s legal incompetence for the failure.

Emotions were raw as McCoy declared that Harrington allowed the alleged killer to walk free because of  his inability to prosecute the heinous crime.  Jaws dropped when McCoy announced that an inexperienced deputy prosecutor with only three years’ experience was assigned the task of prosecuting Printup for the cold-blooded murder.

A Redmon family member shouted out in anguish as McCoy spoke.  “Three years!” he cried.

According to McCoy, Harrington has passed a majority of high profile murder cases on to  inexperienced deputy prosecutors.  McCoy believes that Harrington should have taken the lead prosecutorial role in the Redmon case as well as other high profile cases.  Instead, he said Harrington didn’t even show up to Printup’s murder trial.

“He not only lacks judgment, but he lacks the courage to take the lead when it is his duty to do so,” commented one observer.

McCoy had facts and figures to back up his claims and presented them on a large screen using PowerPoint.  There were audible gasps in the room when he revealed that 1,824 cases presented to the prosecutor’s office in 2017 were never filed.  McCoy pointed out that several people likely represent one case; therefore, it counts for thousands of people not receiving justice in our community.

“Police officers are risking their lives and our prosecutor decides not to file charges,” McCoy said.  “The relationship between our prosecutor’s office and the Law Enforcement Officers in the community is at an all time low.”

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Earl McCoy was asked to run for prosecutor by police officers

The mother of several alleged child sex victims broke down in tears as McCoy shared her tragic story that had been reported via the Lafayette Citizen Journal website.  McCoy had learned that Harrington had failed to file sex-related charges against the alleged perpetrator who is currently serving prison time.   The alleged offender had attempted to abduct her fifteen-year-old daughter and also had threatened to kill her.  The last thing the victim wanted was to expose her children to media attention, but after many attempts to reach out to Harrington were ignored, she felt she had no choice.  A few days after the story broke on the LCJ website, she finally received an intake interview from the prosecutor’s investigator.

“I’m 100% sure it had everything to do with the LCJ publicizing it and Earl McCoy talking about it,” commented the victim.

Harrington’s campaign manager lashed out in anger at an LCJ editor after the story appeared and claimed that Harrington had been working on the matter prior to the story being published.

The victim disagrees.  “They didn’t even begin an investigation until it was reported on, that I know for a fact,” she said.  “I’m glad they are moving forward now, but it shouldn’t have taken public pressure for my kids to receive a chance at justice.”

Several other victims were present as McCoy highlighted their particular stories.  He received a standing ovation and loud round of applause as he ended his presentation by saying, “I don’t know about you, but I’m outraged.”

Watch Earl McCoy’s video at this link:

 

 

Local High School Student Represents Students for Life of America at White House; Takes Part in Discussions

 

Calvin Held close up with Pences
Calvin is the smiling young man behind Mrs. Pence

Central Catholic High School Senior Calvin Held received the opportunity of a life time this week.  He was chosen by Vice President Mike Pence last week to attend a roundtable discussion at the White House in conjunction with the March for Life Rally that was scheduled for today.

 

Held was one of twelve students selected from around the country to represent Students for Life of America.  Calvin was also present for the historic address given by President Donald Trump to the pro-life rally from the White House Rose Garden.

Calvin’s parents, Jon and Kim Held, are looking forward to hearing about their son’s trip when he returns home.  His parents remarked that Calvin wore his GranStudent for Life Roundtable Pencedpa Held’s American tie, which was clearly visible on video footage.

“We are so proud of Calvin,” commented Jon.  Their daughter, Anna Allgaier, is also in Washington, D.C. representing Students for Life of America in a leadership role.

 

Local Woman Says Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington Is Ignoring Child Rape Allegations While Victims Live in Fear for their Lives

 

Michael Cope
Michael Cope II was sentenced to prison for possessing a handgun while being a serious violent felon

Michael Cope II is currently serving prison time at the Westville Correctional Facility with an estimated release date of May, 2020.   The Journal and Courier had previously reported that Michael Cope “drove from Rensselaer to Lafayette, allegedly intending to abduct a 15-year-old girl from her mother’s home on Elk Street according to a probable cause affidavit.”

 

Last May Cope was charged with possession of a firearm by a serious violent offender, two counts of carrying a handgun without a license and one count of theft.  Cope is scheduled to be released in May of 2020, a frightening scenario for some his alleged victims, which include several children and their mother who are in fear for their lives if that should happen.

The children, ranging in ages from four to fifteen, allege that Cope committed an array of sexual offenses against them over a period of several years.  They were allegedly threatened with death if they told anyone and only felt safe to speak up after Michael Cope was locked up.

The mother of the children says that Cope has yet to be charged with alleged crimes of rape, sodomy, and molestation of several of her children, including the 15-year-old girl that he was allegedly intending to abduct prior to his arrest.

“I have left several messages with Echo Harrington, [a victim advocate at the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s office], in the past several months, and have been meet with extreme rudeness,” stated the victim and mother of the alleged sex victims.  “If he [Cope] gets out he’s going to kill us,” stated the mom.  “I don’t think anyone understands that reality.”

The victim claims that Echo Harrington has told her repeatedly that she will pass messages on to the prosecutor; however, she has yet to hear back from anyone.  “She was incredibly rude and acted like I was an annoyance to her the last time I called to inquire about the case,” commented the mother of the children.  “Those messages aren’t going to save me and my children,” she sobbed.

“Echo told me that they have five years to file charges, but he is scheduled to be released from prison long before that, so that doesn’t do me or my children any good.”  Cope also has an appeal pending, and if successful he could be released prior to the anticipated prison date.

According to mom no one has spoken to her children beyond the Heartford House interview that occurred in July of 2017.  “Shouldn’t they be getting witness statements while it’s still fresh in our minds?” she asked.  “It’s been over six months and we have heard nothing.  That’s not acceptable.”

The mother stated that after Cope was in prison her fifteen-year-old daughter shared that he had been molesting her since she was seven years old.  The mother reported the allegations to the police and her daughter was interviewed by staff at the Heartford House with law enforcement present.  Several other siblings have since shared allegations of being raped, sodomized, and molested by Cope.

The victims continue to live in fear from the ordeal and hold a firm belief that Cope will make good on alleged threats to kill them.

WLFI Reporter Kayla Sullivan Called Out by Tippecanoe County Sherriff’s Department For Reporting Fake News

Kayla SullivanWLFI-TV 18 reporter Kayla Sullivan has been called out by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department for spreading fake news.  Sullivan, a TV-18 reporter who has a history of publishing negative stories about Tippecanoe County Sheriff Barry Richard, aired a news segment this week about officers being exposed to drugs within the jail.

Sullivan approached Fanesta Williams as she was walking along the street.  During the interview, Sullivan referred to Fanesta as a “DCS employee,” a claim that Angie Guimond, DCS Supervisor, later refuted.

During  her TV 18 interview, Fanesta stated, “I’ve had to take children on visits with their parents and I’ve seen inmates slipped all kinds of drugs during visits.  I’ve seen people walking around high off substances.”

Sullivan left viewers with the impression that Williams was referring to the Tippecanoe County Jail.  It turns out it wasn’t true at all, and Williams doesn’t even work for the Department of Child Services.

Chief Deputy Steve Hartman stated, “This morning, Sheriff Richard received an email from Angela Guimond, who is the Local Office Director for DCS.  Angela told us that Fanesta is not an employee of DCS and Fanesta’s ‘statements do not reflect the organization at all.'”

Hartman went on to report that Fanesta Williams’ comments were of great concern so they reached out to her for specific information about “inmates being slipped all kinds of drugs and inmates being high.”

Williams was interviewed by department officials and stated that her comments were related to “personal knowledge of an Illinois jail twenty years ago.”  She also stated that she informed  Sullivan during the interview that she was referring to Illinois, and not the Tippecanoe County jail.  [Go to the LCJ Facebook Page to watch the interview.]

“I think my words were taken out of context,” commented Williams during her interview with the deputy.  “And I have never been to any prison or jail in Indiana.”  Williams went on to say that she made it clear to Kayla Sullivan that she was referring to a jail in Illinois during the interview.

“Either Kayla didn’t do her due diligence, or she knowingly put out a fake news story intended to discredit the sheriff,” commented a concerned citizen who read the TCSD Press Release.

“It has become obvious to fair-minded people that Kayla has put Barry under a faulty microscope,” the citizen continued.  “It’s blatantly obvious that she’s out to get him on behalf of her political friends.  Barry Richard is wildly popular in this community, so her frustrations have likely caused her to become more dishonest and careless in her attempt to smear the sheriff.”

Barry RichardRecently Sullivan attempted to blame Sheriff Richard for an inmate escaping from a hospital after a judge ordered him released from the jail on his own recognizance.  Sheriff Richard had no control over the matter.  All sheriffs, past and present, have been faced with the same issue of hospitalized inmates failing to return to the jail upon release from institutions.

This week deputies were hospitalized after coming into contact with unknown substances at the Tippecanoe County Jail.  Sullivan was obviously attempting to lay the blame for drugs being smuggled into the jail on the sheriff; however, a former Tippecanoe County Sheriff recently stated that it happens in every jail, including the Tippecanoe County Jail, no matter how hard one tries to prevent it.

“It  happens all the time,” commented the former sheriff.  “They get real creative hiding drugs in various body cavities.”

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Kayla Sullivan Fake News

 

 

 

 

The Right, The Left and the Politics of Projection

By Pat Henry

There is a lot of false information and lack of understanding today regarding the various forms of government and political ideologies of the left and right. This is fostered by the mainstream media and the Left, politicians and seemingly accepted as fact by most people but that doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny or examination of the facts.

Socialism, Fascism, Nazis, and Communism are all forms of socialism and are on the left side of the political and economic spectrum. There is National Socialism (Nazi: literally, National Socialists, officially The German Socialist Worker’s Party) and international socialism (most forms of Communism) such as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR.

Socialism in all its various forms is both an economic and political system. It’s all about centralized control in the hands of government (the state). All of the various forms of socialism are degrees of government control from partial to total. And whether the control of government and the means of production is totally centralized as in communism where the government owns and controls everything, or partial, like when a central government does not own the means of production directly, but controls it via collusion with business, like in Fascism, also called crony-capitalism or through excessive rules, regulations and interference is only a matter of degree.  

The political and economic Right\conservatives on the other hand are defined by limited government, free markets, individual freedom, liberty, and equality. This could be nationalist in form, or internationalist/globalist. Economically, this is sometimes called “Capitalism” but this is false, misleading and a misunderstanding of the various forms of “Capitalism”. Capital is people in their productive capacity and the tools, machines and the means of economic production. As such “capital” and capitalism exists everywhere and in all economic and political systems. The identifier and distinction that should be understood is the ownership of that capital and the means of production. In Socialism in all of its forms and the left wing of the political and economic spectrum, we might call this “Monopoly Capitalism” or state owned or state controlled capitalism, while on the Right we could call it ”Individual or Free-Market Capitalism”. This is an important distinction because it reflects who or what entity owns and/or controls the capital that exists in all societies: the state or the people, operating as a central government or as individuals or groups of individuals.

The so called “alt-Right”, Nazis, Neo or not, Antifa/Black Lives Matter, the KKK and other White Supremacist groups all represent Socialism and the political Left Wing as does the current Democrat Party. If the Democrats were honest, they would call themselves the Socialist Party, as is done in other countries. These various groups use socialist means to achieve their socialist ends.

Leftists like to misrepresent the Alt-Right, Neo Nazis, the KKK and White Supremacists as “Right Wing”, and the Extreme Right but these groups and their beliefs are not from the Right at all and do not represent anything the Right and conservatives believe and that form the basis of their views on the foundation of civil government and its role in society.  As a matter of fact, the views of these groups are the exact opposite of those on the Right, where there is often also a Christian or other spiritual and moral component. To the Progressive Socialist Left, government is their god.

Democrats created and supported the Ku Klux Klan and its white supremacy views throughout its history and currently support and helped create Antifa/Black Lives Matter, a violent terrorist Black Supremacy group. The Democrat Party has been the party of racism for many decades, whether it is supporting slavery, founding and supporting the KKK, Jim Crow, or fighting every civil rights advancement and laws for the last 150 years, yet they always play the race card against Republicans/the Right/conservatives; call it projection.

Socialism in all its forms always fails and is enormously destructive economically (look at Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea and others to see this in action today), and politically, as socialist governments in their various forms have killed over one hundred million people in the 20th century alone.  They always fail due to greed, corruption and violence/genocide) it doesn’t work as a political system or an economic system.

George Washington once said “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence,- it is force; Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action. ”

Benito Mussolini said “ This system (Fascism) politicizes everything spiritual and human: Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state”

Let us heed Washington’s warning about the dangers of an all-powerful government and socialism, and fear Mussolini’s description of what socialism really is. It is not Bernie Sander’s smiley faced depiction of it.

Let’s not let the progressive Left get away with wrongly defining what is Left and Right and escape responsibility and blame for the colossal failures and human misery that their socialist policies have caused around the world. Speak up and correct them whenever you see this happening.

Taxpayers Stuck with Huge Bills After Being Denied Access to Courthouse & Commissioner Loss in Appeals Court

 

Commissioners
Tracy Brown is the only friend of freedom loving citizens serving as a Tippecanoe  County Commissioner; l to r:  David Byers, Tracy Brown, Tom Murtaugh

After a month of waiting for the Tippecanoe County attorney to review the multiple invoices he submitted to taxpayers associated with Higher Society vs Tippecanoe County Commissioners, they were finally turned over to the private citizen who had requested them via the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Taxpayers will be none too pleased to know that they paid over $45,000 to defend wayward commissioners against a lawsuit that should have never been filed in the first place.  To be fair, Commissioner Tracy Brown was not part of the original debacle that set the wheels of justice in motion.  In fact, sources tell us that he supports open forums and free speech as protected by the U.S. Constitution, so none of the criticism applies to him.

Commissioners David Byers and Tom Murtaugh took the unconstitutional position of deciding which speech would get special treatment and which speech would be denied when they turned the Higher Society away from the courthouse steps.  Lawyers for the Society argued that the forum was open only to commissioner-approved groups. A lower court and the appeals court agreed it was blatant discrimination.  The Supreme Court has long held that if a government opens up a forum to one group it must open it to all.

One didn’t need a law degree to figure out the commissioners would lose this battle.  Unfortunately, taxpayers are left with a hefty bill.

“I doubt they would have taken this course of action if they had to use their own personal finances,” commented one taxpayer.  “I think they should reimburse taxpayers for faulty judgment.”

The errant commissioners suffered a not-so-surprising loss when the Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against them.  What was surprising, however,  was the flippant attitude expressed by Commissioners Byers and Murtaugh afterwards.  They admitted the illegal policy was meant to shut out groups they didn’t like.  Murtaugh practically bragged that it was good while it lasted and counted it as a victory that they got by with it as long as they did.

Citizens aren’t laughing, Mr. Murtaugh.  Many of us think it was abhorrent that the illegal policy was first drafted to keep Christ off the courthouse square.   Voters might be able to find a silver lining, though.  Maybe it will be worth the $40,000 to highlight the fact that we need two new commissioners at election time.  We’re looking for candidates now.

In the meantime, taxpayers can scrutinize the itemized bills and decide for themselves whether or not it was worth it.

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